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The Seven Keys to Magnify Your Leads

Posted by Will Erdmann on Jun 25, 2019 11:28:34 AM

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.

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Topics: Insider, Increase close rate, ROI, insurance marketing, follow up, insurance leads, insurance consultant, tips, inbound leads, telesales

2019 U.S. Insurance Shopping Study: Summary and Reactions

Posted by Will Erdmann on May 30, 2019 11:40:46 AM

J.D.Power recently came out with the 2019 U.S. Insurance Shopping Study, where they outlined the consumer insurance shopping trends of 2019.  In it, they describe that with just 2-3% of new customers entering the personal lines auto insurance market each year, insurers have only one option when it comes to growing their business: taking market share from competitors.

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Topics: Insider, Increase close rate, ROI, insurance marketing, insurance market, insurance consultant

From Producer to Multi-State Agency: A Success Story

Posted by Will Erdmann on May 15, 2019 6:38:35 AM

While it's always helpful to provide tips to our own prospects and clients, I wanted to chat with one of our top clients who went from being a producer to being an agency that is now licensed and writes business in eight states across the country.  Joe's agency has seen explosive growth with our service, and I knew he would be the right person to fill in the gaps for agency owners looking to refine their processes. Here's what he had to say...

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Topics: Insider, Increase close rate, ROI, follow up, insurance specialist, insurance consultant, marketing ideas for insurance brokers, tips, telesales

6 Ways to Achieve Highly Effective Retention

Posted by Will Erdmann on Apr 3, 2019 2:17:00 PM

It’s easy to take for granted the things we value the most. This is especially true with relationships, including the relationships we have with our best insurance clients. I once read the saying "Your best clients are your competitions' best prospects".  And while, that seems pretty obvious, I would argue that the best clients are the ones who are given the attention they deserve, before they realize they need or want it.

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Topics: Insider, Increase close rate, ROI, insurance marketing, follow up, insurance specialist, marketing ideas for insurance brokers, insurance marketing organization, tips, telesales

Remember: Leads are People, Too!

Posted by Will Erdmann on Mar 18, 2019 12:36:00 PM

Through the course of my career in lead generation, I have worked with many different sized companies helping them to scale their business. One of the key things I always look at is this: How does the sales force get leads, and what do they do with them?

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Topics: Insider, Increase close rate, ROI, insurance marketing, follow up, insurance specialist, insurance consultant, quality insurance leads, insurance marketing systems, insurance marketing agencies, tips, telesales, inbound marketing

Our Team's Top Lessons for Agents

Posted by Will Erdmann on Jan 31, 2019 12:39:08 PM

Recently, I was chatting with our team and wanted to hear some of the top things they have learned while working with agents, either at Avenge or in their years of experience.  Being on the front line for our clients, their insights have been invaluable in helping shape our company, but more importantly by helping our clients see success in their marketing.  Brittni Kooy and Mike Thomas are my go-to super heroes at Avenge Digital.  Here's what they had to say:

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Topics: Insider, Increase close rate, ROI, follow up, insurance specialist, insurance consultant, insurance marketing organization, insurance marketing ideas, tips, telesales

Inbound Sales Methodology & the Buyer's Journey

Posted by Will Erdmann on Jan 18, 2019 11:44:00 AM

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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Topics: Insider, Increase close rate, ROI, marketing, insurance marketing, follow up, insurance specialist, insurance market, insurance consultant, marketing ideas for insurance brokers, inbound leads, telesales, inbound marketing

Overcoming the Fear of Success: Are you Holding yourself Back?

Posted by Will Erdmann on Dec 8, 2018 10:36:00 AM

The fear of success phobia is very much like the fear of failure: both prevent the sufferer from dreaming and achieving their goals. It might seem weird to fear success; after all what can be more appealing in life than it? However, a little bit of digging in the phobic’s mind shows that fearing success is natural to them, simply because they are not looking for any change. They are so comfortable in their current situation that they want to continue to live the life despite hating it. Often, the individual might be afraid of success owing to the fear of inability to handle fame or wealth it brings.

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Topics: Insider, Increase close rate, ROI, insurance marketing, follow up, insurance specialist, insurance marketing group, insurance market, insurance consultant, insurance marketing ideas, tips

8 Tips to Close End of the Year Policies Fast

Posted by Will Erdmann on Nov 7, 2018 8:52:36 AM

It’s November and for many companies, the fourth quarter of business brings with it crunch time for achieving your sales goals. Maybe you didn't do so well at the beginning of the year and are trying to close the gap, or maybe you find yourself pushing to attain your revenue goal but uncertain what you can do to speed customer decision making.

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

Learn how to close 95% of your leads

Posted by Will Erdmann on Oct 25, 2018 9:56:00 AM

Lead generation is the lifeblood of all successful businesses. Without leads, you have no customers, and without customers, you have no revenue.

But how many of them convert to sales? One out of 10? One out of 100?  What if you could make that rate closer to 95%?  Sounds impossible, right?  The average conversion rate for closing leads depends on many factors, including your lead or call source.  That being said, there is a two-step process that will help you close more business, and it's perception isn't what you think!

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

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