Do You Want To Sell More Life Insurance?

One of your most powerful sales tools, in any sales call, is a written testimonial from a satisfied client. With the clients’ permission, you can recount their situation (in general terms) and describe how you were able to help them. The only problem with this lies in the credibility of the story. Will they believe it? Your prospect may, at least partially, disregard the story as just a sales ploy. The absolute best way to overcome this problem is to also provide a testimonial of your own personal story, and own what you sell.

Your own testimonial is a great tool to help those skeptical prospects to see the value of what you are offering and buy into the concept or product you are selling. For example, if you are selling life insurance as a supplemental retirement vehicle, or a college funding vehicle, while protecting your loved ones, you better be doing what you’re preaching. How can you sell the concept, if you don’t believe in it enough to buy it for yourself?

Owning what you sell gives added credibility to all your recommendations. It demonstrates that you are a total believer in what you do. However, you can’t just tell them you own the life insurance policy yourself. You must take your own life insurance policy (ies) along with you on all your appointments to show your prospect what was appropriate for your situation. Bringing your policy (ies) along with you clearly shows the prospect you followed your own advice. It then becomes concrete evidence for your prospect, and while in the midst of making an emotional decision, your clients will see that you took the steps to protect your family and save for your future. Therefore, they should do the same. In fact, all of the agents we work with who are truly successful at selling life insurance can speak from the heart! They believe in it so strongly that they own multiple policies on themselves and their family members. Read More

Insurance Pro Shop’s Training… Changed The Way I sell!

Evey week, I post articles, showing you how to become a better agent or advisor. This week I want to share some stories from some of our trainees. Below are 2 quick testimonials, a link to an upcoming web class we are offering and a 2 more testimonials.

“Jeremy, I just wanted to take a minute to thank you for your coaching. Following your sales system and working one on one with you has helped me increase my sales. I know it took some time to get me started but this year I have already doubled my production and written higher quality policies. I look forward to updating you as the year goes on.” Robert Lilly, Farmers Insurance, MO (15 years) April 2017

“I just got off the phone with my CPA – I increased my bottom line 2 and half times over last year! He wanted to know what I was doing differently. He’s impressed – and wants to do a joint venture with me. You guys are right on the money. Your system absolutely works! My clients are happier and better off and so am I. I’ve said the same before but this is real proof. The bottom line doesn’t lie!” Audrey Sendrowski – MA (10 years) March 2017

Don’t miss our next class….

Have you ever seen your prospects eyes glaze over with confusion with your presentation?

Would you like to convey a complex concept in a simplistic way… in less than 5 minutes?

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“5 Minute Presentations To Quickly Sell Your Concepts”

Listen and Learn while I (Jeremy Nason, RFC, CTA) and Alex Villa, CTA share simple ‘5 Minute Presentations’, using questions that will get your clients’ to answer their own objections before they happen. The presentations will also convey complex topics in a way every prospect can understand.

  • How Much Do You Need For Retirement…
  • Qualified Plans (Seed or Harvest)…
  • Everything I Know About Life Insurance…
  • Borrowing To Invest Home Equity…
  • Using Equity To Pay Off Debts…
  • Why Use Investments To Pay Off Debts…
  • Recouping Losses With Mutual Funds…
  • Income Losses With Mutual Funds…
  • The Value Of Indexed Accounts…
  • Simple Spilt Funding…
  • The Average Return Lie…
  • Using Life Insurance to Replace Lost Income in Retirement…

At the end of the class, you will receive a full recording of the event and some Free Gifts!

