How to Find and Fix Your Insurance Agency’s Biggest Challenges

Written by John F. Carroll on . Posted in Agency Management, Customer Service, Sales

insurance-agency-problems-questionnaireAsk your staff.

That’s the main idea here.

Wait… there’s more.

I wanted to make the process effective and easy so I developed a resource and a plan for any insurance agent to use.

I created this plan with three main principles in mind:

  1. Simple solutions to your agency’s biggest problems deliver the best ROI.
  2. Your staff knows A LOT about your agency’s challenges.
  3. Changes in your agency work better with buy-in from the staff.

How to Be a Better Insurance Agent: 24 New Year’s Resolutions

Written by John F. Carroll on . Posted in Agency Management, Customer Service, Email, Lead Generation, Sales, Social Media

being-a-better-insurance-agentDo you have any resolutions this year?

Planning to lose weight, quit smoking, or drink less?

How about professionally?

It’s too late to make any changes to last year’s results, but now is a great time to make a decision to start a new habit or process to help your insurance agency be more successful next year.

I’m issuing you a challenge right now:

Choose ONE idea from this list (there’s 24!) and decide today to follow through with it next year.

Symbolic or not, there’s no better time to turn the page and start something new.

Here’s 24 ways to be a better insurance agent this year. Choose one.

Using Google Alerts For Insurance Marketing – 11 Tips + Bonus Video

Written by John F. Carroll on . Posted in Agency Management, Lead Generation, Sales, SEO, Technology

Google Alerts is a free service offered by Google that will email you anytime Google finds a new webpage that contains words that you specify. Since Google already knows about most existing webpages Google Alerts pretty much notifies you of NEW webpages.

Click here to jump down the page and watch a video I made on how to setup a Google Alert

As an example, I have a Google Alert that sends me an instant email when Google finds a new webpage that contains my business name: “InsuranceSplash”. This lets me know almost instantly whenever my business is mentioned anywhere online!

For a real-life demonstration of how cool this can be, check out this forum discussion on Insurance-Forums.com. A few agents were talking about some articles I wrote and once I received notification I was able to make my own post thanking them for the recognition right away. Without Google Alerts I never would have known!

Google Alerts only takes a few minutes to set up and any insurance agent can use it to monitor and protect their online reputation,  find new sales opportunities, and boost traffic to their agency websites.

Here’s 11 ways Google Alerts can help your agency marketing:

#1 – Monitor Mentions of Your Agency Name

How to Find Trustworthy Marketing Companies for Insurance Agents

Written by John F. Carroll on . Posted in Agency Management, Customer Service, Email, Lead Generation, Sales, SEO, Social Media, Technology

turstworthy-insurance-marketing-companiesWhen’s the last time you made a bad purchase for your business?

Don’t lie.

For me it was just last week.

Last Wednesday I found out a service I used on one of my websites (not this site) had been sending my visitors to a different website against their will.

I felt angry. I felt betrayed. I felt dumb.

I also felt poor because the lost traffic over several months cost me a lot of money!

Free Downloadable PDF To Generate Insurance Agency Yelp Reviews

Written by John F. Carroll on . Posted in Agency Management, Lead Generation, Mobile, Sales, SEO, Social Media, Technology

insurance-agent-yelpOnline reviews are a huge part of your agency’s visibility.

They’re becoming more important every day based on consumer shopping behavior, social media, and search engine optimization factors.

On top of that, building online reviews is a totally underutilized strategy for insurance agents!

If you don’t believe online reviews are a HUGE opportunity for your agency it’s time to pull your head out of your a** the sand.

In the past week I bought a pair of sneakers, an e-book, and a rice cooker all based user reviews and I’m not alone.