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Agency Owners Definitive Guide to Overcoming Objections

Posted by Will Erdmann on Jun 20, 2018 4:13:46 PM

We live in the age of instant gratification and consumers often don’t give you a chance to explain the value you think you can provide. They are too busy, and have too little faith in the hordes of producers and companies that reach out to them on a daily basis. Unfortunately, they have learned through experience that these knee-jerk objections are the best defense against people wasting their time. This forces agency owners and producers to be more assertive and persistent.  Even when you are using an inbound marketing solution like Avenge Digital, you will deal with objections.  That's just the part of any business but the vast majority of the time what happens is a knee-jerk reaction from busy people who don’t yet see the value in working with you. That's not a reflection of you!  Nearly all objections at the prospecting phase of the sales and quoting process fit into one of two categories either they don’t understand the value & are too busy to think about it, or they are not ready for a buying conversation. Also broken down very simply: "Time or Money"

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Topics: Insider, Increase close rate, ROI, insurance marketing, follow up, insurance agent, insurance specialist, insurance marketing group, insurance consultant, marketing ideas for insurance brokers, insurance marketing systems, insurance marketing organization, insurance marketing ideas, insurance marketing agencies, tips

6 Tips to Break Through Marketing Barriers

Posted by Will Erdmann on Apr 27, 2018 1:52:00 PM

Every time I speak with an insurance agency owner I ask, “What do you do to market your business?”  The most frequently answer I get?   “Referrals.”  This is the story consistent from agency to agency, from California to Florida and everywhere in-between. So much so that our most recent blog post was about bringing the VIP treatment to referrals.

Many larger agencies have advanced advertising and marketing initiatives, but most of the mid-sized and smaller agencies are doing little to market their business.  As a marketing professional, it’s hard for me to understand why a business would elect to forego marketing, it’s the fuel that drives your business. And as we've noted previously about thinking like a million-dollar business owner, your marketing is an investment into yourself, your staff, and your agency because after all, how can you be successful without marketing or advertising?

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Topics: Increase close rate, marketing, insurance marketing group, marketing ideas for insurance brokers, insurance marketing systems, insurance marketing organization, insurance marketing ideas, insurance marketing agencies, tips, referrals

5 Reasons Why Every Insurance Agent Should Ditch Leads and Buy Calls

Posted by Will Erdmann on Apr 6, 2018 12:21:11 PM

I know... I know... even seeing the word "leads" makes many agents shutter.  In just over 6 years of being in the industry, I have heard countless horror stories from agents on a lead program gone bad.  I've heard lead companies buying each other out and then not having enough supply to support their staff.  I've heard of auto-denying credits for bad calls.  I've even heard of stories where companies have taken their clients money and then shut their doors, never to be heard from again. 

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Topics: Insider, Increase close rate, ROI, insurance marketing, insurance leads, insurance specialist, insurance marketing group, insurance consultant, marketing ideas for insurance brokers, quality insurance leads, insurance marketing systems, insurance marketing ideas, insurance marketing agencies, tips

Are You Holding Yourself Back Through Rookie Mistakes with Your Marketing and Customer Acquisition?

Posted by Will Erdmann on Mar 28, 2018 1:38:34 PM

Every year I try my best to make it to as many trade shows as I can so I can get in front of agency owners and producers to learn about their customer acquisition techniques.  Last fall I was speaking with a rather well known agent who was discussing his customer acquisition costs. This is a guy who is very in-tune with digital marketing, and just marketing in general as he had worked for company doing SEO marketing  before becoming an agent, and someone who is very numbers-oriented when it comes to his processes.

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Topics: Insider, Increase close rate, ROI, insurance marketing, insurance agent, insurance specialist, insurance marketing group, insurance broker, insurance consultant, insurance marketing systems, insurance marketing ideas, tips

Insurers battle to keep up with 'born digital' companies

Posted by Will Erdmann on Nov 28, 2017 1:52:49 PM

As someone who has seen the 'tech boom' here in Seattle first hand, I have seen the growth of what's been coined "born digital" companies.  Among the new generation of weapons insurers intend to use to compete with these "born-digital” companies are chat windows, faster policy statements, intuitive agent portals, e-signatures, and robotic technologies. It's no wonder many agents struggle to keep up.

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Topics: Insider, Increase close rate, ROI, insurance marketing, insurance agent, insurance marketing group, insurance market, insurance broker, insurance consultant, insurance marketing ideas, insurance marketing agencies

Auto Insurance Marketing Tips

Posted by Britt Bertolucci Cao on Jun 19, 2017 11:08:16 AM

In pasts posts, I have written about how to market your insurance agency to new clients and inbound callers. But what if you want to market a specific section of your agency, say auto insurance? Below are a few ideas of how to specifically target audiences with marketing auto insurance.

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Topics: Increase close rate, ROI, insurance marketing, insurance agent, insurance leads, insurance marketing group, insurance market, insurance broker, insurance consultant, marketing ideas for insurance brokers, quality insurance leads, insurance marketing organization, insurance marketing ideas, insurance marketing agencies

5 Reasons Why Insurance Agents are Moving From Leads to Inbound Calls

Posted by Britt Bertolucci Cao on Jun 12, 2017 1:30:27 PM

Gaining new business in an insurance agency is not an easy task these days. With so many to choose from, how do your customers know how to find you?This has been a topic amongst insurance agents over the past few years, many have found the use of insurance leads to gain new customers. However, are those leads as effective as they hope? With the internet now being the way to find information customers are more apt to go looking for insurance agents online. And with these searches agents are finding they can gain more business through inbound calls vs leads. Let’s look at a few ways insurance agents have moved to inbound calls and the advantages they have over insurance leads.

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Topics: Insider, Increase close rate, ROI, marketing, insurance marketing, insurance agent, insurance leads, insurance specialist, insurance marketing group, insurance market, insurance broker, insurance consultant, marketing ideas for insurance brokers, quality insurance leads, insurance marketing systems, insurance marketing organization, insurance marketing ideas, insurance marketing agencies

The beauty of the consumer initiated inbound calls

Posted by Britt Bertolucci Cao on Apr 10, 2017 5:11:08 PM

As you probably know, we specialize in consumer initiated inbound calls, but what does that really mean for you?

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Topics: Insider, Increase close rate, ROI, insurance marketing, follow up, insurance agent, insurance leads, insurance specialist, insurance marketing group, insurance market, insurance broker, insurance consultant, marketing ideas for insurance brokers, quality insurance leads, insurance marketing systems, insurance marketing organization, insurance marketing ideas, insurance marketing agencies

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