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1 Text Message Campaigns for Health Advocates SMS 101

2 Agenda What are text message campaigns? Why use them as an ACA outreach tool? 7 tips for running a successful text message campaign

3 The Situation Open enrollment began October 1, and consumer outreach and education must start NOW 51% of Americans ages are unaware that the ACA is the law of the land and going into effect this year Now it is crunch time for health insurance exchanges. The Obama administration and state governments must have a robust plan to reach Americans especially young people through every media available - Wall Street Journal, May 9, 2013 * KFF.org Health Tracking Poll, April 2013

4 CDC Health Communicator Social Media Toolkit 2011

5 SMS stands for short message service SMS are a way to communicate via text messages from cell phone/computer to cell phone Limited to 160 characters, numbers, or symbols Short Message Services (SMS) or Text Messages Picture source: Erin Hemlin

6 How to Create a Text Campaign Step 1: Contact an outside vendor Step 2: Lease a 5-6 digit code from mobile service provider or Neustar You can create a vanity code, a code that ties in directly with your campaign Step 3: Use keywords to create a short text that will motivate potential subscribers to sign up Planned Parenthood NY Text Campaign

7 How a Text Campaign Works When someone subscribes, you can send texts through a the subscribers mobile carrier Messages then go through a mobile aggregator, which means: You can go to one place to connect to all of the wireless carriers. The mobile carriers then distribute the message to your subscribers. Picture Source:

8 7 tips that lead to a successful campaign 1.Customize your message to fit your audience Decide which demographic youre targeting. Ways to choose: Who will benefit the most from your campaign Which groups are targets for your organization Craft messages that your audience will relate and respond to Picture source:

9 7 tips to make your text campaign successful 2. Think about your target subscribers and whats in it for them Make sure its worth their while to open and read your messages Make the content engaging and beneficial to catch their attention If you want a response, there must be something for the subscribers to respond to Texas Department of State Health Services, HIV and STD Program Text Campaign Picture Source: Source:

10 7 tips to make your text campaign successful 3. Dont forget to include your contact information A marketing campaign wont be effective if the consumer doesnt know who is sending them the message, so be sure to include your contact information in the message! Contact info could include your phone number, website address, but most importantly, include your ORGANIZATION NAME Source:

11 7 tips to make your text campaign successful 4. Consider your ask. What do you want people to do? Getting your subscriber to respond to your message is essential, which includes a strong call to action Make it clear what you want subscribers to do, and give them a reason and a way to do it! Picture Source: Source:

12 7 tips to make your text campaign successful 5. Be mindful of mobile carriers compatibility Before you hit send, make sure your message can be accepted by different types of mobile devices Otherwise you could be wasting both time and money, and miss out on reaching a percentage of your subscribers Picture Source: Source:

13 7 tips to make your text campaign successful 6. Dont over do it! Do not flood your subscribers with messages Subscribers can become annoyed and remove themselves from your list Remember, 85% of text messages are read within 15 minutes of being received Picture Source: Source:

14 7 tips to make your text campaign successful 7. Track and trace your campaign Once your message is out there, the work has only just begun! To make sure its effective, you need to track your responses. By measuring your results you can adapt and improve future campaigns to make them more effective. Outreach is much more powerful when you have the numbers to refine your methods Picture Source: Source:

15 What to remember! Contact an outside vendor to lease a 5-6 digit code Use keywords to create a short text that will motivate potential subscribers to sign up Pick your target audience and customize a message that will appeal to them Be mindful of mobile carriers compatibility Track your results and learn


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