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Our web class program only allows us to offer 47 spots for this class…

“I wish every agency and professional association would use your systems. While they are far from basic they do remind me how vital the basics are to my business and our industry. They reinforce the fact that questions, not products, help people to see you as an expert. The first time I used your two page presentation template I closed a 12K commission term conversion. After reviewing it the client literally said, let’s go with the second option that you proposed. That’s it! There was no closing, no cajoling, and no begging. All the work was done during the first meeting. Thanks for all your help and coaching and please know that I appreciate your commitment to our industry.” Brandon Green, ChFC, CLU, CAS, CLTC, FSS, LUTCF, Allstate – TX

“I made $25,953.39 in commission on an annuity sale last month and $11,285.09 on two sales this month for a total of $37,238.48. I am still working a large case for this month. I couldn’t have done it without you either. It works, if you work it!” “Thanks!”  John Young – TX

Four Simple Secrets To Selling Large Amounts Of Life Insurance!

Four Simple Secrets To Selling Large Amounts Of Life Insurance!

Would you like to know how and why the best producers are able to sell large amounts of cash value life insurance?

If you knew their secrets could you sell large amounts of cash value life insurance, just like they do?

We’re talking about you earning $500,000 or more in first year commissions each year!

Some of you may be thinking; “Yah, that would be great! But, the reason those producers are able to sell so much life insurance, is they have the technical knowledge, for a very specialized life insurance niche market. They are working with 412i plans, Estate Conservation, Premium Financing, Charitable Giving or some other specialty market.”

While it’s true that some of the more prolific producers do have the technical knowledge, and work in one of these very specialized advanced markets, it isn’t how and why they are able to sell large amounts of cash value life insurance.

It may surprise you to know that every one of these ‘life insurance sales leaders’ has the same basic problems you do! In fact, in most cases, the people who work in those very specialized, advanced markets have much worse problems, because of the extremely small size of their market, plus the competition, bad publicity and the large amounts of money they work with. However, they are successful because they know four simple secrets that you don’t! Read More

Do you want customers or clients?

One of my favorite sayings:

If you give a man a fish – you feed him for a day. If you teach a man to fish – you feed him for a lifetime.”

The same is true in sales: If you just sell a product, you just have a ‘customer’ for today. If you help someone, and they decide to buy your product, you have a ‘client’ for life!

  • a customer is a person that buys goods or services from a store or business.
  • a client is a person who engages the professional advice or services of another.

If you want clients it is all about informing, educating, and providing value in the relationship. It’s about providing useful information that creates long-term trust and respect between you and your customers… turning them into clients!

Unfortunately, much too often today, products are sold with little or no consideration for the overall plans of the individual or family. Example: Seminars are held where financial advisors persuade potential clients about the merits of certain annuities or mutual funds. Without even knowing the individual needs or goals of potential clients. Is this what you would want from your financial advisor? Would you want to be seen as a dollar sign or commission? Or, do you want to be seen as an individual or family with specific needs and goals?

Do you want customers or clients? Do people see you as just another salesperson or as an advisor? Are you in this business for the short-term or for the long-term!

Specialize In Solving Your Ideal Prospects’ Problems!

How much easier would your life be if you could find and attract your ideal prospects to you instead of cold calling, buying leads, etc. to end up in front of people who have never heard of you?

How many more appointments could you set and sales could you close if people felt they were meeting with the local expert who can help them to solve their most pressing financial problems?

If you want to attract the most prospects to you; set more appointment with the people you talk to; and close more sales with the people you meet with; then you must provide a service that addresses an immediate problem, need, and want that your prospects have today. And, by promoting yourself as a specialist in a specific area, the automatic perception is that you are an expert in that area!

If we are talking about Middle Income families, (pre-retirees) what are the biggest concerns and the biggest priorities most of these families have today? Maybe it’s getting out of debt; reducing income taxes; reducing their family expenses to improve their cash flow; having enough money each year to take a vacation or buy a new car; saving to buy a house; saving for college expenses for their children; or saving for their retirement?

Unfortunately, very few Middle Income families see buying insurance to protect their family as an immediate concern, need, or want. It’s not on the top of their list of priorities. They see all insurance as just an additional expense that they can’t afford! And, they don’t see the need for a financial planner, an investment advisor, or higher investment returns, because they already have access to a 401k, IRA, Bank CD, etc., if and when they ever have any money to invest.

