Independent insurance agents can now show consumers numerous carriers' prices for Medicare Supplement health care plans using their smartphones with Senior Market Sales Inc.'s latest technology innovation. While individual insurance carriers offer Medicare Supplement price quotes by text, SMS' text-based quoting platform is the first by an insurance marketing organization and the first to compare numerous carriers' prices at the same time, providing consumers more choices and insurance agents more opportunities to sell.
Agents must contract with SMS to access the technology.
"This technology makes obtaining and comparing Med Supp price quotes extremely easy because agents don't have to even download an app," said Sam Halpern, Senior Market Sales' director of Internet marketing. "They just text 'GoSMS' to 54283 one time to start quoting."
Agents then text the client's zip code, age and gender in that order to the GoSMS! number: 54283. Within a few seconds, they'll receive a text response showing preferred Medicare Supplement Plan F rates for all SMS-supported Med Supp carriers. If the consumer or agent wants to see more information on one of the carrier's displayed plans, they text the number next to that carrier's name. Additional quotes for other plans offered by that carrier will display — Plans C, G, N, for example.
Another SMS innovation allows agents access to more-detailed plan information on their smartphone. A mobile-optimized website called "Mobile Web Calculator" allows agents to enter more information about their clients so their quotes are more accurate. Agents can access the Mobile Web Calculator two ways — by typing in mobile.GoSMS.io in their smartphone's browser or by texting "mobile" to 54283.
For easy access, agents using the calculator can add the "GoSMS!" icon to their smartphone desktop, and agents using the quotes-by-text technology can add "54283" to their contacts.
"Mobile technology is transforming the insurance industry," Halpern said. "With these two new SMS innovations, SMS is helping insurance agents meet consumer expectations for information on demand and helping agents work more efficiently. Ultimately, that helps them produce more."
About Senior Market Sales, Inc.
Senior Market Sales is a national insurance marketing organization, representing top Medicare Supplement, Medicare Advantage, annuity, life, long-term care, and travel insurance carriers in all 50 states. More than 30,000 independent insurance agents rely on Senior Market Sales for proprietary technology, competitive insurance products, expert training and service to help them leverage their time, make more money and put their business in a position of distinction. Founded in 1982, Senior Market Sales is headquartered in Omaha, Neb. Visit http://www.seniormarketsales.com for more information.