Three Ways to Maximize Growth

What learning looks like as an independent agent.

How is growth measured as an independent agent? By writing more business? Sorry, but no. Growth is measured by your knowledge as an insurance professional. You should be constantly learning about the industry. Yes, you are required to attend classes and get credit for continuing education, but CE credits are not the end-all be-all to … Read more

Social Media Contest Ideas

Social media contests for insurance agents

Everyone is preaching about how quickly social media can boost your visibility, but nobody is showing you how. Inspired by our upcoming class on Digital Touch Points (part of the ASNOA U Virtual Road Trip) lead by Communications Assistant Madeline Smith, we’ve put together the top five easiest social media contests guaranteed to spice up … Read more

Need-Based Selling

Need-based selling tips

Let’s talk about potentially the greatest shift in sales in this century: Need-based selling. Need-based selling means restructuring your sales strategies around your individual client’s needs. Up until the pandemic, most sales tactics were based on product offerings; you can provide countless auto policies from all of the biggest carriers, and that is why people … Read more

Developing a Strategy For Success

Examples of a SWOT Analysis

One of the easiest ways to figure out how efficiently your agency is running is by performing a SWOT Analysis… but what the heck is that? Long story short, a SWOT Analysis is a technique for assessing (S)trengths, (W)eaknesses, (O)pportunities, and (T)hreats in your business (mindtools.com). So how is a SWOT helpful? You can use … Read more

How to Motivate Your Team

Motivate your team!

At this stage in the game, most companies are going through an unexpected lull in enthusiasm. It’s not because we lack ambition or determination, it’s just that everything suddenly feels like a lot. We worked at the office, then we worked from home, now we’re back to the office. Swinging from place to place has … Read more

Bootstrap Marketing for IAs

Bootstrap marketing techniques

You’ve heard by now the importance of investing in marketing for your agency, but 1) who has the time to launch several successful marketing campaigns and 2) where would you find the money to pay for them? The good news is that it doesn’t have to cost you an arm and a leg to build … Read more

Target Marketing for IAs

Target Marketing Strategies

Target marketing is smart marketing, and if your agency isn’t using these five strategies already, we’ve got news for you: chances are you’re working too hard for too little payoff. But how can you find target markets?   Here are five opportunities to look into:  Take a look at clients you’re currently serving and examine your book of business. Do you write a lot of restaurants and contractors? Maybe you’ve had a lot of success providing life … Read more

COVID Cold Calling

Cold calling post covid-19

Let’s face it, cold calling has been brutal these past few months. There is a full-proof way to stay consistent while calling potential clients, so you can focus on enriching your content and tell those nerves to take a hike! Here’s what to consider when cold calling after the pandemic: Write a script This way … Read more

Becoming Independent: Leaving Captivity

Resigning from a Captive agency

This blog is the first in a series that takes you all the way through your journey to becoming independent; from finishing your career as a captive agent to confidently running your own agency, ‘Becoming Independent’ will highlight each step in the process and what you can do to maximize your success rate. The first … Read more

How to Compare Insurance Networks

Comparing insurance networks

More money, independence, access, how many times have you heard these buzz words from other networks you’ve interviewed? The truth is they lure you in with these promises, but once affiliated, you’re quick to see the tarnish under the shine. We don’t mean to burst your bubble, but we’re tired of watching independent agents fall … Read more