Knowing your clients is not only the key to providing them with insurance services and keeping them as clients, it’s also essential to attracting and retaining other clients like them.
Here are some areas to explore so you can get to know your clients better:
Although I’ve written a lot about understanding millennials, every generation is different: in goals, lifestyles, relationship with money and the way they want to get financial advice.
Accept these differences, and try to find out what clients in all generations are looking for from you.
Challenges in their lives
People face issues with their children, parents, relatives, or past spouses — ranging from medical to financial and anything in between.
Often these issues have a dramatic impact on their lives, and understanding what they are can help you understand your client.
Don’t assume you know where someone’s career is headed — or where he or she wants it to go.
Some people want to end up in the C-suite. Others would be happy doing what they are doing now for the rest of their lives.
Obviously, their financial plans and your financial advice will be based largely on where they want to go — or stay.
Dreams and games
I’m not suggesting you become a life coach, but I believe you should look beyond traditional retirement models to find out what each client really wants — even if they don’t believe it’s possible.
Yes, many people have a hard time acknowledging what they want, but you need to ask to help them reach that goal.
Of course, the best way to understand your clients is to be one of them: Former business executives make the best agents to business executives; former engineers make the best agents to engineers, etc.
If you find yourself with one of these or some other specialized group, and you’re not one of them, the next best thing is to hire an agent who has that background. As I’ve written before, this is a particularly good idea for agencies that recognize the vital importance of attracting millennial clients.
By Angie Herbers
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