Friday, April 26, 2013

"Multimedia-ize" Your Display Ads with Embedded Playback Widgets

Simple banner and other format (e.g., box) display ads are usually static .jpg or .png images that solicit site visitors to "click through" to more information; i.e., the core message or "call to action" such as registering to attend a webinar or live event or to download a white paper, etc.

Aside from using eye-catching graphics and concise text, there's really little else that display ads can do to entice visitors to click on the ad and take the desired action. The formats of these ads are usually set in stone and do not allow for much detailed information to be delivered in an compelling format.

Pharma Marketing Network offers more value to our advertisers who purchase display ads to run on the network by "multimedia-izing" the ad! That is, we take your simple static image and combine with an embedded widget to playback an audio or video clip or even display a Twitter timeline. An example of a display ad with an embedded audio playback widget is shown in the image below:

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In this particular case, the ad appears on Pharma Marketing Blog. The top portion of the ad is what you might see in a typical simple display ad; i.e., a combination of graphics and text that links to the sponsor's landing page.

Inserted at the bottom is a widget that allows viewers of the ad to play back a short, 1 to 2 minute audio snippet from an Pharma Marketing Talk interview or a PharmaGuy Audio Snippet. Youtube videos and Twitter timelines can also be embedded within display ads.

So, which is more compelling and likely to generate clickthroughs? A simple graphical display ad or an audio-enhanced display ad as described above?

For details about display ads of all types -- including audio-enhanced display ads -- please contact

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Effective Conference Promotion Requires More Than a "Contra" Media Partner Deal

Many conference promoters request a free listing in the Web version of the Pharma Marketing Network (PMN) Conference Calendar, in exchange for "Media Partner Recognition." The latter usually includes placing the PMN logo and link somewhere on the conference site -- either at the bottom of the conference home page or on an internal Media Partner page. Sometimes, such recognition also includes a short paragraph description and inclusion of the PMN logo in the printed conference brochure that is handed out to attendees.

These "contra" deals are valuable to conference producers who often must promote their conferences on a limited budget and PMN is happy to help our clients reach their goals while at the same time informing our Web audience of interesting pharmaceutical industry conferences.

But let's look at some numbers to see if  a pure "contra" deal is the best option for your conference.

The Web version of the Pharma Marketing Conference Calendar receives over 2,500 unique visits PER WEEK. Usually, for strict swap deals, the listing of your conference begins 45 days prior to the event. Thus, your conference listing is potentially seen by over 16,000 visitors! So, getting your conference listed in this calendar is very valuable.

A version of the PMN conference calendar -- Conference Calendar Update -- is sent via email to all 8,000 Pharma Marketing News subscribers every 2 weeks. It is the emailed version of the Update that generates the greatest number of clickthroughs.

If you just promote your conference via a Media Partner contra deal, your conference only appears in the Web calendar and NOT in the Update email version sent to all subscribers. The result is fewer clickthroughs on your conference listing.

Here's a typical timeline showing the clickthroughs on a conference that is listed in BOTH calendars:

Notice how many more clicks this conference gets from the email Update version of the calendar (the tall bars). A pure Media Partnership contra deal only gets you about 25% or less of the potential clickthroughs you would get with a paid, discounted Media Partnership deal that includes the listing in the Update.

Obviously, neither PMN nor its clients can reach their financial goals via pure "contra" Media Partner deals alone. Sometimes you need a more integrated, paid campaign that is more likely to get you results. What you pay for this -- at a discounted Media Partner rate -- can be a fraction of the return you are likely to get in increased registration fees.

Friday, March 22, 2013

Topics of Interest to Pharma Marketing News Subscribers & Pharmaguy Followers

Advertisers often ask questions such as "How many of your subscribers are involved in data or marketing analytics and market research?" One way to answer this question is by surveying Pharma Marketing News (PMN) subscribers and Pharmaguy™ Twitter followers to learn more about our audience and their interests.

Without further ado, here are the results of surveys to date. Remember, every e-mail ad (blast) sent to the PMN subscriber list is also posted to the Pharma Marketing Network® web site. When the e-mail goes out, a tweet is also sent to Pharmaguy followers -- learn more about them here -- with a link to the Web version of the e-mail blast. In addition, the ad is also summarized with a link in a "Messages from Our Sponsors" widget (see an example on the right) embedded on the most-visited pages of the Pharma Marketing Network. Thus, your ad reaches many more pharma professionals than just our subscribers and followers.

Topics of Interest to PMN Subscribers (N = 437)
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Topics of Interest to Pharmaguy Followers (N = 2032)
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Sunday, February 24, 2013

Embed Your Conference Twitter Timeline in the PMN Calendar Page

Many conferences have associated Twitter hash tags that are used to
  1. promote the conference prior to the event, 
  2. gather tweets made during the conference, and 
  3. keep the conversation going after the conference.
IIRUSA's ePharma conference, for example, uses the #epharma hash tag. The actual dynamic Tweet stream/timeline for this hash tag can be seen in the following widget:

A version of this same widget can be placed on the online Pharma Marketing Conference Calendar page as shown in this screen shot:

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The widget is essentially a dynamic, interactive ad. As more tweets are made using the hash tag, the widget is automatically updated to display the latest tweet at the top. Visitors can scroll down to see previous tweets and click on links within tweets. Thus, the entire history of offers and highlights related to the conference is available within this single widget. You control the content.

