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New Website Launched for Synergy Solutions Group of Virginia


Here is our latest website redesign, just launched for Synergy Solutions Group of Virginia.

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The new SSG website was recently launched with rotating home page images creating a professional, modern feel that is easy to navigate.  The site is mobile-responsive, clean and concise, and provides a one-stop resource for potential and current clients.

Visit the new SSG site at http://synergysolutionsgroupofvirginia.com/.

Tags: Website Design, Website design

4 Easy Ways to Get More Out of LinkedIn | Employee Benefits Technology


As employee benefit agencies, we know it can be hard to figure out the best way to leverage social media for your company, so we’ve made it easy.  Follow these four steps to get more out of LinkedIn today!

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Want to learn more? Go in depth with our post 5 Ways to Optimize LinkedIn for Your Benefit Agency.

Tags: Blog, Blogging, Employee Benefits, Employee Benefits, SEO, Social Media

New Website Launched for Beacon Advisors Group


Here is our latest website redesign, just launched for Beacon Advisors Group.

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The new Beacon website was recently launched with an iconic home page image creating a local, modern feel that is easy to navigate.  The site is mobile-responsive, clean and concise, and provides a one-stop resource for potential and current clients.

Visit the new Beacon site at http://beaconadvisorsgroup.com/.

Tags: Website Design, Website design

New Website Launched for Strategic Services Group


Here is our latest website redesign, just launched for Strategic Services Group.

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The new SSG website was recently launched with iconic home page images creating a local, modern feel that is easy to navigate.  The site is mobile-responsive, clean and concise, and provides a one-stop resource for potential and current clients.

Visit the new SSG site at http://strategicservicesgroup.org.

Tags: Website Design, Website design

Employee Spotlight: Rachel Hartke


rachelhartke3Rachel Hartke joined our team last Fall as our newest Benefit Technology Specialist! We’ve asked her a few fun questions to get to know her a little better:

Q: What is your title at eTekhnos? 

A. I am a Benefit Technology Specialist. I build Employee Navigator sites for clients.

Q: Do you volunteer?

A. I volunteer at my children’s elementary school. I get to spend a little time in the classroom and make copies, organize items for future projects, sharpen pencils, help out in the library and plan class parties.

Q: Any favorite line from a movie?

A. “No one puts baby in the corner” from Dirty Dancing. And I love that movie to this day – 30 years later. I use that quote almost on a daily basis because there always seems to be the right opportunity!

Q: If you could meet anyone in the world dead or alive who would it be and why? 

A. Princess Diana. She was an amazing person with a big heart.  She was just beautiful inside and out. I have looked up to her since I was a little girl. She has was such a great role model in so many ways.

Q: What is something people may not know about you? 

A. I was on the talk show Jerry Springer when I was in college (just the audience but for some reason the camera would ALWAYS pan on me. I had family members and friends from all over calling me and saying they saw me on TV). 

Something else people might not know about me, that is, if you have never heard me talk, is I am definitely from Chicago.  My husband and I were both born and raised in the Chicago suburbs and moved here to Texas about 3 years ago.  I love the weather. A pool definitely helps! 

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How to Write an Engaging About Page for Your Website


F7OLW2SG0CDoes your About page grab potential clients’ attention or does it leave them yawning? We’re sharing tips on tone, content and format for creating an engaging About page that will make people want to work with your agency today!

Tone

When a potential client reads your About page they should feel like they are meeting you face-to-face for the first time.  You have the chance to make a good impression by adopting a conversational and human tone while still communicating what makes your services unique and superior.  An easy way to do this is embrace the use of “I” and “we” rather than writing from a formal, third person perspective. Your tone should be authentic and relatable while remaining professional.

Content

What should you talk about? Focus on telling your story with simplicity rather than filling an About page with industry jargon or fluffy descriptions.  People want to know where you came from, what you can do for them and why you are a credible choice. Show that you understand your potential client’s challenges and use examples of things you’ve done in the past to let them know you can solve their problems.

Finally, always include a call to action.  What do you want them to do next? Your goal with your About page should be to motivate potential clients to contact you about your services.  Place contact information visibly on the page. Include several ways to get in touch including a contact form, email, phone number and physical address.

Format

Your About page offers a glimpse into who you are as a company – your history, the principles by which you do business and the people who make up your team. It is your first chance to establish trust with a client by showing who the people behind the brand are.  Don’t be afraid to move away from the traditional corporate About page format and get a little creative with what makes your company unique. Include images of your team that put a face to the name.  We like what Brio Benefits has done to showcase their team by incorporating a corporate portrait and a funny, personable candid photo along with each employee bio.  To view their About page, click here.

Think your About page needs a revamp?  Contact us today and we’ll get you started!

Tags: Blog, Employee Benefits, Employee Benefits, Social Media, Website Design, Website design

New Website Launched for EBS


Here is our latest website redesign, just launched for EBS.

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The new EBS website was recently launched with a single long-page design for a clean, modern feel that is easy to navigate.  The site is mobile-responsive, clean and concise, and provides a one-stop resource for potential and current clients.

Visit the new EBS site at http://selectebs.com.

Tags: Website Design, Website design

5 Ways to Optimize LinkedIn for Your Benefit Agency


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LinkedIn is fast proving to be the foremost social media site for B2B marketing. Employee benefit agencies that rely on cultivating relationships in order to market a product or service may find utilizing more fast-moving social platforms like Twitter or Instagram challenging, but LinkedIn provides a space for professionals to interact with one another, share original industry content and create brand awareness for their company that results in leads and network growth. We’ve put together a list of five simple ways you can start optimizing LinkedIn for your business today:

  1. Create a Personal Profile

Even if you don’t plan on doing much posting of your own on a personal profile, this step is imperative because right now LinkedIn requires that you have a personal account in order to make a company page. Your profile should contain a professional photo of yourself, your name, job title and ideally your work and educational experience as well as any relevant accomplishments or projects.

