How can large insurance agencies grow even larger and how do midsize agencies catch up? It often comes down to more effective marketing and lead generation campaigns. Your agency may lack the time, tools or skills to create effective lead gen campaigns, compelling video, target prospect emails lists, dynamic email drip marketing campaigns, social media building and improved SEO results. Learn about:

* Marketing Automation & Workflow for Email Drip MarketingInsurance Marketing Automation
* Full Motion Graphic Video Development & Distribution
* Sales Funnel Segmentation & Email List Building
* Key Performance Indicators & Web Analytics Reports
* Appointment Setting To Improve Producer Performance
* Integrating Digital Marketing, Lead Gen & Lead Handling

Date and Time: Wed, Jun 28, 2017 2:00 PM – 2:30 PM EDT

Registration URL: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4497221743722493697

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Sales & Marketing Discipline

  • Posted on June 25, 2017
  • by John Scranton

BusinessEvery great company has a key defining concept.  Something that is woven into the fabric of people, products and culture.  For example, 3M strives to use innovative technology and imagination to improve the daily lives of people (www.3m.com).  This concept becomes obvious when reviewing their history and how the company operates each day.  The immense challenge for businesses who want to achieve tremendous success like 3M, is to define that key concept – and then to make all decisions in alignment with that concept.

Successful sales cultures are often built the same way.  A truly honest assessment of how your sales time is spent, and the associated results, can be a very enlightening exercise.  Who is your best client or customer?  How did you find them?  How much of your time are you spending trying to repeat that same process?  How much time are you wasting with less productive initiatives or people who are less likely to buy?

Here are a few steps to help you complete this exercise:

  1. Define your Idea Prospect – Use your best customer as an example.  Who are they?  How big are they?  What does their industry and client base look like?
  2. Determine your Most Effective Marketing Tools – What marketing initiatives provide the best results?  Where do your closes come from?  What is producing the right kind of prospects?
  3. Refine your Marketing Plan– Once the above two items are clearly and honestly defined, make sure your marketing plan is directed at repeating the process.  Refine the plan so that it is accurately aligned with your findings.
  4. Stop doing Everything Else – This is a hard one.  But to achieve the 3M type of success mentioned earlier, it is required.  Throw away everything else that does not fit, and only spend time pursuing your best prospects and executing your most effective marketing campaigns.

It sounds simple, but if it was easy everyone would already be doing it – maintain focus on your best prospects and best marketing channels.  As your discipline to this concept increases, your results will improve dramatically.

Originally Posted on September 20, 2010 by John Scranton

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B2B Web Seminars – Get to the Point

  • Posted on June 22, 2017
  • by John Scranton

Insurance Agency WebinarsI recently attended a web seminar that provided very insightful information that was relevant to my area of focus.  However, the key points of this webinar were delivered every 5 to 10 minutes and spread over an hour plus presentation.  Most business executives I know do not have the time or the patience for this model.  They would have to assign an administrative person to attend, taking the decision maker out of the equation.

Our suggestion? Get to the point.  Be professional, but be concise.  Spend 1-2 minutes teeing up your presentation, not 10 minutes.  Trim the fat of your content so only the high value material is featured in 20-30 minutes.  If the busy executive you wish to sell to needs to leave his or her desk for a bathroom break or another cup of coffee – you have overstayed your welcome on their desktop.

Action items: target your content, be mindful of your prospects time, and get to the point.

Originally Posted by John Scranton in June 2012

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How can large insurance agencies grow even larger and how do midsize agencies catch up? It often comes down to more effective marketing and lead generation campaigns. Your agency may lack the time, tools or skills to create effective lead gen campaigns, compelling video, target prospect emails lists, dynamic email drip marketing campaigns, social media building and improved SEO results. Learn about:

* Marketing Automation & Workflow for Email Drip MarketingInsurance Marketing Automation
* Full Motion Graphic Video Development & Distribution
* Sales Funnel Segmentation & Email List Building
* Key Performance Indicators & Web Analytics Reports
* Appointment Setting To Improve Producer Performance
* Integrating Digital Marketing, Lead Gen & Lead Handling

Date and Time: Wed, Jun 28, 2017 2:00 PM – 2:30 PM EDT

Registration URL: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4497221743722493697

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The Insurance Elevator Pitch

  • Posted on June 19, 2017
  • by John Scranton

Insurance Agency VideosThe insurance elevator pitch is a succinct summary used to quickly describe your insurance agency or brokerage, products and services. It should include your unique value proposition, and must be delivered within the time span of an elevator ride of 30 to 60 seconds. This can be much harder than you think, and should be scripted, rehearsed, and timed. The elevator pitch is a fundamental component of your insurance marketing efforts.

Ask a variety of people in your agency or brokerage to tell you their version of the elevator pitch. Don’t be surprised if the pitch varies dramatically from person to person. Does the pitch adequately describe your value proposition? Does it highlight the products, services and solutions which best showcase your agency expertise? Did the pitches even sound remotely alike?

Your sales and marketing efforts are built upon a well articulated and easily repeatable value proposition, which should be a component of your elevator pitch. If you cannot communicate your value proposition in less than 30 seconds, or stumble when trying to express it, it’s time to write it down, rehearse it and communicate your value proposition with everyone in your agency. Once that is done, turn it into a 30 to 60 second elevator pitch. Practice makes perfect, try repeating both of these in monthly management meetings and sales meetings, and it’s important to note that your elevator pitch might vary based on your target niches (P&C versus Group Benefits for example).

