Too many insurance producers either fail completely or never really succeed because they think that selling is about them. It isn’t. It’s about clients and prospects. Here are 23 ways to improve your sales performance by getting better focused on clients and prospects:
1. Look for the demons and dreams. In other words, be alert to a prospect or client’s hopes and fears—what they want to gain and what they don’t want to lose. That’s what they care about, not a sales pitch.
2. Be present. Far too many producers are not really there when they’re with prospects or clients. Sure, they’re talking and seemingly involved, but they come across as if they’re more interested in making the sale than they are on understanding and satisfying their clients — and clients know it.
3. Bring it to life. Paint a picture of what the purchase can mean to the prospect or client, the difference it can make, and the satisfaction it will give them. In other words, bring it to life so it’s real and compelling.
4. Keep it simple.Many producers lose sales by using jargon and trying to impress customers with their knowledge. Although it takes work, the pros make their sales messages simple, clear, and easy to grasp.
5. Respond now. Now, not later. Doing it now makes a powerful impression. Others wait until it’s “convenient,” or they “get around to it” (if they ever do). Does it work? Do “warm” leads get colder as the minutes or hours pass?
6. Use client comments. It can be a client’s experience with service, a helpful answer to a question, or how much someone appreciated having a problem solved. An existing client’s voice has far more value than your own words in the eyes of a prospect.
7. Benefit from social media. Focus on LinkedIn and Facebook. Position yourself as an expert, not a salesperson. Offer helpful and timely information, answers questions, and ask for comments. You’ll create confidence and build relationships.
8. Stay in touch. Not only do clients want to hear from you, staying in touch lets them know you care. If you’re emailing, make sure the content is interesting, helpful, and useful, and not a sales pitch.
9. Blog. Today, it’s all about connecting with clients and prospects. And sharing your experiences, knowledge, and ideas is the best way to do it. Let them know how your knowledge and experience can benefit them.
10. Say “Thank you.” Of course you thank clients when you sell them a policy. That’s expected, so don’t stop there. Surprise them by following up with a phone call or email message a few days later or after policy delivery. It’s not only polite, but it also makes them feel good about doing business with you.
11. Take a break. Nothing bothers customers more than listening to a salesperson going on and on without giving them an opportunity to ask a question or to clarify something they didn’t understand.
More from John Graham:
- 7 rules for getting to the top in sales
- 7 ways to create credibility and establish trust
- The big job is keeping customers happy
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