The insurance agent shakes hands with the potential client, sits down, smiles and says, "I
have a product here that I believe to be the best life insurance package I have ever seen.
In all of my years in the insurance business, I have never been so impressed with a
product. I'd like to tell you all about it."
The salesman knows the ins and outs of his offering and no one who listened in on his
sales pitch could doubt his love and support of the insurance product for even a split-
second. What happens when he concludes his impassioned pitch? More often than not,
nothing happens. No policy is written. No sale is made.
In the office across the street, an agent meets with a potential client. After pleasantries are
exchanged, he asks "So, what do you want from all of this? What are the things you'd like
life insurance to accomplish for you? He listens attentively to the prospect's answers,
asking follow-up questions for clarification and to elicit more information to help him
understand the prospect's needs and
As the conversation progresses, the
agent gets to know his potential client
better. He is able to establish a rapport
with the person and can determine
what might be appealing. The agent,
who has been noting fact after fact
during the interview, is able to then
explain exactly what can be done to
best meet the needs of the prospect.
Yes, he pitches his life insurance
product, but he does so based upon
the expressed interests and concerns
of the potential client. What happens
when he finishes? More often than not,
a new policy is written. A sale is made
and agent will find himself with yet
These two examples reveal the power
of using a "question and answer"
(Q&A) approach to selling life insurance. Those who sell life insurance using methods rich
in listening and questioning invariably outperform agents whose focus in on their own
opinions and expertise. In addition to helping to establish great agent-client rapport, Q&A
tactics are a powerful strategy for selling life insurance for two reasons.
Initially, it keeps the focus on the one thing that must always be front and centre in any
sales situation: the buyer. Instead of creating a product focus, the Q&A methods allow
those selling life insurance to keep the meeting's attention directed to the buyer. People,
by nature, consider themselves and their interests of paramount importance. This method
allows the insurance agent to make sure the meeting unfolds in a manner that will interest
and motivate a potential buyer.
Secondly, the technique provides the seller with a great deal of valuable information.
Those selling life insurance with Q&A techniques find themselves armed with client-
specific responses to frequent purchase objections. They are also able to better explain
the policy, its advantages and benefits in ways that are meaningful to the prospective
client. An insurance agent can also make sure they are offering a product that truly meets
the unique needs of the prospect.
Even the most well delivered product-centred sales pitch can fall on deaf ears. Prospects
long to be at the forefront and are far more likely to be motivated to purchase life insurance
if the agent focuses attention on their specific needs. Methods that make use of significant
Q&A to sell life insurance put clients on centre stage and motivate them to purchase
"Features tell, but benefits sell."
The top marketers know "Benefits" tap into emotions
and ultimately motivate people into action
Features, Advantages and Benefits
It's helpful to think of your product as made up of three distinct parts:
A feature is what a product is or does
Example: “This car has ultrasonic sensors fitted to each bumper and electronic power-
A benefit is what it will do
for your customer
Example: “It can help you
park in tight spaces without
risk of damage”.
You can either take a Whole of Life policy or a Term policy [both FEATURES].
Please do not confuse a Term Policy with Term Assurance!
And it's been a golden rule of business since the 1920's that features don't sell, benefits
Apply it to your sales pitches, presentations and conversations, and to your marketing
brochures, letters and adverts.
The more you communicate how your business can help solve your customer's problems
or needs, the more you show benefits, the better your sales will be.
Your customers might want to know features, so that they can see what's included in the
price, but it's the benefits that actually sell your product or service.
Develop every product feature into a tangible benefit, an end result that satisfies a
customer problem or need.
Features are merely descriptions of
what you do or what you offer.
For example, a feature is a diamond-
tipped 10mm drill bit...
... the advantage is "it makes holes in seconds."
BUT the benefit is that it saves you TIME.
NOTE: It is only a benefit if you are a Handy-man
A feature might be "in-dash GPS", but the benefit is "never ask for directions again."
