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by FFA
Fri Oct 19, 2018 7:13 am
Forum: Opinions
Topic: What to expect from a new producer
Replies: 4
Views: 18933

Re: What to expect from a new producer

At some point, you just have to cut your losses. Move on. My best success with producers is college marketing / business students. They want to learn. They have bills to pay. When they graduate, they move on or they move up in your organization.
by FFA
Fri Aug 17, 2012 10:42 am
Forum: Opinions
Topic: Adding Value? Who Cares? And, who gets mad?
Replies: 19
Views: 11720

Re: Adding Value? Who Cares? And, who gets mad?

A sad case of danmed if you do, damned if you dont. Currently have one going on where a client did a side job that went wrong. Was contacted by the carrier before I heard from insured. Claimnt gave them a copy f the check she paid him with and he says she bought him a bottle of Captian Morgan. MAke ...
by FFA
Fri Feb 10, 2012 12:56 pm
Forum: Opinions
Topic: Farmers vs. Independent
Replies: 86
Views: 579133

Re: Farmers vs. Independent

Not really surprising. Isn't P.H. somewhere in the Upper Management Mix over there? As an Illinois Agent, I had such high hopes with him coming out of Agency in Ill. Thought there would be some loyalty to his home state, his former peers and his former policy holders.
by FFA
Thu Feb 09, 2012 11:44 am
Forum: Opinions
Topic: Farmers vs. Independent
Replies: 86
Views: 579133

Re: Farmers vs. Independent

So, you have to pay them $300 @ year to have their contract? Do they think they are that great of a company. Here in IL, they are not that competitive. Usually an easy sale.
by FFA
Mon Jan 30, 2012 12:54 pm
Forum: Opinions
Topic: Farmers - your opinion
Replies: 62
Views: 258486

Re: Farmers - your opinion

WOW. Guess that says it all. Be like the Captian of that cruise ship - Save Yourself my former peers!
by FFA
Mon Jan 23, 2012 12:32 pm
Forum: Opinions
Topic: Farmers - your opinion
Replies: 62
Views: 258486

Re: Farmers - your opinion

When the Bristol People took over, they introduced a "New Platform" that came up with lower rates. Maybe the Bristol people took over programing and that alone lowers the rates. One thing seems to escape people here, no matter where you go for your start in this business, its not easy. eve...
by FFA
Fri Jan 20, 2012 11:52 am
Forum: Opinions
Topic: Start up Agency Advice
Replies: 12
Views: 7654

Re: Start up Agency Advice

When I was making the jump from Captive to Independant, my direct appointments told me to stay away from Clusters. One bad agent can spoil it for the entire cluster. If your going on your own, go on your own. Just my opinion.
by FFA
Fri Jan 20, 2012 11:47 am
Forum: Opinions
Topic: Farmers - your opinion
Replies: 62
Views: 258486

Re: Farmers - your opinion

Once again, no mention of FIGS loyalty to their long time clients. 35% lower auto rates to new business. When the agent tries to get their existing business the lower new business rates, they get reprimanded.
by FFA
Wed Oct 26, 2011 11:09 am
Forum: Opinions
Topic: Marketing Marketing Marketing
Replies: 36
Views: 20593

Re: Marketing Marketing Marketing

1) Cole X Date Services. 200+ monthly mailing. 2) When I write one, I do Neighbor Hood Marketing. Back to Cole Services for 100 of their closest neighbors telling them exactly how much their neighbors saved mailing. 3) Newspapers do blasts to every HH in my County and all surounding. For $220.00 it...
by FFA
Wed Aug 10, 2011 11:34 am
Forum: Opinions
Topic: Farmers vs. Independent
Replies: 86
Views: 579133

Re: Farmers vs. Independent

This subject just keeps coming around and around and around. 2.5 years out of Farmers and my volume is much higher then it was. Had $1.5 Mil, left Farmers dipped down to $700K. Should be over $2M by end of my third year out. Of course, I chase the commercial paper and am putting volume on in $15 -$2...
by FFA
Mon Jul 25, 2011 11:18 am
Forum: Opinions
Topic: Selling An Agency
Replies: 5
Views: 3323

Re: Selling An Agency

If your independant, contact your market rep. They should be able to sniff out a buyer quickly.
by FFA
Fri May 20, 2011 11:04 am
Forum: Opinions
Topic: Purchasing X-Date Data
Replies: 25
Views: 87440

Re: Purchasing X-Date Data

On the logic of insurance being from the date of house purchase, wouldn't this also seem to hold for the date of business incorporation (for small commercial business)? Whilst unlikely to be as exact a match as the home owner purchase - it should be a decent guide. Has anyone tried that? Scott Its ...
by FFA
Tue May 10, 2011 11:10 am
Forum: Opinions
Topic: cole x dates
Replies: 3
Views: 4457

Re: cole x dates

Both Commercial and Personal lines. $500 @ year for unimited use in my state. You can down load lists into Excell, send to print lables, scrub against the DNC list. Possibilities are endless on search criteria including dat of birth on Head of House Hold. Keeps controll of the internal marketing. By...
by FFA
Tue May 10, 2011 11:05 am
Forum: Opinions
Topic: Purchasing X-Date Data
Replies: 25
Views: 87440

Re: Purchasing X-Date Data

All Realestate Transactions are listed - Commercial and Residential. I ran a query yesterday. June 2010 - July 2010. 284 total transactions with my low search being $200K and no ceiling. I looked past three different town that are of a large population - including 4th largest in my state due to Gang...
by FFA
Mon May 09, 2011 11:13 am
Forum: Opinions
Topic: Purchasing X-Date Data
Replies: 25
Views: 87440

Re: Purchasing X-Date Data

Now for the obvious - The local newspapers prints Realestate Closings and New Births. Tuesdays in my neck of the woods. Usually at least 30+ a week.
It prints Sale Price, Buyer Name, Seller name and, yes - the address & PIN#.
And it gets delivered to you.