Taking time throughout the selection process to better understand the agency will facilitate to result in the projects' and campaigns' success as well as strengthen the partnerships. Below are some tips when choosing a marketing agency for pharmaceutical industry:
Check out experience in the healthcare industry
It's dangerous to think that "marketing is marketing" or that a new agency can learn on the job in the healthcare industry. Higher standards and regulatory influences are imposed on doctors and hospitals, and prior experience is a must. To address issues and provide resolutions between a provider and the patient public, the highly personal service process needs a greater understanding. Take a look at their client list to see who they've worked with in the past and who they're working with now; find about case studies and findings that are relevant to your requirements and situation.
Determine the media specialization
Advertising agencies provide a variety of services based on the type of media. If your marketing strategy requires the agency to work on a specific media type, it is critical to find an agency that is at ease in this environment. For example, if the agency specializes in pharma media, you may want to work with them if your strategy calls for more interactive content to targeted audiences with media providers and publishers.
Look at their clients and campaigns
It's also important looking up the agency's customers (both past and present) to discover what kinds of pharmaceutical companies they've worked with. This shows that they have run similar campaigns targeted at similar markets and audiences, and as a result of this experience, the efforts are more likely to succeed. Case studies and prior campaigns reveals a lot about what methods have been used to create outcomes and how successful they were with previous clients It's important reviewing a case study or two to better understand of what happened before, during, and after a campaign.
Know how they charge
Choosing the most cost-effective agency choice will need raising some open-ended questions about payment structures early on. Show your budget and discuss how the agency can deal with it while also enhancing the investment's potential return. Charges, fees, contracts, and any “extra” expenses should be understood by both the agency and the client as well as authorizations, change orders, and approvals, among other thing.
Source: 1. orientation.agency, 2. healthcaresuccess.com