A presidential election is a known disruptor to Medicare marketing campaigns, which for the 2021 Annual Election Period (AEP) began on Oct. 1, and insurers and their broker partners this election cycle face the dual challenge of also marketing during a pandemic. As a result, marketing experts advise carefully timing the various components (e.g., digital, mail, radio/television ads) of your campaign between now and the Dec. 7 end of the AEP to get the biggest bang for your buck.
“An election year doesn’t need to be scary,” says Renee Mezzanotte, executive vice president of client engagement with Chesterbrook, Pa.-based DMW Direct. “During past election years, we have found consumers are distracted and less likely to engage with some media channels in the days leading up to the election. Because of this, we collaborate closely with our clients to plan acquisition as well as member communication differently to ensure a successful AEP.”