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Last Updated on February 16, 2024


The landscape of healthcare marketing is undergoing a transformative shift from traditional push strategies to more (digital) personalized and engaging pull approaches. A key driving force behind this evolution is the collection of preferences from doctors, who are integral decision-makers in patient care. By understanding and respecting doctors’ preferences, healthcare marketers can pivot from one-size-fits-all messages to tailored interactions, creating a more meaningful and effective engagement. In this blog, we delve into how collecting preferences from doctors can lead to a significant shift from push to pull marketing in the healthcare industry.

The push paradigm: A recap.

Traditional push marketing involves the dissemination of information and promotional materials to a broad audience, often without considering individual preferences or needs. This one-sided approach can lead to information overload, disengagement and a lack of relevance, especially in the rapidly evolving field of healthcare.

The power of doctor preferences:

Tailored content delivery.

Collecting doctors’ preferences allows healthcare marketers to create and provide content that aligns with their interests, specialties and information needs. By providing relevant information, marketers enhance engagement and position themselves as valuable resources rather than intrusive advertisers. The use of more digital channels requires such an approach, which should lead to a valued and trusted relation.

Preference based engagement.

When doctors provide their opt-in and willingly share their preferences, they express interest in receiving specific types of information. This engagement transforms the doctor’s role from a passive recipient of information to an active participant who seeks relevant updates and insights.

Personalized communication.

Preferences collection enables healthcare marketers to deliver personalized messages that resonate with doctors’ professional goals, areas of interest, patient populations and clinical interests. Personalization fosters a sense of connection and enhances the likelihood of doctors paying attention to the communication and engaging with the company.

Empowerment and choice.

Respecting doctor preferences empowers them to choose the channels, formats, timing and frequency of communication that suit their schedules and preferences. This approach respects their autonomy, while enhancing the likelihood of engagement.

Value-driven relationships.

By aligning communication with doctors’ preferences, healthcare marketers create a foundation for building value-driven relationships. Doctors perceive the information shared as valuable, relevant and respectful of their time, strengthening the overall doctor-company relationship.

Feedback and iteration.

Collecting preferences opens a channel for feedback, allowing doctors to voice their opinions and suggestions. This feedback loop facilitates continuous improvement in content creation, delivery methods and overall marketing strategies. An HCP portal, in which a doctor can manage his/her preferences, is a great tool for this.


The transformation from push to pull marketing in the healthcare industry hinges on the recognition of doctors as active participants in the information exchange process. By collecting and respecting doctor preferences, healthcare marketers can pivot from indiscriminate mass communication to personalized, relevant and engaging interactions. This shift not only enhances the doctor’s experience, but also fosters a more positive perception of healthcare marketing as a whole. As healthcare continues to evolve, the strategic alignment of marketing efforts with doctor preferences is poised to drive a more patient-centric and effective approach to communication.

What can OptInsight do for you?

We offer solutions and services for pharma & life sciences with focus on increasing your reach to healthcare professionals (HCPs).
The OptInsight consent and preference management solution allows pharmaceutical companies to manage the collection, storage and use of personal data in a compliant and secure manner. It provides a centralized platform for managing consent records (opt-ins AND opt-outs) and preferences, including the mandatory audit trail. It functions as a single source of truth, preventing scattered personal and consent data throughout your company. It also shows the latest consent status and preferences, which allows you to engage with HCPs based on the right data.

With our partner ecosystem, we can also support you on collecting opt-ins (up to 70%) and preferences (increase of up to 50% of HCP preferences), adding touch points to your customer journey with high end phone calls, improving the quality of data collected, creating social media campaigns, construction of websites and building HCP portals. Are you interested? Have a look at or contact me at

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Marketing & Product Director

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