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Proven Ways To Build Strong Insurance Relationships

The partnership between an insurance agent, an insurer, and a client is one of the most important in the industry. Carriers and the underwriters create policies and take on risks for insureds, whereas brokers assist their clients in finding the best insurance policies and carriers for their needs.

The independent agent and broker are the industry’s backbone. They are the primary channel of distribution for commercial property and casualty insurance.

How To Build And Maintain Strong Relationships

Don’t base your relationship on technology

Technology is good and effective tool for both the agent and their clients. But don’t make technology so important that any personal communication is lost.

Follow Through

Agents should build strong relationships with their clients by following through on their commitments and being communicative in the event that something changes, in addition to offering services and advice that help insureds avoid losses. If you say you’re going to do something, you must do it. If you can’t do it, you say, ‘I’m not going to be able to meet the commitment,’ and then you set a new expectation.

Focus on more than just pricing

When it comes to building a strong relationship with insurance agents, one thing that stands out above all else is the need to add value that goes beyond offering competitive insurance prices. When comparing options today, insureds should look for an agent who will not only provide the coverages they require but will also serve as a risk management partner.

Be Consistent

Consistency is essential in all aspects of communication and service. It establishes a pattern that customers can expect, which helps to highlight your value proposition and enhance the customer experience. Simply personalize interactions by framing conversations and messaging in less “scripted” ways. According to one survey, most marketers fail to personalize communication beyond digital channels. Get more customer-specific the next time you pick up the phone. It should contribute to the relationship’s strengthening.

The customer, regardless of the insurance company, ultimately looks to you, the agent, for advice, service, and responsiveness. Regardless of the shifting strategies and focuses in today’s insurance markets, remember to prioritize your customer relationships first, and you’ll find yourself building a book of business that will last for a long time.

While the massive national agencies spend millions on television ads and offer barebones policies, they do not know you. When your needs change or your situation complicates, you don’t want an automated phone tree or cold cyber-agent. You want to talk to compassionate, honest insurance experts – that’s our team. You shouldn’t have to spend hours researching and comparing policies. Let the specialists at Reichley guide you through the complex insurance industry.

Call today to alleviate the worry and get covered – (937) 429-0655

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2022 Insurance Planning

It will be imperative to evaluate your personal insurance program now that 2022 is approaching. Before buying insurance, most consumers don’t take the time to consider their exposures, options, or present financial situation. It’s critical to take stock of your own finances in order to plan for the future.

It is equally important to work with your agent to help you understand what kind of insurance you are buying and why you are buying it. A good agent will educate you on your risk and help you determine what coverage you need and what coverage you may not need.

Remember insurance is not a product, it is a relationship. The more you know the better decisions you can make.  These are things your agent needs to be talking to you about. If they don’t call you, call them to set up a meeting to review your risk, insurance, and coverage.

  • Make Sure That You Are Dealing With A Licensed Insurance Agent – Insurance companies and agents are both required to be licensed by the state, and their information may be found online at the state’s insurance department. Most state insurance departments have resources online to aid you in choosing the correct insurance and ensuring that the person or organization you’re dealing with is an expert in that field.
  • Examine Your Automobile, Home, and Personal Liability Limits – If your policy limits are less than $100,000, you may be able to cover your legal liabilities in the event of a claim or accident. Anyone with any assets or income to protect should get minimum liability coverage of $500,000 to $1 million or more. You will find the cost of higher limits is very competitively priced.
  • Recognize The Risks And Coverage You Require – Every property, home and family is unique and comes with its own set of risks. For example, the type of insurance required will also be determined by whether the property is utilized as a primary residence, a long-term or short-term rental, or a condominium. In general, homeowner’s insurance is intended to protect against dangers beyond the owner’s control, such as rain, wind, fire, vandalism, pipe bursts, falling objects, theft caused by broken glass, and so on.
  • Keep a Home Inventory — Keeping an accurate inventory of your personal belongings will help you recover faster in the event of a loss.
  • Bundle Your Insurance – Save money by combining your vehicle, house, and umbrella policies with one insurer.
  • Choose the Right Deductible – A greater deductible lowers your premium, but you’ll be responsible for more out-of-pocket expenses in the event of an accident. If you have a clean driving record and no accidents, you might choose to take a chance and pay a higher premium. The benefit for taking this risk might be as much as a 40% discount. 
  • Consider Identity Theft — One of the fastest-growing crimes in the United States is identity theft.
  • Read Your Policy – I’m not referring to the 1-2 page Declarations Page that serves solely to demonstrate coverage, but rather the 20-30-page insurance Binder or Policy that provides the specifics of the coverage and exclusions. Nobody enjoys reading insurance policies, so don’t be surprised if you don’t comprehend them.
  • Purchase from a financially stable business — Your insurance coverage is only as good as the firm that backs it up. The insurance firm should be rated “A+” or better.

