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May 19, 2022

25 Tips for New Insurance Agents Wanting to Close More Deals

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Closing sales is an essential part of success as an insurance agent. After all, without conversions, you don't have customers. Unfortunately, this isn't always easy for a new insurance agent. While a sale in most industries is a simple transaction, an insurance business sale signifies the beginning of a vital service. If you're a new insurance agent hoping to close more deals, it's essential to understand the value of your products and the ways your long-term relationship will impact your customer's future. A path to becoming a successful insurance agent in the insurance world isn't easy, but it is possible when you take specific steps to improve your sales. Follow these steps for insurance sales tips and to learn how to close more deals as a new agent.

Tips for New Insurance Agents: How Do Insurance Agents Become Successful?

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Insurance agents become successful by selling insurance policies. If you're a new insurance agent, you probably know that such a simple answer comes with a complex explanation and are likely looking for the best insurance sales tips. The truth is, it's a challenge for newbies in the industry to sell policies. Most industry experts with great success stories report that they made between $1,000 and $20,000 when starting out, before rapidly scaling up to six figures.

Insurance agents become successful through perseverance and consistent insurance experience. The most successful agents take the time to learn from industry experts, build personal connection and relationships with value, and provide exemplary customer service. Yet, figuring out the tricks of the trade can be difficult when there is so much to learn. Our guide of insurance sales tips for new agents can help you sell insurance. These tips include advice about professionalism, interpersonal skills, business, tools, industry relationships, and providing value to your customers.

Maintain Professionalism and Transparency

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  • Always seek ways to improve customer service skills. The relationships you make with your customers are pivotal to success in the insurance industry. You'll never get a second chance to make a first impression, and perhaps more importantly, attracting a new customer costs 7 to 9 times more than retaining one.
  • Listen more than you speak. Insurance policies are designed to address a customer's unique risk level. As an agent, it's your job to listen to your customers to understand where those risks lie. Top salespeople obtain more business and more deals by listening, first.
  • Manage your expectations. You won't close every sale. In fact, as a new agent, you won't even close most of them. The way you respond when you fail to make a sale could have more impact than the way you handle success. Insurance is a tough industry. Success will take time, but you will achieve it if you persevere.
  • Be the professional you'd want to do business with. Dress like a professional, be prepared to answer all your customer's questions and be friendly and confident. 

Prepare Accordingly and Establish a Routine

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  • Learn how to develop a schedule that allows you to manage your time professionally. By streamlining processes like collecting dec pages and customer management with software, you can create more time in your schedule for customer-facing tasks and lead generation.
  • Develop effective task management and preparation techniques. Whether you're meeting with clients or making a phone call, potential customers need the undivided attention of a confident professional. Develop techniques that will allow you to be prepared for each task before you begin. 
  • Stick to a routine. As an independent insurance agent, you are your own boss. However, even as a boss, you need sales to get paid. Set a daily and weekly schedule to accomplish the tasks that will ensure you meet your goals and grow your business. 

Audit Your Influencer Circle and Maintain Good Relationships

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  • Surround yourself with great people. Everyone needs insurance! Building relationships in your community can lead to a network of customers and referrals. By getting involved in community projects you can become a known community member.
  • Ask for referrals. Referred customers are 18% more loyal and have a 16% higher lifetime value. Ask existing customers for referrals after a successful sale, use email referral templates, and start a referral program.
  • Network within the industry. Working independently doesn't mean you have to be alone. There are many different insurance agency associations to help agents build their careers. Consider joining your local chapter of the National Association of Professional Insurance Agents, joining a referral networking group, and acting as a guest speaker for local business groups

Don't Lead with Price, but Rather with Value

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  • Integrate education into your sales process. It's essential to understand the value your product provides for your customers.  By explaining the product's value relative to your customer's possessions, you can show why the policy is valuable.
  • Target your customer's specific concerns. Most people see insurance as a required purchase and hope to pay the cheapest price possible. When you get to know your customers and their unique concerns, you can confidently communicate the value of the protection the policy provides.
  • Provide a transparent description of all the features and benefits. When describing the benefits of a policy, it's essential to explain everything in detail and highlight everything that will positively impact a customer's life.

