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Open Enrollment Report 2021-22: Industry Benchmarks, Best Practices, and Tips for Better Results

Ross Simons

Ross Simons

Director of Inbound Marketing

In 2021, HR leaders and benefits brokers turned to digital communication solutions to meet the needs of dispersed and remote workforces. The lessons from last year can continue to help us improve OE results.

In this report, you’ll get aggregate results, industry breakdowns, and clear, actionable takeaways.

Download the 2021-22 Open Enrollment Report

See how you stack up to others in your industry and get better benefits enrollment results in 2022.

The Anatomy of a High-Performing Open Enrollment Campaign

At Flimp, we love to help employers and brokers drive better open enrollment results through communications strategies that boost engagement. Below you will find 6 takeaways from our report that will help you level up your OE results in 2022.

1. Decision Support

When employers used a benefits decision- support tool, their average engagement
rate jumped to 77%. In our own historical data, we’ve found that you can successfully migrate 15-25% of your employee population to an HDHP through the use of these tools.

Decision-support tools, which collect all your key benefits information in one place, then use a questionnaire paired with a predictive algorithm to make plan recommendations, are exactly what employees are looking for in a more self-guided experience.

In many ways, these tools reinforce your messaging and supplement the performance of your best HR team members by educating your employees on their benefits and helping them choose the plans that are right for them.


2. Digital Postcards

All the campaigns examined for this report used Flimp’s Digital Postcards. Each of these multimedia microsites were customized with compelling visuals, videos, links, branding and copy to fulfill the client’s specific benefits- education and open enrollment needs.

Digital Postcards are designed to address the biggest challenges benefits communicators face, particularly helping employees understand complicated and continually evolving subject matter. With the added concerns and changes due to the pandemic, many employers also communicated about new and expanded voluntary benefits programs.


3. Short-Form Video

The most common employee videos included in a Digital Postcard were introductory announcements or an enrollment overview coupled with a long-form benefits presentation video.

Almost half of all the 2022 campaigns featured more than two videos. Many of the supplemental videos were also short-form explainer videos (usually having a duration of three minutes or less).


4. Long-Form Video

Longer benefits presentation, a method frequently used to make employee training videos, videos went into greater depth and more closely reflect the details of benefits guides. Some even included information about voluntary benefits. These videos are usually based on slide presentations and run longer than five minutes, with many running longer than 10 minutes.

They’re often chaptered for viewer convenience and are not expected to be viewed in their entirety. Instead, they’re available on-demand anytime employees have questions.


5. Calls to Action

Calls to action (CTAs) are usually buttons that link to additional resources employees need during the enrollment period to sign up for and best utilize their benefits.


The most common CTA links are to:

  • An enrollment portal
  • PDFs of benefits guides and/or Summaries of Benefits Coverage (SBCs)
  • Benefits webinar or seminar registration pages 
  • Decision-support tools like PLANselect and BENEFITchoice
  • HR and provider contact information 
  • Health or financial-wellness portals

6. Engagement and Analytics

Campaign data like that used to compile this report is available to all clients whose Digital Postcards are hosted on the Flimp platform. HR teams can look at engagement levels by content type and titles, geography, language, time spent on content, and device used.

These valuable insights and analytics can help employers quickly assess what is working and what isn’t, so they can make changes on the fly and improve enrollment outcomes.


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