The benefit of sheets woven with
“600 thread count 100% Cotton
Satten" is "sleep in the softest sheets
ever made -- and never feel those
sheet bumps again."
Let's take another example of a
feature and walk through the exact
steps to convert 'em into a benefit...
You may be familiar with ClickBank.com -- they're a "digital products retailer." A "digital
products retailer" describes ClickBank.com... and that's a "Feature."
When we describe what a "Feature" does... how it functions... we call it an "Advantage."
"Advantages", like "Features" are often confused with "Benefits."
Think of "Advantages" as a word bridge between a "Feature" and its "Benefit."
For example, one advantage of ClickBank is it allows e-book publishers to instantly tap
into a network of over 100,000 affiliates for less than 50 bucks.
A "Benefit" eliminates all of the guesswork. A "Benefit" states the, "What's in it for me"
inspired by your "Advantage." And in this example, the "Benefit" of ClickBank.com's
"Advantage" is it lets you rapidly test an affiliate program cheaper than paying an
expensive programmer to create your own from scratch.
So let's review:
Clickbank.com is a "digital products retailer." That's a "Feature" of their service.
Their "Advantage" is instant access to over 100,000 affiliates for less than 50 bucks.
And the "Benefit" of this "Advantage" is e-book publisher vendors get access to fast and
easy solutions to launch an affiliate program without having to pay an expensive
programmer to create one from scratch.
So what? WIIFM? The Advantage Trap
Put yourself in your customer's shoes and ask 'What's In It For Me?' (WIIFM?).
So what if the laptop you're trying to sell me has an 867MHz processor, 256MB memory, a
38 cm display and built in Bluetooth?
What's In It For Me?
And don't fall into the common trap of merely developing your features into advantages –
how a product or service MIGHT be used or MIGHT help a prospective customer, or how it
compares with your competitors.
What does it mean for the customer?
What will he or she be able to do as a result?
Benefits are only really benefits if they deal directly with a customer need.
Take a new mover with the feature: 'Power driven
Quantum 15 horse-power engine'.
'It's the quickest mower on the market' isn't a
benefit – it's an advantage.
The benefit is that you can mow your lawn in
half the time, allowing you more time to enjoy
So don't fall into the trap of getting over-
enthusiastic about your product and its new, unique
and revolutionary features.
Don't focus on the bells and whistles.
All your buyer cares about is WIIFM?
However, all this will be lost on a person who has no lawn to mow – KNOW your
Think FAB – Features, Advantages, Benefits
The secret of coming up with genuine benefits is to be customer-oriented. The benefit you
give is much more powerful if it fits a specific, explicit customer need.
Review your existing sales and marketing literature, and rethink your sales pitches. How
can you turn features and advantages into benefits? The following are some magazine
ads. Look at how ads (3) and (4) give tangible benefits, whilst (1) and (2) just give features
and advantages –
(1) Magazine ad for O2
Video Media Messaging/ Games/ Downloads/
Music/ Sport/ Entertainment [ALL
FEATURES] Get into O2 Active.
(2) Newspaper ad for Philips 'Philishave'
Each of the three rotary-action shaving heads has 90 omni-
directional slots [FEATURE] to catch all the hairs, irrespective
of length and angle to the skin [ADVANTAGE].
The shaving heads also float independently to ensure they
follow every contour of your face [ADVANTAGE].
The double action cutters [FEATURE] lift each hair to achieve
a closer shave [ADVANTAGE] and there is also a pop-out
trimmer for sideburns [FEATURE].
(3) Magazine ad for Mercedes-Benz
SBC is the world's first brake-by-
wire system [FEATURE].
When it's raining, SBC even
helps keep the brake discs dry by
clearing water from the surface of
the disc [FEATURE].
All measures which combine to
reduce your stopping distance by
more than 3% [ADVANTAGE]. . . SBC: only a split second quicker than normal braking.
But then accidents can happen in a split second [BENEFIT].
