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Aug 1, 2019

It doesn't matter how many you have, every single one represents a massive achievement.

That's hard to fully appreciate on a small scale when the weight of each one feels too light to notice.

However, when you approach your agency with the mentality of a master builder, you'll probably know where everything needs to go.

The problems start when you refuse to think beyond what you can do (or sell) by yourself.

That's what I talk to Sean Mooney, of Mooney Insurance Brokers, about the assembly he's looking forward to.

Jul 30, 2019

It certainly improves your chances the more intentional you are about the people close to your agency.

Because it's great to be able to toss a wide insurance net, but it's also just as effective to shoot one that's specific.

No matter how long you've been in the insurance game, it's always interesting to talk about the best place your business could go.

Not to mention what could happen if you expand your mind and consider creating more serious partnerships with complementary people.

That's what I talk to Brian Blakely, of Stonebridge Insurance, about how he went about his agency is currently set up.

Jul 29, 2019

It really starts with honesty and making sure it's treated like a real partnership.

There's a decent chance a previous generation taught you to keep all your insurance companies at arm's length.

Of course, it depends on the day that you want to decide your general proximity to any one of them.

Because there's also strong logic for more transparency when it comes to the type of business they're hungry for.

That's what I talk to Sarah Applegate of, Executive Insurance, about how she's starting to build hers.

Jul 26, 2019

It seems like an obvious thing to do yet remains fairly elusive in execution.

Bringing out the humanity in your on-camera personality can happen a number of different ways.

It could be as simple as starting with a basic one-to-one video addressing a specific client.

Or it could take the shape of the many problems your clients have when trying to buy insurance.

That's what I talk to Zach Basner and Myriah Anderson, of Impact, about how they've helped make people more relatable.

Make sure to connect with Zach and Myriah:

Zach on LinkedIn
Myriah on LinkedIn
Film School For Marketers Podcast

Jul 25, 2019

Things get really interesting when you realize you had it the whole time.

It was just up to you to do something about it in a consistent and effective way.

That can start by simply putting existing components together in a unique way to create something new.

It's during that assembly process that you'll discover a new idea people can't stop talking about.

That's what I talk to Alex Salmon, of The Salmon Agency, about how he creating things in his agency.

Jul 23, 2019

Because you should spend most of your time and effort on other things.

Things like crafting a compelling message that makes people take action on what you want.

That is something that can easily happen when you're able to create pages for their specific needs.

It also helps if you can ask for the information you need to decide how serious they are and do something about it.

That's what I talk to James Castle, of Castle Insurance, about the changes his agency is making.

Jul 22, 2019

Starts with the fact they are now the largest generation of adults in the country.

If that's not enough, it turns out they value a trusted and experienced advisor as much as anyone.

The problem is they're looking to start that relationship online and communicate through channel's we often neglect.

Surprisingly though, they want someone to help properly explain their coverage and know exactly what they're buying.

That's what I talk to Tyler Asher, President of Safeco Insurance, about the interesting research they've recently uncovered.

You can read the full report here. 

Jul 19, 2019

Starts by finding a way to disrupt ineffective processes and reduce as many redundancies as possible.

If you can do that, you'll have provided your clients with an application experience they'll never want to come back from.

Because it's the annual redundancies and unnecessary information that ultimately take a toll on your their patience.

No matter what, the more streamlined you try to make it, the better chance you'll have along the way.

That's what I talk to Mike Furlong, of Indio, about how he's helping every agent make that process a reality.

Make sure to Connect With Mike:

Indio
LinkedIn

Jul 18, 2019

You're able to start a conversation based on something much more than just insurance.

If approached with enough dedication, it has the potential to resonate for an extended period of time.

The biggest challenge beyond that dedication will be your proficiency to execute it effectively.

Because it has to come from a pretty deep place of authenticity to actually work.

That's what I talk to John Stuart, of Bill Quickel's Insurance Plus Agencies, about the revolution they're starting.

Jul 16, 2019

If not, you could miss a solid opportunity to put your competition out of business.

Regardless of how aggressive you get, there's something to be said for knowing your numbers.

It's this information that makes sure you're making the most of every policy you sell.

It's also the best way to know if and when you're wasting your time on that new policy.

That's what I talk Alex Dopazo, of Dapozo Insurance, about how his agency knows theirs.

Jul 15, 2019

We are already dealing with a flow that would put most industries out of business.

Because nine times out of 10 customers demand to be provided with the best experience.

Up until now, we've been able to get away with one that nearly does the exact opposite.

The real test will be to see if we can all get on the same page before it's too late.

That's what I talk to Billie Jo Galle, of TRICore Insurance, about as they try and do their part.

Jul 11, 2019

Might need to become something you do no matter what for it to really take hold in your agency.

The most interesting part about the whole thing is it will only be the start of the one-off pieces of content you create.

That means you should get comfortable with the idea because it's an easy way to do something people don't expect.

If you really want to go all in on the idea, it might have be a skill you hire for out of the gate.

That's what I talk to Taylor Garcia, of Jackson & Jackson insurance, about the dramatic steps he's taking.

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Jul 9, 2019

If it does, then you make it a lot easier for people who want to do business with you.

Because no matter what, they will Google your agency and will find what you've decided to provide them.

It's also important to have the right mindset and understand the reality of your current situation.