The reason our “Found Money Management” system is so effective and attracts so many more prospects is that it does NOT focus on products or investment returns! Instead, it clearly addresses the immediate concerns, needs, wants, and priorities that Middle American families have right now! And, it does it all without asking them to spend any additional money or change their current life style!

All of the marketing, prospecting tools, and training we provide in this system are designed to establish you as the specialist and foremost expert in helping families to ‘find the money’ to spend, save, invest, insure, and plan wisely for the future, to “Live Debt Free and Truly Wealthy!”

If your want to attract the most prospects, then you must specialize right now! And, you must specialize on the immediate concerns, needs, wants, and priorities that people have right now!

Please, take a few minutes to look at our Found Money Management ‘Advanced’ Life Insurance Sales Tool Kit. Your long-term success in attracting prospects and making sales is directly related to your ability to market your services to a specific market segment that has immediate concerns, needs, wants, and priorities that you can solve for them.

Yours In Success,
Jeremy & Lew Nason
‘The Nine Out Of Ten Guys’

Be The Hard Rock Café of Insurance!

What’s the hardest and most expensive sale you’ll make to a client? Isn’t it the first one?

In most businesses, especially insurance sales, the profit from the second or third sale is significantly higher, because, the marketing cost for repeat business is much lower than for the initial sale.

For example, in direct mail, a “bounce back” offer is often sent to the customer every time they make a purchase. The “bounce back” is another offer or catalog included with shipped goods to encourage another order from the customer. The cost for sending the additional offer or catalog is very little because they are sending it with the initial purchase.

The Hard Rock Café makes at least as much profit from the gift items that they sell after the meal, including tee shirts and caps, as they do from the food sales.

Once the initial sale is made, you should have additional offers for your clients. (And annual reviews)

How much is it costing you in your time, postage, lead lists, leads, etc. to attract and sell a new prospect? If you spent more time with your current clients and keep in touch with them with a monthly newsletter, etc. how many additional sales could you make? How many more referrals would you get? How much more profitable would you be?

Compare the cost of repeat sales (and referrals) to the real cost of finding and attracting a new client.

Most salespeople spend all of their time obtaining new accounts and they tend to ignore their established business. One of the most powerful marketing tools today is good customer service. Never allow your clients to be treated as poor relatives looking for a handout. Your current clients are your most valuable assets!

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and even most financial advisors being compared to a used car salesmen!

Get the training you need to break away from the old Insurance (used car salesman) agent. Help us to restore our profession to a respected industry it once was. Take the first step. Get to know us and our training. Help us make the change in our industry!

It all starts with a membership to our… Insurance Marketing and Sales Resource Center! This is the highly specialized insurance marketing and sales training you have been missing… with our complete ‘Step by Step’ programs and courses. For about $1 per day, you will learn what you must know and do today, to take your sales to heights most people can only dream about!

The Top 6 Ways To Generate…

… High Quality Life Insurance
And Annuity Leads… For Long-term Success!

What the biggest concern most agents have? Isn’t it, not having enough high quality leads every week?

Is that your biggest concern?

Have you tried buying leads and/or preset appointments?

Have you tried post cards and direct mail systems?

Have you tried running ads in your local newspaper or offering free reports?

Are you frustrated because none of these lead sources have provided you with a consistent flow of high quality leads that produced consistent sales?

If so, you are not alone!

It’s the biggest complaint we get from most agents.

Why are most agents struggling with the above lead sources? Is it because:

  • The leads aren’t consistently putting them in front of the right people for what they are offering?

  • The leads are putting them in front of shoppers and people with health issues?

  • The lead systems don’t give them a good way to consistently turn leads into appointments?

  • The amount of leads they get is inconsistent from week to week?

  • The leads/systems are too expensive to use on a long-term basis?

  • The leads are putting them in front of people who have never heard of them?

