Compared with the average email open rate of 17.80%3; this direct comparison is reason enough for any company to consider texting as part of their brand marketing strategy. But especially for organizations whose products/services can offer value to consumers in the areas of health, wellness, disease management or patient engagement programs. In this new era of “virtual reality” where COVID has moved traditional business and interaction to mobile devices, consumers are rapidly changing their behaviors and are looking towards health and wellness as a major focus in their lives.
"In this new era of “virtual reality” where COVID has moved traditional business and interaction to mobile devices, consumers are rapidly changing their behaviors and are looking towards health and wellness as a major focus in their lives."
Now, we aren’t telling you to go out and start direct messaging all of your contact list – there is as much art as there is science regarding text messaging and programs, including when, what and how a company should decide to use texting programs. For example, OptimizeRx made the decision to use our text-based patient engagement platform to create a free text messaging program to provide COVID-19 updates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to the general public. Anyone can enroll in the program by texting VIRUS* to 55150 on their mobile devices. Read more about this program. The text-based program, which is ongoing, allows for consumers to receive relevant, short and factual information directly to their phones via text.
This program was designed utilizing a decade of experience by our patient engagement team to create and drive successful patient engagement programs in multiple healthcare verticals and initiatives, from medication adherence programs to immunization campaigns. The bottom line is that texting is a key form of communication to drive consumer engagement. It allows for a more personable connection with the consumer, than email.1 If you haven’t yet explored how your company can use text messaging to drive consumer engagement, reach out to our team at OptimizeRx and we will be happy to spend an hour discussing and demonstrating how we can support a text-based consumer engagement program for your own business.
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COVID-19: Fast-changing Consumer Behavior | Accenture. (n.d.). Retrieved July 16, 2020, from https://www.accenture.com/us-en/insights/consumer-goods-services/coronavirus-consumer-behavior-research
Ultimate Email Marketing Benchmarks for 2020: By Day, Industry. (n.d.). Retrieved July 16, 2020, from https://www.campaignmonitor.com/resources/guides/email-marketing-benchmarks/
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Rebecca is is an experienced nurse executive, the first nurse featured on Ted.com, and part of the inaugural nursing panel at SXSW 2018. She is also co-founder and president of SONSIEL: The Society of Nurse Scientists, Innovators, Entrepreneurs & Leaders, a non-profit affiliate member to the UN. Rebecca is passionate about creating communities to empower nurses and help them innovate, create and collaborate to start businesses and inventions to transform healthcare.