Throughout the 8 years I've been in the industry, one of the biggest issues I've witnessed facing agencies is defining what makes a call or lead valid, or "qualified". First, let’s start with a basic definition. Defining a lead as qualified basically means they are qualified to talk to a sales representative, whether that's an agent, producer. This is a prospect that has a high likelihood to buy and is ready for sales engagement. Simple enough, right?
Has your sales floor replaced the hum of the phone for the hum of keyboard clicks? In a recent GSA Business Development blog, the U.K.-based author laments, "I often hear statements such as ‘We should never call on a Friday afternoon' or … ‘August is a bad time since people are away.' If I had a pound for every time I've heard those comments over the past 17 years, I probably wouldn't need to run my business. I could retire on these earnings."
Using an inbound vendor for your marketing is not always going to generate the same results. One of the biggest mistakes I see agencies make is how they follow up with their inbound calls and leads. If you’ll apply the following foolproof secrets, not only will you close a lot more sales from your leads, but you’ll also do it in less time and your margins will be higher because you’ll be selling your product or service from a position of respected authority.
Insurance is a huge industry, and one that gets some of the most search requests online. Most agency owners and entrepreneurs start their agency with a bunch of ideas and energy. But the agency owner usually has one focus on why they got into insurance, usually a personal connection that helped them make the leap.
When working with a lead, either an online lead or an inbound phone call, it's important to know these 7 key parts to increase your success in both quoting and closing new business. The leads your team fights over are the great ones. Great leads have the power to supercharge your team, and help get the energy back in their sales process. What is it, though, that makes a lead great? I believe there are seven keys to use for any lead that enters the funnel. A lot of what follows may seem basic, but we know that it is the basics that win in the long run.
We get asked all the time how to be more successful with inbound marketing. While the convenience of having someone call you takes the stress off cold calling, it brings with it it's own unique challenges. We hope these tips help to supercharge your sales team, and get more policies in the books! Here are our top 8 tips to elevate your inbound sales calls.
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Marketing materials are every where we look. Due to this proliferation of marketing materials in every facet of our lives (tv, internet, radio, and print) the modern buyer is no longer dependent on salespeople for necessary purchasing decision information. For agencies that use an inbound sales methodology, salespeople see first-hand the need to personalize the sales experience to the buyer's context. Often times, this results in sales teams recognizing they must transform their entire sales strategy so they're serving the buyer.
As a whole, the inbound methodology is a sales process that supports the prospect through their buyer's journey. As many of you already know, the buying process goes through three stages: Awareness, Consideration, and Decision. But did you realize in this process, that your inbound team members follow their own journey? In their journey, there are four stages: Identify, Connect, Explore, and Advise. Inbound sales teams must check off each part of this journey to support qualified leads into becoming opportunities and eventually customers. Let's dig in to each to get some tips on how to do so....
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