Cold Calling is not Dead and Is a Skill to Work On

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  • Use a phone conversation to offer a streamlined purchase with a personal touch. Plan an organized call that won't interrupt your potential customers' busy day. To sound smart and sound confident on your phone calls, sales scripts usually help - write one out and practice it before making the call.
  • Research your leads to utilize personal information. Warm leads can provide critical information like age, pain points, and ways to provide value.
  • Be prepared to answer questions. Cold leads are customers who haven't shown interest in the product but have left contact information. This could lead to questions from the consumer about the products you have to offer.
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Understand and Practice Sharing the Importance of Insurance

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  • Spend time learning all the details about the products you offer. Your customers can read what's on their insurance policy. It's your responsibility to help them understand the value included in the types of policies you sell.
  • Listen to your customers and ask relevant questions so you can accurately assess their risk. Insurance is as unique as the individuals you sell to. If you simply provide the same services/coverage as a lead's current provider, there is little reason for them to switch carriers. When you understand a customer's existing coverage and risk level, you can assess potential gaps in coverage.
  • Make the connection between insurance and safety. A homeowner's policy might be a mortgage requirement, but it's also a safety net that replaces possessions and puts a roof over your head if you're displaced from your home.

Get Comfortable with Social Media and Current Marketing Initiatives

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  • Engage and interact with followers and commenters on platforms like Facebook and Twitter. Social media is a place to humanize your business while building your brand. By interacting online and offering relevant information, you can generate leads.
  • Use Facebook Ads for insurance leads. You can ensure your ads are shown to people highly interested in insurance products by using targeting options.
  • Use LinkedIn for Marketing. LinkedIn is rapidly gaining popularity in the insurance industry. It increases your networking opportunities and plays a huge role in driving traffic, and leads to your agency. Since LinkedIn is a professional platform, having a business page also acts as social proof and increases your credibility.

Use Technology to Your Advantage

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  • Invest in CRM software to streamline customer management. A customer relationship management (CRM) tool can successfully manage all your company's relationships and interactions with leads and existing customers. A CRM also assists with organization, efficiency, and even time management by automating manual tasks to allow you to focus more clearly on interactive communication with clients. 
  • Automate the collection of dec pages with InsurGrid. Instead of manually chasing down policy information, the InsurGrid Link enables you to request and receive all policy information on a prospect's current insurance coverage  via an online link that's quick and easy for both you and your prospects to use. 
  • Consider the value of customer service software. Customer service software is designed to help you manage, organize, and respond to client queries. With all your customer's requests in one convenient dashboard, it's easy to meet the needs of your clients and keep communication updated.

How to Become a New Insurance Agent

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If you're interested in a career in the insurance industry, it's important to learn about the types of insurance products available and your state's licensing requirements. Some insurance agents ( captive agents) choose to work for a specific company (often a large national insurance provider). Others work with more than one insurance company and are called independent agents or insurance brokers. Deciding whether you want to be a captive or independent agent is an excellent place to start. 

Before becoming an insurance agent, you'll likely need a license. The two most common license types are Property and Casualty (P&C) license or Life, Health, and Accident license. P&C insurance addresses needs like auto, home, and business insurance while life, health, and accident coverage are related to life events. Determine the license(s) you'll need for your intended career path and review your state's licensing requirements. After learning the requirements, you'll need to take a course and complete an insurance license exam. After obtaining your license, you'll want to work closely with an experienced agent before searching for clients of your own.

Effective Tools and Techniques Can Help You Advance Your Insurance Career

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Gaining success in the insurance industry takes perseverance and ongoing education. By learning the practices of experienced agents, you can streamline your processes and attract new customers for ongoing growth. These tips are a great way for new insurance agents to build a customer base and close more deals. To learn more about the technology and processes used in P&C insurance, visit our blog. Ready to learn how to collect dec pages in a fraction of the time of traditional methods? Use InsurGrid for free.