1. Mobile account management
Clients will expect access to policy forms with 24/7 availability. In addition, payment features, ID cards, household inventory and claims reporting should be easy and mobile-friendly. Ensure your website is mobile-friendly (LINK TO DISCOVER) and implement self-servicing features for clients. Consider text message alerts for important updates.
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2. Communication preferences
Some clients may like text messages for non-policy-change discussions, and others may want email or phone calls. Others may prefer documents sent electronically via email, or access needed policy documents like ID Cards, bill payment, etc., via a customer portal accessible from your agency website. Determine your clients' communication preferences from the start of the relationship and leverage your agency management system to distribute content and alerts how your client wants it.
Bonus: Streamlined communications and a paperless office environment save your agency time & money.
Robust web content
Share insurance and risk management-related tips with clients on your website and social media outlets. Target the content to the clients you want and utilize a mix of delivery methods including blogs and listicles, podcasts, video, webchats, and more. It doesn't have to be overwhelming and contributors can include staff, carriers, and Trusted Choice has a wealth of customizable content. Once created, content can be sliced, diced, and shared repeatedly when relevant. Craft an email newsletter and build a social media following to remind clients of the wealth resources available.
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4. Be proactive when life changes
Implement a plan to nurture your client relationships. Recognize life changes including birthdays and anniversaries. Illustrate that you understand your clients' needs by sending timely storm safety tips or a note when a teen becomes a licensed driver. Consistent touches throughout the year will solidify your relationship and open the door for inquiries when life changes are top-of-mind.
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5. Value-added, community building, services
In addition to building a robust website strategy, there are other ways to create value for your clients. Host shredding events, sponsor defensive driving courses, and highlight your community involvement online and in your agency. Advise customers of services available to them at no additional charge via agency newsletters, blog, website, social media, texting, etc. This is an excellent way to highlight agency advocacy and commitment in the community. Another great value for commercial lines customers is risk management and/or safety consulting.
6. Create a positive claims experience
During the claims process, clients will need clear process and after-hours options for reporting. Clients will want to be briefed on what to expect from the claim process and what they will need to submit. Follow-up with a phone call or email form on the agency's claim status.
If the problems occur, the agent acts on the client's behalf to resolve the issue. If the client's claim is denied, the agent will help the client understand why and identify the next steps. Agencies should consider implementing a claims communication plan which might include a personal acknowledgment (by phone, email, or note card) of each claim and post-claim service report cards to solicit feedback on the claims experience.