Insurance is not a product. It is a promise and a trusted relationship. Here at Reichley Insurance Agency, we are not going to sell you something you don’t need. We want to talk to you, determine your needs, and get you covered at the right price. You want to talk to compassionate, honest insurance experts – that’s our team. You shouldn’t have to spend hours researching and comparing policies. Let the specialists at Reichley guide you through the complex insurance industry.

Call today to alleviate the worry and get covered – (937) 429-0655.

 

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How Agents Can Become Partners With Their Clients

For an agency to grow truly sustainable, it is critical to accomplish two things, sell insurance and develop and maintain strong client relationships. It is common for agency to concentrate their efforts on acquiring new customers but neglect building strong relationships with their clients. There is a balance that every agency employee needs to manage in order for the agency to thrive. These are some actions to help agents keep that balance.

Be Transparent

Transparency is critical for developing trust with clients and begins with effective communication. Maintain an open line of communication with your clients. Early on, have direct conversations to discuss and establish expectations. One point to discuss is the price you will charge and the services you will provide. Additionally, you should discuss your security policies and how you intend to safeguard their information. Inform them of your offerings and solicit their feedback on how you can best meet their needs. Engagement letters can be beneficial in this situation. You should outline expectations for both parties in the engagement letter to ensure that you are on the same page from the start.

Be Available

Making time for your clients demonstrates your appreciation for them. This does not mean you should stop everything the moment they contact you. Communicate openly and honestly that you have other clients and obligations but still want to be there for them. Establish effective methods of communication through which your clients can contact you. You should collaborate to determine the most effective method of communication, whether it is via email, a client portal, text message, over the phone, or in person. When they contact you, promptly respond to their questions, concerns, and requests.

Be Dependable

Assure your clients that they can rely on you. Complete your work on time. Be thorough and precise in everything you do. Regardless of the size of the task, give it your all. Communicate any issues or complications to your clients. Additionally, you should communicate plainly that you are in control of the situation.

Remember that communication is critical to developing a trustworthy relationship; speak with your clients to ascertain their top priorities and then incorporate their preferences into your workflow. A little bit of deliberate listening can go a long way toward establishing respect and appreciation.

You want to talk to compassionate, honest insurance experts – that’s our team. You shouldn’t have to spend hours researching and comparing policies. Let the specialists at Reichley guide you through the complex insurance industry.

Call today to alleviate the worry and get covered – (937) 429-0655.

 

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Can The Holidays Bring Added Risk?

Personal Insurance Update

Did you get an ugly tie or sweater last year for Christmas? If this Christmas is a repeat of last year, the good news is that you can probably exchange the gift for something you can actually use. However, many other ugly things can happen during the holidays that you may not be able to take back. While the holiday season is a great time to celebrate with family and friends, it can also lead to fire, theft, and losses that will dampen your holiday spirit.

Now would be a good time to have us review your personal insurance to make sure you understand your coverage, and provide optional coverage for you to consider.

Typical Holiday Mishaps

House fires – Due to increased use of electrical cords, home fires rise during November and December. Make sure you use only UL approved appliances and electrical cords. Do not over-use outlets to string inside or outside lights. If you have a natural tree, keep it watered. Invest in a fire extinguisher, and keep it in the kitchen. The median cost of fire damage due to candles and fireplace claims can be around $9,000.

Theft –Criminals love the holiday season because they know you may have expensive items in your home. Keep your doors locked. Do not place gifts next to windows. It is not necessary to post all your holiday purchases on social media. Criminals love to “like” your posts, and then steal your gifts.

Use of alcohol – Resist the pressure to drink or serve alcohol at every social event. Designate a driver before the party begins. Offer non-alcoholic beverages at your party.

