Dynamis Blog

Unseat the incumbent broker with these 16 prospecting questions

Posted by AndyNunemaker on Jun 20, 2017 6:30:00 AM

For an employee benefits broker, prospecting often means convincing the employer to fire the incumbent broker. This isn’t an easy task, especially since most brokers are quoting the same plans from the same carriers. However, there are ways to differentiate and show prospects that you can provide better service and support than their current broker.

One of the most effective ways to defeat an incumbent broker is by asking the right questions. Prospects may not respond to a hard sell about what makes your agency superior, but asking targeted questions can accomplish the same goal. This strategy can pique the prospect’s interest, keep them engaged throughout the sales process and help you close the deal.

This blog offers 16 questions to ask your prospect throughout the sales cycle, to help unseat the incumbent broker and secure the BOR.

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Topics: Differentiation, Technology, Renewal Strategies, Sales/Prospecting

3 Out-of-the-Box Strategies to Increase Insurance Sales

Posted by TomRoshar on Jun 13, 2017 6:30:00 AM

The employee benefits market today is a highly commoditized one. Most brokers quote the same carriers and plans, and many don’t have a way to differentiate themselves or show value above the competition. Meanwhile, employers today need more and more support from their broker, to help manage soaring costs, understand health care reform, and assist with other critical functions like HR and employee communications.

There are plenty of sales strategies that brokers can employ, from the tried and true cold call, to networking, to inbound digital marketing. This blog will examine 3 unexpected and out-of-the-box strategies to increase insurance sales, while standing out from the pack to make a great first impression on your prospect.

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Topics: Differentiation, Technology, Renewal Strategies, Sales/Prospecting, ancillary/voluntary benefits

3 strategies to sell more ancillary benefits products

Posted by AndyNunemaker on May 23, 2017 6:30:00 AM

In recent blogs, we examined why employers aren’t offering ancillary benefits, as well as the advantages to doing so. In this blog, we’ll focus on strategies to help you sell more benefits products.

You likely already understand the benefits of selling more ancillary products, but we’ll review here:

  • Help clients provide a more comprehensive and competitive benefits package
  • Support employee health and productivity
  • Earn more broker commission
  • Build stronger client relationships by managing more of the employer’s benefits package

With those advantages in mind, we’ll examine some concrete strategies to sell more ancillary benefits products.

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Topics: Differentiation, Technology, Client Service, Renewal Strategies, Dynamic Plan Designer, ancillary/voluntary benefits

Ancillary benefit options makes employees healthier, more productive

Posted by TomRoshar on May 16, 2017 6:30:00 AM

In our last blog we examined some of the common reasons employers opt not to offer ancillary coverage options to their employees. However, there are many advantages for employers who provide a comprehensive benefits package to employees. In this blog we’ll discuss how offering ancillary benefits can lead to healthier and more productive employees—benefitting the employer’s bottom line.

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Topics: Differentiation, Technology, Client Service, Renewal Strategies, Dynamic Plan Designer, ancillary/voluntary benefits

Why employers aren't offering ancillary benefits

Posted by AndyNunemaker on May 9, 2017 6:30:00 AM

As an employee benefits broker, you do your best to advise clients and make recommendations in their best interest. However, we all know that clients don’t always heed that good advice, for one reason or another.

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Topics: Differentiation, Technology, Client Service, Renewal Strategies, Dynamic Plan Designer, ancillary/voluntary benefits

Integrate Ancillary Benefits Seamlessly Into Your Presentation

Posted by TomRoshar on Apr 27, 2017 6:30:00 AM

With health costs continuing to rise, many employers are tightening their budget—and that often means forgoing ancillary benefit offerings. However, offering more comprehensive benefits package can save employers dollars in other areas.

In this blog, we’ll look at the importance of offering ancillary benefits as an employer, and how brokers can integrate ancillary into their strategic benefit conversations.

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Topics: Differentiation, Client Service, Renewal Strategies, Sales/Prospecting, Operations, ancillary/voluntary benefits

Understanding the Ancillary Benefits Disconnect to Increase Insurance Sales

Posted by AndyNunemaker on Apr 20, 2017 6:30:00 AM

Insurance brokers understand the need for a strong benefits package, but many employers today are falling short of employee demands. Our last blog looked at employee demand (and financial need) for ancillary benefits.

In this blog, we’ll discuss the significant disconnect that exists today in the ancillary benefits market—and how you can use those insights to increase insurance sales.

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Topics: Differentiation, Client Service, Renewal Strategies, Sales/Prospecting, Operations, ancillary/voluntary benefits

The Ancillary Benefits Market is Falling Short of Employee Needs

Posted by TomRoshar on Apr 13, 2017 6:30:00 AM

Finding—and retaining—top talent is a huge concern for employers. It can be tough to find those “superstar” employees, and once you do, you certainly don’t want to lose them. The compensation and benefits package a company offers is a serious consideration of most employees.

However, many employers are falling short in that area, particularly when it comes to ancillary benefits. This blog will look at the ancillary benefits market, and how it is falling short of employee needs and demands.

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Topics: Client Service, Renewal Strategies, Sales/Prospecting, Operations, ancillary/voluntary benefits

3 Ways to Save Clients Money at Renewal

Posted by AndyNunemaker on Oct 25, 2016 7:30:00 AM

It’s no secret that benefits plan rates have increased at an alarming rate over the past several years, far surpassing inflation and both employer and employee budget increases. Between the Affordable Care Act and other changes in the market, rates have continued to be unpredictable—and many of your clients will face unpleasant increases once again this renewal season. What can you do as a broker to save your clients money at renewal?

While many brokers will simply explain to clients that all businesses are facing similar increases, brokers who want to differentiate and truly support clients are doing more to help clients manage rising costs. This blog examines three potential strategies to help you save clients money at renewal this year.

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Topics: Differentiation, Client Service, Renewal Strategies

Enhance Client Service - Efficiently - at Your Next Renewal

Posted by AndyNunemaker on Jul 18, 2016 7:30:00 AM

In our last blog, we talked about the changing insurance market and overall industry, and the need for brokers to adapt in order to deliver superior client service and build long-term relationships. One of the most important areas that brokers need to focus on thiis adaptation is during the annual renewal.

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Topics: Client Service, Renewal Strategies, Efficiency/Streamlining Operations