5-Minute Vlog: Email Marketing for Lead Gen

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November 8th, 2021

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Insurance Agency Email MarketingWe’ve helped insurance organizations succeed with marketing and lead gen initiatives for nearly 20 years. Want to know how? Watch this brief webinar and you’ll learn the key elements of:

  • List development
  • Topic selection
  • Subject line refinement
  • Message personalization
  • Email formatting
  • Effective CTAs
  • Avoiding spam filters
  • Complying with regulations

This overview can help agencies of all sizes improve the quantity and quality of their email-based lead generation. Click here to watch now or request complimentary insurance marketing and lead gen review: https://startupselling.com/insurance-email-marketing-webinar/

 

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.

How to Keep Your Insurance Agency Email Marketing Fresh & Effective

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August 18th, 2019

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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

How to Keep Your Insurance Agency Email Marketing Campaign Fresh and Effective

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May 19th, 2019

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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

7 Common Insurance Email Marketing Mistakes

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May 5th, 2019

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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

5 Tips to Improve Your Insurance Agency Email Marketing Program

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April 22nd, 2019

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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

How to Keep Your Insurance Agency Email Marketing Fresh and Effective

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January 12th, 2019

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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

7 Common Insurance Email Marketing Mistakes

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December 2nd, 2018

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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

5 Tips to Improve Your Insurance Agency Email Marketing Program

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October 21st, 2018

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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

What you don’t know about Insurance Email Marketing can kill you

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August 1st, 2018

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We recently spoke to an agency who shared numerous insurance agency email marketing challenges. Their story reminded me of this popular blog post from way back in 2010! Enjoy this timeless piece from the archives. – JS 8/1/18

Insurance Email Marketing

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