New technology often comes and goes, but some stay for decades. The humble SMS is an excellent example of this. Even with email, social media, and several chat apps gaining popularity today, SMS still play a vital role in everyday business, including marketing and advertising.
In fact, SMS technology forms an unmissable part of many insurance agency’s efforts to keep their customers informed of new and exciting products. Your agency can excel in customer service and beat the competition by employing SMS integration in your insurance agency management system.
Discover how SMS integration can transform your business and streamline any communication process.
What is SMS Integration?
SMS integration refers to the process of linking a third-party SMS app to your management system. This means you can incorporate an all-encompassing text message service into your existing workflow. SMS is a powerful tool adopted by more and more agencies globally. It helps enhance operations and strengthens communication between the agency and the customer.
The Benefits of SMS Integration
The primary advantage of SMS technology is instant communication. Emails and phone calls often get delayed for various reasons, but SMS are delivered and read almost immediately.
Many insurance agencies use SMS to update clients on important events or warn them of adverse weather conditions. For instance, if the weather service forecasts a hailstorm, an agency would send out an SMS alert to its customers to get their cars under cover. Customers need this information in real-time before the first hailstone hits. Therefore, using this technology results in excellent customer service and fewer claims.
Enhanced Customer Engagement
SMS messaging is far more personal than posting a notification on social media or adding a banner to a website. It is a personalized and proactive way to reach and engage with customers and potential customers. By integrating SMS with your management system, you can send automated appointment reminders and policy updates weekly, monthly, quarterly, and annually.
You can also use SMS to send birthday messages to your customers. Some insurance agencies take this technology to another level by sending birthday wishes for insured pets. They also use it to check in after a pet has been to the vet to ensure everything went off without a hitch.
All these strategies show how versatile SMS technology is. It allows you to communicate with your customers on a human level and not only when you want them to buy something.
Efficient Claims Process
As you would have experienced before, some insurance claims can take a lot of your agents’ time. Often, it results in back-and-forth emailing, which causes delays because one or both parties don’t check their emails every hour.
SMS integration simplifies this process by allowing customers to send a claim via text message. Claims adjusters can respond, request additional information when needed, and send status updates. Doing this helps speed up the claims process and reduces the admin burden on staff.
Payment Reminders and Collections
Collecting premiums on time and sending payment reminders is a critical part of insurance agency management. This is also why management systems often include the functionality to automate this process. By integrating SMS technology with your management system, you can send automated payment reminders on a selected date.
You can also include a secure payment link, which means customers can pay immediately upon receiving the SMS. It will help you increase on-time payments and reduce the risk of policy lapses.
The JenesisNow Advantage
The JenesisNow insurance agency management system is a major player in the insurance software arena. We offer a comprehensive solution to streamline each agency department’s functions. The system can fully integrate with valuable third-party apps, including those for SMS.
In addition to SMS, Jenesis offers seamless email integration. This means you can manage all communication channels within the same software system. You can follow up SMS messages with emails and save all feedback on one platform.
Through JenesisNow, agents can also save time by using templates for text messages and emails. Templates saved on the platform can also be viewed by all agents so everyone on the team can improve productivity.
JenesisSoftware’s web-based management system is designed to help insurance agencies manage their administration and deliver superior customer service. You can use our system to advertise to potential customers, save policy information, and connect with existing customers.
Furthermore, Jenesis offers cloud-based technology, which provides several advantages, including scalability, data security, and remote accessibility. You can also use the system to integrate CRM software and marketing automation tools to simplify each customer process.
We understand the importance of investing in a system that works, even when you’re not at work. Therefore, we’ve ensured to incorporate a FAQ section on our website and an open support line, should you run into a challenge with your management system.
Running a successful agency requires making use of available modern technologies. It also requires innovation and efficiency. SMS integration (and other app integration) is a game-changer for the insurance industry. With the help of JenesisNow, you can harness the full potential of SMS integration to transform your agency’s operations.
Contact us today for more information on SMS integration, or request a demo.