How To Be An Adaptable Agent

The insurance industry is always changing, and this past year has shown just how all the variables that can come into play require adaptability. As an insurance agent, you have to be able to quickly adapt to any changes in your industry, whether they are changes in plans, insurance companies, rules and regulations, or the needs of your customers. Being adaptable will help your business grow in the long run, because the more flexible you are, then the more successful you will be. But how exactly can you be adaptable?

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Technology is always evolving, so it is important to keep up with it to make comparing plans easier.

Keep Up With Technology

Technology is constantly developing, growing, and changing. People have grown to rely on technology for almost everything: keeping up with friends, finding answers to their questions, getting directions, and shopping – and that includes shopping for insurance! Your customers are looking for convenience, so if you do not keep up with new technology, you will find yourself struggling to sell insurance.

Stay on top of all of the ways to make selling insurance as convenient as possible for your customers. Learn how to share your screens with customers, create a website and keep it updated, and make signing up customers online an easy option for them.

Expect The Unexpected

If there’s one thing you’ve probably learned over time as an insurance agent, it’s that you should always be ready for the unexpected. The pandemic is a great example of the unexpected! When it hit, agents had to adapt to selling insurance solely over the phone and through video meetings. Adaptable agents, who transitioned easily to selling over the phone rather than relying on face-to-face interactions, were much better prepared to continue selling through a difficult situation.

Always be ready to tackle any obstacles to selling that are thrown your way, which brings us to the next tip…

Embrace Challenges

How you look at a tough situation will determine how successful you are at tackling that challenge. If you approach a challenge with a positive attitude, you are more likely to have an open mind and find the solution more quickly, and not get frustrated. Being frustrated, annoyed and angry will only lead to giving up, and that’s not an option in the insurance business. After all, it’s not always easy trying to find the perfect plan that meets all of a customer’s needs, and you are bound to be faced with angry customers or periods of rejection.

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Take a deep breath, take a break, and come back to work on the challenge with a clear mind. It will make a world of difference, because not everything is going to come easily to you, no matter how long you have been doing the job.

The best way to be successful in any business is to be adaptable. Keep up with the latest technology, with any changes to insurance companies and their plans, and most importantly with your clients. Leads all have different needs, and learning to adapt to them is very important to having happy, satisfied customers. And if you do end up with unhappy customers, learn to take on their feedback so you know what you need to improve. Remember, if you are struggling to find exclusive leads that are ready to buy, Benepath can help. We provide exclusive leads that are sent to you and only you. We also provide you with better tools, more guidance, unsurpassed sales training, and techniques from the most successful agents and trainers in the industry. To get more information, fill out the form on the right side of the page, or call 866-368-0377.

Building Customer Confidence

The secret to growing your business is taking care of your customers. You have to build customer confidence and trust in order to build a strong, dependable consumer base. At the end of the day, people buy from people that they trust, but it’s not always easy to get people to trust you when you’re selling insurance. The fact of the matter is, many people simply don’t trust sales people. Don’t let that discourage you! There are some easy ways that you can gain the confidence of insurance shoppers.

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The saying “show, don’t tell” holds true in most situations, including in the world of customer service. People want to see great reviews of a product or business before pulling the trigger on a purchase, so don’t only show your customers the work that you’ve done or have them simply read reviews from your clients; show them video testimonials of customers you’ve helped. People want to know that they are dealing with someone who truly cares about and helps people, and what better way to highlight your personal relationships with your customers than by sharing how they feel about you in their own words?

Talk About Yourself/Build A Connection

Build a connection with your customers by letting them get to know you. Don’t try to rush into a sales pitch; instead, start by talking about yourself, your children, and your pets. If your children are in sports or any after school activities, talk about them and your involvement with the school or community. When you share these aspects of yourself, customers will feel a connection with you and will be more likely to look at you as more than just an insurance agent. They will feel more comfortable opening up to you, and in the end they will feel like they have spoken to a real person, not just a salesperson.

Offer Great Customer Service

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Be there for your customers when they need you and make them top priority.

Customer service means always being ready, willing, and able to help. When a customer contacts you, be sure to contact them back as soon as possible. Always keep them informed about any changes to their policies, and serve as a resource center for them. Find any solutions to their problems if you can, and take on their problems as your own.

