How to Keep Your Insurance Agency Email Marketing Fresh and Effective

  • Posted on September 4, 2017
  • by John Scranton

Insurance Email MarketingEmail marketing is here to stay. While there are some naysayers who try to assert that email marketing is “dead,” wise B2B insurance marketers have discovered the incredible power of email marketing over the long-haul.

Scientific evidence supports this perception. Even though there are competing marketing channels (i.e. social networks, mobile apps, online advertising campaigns, etc.), email remains a vital and central component of an effective B2B marketing strategy. In research conducted by eMarketer in 2014, researchers found that “email is one of the most widely used and established of all platforms.”

And in a study conducted by Adobe, researchers studied email marketing opportunities and trends. They found that not only is email an effective marketing strategy for the company, but it’s undergoing “a remarkable transformation.” Just as the world of marketing has been transformed by the internet in general, new technologies and consumer expectations are driving new ways of thinking about and using email marketing to reach target consumers.

First of all, consumers today expect email to be personalized and relevant to their interests. Gone are the days of “one-size fits all” email campaigns. In today’s mobile lifestyle, consumers continue to relay on email that reaches them directly in ways that are meaningful to them.

Design Email Campaigns that are Mobile-Friendly

Readers today open 61% of their emails on mobile devices. 80% will delete emails that “don’t look good.” Marketers need to ensure that their emails are optimized for all viewing scenarios, including mobile. Mobile responsive designs will increase open rates by 16-17%, and click-through rates by up to 24%. (Adobe, 2014)

Use Data to Tailor Messages to Subscriber Segments

People today are inundated with information. Email messages need to be personalized and relevant to the needs and interests of the individual. Using data tracking and retargeting technology, marketers can adjust the messages according to the histories and interests of the target groups. Using post-delivery insights, marketers can update the message based on new information. The ability to make emails more dynamic gives brands a chance to deliver a more relevant experience.

Ensure Content is Robust and Compelling

Content is vitally important in today’s world of email marketing. Stay abreast of trends and technology; be prepared to engage the reader and compel them to take the next step in the sales funnel.

Understanding consumer expectations and new email trends, as well as exploring ways to meet those expectations and play to those trends will garner an increasing ROI on their email campaigns and will breathe new life into customer relationships.

Many insurance agencies, brokers and wholesalers outsource their email marketing campaign management to a competent marketing firm. Outsourcing is a cost effective option because it eliminates the need to hire, train, supervise and compensate a digital marketing team. Contact StartUpSelling today to learn more about effective email marketing strategies for insurance agencies, brokers and wholesalers.

Originally posted by John Scranton on July 7, 2015

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7 Common Insurance Email Marketing Mistakes

  • Posted on June 8, 2017
  • by John Scranton

insurance agency email marketingHere is a list of seven important insurance eMarketing mistakes to avoid:

  1. Do not use an enhanced email signature: If your email signature (your name, contact info, etc.) uses a large font, is boldfaced, or appears in a different color, this is called “shouting” in email jargon and Outlook Junk Mail filters and corporate email filters don’t like this.
  2. Don’t use an HTML email: These days text base emails stand a better chance at getting past junk mail and corporate email filters than HTML emails. Besides, if you’re using HTML, you’re more likely to take advantage of special fonts, invoking some of the issues noted in rule #1.
  3. Avoid words like “free”: It’s one of the most common words activating junk mail and corporate email filtering. It’s right up there with the prescription dysfunction drug names and other spam alert words and phrases.
  4. Don’t italicize, underline or use exclamation points: Again, this is a form of shouting.
  5. Avoid rush words or phrase: “Act now, offer good today, respond soon, or sale ends tomorrow” are all examples of rush words or phrases. This is a big red flag for filters.
  6. Avoid Bayesian Poisoning: Odd or complex phrasing can invoke something called Bayesian Poisoning, which appears to be an attempt to bypass Bayesian spam filtering and results in your email looking like spam. The best way to avoid this is the old, “simpler is better” rule.
  7. Avoid Graphics when possible: Graphics often display poorly, especially for text base email clients. When sending B2B eMarketing Campaigns, use multipart mime to ensure optimum rendering. When sending individual emails, don’t assume what you see is what they get. WYSIWYG may be true for the email you’re looking to send, but what arrives can be a completely different story. Remember all the retail advertisements you receive and the blank real-estate and little red X’s which appear everywhere? Not only can graphics create a poor look and feel, they can increase the likelihood of appearing as spam. Graphics often connote an advertisement.

Originally Posted on March 26, 2015 by John Scranton

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Insurance Email Marketing & Multivariate Testing

  • Posted on May 31, 2017
  • by John Scranton

Picture1Insurance email marketing can and should be one of the most powerful lead generation tools in marketer’s tool box. And when it comes to insurance email marketing, multivariate testing offers a highly advantageous methodology to improve results, providing greater insights into email campaign optimization and conversion efficiency. A/B split testing offers a simplistic way understand multivariate testing. Split testing is an empirical approach used to determine optimum conversion rates (click-through rates for example) for an insurance website, landing page, banner ad or email campaign.

Let’s say that an insurance marketer creates two versions of an email campaign (we’ll call them email version A and B) and wants to determine which of these versions has the more effective subject line. The split test works best if the emails are identical except for one modification, which in this case is the subject line. Agency and broker email marketing campaign variations can be can be dramatic or subtle. Each subject line can be completely different, or a one word change can be measured. Agencies can then measure the campaign fundamentals, differentiating including open rate and click-through rate to determine which insurance email marketing campaign was more effective.

For example, if campaign A yielded an open rate of 20% with 10 clicks, and campaign B yielded an open rate of 25% with 14 clicks, then the balance of the emails should use campaign B. What balance you may ask? Multivariate testing can use a small portion of your email marketing contact list. If the marketer used 10% for the A/B test mentioned above, the balance, or in this case the remaining 90%, can then be used to send the superior email, email version B.