Here are a few best practices when it comes to your insurance elevator pitch:

  • Be succinct – 30 seconds is best
  • Create empathy – For example, “We work exclusively with contractors” or “we work with trucking companies with 5 to 50 power units”
  • Verticalize – a vertical pitch is easier to differentiate
  • Be different – Everyone says “save money” and “great service” – what are your top 3, unique differentiators?
  • Transfer enthusiasm!
  • Close with a call to action – what’s the next step for your prospect

Let’s review a sample pitch, which would run 30 to 40 seconds depending upon cadence:

We’ve been helping trucking companies with insurance and risk management needs for over 50 years. Everyone at our agency is a trucking fleet expert, in areas including CSA, specialty cargo, certificate fulfillment, and owner operator services. Because of our access to extensive markets and deep industry expertise, we provide creative coverages at the best possible rates, and help protect our clients’ bottom line. We know trucking insurance is one of your biggest costs and our creative approach will help meet your unique requirements. Can we set up a 15 minute meeting to discuss your specific needs?

Your elevator pitch might be designed to include industry jargon to convince prospects of your deep expertise, it might highlight your most important products and services, your top differentiators, or your service centric approach. Regardless of what your final elevator pitch includes, practice makes perfect, it should roll off your tongue effortlessly. Remember, 30 to 60 seconds is all you get before your most important prospect walks out of the elevator, and your opportunity may be gone forever.

Originally Posted on April 14, 2015 by John Scranton

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Insurance Agency LeadsHow can large insurance agencies grow even larger? How do midsize agencies catch up? It often comes down to more effective marketing and lead generation campaigns. Your agency may lack the time, tools or skills to create effective lead gen campaigns, compelling video, target prospect emails lists, dynamic email drip marketing campaigns, social media building and improved SEO results. Join us for this webinar as we discuss:

* Marketing Automation & Workflow for Email Drip Marketing
* Full Motion Graphic Video Development & Distribution
* Sales Funnel Segmentation & Email List Building
* Key Performance Indicators & Web Analytics Reports
* Appointment Setting To Improve Producer Performance
* Integrating Digital Marketing, Lead Gen & Lead Handling

Date and Time: Wed, Jun 28, 2017 2:00 PM – 2:30 PM EDT

Registration URL: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4497221743722493697

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Insurance Search Engine Optimization and Insurance SEOThe Belmont Stakes / Off-Page SEO:

The final leg of racing’s triple crown is the longest race of the series.  It is a quarter mile longer than the Kentucky Derby, and typically much farther than any horse entered has run before.  The makes the race a great test of endurance and stamina.  The winner is pushed to achieve a great task that seems unending.  Executing an effective and current off-page SEO strategy is much the same – its seems to be an unending task, however it can pay great dividends.

In 2012, off-page optimization has matured from link exchanges and directory submissions to the exponential leverage of quality content.  The best way to effectively improve your web presence and Google rankings off of your site is to place your targeted, optimized content is the venues your prospects (and the search bots) will find it – quickly.  This may include social networks, article directories or news release sites.  The key is to continually share quality content in right places.  This will seem like an unending task, an endurance test like the Belmont Stakes, but the rewards are worth the effort.

Originally posted June 14, 2012 by John Scranton

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The Preakness Stakes / On-Page Optimization:

The Preakness is the shortest of the three Triple Crown races and its is usually run with a significantly smaller field than the Kentucky Derby.  These facts would lead you to believe it is the easiest race to win of the three crown jewels.  However, it is also the race that has recently produced the most champions.  In fact, the US Champion 3 year old won the Preakness every year from 2001 to 2010 – with one exception, the 2009 winner was crowned champion 3 year old filly and horse of the year – while the Derby and Belmont only produced 6 champions combined during that time (all of whom were also Preakness winners).  So how does the “easy” race elevate the careers of thoroughbreds to greater success than the more famous Kentucky Derby and the older Belmont Stakes?  Its because this race it not easy at all – its fast, grueling, and just two weeks after the Kentucky Derby for those attempting the Triple Crown.  It is very, very difficult – as is on-page SEO.

Firms across the country and around the world claim to be experts in on-page SEO.  They claim to have technical people who can edit your code, change your meta data and optimize your text.  S0 many firms express this claim because they believe this to be a simple,easy and cheap process.  Unfortunately, many  enter the race and fail to win.  This is often because they provide technical experts that lack business acumen.  Or worse, because they are optimizing the site for keywords that are incorrect or ineffective.  The addition of effective on-page SEO keywords is a challenging process.  However, it is one with great potential for producing champion-like page 1 rankings.  When selecting an SEO partner, make sure they have a deep understanding of the nuances and subtleties of on-page changes that will be highly effective and profitable without being noticeable.  Make sure they have proven themselves in the Kentucky Derby of SEO (keyword analysis).  And above all, remember there is no cheap and easy way to become a champion.

Check back tomorrow for the final leg of the Triple Crown…

Originally posted June 13, 2012 by John Scranton

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