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Insurance Agency Marketing Guide — A DIY Model

 

Do-It-Yourself Online Marketing for Insurance Agents by MyBiz OnLine Services

Insurance Agency Marketing Guide:  For Growth & Survival

Updated August 29, 2018

Although inbound leads should be an important outcome of an Insurance Agency Marketing plan, from the initial startup, an optimized online infrastructure with authoritative content is necessary to provide the needed credibility for prospects to accept the agency as one that could meet their needs.

As you already know, consumers are increasingly using  search engines (Google, Yahoo,  Bing, etc….) Social Media (Face, Google+, Twitter, YouTube, StubleUpon, Tumbler, etc…) to find the products and services they want—not a Phone Book or ADs in a newspaper.

But what you may not know is how to design, create, and implement a comprehensive Insurance Agency Marketing plan for your insurance agency that will increase sales and profits–without busting your marketing budget.  That is the ‘raison_d’être’ of this article–and the mission of MyBiz OnLine Services.

With a professional, step by step guide, and some Done-For-You services, Insurance Agents can now create an affordable Insurance Agency Marketing Infrastructure and manage their online marketing campaigns.   Coming Soon from MyBiz OnLine Services.

 

The Insurance Agency Marketing Plan

By definition, a marketing plan is a written document that spells out the company’s goals, objectives, strategies and tactics to gain and/or continue a competitive position. A good marketing plan is really a living document that defines the actions your business needs to take in order to achieve certain goals. A good plan should align with your goals and define how you will reach your marketing objectives.

Proper planning is critical to the future of any business. When you have a marketing plan, you have a road map to help set things in motion and to continue tracking progress. This helps to insure that your agency resources are used efficiently for the services needed to meet the goals and objectives of agency.

Once your plan is in place, it is imperative to track and collect data to measure an accurate Return On Investment (ROI); without the data, the effectiveness of each activity is nothing more than a guess.  Revisiting the marketing plan each quarter will also provide an opportunity to refine and adjust the activities as your agency products and services may change. As the industry evolves, so should your marketing components, tools, and processes.   Visit How to Create an Insurance Agency Marketing Plan to learn more.

 

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What are the most important components of an Insurance Agency Marketing Services Plan?  The exact nature of your business, a market analysis of your competitors, your marketing strategy and budget are a few items. Your marketing plan should be customized to meet your agency needs.  Here is a brief outline of a few basic components and services.

First, a current marketing assessment should be conducted to establish a baseline for your agency. This helps us understand the agency’s current product and service offerings and if the current marketing activities, if any, are in alignment with business marketing goals and objectives.

The overarching concept of the marketing plan is to grow sales and profits through strategically planned activities.  These components may include search-optimized content that ranks high and builds top-of-mind brand awareness, authoritative communications to establish credibility with your audience, a positive community spirit with public relation activities, and more.  In summary, a successful marketing plan includes the proper creation, optimization, and distribution of appropriate content.

The Local Online Marketing Infrastructure

Building a solid online marketing infrastructure is imperative to the success of your online presence.   Here we must take the time to strategically plan each level of the foundation so that the next level will be supported by the previous.  The online marketing infrastructure includes many components and requires ongoing maintenance to further strengthen the infrastructure.  For more details visit:  Local SEO Audit Guide andLocal SEO Pitfalls.

 

KEY COMPONENTS: Insurance Agency Marketing Services Infrastructure

1.  Marketing Website   Click Here to Visit One   Learn More About an Optimized Website  Learn More About an Optimized Web Page

2.  Online Citation Accounts  Learn More About Citation Accounts

3.  Social Media Accounts  Learn How Setup & Optimize Social Media Accounts

4.  Reviews/Testimonials Accounts  (More Details Coming Soon)

5.  Video Accounts  (More Details Coming Soon) 

7.  Marketing Data Monitoring   Visit BrightLocal for Data Monitoring Tools & Resources

 

Online Insurance Agency Marketing Services

1.  Create & Optimize Online Marketing Infrastructure   Your Website, OnlineAccounts for citations, content, reviews, optimized and linked properly for building brand, authority, lead generation (Search Engine & Social Media Marketing), top-of-mind awareness, and client centered relationships.   Learn More About Local Search Optimization with the 2017 Local Search Ranking Factors Survey   This is one of the most important resources for understanding how to optimize an online marketing infrastructure.   The results of the survey are compiled from dozens of marketing experts.  A must read!

2.  Design & Implement Content Marketing Campaigns  These are focused campaigns to market a specific product or service.The Content is the most important component of all marketing plans and comes in several flavors: (1) Authority Insurance Product and Services Content — for Search & Social Media Marketing  (2)  Local Social, Non-Sales Content — to be part of and to engage with the community  (3)  Appropriate Personal Content to build a personal relationship with clients and community.