There's no way you'll instantly start generating hundreds of leads a month (without paying), instead it will slowly build over time.

That's what I talk to Kim Wood, of Toby & Merrill Insurance, about how she's trying to focus their impress to get the process started.

Jul 8, 2019

You realize that it was a big ask for you to only have one insurance company in the first place.

Not only was your limited inventory a challenge, so was finding the right people that it would fit.

The most exciting part about planning a successful breakout is it allows you to fully explore your insurance potential.

Which could mean doubling down on what you know best, or trying to discover a new commercial niche.

That's what I talk to Mariah Davis, of Oakview Insurance, about as she details her plan and what got her where she is today.

Jul 5, 2019

If you do, they normally have a chance to last your entire career.

These relationships are usually formed with people who have the ability to influence (see send) consistent business to your agency.

However, if that's the first and only way you approach them, there's a good chance it won't make it that long.

You'll know it's working when you have enough people sending you all their business with you asking.

That's what I talk to Josh Berg, of Blue Lion Insurance, about possibly having too much authenticity.

Jul 4, 2019

It all depends on where you want to go and how long of a trip you're willing to take to get there?

There's nothing wrong with living in that wheelhouse, in fact, most agents have a hard time staying long enough.

It's important to talk about what you know really well, but there are no rules about what you need to know before you talk about something else.

It's starting as simple as you can and taking everyone on the journey with you.

That's what I talk to Allen Drew, of Allen Drew Insurance Agency, about how he found the exit he was looking for.

Jul 2, 2019

That opportunity comes in the form of allowing clients to self-serve as much of the insurance experience as they want.

Those experiences could be as simple as ID card requests, or simply getting started with the quoting process.

The biggest challenge usually comes in deciding what parts of the process will be mandatory.

Because there's an infinite see of time waiting to be saved when you stop doing everything for them.

That's what I talk to Nick Thalhammer, of Cincinatus Insurance, about the process he wants for his clients.

Jul 1, 2019

The hardest part is finding someone dedicated and ambitious enough to build it from scratch.

If you can, the easiest way might be to allow them to put it together one piece at a time.

If you remain dedicated, you'll look back one day and marvel at what has been created.

Because when it's fully operational, it should start pulling people in automatically.

That's what I talk to Dshanya Reese, of Watkins Insurance Group, about what she been building the last 10 years.

Jun 28, 2019

Is certainly something that's not easy to do inside a family agency that has other ideas in mind.

As the insurance world continues to get more specialized (see niche), it becomes a bigger challenge to properly balance everything you do.

The best part about the whole experience is the level of expertise you can build with a very specific group of people.

Especially when that newly found proficiency starts to continually build momentum that easily starts a sales conversation.

That's what I talk to Kelsey Alcorn, of Alcorn Insurance, about how she's handling the challenge inside her family agency.

Jun 27, 2019

It starts by figuring out a way to bring consistent value to them in a way that makes their life easier.

Of course, that can happen in many different ways, but you'd be surprised at how a little education can go a long way.

Most of the time your referral partners are savvy enough insurance consumers to know which policy provides the best value.

All you need to do is help them understand that in the easiest way possible, hopefully in an automated fashion.

That's what I talk to Sean Mooney, of Mooney Insurance Brokers, about how he's looking to find more consistency.

Jun 25, 2019

The real answer is going to depend if you're interested enough to find one that will.

Because it's easy to get restless with the thing you're good at and get distracted by something you're not.

That something is twice as dangerous when there isn't enough premium to go around.

The scariest liability is allowing it significantly distract from the business you know how to sell.

That's what I talk to Brian Blakely, of Stonebridge Insurance, about the niche he's eyeballing.

Jun 24, 2019

Sometimes you just need to have a little fun with an insurance video that's racking up crazy views.

I thought it would be interesting to breakdown a worthy video I randomly came across in the depth of YouTube.

The only requirement was that I didn't want it to be a video I had previous knowledge of and appeared to have some traction.

Other than that, everything else was fair game and as a result, produced the first real-time reaction.

The craziest part is the video ended up being from none other than Cameron Brown, of Insurance Brokers of Arizona.

Jun 21, 2019

Because things don't change nearly as fast as we would like and need them to.

This is just one of a handful of topics discussed six months ago that are still as relevant as the day it happened.

It doesn't matter if it's video marketing, technology integrations or perpetuation.

The insurance industry doesn't have a shortage of issues that could use a little more urgency mixed in.

That's what I talk to Mike Crowley, of Crowley Insurance, about how he's handling all of them.

Jun 20, 2019

Because insurance isn't always the first thing someone wants to come and talk to you about.

That's why it's insanely beneficial if/when you can provide them countless conversation entry points.

Not only will it be much easier to start those conversations, but it will also give you more stable (common) ground to stand on.

Most of the time, the more you know about someone the more comfortable you end up feeling around them.

That's what I talk to Alex Salmon, of The Salmon Agency, about how he recently figured out how easy it is to start his.

Jun 18, 2019

There are certainly different opinions on what works best, the trick is figuring it out for your agency.

What might be more important than building that consistent relationship is properly setting communication expectations.

That's what really has a good chance to destroy any relationship your agency has regardless of how long you've had it.

The same is also true cross-selling other lines and properly managing the possibilities and limitations each offer.

That's what I talk to James Castell, of Castell Insurance, about how long his agency holds on to their relationships.

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