Mobile smartphones and tablets are fantastic for marketing a business and improving relationships with clients. In fact, mobile may be hotter than social media, and yet there are many agents that have failed to consider using mobile marketing.
Here, six reasons why you should be using mobile marketing:
- Google is 100% behind mobile, and they have developed separate search algorithms for mobile.
- Mobile smartphones are in the sweet spot of adoption. Within the next 5 years, ABI Research estimates that mobile commerce will reach $119 billion dollars a year.
- Smartphone users have more income and a higher net worth than regular cell phone users.
- Smartphones are easy for clients to use on the go, and when they are bored. Could there be a better time to reach them with questions and answers about insurance?
- Mobile search converts 50-60% more than desktop search.
- Google Places (the local mobile section that helps advertise businesses on Google Maps) has just been rerouted through Google+, and by extension, Gmail.
There has never been a better time to start using mobile in your business. And now, seven tips to help you get started.
1. Take your website mobile.
For once, something tech-y is pretty easy. WordPress blogs can be quickly converted into mobile websites by adding a free plug-in. Many standard websites are also not difficult to convert. Lines of code at the beginning of the website tell the servers to recognize mobile devices and deliver the proper form of your website to the right device.
The advantage of doing this cannot be over-estimated. Take a look at just how many insurance sites out there have failed to address mobile. Then take a look at non-mobile sites on your smart phone. Can you read them? Can anyone over the age of 12 read them? Adding a mobile interface makes your website miles better than the competition.
2. Register your business with Google.
Now this may seem like a no-brainer for any insurance business that has an insurance office — but you’d be surprised how many businesses and agents have failed to do this. Registering with Google puts a business on Google Maps, and by extension, brings your name up on every search when a potential client in a particular community types “life insurance” or “health insurance” into their phone.
Image: AP Photo/Courtesy of Google
3. Join location-based services.
From an agent’s perspective, these applications are a great way to advertise in and around your community in a very low-key manner. For example, on foursquare, every location has a “mayor,” who is one of the most frequent visitors to the location. In our community, the foursquare mayor of one of the most popular pastry shops is a life insurance agent. Whenever I check-in to this local place looking for pastry coupons I am met with his grinning face. Location-based services can also be used to directly connect with clients using promotions and offers.
Image: AP Photo/Foursquare
4. Respect your customers’ privacy.
Less is more with mobile advertising; this is especially true with SMS. Absolutely no one wants to receive a barrage of garbage on his or her phone. So stick to useful, thoughtful, customer-centric messages. For example, the month before a term is up, send out a customer-centric message, such as, “Your term policy will renew in 30 days. We should get together to make sure you get the best policy at the lowest rate.” Another idea might be a SMS such as: “New changes to Medicare will directly affect the coverage of most seniors. Learn what you need to know now.” Try to send SMS messages no more than twice a month. Less is more.