All of the above leads sources are an adequate way for you to get started in this business. And, they can be used to provide a boost during the slow times. However, for long-term success, they aren’t your best primary source of leads. And, they aren’t what Top Producers use to generate consistent high quality business.

If I were forced to start over from scratch, offering something new, I wouldn’t use any of the above lead sources…

No matter what product I was offering, whether it was investments, health insurance, P&C insurance, LTCI, DI, annuities or life insurance, I would do some research and determine how I could best help the people in my local area. What’s the biggest problem I could solve for them? Then, I would do everything I could do to position myself as the expert in that area!

Here Are The Top 6 Ways I would Use To Generate High Quality Leads!

I would:

  1. Ask my friends and family for their help. Would they allow me to practice on them and give me an honest opinion/feedback of the service I am offering?

  2. Invite everyone I know to a Free Seminar or Educational Workshop. People feel better about coming to seminars than meeting a salesperson face to face.

  3. Establish a Joint Venture with a local business that caters to my ideal prospects and get them to endorse my services.

  4. Create or join a local lead exchange group.

  5. I would set up a referral system to get referrals from everyone I know and meet!

  6. I would send a monthly newsletter to everyone I know and meet.

Remember… People buy when the ready to buy not when you’re ready to sell! So, if you want to sell them, you must be in front of them when they are ready to buy!

I wouldn’t rely on someone else for my leads. I’d take in control of my business and make sure:

  • I’m consistently attracting the people I have the best chance of turning into a client!

  • I have a cost effective lead generation system.

  • I have a consistent flow of leads.

  • I am in front of front of people who have heard of me!

  • I know what to do and say to convert those leads into appointments.

These are the Top 6 ways we teach advisors to use, in our specialized systems, to consistently generate high quality insurance leads. Do these insurance lead generation strategies work?

The answer is yes! Over the past 30 plus years, using these strategies, we’ve had an 80% success rate with new agents, verses the industry failure rate of 90%.

Yours In Success,
Jeremy & Lew Nason
‘The Nine Out Of Ten Guys’

 

You Must Have An Agenda You Follow During The Entire Sales Cycle!

…To Close More Life Insurance And Annuity Sales

Your prospect has made an important decision, they have decided to meet with you. Congratulations, you’ve made your ‘first sale’ to the prospect. You sold them on the reason for the appointment. Now, you want them to become your client. So, what do you do? Are you going to wing it like most agents and advisors? Or, do you have a set ‘step by step’ agenda for that appointment?

What do you want to accomplish at this first meeting?

  • Do you want to make a good first impression… gain their trust, respect and build their confidence in you?
  • Do you want to help the prospect to see and understand the problems he/she has, so that they will buy into the solution you can provide them?

One of the best ways to make a good first impression is by following a set, ‘step by step’ agenda throughout the entire sales cycle. You want to send a POWERFUL message to your prospect: “This meeting was important enough to justify advanced planning on my part.”

You are a professional financial services advisor. Having a well-rehearsed agenda reveals your preparation. Prospects and clients will know that you respect their time. An agenda demonstrates what they can expect throughout the process; you are thorough, leaving nothing to chance.

What’s included in your agenda?

  • Do you tell your clients how you work, what they can expect from you, what it will cost them, and give them a brief outline of your credentials?
  • Do you have a series of ‘thought provoking questions’ that gets them to think and talk about the problems their family and they face today and in the future?
  • Do you have a set sales presentation (s) that demonstrates how your product and/or service will help them to solve their problems?
  • Do you summarize what they have told you they want and need at the end of the sales presentation to show them you were listening to them and you understand their problems and concerns?
  • Do you tell them that you are going to take all the information they gave you, back to your office and review it, so you can come back with your best recommendations?
  • Do you present a written summary of the first meeting with written recommendations?

If you are not closing 9 out of 10 sales calls, is it because you don’t have a set, ‘step-by-step’ agenda?

