Physician Engagement

Data Privacy Alert! New Law Enacted in Virginia

David Reim, Chief Privacy Officer

DMD’s Lab Report: The Art & Science of Healthcare Email explores insights, trends, and obstacles affecting healthcare email. From strategy to creative, deployment to reporting, we aim to address the most pressing issues healthcare marketers face.

In the Lab Report, we aim to keep healthcare marketers apprised of significant changes surrounding email marketing. As Virginia becomes the third state to enact state-level data privacy legislation, this news is worthy of “front page” status for April’s edition.

On March 2, 2021, Virginia governor Ralph Northam signed into law the “Virginia Consumer Data Protection Act” (CDPA). It follows in the footsteps of California’s Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA), a second California law—the California Privacy Rights Act (CPRA)—and Nevada’s SB220.

Virginia’s law introduces new wrinkles into the current U.S. data privacy landscape. Here are some key points for healthcare marketers to consider.

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Topics: Email Marketing, Physician Engagement, Pharma Marketing, Healthcare Marketing, DMD Marketing

Issue #2 of DMD’s Lab Report: How to Optimize Read Rate in HCP Email Marketing

Jacob Aguilar, Director, Email Services

DMD’s Lab Report: The Art & Science of Healthcare Email explores insights, trends, and obstacles affecting healthcare email. From strategy to creative, deployment to reporting, we aim to address the most pressing issues healthcare marketers face.

In the first issue of DMD’s Lab Report, we addressed the mounting inbox deliverability challenges within the Gmail platform. February’s installment focuses on HCP engagement and takes an in-depth look at read rate—one of the most telling engagement KPIs in email marketing. Here are some key takeaways.

Read vs. Skimmed vs. Glanced

By definition, read rate measures the amount of time an email recipient spends in an email. Eight seconds or more looking at an email registers as “read.” An email is considered “skimmed” if the recipient spends two or more seconds in the email, but less than eight seconds. “Glanced” reflects any email that receives less than two seconds of one’s attention.

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Topics: Email Marketing, Physician Engagement, Pharma Marketing, Healthcare Marketing, DMD Marketing

Introducing the Lab Report, A New White Paper Series from DMD. First Topic: Gmail Deliverability

Jerrad Rickard, Vice President, Email

While 2020 proved to be a banner year for engagement, as outlined in our “2020 Email Year in Review Report,” it was not without challenges.

Building on the research conducted for 2020’s Year in Review Report, in 2021, we’re shining a light on email with a new monthly white paper dedicated to the channel. DMD’s Lab Report: The Art & Science of Healthcare Email explores insights, trends, and obstacles affecting healthcare email. From strategy to creative, deployment to reporting, we aim to address the most pressing issues healthcare marketers face.

To kick off this educational series, we’re taking a look at inbox deliverability, specifically the calculated interference Gmail runs between healthcare marketers and their intended HCPs.

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Topics: Email Marketing, Physician Engagement, Pharma Marketing, Healthcare Marketing, DMD Marketing, Deliverability

DMD’s Year of Learning, Adapting: 5 Reflections from 2020

Tighe Blazier, President

No amount of planning can prepare a business for a crisis such as COVID-19. At DMD, we started off 2020 expecting to help our clients connect meaningfully with healthcare professionals, as always. The pandemic worsened and everything changed.

Confronted with varying COVID-related challenges, we committed to learning—and evolving—to better support our clients and the larger healthcare community during this time. Despite the difficulties, DMD found ways to serve our clients and help them overcome unparalleled hardships.

The pandemic may not be over, but what we have learned will carry through 2021 and beyond. Here are our top reflections from 2020...

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Topics: Email Marketing, Physician Engagement, Pharma Marketing, Healthcare Marketing, DMD Marketing

Email Year in Review Report: Identifying COVID-19 Trends PLUS What to Expect in 2021

David Reim, Chief Privacy Officer

2020 represented an unprecedented year for many reasons. 

COVID-19 loomed large in everyone’s life and proved to be greatly influential for healthcare marketing. DMD’s analysis of the more than 32 million emails deployed from October 31, 2019 to October 31, 2020 revealed informative trends. These emails were sent to U.S.-based physicians, nurse practitioners, physicians’ assistants, nurses, and pharmacists on behalf of pharmaceutical companies and brands.