(4) Magazine ad for Lady Protector
The Lady Protector+ is the only women's razor
with wire wrapped blades [FEATURE] to protect
you from nicks and cuts [ADVANTAGE].
So it doesn't matter how speedily you whiz
down a leg or zoom around an ankle
It always leaves you racetrack smooth.
Neil Rackham, author of SPIN Selling, argues that the higher the value of the sale, the less
effective advantages become, and the more effective benefits become.
The more you relate your message to an explicit customer need (e.g. Avoid accidents,
Shave as quickly as you want without mistakes) the better.
How do you get to your customer's needs?
Ask questions: probe the effects, consequences and implications of your customer's
What benefits are they looking for?
Do what we what we should do – get close to your customers.
The deeper and more personalised the benefit you can use to appeal to your customer,
the more powerful your sales pitch.
John Forde of the Copywriter's Roundtable explains
'When a local gym selling memberships talks about the equipment they have upstairs,
that's a list of features
When they tell you how that equipment can get you slimmer and stronger than equipment
they have at other gyms, that's a translation from feature to advantage to benefit.
But when they start flashing you photos of lithe-looking members in gym gear... chatting
confidently... flashing big smiles and toned flesh...show medical reports on lower blood-
pressure and cholesterol well...
That's approaching the deeper benefits.'
The more benefits and deeper benefits you can stack up in favour of your product, the
more chance you have of your sales pitch outweighing the price the customer has to pay.
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Life insurance is a valuable financial tool because of the many benefits a life cover policy
offers beyond a death benefit. Depending on which policy you choose, living benefits can
be added to life insurance, which can be used in a variety of ways.
Life insurance is the only investment option that offers specific products tailor made for
different life stages. It thus ensures that the benefits offered to the client reflect the needs
of the client at that particular life stage, and hence ensures that the financial goals of that
life stage are met.
The table below gives a general guide to the plans that are appropriate for different life
Life Stage Primary Need Life Insurance Product
Young & Single Asset creation Wealth creation plans
Young & Just Wealth creation and mortgage
Asset creation & protection
married protection plans
Children's education, Asset Education insurance, mortgage
Married with kids
creation and protection protection & wealth creation plans
Middle aged with Planning for retirement & asset Retirement solutions & mortgage
grown up kids protection protection
Across all life-
Health plans Health Insurance
Our product, LifePlan Plus is available as a term or whole of life Policy [FEATURE].
LifePlan Plus term insurance allows you to select the term based on your age and need
[ADVANTAGE]. You will also receive a generous maturity value at the end of the term.
[ADVANTAGE]. This maturity value is tax-free in your hands [BENEFIT] and you can now
use this capital as extra retirement funding [BENEFIT].
What do you think are the Features, Advantages and Benefits of the whole life option?
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Our savings product, Cash Plan Plus, allows you to make “cash withdrawals” from the sixth policy year.
Cash Plan Plus is extremely flexible. You decide how much you need and when you need it.
With our product, you can save up to 40% in premiums in the 1 year of your policy.
What are the FAB‟s of the above?
Use the table below to plot the Features, Advantages and Benefits.
FEATURES ADVANTAGES BENEFITS
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To be successful, and to help you convert features into more powerful benefits one may
• What's in it for my prospect?
• This [product or service] helps my prospect [Benefit goes here]
• What this means to my prospect is [Benefit goes here]
• [Feature] so that [Benefit]
For example, this knife set is razor sharp... so that I can paper slice even squishy
So, before attempting to sell anything new or
old for that matter, do this simple exercise.
Fold a sheet of paper as you would a letter
into three sections.
In the first column, list the half-dozen major
features of your offering.
In the second column, list several advantages
for each feature.
And in the third column, list the possible
benefits of each advantage for the different
types of prospects you plan to call on.
No matter what you're offering, your presentations will flow naturally and logically across
the page, making it easier for prospects to justify buying.
Benefits sell products. They are derived not from the product, but from the customer’s
environment and mind set which may change at any given moment.
