Across industries, businesses are implementing social media engagement strategies for customer service, advertising campaigns, PR and crisis communications, influencer programs and more.
I was recently talking to a few colleagues about how insurance companies can effectively converse in social media. Knowing this information could be useful to many and in the spirit of social media engagement, I reached out to experts in the social media and insurance category to answer this question:
How does conversing in social media help insurance companies?
insurance company is no different than any other business listening and
engaging in social media/community. Insurance companies are looking
for what is being said about them and where they can immediately engage
in relevant conversations. There are a lot of guidelines and regulations
insurance companies must think through before engaging. Having more red
tape does not necessarily mean engaging is more difficult. In fact, I
think it is easier because the sandbox of engagement and relevant
mentions are so clearly defined. Conversing on social media is about
listening to the community, identifying trending topics and answering
their needs, challenges and desires. It is now the responsibility of
these companies to define the expectations of response and gradually
become a trusted online participant." -- Lauren Vargas
-- "[Conversing in social media] helps insurance companies 1) listen to their community 2) share tips and lower risk 3) puts their brand front of mind." - Brian Blatnicki
-- "Interesting that you are using the term 'conversing' as opposed to
something more formal like "creating a social media strategy" or
developing a "social media campaign". But I think it makes for a good
jumping off point.
"Insurance is such a highly regulated business that
there is a lot of concern for making improper statements or disclosing
financial information. But I think that by developing the art of
conversation with clients and prospects insurance companies can gain
market and customer intelligence which can be a very valuable commodity.
"The other obvious place to do this is in customer
service, customer care and solving problems publicly. By responding
publicly to customer needs, insurance companies can demonstrate to their
customers and prospects the level of care and attention they bring at
key moments. This is also conversation and conversation that can build
loyalists and community.
"I'd be interested to see how insurance companies
responded during #sandy on social media. They could create local pages on Facebook so that people could reach out to
them directly and give them a sense that there was local concern versus calling an 800 number.
"People only really think about insurance at the
moment they need it, otherwise it's pretty boring. The key is to create
the opportunity for conversation at these, albeit difficult, moments.
And then carry them forward into deeper discussion. If you can build loyalists during a situation where
conversation is needed and then maintain the conversation it becomes
valuable for insurance companies as your loyalists can then help
advocate and spread your message.
"Other than that the other opportunities for insurance companies with social conversation is to use the Interest
Graph - the things that their customers are interested in OTHER than
boring old insurance to build conversation and connection."-- Dan Weingrod
"Gives them a better understanding of what services clients value, therefore allowing them to adjust their rates accordingly. [From an engagement perspecirive,] it a) relieves client apprehension around an intimidating topic or b) humanizes a brand in a traditionally unhuman industry." - Jason Cassidy
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