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July 2, 2010
Pharma companies are starting to be brave enough to use FaceBook as an advertising medium to reach the Canadian market. This month, Bayer, Merck Serono, McNeil Consumer Healthcare and other healthcare organizations targeted me with FaceBook ads. An detailed analysis of the campaign surrounding the Real MS Voices ad (by Merck Serono and Merck) can be found here: Non-profit organizations continue to use FaceBook as an advertising avenue: Medical providers also use FaceBook advertising with the hope of finding new clients: Miscellaneous others: And a few healthcare-related ads that I spotted on my Yahoo account (all of which I believe would be ideal for promotion via social media advertising and other activities): Previous posts on FaceBook healthcare-related ads that targeted my FaceBook profile can be found here, here, here, here, here and here. This post is by no means an endorsement of any of the products or services depicted in the ads, nor is it a critique of the ads themselves. Stay in touch, Natalie Connect with me on the following networks: FaceBook, Twitter, LinkedIn —————————————————– To ensure that you receive all new updates to this blog, insert your e-mail address in the box in the top-right corner. Your e-mail will remain private and will not be shared with any third parties.
July 1, 2010
What better way to celebrate Canada Day than by focusing on a pharma social media campaign that seems to fit within all the Canadian regulatory guidelines, and presents the opportunity to thoroughly engage with patients; the Real MS Voices campaign by Merck Serono and Merck. Earlier this week, I saw the following FaceBook ad on my personal FaceBook profile; Although the font is very small and faint, you can spot the corporate names Merck Serono and Merck at the bottom of the ad. When you click on the ad, you are brought to the new online MS community, Real MS Voices, developed by Merck Serono and Merck. The objective of the site is to encourage MS patients to submit video entries as part of a contest. This is a global campaign that was launched on May 26 2010, yet it appears that most of the activity on the various platforms actually got started later in June 2010. It is a global campaign, however the site is not intended for use by residents of the US or the UK. UK residents are encouraged to get involved with Real MS by visiting the UK site, whereas US residents are suggested to visit the EMD Serono site to find out more about life with MS. No restrictions are mentioned for Canadian site visitors. Registering for the site is simple and takes a few seconds only. Since anybody can sign up, this site would be considered 'open' to the public, or non-gated from a regulatory perspective. The site boasts several social media platforms where MS patients can engage with Real MS Voices; an online community, RSS feed, Twitter, FaceBook and a blog (comments are encouraged on the blog). The video contest will also include some social media component as people will be voting for their favorites online. I'm not sure if this was intentional or not, but the YouTube link to Real MS Voices is missing on the homepage of the site, yet it is listed on the FaceBook 'Info' tab. Online community rules: The host organization was very wise to allow members to write comments, yet there are community rules that need to be followed. These are listed on the website and are repeated on the other social media platforms (FaceBook, Twitter and YouTube) as well. Here are a few conditions that are important for regulatory purposes:
- "Our message boards are moderated on a regular basis. We will remove inappropriate posts that do not follow our rules for postings on message boards."
- "MESSAGES WHICH PROMOTE OR DISCUSS ANY MS THERAPY ARE PROHIBITED: we all have opinions about MS treatments. However, if the posts are misleading, misinformed, become solicitations, aggressive, or hurtful to others, they will be removed and the member will be contacted to discuss proper guidelines and possible consequences. Messages containing names (either brand or generic) of current MS therapies are prohibited and will be removed from the messaging board."
- "This site does not give medical advice, nor does it provide medical or diagnostic services. Your reliance upon content obtained by you at or through the site is solely at your own risk."