Identifying & Engaging Key Online Influencers in Healthcare

How to map & score Key Online Influencers

Which KOIs a Healthcare company engages with in an influencer program inevitably has profound implications on the ability to reach the underlying commercial objectives. Vertic has developed a influencer discovery and evaluation framework to create a shortlist of candidates to consider for a influencer program and hone in on the best suitable participants.

  • ‍Influence Metrics. Industry Standard 3x R (Reach, Resonance, Relevance) for overall evaluation of influence‍
  • Audience Quality. Classification of who is in their following based on activity and bio descriptions‍
  • Content Creation. Analysis of how much original content they create and to what extent it resonates with the target audience

Process of Key Online Influencer Engagement

Another key activity is to align the business goals of the company with the Following, opinions and interests of the different identified influencers. On this basis, the company can select which KOIs to reach out to. For those influencers that are open to collaboration, the relationship building is initiated. When the relationship has been cemented, the Healthcare company and the set of KOIs can collaborate on engaging the online community including patients, HCPs, caregivers, payers, etc.

How can a Healthcare company add value to KOIs?

The Healthcare company needs to add value to the KOIs in order to establish a genuine relationship. But how?

  • ‍Connect with people who can inspire & provide something new/ interesting to talk about
  • ‍Connect with experts who can help make sense of complex medical and patient issues‍
  • ‍Connect with people who can help with creative expression‍
  • ‍Connect better with the community to leverage shared experience
  • ‍Connect beyond the stakeholder group: breaking silos between stakeholders

A common thread through influencer concepts

In order to maximize the value of the influencer program, the Healthcare company needs to follow the following thread:

1. Bring together the right people

We can provide value to KOIs by helping to bring them together with similar or complementary experts, stakeholders, and communicators.

2. Suggest topics to focus on & educate

We provide themes to create (or co-create) content around so that we can control the direction.

3. Co-create, and document the process

Unlike in TV or print, in social media, the community of creators and the process of content creation are important and visible. This gives us an opportunity to use the documentation of the co-creation to produce engaging content before the release of the end-product.

4. Capture the output and promote it.

The ultimate output should take the form of as many pieces of content as possible — from hero videos and recorded video Q&A sessions to simple infographics and posts.

It is a relationship, not a business transaction

Relationships are founded on reciprocity, fair and reliable exchange of value over time. Ultimately, and in the long run, both parties gain each other’s trust. The hallmark of trust is that you add value into the relationship without measuring the immediate return, but rather understand and appreciate the longevity of the connection and mutually rewarding nature. At this point, you have earned, what we at Vertic call, Share of Life™. It is long term game, and certainly a game that extends beyond this financial quarter.



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Mads Krogh Petersen

Mads Krogh Petersen

Perspectives on Marketing in a Digital World. Co-founder of Vertic