Providing quality service, always an important business practice, is essential in today’s environment, where individual customers and business clients are searching for ways to better manage personal finances and streamline operating expenses. A commitment to customer service is especially vital for health insurance sales professionals who are responsible for not only keeping a promise to policyholders, but also offering quality products that add value to an employer’s business.
For insurance agents and brokers alike, customer service is key to gaining and retaining business, particularly during an economic downturn. Because insurance is an intangible good–the purchase decision is based upon life events that have yet to occur–establishing oneself as a benefits solution provider is a must for agents and brokers in the current economy.
Today, more consumers are seeking to safeguard their ability to earn an income against an unexpected health event. Likewise, employers want to avoid losing quality workers and need a cost-efficient way to bolster their benefits package to help them recruit and retain employees. Because of these economic pressures, clients and their workforce are more likely to consider voluntary insurance as an attractive worksite benefit that can help them contain costs.
This, in turn, presents a great opportunity for brokers to include voluntary benefits in their portfolio. Not only can voluntary benefits help brokers to diversify their offerings and generate a new revenue source, these products also provide a great service to clients by addressing financial needs during a time when employees and employers need it most.
Agents who sell voluntary products share a common goal with brokers. They both want to strengthen client relationships while sustaining their sales operation during tough economic times. This shared goal can lead to a mutually beneficial partnership, creating enhanced service for clients. When identifying a voluntary benefits partner, brokers should consider the following: (1) the brand; (2) valued-added products; and (3) infrastructure.
A trusted brand
The first step in providing quality service is to build and maintain trust with the client. When selecting a voluntary benefits partner, look for companies that are well-known for their strong and trusted brand. A company that has established itself as a respected leader within the worksite market will more likely be committed to maintaining that reputation by providing quality customer service. Including products from a top-rated insurer within your portfolio communicates to your clients that you have their best interest in mind.