Selling to seniors via video conferencing

The unaddressed truth behind Covid-19 is that until we get a vaccine, those of us who have an increased risk of serious health problems are going to need to remain socially distant even after the spike subsides.  While a therapy for the virus could be found as early as June, a vaccine is much further away, with most experts looking at the end of 2020.

Adjusting to the times

For a variety of reasons, many of you prefer to sell face to face, and right now you can’t, for the safety of yourself and your clients.

You are left with one of three choices:

  • Stop selling
  • Sell over the phone
  • Sell over video

Why Video Conferencing

Seniors are not as tech-illiterate as many people think.  In a study done by Amwell Health Solutions, data showed that 45% of American seniors have participated in video calls using FaceTime, Skype, and/or Google Hangout.  Some seniors are even catching up to the new Zoom movement, using it to talk to their family and friends.

73% of seniors claim that faster health related services, such as insurance consultation, are the driving reason for their willingness to use video conferencing.  Seniors have the will to participate, you just have to add this to your toolkit.

While calling could get the job done, you are missing an important layer – the visual cues.  With phone calls we miss 50% of the conversation because you can’t see how the person you are talking to is responding.  Video conferencing eliminates that limitation.

How do you do it?

So, how do you get seniors on the screen, not just on the phone?  The first secret is that you have to make it easy.  Best practice is to just have them click on a link you emailed them.  You’ll probably need to include instructions on how to find the link, but the more simple you make the process, the more success you will have.

Ask the senior if they have used to using Hangouts, FaceTime or Skype.  These popular systems are the most common, and you should adapt to their preferences.  By adapting to their preference, the success rate of your calls will be significantly higher.  While this may involve more flexibility on your end, it will undoubtedly benefit you in the long run.

The question “why you are taking meetings this way?” will come up, and be honest with them. Tell them it is to keep them safe in today’s environment.  This expresses that you care about them as a person, not just a client, helping your overall rapport.

In conclusion

By incorporating live video into your sales process you’ll be able to:

  • See your customer’s visual cues
  • Share and go over your quality presentation materials
  • Build a deeper relationship with your customer
  • Make more sales!

And if you need help matching with Medicare insurance prospects, don’t hesitate to give us a call at 866-368-0377.

How to Sell Health Insurance to 26 Year Olds

When it comes to selling health insurance, there is a niche, often overlooked group that requires a different approach than your average 30-year-old looking to purchase a family plan – the 26 year-olds.  

The reason selling insurance to this age group should be handled differently is because, similar to any specified target customer, the needs and wants someone is their mid-20s has are unique.  They’re purchasing insurance for themselves for the first time, most likely because the lifespan on their parents’ plans has come to an end. 

To help you take on this group, we’ve compiled three key tips to provide agents with some insight on the purchasing behaviors to keep an eye out for when encountering a young adult:

Flexibility

Perhaps one of the primary behaviors of a young adult is a “no-commitment” mentality.  Many of these individuals, if single, are not looking to sign off on anything that is permanent.  Just look at the recent stats from the U.S. Census Bureau – the average age of first marriage for women in 2017 was 27.4 years. For men, it’s slightly older at 29.5 years.  At 26, it would be fair to anticipate that flexibility is appealing. 

Unlike long-term plans, short term health insurance provides fast, flexible insurance with many benefits. These plans can be extended up to 3 years, and you can pick your deductible amount from many options. You are also able to drop coverage without a penalty if you want to change to a long term insurance option. Premiums are lower than ACA health insurance plans, and you get coverage as soon as a day after applying. We’d recommend, in addition to providing information on long-term plans, you emphasize flexible short-plans if a 26-year-old sounds hesitant to commit to a purchase.

Partnership

Key trait of the 26 year-olds: they’re online.  Shopping, of any essence, is typically done via computer, phone, table, iPod, etc. This generation is used to one-click Amazon Prime purchases.  As the professional agent, it’s your job to make insurance shopping the same. 

Comparison shopping, which any experienced shopper is familiar with, takes up a significant amount of valuable time.  Being the insurance agent, you become the one-stop Amazon Prime Insurance stop. By offering your guidance and comparison of plans – you’re doing the difficult work for them.  Prove your expertise by doing proper research to give them a well-rounded analysis of plans, prices, premiums, and more.  

In this customer scenario, you are, above all, their teammate. Help them to decide on their preferences. Preferences that a first time shopper does not even know they have. If you can help the average young adult find a quality plan that checks off their boxes, you’ve done your job. Remember: you are there to inform and support them in their selection, regardless of what it may be.

The Overall Price of the Plan

If an individual is a 20-something, as mentioned, they are more likely to be single and childless – but that doesn’t mean they will stay that way. Life events are approaching.  Marriage, children, mortgages, retirement plans, etc.  

Short term plans are certainly cost friendly.  However, the downside of waiting to buy a long-term plan is that they might face higher premiums.  Emphasize this to your customer; good deals are attractive to a young professional transitioning into “adult” mode.

Keep in mind that health insurance will not be the only major purchase a 26 year-old be thinking about.  These life events are cost sensitive, so for a mid-twenties individual who may be in the early stages of a career, it is not far off to assume the plan should fit a specific budget.  Be prepared to provide quality plans at a low cost, especially if the customer sounds concerned about a serious purchase such as this.