Now you're armed …
The features are what good things the product offers,
Advantages are what this product provides that has an edge over the competition.
The benefits would be what the consumer will be able to do
or what they will get from buying this particular product.
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Finally and for further success the “M” in FAB
Now that you understand FAB marketing – Features, Advantages and Benefits.
We need to look at the M - motives
FEATURES – Are what your products and services have
ADVANTAGES - Are what your features do
BENEFITS – What the features mean to the buyer
Pretty straight forward, but they are mainly LOGICIAL stuff to enable the sale. Remember
that sales are made mainly through emotion and are BACKED UP with logic.
So we need to remember to also add MOTIVES to the mix.
MOTIVES - are what the features and benefits will satisfy with the buyer.
What feeling will it give them?
What are the emotions associated with your prospects and clients having your products
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You need to include these in your selling efforts.
So let‟s look at a quick example:
“Sean, this baby car seat has a dual locking system on
each of the straps…”
“The advantage of this system is that it will take you a
double click to fasten it or to release it instead of just one
click on most models…”
“That means that Holly will be secure in her seat and if
she manages to prize open one of the locks then there is
still the back-up of the other one…”
“Sean, you‟ll have the peace of mind of the safest car seat on the market and also the
fact that Holly will not be able to open the straps and harness herself”
Get the picture!
Remember, FAB is awesome, but FABM is even better!
Buying life insurance is unlike any other product you buy. When you
pay your premiums, you're buying the future, financial security for your
dependants and loved ones, which only life insurance can provide.
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Understanding What Motivates People to Take Action
So I wanted to buy a car. It was a tough choice but I decided that my next new car would
be a Volvo. So I drove down to a local dealer and told him I wanted to take a look at a few
Volvos and could he help. "Of course" he replied.
After viewing a few of the cars I decided
to test drive one of them. As I drove
around the salesman went on about how
great this car is and how customers don't
complain about the car and how they
love their Volvos. I then asked him to be
more specific about what customers like
about their Volvo. He seemed to
hesitate. It quickly became obvious no
one had ever asked him to be specific.
He said, "Well you know, people like the
way it drives and how it looks." He
rambled on but never got into specifics.
After a few test drives and more "oohs
and ahs" about how great it would be to
own a Volvo I thanked him and left
without buying a car. I just wasn't sure
and wanted to think some more.
About a week or so later I decided to go
back and test-drive some Volvos again.
This time I went to a different dealership
hoping to get another “flavour” before
making up my mind.
The salesman that greeted me was a
polite and unassuming individual. We'll call him Jack. Jack asked me simple questions
about what I was looking for in a car. I also told him that I had test driven a few Volvos but
was unsure of whether to buy or not.
Jack listened and nodded his head and said, "Alright. Let's begin with the model you like
the most." I said, "Sure."
We got into the car and I was ready to start the car when Jack asked me to wait a minute.
Jack then went on to explain the features of the car. By the time he was done I understood
what every button on the panels, dashboard and doors could do. Then Jack explained how
many of these features would make my drive more comfortable.
It became quickly apparent that Jack understood how to sell benefits, not features.
When we finally started driving, Jack began to go into the history of the Volvo; origin,
model transitions and improvements and on and on. It was like listening to a Volvo
documentary...with me in it!
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When we finished driving, Jack stepped me around the car to explain some of the hidden
Volvo is known for being one of the
safest cars in the world. And after
Jack's mini-tour around the vehicle I
Needless to say, within an hour I was
sitting down in his office finalizing the
paperwork to purchase my first Volvo.
I gleaned a couple lessons from this
experience that I want to share with
First, Jack wasn't a 'slick' salesman. He
was an average guy with a very
modest demeanour. Most people have
it in their heads that to be a great
salesperson you have to be a fast and
smooth talker. Wrong. Who would you
trust more? A fast talking salesperson
like the first with slick answers and no
depth or someone like Jack who
answers all your questions with details
Second, people don't want to be sold,
they want to be convinced. Jack understood that giving me a lot of information would go a
long way in helping me decide as to whether I wanted to buy or not. Having enough
information allowed me, or better yet, convinced me to make a decision.
