Multi-Channel Marketing: A Tablet PC Driven E-Detailing Success Phenomenon

Life Sciences, Pharmaceutical, Commercialization & HEOR,
  • Thursday, May 24, 2007 | 10am BST (UK) / 11am CEST (EU-Central) / 5am EDT (NA)
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This X-Talk will explore best practices in linking online e-detailing to rep-based tablet PC detailing, thus transforming traditional pharmaceutical marketing practice.

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Many physicians consider the product information they received from reps to be “biased,” and almost half said the timing of sales calls are inconvenient. It would be extremely remiss of pharmaceutical marketers to continue investing all efforts into traditional detailing without addressing this problem. As physicians are frustrated with current paper detailing methods, the combination Internet and tablet PC in the hands of the “live” sales rep/pharmaceutical marketing rep offers an innovative way to add value to the physician learning experience and fill the gaps that are left between rep visits.

Frustrated with lack of medical information that they receive from traditional sources, doctors are turning to the web to aid in their information search. Physicians predominantly seek medical information online in the evenings, and weekends. The implication is that home time is not “lost time” and pharmaceutical marketing professionals can take advantage of this to build relationships with their targeted physicians after office hours.

Physicians who refuse to see sales reps in their offices often say “yes” to online details, offering pharmaceutical marketing professionals a way to reach these doctors and influence their prescribing behavior. More recent studies have shown that many physicians are interested in participating in e-detailing and receiving product information via the internet, even if they have not yet had the opportunity to do so.

Tablet PC detailing or Closed Loop Marketing, is a proven phenomenon that empowers the pharma company with a tool to enrich the sales reps’ presentation to the prescriber, drive segmented messages to the right doctors at the right time, monitor compliance with brand messaging, and provide for a powerful analytical and predictive modeling tool.

This Webinar will address:

  •            The sales rep/physician interaction: Experts in adult learning theory and how physicians in particular learn from sales rep interactions have assimilated an algorithmic approach to the interactive detailing that allows the sales rep to automatically gather data about the “learning stage” of the physician. This is interwoven with different interactive mechanisms as the product information is ‘revealed’ or requested for by the physician. Additionally, dynamic brand message acceptance information can be delivered back to pharmaceutical marketing teams for analysis and transformation into modified “messaging” for future encounters.
  •            Segmented Messaging: Prescribers can be segmented on multiple dimensions at a much more granular level beyond the current one-dimensional sales deciles. Modifications of segmented and targeted information can be passed from sales call to sales call. This cycle is repeated over and over again with the physician engaging in the process more as a learning experience and not as being “detailed” by a sales rep.

What this Means to the Various Stakeholders

Through this innovative approach, pharmaceutical brand teams will have more knowledge about field force activity and prescriber reaction to brand messages. The sales rep will better understand where the physician is on the “learning curve” relevant to a given brand or pharmaceutical product. The prescribing physician will not feel the traditional detail but rather is immersed in a learning experience which can drive behavioral change.

The tablet PC/e-detailing platform has the potential to transform the traditional pharma business model, where a sales call, delivered via any channel, can become a more productive, less expensive marketing action, requiring lower commitment of resources around pharmaceutical marketing plans. This will allow marketers to reach broader audiences and achieve more rapid returns on their efforts.


H.B. Slotnick, Ph.D., Ph.D., Professor Emeritus, University of North Dakota

H.B. Slotnick is currently working in three areas: Identifying similarities and differences in approaches to learning across medical students, residents, and practicing clinicians; applying his theory of physician learning to the problem of teaching physicians skills and knowledge they do not recognize they need but that are consistent with best evidence; and examining the idea of ‘medical professionalism’ from the perspectives of psychosocial development and learning.


He is the author of 69 full-length publications and one book and is currently a Professor Emeritus, Department of Neuroscience, School of Medicine and Health Sciences, University of North Dakota where his responsibilities include researching how medical students, residents, and practicing clinicians learn, and teaching biostatistics.

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Dr. Jens Härtel, Managing Director, BSMO

Mr. Härtel is managing director of BSMO Business Solutions Medicine Online GmbH. He joined BSMO in 2002. Since then, he established eDetailing solutions in the pharmaceutical market. Edetailing is a successful direct marketing tool used by pharmaceutical companies. BSMO launches eDetailing projects in Europe, North America, Latin America and Asia for major companies since 2002.

Mr. Härtel conceives and sells integrative marketing solutions such as eDetailing, eLearning, eCME and Service Center.

Before joining BSMO, he worked for several healthcare agencies as managing director and head of sales and marketing.

Mr. Härtel received his MD from Hannover Medical School.

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Richie A. Bavasso, President, Exploria SPS

Mr. Bavasso is one of the early pioneers of use of tablet PCs as a detailing tool to support pharmaceutical sales representatives. Since 2001, he has worked with clients in the US and Canada to introduce the Closed Loop Marketing (CLM) function. He has set procedure and precedent in the areas of content development, content administration, and sales training. A frequent speaker at industry conferences and events, Mr. Bavasso serves as an advocate for the industry in promoting tablet PCs as integral to the various enterprise functions within pharma and the medical community.

In addition to his fourteen year tenure at Pharmedica, Mr. Bavasso spent twelve years in hospital administration, health care marketing, and community and corporate health education. He has, on two occasions, introduced the marketing function to healthcare systems.

A graduate of Pepperdine University, Malibu, CA, with a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration, Mr. Bavasso received his MBA in health care management from Bryant University, Smithfield, RI.

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Who Should Attend?

VPs, Directors, Heads, & Managers of:

  • Sales
  • Marketing
  • Business Development
  • E-Detailing
  • Sales Force Effectiveness
  • CRM

Xtalks Partner

Exploria SPS

Exploria SPS is a wholly owned subsidiary of Exploria, Inc. dedicated to developing, marketing and raising the bar in the area of Tablet PC detailing. Its mission is to provide a complete solution to support CLM and other sales-force driven activities. Exploria Productions, also a wholly owned subsidiary under Exploria, Inc., develops creative content including 3D animation and will provide that component to the interactive content needs of Exploria SPS as part of the Total Solution in Tablet PC Detailing.

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