BSMG Blog: Protecting the Future of Families and Businesses

4 Ways to Talk About Long-Term Care


Do you have clients with no plan for long-term care, or a reluctance to plan for the unexpected?

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Adding Marketing to Your Life Insurance Sales Strategy


The number one reason that people purchase life insurance policies is to protect the ones they LOVE. All too often we hear horrible stories of people who unexpectedly pass away and their families are left scrambling. Life insurance can be a difficult topic to talk about but finding the time to discuss it with your clients is so important. Life Happens is a website that advocates for life insurance awareness. They create campaigns that are dedicated to educating people on the important role life insurance can play in their lives. One of these campaigns is "Insure Your Love" and it's a great way for you to start the conversation with your clients!

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Financial Advisor Marketing Tips: Words that Work


Most Popular Sales Pitch...

It's amazing the amount of content that a simple query brings up in a Google search. Page after page of things you should say, things NEVER to say and prospecting phrases that are sure to bring in business. It isn't as simple as canned pitches. Our industry isn't a catch all, every client is truly unique and should be treated as such. Upon searching we stumbled upon an article from InsuranceNewsNet that discusses 10 Financial Phrases to Ban... and What to Say Instead. Below, we've shared the phrases we found most helpful, along with other powerful financial advisor marketing tips.

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Tactics & Talking Points to Introduce a Policy Review

 

DID YOU KNOW?

It is a common misconception by consumers that once a life insurance policy is purchased they can "set it and forget it."

Has your life changed in the last five years, how about the last two years? I don't need to tell you how quickly life can change. Your client's lives are also continually evolving, so shouldn't their life insurance protection be reviewed to match? Use these life insurance sales tips to keep in touch with your clients and ensure their current policy still matches their needs.

Life is busy, your clients may (or may not) be aware that they need to update their policy coverage. They also may not have the time to research new products or even to pick up the phone to call you for help. Be proactive and check in with your clients. Do they have a new career, business, child or home? The simple question of "when was the last time someone reviewed your policy?" may be all you need to open the door.

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How Successful Insurance Agents Approach Small Business Owners

Check out these tips on approaching small business owners for insurance agents & advisors.

Small business owners respond well to an approach that includes educational information and planning for their future success. They feel their business is unique. If you can teach them something new, they will be more open to meeting with and listening to you.

“Tell me what you’ve done for other small business owners and why it is right for me.”

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Use This Strategy to Close More Life Insurance Sales


6 Steps To Building A Successful Life Insurance Sales Strategy Using the "Balanced Approach"

Most of your clients face a dilemma as they find their life insurance needs shifting. They can either: 

  • Insure their highest level of coverage needed, even though it could be years from now, or
  • Insure their lowest level, all but guaranteeing they’ll be under-insured in the future.

Whether they are clients who are considering buying insurance for the first time or ones who realize that their current policy isn’t enough, finding the right balance is an important concept. 

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9 Key Steps to Nurturing Life Insurance Leads

We're sure you know that you can't grow your business without growing your sales pipeline. Successful sales lead management begins with identifying prospects who have expressed an interest in your products or services. Life Insurance leads can come from a variety of prospecting efforts such as lists, social media, direct mail or email. Regardless of how you find these leads, it is important to always nurture them, a forgotten lead is unlikely to become a customer. Below are tips on how to handle and track each new lead as well as grow your lead base.

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8 Communication Tips to Attract Clients Who Are Business Owners

Here are 8 Communication Tips for Insurance Agents to Attract Clients Who Own a Business:

  • Use a local phone number instead of an 800 number.

  • The best time to approach owners is Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday.

  • Send personalized email:
    • Personalized subject lines indicate that the content is relevant to the owner or business, and increases panelists’ likelihood to open an email.
    • Send the email from an individual, rather than a marketing inbox.

  • Send personalized direct mail or letters: Use results-driven language (by doing this, you will get that).
    • Hand-addressed card-sized letters are opened most often.

  • Simplify and speak in terms that are easy to understand.

  • Incorporate messaging about ROI, rather than price.

  • Be sure to follow-up:
    • Follow-up even if you are told no, but provide educational information when you do.
    • The owner may not buy now, but follow-ups may help you get the business later.
    • Advise with frequency tailored to their needs.
    • Use non-evasive regular touches by checking in every 60-90 days after initial point of contact.
    • Perform more of a branding call vs. a sales call: Example: “This is John Doe, from Mutual of Omaha, checking on how your business is doing and reminding you that I’m here if you need me. Would you like me to follow-up monthly, bimonthly or quarterly?”
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Using Persona's to Get to Your Annuity Pot of Gold

Happy St. Patrick's Day! We thought we'd share a great tip to help you reach your own "pot of gold". Establishing and targeting personas is a key tool to grow your business and here's why.

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Back to the Basics: Cross-Selling for Financial Advisors

The beginning of a new year is a great time to try something new with the hope of growing your practice as a financial advisor. There are millions of “how-to” articles floating around the web all boasting of great ideas and innovative ways to grow your prospect base or get more clients. Growing your client base is an admirable goal, however, it can sometimes take a significant investment of your time if you are not familiar with the tools and technology available to you. That’s why we suggest getting back to the basics with good old-fashioned cross-selling.

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