When you have experienced the joy that developing a robust, evidence based marketing strategy bring and you are clear on why, what and who, it is time to work on the when and where and how. Marketing planning is an important step towards implementing your marketing strategy, bringing it to life and reaping the benefits. Many of the tough decisions will have been made when developing your strategy but there are still some important ones to make when planning.
In 2009, most of the 945 state-owned pharmacies in Sweden were sold to private owners who quickly rebranded their estates in order to find a way to attract customers. Their services were all identical so branding was the only meaningful way for them to carve out a share of the market. Pharmacy branding builds value and resilience which in the light of another larger than expected hit to UK pharmacy remuneration makes it one of the best ways to respond. While there are numerous options for pharmacy contractors who are thinking about ways to survive and thrive, investing in your brand has some important advantages.