Cold calling is dead, consultant tells brokers

Cold calling is dead, consultant tells brokers | Insurance Business

Cold calling is dead, consultant tells brokers
Cold calling is dead, social media is hot – and those brokers who don’t embrace this dynamic shift will quickly find themselves in a polar vortex of sales, says one industry analyst.

“Agents who used social media had a greater sales buy of 20 per cent,” says Andrew Jenkins, vice president of strategy for ArCompany, “and 84 per cent of B2B decision-makers are looking for referrals. You compare that to cold calling, which is only effective 3 per cent of the time. Those are the changing dynamics of the industry.”

Jenkins’ message was tough medicine for brokers attending the Crystal Ball conference, where some 150 insurance industry players from across Canada gathered in Toronto last week.

“The New York Times has more Twitter followers than it does subscribers,” says Jenkins, “and 25 per cent of the time spent online is spent on social networks. That is where your clients are right now.”

The trick in making social media work for you – and by extension expand your book of clients – is to show that you have value.

“If you as a service provider can show you are of help, that can lead to business,” he says. “You need to delight the customer – and you can’t delight a customer unless you listen to them first. (continued.)

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