I didn't buy from the first dealership because I didn't have enough information to make an
informed decision. All I had were the opinions of other people who had driven the car from
a salesman I didn't personally know.
Testimonials are great, but unless I know the person behind the testimonials it mean very
little to me.
More often than not, people reject proposals or making a buying decision because
somewhere in the sales process their concerns weren't addressed. They still have
lingering doubts about whether it is the right choice for them.
Jack's approach reminded me of an adage I keep in mind when trying to understand the
link between motivation and action:
"An uninformed mind is a confused mind.
And a confused mind will NEVER make a decision."
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In a hyper-capitalist society where we are inundated and bombard with new technology
and features, our minds often times can't keep up. The job of a salesperson is to explain
the new advances, but more importantly how they benefit the buyer. Whether selling or
just trying to convince others, what motivates people into action is 1) knowledge and 2)
that it is in their best interest.
Think about it for a second. When you know 'how to' do something, you rarely hesitate in
getting it done. When you know that it will benefit you personally, you will act!
A final note: If you're in management, keep this is mind when someone doesn't buy into
your approach, strategy or way of thinking. Maybe the reason they don't has less to do
with your ideas, and more to do with them not having enough information to make an
informed decision OR how it will benefit them in the long run.
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Sales Done Right
The other day our washing machine broke down. Bad news. My wife was frustrated and
decided there and then that we would get a new one. For those of you not married, let me
simply say that when you‟re wife isn‟t happy, life in the household isn‟t good. So off we
went to buy a new washing machine at the local Lowe‟s.
Entering the store we immediately went straight to the back where all the appliances
were. There, standing near the washers was your typical Lowe‟s employee wearing the
customary blue and red vest that distinguishes them from the ordinary shopper. I'll call
As my wife and I approached, we began explaining the situation. He said, “Give me a
minute I‟ll be right back.”
My wife and I continued to browse for a bit. I was eyeing the less expensive washing
machines while my wife was eyeing the very expensive electronic machines. It quickly
became evident that I would have no say in this matter.
Bob returned, looked dead at me and said, “What type of washing machine are you
I replied sarcastically, “It doesn‟t matter what I want. Talk to my boss (aka My Wife)".
Bob was quick to respond, “Sir, by that response I can tell you're a smart man.” (What a
suck up statement...I knew I was in trouble :-)
He then directed all his attention to my wife and began asking her a series of questions. It
didn‟t take Bob more than a few minutes to sum up what he thought would be the best
choice for my wife...the expensive choice I might add!
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Bob said, “Well, this machine right here is my best seller. Compared to the other machines
it uses 53 litres of water, while the other use 151 litres on average for a basic wash. Which
means that you will get a Return On your Investment (ROI) in 2-3 years if you go with the
best seller. Now I can show you these others, but again, this here is the best of the best.”
My wife looked at me as if to say, “Well, this is the one.”
Now, with a sales pitch like that, how the hell was I even supposed to respond? Bob was
presuming to be non-biased, but his preference was clear. A 25% difference clear, if you
know what I mean!
It should come as no surprise to you that within minutes Bob was taking down our
address, credit card number and asking what time the next day we would like to have the
Bob reinforced a few of the principles of great selling that I often preach:
1. Lowe‟s is a reseller of many brands. Yet, Bob was pushing only one major brand. Not
because he was being paid off, but because he believed in that brand.
2. Bob was “trained” well by the sales representative selling the brand through Lowe‟s.
How do I know? How else would Bob know about the water efficiency? The ROI?
Good sales representatives who sell through “channels” train people to sell when
they're not around.
3. Bob used one of the oldest sales trick in the world. “Wouldn‟t you want to buy the
best?” By telling us that this specific brand was his best seller, he was implying that
unless we bought this brand, we would be settling for second best. And you know how
much we capitalistic, egomaniac consumers hate settling for second best.
