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Sep 29, 2016

In this episode of Agency Nation Radio, we get Marty Agather back for a dynamic conversion on inbound marketing.

Specifically, we explain the one inbound marketing tactic that the most successful agencies have put into practice that everyone else is still stumbling through.

What is it that they don't want you to know?

Listen and find out...

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Sep 21, 2016

In this episode we're joined by Sam Affolter, AVP of Research and Innovation at Safeco Insurance to discuss the new "Insurance Advisor" Skill on Amazon Alexa.

This is a case study on an insurance carrier step out in front of the insurance customer experience.

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Sep 15, 2016

We're joined by our CTO Derek Hyde for a special guest interview to talk insurance technology and leadership.

We get into problem solving technology solutions, product development and what it means to be a hands-on leader.

This is an episode you don't want to miss.

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Sep 6, 2016

In this episode, Ryan Hanley, Jason Cass and Joey Giangola take on some of the toughest topics in the insurance industry.

This is a special episode you don't want to miss.

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Sep 2, 2016

Is the current (or traditional) insurance customer experience fooling itself? Are really provided a "customer experience" or just plodding through adequate customer service?

These are questions Ryan and Marty answer in today's episode of Agency Nation Radio.

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Aug 23, 2016

Sharon Robles, of Robles Insurance in Chicago, is adapting her marketing methods to the sharing economy. She's using Uber to prospect new business. Listen to learn how...

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Aug 15, 2016

In this episode of Agency Nation Radio, we examine insurance geekdom and it's place in the successful agency.

It's cool to be an insurance geek.

At least that's what Marty and I would love for you believe. In this episode we discuss why that's true...

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Aug 2, 2016

In this episode we dissect a new report from Morgan Stanley on the opportunity for digital disruption in the commercial lines insurance marketplace.

We also talk about Facebook Live and how independent insurance agents can leverage Facebook Live to grow their business.

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Jul 22, 2016

Insurance brands are losing equity in the greater marketplace. Consumer brand retention continues to fall. Today we discuss how to change the course of insurance brands.

...and so much more.

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Jul 17, 2016

In this episode of Agency Nation Radio, Ryan and Marty break down the "Wine in a Can" trend and what insurance professionals can learn.

In particular the time it takes micro-trends to become actual trends.

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Jul 7, 2016

We all use the same tired descriptions to explain why our agency is different from the competition. It's officially time to change that.

In this episode of Agency Nation Radio, we break down why the common insurance agency "Brags" are meaningless to the prospects we're hoping to attract and when does differentiate one insurance agency from another.

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This episode of Agency Nation Radio is sponsored by Vertafore —the Leader in Modern Insurance Technology. If you haven’t been to the Vertafore website lately, you need to spend some time on the blog. They update that site a couple times a week with information about industry trends and news to keep you ahead of your competition. They have great information for producers, principals and customer service professionals. It’s worth spending some time on the site and reading the blog.  Go to Vertafore dot com, check out the blog in the resources section.

Jun 29, 2016

For the first time in 6 years, small insurance companies have taken the lead for insurance buyer satisfaction. This is in large part due to the independent insurance agent sales force partnered with small insurance companies.

Agents are still at the front lines of the insurance companies, but things like instant quotes and messenger services change the way consumers interact with agents. Instead of calling a voicemail or making an appointment, interested consumers can speak directly with an agent almost immediately and ask any question they choose. Agents aren’t just in sales anymore. We’ve become mentors and advisors, and the way we treat our clients is why people keep coming back.

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Jun 27, 2016

“Usage-based insurance is a unique or innovative thing because the industry historically has sort of been in a ‘purchase-once-and-forget’ mentality... I think it’s a real opportunity for the industry because it’s thinking about things in a completely different way than we ever thought about them.” Marty Agather

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Jun 15, 2016

In this episode of Agency Nation Radio we discuss the tough work of insurance industry trailblazing and why phone trees suck.

Something as archaic as a phone tree has been a staple of the insurance agency for decades. But today’s customers don’t have the patience for voicemail. In a digital age of immediate response and gratification, all your phone tree tells them is that you’re too busy to help them.

Jun 8, 2016

Emily Huling, recently published an article on her blog with 17 Terrific Tips When Visiting Clients. The one we want to discuss is #14, where she recommends not using an iPad or any other technology when taking notes and meeting with new and old clients.

This is the 21st century, we should be able to use tech for absolutely everything.

