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Is It Enough? • You already do some or all of these activities, right? • Internet marketing • E-mail marketing • Direct mail • Advertising • Networking • Can you do even more to increase leads and grow your Anthem Blue Cross business?
How Do I Generate Leads? • Define your goals • Build and market a website; get AgentConnected • Purchase internet leads • Use e-mail/e-marketing • Use AMAP Program to: • Advertise in local papers/magazines • Send traditional direct mail • Cold call • Ask for referrals • Network
Define Your Goals • What are your initial plans and goals? • How much time and money are you willing to commit to grow your Anthem business? • What kinds of activities will you do first? • How much do you want to increase your prospect database/revenue? • What are your follow-up plans and goals? • How will you supplement your initial lead-generating activities? • What kind of return on investment do you expect? Work with your RSM to develop a customized approach to grow your business.
Are You Ready for the E-Consumer? • Consumers are shopping for more services via the internet than ever before • In 2006, more than half of all health insurance purchases already involved the Web* • By 2011, more than 90% of all individual health insurance policies will be purchased, either partially or completely, on the Web* • Do you shop online? YOUR OPPORTUNITY Consumers shopping for health insurance online need an educated and reliable agent to assist them through the sales process. *Celent, “Online Insurance Sales and Marketing: What's Happening and What's Next,” July 17, 2007
Need Help Creating a Website? To get started, here are just a few of the companies that sell domain names and offer web development services. GoDaddy www.godaddy.com BuyDomain www.buydomain.com/ Register.com www.register.com
Make Your Site… • Visible • Include your internet address on business cards, stationery and all marketing materials • Actively e-market or buy internet leads • Customer-focused and professional • Speak to your customers’ needs and interests – discuss 3 plans that are basic and good sellers • Include only a minimum amount of information about yourself • Avoid jargon, unless you’re marketing to a very select audience • Ability to provide real-time quotes • Easy to view and navigate • Use links to information rather than big blocks of text • Use an experienced vendor, unless you or someone on your staff has this experience
Become an “E-Agent” Quickly and Easily If you aren’t ready to develop a website yourself, you can combine the tools that Anthem offers: • Utilize our AgentConnect tool to create your web page and an online application tool • Utilize The AgentAssistant download to act as your: • quoting tool • proposal generator • client database • follow-up system
AgentConnect: Your Site. Our Tools. Your Sale. • A quick, easy way to establish your web presence and start earning commissions from online sales • Your agent information populates automatically on applications clients complete on your site • You get an automatic e-mail notification when someone starts an application on your site • You geta follow-up notice if an application is still not complete after 2 days • Applicants can easily forward your web address to friends or relatives – E-References! • For more information or assistance with AgentConnect, contact your RSM or call Agent Technical Support at 1-888-ANTHEM-1 (1-888-268-4361)
From Your AgentConnect Site ... Prospects Can: • View benefit information • Search for providers • Print forms • Get quotes • Apply online!
Sample AgentConnect Page Your personalized information • Direct links to: • Find a provider • Get a quote • Apply online • Tonik website
What a prospect sees when viewing our website through AgentConnect (note agent information) Sample PlanFinder Page What a prospect sees when viewing our website on their own (note page framing)
Internet Leads – Basics • Usually non-exclusive, so quick follow-up is a must • First-touch e-mail and phone call immediately • Let prospects know you’re there to guide them through the process of shopping for health insurance • After gathering information from prospect, send plans and rates right away via e-mail and follow-up with phone call • Use phone call to instruct them on starting the application • Establish and utilize a follow-up system • Invest in a portable device (Blackberry, Palm, etc.) so you can access e-mail when out of the office • Track results
Internet Leads – Getting Started • The number of leads you buy depends on your budget and resources. • When starting this program, you should work no more than 5 leads a day if you are a one-person shop or 5 leads per sales representative. • As you are able to handle the workflow, you may increase that number accordingly.
