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On-line Marketing Options for Insurance

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Ok, so you’ve decided to do some on-line marketing.  Why not run an ad on Goggle.  That’ll work, right?

It likely will, but bear in mind, you’re about to join a very expensive club.  According Wordstrem,  a company which tracks advertising on Google (quoted in Wired),  If you are looking to use the word ‘insurance’ for click throughs to your site, you will paying the MOST for advertising on Google:  “Insurance, where companies eager to outbid their rivals for new customers pay Google more than $54 for a click.”

Well, you might say, if that’s what it costs, that’s what it costs.  What are the alternatives?

Simply put:  Inbound Marketing.  Instead of reaching out to customers through advertising, get your customers to come to you.  That’s where Social Media comes in.  Here are some data that were recently posted in a LinkedIn discussion group devoted to use of Social Media in Insurance:

Financial services’ use of social media for business

  • Managed assets of social media users grew at a higher rate of 19% vs 6%  (Aite 2009)
  • Revenues of social media users grew at a higher rate of 19% vs 6%  (Aite 2009)

Of course, this all assumes that you have started to use Social Media and understand the environment.  As we’ve noted elsewhere, while Insurance is a natural fit for Social Media, the uptake by the industry has not been high.  However, there is growth and there is help coming.

Insurance-Canada.ca is planning to share information to help understand the options and make decisions.  Stay tuned to this blog and our Social Media page.

 

 

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