Multivariate testing is similar to A/B testing, but can be used to test multiple insurance email marketing iterations at the same time. A simple way of thinking about this is an A/B/C/D split test, with each email using a different subject line. If the click through results of version D are twice as good as the other emails, then the balance of the email can be sent using insurance email version D. Multivariate split testing allows agencies to optimize their insurance email marketing campaigns to ensure optimum effectiveness, from subject lines to calls to action, to content density. Multivariate testing allows insurance marketers to continually measure and refine, and improve their insurance email marketing initiatives, to generate more insurance leads.

For more information on territory exclusive Insurance Agency Marketing Solutions visit our website: http://startupselling.com.

Originally Posted on March 19, 2015 by John Scranton

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Insurance Email Marketing

  • Posted on May 15, 2017
  • by John Scranton

Insurance Email MarketingSometimes it helps to simplify complex marketing initiatives such as insurance email marketing. For many agents, brokers and wholesalers, creating a successful email marketing initiative can seem like a daunting task. If we drill down to the essential components, a simple way of looking at these campaigns is shown below:

Who: Email List Generation
What: Topic & Content
When: Date, Time & Frequency
Where: Call to Action
Why: Lead Conversion

The key to successful insurance email marketing lies in the ability to engage prospects and clients with relevant information on a consistent and professional basis. The goal is to build a trustworthy online relationship with both prospects and clients. Agents, brokers and wholesalers can leverage email marketing to extend their brand, to provide credibility and to demonstrate thought leadership. [Read More…]

Originally Posted on February 10, 2015 by John Scranton

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Webinar: Email Drip Marketing for Insurance Agency Lead Generation

  • Posted on April 24, 2017
  • by John Scranton

Insurance agencies of all sizes are leveraging email drip marketing to attract target prospects and generate leads. From simple drip campaigns to sophisticated automation, email marketing is filling the sales funnel for producers. Join us for this educational web seminar and learn about the various types of email drip marketing solutions available, and how to select the best fit for your agency. Topics include:

• What is email drip marketing?Insurance Agency Marketing - Insurance Agency Leads
• How are agencies leveraging drip campaigns to generate leads?
• What email marketing solutions are available?
• How do we choose the best fit for our needs? ​

Date and Time: Wed, Apr 26, 2017 12:00 PM – 12:30 PM EDT

Registration URL: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1642339800527452417

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Webinar: Email Drip Marketing for Insurance Agency Lead Generation

  • Posted on April 17, 2017
  • by John Scranton

Insurance agencies of all sizes are leveraging email drip marketing to attract target prospects and generate leads. From simple drip campaigns to sophisticated automation, email marketing is filling the sales funnel for producers. Join us for this educational web seminar and learn about the various types of email drip marketing solutions available, and how to select the best fit for your agency. Topics include:

• What is email drip marketing?Insurance Agency Marketing - Insurance Agency Leads
• How are agencies leveraging drip campaigns to generate leads?
• What email marketing solutions are available?
• How do we choose the best fit for our needs? ​

Date and Time: Wed, Apr 26, 2017 12:00 PM – 12:30 PM EDT

Registration URL: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1642339800527452417

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5 Tips to Improve Your Insurance Agency Email Marketing Program

  • Posted on April 14, 2017
  • by John Scranton

Insurance Agency eMarketingProperly executed email marketing programs put your agency marketing efforts on steroids. Agencies are often swept up with the hottest new tools, like social media, but email marketing remains one of the highest performing lead generation tools available.

Email marketing engages prospects and builds value with your current clients. It allows you to leverage your efforts through automation, making it seem like you have a team of agency marketers working for you 24/7/365. It’s like rolling a snowball down a hill that eventually turns into an avalanche.

The challenge is many agencies do not execute email marketing initiatives correctly, and end up hurting the the agency more than they help.  Here are 5 quick tips to drastically improve your email marketing open and response rates.

  1. Perfect the Subject Line – It all starts with a great subject line.  If you can’t get people’s attention they won’t read the rest of your email. Also, do not use spammy words like “free”, “save” or “money” – they turn people off and will get you blocked by spam filters.
  2. Keep It Short – If people open an email and see a small novel they will instantly be turned off. Keep your emails short and sweet,  making your point in as few words as possible.
  3. Remove the Fancy Stuff – Email marketing systems offer templates to create fancy emails. Don’t use them. Templates make your message appear salesy and can create spam issues.
  4. Write Like A Friend – The structure of your email should look like a professionalized version of an email you would send to a friend. Use plain text and don’t be afraid to be a little conversational.
  5. Calls To Action – The point of sending the email is to entice your prospect to take some type of action. Be sure you include a call to action that is easy to see and clearly articulated.

To learn more about how your  agency can improve email marketing results, visit StartUpSelling or call (518) 222-6392 for a one to one review.

Originally Posted on January 6, 2015 by John Scranton

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Agency Webinar: Email Drip Marketing for Insurance Lead Generation

  • Posted on April 10, 2017
  • by John Scranton

Insurance Agency VideosInsurance agencies of all sizes are leveraging email drip marketing to attract target prospects and generate leads. From simple drip campaigns to sophisticated automation, email marketing is filling the sales funnel for producers. Join us for this educational web seminar and learn about the various types of email drip marketing solutions available, and how to select the best fit for your agency. Topics include:

• What is email drip marketing?
• How are agencies leveraging drip campaigns to generate leads?
• What email marketing solutions are available?
• How do we choose the best fit for our needs? ​

Date and Time: Wed, Apr 26, 2017 12:00 PM – 12:30 PM EDT

Registration URL: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1642339800527452417

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