But great customer service is not just about the practical side of things. It’s also about showing a genuine interest in your clients and in protecting them. Customers get tired of hearing sales pitches and feeling like they are being strong-armed into a sale. They want to know that you truly care about them, so take your time with them, and ask questions so you can better understand their needs. Over-explain and be empathetic while going over their insurance options, and be honest about what plan will best work for them and why. Be genuine, and your customers will pick up on that and appreciate it.

Build A Strong Reputation

Warren Buffett once said, “It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it.” Reputation is everything when it comes to gaining customer confidence, so you need to build a worthy reputation for doing the right thing, which means taking the time to genuinely help customers as much as you can without being pushy. If you don’t focus on customer service, you could end up with a bad reputation, and then you can forget about trying to convince a potential customer that you are the right insurance agent for the job. Never stop working on your reputation; if you do end up with any unhappy customers, always take the time to try and make things right if you can.

Make your customers your top priority at all times. Period. There are no shortcuts when it comes to gaining confidence from your customers and potential customers. Provide them with the best service you can, be honest and transparent, and don’t cut corners. In return, you will have loyal customers and boost your sales. It’s as simple as that.

How To Improve Your Business’ Customer Service

If you want to grow your business, then customer service is one of the most important things that you need to focus on. Each interaction that a customer has with your business will either build it up or tear it down. Great customer service leaves customers satisfied, and when they are satisfied they’re more likely to continue to do business with you, and possibly refer you to others. And bad customer service? Just remember that customers tell an average of 15 people about a negative experience versus the 11 they tell about a positive experience, and 51% say they will never do business with a company again after just one negative experience. No matter how focused you are on your customers, there’s always room to improve your customer service so that you can increase your sales performance.

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First impressions are everything when it comes to attracting a customer.

Your First Impression Is Everything

We have all heard the saying, “You never get a second chance to make a first impression.” And it holds true; first impressions are powerful and memorable. Within a few seconds of meeting you, a customer will have a solid impression of who you are. Studies show that 55% of first impressions are made by what people see (visual), 38% are made by how you speak (vocal), and 7% are the actual words you say (verbal). So if you are meeting a client, make sure you look professional yet approachable, and when speaking with a client, focus on both your tone and what you say.

Feedback Is A Plus

One of the best ways to improve your customer service is by asking your customers for feedback, and learning from it, whether it is good or bad. You can do this by asking your customers to complete a brief phone or email survey at the end of your interaction with them. Use the responses that you get to learn what your strengths and weaknesses are so that you can make improvements.

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Customers want a personal connection with you, so make sure to build a rapport with them.

Build Rapport

All customers want to feel like they are more than just a customer. Build a rapport with your customers by showing them that you care about them. Use their name often and try to build a personal connection with them. Don’t just focus on automated email responses or run-of-the-mill check-up calls. Make your meetings more personal by showing sympathy with and empathy for your customers. Listen to your customer’s complaints, allow them to get it all out, and show that you care while being respectful. If it is something that you can help them with, then make it your problem so you can help them find an appropriate solution. Use phrases like “I’m sorry to hear that…” or “I can understand how frustrating it is to…”

Respond Quickly

Make sure that your customers can easily get in touch with you, and make sure that you respond to any messages within a reasonable amount of time. In a world of advanced technology and social media, there is plenty of opportunity to connect with your customers faster than ever. Return calls within a reasonable amount of time (88% of customers expect a response within 60 minutes), follow through, and always establish the next steps, so that your customer knows what to expect and when they can expect to hear from you.

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The insurance world is a complex one, and it has a language all its own. Customers are coming to you to find the best deals, but they are also coming to you for help translating that language, or because they don’t fully understand the process. Simplify the process as best you can and make everything as clear as possible for your customers. Always end your conversations with a question like, “Is there anything else I can do for you?” or “Is there anything you would like me to go over again?” This gives customers an opportunity to ask questions so they are not left lost or dissatisfied at the end of the conversation.

Admit Mistakes

If you make a mistake, always own up to it, even if the customer hasn’t noticed it yet. This not only builds trust, but also restores your customer’s confidence in you, and allows you to control the situation. After you correct a mistake or solve a problem, be sure to call and follow up so that your customer stays satisfied with your service.

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Thank your customers so they feel appreciated.

Thank Your Customers

Always thank your customers for entrusting you with their business. Make them feel appreciated and thank them after they provide you with a new referral, or give them an incentive for providing a referral to you. There are different ways you can show how thankful you are, such as buying them a cup of coffee or sending them a thank-you note. A little appreciation can go a long way.

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