Whether you sell life insurance, mortgage protection, disability and critical illness insurance, or annuities, the goal is the same: grow leads and increase sales. The good news is that you are in a sales career that offers multiple ways to grow your business relatively inexpensively. Here are 10 tips every insurance agent should know to close more sales.
1. Listen More, Talk Less
Nobody likes the chatty salesperson who tries to push products (or services) on them that they don’t need. If you listen very closely to your prospects you can pick small things from the conversation that will hint at what it is they actually want from you. Don’t sell a product to the prospect; instead you should help them find an ideal solution to their need
2. Don’t Sell Products, Provide Solutions
Instead of jumping into a sales pitch about the great discounts your agency offers on insurance plans, explain to the prospect how what you are offering can help solve a problem they currently have, or potential problem down the road. People are much more likely to purchase products that resolve problems and provide them with peace of mind. You will only be able to do this successfully if you understand the families’ needs and have followed rule number one: Listen More, Talk Less.
3. Highlight Benefits over Features
Rather than focusing on the technical aspects of an insurance policy (although you do want to be sure the lead clearly understands this prior to purchase), first highlight how having insurance will help them in terms they can relate to. For example, explain how the policy help will pay the bills if they become disabled. Be sure to keep the lead and their needs at the center of the conversation.
4. Leave Something to Remember You By
Most simple life insurance sales – especially lead driven sales – can be a one sit close, but occasionally families will need to weigh their options and put more thought into their final decision. This is certainly the case with annuity sales or more complex life insurance sales. Be sure you are prepared with specific company or product literature that you can leave behind. At the very minimum, be prepared to leave a business card, because those who do buy may have questions after you leave and will need a way to get in touch with you, especially if or when they need to use the policy.
5. Set Goals and Deadlines
Make sure that your goals are specific. What number of appointments are you going to set this week? 10? 15? 20? How many of those appointments will result in a sale? Be sure your goals are realistic. Rather than aiming for a 100% close rate, aim to increase your insurance sales by 10%. Incremental goals are much more achievable and create an atmosphere of success. Don’t leave your goals open-ended. It’s not enough to say “I will increase sales by 10%.” Instead, give yourself a set deadline. “I will increase sales by 10% every month.”
6. Take Advantage of Networking Opportunities
Take advantage of the opportunity to attend trade shows, conferences and meetings, and network with other insurance professionals in your field. These are great places to make connections, learn from respected industry leaders and stay up to date on industry trends.
7. Ask for Referrals
Have a happy prospect that you’ve helped in the past? Don’t be afraid to ask for referrals. Word-of-mouth is still a viable, and free, lead generating tool.
8. Learn Something New Each Day
Devote some time each day to improving your sales and marketing knowledge. Read a book, attend a webinar or listen to an audio book, and try to learn something new about your field.
9. Associate with Successful Professionals
Surround yourself with successful, positive people. If you are surrounded by people who are meeting their goals, it will help motivate you to achieve your own objectives. Talk to other professionals in the insurance business about what does and does not work, and ask about their experiences when they were in your shoes.
10. Love Your Job
In order to be truly successful, you have to love your job and believe in the product you are selling. People who enjoy what they are doing experience less stress and a higher success rate.