What the Changes in DTC Spending Mean for Pharma Companies

Posted by Sharon Suchotliff on Mon, Nov 12, 2018

Hensley Evans co-wrote this blog post with Sharon Suchotliff. 

In our previous blog post, we shared three key trends that are driving direct-to-consumer marketing into a state of flux. These forces—the exit of big DTC spenders due to loss of exclusivity, specialty brands driving investment in TV only, and shifts in consumer behavior and marketing mix—are behind the 4.7% decline in spending that we saw between 2016 and 2017.


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The Changing Landscape of DTC Marketing

Posted by Sharon Suchotliff on Thu, Oct 11, 2018

Hensley Evans co-wrote this blog post with Sharon Suchotliff. 

This time of year, many brands are deep into the annual brand planning cycle. By now, many of us have already read about the reported decline in DTC spend over the last two years: DTC investment declined 4.7% between 2016 and 2017, the first decline since 2011. Yet despite the overall decline, TV’s share of DTC spending continues to climb, accounting for more than 70% of DTC investment in 2017, and reaching an all-time high of $4.3 billion.* More than anything else, these shifts in DTC signal that direct-to-consumer spending is headed into a state of flux, with continued change and volatility expected in the coming years.


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Three Tips for Getting the Most From Your Brand Tracker

Posted by Sonal Singh on Fri, Sep 28, 2018

Brand performance tracking is an indispensable asset for helping pharmaceutical companies develop robust brand strategies. A strong brand tracker helps monitor changes in brand awareness and perception, shifts in competitive positioning, and the impact of marketing efforts over time. However, many pharma marketers feel that tracking studies require continuous upkeep but don’t provide a lot of value, and some marketers don’t know how to best use their trackers. 


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Three Critical Moves for Getting Launch Targeting Right

Posted by Paul Hashemi on Mon, May 14, 2018

It’s common knowledge that the success of a launch sets the long-term trajectory of a pharmaceutical brand. In past decades, companies would double down on their research investments with massive sales forces, reaching every plausible potential prescriber, but in today’s environment, promotional resources often are limited. This means that targeting the right customers is increasingly important to ensuring that a new brand’s launch is successful.


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