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    MedComms Networking - 22 May 2018


    The world's gone mad! My email box overflows with invitations to stay in touch - or face consequences. Talk about unintended consequences...

    I've tried to stay out of the madness that is GDPR but I guess I must write something before Friday. So please note, today, like every other day for the past 11 years, I invite you to unsubscribe if you don't want to hear from me this way anymore. The email address that is subscribed is noted and a link to unsubscribe that address is provided at the base of every email. Or just ask me to do it for you. I always do so with good grace. I shed a tear every time someone leaves with no apparent good reason, but that's all. It won't stop them - or anybody else - accessing the services I run, which are freely accessible to all. It might, though, make it a little less likely they'll hear about them. But there's plenty of other ways of staying updated. For instance, reach out to me on Linkedin, like the Facebook page, follow me on Twitter or if that all seems dangerously transparent, follow hashtag #MedComms on Twitter and you'll spot most of the important news, at least, and nobody need ever know you're paying any attention! Your choice. No one way works for everyone.

    But be realistic. I'm getting emails from people I regularly work with, asking me to jump through double opt-in hoops, to allow them to stay in touch. A freelancer I spoke with recently said they'd heard back from less than a third of their contacts who they'd asked for permission to stay in touch with. So now what happens on Saturday? Can they not contact the majority who didn't respond, most of whom may have just missed the email or been too busy?

    This newsletter will only be opened by about a third of you today, if I'm lucky and if the tracking numbers are to be believed. Next week a third again, but not the same third. I don't expect everyone to study everything in detail but it's one easy way to get word out to you. And, did I mention? You can unsubscribe, anytime. Your choice.

    These new rules aren't intended to stop us all trying to do sensible, legitimate, business with each other.

    And please don't worry, I'm happy to hear from any of you if the information is relevant. So, for instance, please continue sending your press releases. I won't complain. I'd just like to think that when the time comes, you'll gracefully stop sending them when asked.

    So, let's keep on going. Sensibly.

    Importantly we've now exceeded our target of 500 responses to the new Healthcare Communications Workforce Insight Survey 2018. We'd love even more. It only takes 5 minutes. Take a rest from those GDPR forms and join in here.

    Have a great week. For more on the GDPR madness read this; Most GDPR emails unnecessary and some illegal, say experts.


    Peter Llewellyn
    Managing Director, NetworkPharma Ltd
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