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How to gather more personal recommendations

August 3, 2018

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A recent study by Advisor Impact examined how and why people refer their insurance agency to others. They found that 98% of personal recommendations occur when a client recognized an opportunity to help their friends and family. When you consider how these referrals are made, it’s easy to see why flat out asking for referrals seldom works.

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Why insurance agents should never stop collecting testimonials

July 6, 2018

Reputation blog header ClientCircle

Written testimonials are an exceptionally valuable form of referrals for insurance agencies.

For more reasons than you might think. Testimonials provide social proof, promote trust and confidence in the agency, boost employee morale, improve organic SEO, and establish an identity that prospects can associate themselves with. As an added benefit—one that is often overlooked—testimonials also significantly increase client retention.

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All about online reviews for insurance agents

June 20, 2018

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In the absence of personal recommendations, searching for an insurance agent can be as easy as typing a couple of words into a smartphone. Submit a brief query into Google and you’ve got a digital Rolodex of agencies to choose from. But, with so many options, how are prospects supposed to choose one over another? That’s where online reviews come in, providing consumers with feedback to help them whittle down the field.

Anymore, people expect honest feedback when researching products or services. It’s given considerable power to the consumer—even a single review can have a dramatic impact on sales. In particular, online reviews are extremely valuable for insurance agencies. This is due to the large gap between consumer expectations and what most agencies are actually providing in regards to the number and quality of reviews. People expect to see at least a star-rating before they decide to explore further.

But, in reality, the vast majority (80-90%) of insurance agencies have three reviews or less—with many having none at all. The absence of local reviews across the internet provides a huge opportunity for agencies that do have positive reviews to stand out. Inevitably, most prospects online will pick the agency that others have already vetted out. As a result, the agencies with several positive reviews are regularly displayed and chosen above those with negative ratings, or none at all. It makes perfect sense. People want to know what they’re getting themselves into, and they will regularly trust online review sites to give them the answers.

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Responding to the NPS – Best Practices

March 16, 2017

Service and support blog header ClientCircle

We collect hundreds of survey responses for businesses (most of them insurance agencies) which allow them to measure the loyalty of their client base. Although we automate much of the follow-up communication for our agents, we also suggest that they respond via phone call to some of the respondents. Ideally, the agent could personally call every client that completes the NPS survey, but it’s more practical to focus on those that fall within a specific score range.

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How to list your business correctly on Bing Places

February 15, 2017

Integrations blog ClientCircle

Last year Microsoft’s search engine platform ‘Bing’ reached an important landmark: they now control 20% of the search engine market. That’s right, 1 out of every 5 people online use Bing to search the web. Who woulda’ thought?

That’s a decent piece of the search engine pie. So, use it or not, you should make sure your business is optimized for their platform.

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