Convincing members to engage with pensions can be hard. But, for trustees and pension managers, communication is a legal duty – and, in a world that is overloaded with information, finding a way to cut through the noise of life is challenging to say the least.
From social media to online shopping and countless news sites, we live in a society that is becoming increasingly tailored towards the needs of the individual. Finding a space where members can take time to look at their retirement savings in that digital environment can feel impossible, but there are a few tricks you can use to break through that barrier.
1 Make it relevant
When developing pension communications, it’s important to understand who your audience is without getting lost in what you want or need to communicate to them. Members often fall into three groups: those for who retirement seems like a lifetime away, those who are gearing up for life after work and have started to plan ahead, and those who are close to finishing work and looking at how much they’ve got. For each of these groups, it’s important to understand the unique challenge they’re facing and what they actually need to know. If you can give them what they want right now, they are more likely to engage with other resources too.
2 Keep it modern
An emerging trend in pension communications is a digital-first approach. Following the impact of COVID-19, society has been catapulted into the digital world and it’s important that we keep up. The aim of the communicator is to lead the way, which is why it’s important to starting thinking digitally now so that members are transitioned gradually into a new digital mind set. There are a lot of opportunities in this space that allow pension schemes to make their offering more personal and interactive; new opportunities to engage with a new kind of switched-on member. But, to make this work, it’s important to acknowledge that the ‘traditional’ trustee mind set needs to change too.
3 Capture useful data
To understand how engaged an audience is, you need to have something to measure this by – but you can’t monitor engagement without defining what that actually means. You need to figure out how, and if, that information was used by the member; for example, by measuring how long members are spending on a web page and asking them to provide feedback. It’s easy to monitor data that doesn’t actually speak to member engagement – this needs to be avoided. The point is to try to understand the user experience. Data is a tool to support decisions and measure success; the secret lies in making sure that data really means something.