Platform System Solution How we created a flexible design system for our client’s international online platforms.
That's why purchasing decisions are largely made for reasons as ...
“I know this brand and I trust it.”
“This brand provides services and information easier or more efficient.”
“This brand’s products are cheaper than those of the competition.”
“I know this brand and I trust it.”
How can we create and improve digital services to build and to maintain sustainable relationships with the brand’s direct customers (doctors, pharmacies, hospitals, wholesalers, …) and end consumers?
Which websites, apps and other channels do we use to provide these services?
How can we support a competitive medication price via digitization, automation and optimization of key customer processes?
How can we roll out these services in up to 60 countries with one common corporate design – ensuring that each market can benefit from synergy effects and follows the brand’s overall digital strategy?
- the public users and patients
- the applicants, press members and people generally interested in the company
- the Health Care Professionals (HCP) and
- the buying Health Care Professionals (e.g. Pharmacists or dispensing doctors).
Each of these groups has different needs, levels of knowledge about medication and underlies varying legal restrictions concerning the display of medical information.
Furthermore, we analyzed the brand’s markets and processes. Each market underlies different legal requirements and uses different processes to ensure that their stakeholders and end consumers are sufficiently supplied with information and medication.
We created a modular system that enables to launch websites as needed and to configure them on a page and module level.
The Public website addresses the general users with health and product information like articles, open studies, videos or companions.
The Corporate website aims at applicants, press members and users generally interested in the brand. Addressing these users, the website includes general information about the company’s activities in the respective market (maybe also on the global stage, depending on the market targets), job information and press news.
The Expert website addresses Health Care Professionals with professional health information such as studies and e-learnings but also detailed information about the brand’s products (both OTC and prescription products).
The Shop allows Health Care Professionals to directly order medication and handout materials, either as single products or product bundles.
To ensure that they can order the products as efficient as possible, we also provided “power-shopper” features such as order templates or the option to order products for entire (pharmacy) groups.
Because our target groups can enter the websites in different roles (e.g. once as press member and once as patient), we decided to use an overarching navigation that allows the user to easily jump from website to website. This navigation also provides the opportunity to create a comprehensive “brand-world” that incorporates all websites and microsites of the band.
Following the modular approach, the architecture of the individual websites can also be adapted. Content editors can easily integrate new categories or pages in the website.
Using a flexible module system, the content editor can easily and quickly create these pages by using modules from a design module catalogue.
The complete catalogue can be adapted to different brands by adapting the design principles of the modules. This gives our customer the freedom to use the module catalogue as a uniform design basis without opposing the individual brand styles.
Each piece of content and product is tagged with an indication and/or topic-related keywords. Related content at the bottom of each pages ensures that the user can smoothly move through the website without facing “dead-ends” or irrelevant content.
Non-public pages are enhanced by teaser modules which customize the experience by offering information and services aiming at a particular user group (eg. dispensing doctors). This mechanism is for example used to inform healthcare professionals about new treatment possibilities, conferences in their field of expertise, articles and other relevant content.
If the website offers a large number of relevant content, we are using an ingenious scoring system that determines which content is displayed first.
Currently we use personalization in the shop for healthcare professionals to recommend products and product bundles based on their previous buying behavior, seasonality, instock information, rebate levels etc.
We have deliberately decided against personalization in the public website and other public sites. Health is a sensitive issue and we can never absolutely ensure that only the users themselves receive recommendations based on their previous searches.
4 portals, in 8 markets, in 7 languages for 4 brands ... until now!