Our 2020 Email Year in Review report summarizes year-to-year trends, delves into engagement metrics influenced by COVID-19, and provides a look to what may be ahead for healthcare marketers in 2021.

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Topics: Email Marketing, Physician Engagement, Pharma Marketing, Healthcare Marketing, Covid-19, DMD Marketing, Triggered Email

Triggered Email’s Exponential Effect: The “Math” Behind 1+1=3

Jerrad Rickard, Vice President, Email

In our latest webinar, “1+1=3: Triggered Email is the Perfect Complement to Your Email Marketing,” our goal was to highlight the value of integrating broadcast and triggered email campaigns.

We use the “1+1=3” equation to illustrate why combining broadcast and triggered is not simply an average of each individual campaign’s performance. Each is effective on its own, but when using triggered + broadcast, impact increases exponentially.

Here are a few key insights we extracted from the webinar. If you’d like to view the entire session, you can access it here.

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Topics: Email Marketing, Physician Engagement, Pharma Marketing, Healthcare Marketing, DMD Marketing, Triggered Email

Ho, Ho, Hold Up… Should You Deploy Emails During the Holidays?

Jerrad Rickard, Vice President, Email

When you’re in the business of data, it’s important to follow trends year over year. In the past, we’ve identified a number of consistencies surrounding email engagement, specific to the holiday season. Healthcare marketers can expect some of those consistencies to remain the same this year, but they also have to consider the unique nature of 2020.

Our analysis of 2020 behavior to-date revealed that the COVID-19 pandemic seemed to have a dramatic effect on the engagement rates of emails sent by pharmaceutical, medical device, and diagnostic companies. Metrics such as open rates have experienced a downturn from the initial spike early in the pandemic, but they remain elevated over previous years. DMD’s AIM® XR data, which monitors physician activity across 2,100-plus medical websites, also shows that COVID-19 continues to be a highly relevant and engaging topic among healthcare providers.

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Topics: Email Marketing, Physician Engagement, Healthcare Marketing, Covid-19, DMD Marketing

DMD Engineer Provides Global Solution for 1.6 Million Weekly Download Open Source Library

Sarah B. Brown, Director of Marketing

At DMD, problem-solving is at our core. Our suite of data products solves the marketing challenges our healthcare clients routinely encounter.

Like any progressive technology company, we run into our software engineering challenges which require creative solutions. Using resources like open source libraries allows us to leverage the collective knowledge and experience of both engineers and programmers who serve the broader community. It’s a valuable go-to; but unfortunately, those libraries occasionally have issues of their own.

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Topics: Physician Engagement, Healthcare Marketing

[Webinar] Obstacles and Innovations: What's Changed for Email Marketing in 2019

Jerrad Rickard, Vice President, Email

As we look towards the second half of 2019 and beyond, it’s important to look back at some of the changes—both positive and negative—that have already been made in email marketing just this year. Even if you’ve been adhering to traditional “best practices,” this new information requires a thorough review of your digital marketing tactics.

 

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Topics: Email Marketing, Physician Engagement, Healthcare Marketing

[Webinar] Decoding The Digital Physician: Separating Fact From Fiction

Sarah B. Brown, Director of Marketing

Capturing the attention of your physician audience is no easy feat, especially with digital communication increasing every day. It’s difficult to cut through this noise to deliver your message. The best way to reach your audience is to understand their needs – and tailor your outreach to those needs. Today, more than ever, physician-level data is critical to effectively reach and engage your targets.

In our next webinar on July 17, Edith Hodkinson, Chief of Digital Strategy, will unravel some notions about the “digital physician” to demonstrate why it’s so important for marketers to separate fact from fiction when strategizing ways to communicate with and engage healthcare professionals. In preparation for the webinar, I sat down with Edith to explore some of the topics she’ll be discussing.

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Topics: Audience Identity Management, Physician Engagement, AIM, Healthcare Marketing

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About the Blog

DMD President Roger Korman and his management team publish weekly articles on digital communication and technology in healthcare.

Articles are published that cover website visitor identity, the value of authenticated healthcare professional databases for use in multichannel marketing to physicians and healthcare professionals. DMD clients in pharma, hospital and health systems, agencies, and physician marketing companies rely on DMD's email and AIMSM technologies to improve communication with healthcare professionals across marketing channels.