1. Focused marketing: Gone are the days where we simply measure conversion to determine the effectiveness of a marketing initiative. Now, more companies are focused on attracting the RIGHT membership. Lifetime value and propensity to engage with the health plan on various conditions can make one consumer more desirable than another. For example, in the individual under-65 marketplace, more companies are focused on finding the young millennials who have been slow to sign up.
Data analytics and targeted digital marketing (i.e., narrow scoping) can make a big difference in the type of membership a plan attracts. Successful marketing programs have a real-time closed loop process to determine the effectiveness of various campaigns and decisions are automated with regards to marketing spend.
2. Avoid seasonal ramp: With such high demands for licensed agents and enrollment staff during Q4, many organizations struggle to find and train qualified talent in a short period of time. It seems like this problem never goes away. Successful health plans find ways to keep seasonal employees throughout the year and retain these experts for the following enrollment period. We’ve measured a 10 percent improvement in conversion when a representative is able to return to the same sales initiative when compared to those starting fresh.
To drive ROI, many insurers are looking for meaningful campaigns throughout the year to keep these excellent resources engaged with their consumers. Some of these ideas include the following:
b. Stars improvement campaigns. Outbound initiatives to close gaps in care can drive significant ROI when star ratings or measures are moved. Medication adherence, Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set (HEDIS) appointment scheduling and follow-up, and Health Risk Assessments are great activities that can engage your consumers and develop a personal relationship.
c. Renewal. With benefit changes around the corner, outbound education campaigns not only help your membership to prepare for what’s to come, but also gives you a chance to identify who is at risk of churn. Dissatisfied membership can be turned around with specific retention campaigns.
Whether implementing one of these ideas or simply training your sales staff to handle member service queues—keeping a licensed agent or enrollment specialist for the upcoming enrollment period will drive significant improvement in overall conversion and a better consumer experience.
3. Omnichannel engagement: The customer journey to find and enroll in a plan has become much more complicated. Online portals, apps, direct mail, and the contact center all form a consumer’s shopping experience, but rarely are these channels connected. An omnichannel experience enables consumers to hop among different channels within the context of a journey. Here are some tips to create an omnichannel experience that can improve conversion and save time for both your enrollment team and the consumer.
b. Co-browse technology. Given that many contact center interactions start with the web, connecting that channel with the phone can make a big difference in the effort necessary for a consumer to find a plan and enroll. Co-browse technology allows a representative to connect to a consumer’s browser window and interact with the same pages as the consumer in real time, while speaking with the consumer over the phone.
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