Applied Epic 2019 Latest Changes

Have You Tried Turning It Off and Back On Again? The latest update from Applied Epic 2019 If you haven’t already noticed, Applied Systems has updated to Epic 2019. While this is exciting news, many new features need to be set up on your end. Whenever a simple update comes through, we always say: “restart … Read more

Confessions of an Ex-Farmers Agent

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Why I Ended My Partnership with a Farmers Insurance Agency   For almost 15 years, I gave my Farmers Insurance agency everything that I could  – my financial investment, energy and, most importantly, the majority of my time. In return, I received an incredible education, met some of the most skillful salespeople in the industry, … Read more

Insurance Automation: what is it?

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What is ‘automation?’ Chances are by now that you’ve heard automation talked about in insurance at least half a dozen times now. Automate this, automate that – but what does it really mean? When these insurance leaders talk about how automation is changing the game in insurance, what specific processes are they referring to? Let’s … Read more

Why Your LinkedIn Sucks

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Think your LinkedIn profile is attractive? Take another look. Would you glance twice at it if you were a prospective company or client? If your answer is no, we’ve got you covered. Here are some quick and easy tips to spice up your profile! Add More Content Make a longer, more detailed ‘summary’ section with … Read more

What to consider before joining an insurance aggregator

Are you considering switching to an insurance aggregator?

As an independent insurance agent, perhaps you have considered joining an insurance aggregator or agency network; in other words, an association consisting of multiple insurance agencies and which offers support and benefits to its members.  These groups, also known as insurance clusters, can vary greatly from one to the next.  Some cluster members share office … Read more

Direct Carrier Appointments vs. Producer Sub-Codes: Which Do You Have?

Difference between carrier appointment styles, direct or nondirect

Every captive looks to go independent because they’re tired of being told what business they need to write, how much of it they need to write, and who they have to write it through. You want your name on your book of business, and you want to keep your clients by offering multiple quotes that … Read more

Do you HAVE to call clients at renewal?

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Why you should always call your clients at renewal? No matter how successful you are, come renewal time you always have that one teeny tiny thought pop in your head: why not just let the sleeping bear lay? It would be so easy to just let the policy automatically renew. No hard phone call to discuss rate … Read more

Free Marketing Tools for Insurance Agents 

Free Marketing Tools

America’s largest companies spend mind-boggling amounts of money on advertising, with behemoths like Procter & Gamble, AT&T, and Disney spending billions every year. You don’t have billions (yet!), but there are many ways you can successfully market yourself without even spending a dime. Email Of course you have email, but are you using it effectively as a marketing tool? There’s … Read more

Social Media Tips for Independent Insurance Agents

Social Media Tips for Insurance Agents

Social media is unquestionably a powerful marketing tool that you can employ to promote your business, your products and services. Professional insurance agents may have their own Facebook or social media page. But that is not enough! You have to constantly find ways to keep your page interesting to your target audience and therefore, keep your traffic coming. Here are several suggestions from marketing … Read more

Sales Pitch Points

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Selling insurance, just like anything else, can be tough. Customers have very specific needs and may not fully understand those needs themselves. In addition, with so many companies and insurance products on the market, it can be tough to convince new prospects that your company is the best. Fortunately, with a little bit of salesmanship, … Read more