Blattner Brunner Has Glaxo's Tagamet HB 200

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GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare, a Pittsburgh division of British pharmaceutical GlaxoSmithKline PLC, has named Blattner Brunner, Pittsburgh, to handle U.S. relationship marketing for Tagamet HB 200, an over-the-counter heartburn remedy.


The two-week review involved four agencies. There was no immediate incumbent on the account, although GlaxoSmithKline had worked with an undisclosed shop a while ago. Budget was not disclosed.


Jordan McGrath, New York, will continue to handle traditional advertising for Tagamet.


Available in liquid and tablet versions, Tagamet HB 200 is an acid reducer for the prevention and treatment of heartburn.


Seeking to build ties with the remedy's users, GlaxoSmithKline has charged Blattner Brunner with customer profiling, multimedia direct response marketing and database management.


"Essentially, it's more of a one-to-one strategy, and we're looking to focus more on wallet share than market share," said Michael Brunner, president of Blattner Brunner.


"We'll work back to the 80-20 rule: Let's really concentrate on the 20 percent of customers who look to be the best opportunities," Brunner said.


While the precise tactics are still being worked out, direct mail or e-mail newsletters are a strong possibility.


"After we determine who the best customers are, we'll determine the best ways to reach them," Brunner said, adding that follow-up efforts include identifying prospects who can be converted to customers.


Over the past two years, GlaxoSmithKline has built a database of more than 1 million users of Tagamet. The database includes names of consumers who redeemed coupons or called in for information on Tagamet.


"This is essentially a product that deals with a person's health and you have an opportunity to build a relationship, and the challenge is to build a relationship," Brunner said. "What's more important to people than their health and wealth?"


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