| 8th October 2015
Positioning is a brand’s golden opportunity to be seen as distinctive by customers. By getting the positioning of your product right, you can build the motivational, aspirational and resonant brand story and messaging that is going to allow your product to become a brand. Your product will carve its own space in your customers’ mental workspace, and thus can weather evolving environmental constraints, ideally through to loss of exclusivity.
Pharmaceutical companies have improved their customer-centric focus and process in developing motivating, differentiating and viable positioning. However, further progress is required. Here are our top tips to help you develop positioning that supports your brand:
Get consensus on what your business is trying to achieve for the brand before you start. Conduct a cross-functional brand team workshop to garner perceptions and insights on a positioning strategic direction. Include this understanding in the draft positioning concepts that you are going to consider, then select for testing with your external customers.
Positioning is the central tool for conducting an engaging dialogue with your customers. The dialogue will need to focus on the brand story, and also tailor the message flow and focus. Tailoring is becoming an increasing requirement as personalised medicine and individual patients’ engagement in their treatments become the focus. As you start, consider the broader network of influencers – in particular, payers, carers and patients are also your customers.
| 12th April 2017
Cultural context is everything when you’re working with teams from a different background to your own. Senior Associate UX Researcher Dorottya Okros talks through the common communication and negotiation pitfalls of working with Eastern Europe and the CIS for British presenters.
| 5th April 2017
Channel strategy has long been a hot topic for pharma and is often regarded as the answer to many of today’s marketing challenges. Head of Brand Strategy Jenna Earl discusses these challenges faced by pharmaceutical marketers today, and if channel disruption is really the answer.
| 29th March 2017
Customer Experience Consultant Eimear Power talks through the process of developing Orello, a service for metastatic prostate cancer patients and their loved ones, in collaboration with Janssen.