Sales Ideas to Propel Your DI Practice to the Top
Implement the ideas highlighted in this article if you want to find success in DI insurance.
Sales Ideas to Propel Your DI Practice to the Top By Joe Russo
I doubt that many of you reading this article got your start in the world of financial services by selling disability income (DI) insurance. Income protection, as some of us appreciatively call it, is an often overlooked and undervalued sector of the greater life and health insurance industry. Most agents and advisors have been naturally polarized by our industry, landing in one of the two main camps: life insurance and health or medical insurance.
And as far as branching out from these services, some may dabble in long-term-care insurance, annuities or even DI, but most of us keep to our core. This is what we know the best and what we do the most often to provide ourselves with continual income and our clients with optimal service.
But in this fast-paced business era, opportunities for excellence and growth abound, and the DI insurance marketplace is where we find newer and greater options than in any other sector. Recent increases in industry wide competition, as well as advances in automation and digital marketing and sales, have allowed for the strongest and most progressive DI market the U.S. has seen in several decades. Now is the time to step outside your comfort zone and hone your DI sales skills.
What works in selling DI?
So what is important when it comes to selling DI insurance? The first thing to remember is that DI doesn’t sell itself. The insurance producer is the most important part of the sales equation. Your wholehearted belief in the product is key in relating to your clients and letting them know that DI is the cornerstone of a healthy and comprehensive financial portfolio. Without the protection of one’s income or paycheck, nothing else will fall into place economically and one risks financial ruin. As an advisor, you must sell DI to your clients, showing them that the risks are real and are potentially devastating.
Providing a marketing brochure or a sales link on your website won’t cut it. The average American must be guided early and often to DI insurance, because the average American has somewhat of a "Superman" complex. His natural instinct is that he isn’t fallible and that the risk of becoming totally disabled and not being able to work is slim to none. Of course, we know that this is a complete fallacy.
Next, be sure to market your business always and in all ways. One brochure, one newsletter, one email blast or one mailer is not going to bring you the results you want. Hit your prospects over the head with many ideas, coming at them from many different angles and using a wide range of media options. Although some will argue that print media is antiquated, especially for millennial prospects, nothing can be further from the truth when it comes to DI insurance. I have recently had incredible results from industry magazine articles, mailers and print ads. They are institutional and they work.
But don’t hesitate to jump into the 21st century by exploiting social and digital media options. A blog or Facebook post may seem unprofessional or impersonal to you, but you may be reaching prospects who never put down their cellphones or laptops. And reaching out on social media just might hit all the right buttons with them.
Lastly, don’t let your comfort level pigeonhole you into obscurity. I am quite aware of many colleagues who aren’t willing to look outside that little box in which they do most of their business. They end up making a living, but not a real living. They tend to pass on new ideas and products that come their way, allowing for mediocrity. Don’t be afraid of blurring lines and crossing over at times. If you are in individual DI sales, don’t pass up group cases or employee benefits opportunities that cross your radar just because of a lack of familiarity with these areas. Turn that single attorney excess DI sale into a multi-million dollar, multi-life guaranteed issue sale on the entire law firm.
There are so many new ideas and avenues in the DI world at this time. It is an exciting market to be in, and if you heed my ideas and create some new ones of your own, you can make a fortune selling DI insurance.
Joe Russo is an underwriter and account executive at Petersen International Underwriters. He is a "specialty market" life and disability insurance expert and the editor-in-chief of Petersen International’s publication The Communicator.