Being in the insurance industry is an exciting opportunity to serve numerous different clients, but as the industry has evolved so too have the challenges that insurance agents are facing. It’s important to be aware of these obstacles so that you can approach them with an open mind and develop a comprehensive strategy for addressing them.
Building an independent insurance agency can be a rewarding venture, but like all endeavors, it comes with certain challenges that can overwhelm anyone that’s starting from the ground up. You might have many questions regarding which licenses are necessary, where to open your office, and how to find and contract with insurance carriers to represent.The good news is that help is available – and, once your agency is up and running, even though with some hitches along the way, you will also have the opportunity to pursue a long list of rewards, such as the ability to control your business, a nice return on owner’s equity, and being able to open up your product offerings to a wide range of options – which in turn, will place you in a better position to help your clients.
The Internet has become the marketplace of today’s consumers. Thanks to advancements in technology, you can practically buy anything online: clothes, toys, food, gadgets — and even life insurance.
The global online insurance industry experienced an expansion between 2007 and 2012, increasing to 5 percent in 2012. Industry leaders were confident that growth was on the horizon since the number of online services continued to increase. With potential policyholders more interested in convenient and accessible mobile solutions, online insurance purchases have become a trend.Online advertising, interactive websites, social media, and direct e-mail are all useful tools in raising awareness. But if you want to close a final expense insurance sale, it’s best to add a 'human touch' by maintaining the face-to-face approach — even if it’s just online.
"Do emails get delivered on Sundays?"
That's a hilarious caption for the 'Grandma Finds the Internet' meme online. This particular meme features an image of an elderly woman staring at a laptop screen, wondering whether emails get delivered on Sundays. While this meme depicts seniors as a digitally clueless bunch, a 2017 Pew Research Center report says otherwise.
According to the Pew report, 82 percent of 65- to 69-year-olds today are internet users. Two-thirds of this age group have internet access at home, making it easier for them to go online any time they want. Plus, four in ten seniors (adults aged 65 and up) now own smartphones, a rise of 24 percentage points (from 18 percent to 42 percent) since 2013.
All this data about seniors adopting the internet and smartphones may not be a good thing for their grandchildren who have to deal with every embarrassing (but adorable) comment, tweet, or message from them. But this is definitely good news for a busy Medicare Supplement Insurance agent like you.
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