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Anatomy Of A Perfect Email: 6 Ways To Leverage The Communication Tool To Improve Your Personal Brand

Each of us write many emails on any given workday, giving us an opportunity to make countless impressions, positive or negative, on the people who receive them. Emails not only serve to communicate a message, but they often remain on the recipients’ computers for months or even years. By adopting the simple suggestions we provide in this post from start to finish, and using our handy printable checklist, you will improve your email communications as well as your colleagues’ perceptions of you. Informative subject line. We all get too many emails, and often rely on the subject line to determine, well, the subject of the email. You undoubtedly have a topic in mind when composing an email, that’s a no brainer. However, if you’re like me, you also don’t want to send too many emails, so you may add a few facts and/or questions as well to an email you’re already sending. Before sending the email, consider adding these issues to the subject line, separated by commas. However, if you’re answering a question that was sent to you in an earlier email, you may want to consider not mixing the conversation thread and instead answering this query by replying to […]

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ScienceOnline 2012 Tweets: Pre-Holiday Word Cloud #scio12

ScienceOnline 2012, the premier meeting spot for science bloggers and digital influencers, is a month away (follow on Twitter via hashtag #scio12)! Here is the word cloud from almost 1800 Twitter status updates over the past month, with the largest words indicating the most popular. (Note: #scio12 organizers’ Twitter handles were removed from the word cloud). Each word is linked to a Twitter search of the #scio12 hashtag and the term (Note: the Twitter search only extends back 8 days and thus some links will not work). In case you haven’t been following, the word ‘tattoo’ appears because there will be a group of people visiting a tattoo parlor (and some getting tattoos!) at the meeting, inspired by Carl Zimmer’s new book ‘Science Ink’. We’ll have a fun contest at #scio12 related to this subject. We’re also happy that the word ‘art’ is prominent, as we think that an appreciation of the two leads to better science communication. We’ll be at #scio12 talking to bloggers about acquiring company sponsorships for blogs or networks, contact us if you’re on ‘either side’!

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Occupy Life Science? How Researchers Are Challenging the Status Quo And Why Companies Should Help

We’ve talked about the new media revolution, and how scientists are publishing more research and information online, while traditional printed publications are experiencing a downward trend. If you’ve been watching, there has been a concomitant movement to make research open access, meaning making published data free, as evidenced by the growth of journals such as the Public Library of Science. This movement is aimed at improving the progress of science by making more information available for faster discoveries. In addition, a group of researchers has taken a brilliant step towards controlling their destinies and begun to ‘crowdfund’ their research via an initiative called SciFund, soliciting funds from individuals to support their work. As researchers begin to ‘take charge’ of their future in these endeavors which are linked and perhaps similar to the Occupy Wall Street movement, life science tools providers can partner with them, benefiting all. Let’s list a few ways that the status quo limits life science companies. Funding for life science research, which directly affects the growth of tools providers, is determined by the federal government, and distributed via the peer reviewed grant process. Researchers carry out this research aided by products from life science companies and publish […]

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#ls_chat 10/26/2011 Online Resources for Life Scientists

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#ls_chat 10/12/2011: Life Science Company Communication & Customer Grievances

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2012 Life Science Marketing Planning Guide: Events, Media Kits & Contacts

2012 Life Science Marketing Planning Guide: Events, Media Kits & Contacts

It’s time to start life science marketing planning for the next year, and we’d like to help you get the most out of your budget with this guide. We’ll assume that the Mayans are wrong and that the world won’t end, at least not before Q4. We’ve updated our life science event planning calendar which has 2012 conference and relevant due dates to help you get abstracts and other items in on time, especially if you add the google calendar to yours so you’ll get reminders. In addition, we’ve added the official Twitter hashtag for each event (where available) so you can track them (see our guide to life science hashtags to learn more). Life Science Event Listings Comprendia Life Science Events: Comprendia or Google http://bit.ly/lifescievents Allconferences.com (Biotech) Nature Events Page Macdougall Biomedical Communications 2011-2012 Conference Calendar Fierce Biotech Events Biocompare Life Science Events Cell Press (+mini social network) Drug Discovery News Events Calendar Lab Roots Events Page (social network) BIOCOM Events Calendar Below is our list of life science media kits and editorial calendars. Marketers use them to plan their tactical schedules, see our life science marketing plan series for more details. We’d hoped to find more of the […]

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How To Host A Life Science Webinar

One of the most exciting aspects of our work is developing new ways for our clients to engage their customers. We’ve recently had great success helping our client Emerald BioStructures create a new drug discovery webinar series which has increased their visibility and generated high quality leads. We’d like to share some of the key elements for success we’ve found for life science webinars. Think ‘howto,’ not capabilities. Your company has a lot of know-how that can be shared without exposing proprietary information. Your goal for a webinar series is to position your company as an expert on a topic, and your viewers can either choose to work with you or to DIY the project. Either way, you will have formed a relationship with them as the ‘go to’ company on the topic, and the DIYers might change their minds later. You can start with an existing capabilities presentation, but change it significantly to point out the tips and tricks you used to make projects successful. Think about a presentation that YOU would take time out of your busy day to watch. If you’re having trouble deciding what to cover, look at your web analytics and see what resources are […]

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9/14/2011 Life Science Twitter Chat Summaries: Social Media & Conferences #ls_chat

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Introducing The Life Science Twitter Chat: Improving Communication Between Researchers and Companies

Comprendia’s mission is to improve communication in the life science industry, and a big part of this is opening up more of a dialog between companies and researchers. We think social media is a perfect venue for discussions, and are co-founding a biweekly life science chat on Twitter. Life scientists and company representatives can openly discuss issues important for advancing research through a better understanding of the challenges faced by each. Many life science companies have a presence on Twitter, but we see them mostly as being in broadcast mode, simply tweeting about products and promotions and not engaging with scientists. We were approached by one life scientist on twitter who wanted us to connect them with a company as their efforts to engage with them regarding a large equipment purchase had not been fruitful. With an email, we were able to connect them, but the process would have been much easier if the company had been available and responsive on Twitter. Life scientists have questions directly relating to existing products as well as ideas for new ones. Companies want to hear this information and ask questions about their performance and perception. A Twitter chat will bring the two sides […]

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5 Reasons Why Google+ Could Be a Game Changer for Life Science #googleplus

I’ll admit I was skeptical of Google+, the new social network from the search engine giant, because I knew Google had given up their previous attempts with their products Wave and Buzz, which were in a similar vein. However, it soon became apparent that Google+ was different in many ways, from the offerings to the way everyone was talking about it. What promise does it hold for life science? I think that there are many features of Google+ which researchers and companies will find useful, and that it may become very popular. Here are the reasons: Threaded discussions. Social media savvy life scientists really like Friendfeed, which allows for users to comment on posted items in targeted groups, resulting in relevant discussions which can be followed by all in the group. Currently, this is difficult with applications like Twitter. Friendfeed was bought by Facebook 2 years ago, and ever since then, the community has been worried about changes or the disappearance of the application. While Facebook has threaded discussion features, some life scientists dislike aspects of it and have eschewed it for various reasons, some of which are described below. The fact that Google+ has threaded conversations is big for […]

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