In summary, a great salesperson is someone who believes in what they are selling, knows
how to sell the “benefits” of owning the product and leverages the buyer emotionally into
buying from the best.
Damn that Bob...he was good!
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The Tupperware Effect and Why we’re Influenced to Buy
Now, many of us at one time or another has been invited to a Tupperware party or
something similar. We all know what is going to happen; someone is going to sell us
something at the party. And in the end, we come home with more Tupperware even
though our cabinets runneth over with more plastic goodies than we shall ever need.
How did we get sold?
Let us recreate a scenario and then let us take a closer look.
Your friend Ann calls you and invites you to a Tupperware party she is hosting at her
house. You find it hard to say no and so you agree to be there. You show up and there
are other friends and soon to be new friends at the party snacking on hors d'oeuvres and
sipping on some wine all the while having polite conversation.
Your friend Ann then clinks her wine
glass politely with a spoon to get
everyone‟s attention as she prepares
to introduce the Tupperware
representative (a friend of Ann‟s I‟m
sure). Introducing herself, the rep,
then courteously asks everyone in the
room to introduce themselves so that
everyone can get to know a little more
about each other.
The rep then asks how many people
already own Tupperware. Many of the
guests raise their hands. The rep
then asks each of them to share their
experience with their Tupperware
products and how they use them at
home to make their lives more
convenient. She then talks about the
new products Tupperware has and
then closes by thanking everyone for
taking the time and supporting their friend Ann.
Ann then says, “I‟m passing out this form for anyone who is interested in buying any of the
items we discussed. And we also have more drinks and hors d'oeuvres.”
That is it, no hard sales pitch and no sales pressure to buy.
Next thing you know, you are filling out a form and signing up to buy a few of the
Tupperware items even though you told yourself you wouldn‟t.
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Sound familiar? What happened? Why did you feel compelled to buy something? What I
want to do now is dissect exactly what happened and why. If you have ever watched one
of those crime shows, you have probably seen the lead detective, after reviewing the crime
scene recreate exactly what happened based on the evidence. What I want to do is
highlight what rules of social dynamics compelled you to buy:
1) When you walked in you were greeted by your friend Ann.
Rule of Liking: we are more likely to be persuaded by people we like, know and trust. We
favour buying from people we like, in this case our friend Ann.
2) You were then offered free hors d'oeuvres and wine.
Rule of Reciprocity: when someone gives you something, you feel a sense of obligation
to return the favour in kind…in this case by buying something after eating Ann‟s food and
drinking her wine
3) The rep than asked the willing to share their experience with their Tupperware products.
Rule of Social Proof: when we see others doing something, we take our social cues from
others and we are inclined to do the same. When the rep asks those who have bought in
the past to share their experiences, what she is doing is providing you the buyer with
„proof‟ that others love the product and so should you.
4) And, if you were one of those people that volunteered to share your experience with the
group, then you were influenced by the following rule.
Rule of Consistency: if you make a public statement, you will behave in a manner that is
consistent with your public statement. By saying that Tupperware is great you‟ve pretty
much painted yourself into a mental buying corner. You will look like a liar if you don‟t buy
some of their newer products after stating how satisfied you are with their products.
Although, there are other subtle dynamics at work in this example, I wanted to highlight the
four major rules at work. Each rule in and of itself may or may not be enough to sway
someone to make a buying decision, but the cumulative effect is powerful and effective.
So here is my question to you, “How can you use one or all four of these rules to improve
your sales closing ratio?”
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How to Motivate People to Buy Life Insurance
Most people do not want to think too much about life insurance because it forces them to
acknowledge their own mortality. As the old saying goes: “life insurance is sold, not
bought”. There are ways to motivate people to buy it, especially when you get them to
consider the needs of their loved ones. If you can appeal to a person's sense of wanting to
take care of his family, you can motivate him to buy a life insurance policy.
