We now know that permanent life insurance is best positioned as protection and more – a death benefit vehicle, first and foremost, followed by a potential cash value vehicle that can be used as a multi-purpose financial planning tool.
Clients typically think of life insurance and investments as completely separate things. They’re confused when you talk about them both together. Investments involve risk, and insurance mitigates risk. Aren’t they mutually exclusive?
When it comes to talking about permanent life insurance, clients typically hear something totally different from what the advisor intended.
You say: Life insurance is a multi-purpose financial planning tool.
They hear: Life insurance is a complex financial planning tool you can never hope to understand. Want to buy some?
You say: Permanent life insurance is an investment in your financial future.
They hear: No, it’s not. It’s protection for my family.
You say: You can use the cash value to help fund your retirement.
They say: At the expense of my family?
You say: The tax advantages can help you grow your assets over time.
They say: That’s what investments are for… what about my family?
Instead of trying to shift your client’s way of thinking right off the bat, switch yours to focus on protection. After all, that’s their biggest concern. And it’s the one thing that makes life insurance unique while, at the same time, the benefit your clients most want. They want to hear about protection before growth.
How do you do that? Here’s an opening that really works with target audiences:
“Permanent life insurance can be a smart addition to any financial plan for investors who want more ways to protect their family, minimize their taxes and grow their money over time.”
Most crucially, permanent life is an addition to their current financial plan. Most prospects are already investing. They may already have some protections in place. This is something they can do in addition. Avoid the temptation to oversell permanent life’s importance by making it sound like a must-have. To them, it’s not.
The next step is to touch on the three things that potential clients are most looking for when it comes to a product like permanent life insurance.
- Protection for their family
- Minimizing their taxes
- Growing their money over time
These three benefits are the core of your messaging. Once they’re interested, this is how to explain what permanent life can do in addition to protection. And you can summarize what permanent life can do with three principles:
- Live more
- Keep more
- Build more
Here, we’ll discuss the principle of “live more.”
The first principle of “live more” focuses on the largely unexpected living benefits of permanent life.
So what can you say about these benefits? Unlike term life insurance, permanent life helps clients live more for today by protecting themselves and their family against life’s unknowns while providing ongoing access to their money when they need it.
Cash access isn’t something that most people expect from an insurance product. It signals to them that permanent life might give them more than they originally thought it would — that they’re not only protecting family, but also themselves, in case they ever need that money in an emergency. This also helps explain what’s different about permanent life insurance relative to other types of insurance or investment products.
Insurance’s primary purpose is protection, but this helps explain how permanent life offers more, which is essential to getting people to keep listening.
As we’ve seen, the words you use to talk about these “live more” benefits are critically important. Let’s dig into some of the details.
Life or death benefit
Of course, life insurance is purchased to support beneficiaries in the event of death, but no one likes to be reminded of their own mortality. Instead of talking about death, keep it positive and describe the value of the benefit: protection and safety.
You say: Death benefit