Asteron Life SME Index shows one fifth of SMEs don’t know where to find an adviser
14 September 2020
New research released by Asteron Life shows small and medium sized business owners (SMEs) who buy life insurance direct are open to using an adviser, but almost 20% say they don’t know how to find the right one.
The Asteron Life SME Insurance Index 2020 findings show cultivating referrals and strong word of mouth is the best path to attract new customers into the adviser-market, with half of respondents saying they would ask a friend, colleague or family member for a recommendation of an adviser.
Word of mouth referrals were even more powerful among those actively considering an adviser. 52% of this group would ask friends or family for a recommendation, compared to 44% of those who were uncertain about whether they would use an adviser.
Key sources for finding an adviser
Hill says SMEs who currently buy direct are an untapped market, both in terms of getting advice and the breadth of the life insurance products they are buying.
“SMEs who buy life insurance direct are much more likely to have only basic life insurance, with far fewer having products like Trauma or Income Protection compared with customers who are buying through an adviser,” he says.
“There’s a real opportunity to build understanding of our insurance beyond basic life cover could ensure good customer outcomes in the event of illness or injury as well.”
Reasons to consider using an adviser
“This illustrates that when communicating with potential clients, advisers should focus on the value of the expertise that they can deliver, and show how SMEs can feel confident that they have the right cover.”
Hill says a strong adviser-client relationship built on expertise and regular communication is arguably even more relevant to SME customers during difficult periods like Covid-19.