We are committed to providing clients with the highest quality insurance plans available combined with some of the lowest possible rates. Whether you are shopping for auto insurance, home insurance, life or business insurance, we can help you obtain the best coverage available at the lowest rate possible.

While the massive national agencies spend millions on television ads and offer barebones policies, they do not know you. When your needs change or your situation complicates, you don’t want an automated phone tree or cold cyber-agent. You want to talk to compassionate, honest insurance experts – that’s our team. You shouldn’t have to spend hours researching and comparing policies. Let the specialists at Reichley guide you through the complex insurance industry.

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When To Call Your Insurance Agent

We strongly believe in developing relationships with our customers. Insurance is not a product; it is a trusted relationship between the agent, insurer, and customer. We are always ready and willing to help you better understand your insurance and help with any questions you may have.

The Value of Your Local Independent Agent

  • Local independent insurance brokers can tailor your insurance coverage to your specific needs because they work directly with you and the insurance companies.
  • Insurance is what independent insurance agents live, think, and breathe. Because it’s their business, they’ll be able to explain any difficult policies or rate adjustments in a way you can trust. They’ve dealt with a variety of insurance providers throughout the years and are familiar with how each one operates.
  • Because your independent insurance agent is not employed by an insurance business, he or she is referred to as “independent.” They work with a variety of insurance carriers, but they are mostly focused on you!

Good Reasons To Connect With Your Agent

  • If you no longer live in your covered house, please contact us; your policy will need to be revised or amended to reflect this change.
  • If you purchase or receive new valuables such as jewelry, antiques, art, or collectibles, contact your insurance company to ensure you have adequate coverage.
  • You make the decision to work from home (home-based business). A basic business insurance policy might be necessary to protect you and your new venture.
  • You may need to make adjustments to your home insurance coverage if the people who live with you or in your home change. Your auto insurance rates may be affected by changes in your household.
  • Significant renovation or additions to your property will almost certainly necessitate a change in the amount of dwelling coverage on your home insurance policy.
  • Insurance is required for vacation homes, cabins, rental properties, hunting land, and leased property. Please contact us if you are interested in purchasing a new property or making changes to an existing one.

You have any questions about your insurance; please call our office; we are here to help.

There Is No One-Size-Fits-All Insurance Policy

While the massive national agencies spend millions on television ads and offer barebones policies, they do not know you. When your needs change or your situation complicates, you don’t want an automated phone tree or cold cyber-agent. You want to talk to compassionate, honest insurance experts – that’s our team. You shouldn’t have to spend hours researching and comparing policies. Let the specialists at Reichley guide you through the complex insurance industry.

Call today to alleviate the worry and get covered – (937) 429-0655.

 

 

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Are You Being Asked To Be Your Own Agent?

We live in an ever-changing world, and your company’s insurance coverage needs to change with it. You must be able to adjust and update your insurance program regularly to keep your commercial insurance up to date. The insurance sector has produced a number of cutting-edge insurance products that your company may require.

But the issue seems to be; are business owners purchasing their own insurance without the support and advice of an agent? There are not any “standard” insurance solutions for business insurance. It will vary depending on the business you own. There is not one fits all solution to your business insurance risks. Even restaurants are unique enough that it is important to have unique insurance products that address specific needs.

Here Is How We Help And Support Our Clients

These are where we start in the development of an insurance program that addresses your specific needs.

  • We get to know you first.
  • What kind of risk do you have?
  • Are you open to taking more risks?
  • Can you avoid certain risks?
  • What are the financial resources you want to protect?
  • What does your supply chain look like?
  • What are your exposures to loss?
  • We explain the difference between risk transfer and risk avoidance.
  • What is your risk appetite?
  • Do you understand that insurers offer different solutions?

It is not a cookie-cutter approach that works to protect your business. It is imperative that you partner with an agent that can help you identify your risks and create a program that fits your needs. There are some general insurance solutions that many businesses might need, and we have listed these below.  

Common Commercial Insurance Products

When it comes to managing your property, having an agent that understands your risks, the market, and has the skills to build a program that meets your objectives is invaluable. Each policy is unique and subject to your own terms and conditions. 

