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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Digital Insurance MarketingStartUpSelling continuously publishes insurance marketing and technology articles of interest to help insurance agencies optimize their marketing initiatives. These articles are available on Ezine, and agencies, brokers and wholesalers can view and download these without charge. These insurance marketing articles will help agencies and brokers improve their sales, marketing and lead generation initiatives. Many of these articles provide access to additional insurance marketing resources such as blogs, on-demand webinars, YouTube videos, and social media feeds. The articles and ancillary resources have been viewed by tens of thousands of insurance agents, brokers and wholesalers across North America.

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  • Mobile Friendly Insurance Agency Website Checklist
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  • 10 Insurance Agency Online Marketing Ideas For Agents & Brokers
  • Malware Trends Insurance Agencies Should Watch Out For In 2017
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Join thousands of other agents and brokers who are benefiting from StartUpSelling’s insurance web marketing and lead generation resources. For more information visit http://startupselling.com.

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Join us to learn how insurance agencies are leveraging integrated email marketing and web seminars to enhance lead generation and to improve client retention. Our agency clients are consistently attracting 50 to 300 registrants with attendance averaging over 60%. Educational insurance webinar series are highly valuable for both prospects and clients – helping to showcase expertise, demonstrate thought leadership and elevate the conversation from insurance sales to trusted adviser. Topics include:

  • Insurance Web MarketingEmail List Generation to Support Webinar Series
  • Email Marketing Best Practices & Compliance
  • Selecting Topics and Speakers
  • Webinar Preparation, Presentation & Execution
  • Follow-Up & Lead Gen Best Practices

Date & Time: Wed, Jan 25, 2017 12:00 PM – 12:30 PM EST

To Register:  https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4410093140174457090

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Join us to learn how insurance agencies are leveraging integrated email marketing and web seminars to enhance lead generation and to improve client retention. Our agency clients are consistently attracting 50 to 300 registrants with attendance averaging over 60%. Educational insurance webinar series are highly valuable for both prospects and clients – helping to showcase expertise, demonstrate thought leadership and elevate the conversation from insurance sales to trusted adviser. Topics include:

  • Insurance Web MarketingEmail List Generation to Support Webinar Series
  • Email Marketing Best Practices & Compliance
  • Selecting Topics and Speakers
  • Webinar Preparation, Presentation & Execution
  • Follow-Up & Lead Gen Best Practices

Date & Time: Wed, Jan 25, 2017 12:00 PM – 12:30 PM EST

To Register:  https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4410093140174457090

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What you don’t know about Insurance eMarketing can kill you

  • Posted on January 10, 2017
  • by John Scranton
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Not long ago, I spoke to an agency owner who had attempted to launch an eMarketing campaign.  He had engaged with a high-profile agency marketing firm to use their email platform, and purchased 30,000 emails from a vendor they suggested.  He sent several messages over the course of a few months, and received absolutely no opportunities – only SPAM complaints.

This is the danger of using an eMarketing platform without the required expertise.  What you don’t know can kill you.  This agency was not aware of any of the following critical components to a successful campaign:

  • Message Content – Cannot be sales-oriented or the email will likely be seen as SPAM
  • Sending Frequency – Too many email sends will wear out your list and again make you look SPAMish
  • Scrubbing your List – Nearly 1/3 of the aforementioned list was useless, but the vendor still changed them
  • Opt-In / Opt-Out – It must be just as easy to opt-out of a list as it is to opt-in
  • Domain Spoofing – Bulk email sends to a dirty list are an invitation for domain spoofing, make sure you are protected

The lesson here is not that email platforms are useless or confusing, but that purchasing one without the required eMarketing expertise is dangerous.  If a surgeon hands you a scalpel, that does not mean you know how to operate – and if you purchase an email platform, that does not mean you know how to launch email campaigns.  Hire an eMarketing expert of find a solution that provides the required experience.  Do not just pick up the scalpel and start cutting.

Originally Posted on October 7th, 2010 by John Scranton

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Join us to learn how insurance agencies are leveraging integrated email marketing and web seminars to enhance lead generation and to improve client retention. Our agency clients are consistently attracting 50 to 300 registrants with attendance averaging over 60%. Educational insurance webinar series are highly valuable for both prospects and clients – helping to showcase expertise, demonstrate thought leadership and elevate the conversation from insurance sales to trusted adviser. Topics include:

  • Insurance Agency WebinarsEmail List Generation to Support Webinar Series
  • Email Marketing Best Practices & Compliance
  • Selecting Topics and Speakers
  • Webinar Preparation, Presentation & Execution
  • Follow-Up & Lead Gen Best Practices

Date & Time: Wed, Jan 25, 2017 12:00 PM – 12:30 PM EST

To Register:  https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4410093140174457090

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Join the insurance agency marketing experts and learn how insurance agencies are leveraging integrated email marketing and web seminars to enhance lead generation and improve client retention. StartUpSelling insurance agency clients are consistently attracting 50 to 300 webinar registrants, with attendance averaging over 60%. Educational insurance webinar series are highly valuable for both prospects and clients – helping to showcase expertise, demonstrate thought leadership and elevate the conversation from insurance sales to trusted adviser.

