In the decade since the launch of Facebook, social media platforms – including Twitter and LinkedIn – have established themselves as a trusted place for the Mass Affluent to locate and engage with financial companies and the information that they provide. Insurance agents and financial advisors need to institute a social media presence so they can not only demonstrate that they are tech savvy and cutting edge, but also to become an indispensable resource for maintaining their relationships with existing clients while finding new prospects in an actionable way.
Do your clients have enough life insurance? Of course, as their agent or financial advisor, you do your best to look out for your clients’ best interest, but recent information shows that there are certain groups of Americans who are not only underinsured, but also stand to lose the most in the case of an unexpected death. When a study from Genworth took a look at life insurance gaps among Americans, it identified four major consumer groups that may be in need of additional – or any – life insurance planning: unmarried parents, women, large families and those with certain common health conditions.
When it comes to life insurance, agents are constantly on the lookout for new markets to tap. From child-free married couples to high net worth young professionals and the growing population of wealthy individuals from countries like Brazil and Russia, it’s essential for insurance agents to be on the lookout for the next great market in need of wealth or retirement planning services.
While logic would dictate that half of the human population is hardly considered a niche market, it seems that many insurance agents have tailored their sales pitch to male clients and need to reconsider their approach when working with women.
As an insurance agent working with high net worth individuals, sometimes convincing them to properly invest in their future can be a challenge.
Insurance agents and financial planners would do well to work to meet the financial demands of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community, which typically has a higher median income than the general population but overwhelmingly rates their experience in the U.S. financial industry as poor. In fact, a recent Prudential survey found that 63 percent of LGBT Americans give the industry’s attention to their community a poor rating.
Being on the ball in regards to financial and retirement planning is key, but there are some mistakes that investors could make that could nullify those good intentions.
Many small business owners could testify to being time-poor, as they spend most of their waking hours thinking about and running their operations. While this is important for business success, owners also need to put some time into thinking about what will happen to the company when they are not around – whether because of retirement, injury or death.