Merry Social Media Marketing Ideas

social media marketing ideas

2020 is FINALLY wrapping up, which means everyone is rushing to wrap up loose ends and close out the year on a high note. If your social media creativity is as empty as my grandma’s cookie jar, try focusing on having fun this holiday season. The great thing about the winter holidays is that they … Read more

IA Moving Checklist

Moving independent agency new location

So you’ve decided to relocate your agency which means you are primed for big revamp, and I’m not just talking about redecorating your office. Whatever the reason may be, moving presents a great marketing opportunity to expand your prospecting and connect with current and past clients. Moving is stressful, but your marketing shouldn’t be which … Read more

Interview with the Mastersons

Interviewing Marti Masterson

Marti Masterson and her husband Doug have been involved in the insurance industry for over 20 years, 11 of which they’ve spent as independent agents with ASNOA. Now the two are enjoying retirement after Marti sold her book for 280% of its revenue, but their journey was not an easy one. ASNOA’s Communications Supervisor Madeline … Read more

Is Twitter Useful for Small Businesses?

Using Twitter as a lead generator

The first complete form of Twitter had its debut in 2007 at the famous South by Southwest music conference in Austin, TX, and it initially had trouble developing a revenue stream because, unlike other social media platforms, there was no opportunity for banner advertisements (Britannica.com). Fast forwarding to today, the platform boasts 330 million monthly … Read more

Five Things Millennials Look for When Buying Insurance

Millennials buying insurance

Millennials are obsessed with the idea of adulting (v. behaving like a responsible adult, typically characterized by the accomplishment of mundane but necessary tasks). I know this because I, myself, happen to be a millennial who works in one of the most traditionally ‘mature’ industries in the world: insurance. There’s nothing more adult than buying … Read more

Cybersecurity Tips When Working Remote

cybersecurity dangers for IAs

It seems like almost overnight we all switched to working remotely, and some of us have seen massive spikes in productivity! Working from home (or your beach house in Florida) comes with great perks like flexible working location, anytime snack breaks, and regular cuddles from your pets, but did you know it can have some … Read more

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