Business of Insurance Podcast

Business of Insurance Podcast

Insurance conversations about what it is like to work in the industry. We talk with professionals who work in all aspects of the industry from direct writers to excess and surplus lines brokers and everyone in-between. If you want to learn more about the insurance industry, The Business of Insurance is the place to start.

Episodes

April 25, 2022 10 min

Today’s episode is one of several episodes about how to get started in the insurance business. I’m not talking about becoming an agent, I’m talking to those of you that are thinking about starting an agency, an insurance company, or an an insuretech business. There’s a lot more to hanging a shingle that says you are open. As part of the planning process for starting a business there are some concepts to consider, these are about yo...

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WHY DO BUSINESSES FAIL?

EP 66 - In this episode, we are talking about the top 10 reaosns businesses fail and what you can do to keep your business from failing.

This episode is one of several episodes about how to get started in the insurance business. I’m not talking about becoming an agent, I’m talking to those of you that are thinking about starting an agency, an insurance company, or an an insuretech business.

These are real is...

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March 7, 2022 14 min
SET UP YOUR BUSINESS PROPERLY

EP 65 - Today’s episode is one of several episodes about how to get started in business.

Some of you might be working for someone now and thinking about going off on your own and some of you might just be entering the industry and doing so as an independent. If you are in either of these two categories or if you are someone that works with agents that are working independently, this episode is for you....

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February 27, 2022 20 min

SMALL THINGS MAKE A BIG DIFFERENCE

EP 64 - Todays episode was inspired by a recent CE class on Ethics. There were many great ideas shared, in a boring ethics class, but the tips I'm sharing today were from the discussion. 

There was actually a list of 50 risk management tips and I've taken 10 of them and offered my thoughts on them from my own experience in the industry.

States didn't always require ethics, it's onl...

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February 14, 2022 11 min

THERE IS MORE TO THIS INDUSTRY THAN MAKING MONEY

EP 63 - Like teachers, social workers and doctors and nurses, you have the power to make a difference.

This episode provides three examples of how people have benefited from having a solid insurance policy and an agent that will works for them. It also talks about a few situations where agents need to do a little more to protect the people they serve.

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February 7, 2022 18 min

STAYING FOCUSED ON A MONITOR FOR 8 HOURS

EP 62 - This episode is about getting CE credits

As a CIC, we are required to do annual updates and the classes are usually a deep dive into a topic that you won’t find elsewhere. I’ve done updates every year since 1992. In 2012 I did an update and received a certificate that I had been a CIC for 20 years. To my surprise that meant that I only had to do my CIC update every other year now, in...

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January 31, 2022 21 min

HOW TO PREP FOR YOUR FIRST NETWORKING EVENT

EP 61 - IF YOU ARE NEW TO NETWORKING, THIS EPISODE IS FOR YOU.

My name is Debbie DeChambeau, I’m your host, I’m an entrepreneur, business advisor, insurance professional  and content creator. I want to inspire you to think differently and explore ideas that disrupt the status quo. 

When I’m not helping individuals with insurance, I facilitate business development groups. Before COVID, the...

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January 23, 2022 22 min

WHAT MARKETING TACTICS WERE EFFECTIVE IN 2021

EP - 60  When I first started this podcast, my plan was to focus on how amazing a career in this industry is. My business at the time was marketing, I helped companies attract new business. My goal was to work with insurance professionals and help them with marketing.

Then, my mom got sick and I realized that it was time for me to get back into the insurance business. Ive been licensed ...

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June 22, 2021 19 min

CONTRACTS - DO YOU KNOW WHAT YOU ARE SIGNING?

Do you know how it could impact your career?

EP - 59 For this author, contracts are a sensitive topic. Almost a hot button.

My major in college was law enforcement….I was facinated by reading case law, often which is developed because of contracts.

As a Certified Insurance Counselor, that’s 90% of the training….what does the insurance contract say and how does it relate to what we as th...

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June 13, 2021 17 min
EP 58 - A Business Needs Prospects To Grow 

What is the best way to find them? Is there a magic formula? That’s what we’ll be exploring in this episode of The Business of Insurance Podcast.