  • Commercial Property Insurance is recommended whether a company owns or leases its space. In the event of a fire, loss, storm, or theft, this insurance protects your equipment, signage, inventory, and more.
  • Business Interruption Insurance covers the loss of income that a business suffers after a covered loss (fire, windstorm, etc.), while its facility is shut down or in the process of being rebuilt.
  • Tenant’s insurance is needed if a commercial lease requires tenants to carry a certain amount of insurance. A renter’s commercial policy covers damages to improvements you make to your rental space and damages to the building caused by the negligence of your employees.
  • Commercial Liability insurance is necessary for any business, even if it is run from home. If you, your workers, or your products or services cause or are alleged to have caused Bodily Injury or Property Damage to a third party, the policy covers both defense and reparations.
  • Directors and Officers Insurance is needed even if you are a privately held business. Directors and officer’s liability Insurance protects your business, owners, executives, and managers if individuals, competitors, third parties, or government regulators make claims for damages.
  • Commercial Auto Insurance covers The automobiles owned by a business are covered by commercial auto insurance. Vehicles that transport employees, products, or equipment can be protected. You can protect your work cars, SUVs, vans, and trucks from damage and collisions with business auto insurance. If you don’t have company vehicles, but your workers use their own cars for work, you should get non-owned auto liability insurance to protect the firm in the event that the employee doesn’t have insurance or has inadequate coverage.
  • Cyber Liability is a risk that every business has. According to the Insurance Information Institute, businesses have a greater chance of having a cyber breach than they do of having a fire. Most businesses should consider cyber liability insurance, which is designed to cover the costs of investigations, notification, and credit monitoring for affected individuals, regulatory compliance, defending lawsuits, and payment of any resulting judgments or settlements.
  • Faulty Workmanship is a new and unique endorsement that provides a specific limit to protect against claims arising out of faulty workmanship, materials, or products. These claims would otherwise be excluded by the “business risk” exclusions found in every standard ISO Commercial General Liability policy.
  • Equipment Breakdown coverage offers extra protection for electrical, mechanical, or digital equipment used by your business, including heating, cooling, and refrigeration systems; computers and communication equipment; and more. It can pay for the cost to repair or replace the damaged equipment in the case that there is physical damage, as well as cover the cost of service interruption.
  • Debris Removal Insurance covers the cost of removing debris after a fire, flood, windstorm, etc. For example, a fire burns your building to the ground. Before you can start rebuilding, the remains of the old building have to be removed. Your property insurance will cover the costs of rebuilding but not of removing the debris.

Remember, pick an agent first, allow them to educate and inform you of your risks, then together design a business insurance program that works for your business.

 

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Special Coverage For High Net Worth Individuals

Standard insurance products such as home, auto, life, and personal umbrella policies are sufficient for many people to protect their families and assets. However, there is a lot more to think about for high-net-worth individuals. People with a high net worth must approach insurance differently than others do. They should be protecting their resources and assets through insurance rather than just insuring their home or car.

While there are numerous insurance companies to choose from, you want to ensure that you and your net worth are adequately protected. Unfortunately, there aren’t many insurance companies that specialize in and understand the personal insurance needs of wealthy families.

Household staff such as maids, cooks, drivers, nannies, and gardeners are frequently required by wealthy clients. Second homes, boats, and other vehicles may need to be insured. Furthermore, people in the home, including children, may require protection against potential liability exposures as a result of driving, social media use, and lifestyle choices.

Common Coverage For High Net Worth Families

  • Higher liability limits
  • Fine Art insurance
  • Foreign travel insurance
  • Classic car insurance
  • Vacation home insurance
  • Coverage for staff
  • Rental income insurance
  • Yacht Insurance

While the massive national agencies spend millions on television ads and offer barebones policies, they do not know you. When your needs change or your situation complicates, you don’t want an automated phone tree or cold cyber-agent. You want to talk to compassionate, honest insurance experts – that’s our team. You shouldn’t have to spend hours researching and comparing policies. Let the specialists at Reichley guide you through the complex insurance industry.

Call today to alleviate the worry and get covered – (937) 429-0655.

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How We Develop Motivated Professionals

There is no question most agencies are not managed or led by just one person. Usually, there are a number of people who contribute to the company’s success. One of our agency’s guiding principles is that we are a team, a bomber squadron, not individual fighter pilots. While both are needed, we tend to think of ourselves as a group of professionals all with the common goal of serving our clients.

