A Winning Insurance Lead Gen Strategy Should Include Educational Webinars 

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July 29th, 2021

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Insurance Agency Webinars

Insurance agencies, brokers and wholesalers which have incorporated insurance webinars into their marketing initiatives often see impressive results, with registration increasing over time to hundreds and a 60% or greater attendance rate which can be achieved with educational content and timely topics. Insurance webinars are effective for essentially any agency, broker or wholesaler, but are most effective when targeting niche markets such as transportation, construction, and benefits. 

 

Webinars help showcase expertise, demonstrate thought leadership and elevate the conversation from insurance sales to partner and consultant. Where can agents and brokers find topics and speakers? Agencies and brokers can use internal experts, external partners, carrier partners, consultants, CPA’s tax advisors and industry consultants to create a well-respected and well attended webinar series.

 

The marketing catalyst for successfully implements insurance webinar series often rests upon email marketing and social media marketing initiatives. Both can prove highly effective in driving registrants to an insurance webinar series. Agents and brokers must ensure they are adhering to CAN-SPAM and opt-in email marketing best practices. Email marketing initiatives are only as good as the underlying email marketing list. Agents and brokers who do not have a comprehensive prospect and client email list should work on building one immediately, and if they are unsure how to accomplish this, should seek qualified outsourced guidance on this important topic. A high-quality target list is not only the foundation for successful insurance digital marketing, but also an important and valuable digital asset for every agency and broker! 

 

Social media marketing is often an untapped resource for agencies, brokers and wholesalers, as it is now common for 50% of registrants to be gleaned from LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter, assuming agents and brokers have a viable insurance social media marketing program in place. LinkedIn remains the most important social media platform for B2B centric insurance agencies and brokers, while Facebook is often the go to platform for personal insurance campaigns. That said, with there are many good tools available to post simultaneously to all major social media platforms. For example, let’s say a broker wanted to announce a new “ACA and Compliance Update Webinar”. This message could easily be posted simultaneously to LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter, and the posts, efficacy and interactions could be easily tracked.

 

Webinars combined with professional email marketing and social media marketing campaigns can provide an impressive educational foundation for agents and brokers seeking to differentiate themselves from the pack. Web seminars can target prospects, clients or both, to help agencies, brokers and wholesalers establish and maintain their “digital” relationship. These live webinars can then be recorded, and used as video fulfillment on both their insurance website and YouTube to extend the reach, and help grow the business.

 

Agencies, brokers and wholesalers which lack the marketing staff or expertise to accomplish effective email marketing can contact StartUpSelling for assistance at 888-304-3638.

Five Keys to a Successful Content Marketing Strategy for Your Insurance Agency

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November 1st, 2020

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Content MarketingBy now, most insurance agencies and wholesale brokers have realized the power of content marketing as a critical element of social selling. Content marketing is a powerful tool for attracting potential customers, making connections and building relationships with your target audience.

Content marketing isn’t easy. But if it is done correctly, content marketing works in every industry, in every business, every time. All too often businesses don’t adequately prepare for the demands of developing and executing a successful content marketing strategy.

In practice, content marketing is hard work. You need to have a strategy so that search engines (such as Google) and your target audience can find you. It’s the hard work of sharing valuable, relevant content that your audience is looking for that captures their attention.

Here are 5 keys to successful content marketing:

  1. Take content marketing seriously – Content marketing can be an efficient and powerful way to grow your audience and your agency. For content marketing to work, you need to invest, prioritize and execute. In order to achieve serious results, content marketing must be taken seriously.
  1. Build relationships first – Content marketing is a long-term strategy. Success is no longer measured by the size of your email list, but by the size of your audience. When we build relationships first, those relationships turn into your audience. That audience then becomes your customer or partner, which turns into revenue.
  1. Stop overtly selling – People (including people in your target business audiences) are tired of being sold too. They are savvy consumers who understand the connection between where they are consuming content and who provided the content. Always selling pushes your potential audience away because they will seek other sources of information.
  1. Focus on your specialty/ies – The era of generalization is gone. People look for experts in the specific area of topic for which they are seeking. From a search engine and brand-building perspective, specialization is a pillar of content marketing success.
  1. Invest in your content marketing strategy – Content marketing can have a very high ROI if done right. Doing it right means investing in bandwidth, tools and people. You need to have all of the parts of an online marketing funnel functioning well in order for a content marketing strategy to be successful. You will need to invest time and money in order to see the results you are seeking.

Want to learn more about how you can gain a competitive edge with a content marketing strategy? Contact StartUpSelling and we will be happy to help you explore how content marketing can benefit your company. Call us today at (518) 222-6392 to get started.