3.  Design & Implement Social Media Marketing Campaigns   The various flavors of content are optimized and distributed to important social media channels–includes articles, videos, and audio files.  The content is mostly Local Social, Non-Sales and Personal Content as mentioned in number 2 above.

4.  Design and Implement Key Word Focused Communications Campaigns  Often defined as only email marketing campaigns, communications of all types may be used to cross sell and inform current clients and to sell to prospects who have opted in to a communication channel.

5.  Design and Distribute Videos   Videos are a major component of the Content Marketing Campaigns–they too follow the flavors of content mentioned in number 2 above and for the same reasons.

6.  Design and Implement continuous Referral Campaigns   Agency growth is heavily dependent on continuous referrals and lead generation.  Referrals have a higher conversion rate than leads from non-referral sources.

7.  Design and Implement Organic Search Marketing Campaigns   Organic Search Lead Generation is vitally important; Agency growth is heavily dependent on a continuous source of new leads.

8.  Design and Implement Paid Ad Campaigns   Optimized Paid Ad campaigns are an important component of the Focused Key Word Campaigns.

9.  Design and Implement a monthly Agency Newsletter   A monthly newsletter is one of the best ways to communicate all of the content flavors.  A main component to build relationships.

10.  Design and Implement Data Reports for Marketing Analysis    The collection and analysis of marketing services data is necessary to know what is working, what needs refining, and to determine the Return on Investment of each component.

 

Offline Insurance Agency Marketing Infrastructure

1.  Media Ads

2.  Flyers

3.  Network Groups

4.  Community Involvement

5.  Clubs and Organizations

 

Offline Insurance Agency Marketing Services

1.  Design and Distribution of Media ADs

2.  Design and Distribution of Marketing Media

3.  Design and Planning of Event Marketing

 

WOW!  That is a lot of Marketing Stuff, and it is just an Outline.  Do worry, keep reading.

Do-It-Yourself Online Marketing Guide for Insurance Agents

The Marketing Services mentioned above may surely seem to be overwhelming.  What insurance agents need is a Professional Online Marketing Guide with step by step processes, that are easy to understand and to implement, with access to tools and resources—all for a great value that does not bust the marketing budget.   I could not find one, so I have started the development of a Do-It-Yourself Online Marketing Guide for Insurance Agents.  My primary goal is to keep the cost low, so I used Google Sheets to share and deliver the Guide content.  The Guide  will also provide access to copyright and royalty free images, marketing tools and resources, and written insurance agency marketing content that can be used and customized.  MyBiz OnLine Services will also provide marketing services for the more technical components that may be desired such as Marketing Websites, Landing Pages, Marketing Videos, Hosting Account and Website management, and comprehensive niche insurance marketing campaigns.  Below is a brief overview of some of the most important online marketing components and optimization processes found in the Guide.

 

Initial Summary Online Presence Audit & Assessment

NOTE: The below Local Online Marketing Assessment is an example of how a professional marketing agency would audit a local online marketing infrastructure. Although the MJM of Fenton Missouri (formerly named Alternatives Insurance) reports are real, they are from a time period between 2015 and 2017. MyBiz OnLine Services provided an initial setup and monthly local marketing campaigns for MJM. One of the campaigns was for the Key Word “Limo Insurance Fenton MO.” If you would like to see the results of a successful content campaign, Google the above Key Word  “Limo Insurance Fenton MO” and visit the many links that lead back to unique content URLs with Calls to Action for all kinds of Limo and Transportation related insurance. The most important concept is to understand that the Google Page Search Results (MJM & Alternatives Insurance own most of the Website Links on the first results page, and includes a ONE BOX MAP listing!)  are actually many website pages of key word optimized content–each with a unique URL.  Some results are from their website pages, some are from their website blog posts, some are from their website TAGs, Some are from videos on their YouTube account, and some may be from their social media accounts. 

The assessment report for MJM Of Fenton Missouri addresses the seven most important components of a comprehensive online marketing plan. These components include the main ranking factors that Search Engines use to determine what priority order information is delivered when a search is requested for a key word or phrase. They also are the main factors that influence prospective consumers to make buying decisions. They are:

 

(1) Website SEO & Marketing Quality: The most important Google Webmaster Guidelines are followed.  Website and Page SEO is set up with the equivalent recommendations of the YOAST WordPress SEO Plugin. CTAs are appropriate and placed properly.

Your Website and Blog are where prospective consumers learn about your products and services. It is here that most decisions are made. Although the sites must have useful content for current clients and prospects, appropriate content for search and social media marketing must also be a focus.  Individuals are increasing searching for what they need and reading the reviews of products and service providers.

