Articles by Alan L. Shulman

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Alan Shulman, CPCU, is the publisher of Agency Ideas, a subscription-only sales and marketing newsletter. He is also the author of the many tools posted on the Agency Ideas Instant Download Store. Phone: 800-724-1435. Email: alan@agencyideas.com. Website: www.agencyideas.com.

10 Practical Ways to Pump Up Your Agency’s Volume

There are endless ways to grow your agency. Yet today, pretty much all you hear about is using social media and establishing a strong mobile presence. These biggies are essential weapons in your agency’s arsenal, but they can cast a …

9 Marketing Basics to Recall about Email in the Age of Social Media

It’s easy to overlook the continued importance of email as a marketing device with today’s digital focus set firmly on social media. Email, as we know it, has been around for about a quarter of a century and it has …

6 Juicy Excuses for Why Your Agency Didn’t Grow Last Year

It’s a brand new year. Hopefully last year’s numbers were where you wanted them to be: solid growth, increased revenue and expenses under control. But for those agencies that didn’t add to their book, there’s always an excuse or six. …

It’s Time to Think and Act Like a Startup – Again

It’s almost the New Year and that means a fresh start for every independent agent. But it’s not just the calendar that needs to begin again; your agency needs to as well. It needs to reimagine itself as a startup …

Coping With the Digital – Traditional Communication Dilemma

It’s a fatal mistake to disregard the massive impact of digital marketing and selling. Insurance shopping is diving headlong into this direction and every forward-thinking agency must accept it as inevitable. But recognizing the inevitability of digital dominance does not …

Three ‘Common Sense’ Tactics for Commercial Lines Prospecting

Prospecting for fresh insurance leads is the soil of sales. And as any horticulturist can tell you, good earth is required to grow anything – including your agency. You can delegate this core function to a third party and buy …

How a ‘Middle-Aged’ Marketer Can Help Your Agency Grow

It is common knowledge that if an agency wants to employ a dedicated marketer, hire a young person. They, and only they, know what is happening in social media. By virtue of their youth, and their presumed familiarity with all …

How a Bad Attitude Can Harm a Good Agency

You can’t grow your agency without the right attitude. No, I’m not talking about a “proactive” sales stance. This cheerleading concept has been floating around the industry ever since the word was invented. Rather, I am referring to the attitude …

Contemporary Growth Tips From a 150-Year Old Agency

Imagine running an insurance agency 150 years ago. Essentially all that was available to sell was fire insurance and perhaps some marine. Fast forward to today and that same operation – now celebrating its sesquicentennial – has not only survived …

Top 10 Reasons to Write Recreational Vehicle Insurance

It’s summertime, and that means millions of active people are outside enjoying their recreational vehicle of choice. Virtually all RVs require some form of insurance protection, whether it’s for the vehicle itself or the potential liability that arises from it. …