Purchase internet lead Lead sent to your e-mail account Agent sends quote via email; Use AgentAssistant to store prospect info Follow up by e-mail and phone Prospect is not interested at this time Prospect is interested FOLLOW UP Send email blasts, postcards, letters Prospect becomes interested Walk prospect thru your website to apply online Internet Lead Flow Internet Lead Flow
Where to Buy Internet Leads Popular Internet lead vendors: • Vimo www.vimo.com • Norvaxwww.norvax.com • NetQuotewww.netquote.com • InsureMewww.insureme.com • LeadbotTMwww.leadbot.com • Quotitwww.quotit.com/products.asp • United Quoteswww.insuranceaffiliatenetwork.com • ProspectZonewww.prospectzone.com
Internet Leads – Cost • What do they cost? • Exclusive leads* @ $25-30 per lead • Non-exclusive leads @ $8-12 per lead
E-Marketing • E-mail signature – include link to your website • E-newsletters • Make informative (e.g., general news, health and wellness tips) • Prospects/clients can opt in or out • Keep yourself in front of prospects who may turn into buyers • Web reviews • Encourage your clients to submit a review of your business on review sites such as: • YellowPages.com • CitySearch.com • Yelp.com • Yahoo.com
Traditional Lead Generation Agent Marketing Assistance Program (AMAP) • Professionally designed advertising and direct mail templates ready to customize with your information • AMAP turnkey program for convenient, one-stop direct mail service • Includes artwork, printing and distribution for a single package price • Also ideal for creating letterheads, envelopes and business cards • Earned AMAP advertising dollars can cover a percentage of your costs, including printing
Your AMAP Support • Marketing support is just a phone call away • 1-800-310-2273 – AMAP assistance • More information atwww.anthem.com/ca • AMAP general information and materials Agent site AMAP • AMAP reference online: “Your Complete How-To Guide — Reaching Your Target Audience”
List Brokers NameFinder (Ben Sawyer) – 800-241-2642 or 206-285-7057 Direct Response Associates (Kurt Naegle, age-in/Senior list broker) – 800-353-5475 Shared Direct Mail “Many Faces” ad (contact your RSM for information) MoneyMailer, ValPak, etc. – 805-557-6656 Le Tip Lead Club Join a local chapter Give and receive leads with other members Competitors can’t be members of same chapter (no conflicts of interest) 800-255-3847, www.letip.com Use colorful or oversized envelopes for direct mail Traditional Leads and Direct Mail
To jump start your business, try to do 100+ cold calls a week Get referrals from existing clients Every quarter, select 6-8 couples to join you for dinner at a nice restaurant to show your appreciation for their business Make sure you’re AgentConnected: applicants who apply through your site can easily forward your web address to friends/relatives when they reach the end of their online application Market to your existing clients with a survey or census form to capture changes in coverage needs, changes in address, etc. Ask existing clients if you can use them for testimonials Re-market your past inquiries Go through your list of potential clients once a year Cold Calling and Other Old Reliable Stuff
Always carry your business cards Get a rubber stamp for all outgoing mail Don’t forget to include your web/AgentConnect site address! Authorized Independent Agent for Anthem Blue Cross Ask for a Health, Dental & Life Quote [your contact info, including your web/AgentConnect site address] Get post-it notes with your name, phone number and website/AgentConnect site address Business card magnets Never let a day pass without engaging in at least one marketing activity Maintain a file of marketing ideas More Old Reliable Stuff
Contact your area Chamber of Commerce Find out about upcoming events; get your own booth or share with another agent Get a list of local organizations, e.g., Rotary, Lions or Soroptimist clubs Call on friends/acquaintances who own or work in personnel agencies Ask if they will display Anthem Blue Cross Individual sales materials, including Short-Term Plan information Ask if you can do a short talk on health insurance Be a guest speaker at your local college or trade school Explain the basics of insurance Give handouts with your name and phone number Be active in industry community online forums and groups such as craigslist Last But Not Least... Networking
When visiting Small Group clients,leave behind materials for: employee exit packages employees who are on new-hire waiting periods employees who are on leave And More Networking
Of the ideas covered today… Choose 3 activities you want to implement in the next 30-60 days Decide how much time and money you can invest (remember to check your earned AMAP balance) Document an actionable plan What’s Next for You? Let your RSM, Agent Support and AMAP Support help you get started and keep you moving forward!
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