Seasonal brands get a volume boost by generating awareness during known outbreak periods


Many Rx medications treat conditions that tend to occur cyclically during the year. Brands in these types of therapeutic categories–specifically allergy, flu, cold sore, head lice, and asthma–reached a large audience and generated significant increases in prescription volume with Solutions at the Shelf™ programs.


The Solutions at the Shelf™ programs helped the brands achieve a variety of consumer marketing objectives:

  • Create awareness to support new-product launch

  • Acquire a base of new patients

  • Deliver information about differentiated benefits

  • Promote trial through prescription savings offerings


Marketers of seasonal brands understand the time of the year that symptoms are likely to arise, and use Solutions at the Shelf™ to reach potential patients with important information when they need it most. Messages were delivered during the cycle that corresponded best with a particular seasonal outbreak period.

Cycle In-Store Timeframe
Early February – Mid March
Mid March – Mid April
Mid April – Early June
Early June – Mid July
Mid July – Late August
Late August – Early October
Early October – Early December
Early December – Late January

The Rx EDGE cycle calendar allows for in-store execution on a year-round basis as well as during key seasonal periods (allergy, flu, back-to-school, cold season)

Category Communication Priorities
Allergy A key communication goal involved calling attention to recurrent symptoms. A trial-focused savings offer was also delivered.
Flu Educate potential patients about the differences between the flu and a cold
Cold Sore The focus here was on distinguishing the product from OTC items by communicating its superiority in treating the problem
Head Lice While head lice is not a “seasonal ailment” by definition, episodes are more likely to occur during transitional times such as back-to-school. Promoting their non-toxicity and fast results, head lice brands set themselves apart from the OTC specialty shampoos.
Asthma To build awareness among potential new patients, a new-to-the-category asthma brand promoted its launch and availability

While each campaign was unique, in all cases potential patients were encouraged take action in their fight against the seasonal ailment

Premium Location

Depending on the type of seasonal health problem being addressed, different areas in the store were selected for program placement. Information dispensers for the sinus allergy and flu brands were installed in the Cold/Allergy/Sinus aisles, while the cold sore and head lice products found a home for their messages near their OTC specialty counterparts. Information about the asthma brand was available in a brochure holder at the pharmacy counter.

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Across the seasonal brands, positive results were seen as measured by incremental prescription volume as well as return on investment:

Average ROI: $5.14
Average script lift in Average ROI: $5.14 test vs. control panels

Results were measured by a third-party research firm through a matched-panel methodology.