I see questions and comments in Facebook and LinkedIn groups by new insurance agents to this market or experienced agents who struggle to compete, flounder in client acquisition, and look for some magical formula or technique to succeed in the Medicare market.
Let's contrast the creative and unique marketing ideas for insurance agents (while staying compliant with the Center for Medicaid and Medicaid Services marketing rules) against the backdrop of the overwhelming statistics about TV ads during the annual enrollment period.
Here's how these innovative approaches stand out in the face of the TV ad saturation.
TV ads face an uphill battle for attention, as viewers are bombarded with a staggering number of messages daily.
Unique idea: Interactive webinars or virtual town halls
Why it stands out: These events allow for real-time engagement and personalized interaction, providing a contrast to the passive consumption of TV ads. Agents can address specific concerns and build a connection with their audience.
Statistic: 650,000 television ads aired over nine weeks in 2022 – Oct. 1 through Dec. 7.
The sheer volume of TV ads over a short period makes it challenging for any single ad to leave a lasting impression.
Unique idea: Podcast series.
Why it stands out: Podcasts offer a different, more intimate medium for delivering information. Listeners can tune in at their convenience, allowing for a more extended and meaningful conversation compared to the brevity of TV ads.
Statistic: 1 in 5 ads was from third-party marketers.
The presence of third-party marketers adds complexity and potentially dilutes the message conveyed by carriers.
Unique idea: Collaborate with local pharmacies.
Why it stands out: By partnering with local pharmacies, agents can create a tangible and trusted presence within the community. This collaboration adds authenticity to the agent's message and distinguishes them from third-party marketers.
Statistic: 85% of those ads were for Medicare Advantage plans.
The overwhelming focus on Medicare Advantage plans in TV ads creates a competitive landscape in which agents need to find a way to stand out.
Unique idea: Social media campaigns with infographics.
Why it stands out: Social media campaigns, coupled with visually appealing infographics, provide a cost-effective means to convey information. The shareable nature of content on social platforms allows for broader reach and engagement, potentially cutting through the dominance of Medicare Advantage plan ads.
These unique and creative marketing ideas for insurance agents present a departure from the traditional TV ad landscape. They offer more personalized, interactive and community-centric approaches to engage clients during annual enrollment, ensuring that agents not only compete with TV ads but also create a distinct and memorable presence in the minds of their audience.
Note: Check with your upline or carrier to ensure you’re always in compliance with CMS marketing rules.
Lloyd Loftonis the founder ofPowerBehind the Sales. He is the author of The Saleshero’s Guide To Handling Objections, voted 1 of the 11 Best New Presentation Books To Read in 2020 by BookAuthority. Lloyd may be contacted at [email protected].