If you are responsible for business development in your firm, then this episode is for you.

In many of the insurance groups that I’m in, the one topic I see the most discussion around is marketing. It’s one of those aspects of being in business ...

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June 6, 2021 17 min
EP 57 Continuing Education for Insurance Professionals.

I know, it’s a boring topic, but I hope to get you thinking outside the box today. Many of you listening might already be doing this, but let’s get more people heading this direction.

Welcome to another episode of the Business of insurance podcast

My name is Debbie DeChambeau, I’m the host of this podcast, I’m an entrepreneurer, business advisor, insurance professional  and co...

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January 6, 2021 13 min
EP 56 - Are You Leveraging The Mailbox For Marketing?

Are you taking advantage of snail mail to stand out? Birthday cards, holiday cards, postcards and even newsletters can be sent through the mail and have a big impact on your marketing efforts.

Here’s an overview of what we discuss in this podcast episode.

Holiday Cards

There are many types of cards that you can send. If you want to stand out, consider these types of cards

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    EP 55 I PASSED MY EXAM NOW WHAT? Life and Health

    This is the second part of our series on career opportunities in the insurance industry.  The focus is on the opportunities available to you as a life and health insurance agent.

    If you passed your property and casualty exam, be sure to listen to episode 54 where I talk about some of your options with that license.

    Life and health are completely different industries inside of the ins...

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    August 24, 2020 25 min
    EP 54 - I PASSED MY EXAM NOW WHAT?  Property & Casualty

    The topic in this episode is a suggestion from one of the apple podcast reviews (iTunes). I’ve also heard from people that are just studying for their test, so I thought I’d create an episode to give you some ideas for your next steps.

    Even if you have been in the industry for a while, you might listen as a refresher or share with someone you are mentoring. 

    If you are in ...

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    July 2, 2020 19 min
    EP 53 - AUTOMATING YOUR SYSTEMS

    This is the last episode in our email marketing series. If you haven’t listened to the others, I’d encourage you to start with episode 47 for the email marketing series and if you want to learn a little more about marketing, listen to episodes 44 and 45.

    The topic today is a little more advanced. With the exception of the concept around birthdays or anniversaries, I would not suggest you introduce th...

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    EP 52 -  Collecting Email Addresses to GrowYour List

    This is the second to last episode in our email marketing series. If you haven’t listened to the others, I’d encourage you to start with episode 47 for the email marketing series and if you want to learn a little more about marketing, listen to episodes 44 and 45.

  • In episode 47 we talked about list segmentation which is about managing your list, but it’s important to always be gr...
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    June 11, 2020 15 min
    EP 51 -  PULLING IT ALL TOGETHER

    If this is your first joining us, welcome. If you are interested in marketing and specifically email marketing, I encourage you to check out episodes 45-now where we’ve talked about creating a marketing foundation, segmenting your list, metrics creating content and today we are going to talk about email campaigns.  

    I’ve used the term email campaigns in several episodes and said I'd would explai...

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    EP 50 - WHAT TO WRITE ABOUT

    This episode is for those of you who are business owners, marketing and sales.  

    This is the continuation of the series that started with episode 45 on marketing.  This episode takes a deeper dive into email marketing, specifically about creating content. 

    What will you write about?

    It’s one of the most asked questions 

    If you are just getting started, have  your staff go through their outbox and write d...

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    June 1, 2020 12 min
    EP 49 - Marketing is about Measuring.

    When it comes to email marketing, there are several metrics you can measure to determine how well your campaign did.

    It’s important to set goals for these metrics which will help you track the progress of your campaigns as well.

    If you are someone that has sent email campaigns in the past, this is something you want to look at for prior campaigns and future campaigns and for those of you that h...

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    EP 48 - WHAT ESP SHOULD YOU USE?

    This is the continuation of the series that started with episode 45 on marketing. Today we are talking about your ESP - your email service provider. 

    Maybe you have one that you already love but the question is, are you utilizing it to the best that you can. Maybe it’s time to take a refresher course with them. Maybe it’s time to upgrade to another platform. 

    I’m not going to tell you which platform...

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