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Maddogmob (The Matrix/I Ain't) replied to Kevin White (EA) Storrs, CT's discussion IPS Changes?
"Mr. Williamson, Aces & Eights, Twice Fired, Thank you for your compliments!  Sincerely…"
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Twice Fired replied to Kevin White (EA) Storrs, CT's discussion IPS Changes?
"Clarity of thought and written expression thereof is exceptional. Thank you, Maddogmob."
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Brian Jacobi, CIA, GSA, R-R replied to Fred F's discussion Allstate's Car Buying Service
"Make sure all vehicles that leave here with a trailer hitch have a boat policy too... ~FSL…"
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Mal Content, IA NY & NJ replied to Fred F's discussion Allstate's Car Buying Service
"The dealerships have an FSL too.  I wonder what the talk path from the FSL to the dealerships…"
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David Carr posted a status
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Ambwana Kickbooty replied to Michael Keefe's discussion Hmmm, which one would TW choose?
"Oh oh oh - let me guess…. :-D Scott Adams must be an agent, or a shareholder.  "
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Ron Tocki (San Diego, Ca) replied to Fred F's discussion Allstate's Car Buying Service
"AK - You make a good point.  How will those dealerships that signed up to have agencies feel…"
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Brian Jacobi, CIA, GSA, R-R replied to Wendi Kratzer, CIA, Top P&BI-P's discussion A question for the IA's
"I've had many of my non standard carriers tell me to charge a policy fee. As long as you have…"
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Ambwana Kickbooty liked Michael Keefe's discussion Hmmm, which one would TW choose?
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Aces and eights replied to Kevin White (EA) Storrs, CT's discussion IPS Changes?
"In the words of Ron Tocki " Standing O!" Maddog... you really nailed it! "
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Ambwana Kickbooty replied to Fred F's discussion Allstate's Car Buying Service
"and how do the Allstate based dealerships view this service? …  Welcome to Parts and…"
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Mark Williamson replied to Kevin White (EA) Storrs, CT's discussion IPS Changes?
""Either way it seems to lack the equity expected from a reasonable business…"
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Aces and eights liked Michael Keefe's discussion Hmmm, which one would TW choose?
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Aces and eights commented on Steve Marshall's blog post household bundling
"Hey great idea , Brian!! Lol !  yeah its been about 6 months since she moved her auto and our…"
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Dennis Booth replied to Wendi Kratzer, CIA, Top P&BI-P's discussion A question for the IA's
"Look into Lovullo associates. They do business in P.A. Not sure about their production…"
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Maddogmob (The Matrix/I Ain't) replied to Kevin White (EA) Storrs, CT's discussion IPS Changes?
"There's just too much evidence, formal and informal, indicating the benefits of positive…"
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David Carr posted a status
"Crush your production #'s http://j.mp/1ocijKy"
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Elvis replied to Wendi Kratzer, CIA, Top P&BI-P's discussion A question for the IA's
"My niece manages a 7 year old IA that handles only high risk auto insurance - nothing…"
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Forum

IPS Changes?

Started by Kevin White (EA) Storrs, CT in Agent Compensation, Agent Issues, Agent Firings, etc. .... Last reply by Maddogmob (The Matrix/I Ain't) 2 hours ago. 203 Replies

Attended a market meeting today and spoke with a couple agents regarding V.C. Word is serious discussions are underway to change the IPS count from a rolling 12 month number to a quarterly goal. This doesn't make it go away, but should you have…Continue

Tags: changes, ips

Allstate's Car Buying Service

Started by Fred F in Agent Compensation, Agent Issues, Agent Firings, etc. .... Last reply by Brian Jacobi, CIA, GSA, R-R 2 hours ago. 20 Replies

With Allstate's Car Buying Service, you can extend the value of your relationships by helping customers save money and avoid hassle the next time they're buying a new or pre-owned car. Allstate already marketing its Car Buying Service after a total…Continue

A question for the IA's

Started by Wendi Kratzer, CIA, Top P&BI-P in Random & Everything Else, etc.. Last reply by Brian Jacobi, CIA, GSA, R-R 3 hours ago. 12 Replies

I have started to deal with a wholesaler and am learning about admitted and non admitted. It sure is true about insurance. You never stop learning. But my question deals with premium financing. The company that I'm working with deals with agent…Continue

Text Message Marketing

Started by Allsnake in Agency Growth Stategies, Agency Marketing, etc.. Last reply by Damocles 4 hours ago. 28 Replies

Are any of you using text message marketing effectively?  If you are, please enlighten me, I don't know much about it.  Thanks in advance!Continue

Tags: Marketing, Message, Text

Forward & Positive: College Renters Insurance Process

Started by Larry Ross in Agency Growth Stategies, Agency Marketing, etc.. Last reply by Aces and eights 5 hours ago. 14 Replies

***see attachment***Forward & Positive College Renters Insurance ProcessHello All,With the start of another year of college returning soon (August/September), I thought I would give everyone an opportunity to write a few additional Renters…Continue

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NAPAA’s Fall 2014 Exclusivefocus Magazine Has Been Delivered

Started by Bryan Ahlquist in Agent Compensation, Agent Issues, Agent Firings, etc. .... Last reply by rail devils 5 hours ago. 3 Replies

 Feature:Competing with the Allstate Brand and Your Fellow AgentsExclusivefocus Magazine Summer 2014 (Excerpt) Submitted Anonymously No Allstate agent wants their agency to be commoditized, especially because the product they sell is so close to…Continue

Micromanaging...how are Allstates managers today?

