Email marketing is a powerful tool for enhancing engagement because it allows you to connect with your audience directly and personally.
When people sign up for your email newsletter, they’re permitting you to send them messages because they’re genuinely interested in what you do. This creates a unique opportunity to keep your audience engaged in your brand.
So how can NDIS providers take advantage of this?
The Role of Email Marketing in NDIS
Building solid and meaningful relationships with participants, parents, guardians, nominees, and support coordinators is key to providing optimal support in the NDIS community.
In short, engagement is everything.
And email marketing plays a vital role in enhancing engagement through the following:
1. Personalised Communication
Email marketing allows NDIS providers to send personalised messages to their communities. This can make recipients feel valued and understood, fostering more robust connections.
Direct and Consistent Contact
Providing your community with a direct line of communication reinforces your relationship. Consistent contact also helps keep NDIS providers top-of-mind for possible participants and stakeholders.
2. Valuable Content Delivery
Emails can deliver valuable content directly to the community, including updates about services, relevant news, helpful resources, and more. This ongoing value exchange can drive engagement and help position the NDIS provider as a trusted authority.
3. Segmentation and Targeting
Email marketing allows for advanced segmentation, meaning providers can group their community based on various factors (such as specific disabilities, support needs, or roles in the NDIS process). This enables targeted communication that speaks directly to the needs and interests of each segment, improving engagement rates.
4. Feedback and Interaction
Emails can also facilitate two-way communication. By encouraging responses or including surveys and polls in emails, NDIS providers can collect valuable feedback, fostering a sense of participation and community among recipients.
One of the advantages of email marketing is its measurability. Providers can track open rates, click-through rates, and other engagement metrics. These insights help you understand what content resonates with different community members.
Segmenting Your NDIS Audience
Once you have your email list, start segmenting your NDIS audience. This will help you customise email content based on their needs and interest.
And here’s an overview of how you can do this:
1. Identify Different Groups within Your Audience
Consider characteristics such as:
- Role in NDIS (Participant, Parent/Guardian, Nominee, Support Coordinator, etc.)
- Support needs or disability type
- Stage in the NDIS process (e.g., pre-planning, in-planning, post-planning)
You can categorise your email list once you have identified these segments. Many email marketing tools provide features to help you segment your audience effectively.
Our email marketing team at 21 Webs can also help you set up and optimise your email list and segments.
2. Understand the Needs and Interests of Each Segment
Next, delve into each segment’s specific needs, interests, and concerns. You might gain these insights through surveys, feedback, or analysing engagement with previous emails or other content.
For instance, parents/guardians are particularly interested in educational resources, while support coordinators value sector updates and networking opportunities.
3. Craft Customised Email Content for Each Segment
Once you segment your audience and understand their needs and interests, you can now create customised content for each group. Tailor your messaging, offers, and news to reflect what each segment values most.
Best Email Marketing Practices for NDIS
Here are a few tips you can use to enhance your engagement with your email subscribers:
- Use compelling subject lines. Your subject line is the first thing recipients see, so make it count. It should be engaging and informative—encouraging the reader to open the email.
- Segment your audience. As discussed above, not all content is relevant to all groups. Segmenting your audience ensures the right content reaches the right people.
- Mobile-friendly design. Most people check their emails on their mobile devices. Ensure your emails look good and function well, no matter where they’re viewed.
- Clear and concise content: Respect your audience’s time by keeping your content concise. Clearly communicate the main message and call to action.
- Test and refine: Use analytics to understand what works and what doesn’t. Test different content, designs, and send times, and continually refine your strategy based on your findings.
Remember, building strong relationships with your email recipients takes time and consistency. That’s why regular and value-packed communication that respects and understands each audience segment will go a long way in enhancing engagement.
Crafting Customised Email Content for Each Segment
Here are some practices to consider for different audiences in the NDIS community:
Craft personalised content that’s specific to their needs and interests. This could be information about new services, updates on policy changes, or tips for accessing support.
For example, if there’s a new scheme for housing support, an email outlining its benefits and how to apply would benefit participants.
Parents and guardians are often interested in better understanding how to support their loved ones. Offering educational content like how-to guides or webinars can be effective.
For instance, a series of emails focusing on topics like ‘How to navigate the NDIS planning process’ or ‘Understanding the role of a nominee’ can be valuable for this group.
As nominees play a significant role in decision-making, keeping them updated with the latest NDIS policies or any important deadlines is crucial.
An example could be sending an email reminder about the upcoming plan review date or updates on changes to funding arrangements.
4. Support Coordinators
Support Coordinators need to be informed about the broader ecosystem of the NDIS. Emails can include sector news, professional development opportunities, and updates about your organisation’s services.
An email outlining features, benefits, and referral process can be valuable to Support Coordinators if there’s a new support service.
Email marketing is a crucial tool for enhancing engagement. In the NDIS context, where building and maintaining strong relationships is critical, the ability to personalise, segment, and consistently deliver value through email marketing can make a significant difference in community engagement.
Ready to take your NDIS email marketing strategies to the next level? Contact our team at 21 Webs for customised support tailored to your specific needs. We can elevate your audience engagement and make your services more accessible and appealing.