Show the person how many people actually depend on him/her financially. Most people have a spouse,
children, or other relatives to whom they provide assistance. Even if someone is not the main breadwinner in
the family, this person may be providing a part-time income that pays for schooling or little luxuries. This
person‟s work around the household is also valuable.
Quantify the person's worth in terms in actual monetary value. Use an actuarial table to show him/her his/her
expected lifespan. Tally how much money he/she makes each year, then multiply that by the span of years
for which he/she plans to continue working. For most people, their work life will run into their 60s, or possibly
Determine costs for household responsibilities that the person handles now, such as home repairs, various
taxes (e.g. property), paying for mobile phones or land lines, etc. Use these figures to come up with a hard-
money cost that the family would face if he/she died prior to the end of his/her expected lifespan.
Ask the person to list his/her long-term goals for his/her family and how those goals would be affected if
he/she died suddenly. For example, he/she might be planning for his/her children to go to university, and
he/she might be in the process of saving part of his/her income to finance that. If he/she was gone, where
would the money come from to fulfill that goal? Or, perhaps he/she is hoping to pay off his/her house within
the next 10 years. If he/she died, could the spouse's income accomplish this alone?
Stress the peace of mind that life insurance would provide. Using the figures and goals you discussed with
the person, remind him/her that upon his/her death, an insurance policy would provide a lump sum to take
care of a situation: It could be used to run the household, pay for university, pay off a house, or do anything
else that might have otherwise been impacted due to his/her death.
Portray the life insurance as an investment rather than as a cost. Show how investing a small amount of
money each month could potentially pay a huge dividend in the case of an unexpected death. Characterize
the price as an investment in peace of mind and the future of a person's loved ones. This appeals to his/her
financial sense as well as her emotions.
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Tips & Warnings
People don't like to think about their own deaths, so when you are trying to motivate them
to buy life insurance, avoid using words like "died," "killed," or even "passed away." Use
euphemisms like "If you couldn't be there for your family" or "if you were suddenly taken
away from your family" to make the subject matter more comfortable.
A motive to buy…?
“Wouldn't you like to improve your golf game so dramatically
that you'll have your golf partners
scrambling to keep up with you?
Let me show you how to take
at least 10 strokes off your total.
By the end of the week, you'll drive the ball farther,
hit amazingly accurate chip shots
and putt like a pro.
The power of LOVE
What do love and life insurance have in common?
More than you might realize. The motivation behind purchasing life insurance is love: We
buy it because we love people and want to protect them financially. Think of it as the
ultimate act of enduring love.
Preparing a romantic dinner. Planning a surprise weekend getaway. These expressions of
love are sure to be appreciated. But why not consider giving your loved one a more
enduring gift of love: life insurance. What can say “I love you” better than a promise to
provide for the ones you love, even after you‟re gone.
Now if that does not motivate YOU…
Now you're both armed and dangerous.
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CASE STUDY 1
Look at the following advertisement for Miele Ovens. Once you have studied the advert,
list the features, advantages and benefits.
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CASE STUDY 2
Also referred to as end effectors or "tools". The manipulator
holds the load while the operator transfers it. Available with
power tilts and/or rotations. We offer vacuum cup style
manipulators, carton handlers, mandrill style roll handlers,
air-magnets and clamping style manipulators. These
systems are utilised in all tiers of the Automotive Industry,
Metal Fabrication, Food Processing and the Printing and
Column or wall mounted, the jib cranes are available with
single or double articulating arms. Both arms allow for full
360 degrees of dexterity with the double jib allowing for
manipulation anywhere inside the radius of the arm. The jib
cranes are very easy to install and require a minimum of
floor space. Ideal for short transfer applications.
Ideal for applications where floor space is an absolute
premium or a longer travel is required. The runway/ bridge
system consists of an enclosed track aluminium rail. The
trolleys are made of high- tensile aluminium alloy with
precision-ground bearings and hard nylon wheels. A force of
only 1-2% of the total weight being transferred is required.
