Today's Viewpoint: A MarshBerry Publication

Want To Produce More Business? Stop Talking About Yourself.

Your producers go on endless sales calls to share products and promote your agency. The problem is – the client has heard a similar pitch from multiple other agencies. How can you stand out from the crowd? 

 

How would you want to be “sold?” How often do you get calls from someone pitching their products and services with little regard for what really matters to you or your agency?

When someone reaches out to you, would you rather hear a compelling story or a sales pitch? Most likely, everyone would  choose a story. It’s a formula that’s been used for hundreds of years and continues to be used in advertising and entertainment, and yes – in sales.

Storytelling plays an important role in capturing the attention of an audience and many salespeople use it. But if the story is more about you then them – their interest will wane. Your audience wants to know – what’s in it for them? How is this going to help them? How is it going to make their job or life easier?

So, why aren’t producers using more client-centric storytelling tactics in sales? How can you capture the attention of prospects who are getting pitched on a regular basis? Here are four ways to make the story more about your client and less about what you do.   

  1. Create your unique value-to-the-client proposition. Everyone at your agency should not only be able to articulate your value proposition, but how your offer benefits the client. Include information about the potential financial impact your clients can achieve by partnering with you, how you protect clients and why you do it better than others. Give your producers relevant talking points around common issues each industry is facing. Ultimately, look for ways to position your firm as a business partner – not just an insurance agency.
  2. Create a strategy for connecting with prospects. Most business connections begin with a phone call but 74% of sales calls result in voicemail.1 What is your producers’ voicemail strategy? It may sound basic but having a universal approach to these messages adds efficiency to a producer’s day and can increase response rates by up to 22%.1 Identify what’s worked in the past, such as including a shortened version of your value prop or saying exactly when you’ll call again…and then CALL AT THAT EXACT TIME. If you’re using email to reach prospects, avoid purely insurance-jargon subject lines and keep the overall email brief and to the point.
  3. Use the PSIC model. PSIC stands for Problem, Solution, Impact, Case Study. Think about what non-insurance problem your potential client is facing. What solution exists for that problem? What are the positive impacts of those solutions? Create a sense of urgency by asking about the financial impact of not fixing that problem right away. Once you’ve established the problem-solution story, you can then introduce the data as part of the solution. Share stats about specific outcomes and how it will help their business move forward.
  4. Make your client the hero of the story. A key component of the PSIC model is creating a case study that’s personalized to the client’s specific need or challenge. Facts and figures are helpful, but a humanizing story makes it memorable and relatable. For example, suppose you’re speaking with a trucking company. Create a hypothetical scenario where one of their trucks breaks down and you show how your claims process is faster than your competitor, getting them back on the road sooner and increasing their revenue. The impact of showing how you understand their business and their challenges, versus purely trying to sell them on a product, is a stronger approach.

Sales calls should feel more like an interview, not a pure product pitch and solutions download. Your prospect should speak for most of the conversation. When it’s your turn to share, prove that you’re listening by referencing their specific problems or things you’ve learned about their industry. Ask more questions!

Stop talking about yourself and seek to learn more about what your client really cares about.

To learn more about how to drive producer productivity and accountability, please email or call Eric Kuhen, Vice President, at 440.637.8118.


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Contact Eric Kuhen
If you have questions about Today's ViewPoint, or would like to learn more about how MarshBerry can help your firm determine its path forward, please email or call Eric Kuhen, Vice President, at 440.637.8118.

1https://www.salesleadsinc.com/blog/2019/nov/6-voicemail-statistics-your-security-company-need-to-know/

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