You’re The Pro

When establishing rapport with a 26 year-old, you must take into consideration the amount of money they are willing to pay, the coverage they are looking for, the premiums offered, and the term length of the plan.  If the individual does not have an opinion on any of these answers, be sure to guide them with explanations.  

While you are doing your best to sell a plan, your primary approach should be to educate the customer.  You are the professional. Create a culture of Q&A between yourself and your client. If you do this successfully, you will establish yourself as an expert in what you do.  Your clients will take notice and refer you to more potential clients, and you will quickly become the go-to for guidance in your network of customers. If you put building trust within your community first – the sales will follow close behind you.

The Difference Between AEP and OEP

Medicare Supplement, Medicare Advantage, Medigap, Open Enrollment, Annual Enrollment.  There are so many buzz words associated with Medicare insurance sales that it is often difficult to differentiate what it all means.  One of the most confusing things to understand as an agent, let alone as a consumer, is what the difference between AEP and OEP is.

We are quickly approaching Annual Enrollment Period (AEP) for Medicare Advantage plans, not to be confused with Open Enrollment Period (OEP) that is correlated with Medicare Supplement plans.  AEP is an 8 week period from October 15th through December 7th where consumers can sign up for Medicare Part D and/or Medicare Advantage plans.  

OEP and Medicare Supplement plans (aka Medigap) is a little more complicated than AEP. OEP is a six month period from the beginning of a consumer’s Part B effective date. This is when a consumer can receive coverage without any health questions being asked.  There are a few circumstances that would begin an OEP including:

  • -Particular circumstances for someone on disability before their 65th birthday
  • -An individual’s 65th birthday
  • -Retirement and therefore loss of current group health plan after the age of 65

Once an individual has timed out of the six month period, they forfeit the opportunity to buy a Medicare Supplement plan without any medical questions being asked.  A consumer can sign up for a Medicare Supplement plan after that six month period, but they will be subject to health questions that could disqualify them for coverage by some insurance companies.

This graphic from boomerbenefits.com easily explains the differences we have explained above.  We recommend using this to help engage and explain the difference with your clients searching for information on their Medicare options.

Medicare insurance is an incredible investment for new agents or agents looking to expand their product portfolio, but it is exactly that; an investment.

Through our research and discoveries with our long term clients, we have found that Medicare consumers are likely to remain on an agent’s books for upwards of 8 years.  Though forming a client book will happen over time, lead services are a great way to guide consumers your way over a local competitor. While the marketing costs may be higher than referrals, the volume of potential clients is immediate, and the return over that consumer lifecycle pays for itself. 

When you are ready to increase your typical Medicare Supplement volume with exclusive leads, give us a call, because together we succeed!

Despite Changes, Private Health Insurance Leads Still Provide a Good Source of Income

In spite of the many changes in health care law, people still want private insurance. Many do not wish to make health insurance exchanges and, as a result, agents still have opportunities to reach out to an interested audience. People want, need and are willing to pay for coverage in this volatile market. No one likes to be told what to do — what to buy and where to buy it. If you offer an alternate route, many will be happy to work with you.

Opt for exclusive health insurance leads, as they offer the best source of long-term conversions. Since they only come to you, follow them to the very best of your ability, then offer good service and a good product for a reasonable price. Know your policies and insurers very well. Exclusive leads are worth the extra cost. Your working contributions can be one of the best selling points for the health insurance you offer, and that’s not bad. Your personality and knowledge can encourage people to respond in a positive, receptive frame of mind.

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Exclusive health insurance leads can be a dream come true

If you’ve been selling insurance for a long time, or even if you are just starting out, a dream come true is working with exclusive health insurance leads —- leads that come only to you and no one else.

Sure, you’ve likely heard that line before, and in some cases it IS true. In others, not so much. So before you invest in buying leads, consider what YOU need to make your business grow, expand and stay healthy. You want exclusive health insurance leads that pay off when you call them. Leads that are pre-screened, pre-qualified, in real time and virtually ready to buy, either immediately (and yes, that does happen), or a bit later.

Sure, the exclusive leads are more costly than shared or aged leads, but that’s because you are the only person getting them and they are ready to roll. Things just don’t get much better than that. Work those leads with a passion akin to being on fire, and that’s what will happen, your business will grow by leaps and bounds. All in all, spending a bit more money up front is worth the payoff later.

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If you want less work to do in growing your agency, buy exclusive health insurance leads

You may have already tried health insurance leads, the shared ones, and discovered you wasted a lot of time on the phone talking to people who had already been approached by other agents. It was a discouraging day on the phone, with not a decent prospect to show for it. And yet, you paid good money for those leads.

Maybe it’s time to step back and take a look at how non-exclusive leads compare to exclusive health insurance leads. If you buy the exclusive leads, you get them the moment they come in, and they are already screened and pre-qualified. That means you don’t have to spend time doing that yourself. Bonus.

The exclusive leads are also ready to spend money on an insurance policy. While they might not buy the instant you call, they are likely to make that kind of a decision within 4 to 6 weeks. Overall, exclusive health insurance leads are a lot less work, worry and hassle than non-exclusive leads. Check it out and see for yourself.

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