Voices of Influence: Original and Guest Blog Posts from Around the World

These blogs provide insight into the latest issues, challenges, advances and debate around CSR and sustainability. Original and guest blog posts highlight differing perspectives and context.

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14 Twitter Chat Pro Tips

Twitter is a wonderfully accessible and democratising platform that lends itself perfectly to engaging in CSR and Sustainability stakeholder conversations. The audience of available agenda related professionals, brands, NGOs and enthusiasts is breath-taking in scope and also accessibility.

One increasingly important opportunity that Twitter provides is the Twitter Chat. You can corral an audience around a specific theme for a focused amount of time (usually 60 minutes) by using only a hashtag (#). It’s not a given that you’ll get people turning up, that of course takes effort to...

Is Pharma missing out by not tapping NPs and PAs?

Zoe Dunn, principal of Hale Advisors, says that Pharma companies can find better ways to communicate with nurse practitioners and physicians assistants. “These important healthcare professionals receive very little time and energy from the pharmaceutical industry, yet they are prescribers in most states and of most medication, and more often than not, spend much more time with patients than doctors,” says Dunn. “They need patient education materials, updates on research and insights, and a voice in achieving better health outcomes. We need to hear from them as well. Pharma needs to find...

CSR & Sustainability Communications 101: How to Get the Most Out of LinkedIn Groups

LinkedIn Groups are an often overlooked tool to build expertise, position brands and increase audience reach for companies and individuals alike. We thought we would share some learning and tips from our experience so far:

3BL Media actually manages two Groups. The main 3BL Media Group (2000 members) is aimed at the professional corporate CSR / sustainability communicators community. We also manage the Justmeans Group (...

Pharmaceutical Industry Predictions for 2014

By Zoe Dunn

Well, it’s been a disappointing conclusion to the year from a Pharma perspective: Plan B doesn’t work if you weigh more than 175 pounds, lowering LDL isn’t as effective as we thought, and the FDA is coming down on 23 & Me, shuttering it until it completes a medical device application. What all this says to me is that with innovation comes risk: risk that you might not succeed, and risk that raising the bar might increase your level of scrutiny. It doesn’t rain on my parade, though – we keep pushing for innovation at every turn.

Where will we net out for 2014...

Accept It, Wikipedia Is a Public Health Issue. Now Let's Fix It.

By Beth Bengtson

Medical articles on Wikipedia receive about 150 million page views per month, and nearly 50% of practicing physicians use Wikipedia as an information source for providing medical care. And while Wikipedia itself has disclaimers that information included on its site may be inaccurate, that doesn’t stop consumers and medical professionals alike from...

Developers, Marketers Relieved Over FDA Guidance on Mobile Medical Apps

By Nancy Meyer

Now that the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has issued its final guidance on how it will regulate health-related smartphone applications, the marketing and developer community have heaved a collective sigh of relief.

Relief because, in its own words, the FDA said it will limit its focus on the small niche of apps that can be considered “mobile medical devices” that pose the greatest risk to patients. The definition is...

How Can Pharma Tap this Cool Gaming Trend?

By Zoe Dunn

We’ve written about how pharma can apply gamification to engage consumers and engender brand loyalty. Now a new hot trend has emerged that takes gaming across platforms.

If you haven’t yet played Cheetos’ Cheetahpult game, check it out: http://www.youtube.com/cheetos on your desktop/laptop, then follow the directions to calibrate your smartphone as the remote controller.

With the goal to build...

Should pharma abandon social media?

By Zoe Dunn, principal, Hale Advisors

Not only do I like Brand X, I LOVE it. I LOVE it so much that all I want to do is sing from the rooftops, shout from the mountains, and take out a full-page ad in The New York Times. I tell everyone on my Facebook page that they have to buy Brand X right now. I tweet that Brand X has changed my life, that it will change yours too, that my followers should follow Brand X’s hashtag right away! But, most importantly, I set up a Pinterest page to share other themes that remind me of Brand X, maybe other brands too.

Hey, Pharma – does...

Will there always be a need for a “Center of Excellence”?

By Beth Bengtson

Centers of Excellence are known by many names: Digital Centers of Excellence, Multi-Channel Marketing, Innovation Centers. Regardless of what they’re called, their goal is always the same: to ensure the organization is embracing the latest innovations in technology and communications. I’ve spent more than 15 years working in the healthcare and pharmaceutical marketing communications field as part of e-marketing teams that became digital teams that became multi-channel teams, and I believe there will always be a need for these internal groups. Each of these teams...

Shared Value: Business Opportunity

DAVID CONNOR 

Michael Porter knows his stuff. He’s a professor at Harvard and widely respected author on strategic thinking in business, especially of multiple books with ‘Competitive’ in the title.  More importantly though is his attention to the less traditional side of competitive business, my side, the good side.

The capitalist system is under siege.

One ongoing focus of this attention has been his interrogation of the world of CSR. A couple of years...

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