Because of the upcoming holiday weekend, this week’s Friday Collection is a…Thursday Collection (with a few bonus entries as well!)
So, are pharma companies really cutting down on the number of sales reps – or not?
Another major-league fine for sales and marketing practices.
Upcoming pharmaceutical sales training conference (October) – hope to see you there!
A site I visit every weekday for pharmaceutical news.
Article from Forbes on looming drug patent expirations.
Just for fun…
Remarkable animation of planes in flight over the United States (requires QuickTime player).
Stunning photos of the interplay of light with the atmosphere – you could spend an enjoyable 20 minutes with kids of any age here.
Bonus: What websites have the sweetest interfaces?
Everyone knows that Amazon.com has one of the most well-thought-out user interfaces, particularly for e-commerce. Here are several other sites that have impressed me (and I have VERY high standards!) with their simplicity and attractiveness of design, as well as functionality:
Netflix: This DVD-by-mail service has one of the most intuitive and easy-to-use structures I’ve seen. The degree of personalization is brilliantly implemented.
Thesaurus.com: I have used thesaurus.com and dictionary.com for years despite somewhat clunky interfaces, but recently, some designer integrated and re-designed these sites (tied together with reference.com, an on-line encyclopedia), and now they are an absolute joy to use. Try it once – you may never use a print volume again!
iTunes: OK, not technically a website, but an application linked to the Apple iTunes store. Recently loaded a bunch of CD-ROMs onto my computer using iTunes, and was deeply impressed by how straightforward and flexible the interface was. A lot of power, accessed by a very simple approach.
Froogle: We all know and use Google, of course. But if you haven’t consulted Froogle before you purchase something on-line, you may be tossing money out the window. Just type in what you’re looking for, and Froogle will immediately bring back all the places where you can find it, with price comparisons.
That’s it for this week – have a delightful Labor Day weekend!