A hash tag widget gives your conference extra visibility within the online Calendar, which receives over 2,500 unique visitors per week. Depending on your needs, we keep the widget on the page above the fold for 2 weeks, one month, or longer.

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Thursday, January 17, 2013

Add Social MultiMedia -- Audio, Video, RSS Feed -- to Your Conference Listing

If you are a conference organizer, you may be producing videos of presentations made at your conferences and using them to promote the next scheduled event. Perhaps you produced a short promotional video that highlights the important benefits of your upcoming conference. Or you may have produced an audio interview of a speaker about his or her planned presentation. Or you may have a Twitter account or Blog where you periodically post content and news that relates to your conference. If so, you are among a growing number of conference organizers who are leveraging multimedia and social media to promote their conferences. Pharma Marketing Network can help you do that.

Pharma Marketing Network now offers conference organizers the ability to embed playback "widgets" in the listings of conferences in the online PMN Conference Calendar. Let's look at a couple of examples to show you how this works.

ExL Pharma and Pharma Marketing Network teamed up to host a live Pharma Marketing Talk show that featured an interview with Philippe Kirby, EUCAN MCM IT Director, MSD (Europe) Inc., who previewed the topic he was scheduled to present at ExL's 5th Annual Digital Pharma Europe conference. After the live interview, the show was archived as an audio podcast, which can be played back using a widget. The playback widget was embedded within the listing for the conference as shown in the following screen grab (click on image to view in original size):

After listening to such a knowledgeable speaker, who can resist checking out the agenda and other speakers for this conference?

NOTE: The conference organizers liked the podcast in the above example so much, they embedded the same playback widget in the conference home page as shown below (click on image for an enlarged view):

Another example features an embedded YouTube video produced by eyeforpharma to help them promote the 11th Annual eyeforpharma Barcelona 2013 conference. The video featured a presentation made by Rebecca Jones, Head of Marketing Effectiveness, BBC Worldwide, at a previous eyeforpharma conference. Notice in the screen grab below that some introductory text was also included to explain the video content (click on image to view in original size):

The third example is a special widget created by a third-party -- Medstartr -- that helped Basil Strategies raise funds for  ePatient Travel Scholarships. The goal was to help bring more empowered patients to the Doctors 2.0 & You conference. The widget includes a short video and a link to the Medstartr site where viewers can donate to the scholarship fund.

Many conference producers have Twitter accounts or blogs devoted to specific conferences. Pharma Marketing Network has posted content from selected conference feeds to the Events Forum located here. It is possible to create widgets to display items from these feeds much like the widget that displays summaries of posts made to this blog (see the widget in the righthand column). These widgets can also be embedded in conference listings like the playback widgets shown above.

Contact us for the latest prices and for a specific proposal to meet your needs.

Friday, January 4, 2013

Featured Conference Listing Doubles Clickthroughs

The Pharma Marketing Network Conference Calendar is a great place to get your meeting, webinar, podcast, or any other event noticed by the pharmaceutical community. At any given time, there are two dozen or more events listed chronologically in the main calendar page located here. This calendar is also sent out by email to thousands Pharma Marketing News subscribers and by Twitter to many more thousands of @Pharmaguy followers every other Monday. Depending on how long your event is listed, you can expect several hundred clickthroughs as a result of this "push-pull" promotion.

But if you want to get even more exposure, especially within a specific timeframe (i.e., during the "Early Bird" registration phase), you might consider a Featured Conference Listing, which puts your conference at the TOP of the page in a highlighted box. Here's an example of a recent Featured Conference Listing (click on the image to view a full-sized version of this screen shot):

As you can see, a Featured Listing includes:
  1. a “Featured Conference” box at top of conference calendar page; 
  2. a large banner (528 x 91 pixels); and
  3. a short paragraph that can include tag line, special offer, short description, etc. 
The typical Featured Conference Listing runs for 2 weeks online, plus one insertion in the Conference Calendar Update email version sent to PMN subscribers every two weeks. Of course, you can purchase more than two weeks.

A real case study illustrates how a Featured Conference Listing can generate twice (or more) the number of clickthroughs than what a chronological listing generates. The following chart shows the daily clicks for both the Featured Conference Listing ("f" clicks) and the chronological listing ("c" clicks) of the same conference from 19 November 2012 through 4 January 2013.

During the time period noted, the chronological listing, which in this case was an ENHANCED LISTING (i.e., included a small graphical banner, larger font and tag line), generated 88 clickthroughs ("c" clicks). During the same period, the Featured Conference Listing generated 270 clickthroughs ("f" clicks). Note the peaks in the chart every two weeks when the email version is sent out to subscribers and @Pharmaguy Twitter followers. In this particular case, the Featured Conference Listing ran for about 6 and one-half weeks. The chronological listing, meanwhile, ran for about 12 weeks and generated a total of 217 clickthroughs. Do the math: f/c = 270/217 = 1.24. In other words, the Featured Conference Listing more than doubled the number of clickthroughs! QED.

Contact Us for more details regarding Featured Conference Listing pricing and for a proposal that meets your needs.