It's no secret that the primary goal of insurance agents is to maximize their sales while at the same time ensuring that their clients are satisfied. However, this is easier said than done. With different clients come different personalities and character traits, and a strategy that works with one type of customer may not prove efficient for another kind.
B2C marketing aims to solve that issue. It provides the insurance agent with different strategies they can use in their sales journey to ensure that the products sell and are well-received by the consumers.
With many of these strategies available, the insurance agent may not know which to use to achieve the most effective results. Continue reading this article to find out which B2C technique boosts your sales most.
First, let's cover the basics. What is B2C marketing?
B2C marketing stands for "business-to-consumer." Instead of focusing on selling products to other businesses, the target of the sale is consumers, which is why B2C marketing is also known as consumer marketing. B2C marketing puts the consumer first, and all B2C strategies have one primary purpose: how to answer the customers' needs.
How is B2C marketing different from B2B (business-to-business) marketing?
While both B2C and B2B marketing share several similarities, mainly because the final goal is to sell products and services, they also have many differences, primarily regarding their target audience, sales strategies, and sales cycle lengths.
1. Who is the target audience?
As its name suggests, B2B marketing targets businesses and decision-makers in those businesses to sell the desired product to the company as a whole. In contrast, B2C marketing is aimed at consumers and considers their backgrounds, interests, and sometimes even previous purchases.
2. Why do sales strategies differ between B2B and B2C marketing?
The target audience's needs dictate sales strategies. Businesses, for example, have one main goal: doing what's best for the company itself. As such, your sales strategy needs to target that motivation. With B2C marketing, however, you are working with individual consumers and individual requirements. As such, your strategy has to account for those needs, and you must develop personalized marketing messages to engage your customers.
3. Do B2B and B2C marketing have different sales cycle lengths?
Short answer: Yes. Usually, B2B sales cycles are much longer than B2C cycles, mainly for several reasons. Businesses include several employees whose opinions matter in decision-making. As such, the process might take more time than in the case of B2C.
In parallel, B2C businesses operate individually, so the sales cycle is usually much shorter. The consumer is more likely to decide on the spot whether to buy the product; there is typically no consultation with other people to make that decision.
What makes B2C marketing effective?
Because the target of B2C marketing is the consumer, using the right combination of strategies to speak to the consumer personally is highly recommended. You don't want your client to feel alienated or, even worse, taken advantage of for your own personal gains.
So, here are the best B2C techniques you can use as an insurance agent to boost your sales and gain your customers' trust.
Strategy #1: Make sure you connect with your customers on a human level
While making the most profit off your sales is probably your number one goal, approaching B2C marketing with that motive may not be the best idea. Your clients will know if you see them as humans or simply as profit-making "machines," and if they feel like they are only being targeted for the sake of money-making, then they will not feel comfortable with your products.
So how do you connect with your customers on a human level? It would be best if you showed them that you understand their needs and pain points. The B2C sales process requires the creation of a bond between you and your potential customers. You can strengthen that bond by showing them that you have gone through similar challenges in the past, for example. If you know that your customer suffers from body issues, you can show them how you had problems developing the right motivation to work out or even to change your lifestyle. You want your customers to feel understood.
Strategy #2: Use social media to your advantage
With the spread of social media platforms, it is a no-brainer that every successful insurance business or agent should use these platforms to promote their products. You can tailor your content based on your target audience. For instance, if your products are aimed at professionals, you can post your advertisement on professional platforms such as LinkedIn. If you want to target a younger population, you might rely on Tik Tok or Instagram to achieve that goal.
The importance of social media platforms resides not only in the reach they allow you to have but also in the insights you can get, thanks to them. When you analyze data from Facebook, Instagram, and Tik Tok for example, you can see if your customers are engaging with your advertisement, if your products are selling well, and, more importantly, which products are garnering the most interest. Once you have that data, you can tailor future advertisements to fit your customers' needs.
Strategy #3: Give your audience a sample of your products
Let's be honest. Who doesn't like free things? People love receiving free products or samples, so why not use that to your advantage? Many people may not feel comfortable buying a product for the first time, which is understandable. The best way to work around that issue is to have your customers try the products themselves. You can throw giveaways online or invest in free samples that you can distribute to potential customers.
You can ask the users to provide you with their emails upon signing up for your giveaway. By doing that, you are creating a database of emails you can contact later for future marketing plans. This is a great way to garner leads and turn online users into actual consumers of your products and services. Additionally, you can throw an online competition and have some of your followers win one of your products. This increases online engagement and the chances for referrals in the future.
Strategy #4: Maintain trust in your brand
Selling your product is not the final step in your sales cycle. You want to keep your customers coming back for more, and to do that, you need to show them that you care about their feedback. You can have a separate section on your website asking for your customer's feedback on any of your products. You might even personally reach out to them via social media or phone to better understand their experience with your services.
The most important thing, however, is to be open to criticism. If some of your customers give one of your products a lousy review, listen to their criticism and be willing to respond to their complaints. Customers will not engage with a rude agent nor refer them to any of their friends or relatives. This is an essential part of the procedure for two main reasons. First, you can learn from your mistakes, improve your products, and know precisely how to respond to your customers' complaints. Second, this shows your customers that you are catering your products to their needs, strengthening the human connection you want to create with them.
Starting your business as an agent is challenging, but the difficulties don't end there. Maintaining that business and knowing how to reach your customers are two crucial steps in the sales cycle, and failing to achieve any of them may lead to the failure of your entire business.
B2C marketing requires skills. It targets real people with real needs, and if your products do not answer those needs, what would attract consumers to your brand? You can adopt several strategies, with some being more important and customer-centered than others.
Be smart when selecting your marketing strategies. Make sure that you treat your customers as people first, and once that connection with them is established, show them that you care about their feedback and are always ready to put their needs first.