E-detailing Trends

Date: March 22, 2011
Pages: 34
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Publisher: FirstWord
Report type: Strategic Report
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E-detailing Trends
Are we witnessing the death of the salesman?

Figures from a 2009 survey of physicians suggests that might be the case. Just 17 percent of doctors say they want traditional, linear contact from sales reps. Not surprisingly, the industry is responding, cutting sales rep numbers to an expected 75,000 by 2012, from 102,000 in 2007.

Instead of reps, 43 percent of physicians favour e-detailing. Another 23 percent would like to replace some sales calls with e-detailing. As more and more doctors migrate to physician-only websites, online sources of information and interactive formats, the use of e-detailing in marketing plans is expected to rise over the next two years.

“We have moved into a post-marketing age,” observes Alex Butler, strategic marketing manager at Janssen stressing that the web is changing how physicians want to communicate, interact and conduct business with pharma sales.

“Doctor’s don’t want messages as such,” he adds. “they want the opportunity to comment, to have dialogue, to share their thoughts.” In E-Detailing Trends, FirstWord examines the critical role of e-detailing in the pharma marketing lexicon. Based on interviews with five industry leaders and key experts, the dossier reviews the latest e-detailing developments. From the importance of delivering tangible intelligence and embedding e-details into physicians’ mobiles to the use of a broader e-detailing environments and the need for analytics to determine digital channel effectiveness, the report offers up-to-the-minute insight into an emerging movement. Concise, reliable and authoritatively researched, the report is a critical guide to a marketing industry in flux.

Scope

The report offers insights into:
  • Key trends in e-detailing, including the use of mobile technologies
  • The blending of traditional sales and e-detailing in marketing
Highlights
  • Breakdown of pharma spending on e-detailing and factors shaping its use
  • Discussion of the types of e-detailing, including directed versus self-directed online sessions
  • Overview of the importance of content and how to customize messages
  • Use of new e-detailing environments such as physician-only online communities
  • Insights into the timing—and future—of e-detailing
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

INTRODUCTION


Decline of the sales rep
Rise of the e-physician
Doctors on the move

PHARMA SPENDING ON NEW MEDIA

Pharma spending on e-detailing

FACTORS SHAPING THE E-DETAILING MARKET

Interaction
Convenience
Compliance

TYPES OF E-DETAIL

Directed virtual online session
  Interactive
  Via video
Self-directed sessions
The detailing mix
  Value conversion

CONTENT IS ALL IMPORTANT

What physicians want?
  Incentives for physicians
Customising messages
Understanding the medium
The importance of a good brand
Key opinion leaders

E-DETAILING AND SALES REPS

Can the e-detail replace the rep? No
Can the e-detail replace the rep? Yes
Improving rep performance

TIMING OF E-DETAILS

Best product life stage for e-detailing

KNOW WHERE YOUR PHYSICIANS ARE

Physician online communities
  Enclosed digital environments
  New online solutions
Case study: Boehringer Ingelheim

MEASURING ROI

FUTURE OF E-DETAILING

More interaction
Concept of e-detail changing
M-details
Getting the message right

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