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Episode Info: Subscribe to Modern Marketing Engine Apple Podcasts |Stitcher |Google Play | Google Podcasts In his 27 years of marketing experience, Steven Handmaker has seen the industry evolve tremendously. Over the years, marketing has become equal parts creative and data science melded together, connecting the dots to help increase sales. Steven has been on the marketing team at Assurance since 2004 and on this episode, he shares with Bernie Borges how marketing has evolved in his time there. Assurance is a B2B commercial insurance brokerage managing over 6,000 clients for all things insurance, to include property and casualty, employee benefits, life insurance, worker’s compensation, etc. Steven was the first full-time marketing person on staff and has worked to build the brand of not only the company but also the individual brokers. Listen as he shares how Assurance has evolved from the days of cold calling into the world of digital sales in an industry that has been around since the 19th century. Get the Vengreso State of Digital Selling with LinkedIn 2019 report to learn how sales professionals stack up on requisite modern selling skills. You’ll also hear from 15 executives with their insights and key recommendations. You’ll also learn how you can arrange to get your own custom digital selling benchmark for your sales team. Just go tostateofdigitalselling.com. Why Building A Brand Is The First Priority Of Marketing When Steven first started at Assurance, his initial focus was to build the brand of the company. Their goal was to be the “Google” of insurance in workplace morale and environment. They wanted to attract the top brokers, to their company and in Steven’s opinion, they’ve succeeded.  After building the Assurance brand, the marketing focus shifted toward its online presence. Steven realized that while Assurance needed a strong brand, so too did its brokers. The modern buyer does their research prior to interacting with a company, so their brokers need to be prepared to enter into conversations with potential clients at any point in their journey. Building the individual brands of their brokers became the new focus to widen the Assurance net of influence. How Social Platforms Affect Marketing Strategy To build their broker’s individual brands, Steven and the marketing department focused on building professional, branded social profiles. They recognized that the buyer was interested in what their brokers were sharing online both on their personal and professional profiles. They encourage their client-facing employees to share valuable content on their branded social profiles to establish their expert status in the industry.  Once their client-facing employees’ profiles were established, Steven’s team turned toward the entire company workforce. Assurance encourages every employee to brand their profile and share information about the company and the industry, expanding the online presence of Assurance. By using the digital ...
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