The administrative team was recently approached by a major pump company who asked if we would consider allowing a non-sales oriented Clinical Manager to enter our community to answer questions about their products.
People in these clinical roles with pump and meter companies are often RNs, CDEs, or PWDs themselves. They are not directly involved in the marketing or sales of their companies’ products.
If we allowed them to join, their presence here would demand complete transparency (such as “John Doe, Insert-Name-of-Company Clinical Manager” as their member name) and they would be held to certain guidelines and participation restrictions (such as in which forums they may post).
We on the admin team are interested in your thoughts about the idea and have reached out to our friends at online communities such as Diabetic Rockstar, Diabetes Daily, and Children With Diabetes to ask for their input as well.
We see potential pros and cons. What do you see? Would you feel comfortable knowing you had a contact here to ask questions of? Would you feel less comfortable speaking freely about your experience or frustration with devices or customer service? Would you feel implicitly marketed to? Would you appreciate the chance to communicate with a representative who could troubleshoot your customer service issues?
Please share. As always, we value your feedback.