  1. Set Up a Company Page

Now that you’ve created your personal page, you are able to set up a page that specifically provides information about your company to LinkedIn users.  This page should contain your company name, logo, a link to your website, and a short description of your business that includes relevant keywords that are specific to what you do. Keywords can be in the form of phrases such as “Maryland insurance broker” but should shy away from staying as vague as “insurance company.” This helps your page receive a higher ranking in search engine results. Finally, ask employees who have personal LinkedIn profiles to list your company in their work experience, helping ensure that you can be found easily when people search for your business.

  1. Share Quality Content

Sharing content ensures more opportunity for people to visit your company page and then hopefully website to follow up! Posts can be a mix of your original content and outside articles, videos or podcasts that are relevant to your industry.  Recent studies show that the best time to post on LinkedIn is Tuesday through Thursday between 7-9am, noon and between 5-6pm.  In addition, data revealed that posts made on Tuesday between 10-11am have the most clicks and shares. For best engagement results, companies should make it a priority to post on their LinkedIn page once a week, but no more than once a day.

  1. Join or Create a Group

LinkedIn Groups provide a place for professionals to connect with peers working in their field or with similar interests where they can share helpful content, reviews, ask questions, post job openings and make new connections. You are able to either search for groups to join or create your own group based on your topic of choice where you can invite people to become members.  These groups are useful for connecting with prospects and establishing your company as an industry expert.

  1. Make Personal Connections

By utilizing not only your company page but also your personal profile, you can enrich your business’s success by connecting with prospects and clients. Start slow by inviting 3-5 people to connect with you per week.  Follow up with a thank you message and a quick introduction when they accept your invitation.  Did you write a blog for your company or on an industry topic?  Post it to you profile. As you continue to share content, consider submitting it to LinkedIn Pulse’s editors to have your blog post featured.  This translates to much more visibility for your company! Finally, don’t be afraid to engage with others.  If you see content you like, write a comment or send a quick message to the author.  Other LinkedIn members are interested in the same thing you are – building mutually beneficial relationships!

Generating brand awareness for your company on social media is becoming more and more important in our highly digitalized economy. LinkedIn offers the perfect space for your company using a B2B marketing model that is based largely on relationships to thrive and establish yourself as an industry expert while expanding your network of prospects and future business connections.

Tags: Blog, Blogging, Employee Benefits, Employee Benefits, SEO, Social Media

New Website Launched for 247 Telamed


Here is our latest website design, just launched for benefit technology vendor 247 Telamed.

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The 247 Telamed website was recently launched with simple, clean design and embedded videos, contact forms, and admin portal login.  The site is mobile-responsive, easy to navigate, clean and concise, providing a one-stop resource for potential and current clients.

Visit the new 247 Telamed site at http://247telamed.com.

Tags: Website Design, Website design

3 Ways Social Media Helps Employee Benefits Firms


MH46O0ISCFIn the world of employee benefits, we know that relationships are key. Particularly for independent firms, a new client is more likely to be obtained through a game of golf with a current client who knows local business owners than by a YouTube video explaining an online enrollment process. However, companies that do this type of B2B marketing can highly benefit from a robust social media presence, and we’re here to tell you how with three simple points:

  1. Increase Relational Reach

Most professionals today have accounts on LinkedIn if not Facebook and Twitter. These three big social media channels offer a unique opportunity to nurture current business relationships and foster new ones. Becoming a part of industry groups on social media helps your business see who else is in your field with whom you could build partnerships or share services and keep up with what your current clients are doing both in business and in the community.  With private messaging, industry groups and platforms for public sharing, it’s easy to make initial and continuing points of contact with both current and prospective clients.  Don’t stop at just a business page – drive engagement by posting, sharing and connecting through your personal account and encourage your employees to do so as well – this adds an extra relational aspect to your brand which shows you personally care about your clients.

  1. Become Industry Experts

One of the biggest things social media can do for your brand is add credibility as an industry expert through the content you post, thus giving you more opportunity to develop relationships with a larger pool of people. Start by creating a blog post a few times a month that educates about a unique service you offer or explains an aspect of employee benefits that is often confusing to clients. The key is to offer content that is engaging, educational and gives value to the reader – this should not be a sales pitch – quality content will bring a reader back for more. Share this post on your company and personal LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter accounts and encourage employees to do the same. Reply to comments and shares with a personal note of thanks or a follow up question to foster engagement!

  1. Offer Creative Content

We know it’s important to create original content, but what does that look like? Start with a blog. Write succinct posts about topics relevant to your industry, but don’t be afraid to think outside the box a little bit.  We all know employee benefits topics can get boring, but what about doing a profile on an employee who has benefited from a client’s wellness program that your firm set up?  People want to hear her story. As you get more comfortable, explore other mediums.  Share photos from company workshops or community events where you were participants or make a short video explaining a commonly misunderstood aspect of employee benefits packages. And don’t worry – if you don’t know where to start with creating content, there are companies to which you can outsource that will help you find the perfect way to share your story as an employee benefits broker.

Social media is increasingly becoming a vital tool in how we do business in today’s economy.  By understanding and implementing these three concepts about how to use social media in the employee benefits field, you can expand your relational reach, establish your business as an industry expert and offer diverse creative content that sets your brand apart and generates client loyalty.

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