4 Fastest Methods to Drive Insurance Agency Leads

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October 1st, 2020

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sell-more-work-less - insurance email marketingMarketing encompasses a wide variety of methods and tools to increase exposure and carry your insurance agency message to clients and prospects. But which of these are the fastest and most effective to drive leads into your agency pipeline? There is a long list of marketing initiatives to consider, here are just a few, noting that there is overlap in some of these categories:

  • Appointment Setting
  • Blogging
  • Brand Awareness
  • Content Marketing
  • Email Marketing
  • Event Marketing (on-site)
  • Organic Social Media Marketing
  • Pay Per Click Advertising (PPC)
  • Search Engine Marketing (SEO)
  • Snail Mail Marketing
  • Social Media Marketing (Sponsored Posts)
  • Video Marketing
  • Virtual Event Marketing
  • Webinar Marketing

However, when the goal is to rapidly fill the pipeline with B2B leads, the list quickly narrows to the top 4:

  1. Appointment Setting
  2. Pay Per Click Advertising (PPC)
  3. Social Media Marketing (Sponsored Posts)
  4. Email Marketing

There are nuances to this lead generation list. For example, Appointment Setting works best for niche insurance markets such as transportation or contractors. Pay Per Click Advertising and Social Media Sponsored Posts offer a fast path to leads, requiring only a compelling offer and/or quality digital content for fulfilment. Email marketing offers broad appeal and a long shelf life. Quality content, including webinars is essential for Email Marketing, though list building can be an obstacle for some agencies.

Bottom line, when looking for a vehicle to drive leads into your insurance agency pipeline, look for the fastest path to bring your message to your target prospects. If your agency lacks the time, tools or personnel to accomplish this, reach our to the insurance marketing team at StartUpSelling for a complimentary marketing consultation.

4 Methods to Help Producers Prospect While Working Remotely

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July 31st, 2020

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Insurance Agency MarketingHow can your agency help producers prospect more effectively and continue to fill their pipelines in the current work from home environment? Here are the top four methods to drive leads into Producer pipelines:

  1. PPC (LinkedIn Pay Per Click Sponsored Content Ads)
  2. Email Marketing
  3. Social Media Marketing
  4. Appointment Setting (for trucking and other niche markets)

If your agency needs assistance with any of these lead generation initiatives, contact the insurance marketing experts at StartUpSelling.

Insurance Agency Marketing Checklist in a COVID-19 Climate

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July 3rd, 2020

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Insurance Agency MarketingThe novel coronavirus pandemic has dramatically changed the way most agencies do business. Insurance agency sales and marketing was once reliant on face to face interaction, referral sales, and networking. Though changes to these traditional insurance agency sales and marketing methods were already in process, COVID-19 accelerated them in an instant.

The days of focusing on in person networking, referrals, trade shows and on-site seminars have come to an abrupt halt. Meanwhile, agency executives and producers seeking to carry their unique value proposition to targeted commercial insurance and group benefits prospects, need an improved marketing and lead generation strategy to increase their suspect and prospect pools and grow their pipelines.

The list of possible marketing and lead generation initiatives is extensive and can be daunting for many agencies and brokers regardless of type, size, or geography. Some agencies may attempt to staff up to accommodate theses skills, but the skillsets required are varied and often specialized, and may include the following:

  • Appointment Setter
  • Blogger, Vlogger
  • Content Writer/Editor
  • Email Marketing Manager
  • Graphic Artist
  • Marketing Generalist
  • Marketing Strategist
  • SEO Specialist
  • Social Media Marketer
  • Telemarketer (Appointment Setter)
  • Video Production Specialist
  • Voice Over Specialist
  • Web Analytics Manager
  • Website Programmer

Some of these skills may be combined into one marketing position (writer, editor, blogger for example), while others require highly specific skills, for example video creation or search engine optimization.

Here is an updated insurance agency marketing and lead generation checklist which includes many of the key initiatives insurance agencies should leverage. How many of these insurance marketing initiatives can your agency check off?

