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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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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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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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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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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Top Tips to Improve Your Email Deliverability

  • Posted on May 11, 2017
  • by Alan Blume

Insurance Agency Email MarketingBusiness of all types can benefit from a well run email marketing initiative. Today however, they must take extra precautions to ensure they maintain a high quality sender reputation to optimize delivery, and improve conversions. Review these top tips and make sure your organization is following all of them:

Ping Test Emails

Always ping test your emails prior to your initial campaign, especially if it is an older list, a trade show list, or a prospect list. And once ping tested, never use failed ping tested emails.

No Longer At

Monitor your autoreplies and remove no longer at and retired immediately after every campaign. These email responses must be closely reviewed, as the autoreply can come for a source that is different from the actual email that should be removed.

Consistency & Frequency

The consistency and frequency of your email campaigns is important in maintaining a positive sender reputation. ISPs attempt to create and evaluate the email marketing history for your domain. The more consistent you are, and the more reasonable you are with your frequency, the more likely you are to create a solid reputation as a sender. That assumes you are following the other tips listed herein.

Avoid/Diminish Complaints

Lots of complaints will spell lots of trouble for your sender reputation and domain. The best way to avoid complaints is to limit campaign frequency (every two weeks for most general campaigns is a good rule of thumb), honor opt-outs immediately, focus on quality content and collateral, and restrict “sales” pitches.

Avoid Spam Traps (Honeypots)

Spam traps, sometimes referred to as honeypots, are email addresses specifically created to catch email from marketers who don’t follow email best practices. The traps target marketers who are scraping email addresses from the web or are simply blasting emails using poor quality lists. Sufficient “catches” by spam traps can result in low deliverability or even domain blacklisting.

Use Relevant, Educational Content

“Buy my stuff and save money now”! If your content is salesy, spammy and irrelevant, your sender reputation will be adversely impacted, and it will happen quickly. Try to make your content relevant and educational. Changing regulations, industry innovation, important news of the day, and educational webinars are going to be better received than an invitation to buy your products or services.

Email marketing is both an art and a science, and is increasing in complexity and deliverability nuance. It can be a great lead generator when properly used, or a waste of time and money when used with an email “blast” mentality. Agencies and businesses seeking guidance on their email marketing and lead generation can contact StartUpSelling for a complimentary email marketing and lead gen review.

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Insurance Agency Drip Campaigns & Email Workflow

  • Posted on May 3, 2017
  • by Alan Blume

Insurance Agency Email MarketingLet’s begin with a simple definition of insurance email drip campaigns. A drip campaign is a direct marketing method used to engage prospects and retain clients leveraging ongoing, dynamic content generated email marketing programs. The campaigns send targeted, and conditional content based upon existing and changing preferences. The content is sent to prospects and clients over varying periods of time to nurture leads and improve retention.

An email workflow is a series of automated emails which are sent (or not sent), based on the targeted subscribers, to help facilitate how they interact with your agency. The email workflows are triggered based on information you know, or learn, about your subscribers (using branching for Yes, No, If, Then). The workflows allow agency marketers to send precise emails, at predetermined times to specific prospects or clients. Well-designed email workflows can help insurance agencies improve conversion rates, and customer retention. Let’s discuss one of the many types of workflows insurance agencies can use, we’ll follow up with additional blog posts on other types of workflows in this ongoing series.

Insurance Webinar Workflow

Let’s say that your insurance agency is planning a webinar on a topic such as: ACA Compliance in an Uncertain Era, or Changes with CSA Regulations & the Impact on Truckers. Email workflows allow agency marketers to communicate the information your attendees need to know, and when they need to know it. Your agency webinar workflow can be triggered as soon as a date is set, though it is recommended a webinar registration landing page is ready at that time.

Once triggered, the webinar email workflow starts sending out automated emails, providing timely and useful information about the webinar, up to the webinar, and after completion of the webinar. This can include dates and times, if the webinar will be recorded, where to get the presentation slide or companion materials, and certification information for credits with HRCI, SHRM, etc. It’s beneficial, to begin a few weeks before the webinar, and to remind those who have not registered, and retain those who have registered.

Insurance agency email workflow branching allows for robust personalization and very specific content fulfilment. For example, if a registrant responds that they want to receive the slides, a Call To Action (CTA) can be created to drive them to a download page. Or for registrants who would like to share the recorded webinar at a later date, and email can be automatically generated, the day after the webinar, providing the recording link, and perhaps a CTA to set up an appointment to discuss coverages with your agency.

Needless to say, every agency should be using simple email campaigns. However, for many agencies, the time has come to invest in insurance agency email workflow drip marketing. Those agencies lacking the staff or tools to accomplish this can reach out to the insurance agency marketing experts at StartUpSelling.

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