For an agency to grow truly sustainable, it is critical to accomplish two things, sell insurance and develop and maintain strong client relationships. It is common for agency to concentrate their efforts on acquiring new customers but neglect building strong relationships with their clients. There is a balance that every agency employee needs to manage in order for the agency to thrive. These are some actions to help agents keep that balance.
Transparency is critical for developing trust with clients and begins with effective communication. Maintain an open line of communication with your clients. Early on, have direct conversations to discuss and establish expectations. One point to discuss is the price you will charge and the services you will provide. Additionally, you should discuss your security policies and how you intend to safeguard their information. Inform them of your offerings and solicit their feedback on how you can best meet their needs. Engagement letters can be beneficial in this situation. You should outline expectations for both parties in the engagement letter to ensure that you are on the same page from the start.
Making time for your clients demonstrates your appreciation for them. This does not mean you should stop everything the moment they contact you. Communicate openly and honestly that you have other clients and obligations but still want to be there for them. Establish effective methods of communication through which your clients can contact you. You should collaborate to determine the most effective method of communication, whether it is via email, a client portal, text message, over the phone, or in person. When they contact you, promptly respond to their questions, concerns, and requests.
Assure your clients that they can rely on you. Complete your work on time. Be thorough and precise in everything you do. Regardless of the size of the task, give it your all. Communicate any issues or complications to your clients. Additionally, you should communicate plainly that you are in control of the situation.
Remember that communication is critical to developing a trustworthy relationship; speak with your clients to ascertain their top priorities and then incorporate their preferences into your workflow. A little bit of deliberate listening can go a long way toward establishing respect and appreciation.
Davidson Stewart Morelock Independent Insurance Group LLC (DSM) was formed in 2008 (Originally Stewart Morelock Insurance, est. 2005) by insurance professionals with over 50 years of combined experience in the property & casualty insurance industry….experience includes; senior officers of regional insurance companies & wholesalers, reinsurance brokers, personal & commercial insurance production agents, agency owners, underwriting managers & agency directors. DSM is directly appointed with all major insurance carriers and brokers, and has the capability to place virtually all lines of business and personal lines insurance.