Recommendation: (1) Develop an optimized marketing website with a blog.   See Example1   See Example2

(A) Pages with RAC and CTAs should be added that represent each of the products and services.
(B) CTAs for the most important products and services should be created and placed on all appropriate related pages.
(C) The Blog should include a sidebar with numerous authoritative website links to provide value added information for visitors; e.g.; please see Smart Choice Virginia Agents Program.
(D) Testimonials/Reviews should be available on the site.
(E) Reputation Marketing should be built into the site so that the agency can quickly control any issues.
(F) An easy to use Client Newsletter module should be integrated on the site.

Benefit: Increased number of first page search results for each service and product and more prospects finding and acting on your CTAs: More Clients, Build Brand Authority with community and search engines.

 

(2) Relevant Authoritative Content (RAC): The quantity, quality, and optimizations of Articles, Videos, Images, and Audio files published online, and the quantity and quality of Website Content, and the Website Visual quality.

This content is what search engines index and bring to search requests. To have positions (SERPs) on the first page of a search result, relevant, authoritative keyword, optimized content must be available on separate we in addition to owned websites and online accounts. For marketing purposes, all content should have links back to a Call-To-Action (CTA).  As you create and publish more and more of your optimized content, the search engines keep it in their indexes; you will be building a library of relevant, authoritative information about your products and services readily available when searches are made.

The search engines also determine the content search page rankings by the quantity, quality, and relevancy of your combined content. For example, when a search is made on Google for a “Motorcycle Insurance” in Richmond Virginia, Google searches its indexes for the most Relevant, Authoritative, Content (RAC) that contains the keyword ” Motorcycle Insurance ” and other related keywords near Richmond Virginia. If you have higher quality and more RAC than your competitors, your content is brought to the front page in the highest positions.

This targeted Content Marketing based on keywords is the foundation of a local online marketing campaign. We track the success of content marketing campaigns—see a report with live links here: MJM Fenton MO SERP Ranking Report

Recommendation: Create, optimize, and publish RAC with links to CTAs:

(A) Create a Marketing Blog site with CTAs to place RAC first for indexing.
(B) One Article per month in priority order of top revenue services & products
(C) One Marketing Video per month to compliment the article.
(D) Setup Social Media and Press Release sites for RAC syndication.
(E) Distribute snippets of RAC for promotion to Social Media Sites.

Benefit: Increased number of first page search results for each service and product and more prospects finding and acting on your CTAs: More Clients, Build Brand Authority with community and search engines.

 

(3) Online Account Listing Citations: The quantity of Directory and Search Engine Citations (Listings), Web 2.0 Accounts, Social Media Accounts, Article Directory Accounts, Video Directory Accounts, Social Bookmarking Accounts, RSS Accounts, and Forum Accounts; the Claimed Ownership & Level of Optimization of the most important Local Search Engine and Directory Listings.

NOTE: This is an Example—We can run these reports if desired. MJM of Fenton Missouri currently has a twenty three (515) Authoritative Citation Accounts (ACAs). We have identified over 440 new ACAs for MJM of Fenton to setup and optimize. Many of them have inconsistent data that needs to be corrected. Here is a link to the Citation Report:  MJM Fenton MO Citation Report

Recommendation: Build Authoritative Citation Accounts (ACAs)

(A) Initial Setup or Clean Up of Fifty Main ACAs.
(B) Set up Ten ACAs per month

Benefit: Increased number of first page search results for each service and product and more prospects finding and acting on your Call-To-Actions (CTAs): More Clients.

 

(4) Google My Business and Bing Places for Business Listings: Claimed ownership and Level of Optimization; for each location.

The local portals are the most important component of the Local Online Marketing infrastructure. Since Google is the most used search engine, the Google Plus Local Pages take top priority. A top position in these search results produces a high probability of a contact and a CTA conversion.

Recommendation: Optimize the Local Search Portals.

(A) These accounts would use the home address, since a physical address in required for most accounts and PO Box cannot be used.
(B) Obtain client reviews for the local portals; Google Plus as Priority.

Benefit: Increased number of first page and first local portal search results for each service and product and more prospects finding and acting on your CTAs: More Clients, Build Brand Authority with community and search engines.

 

(5) Social Media RAC & Mentions: The quantity and quality of RAC and social mentions from authority social sites such as Google Plus, Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Tumbler, StumbleUpon, etc….

Recommendation: Add RAC and CTAs to Social Site offers where available. Syndicate all new RACs and CTAs on these sites.

Benefit: Increased number of first page search results for each service and product and more prospects finding and acting on your CTAs: More Clients, Build Brand Authority with community and search engines.

 

(6) Reviews: The quantity of reviews from review sites such as Google My Business Page, Bing, Yelp, Insider Pages, and others. Search engines are increasingly placing more emphasis on the number of Reviews for ranking. This is especially true with Google. Without Reviews on Google My Business and the primary website, ranking is greatly diminished. Also prospects use reviews as a primary factor in purchase decisions.