Started by Kwino in Agent Compensation, Agent Issues, Agent Firings, etc. .... Last reply by Ambwana Kickbooty 7 hours ago. 15 Replies

People don’t leave bad companies. They leave bad bosses. They don’t leave flawed organizational structures and abandon lousy products and technology. They leave flawed leadership.No matter how brilliant a company’s products and/or services may be,…Continue

Tags: today?, managers, Allstates, are, Micromanaging...how

Generation Z

Started by David Carr in Agent Compensation, Agent Issues, Agent Firings, etc. .... Last reply by David Carr 10 hours ago. 7 Replies

The days of Sears Roebuck catalogs and radio marketing are long gone. Today’s youngest consumers, aka Generation Z, are looking for a social and intuitive way to absorb the barrage of sights and sounds that make up today’s advertising industry.…Continue

Tags: z, generation

Payroll Service Provider

Started by CaliforniaBabe in Agent Compensation, Agent Issues, Agent Firings, etc. .... Last reply by David Carr 12 hours ago. 24 Replies

Do you outsource your Payroll? If so why?And who do you use and why?I've been using Paychex since 2002 and have been happy but I feel like I am paying too much.Continue

Tags: provider, service, payroll

Blog Posts

Nortel Phone System For Sale

Posted by maskedman on July 28, 2014 at 12:03pm 0 Comments

5 phones plus all the equipment to install. I used Comcast cable as a provider at the time. The Allstate Nortel phone are dated but rugged and still work fine, $200 for all the equipment.

Auto not competitive, how do you sell life insurance?

Posted by Love on July 24, 2014 at 10:00am 5 Comments

How are the agents suppose to sell life insurance if they're not writing AUTO?

Life

Posted by David Carr on July 23, 2014 at 7:58am 0 Comments

Stolen from elsewhere on Facebook: “Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming "Wow! What a Ride!”

-- Hunter S. Thompson

Is This a Joke?

Posted by Offspring of TC on July 22, 2014 at 1:24pm 17 Comments

Let me get this straight, I'm supposed to pay $1,500 (plus travel and expenses) for the CCC to train my LSPs to write crappy business, that will generate quick sales, but will sink my profitability numbers in a few months. And thereby, further reduce what little bonus I'm expecting next year. Am I missing something?

The Extra Hands Outbound Calling Education…

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Bonus Gone

Posted by Mickey on July 21, 2014 at 3:30pm 10 Comments

According to the forecasting tool, as of the end of June in the SE Region, a total of 5 "At Scale" agents were on pace for a bonus score of 3.0 or better, along with 12 "Growing to Scale" agents. That's a total of 17 agents on pace for the Forum for the whole region!

Countrywide, there are currently 54 "At Scale" agents on pace for Forum.

They've definitely solved the problem of not having a big enough boat. But the trips are a minor problem. The big story is that the bonus is…

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household bundling

Posted by Steve Marshall on July 15, 2014 at 9:20am 7 Comments

Does anyone know how to look up on Household Bundling report the HH id numbers and the names? I have several that only have  HH id but no name. Thanks

Fourth Of July

Posted by New England on July 3, 2014 at 11:26am 1 Comment

Advertising for the Insurance Agent??

Posted by JANET BEGLEY (IN) on June 28, 2014 at 1:11pm 3 Comments

I was just sent this request to advertise in an upcoming new Sunday edition of our local newspaper. 

This lady either thinks I totally lack the intelligence to answer questions for the public....and/or the public lacks the intelligence to Google.  Personally I think she has absolutely no respect for the knowledge we must have to do our jobs day in and day out. 

I have not yet put a response together for her.....but lets just say I don't think I will jump on this band…

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Nortel Phone System for sale. Michael Munday is leaving Allstate

Posted by Ambwana Kickbooty on June 18, 2014 at 1:58pm 4 Comments

I told Mike that I'd post this for him:

Available August 1st. we have  4. One is brand new in the box and never used. Price negotiable. Call Mike at 650-286-2141. San Mateo, California.

 

6/1/14 - my last day

Posted by Ray Ochs on May 30, 2014 at 4:45pm 14 Comments

So - 6/1/14 is my last day as an EA with Allstate Insurance Companies.  While this day has come much earlier than I had originally anticipated, I face it with joy and tears at the same time.  I won't go into all the details at this time, just suffice it to say that I will still be on the blog, reading all and commenting when I think it will mean something.  The best of luck to everyone.  And remember, "Noli illigitemi carborundum decendus".

 
 
 

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