Topics include:

  • Email List Generation to Support Webinar Series
  • Email Marketing Best Practices & Compliance
  • Selecting Topics and Speakers
  • Webinar Preparation, Presentation & Execution
  • Follow-Up & Lead Gen Best Practices

Date & Time: Wed, Jan 25, 2017 12:00 PM – 12:30 PM EST

To Register:  https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4410093140174457090

StartUpSelling CEO Alan Blume commented, “The fastest path for agency CEOs to grow the top line is to consistently carry their vetted value proposition to their targeted prospects, and integrated email marketing and web seminars offer an excellent opportunity to accomplish this.”

For more information and a complimentary insurance marketing and lead generation review, visit http://www.StartUpSelling.com.

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Join us to learn how insurance agencies are leveraging integrated email marketing and web seminars to enhance lead generation and to improve client retention. Our agency clients are consistently attracting 50 to 300 registrants with attendance averaging over 60%. Educational insurance webinar series are highly valuable for both prospects and clients – helping to showcase expertise, demonstrate thought leadership and elevate the conversation from insurance sales to trusted adviser. Topics include:

  • Insurance Agency WebinarsEmail List Generation to Support Webinar Series
  • Email Marketing Best Practices & Compliance
  • Selecting Topics and Speakers
  • Webinar Preparation, Presentation & Execution
  • Follow-Up & Lead Gen Best Practices

Date & Time: Wed, Jan 25, 2017 12:00 PM – 12:30 PM EST

To Register:  https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4410093140174457090

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Highly Targeted Email Marketing That Works

  • Posted on December 29, 2016
  • by Alan Blume

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It’s difficult to get published, by many estimates less than 1% of would be authors ever receive an offer from a reputable publisher. Of course it is easier to get published if you have a literary agent representing you than if you approach publishers directly. Landing an agent is a formidable challenge; nonetheless, it seemed that literary agents offered the most viable path to publish my book.

Finding and signing with a literary agent seemed no different to me than finding and closing a prospect for any product, service or solution. I would simply use the same approach I use every day. It was a simple beginning, after a half dozen Google searches resulted in many sites listing literary agents. Next, I downloaded about 1,200 agents from several of these online list sources into an Excel file.

Many agents list their emails for book query submissions (a brief letter or email to whet the interest of a prospective agent). As a proponent of the virtual model, CEO of a virtual company, and would be author of the benefits of virtual business, I couldn’t imagine working with an agent who did not accept query submissions via email or a web form. If they didn’t accept email solicitations, they were culled, cutting my list to about 800. My list was then culled further to 100 agents who were interested in business books, non-fiction and prescriptive books (most agents listed the types of books they typically publish). And lastly, emails were sent to these 100 agents, with a succinct message about my book and background.

Here are the results of the highly targeted email campaigns to the 100 literary agents:

  • 100 Sent
  • 9 Interested
  • 32 Not interested
  • 59 No response

The results were impressive, as 9% of the targeted agents expressed interest, and responded as such to the email call to action. Normally I would follow-up an emailing like this with a phone call, however most literary agents prefer no phone calls, many stating so on their web site. Of the nine agents who expressed interest in my query, four of them asked me to email my full proposal (a proposal usually has a biography, marketing section, competition section, chapter outline and sample chapters). Another four asked me to print out a full proposal and mail it to them, and one asked me if I would like him to immediately contact publishers on my behalf to determine if they had interest.

I sent my book proposal to all four agents who requested it via email attachment, and called the agent who expressed interest in contacting publishers on my behalf. Two of the agents quickly reviewed the proposal and asked if I would speak with them right away. One of these was Wendy Keller from Keller Media, who asked if we could set up a conference call the next day. The call (actually a web meeting) lasted about 30 minutes, and I was impressed with Wendy’s background and enthusiasm. She was excited about the direction and topic of the book. During the meeting I secured a commitment from her for representation. It took less than four weeks from the time I approached the literary agency market to sign with a prominent agent.

Six months later, with help and guidance from my agent, we secured an offer from a well known business book publisher, Career Press. My book, Your Virtual Successwas published, and my second book, Sell More & Work Less was published a few years later.

Although there are additional nuances involved with successful current email marketing best practices, the basics used for this seven year old campaign are very similar to that which can be used for effective digital marketing and lead generation today. Contact the email marketing experts at StartUpSelling and learn how to extend your reach and jump-start your pipeline in the new year.

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Insurance Email Marketing

Tip #3: Leverage Email Marketing for Air Cover

Now that you have identified your ideal prospect profile and crafted your message of value (Tips 1 & 2 respectively), it is time to begin reaching out to your target market.  A tremendously effective way to do this quickly is an email marketing campaign.  A quality email campaign will provide air cover for your tactical sales operations – keeping you in front of your prospect, or at least in their inbox, while you are out selling.  When sending an email for our clients, we leverage over 100 best practices to optimize deliverability and effectiveness – here are a few you should implement today:

  • Do Not Sell Insurance – An email campaign asking prospects if they would like a quote from your very competitive markets will not generate opportunities, it will generate SPAM complaints.
  • Segment Campaign by Vertical (or Horizontal) – Different industries have different needs and different challenges.  Provide content specific to the industry vertical (or horizontal segment) that you are targeting.
  • Minimize Use of Images & Graphics – As a rule of thumb, the greater the use of images and graphics, the greater likelihood a message will be caught in a corporate email filter.

Check back soon for Tip #4.

Originally Posted on June 26, 2013 by John Scranton

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