Health Insurance Marketing: Regence BlueCross

Activate Health
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Regence BlueCross realized members struggled with insurance concepts. We developed educational engagement materials, email marketing and infographics.

Targeted Interventions

Because most health plans focus on wellness messages in their health insurance marketing, which are less targeted and impactful, we encouraged Regence to tackle the most important issues that actually give consumers more options, better care, reduced costs and a more satisfying health care experience. For example, promoting the value of ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) versus in-hospital stays for certain procedures was identified as a key topic for cost savings.

Marketing Plan

Foundational to Activate Health’s approach was the development of a comprehensive health insurance marketing plan: a 15-page platform that drove all strategies, tactics and messaging. This plan delved into the unique opportunities and obstacles Regence would face in trying to communicate with its members. It also analyzed competitive offerings by other insurers, as well as third-party research revealing best practices in engaging health plan members.

Market Research 

Activate Health implemented a member focus group as well as extensive web surveys, conducted in cooperation with the Customer Experience staff at Regence, to validate our assumptions. Knowledge gathered from these session and surveys was then incorporated into the health insurance marketing plan to further refine our strategic approach. We also A/B tested creative concepts for collateral and other marketing materials in these forums.

Once our approach was tested, Activate Health then implemented a wide variety of tactics including the development of web and print engagement materials, infographics, social media strategy, email marketing and a “Go To” fulfillment guide. All of these materials were branded under the Know Before You Go umbrella, which gave members the information they needed to know before seeing a physician, having surgery, or accessing treatment options and prescription drugs.

Based on the success of this campaign, Regence continues to brand its transparency efforts within the “Know Before You Go” health insurance marketing campaign. It has since expanded these efforts to include digital media. The Know Before You Go campaign was also shared with other Blue Plans through an interactive webinar. Activate Health continues to support the development of a wide variety of member marketing materials as part of this initiative to this day.