How do create a ‘step by step’ agenda? You can do it by experimenting (trail and error). Or you can invest in our How To Close ‘9 Out Of 10 Sales’… By Asking The ‘Right’ Questions… Videos! And, the scripts, questions, simple presentations, and closing presentations are all there, written out for you.

Yours In Success,
Jeremy & Lew Nason
‘The Nine Out Of Ten Guys’

Finding The Best Prospects To Successfully Sell Life Insurance!

During the past 30 years, most of the major life insurance and annuity companies, independent marketing organizations (IMOs), insurance agencies, sales trainers, sales system providers, industry support organizations, and it seems that practically everyone in the financial services industry has shifted their focus away from servicing Middle Income Families. They are now focusing the majority of their marketing efforts and training, on attracting and servicing prospects in the more affluent markets. They’ll tell you that they believe that’s where agents and advisors can make the most money, quickly and with the least amount of effort and expense. Everyone seems to want to believe that, because these people have more money and they have more discretionary dollars, they are an easier sale. If only it were true and that easy!

The Reality Of Their Decision…
To begin with, is there any question that there are a lot less prospects in the more affluent market segments? When we talk to most advisors they believe that we are talking about the top 10% -15% of the U.S. population, which if it were true, would give them an abundance of prospects to see.

However, the reality of the situation is that, only 4% of households have a million or more in assets including their homes. But, only 1 in 125 Americans have more than $1 million in financial assets such as stocks, bonds, bank accounts, real estate and businesses they own. That’s based on a study published by Capgemini and Merrill Lynch & Co. Only about 2.5 million Americans, or less than 1 percent of the population over age 15 are millionaires. The report did not factor in the value of people’s primary residences, which obviously would increase the number of millionaires. And, because many of these millionaires have their assets tied up in their businesses and real estate, there are even less of these people who have liquid assets to invest in or purchase your products.

Think about it…
With all the insurance agents and financial advisors moving into the more affluent markets and chasing the top 0.5% – 1% of the population, is it any wonder that most of these agents and advisors are struggling to make a decent living? It has gotten extremely competitive in the affluent markets. You just need to take a look in your local newspaper, on a Sunday, to get an idea of how many financial services professionals are currently offering annuity and investment seminars every month to the affluent markets! And, then to compound the problem, isn’t it where you will find the most competition from banks, attorneys, accountants, investment brokers and all the get rich quick scam artists?

Now consider…
When Tom Stanley and William Danko, the authors of ‘The Millionaire Next Door’, decided to investigate how people get wealthy, they found something extremely odd. They found that many of the people who live in the upscale neighborhoods and drive luxurious cars ‘do not’ have extreme wealth. They are not millionaires. Most of them are living well above their means. They are spending more money than they are making in order to maintain the appearance of being wealthy. The truth is that, like most people today, these people are struggling every month just to make ends meet.

The Capgemini/Merrill Lynch report also broke out how these very rich people allocated their assets. These millionaires put 34 percent in equities; 27 percent in fixed-income investments; 13 percent in real estate investments; 14 percent in alternative investments like hedge funds, foreign currency and commodities; and kept 12 percent in cash or deposits.

The Spectrum Group survey found that more than 35 percent of the affluent are retired and 36 percent are business owners. The overwhelming majority, 86 percent are married, and the mean age is just under 56.

According to a report from the Economic Policy Institute, The State of Working America… “64 percent of American households have stock holdings worth $5,000 or less, or own no stock at all.”

So, Where Can You Make The Most Money Selling Life Insurance?
If you want to find and make more money selling life insurance (or annuities) then you’ll want to serve Middle Income Families. We are talking about the top 50% or more of the US population, that is 50 to 100 times the amount of prospects available in the affluent markets. Obviously, that means there are a lot more prospects for you to see. And, there is a lot less competition from the other financial services professionals.

The only real problem with servicing Middle Income Families is that in order to find the money it requires you do a lot more work with the prospect. Many, if not most of these people are living beyond their means, and they are drowning in consumer debt.