Recommendation: Create and maintain an Online Review Campaign that will increase client reviews on a continuous basis. Google Plus Local reviews are priority one.

Benefit: Increased number of first page search results for each service and product and more prospects finding and acting on your CTAs: More Clients, Build Brand Authority & Credibility with community and search engines.

 

(7) BackLinks: The Quantity, Page Rank Quality, and Relevancy of One Way BackLinks. These are links from other websites back to your website. They increase your visibility on the web, but more importantly, they allow the search engines to judge the Value or Rank of your site based on the Quality and Relevancy of these “backlink” sites. Press Releases, Social Bookmarks, and Online Accounts are excellent ways to build Backlinks.

Recommendation: Create quality, relevant backlinks.

Benefit: Increased number of first page search results for each service and product and more prospects finding and acting on your CTAs: More Clients and Sales.

 

SUMMARY: Current Online Presence Competitive Score: 0% Based upon our initial research, the current online competitive presence assessment score for MJM of Fenton is 0 on a 0 to 100 scale. This score means that your Online Presence can be improved by 100%.  NOTE:  Started from Scratch–without a website or online marketing presence.

Since we have limited space in this article, please visit Local SEO Audit Guide and Local SEO Pitfalls to learn more about the components and optimization of an online marketing infrastructure.

 

The Case for Out Sourcing Some of Your Insurance Agency Marketing Services

Insurance Agents generally do not have the time nor the expertise to design, create, and implement all of the Insurance Agency Marketing Services that will increase growth and retention.  And yes, more high-technology, software tools are required to execute all of the marketing components! (Many agents tell us that they have not figured out how to use their Agency Management System yet, “please don’t give me more software tools!”)

Although larger insurance agencies may have the resources to hire a marketing director and to assign some marketing activities to staff members, the cost is usually much more and the results much less than engaging the services of a professional marketing agency with a team of experts.  For example, a quality marketing director with the education and experience to accomplish this feat, would require an annual salary between $50,000 and $75,000.   The cost for other staff member marketing activities may cost another $20,000 per year.   This in-house route may have a monthly cost of $4000-$6000 and will not have multiple marketing professionals with specialized education and training in the many different marketing area.  Therefore, it is easy to understand that at some of the more technical and time consuming Marketing Services should be out sourced to the PROs. Doing so will save lots of money and provide a more effective marketing plan and greater sales and profit results–with a higher ROI.

 

 

Building A Search Engine Local Online Marketing Infrastructure

 

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Writing Content, Blogging, Video Marketing & SEO

Creating credible, authoritative content is one of the primary activities necessary in building an online presence. Agents must provide optimized, Key Word content to the search engines and to prospects.  The content needs to go beyond informing others that the agency offers a product or service, it must clearly be the best content available.  To outperform competitors online, the content must be great!

 

Social Media Syndication

Social Media is a form of inbound marketing, that when used correctly, can capture leads by interest that already exists, rather than trying to generate new interest. If your content makes complicated insurance issues understandable, you can build trust with your visitors and potentially turn some of them into clients. Online marketing for insurance agencies works by creating useful content that prospects would want to find, and using that content to draw attention to your website, blog or social media page.

 

Online Advertising

Advertising efforts are designed to drum up new business, to find people that had not previously considered working with you and convince them why they should do so.  Facebook offers a multi-level lead identifiers to choose from and you select your budget. According to a study published in AdWeek Social Times, when people want to find out more about a local small business — they check Facebook more than any other social channel by 62% over the others.

 

Monthly Monitoring, Assessment, and Reporting

To make certain the monthly activity maximizes ROI (Return on Investment).  It is imperative to identify the key indicators that were more profitable over another, and eliminate the tactics that did not generate leads or activity.   At the home front, the most important question to ask callers is, “How did you hear about us?” This answer will give you the information needed to identify which advertising dollars are most effective, where to focus your efforts and more.  Here are a few basic tracking categories:

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  • Cross-sell
  • Client Referral
  • Business Referral
  • Online Business Directory
  • Citations
  • Blog/Newsletter/Website
  • Facebook Ad

 

 

 


SUMMARY

The long term success of your insurance agency may well depend on how well you design and implement a marketing plan.  Without a plan based on defined marketing needs and data, your agency will most likely loose prospects and clients to agencies that do have an optimized plan.

Things are changing so fast that you would quickly find yourself falling behind when the next updates come around. The best method is to focus on getting in front of your audience with great content all across the web and in turn finding ways to get feedback. With a Do-It-Yourself Insurance Agency Marketing Guide and some Done-For-You services, you can build a professional online marketing infrastructure that will give your Agency the Authority and Credibility necessary for prospects to find and choose your agency for their insurance needs.

 

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