The Social Check-up
How is Pharma Using Social Media?
Over the past decade, the rise of social media has caused a huge shift in the way businesses interact with their customers. Even pharma, a sometimes cautious industry when it comes to social, is starting its own conversations online and learning how to work within regulatory and compliance boundaries to reach a wide audience including patients and healthcare professionals.
It’s no longer the sole goal of social marketers to cultivate the brand with the biggest following; increasingly, the provision of quality content is taking precedence. Yet how the content translates into user engagement, in the form of retweets, likes and shares, is what will ultimately determine the channel’s success. For this edition of the Social Check-up, we tracked the global corporate social media activity of the top 20 pharma companies over the first half of 2016. By partnering with data specialists Pulsar, we explored how the industry is creating and using content, and whether the companies are really succeeding in engaging their audiences.
• How to address the balance between created and curated content?
• What forms of content are proving most popular with pharma audiences?
• How engaging is the content published by pharma companies?
• What does the future hold for pharma and social media?
We studied the corporate social media activity of the world’s top 20 pharma companies covering 57 social networking profiles over the first half of 2016.