|21st June 2017
Whatever therapy area you work in, medical congresses are one of the most costly, time-consuming and important marketing activities that your company will undertake during the year. Congresses are one of the only truly experiential marketing opportunities that pharma brand teams get with healthcare professionals.
You have the opportunity to integrate activities to provide customers with a three-dimensional brand experience, where you can share the physical, emotional and scientific aspects of your brand.In turn, customers can engage with brands free from the time constraints of their daily routines.
It is one of the only times they are actively open to spending quality time with your commercial and medical teams. The time they are willing to spend with your brand increases with the value of the experience they receive. If you successfully focus on their needs – the customer experience – and exceed their expectations, you can significantly increase your brand equity. Get it wrong, and you could miss this golden opportunity.
What is a good congress result, and more importantly, how do we make sure the congress is a success? What activity will most engage your customer? How do you maximise the return on your investment?
The majority of the work needs to begin well in advance of the congress. Thoughtful and considered planning is probably the single most important step to ensuring your congress is a success.
At Blue Latitude Health, our philosophy of executional excellence is applied to congresses by setting clear objectives for all aspects and ensuring we deliver on these both pre-, during and post- the event. There are four key elements to successful activity:
Your congress goals should be driven by your brand strategy and critical success factors. They may be centred on awareness, education, behaviour change, or perhaps something future-facing.
Whatever your congress objectives are, we find it useful to contextualise them through the above framework. This will help you validate your approach to the congress, and may even assist you in making decisions when it comes to prioritising time, budget and resources.
It’s not about you. Keep the customer at the heart of everything you do – congresses are a customer experience before a brand experience. Delegates attend congresses to learn more about treatments and advances in their therapy area, but also to network and fulfil personal goals. They get to take a break from their daily routine, socialise, and even have fun.
Think about how you can design experiences that meet their unmet needs. Map out the customer journey for before, during, and after the congress, to develop tactics and messages that are engaging and relevant.
Develop messaging and collateral for those customers that can’t attend the event. Avoid the temptation to repurpose materials for an existing audience, based solely on them having been already developed and approved. Tactics and messaging will only benefit your brand when they are engaging and relevant to the delegates attending the congress.
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