  • Blogging & Vlogging
  • Branding
  • Client Case Studies
  • Client Testimonials
  • Contact List Generation & Email List Generation
  • Create Buyer Personas
  • Create Prospect Scorecards
  • eBrochures
  • Email Marketing
  • ePublishing and LinkedIn Publishing
  • Insurance Agency Marketing Plan
  • News Releases
  • Newsletter Creation & Distribution
  • PPC Ads and Post Boosts
  • Search Engine Marketing – SEO
  • Social Media Marketing
  • Telemarketing & Lead Handling
  • Updated Insurance Agency Website
  • Video Creation
  • Web Seminar Marketing
  • Website Updates & Content
  • Website Analytics Reporting and Analysis

There are other marketing initiatives which can be used including snail mail marketing (not recommended for B2B insurance agency marketing), traditional seminars (currently on COVID-19 hold), sponsorships, traditional advertisements, etc. Though some of these more traditional marketing initiatives can be considered, a focus on digital and repeatable is your best mantra, especially in this coronavirus climate. Producers, agency executives and owners all seek to grow their book of business. Marketing is time and budget driven, and if done correctly, your agency marketing should provide a compelling ROI to cost justify your investment. Can all the above activities be accomplished a few days or a few weeks? That’s not likely to happen. But over the course of a year or less, most if not all of these can be achieved.

Looking for additional information about insurance agency marketing and insurance agency lead generation? Visit us at: https://startupselling.com/.

8 Excellent Reasons Why Your Agency Should Blog

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June 7th, 2020

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Insurance Agency Blogging - Insurance BlogsThere are many great reasons why your agency should be blogging, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. This is an important time to be consistently in touch with your clients and prospects. Here eight compelling reasons why you should be blogging today:

1.  Provides a non-sales reason to reach out to clients and prospects

2. Show your agency cares about clients and prospects by providing timely content. 

3. Show the lights are on, and that your agency is actively engaged. Repurpose blogs for multiple uses:

  • Send your blogs to prospects
  • Use your blogs for eMarketing campaigns
  • Share and promote your blogs on social media
  • Show that your agency is comfortable in virtual and digital mode

See the other five reasons why your agency should blog here.

Making Email Marketing Work for Your Agency

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April 27th, 2020

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When thinking of the oldest and most basic functions of the internet, email inevitably comes to mind. Everyone uses it – from young children and grandparents to billionaires, politicians, and celebrities. Its simplicity and ubiquity have become foundational in our society. Yet the sophistication and potential impact of email as a marketing tool eludes so many businesses.

Email marketing often devolves into any number of ineffective and even risky behaviors, including:

  • Tiny opt-in lists of people who are already dedicated customersInsurance Agency Email Marketing
  • Lists of suspicious origin that can get you caught in spam filters and even induce legal action
  • Highly graphical messages that are never seen because email clients block the images
  • Messages that are overly familiar or bend the truth to establish a relationship
  • Lengthy content that very few recipients will ever read
  • Content that includes words and phrases often blocked by spam filters

These are just a few of the many pitfalls that can render email marketing a wasted opportunity for an organization. But doing it right can provide substantial benefits. Following best practices to avoid these pitfalls can result in campaigns that:

  • Drive high-quality website traffic
  • Increase brand awareness
  • Improve conversion rate
  • Build your customer base
  • Help to define or redefine your prospects and market segment
  • Reduce or eliminate the need for more expensive or wasteful forms of marketing such as environmentally disastrous physical mail, TV and radio commercials that reach a limited audience, costly paid advertising/promotion on popular websites, time-consuming in-person meetings, and more.

Email marketing can prove a strong and flexible tool regardless of the product or service you offer. As with many tools, the key is how you use it. Want to learn more? We’re email marketing experts. Ask us about building a program tailored to your needs!

8 Excellent Reasons Why Your Agency Should Blog

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April 20th, 2020

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Insurance Agency Blogging - Insurance BlogsThere are many great reasons why your agency should be blogging, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. This is an important time, to be consistently in touch with your clients and prospects. Here eight compelling reasons why you should be blogging today:

1.  Provides a non-sales reason to reach out to clients and prospects

  • This can be done in an automated (email marketing) process, or by sending individual emails to your top prospects.

2. Helps show your agency cares about them, by providing timely content. For example, blogs like this can be extremely helpful to your clients:

  • How to Manage a COVID-19 Remote Workforce?
  • Insurance Implications when your Workforce is Teleworking
  • Will Business Interruption Insurance Cover COVID-19 Losses?
  • Motivating your Remote Workforce
  • The CARES Act and the Impact on your Business

3. Shows the lights are on, and that your agency is actively engaged. Repurpose blogs for multiple uses:

  • Send your blogs to prospects
  • Use your blogs for eMarketing campaigns
  • Share and promote your blogs on social media
  • Show that your agency is comfortable in virtual and digital mode

4. Improves Social Media Reach

  • Don’t think your clients and prospects spend much time on social media – think again! Blogs provide high quality content for your agency (and producers) to share content on LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter.

