|By Winthrop Quigley, Albuquerque Journal, N.M.|
|McClatchy-Tribune Information Services|
Survey respondents generally had no memory of television advertising designed to encourage visits to the state exchange website. Only 19 percent said they remember a television ad featuring the band Los Lonely Boys, 15 percent remembered a humorous ad featuring an accident-prone young man, and 17 percent remembered an ad featuring New Mexicans talking about the risks of not having health insurance.
The exchange sponsored live events around the state where shoppers for insurance could speak with an exchange representative. Only 15 percent of respondents had heard of the events.
The survey also found that 49 percent of respondents had heard of the New Mexico Health Insurance Exchange and 30 percent had heard of Be Well New Mexico, which is how the state exchange is branded. But 46 percent of respondents said they are "not familiar at all" with Be Well New Mexico.
"As a board member, I would say I would have expected a higher penetration of awareness of the New Mexico Health Insurance Exchange," he said.
Especially disappointing was the lack of success in reaching consumers earning from 138 percent to 250 percent of the federal poverty level, a segment that makes too much to qualify for
Of less concern is the lack of recall of BVK advertising, Hickey said. Ad effectiveness surveys usually are done within a few weeks of the ad's appearance, and this survey occurred months later.
Hickey blamed some of the marketing difficulties on delays getting the
Hickey said future marketing efforts need to target the many different customer niches found in
"Because of the short time frame and the time needed (by a new marketing firm) to get up to speed and because of the lessons learned by the current vendor, we are engaging (BVK) for one more year, but with very clear deliverables, milestones and increased scrutiny," Hickey said.
The board was criticized for using an out-of-state firm to market to New Mexicans, but BVK impressed the board last year when it competed for the exchange contract, Hickey said.
"They were well known for research," he said. "They had just done a campaign on teen pregnancy among African-Americans (in another state) that has had astoundingly impressive results."
Much of the contract money is spent in-state for local public relations help, media production and advertising purchases, he said. By the numbers