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Assess the effectiveness of the Digital Channel

August 13, 2020

Leading US Pharmaceutical Company

Problem Statement

  • With the launch of a competitor drug in Q2 2012, brand is planned to get reduced effort from the sales force channel. Company would like to understand
  • the effectiveness of the digital channel in brand’s current promotional mix

Analytics Led Approach

  • conducted three separate test-control analyses to measure three different aspects of digital channel effectiveness
  • Identified physicians are grouped based on the exposure to various promotional channels to set up the impact assessment analysis
    • Physicians reached by Rep Channel
    • Physicians NOT reached by Rep Channel
  • Digital channel was tested in terms of impact on the following basis
    • Incremental
    • Supplemental
    • Substitutional

Business Impact

  • Incremental impact of digital channel on Brand’s prescribing is found to be significant in specific groups of physicians
  • The profile of physicians where the digital channel is found to be impactful is:
    • Low Value (Long Tail HCPs)
    • High Affinity to Brand (Physicians who prefer branded drugs over generics)
    • Med/Low value CARDs
  • The digital channel is not an effective supplement for any reduction in REP effort for High value/Crestor Leaner physicians
  • However, consistent with the incremental impact, digital promotion appears to be able to adequately supplement reductions in REP effort for Brand long tail HCPs and for physicians who have a higher affinity to branded drugs
  • Matched test physician set was too small for a meaningful impact assessment

Critical Success Factors

  • Identification of the right placement of digital channel within promo mix (incremental / supplemental, not substitutional) and focused targeting based on customer profiles (Incremental : 5000 Low value Dr.s & 2000 High Affinity to brand Dr.s)

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