5. Drives traffic to your website

  • A blog, preferably with original content, helps drive clients and prospects to your insurance agency website. It gives them a reason to visit, and a reason to stay.

6. Improves domain authority and search engine marketing

  • Blogs help improve insurance agency search engine optimization.
  • Your original content is indexed by search engines such as Google and Bing
  • Better SEO helps attract prospects

7. Allows you to control your message

  • What do you want to say to your clients and prospects?
  • How would you like to brand your agency?
  • How can you help the during this unprecedented time?

8. Helps showcase your insurance agency expertise

  • Blogs can and should be one of your most visited website areas, with the longest visit duration on your website. Showcase your agency and industry expertise with a timely, topical, and relevant blog.

Many insurance agencies and brokers lack the internal resources and writers to post consistent blogs. If so, contact the insurance agency marketing team at StartUpSelling for a complimentary discussion about blogging, content marketing, website updates and more!

5 Keys to a Successful Content Marketing Strategy for Your Insurance Agency

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January 5th, 2020

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Content MarketingBy now, most insurance agencies and wholesale brokers have realized the power of content marketing as a critical element of social selling. Content marketing is a powerful tool for attracting potential customers, making connections and building relationships with your target audience.

Content marketing isn’t easy. But if it is done correctly, content marketing works in every industry, in every business, every time. All too often businesses don’t adequately prepare for the demands of developing and executing a successful content marketing strategy.

In practice, content marketing is hard work. You need to have a strategy so that search engines (such as Google) and your target audience can find you. It’s the hard work of sharing valuable, relevant content that your audience is looking for that captures their attention.

Here are 5 keys to successful content marketing:

  1. Take content marketing seriously – Content marketing can be an efficient and powerful way to grow your audience and your agency. For content marketing to work, you need to invest, prioritize and execute. In order to achieve serious results, content marketing must be taken seriously.
  1. Build relationships first – Content marketing is a long-term strategy. Success is no longer measured by the size of your email list, but by the size of your audience. When we build relationships first, those relationships turn into your audience. That audience then becomes your customer or partner, which turns into revenue.
  1. Stop overtly selling – People (including people in your target business audiences) are tired of being sold too. They are savvy consumers who understand the connection between where they are consuming content and who provided the content. Always selling pushes your potential audience away because they will seek other sources of information.
  1. Focus on your specialty/ies – The era of generalization is gone. People look for experts in the specific area of topic for which they are seeking. From a search engine and brand-building perspective, specialization is a pillar of content marketing success.
  1. Invest in your content marketing strategy – Content marketing can have a very high ROI if done right. Doing it right means investing in bandwidth, tools and people. You need to have all of the parts of an online marketing funnel functioning well in order for a content marketing strategy to be successful. You will need to invest time and money in order to see the results you are seeking.

Want to learn more about how you can gain a competitive edge with a content marketing strategy? Contact StartUpSelling and we will be happy to help you explore how content marketing can benefit your company. Call us today at (518) 222-6392 to get started.

Which Presidents Have the Best Stock Market Returns?

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December 4th, 2019

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Stock Market Performance By PresidentWhich Presidents have the Best Stock Market Returns? The answers may surprise you. About 18 months ago I wrote a blog on this topic, and as 2019 comes to a close, this seems like a good time to check in, especially with the markets touching upon recent record levels. Let’s review the S&P results for the last three years:

2019 2,510 3,093 23.39%
2018 2,695 2,506 6.24%
2017 2,257 2,673 19.42%
36.57%

We see that the S&P posted a total return of almost 37% and an annual return of about 12.2%. That’s not too shabby, though you may be surprised to see that it’s only the 10th best result of presidential returns.

Rank President Annual Return
1 Bill Clinton 17%
2 Barack Obama 16%
3 Gerald Ford 16%
4 Harry Truman 16%
5 Dwight Eisenhower 16%
6 Ronald Reagan 15%
7 George H.W. Bush 15%
8 Jimmy Carter 12%
9 Franklin Roosevelt 12%
10 Donald Trump 12%
11 Lyndon Johnson 11%
12 John Kennedy 10%
13 Richard Nixon -1%
14 George W. Bush -4%
15 Herbert Hoover -31%

There is still a month to go in 2019, and a possibility that the returns could change. Though that change would have to be substantial to crack the top seven. And we certainly hope that Hoover’s record remains untouched!

Are you seeking a compelling ROI for your agency, contact the expert team at StartUpSelling for customized marketing and lead generation programs to jump start your pipeline and improve close ratios.