Bomber Squadron Traits

  • Individuals must work together to accomplish a goal
  • If one person slacks on the job, the rest suffer
  • Everyone gets the win when the job is done right

Fighter Pilot Traits

  • Individual focused
  • Risk-taker
  • Reckless

Collaboration and teamwork in business are in the top four skills that determine the success of an employee. Through teamwork, a person can have their voice heard, leading to better ideas and more revenue for a company.

Increased production, creativity, and client satisfaction are the benefits of teamwork. Because teams can solve problems faster due to the range of methods and skillsets, organizations with well-functioning teams generally outperform their competitors.

How We Define Success

  • Did we help someone today?
  • Did we solve a problem?
  • Were we able to educate and inform a prospect or client?
  • Do our clients feel more comfortable?
  • When a group of coworkers get together, bounce ideas off one another, and share feedback with one another, beautiful things in the company can happen, and our clients benefit.

How Does This Benefit Our Clients?

  • Create new ways of looking at insurance issues.
  • Better informed and educated clients.
  • We hold each other accountable, which improves customer satisfaction.
  • The workflow is streamlined, creating more effective communication.
  • People are empowered to make decisions in order to meet the customer’s needs.

We invite you to become part of your team. Insurance is not a product. It is a promise and a trusted relationship. Here at Reichley Insurance Agency, we are not going to sell you something you don’t need. We want to talk to you, determine your needs, and get you covered at the right price. Our team is ready to educate and serve you.

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Why Insurance Is Not A Product

We use phrases like “people before policies,” “listen to your needs,” and “Your dedicated team of experts.” These words have meaning to our entire team and are carried out in every conversation with our clients.
Here are some of the valued added services every agent should be providing:

Claims – When you have a claim, we will help you through the process, connect with adjusters, and work to settle the claim. We help you to set expectations and communicate regularly with you.

Options – We do not sell you a policy. We provide options and help you buy the right coverage for you. We show you the different kinds of coverage you might need; if we do recommend insurance, then we take the complexity and uncertainty out of the process and make sure you have the right policy to fit your budget.

Education – Our goal is to educate you so you can make informed decisions. The more you know, the better decisions you will make. It gives you better value out of your insurance.
Stay Connected – We stay in touch with you during the year. We make sure your program changes as your needs do. This assures you that you have the coverage you need.

Service – When you call your agent, you want a PERSON who knows and understands your needs. Our team lives and works in the community. We will even come to you to meet with you. You get a better insurance program and more value for every dollar spent.

Qualified – Your agent should have more than five years’ experience. You deserve an experienced professional who is committed to their craft. As a result, you get a better-designed program.

At Reichley Insurance, our employees are committed to developing ongoing communication with our clients and striving to exceed your expectations. You are not buying a product; you are managing your risk. Remember, insurance is not a product; it’s a promise and a trusted relationship.

Here Is Our Secret to Getting Our Clients The Best Possible Combination of Coverage, Price and Service.

light bulbThere is nothing wrong with wanting competitively priced insurance for your home or business. The issues seem to arise when an insurance consumer takes the low-cost insurance without regard to coverage, their risk, or services offered. We have found a way to help our clients get the best of both worlds; we call it CPS (coverage, price, and service).

Coverage– your policy needs to be designed to give you the insurance you need.

Price– We will work with our insurers to get you a policy you can afford with the coverage you need. We believe in value, not just low prices. We make sure you get all the credits you deserve. We will re-run your credit score as needed.

Service– Insurance is evaluated in the service you receive during the year and after a claim has been reported.

Here are the keys to getting the best possible combination of coverage price and service.

Relationships matter. Relationships still matter and always will. For all its regulations, calculations, and machinations, insurance still requires a personal touch. An agent must have a good relationship with the insurers it represents to get the best level of service, which is passed on to the customer. The agent’s relationship with the customer is important in order for the customer to receive the service they desire.

Communication. We listen to our clients, allowing us to better understand their needs and design an insurance program that meets their needs. We take the time to educate our clients on the different types of insurance, eliminating insurance that is not needed, and saving money.

Be an Invaluable Resource.  We help you understand risks you may not have known about and create insurance solutions that will cover a potentially un-insured claim.

Authenticity. By maintaining an open and honest relationship with our clients allows us to show our value and the importance of building trust. We are able to speak freely about the coverage you need and the coverage you may not need.

You are buying a process of how we work with you to provide the coverage you need.