At first glance it would appear, that the majority of these people do not have any discretionary money. But, in most of the cases appearances are deceiving. They do have discretionary money! You just have to learn how to help them find it! It’s about helping Middle Income Families to understand the problems they face today and then helping them to prioritize where they spend their money.

In most cases, you can help them to find the money ($3,000 to $12,000 per year) if you know where to look. And, you can do it all without taking additional money out of their pockets or changing their current life style. It’s simply a matter of helping them to re-allocate where they are spending their money unnecessarily.

Studies on the problems facing Middle American Families…

US Savings Lag – 64% of full-time U.S. workers are either behind in their retirement savings, or haven’t yet started. Widows in particular are likely to be behind – 70% are living “paycheck to paycheck.” MetLife Employee Benefits Trend Study

Americans Gripped By Fear – 95% of Americans have some financial-related concerns when it comes to retirement. 42% expressed fears related to retirement income: either that they will run out of money prematurely, or that they will have to downgrade their lifestyle in retirement. NAVA Financial Retirement Fears Study

Americans Have Wrong priorities – 70% of Americans are most concerned with short and midterm financial spending, while placing retirement savings at a distant third priority. Prudential Financial “Roadblocks to Retirement” Study

A message from Bob Kerzner, President and CEO of LIMRA International, 5/8/06.

“Retirement is more than simply income planning. People must also prepare for the potentially ‘dangerous highway ahead’ that may include outliving one’s assets, health risks and long-term care needs, inflation and other pitfalls. Most Americans have not saved enough to retire as comfortably as they would like to.”

“We need to respond to their failure to save. To point out, especially to younger consumers, that the way to a great retirement is through systematic savings, not hot investments that boom today and bust tomorrow. Companies should do more to educate consumers about retirement. They need to know the risks they face or they will not be able to create that retirement paycheck, plan for long life, or rely on their personal savings for retirement.”

“I believe those companies that start looking more at the totality of retirement are the ones that will do better. People want a lifestyle, a great retirement, not a specific product. They will buy a product only if they see how it will get them the retirement they envision.”

“Serve the classes, live with the masses.
Serve the masses, live with the classes.”
John Jacob Astor

The more you learn, the more you’ll earn!
Do you remember your Mom and Dad telling you; “Study hard and you will earn more!” It’s one of those irrefutable facts of life! Is it possible that a few simple changes in your marketing could make a major difference in your livelihood?

Think about it… If this business were really about having the best products and sales ideas, like people are telling you, then why are 90% of the new advisers failing and why is the average income for advisers only $40,000-50,000?

Don’t wait to get started, take action now! You’ll get everything we’ve promised, and much, more! Go ahead and hold our feet to the fire to provide you with cost-effective life insurance marketing, prospecting and sales training that really works – your satisfaction is 100% guaranteed.

In our Found Money Management™, Life Insurance Marketing, Prospecting, & Sales ‘Tool Kit’, With Our 3 Months of One-on-One Training & SUPPORT… you’ll find detailed explanations how to attract and sell middle income families.

Yours In Success,
Jeremy & Lew Nason
‘The Nine Out Of Ten Guys’

Selling on Value – The Two Key Principles of Value Selling

The Difference Between Price And Value
Most agents and advisors know the difference between price and value. The challenge they face is how to ‘Sell The Value’ to their prospects. If you can’t do this and your sales strategy is based only on ‘sell based on price’ you will set yourself up for failure.

Regardless of whether you are new to sales or are a sales veteran, you must incorporate value added selling into your sales toolkit. To do this, a good starting point is to look at the two key principles behind every value added sales strategy.

Look at value from the customer’s perspective…
This is the most important principle because you can’t apply the other principles if you don’t or can’t identify a particular client’s value drivers. A product or service has value only when the customer perceives it to be so. This may sound like common sense, but surprisingly, it is not common practice.

What are the key skills needed to implement this principle? Quite simply, the ability to ask good questions, what are called ‘value creation questions,’ are essential as the first step in your value selling strategy. Read More