This is the second in a series of four articles outlining a seven-step “Emergency Survival Plan” you can deploy in your health insurance practice. In the first article we covered two key tactics: First, how to get a crystal-clear picture of your ideal client, so you know who you want to attract, and second, how to offer compelling information to your target audience, so they recognize that you are the best guide to help them navigate the problems, pain and predicaments related to selling health insurance.
Survival tactic No. 3: Let current clients tell your story
Imagine with me for a minute: Suppose you saw your doctor on T.V. telling people all about his wonderful practice. Would that give you a feeling that this is who you can trust with your health? Probably not. In fact, you probably chose your doctor because someone recommended them to you.
Now, suppose someone mentions what a great time they had with their friends last Saturday at a new steakhouse in town. Would you be interested in checking it out? You probably would. Hearing someone recommend a place or product un-prompted is way more convincing than a dozen display ads the restaurant may have posted itself.
What Your Peers Are Reading
Here’s the thing: It’s much easier to believe another person’s recommendation for a business or a professional than it is to hear it directly from that professional or business. Deep down, we all know this to be true.
So how do you put this principle into action in your own practice?
Make it easy for prospective new clients to read, watch and listen to testimonials from the people who have already received great service from you. With the wealth of available video, audio and web technology, you can collect a treasure chest full of great stories from your current clients.
In fact, you don’t even have to use the latest technology. If video, audio and web tech is not your thing, either a) hire it out or b) start with something very simple, like a feedback request email template that you send out to clients once they’re happily involved with your products. It will take maybe 15 minutes each day to send, receive and catalog responses to your feedback requests.
Now you may be thinking, “What if my prospect isn’t happy for some reason?” In truth, that’s some of the best feedback you can get. For one thing, it means this person still wants you to help them. For another, it gives you the opportunity to hone your service, helping you become a professional that people really do rave about.
And you will get positive stories, too. When you do, catalog them by type of problem solved and put them everywhere in your marketing (brochures, business cards, web pages, emails). You can even set up a toll-free number people can call to listen to what others have to say about your service. Do you think that might eliminate any competition in your prospects’ minds? Darn right it will!
Action step No. 1: Create your feedback request template. To do this, simply write a brief, friendly note thanking your client for doing business with you and asking for their feedback on the experience. If you can add an incentive such as a give card or optional donation to a charity, you will get a better response; we all like incentives.
Keep your questions simple and direct. For example, you might ask: What could I have done differently to have provided a better experience for you? Why did you choose to do business with me, and what do you think I do best? On a scale of 1 – 10, how likely are you to refer my services to a friend or business associate?