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All the features of an overhead system but floor mounted.
Ideal for applications where longer travel is required but
ceiling suspension is restricted due to heavy-duty overhead
cranes or ceiling weight restrictions.
Ergonomically designed for accurate, effortless positioning
of loads. Safe, quiet and require minimal maintenance.
Use the information on Indutrol Inc. and draw up a table listing the Features, Benefits and
Advantages of the product range.
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1. Securing protection should be your primary goal when purchasing a Life Insurance policy. Is
this a Benefit; Advantage or Feature?
2. Life Cover (the Death Benefit) on a Life Insurance policy is a benefit. Is this statement True or
a. True. This is the reason you take Life Insurance policy
b. False. This is a feature of a Life Insurance Policy
3. Life Insurance can build a cash value which you receive at the end of the term of the contract.
Is this a Benefit; Advantage or Feature?
4. A Life Insured can cash in the policy (surrender) or borrow against the policy if they choose. Is
this a Benefit; Advantage or Feature?
5. A Life Insurance policy can create wealth for your beneficiaries. Is this a Benefit; Advantage or
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QUICK SALES ASSESSMENT
1. The best way to earn referrals from your customers is to ask
a. As soon as you close
b. As soon as you are sure they are satisfied
c. As often as you can without being forceful
2. When you are fielding objections, you will have the most trouble when
a. You are talking with the head of the company
b. When the objection of your prospect is similar to your own private feelings about the
c. When the objection is about price
d. When the objection is about the product
3. It is more challenging to sell on the telephone than in person
4. Verbal communication is more powerful than non-verbal communication
5. A successful salesperson almost always engages in small talk during their pitch
6. It is better to ask your prospects closed-ended questions (yes/no) rather than open-ended questions.
7. Your sales pitch will usually be better when it is
a. Planned and Rehearsed
b. Done on the Fly (off the cuff), Unplanned and Unrehearsed
8. Rolling up your sleeves and making cold calls is the best way to prospect.
9. The best thing to do when your prospect objects to your proposal is:
a. Listen to what they are saying; they are telling you what assurance they need in order to
b. Don't get discouraged; give testimonials of other grateful customers that had the same
c. Keep your focus on the product; a good product with great customer benefits will be the
d. Back off; Throw in the towel if the conversation isn't going anywhere
10. Life Insurance makes savings possible. Is this a Feature, Advantage or Benefit?
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CASE STUDY 1: Model answer
in this advertisement, the features, advantages and benefits are:
Features: Fan forced cooking system, mini turbine, and ring heater element.
Advantages: Cooking on up to three levels, hot air forced evenly through the interior.
Benefits: Reduced cooking time, reduced energy consumption, perfectly even cooking
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CASE STUDY 2: Model answer
Pneumatically Operated - Means virtually maintenance
free, intrinsically safe, ease of operation, quiet.
Safety interlocks- Where applicable, safety interlocks are
used on our systems. As long as there is a load on the lifting
unit the load cannot be released even if air pressure is lost or
if the operator were to depress the "load release switch".
Custom Design- Your Indutrol system will be designed to meet your exact requirements.
Our systems are not "off the shelf".
Ease of Operation- Our systems are built with the comfort and safety of the operator in
Our representatives and designers will work hand-in-hand with
you throughout the design process. After installation we will
provide training for the operators of the system. A
maintenance package is included with each system including
visual and physical checks. An Indutrol representative will
always be on hand to answer questions or provide on-site
Indutrol's systems are highly effective in reducing injuries and
can contribute to providing owners/managers with
opportunities to reduce WSIB premium rates.
Indutrol's systems can "free-up" hands normally used to
transport large or heavy loads allowing managers to more
effectively use their employees‟ time.
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Answers: 1. a; 2.b; 3. b; 4. b and 5. c
Quick Sales Assessment
1. c; 2. b; 3. b (False); 4. b (False); 5. b (False); 6. b (False); 7. a; 8. b (False); 9. a;
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