It’s automated, it’s easy, and it lightens your work load, but it does not reflect well with the customer.

As Marty says, when you’re using tech to make your job easier, you are not putting the needs of your client first.

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May 17, 2016

We have a lot of contention with today’s topic of discussion. Whitney Arthofer’s article on Tech Crunch “Insurance Brokerage is Broken” hits us where it hurts. It’s clear from this article that she’s never worked one single day as an insurance agent, but that doesn’t make her conclusions any less true, or any easier to swallow.

May 9, 2016

In this episode, we discuss Drew Aldrich’s article on CBInsights, “Going Micro is the Next Big Thing for Insurance Tech”, breaks down how it works and shares a few tactics from the successful startups who helped bring microinsurance to the forefront of the industry.

We also discuss microinsurance and why most insurance startups don't understand how to be successful.

May 2, 2016

Today we dissect the epic fall of the darling medical testing company, Theranos and what it means to the insurance industry.

Once upon a time, Theranos was defended as one of the most ground-breaking companies, using unheard of and cutting edge micro-technology to streamline all sorts of medical testing.

Where they once bragged to be innovators, Theranos – and its creator Elizabeth Holmes – are facing serious accusations and ruining their reputation.

That brings us to the second topic of our episode: Agency Nation’s brand new Agency Nation University.

Apr 5, 2016

“We are experimenters just like you, our listeners, and I want to bring out a situation where our experiment didn’t quite go as planned.” Marty Agather

In this episode, Ryan Hanley explains the biggest marketing failure experienced by TrustedChoice.com in 2015. 

Mar 30, 2016

Insurance is a tricky arena.

The role of the independent insurance agent has always been as the navigator, or the advisor. But with the ease of the internet, insurance is becoming less and less complicated. Sam Friedman points out that while small business insurance is getting more and more mainstream, the generation of those buying from agents like us is dwindling.

Especially among Millennials. But there are ways to combat these changes.

Mar 21, 2016

Marty opens today’s episode discussing what he learned from his recent trip to Canada. He just got back from the

He just got back from the Insurance-Canada Broker Forum where he met with some of our Canadian insurance friends to discuss the different insurance systems used by our northern neighbor.

Interestingly enough, they are having the same discussions we’re having down here in the states. Insurance agents are getting more and more clever with the way they contact clients and deliver product in an increasingly digital and mobile world.

Mar 8, 2016

Today we are taking a pragmatic look at what happened to Google Compare. Recently Google announced that they are shutting down their Google Compare insurance industry here in the United States. If you tuned in to one our earlier episodes this past month where we discussed Google’s failings as an insurance comparison company, then this should come as no surprise. But what we’re looking at today is why this happened and what Google did and did not do that ultimately led to their downfall.

Feb 22, 2016
“If you’re an insurance broker, we’re going to drink your milkshake.”
Parker Conrad, Former CEO of Zenefits.  April 29, 2013
 
“We’ve talked about this numerous times, “the new normal” and how everybody wants to do everything now, “it’s when I want to do it, not when you want to get it to me”, and they are leveraging that consumer sentiment and they are using technology to do it. That’s why they’ve been so successful. The challenge is that they just bent some rules and skirted some issues, and now it’s come back to bite them.” Marty Agather
Feb 15, 2016

 

Recently, Google launched their Google Compare insurance pricing program in the United States after its huge success in the UK. Unfortunately, they haven’t been as successful as they anticipated. Google is one of the most successful businesses on the planet, but they made some huge mistakes with their latest campaign that’s now forcing them to re-evaluate their fiscal plans and growth for Google Compare.

We know all too well that insurance is a fairly complicated business, and the American way of buying insurance is very different from the way they do it across the pond. Regional regulations, trustworthy insurance agents, and varying prices all influence how/when/where people buy their insurance, and Google failed to incorporate these very big cultural differences into their plans.

Dec 30, 2015

The landscape of the insurance industry is changing. Today Marty and Ryan talk about an overlooked demographic, the shopper.

“One of the ‘new normal’ behaviors is the fact we want to get a deal on everything.” — Marty Agather

Shoppers are clients who look for the best deal when choosing a major purchase.

Shoppers exist in all industries, but independent agents often make the mistake of considering a “shopper” as a waste of time. The truth is shoppers can be one of the most loyal of customer bases.

Shopping is an American cultural activity.

It is celebrated and encouraged.

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