New Pharma Digital Marketing Benchmarks Show that Online Pharmaceutical Marketing Continues to Drive Brand Awareness, Favorability and Conversions

Visitation to Branded Pharmaceutical Websites Continues to Produce Greatest Lifts
comScore Releases Eighth Annual Report on Online Pharmaceutical Marketing Benchmarks
RESTON, VA, July 10, 2014 – comScore, Inc. (NASDAQ: SCOR), a leader in measuring the digital world, today released results from its eighth annual Online Marketing Effectiveness Benchmarks for the Pharmaceutical Industry, conducted in partnership with marketing innovation consultancy Evolution Road LLC. Based on comScore's survey data from 163 pharmaceutical studies, these benchmarks show that online direct to consumer (DTC) marketing continues to increase conversion among patients and prospects. Additionally, the study also shows that pharmaceutical online advertising has the highest viewability rates of any industry, and that consumers are increasingly turning to new platforms such as mobile devices to consume health-related content.
"The importance of pharmaceutical branded websites continues to be high. Our research shows that regardless of how condition sufferers get to the site, that visit has a significant influence in those patients seeking treatment," said John Mangano, vice president for comScore Health Solutions. "Marketers should also take note of what devices consumers are using to engage with health-related content, as visitation to the category via mobile devices has increased by 36 percent in just the past year. Understanding how to reach consumers effectively through fast-emerging platforms such as mobile will help companies create better marketing and content strategies to connect with both prospects and patients alike."  
Brand Site Visitation is Most Impactful Form of Online Marketing
This year's study shows that site visitation to a branded pharmaceutical site continues to provide sizeable lifts in both brand awareness and favorability. The most recent benchmarks show that site visitation influences both new patient starts and adherence or refills. For prospects, branded website visitation drove a 9.4-point lift above control in new patient starts compared to those in the control group, and there was a 14.7-point lift above control in prescription refill activity among patients who had recently visited a branded website.  
Visited Branded Website
Additionally, the benchmarks show that natural search-referred traffic is most impactful in conversion among prospects. This natural search-referred traffic had the highest lift at 13.9 points. Non-referred visits yielded a smaller yet still sizeable impact with a 9.9-point lift, while paid search-referred traffic provided a comparable effect, with a 9.3-point lift. 
Pharmaceutical Online Advertising Has Highest Viewability Rates of Any Industry
Health marketers continue to use digital channels to reach consumers, and anywhere from three to seven billion display ads are delivered in the drugs and medication sector each month. However, the viewability of an ad – or the ability for an ad to actually be seen by a consumer – largely impacts the effectiveness of an advertising campaign. Across a study of billions of pharmaceutical advertising impressions spanning over 15 brands, 51 percent of the ads were viewable*. Out of the ten industries comScore benchmarked, pharmaceutical advertising impressions had the highest viewability rates.
Online Display Ad Viewability
*Viewability is defined as 50 percent or more of the advertisement appearing in the viewable frame of the web browser for at least one second.
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About comScore Health Solutions
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About Evolution Road
Evolution Road is a marketing innovation consultancy focused on helping brands leverage digital and marketing innovation to drive their business. Evolution Road is bringing its vision to life - that digital marketing will dramatically improve how pharmaceutical brands are marketed for the benefit of consumers, physicians and healthcare brands. To that end, Evolution Road has helped millions of consumers and healthcare professionals make more informed healthcare choices and has delivered $3+ billion dollars in incremental top-line revenue for its clients at an ROI of over 4:1. For more information, please visit