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Key Agent Newsletter
February 2017

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Storage and Non-Storage Commercial Property: New Wind/Hail Deductible Buy-Back Program

Watch VideoWind and hail deductibles for commercial property are on the rise in many areas of the United States. Deductibles of up to five percent are becoming more common in the most challenging locations.

MiniCo Insurance Agency now offers a wind/hail deductible buy-back program for storage and non-storage commercial property in partnership with Lloyd’s of London. Your clients who own strip malls, retail centers, multi-family housing, self-storage facilities, car washes, motels, schools or other commercial property may purchase a stand-alone policy that will lower the deductible to as little as one percent or a specific dollar amount. This decreases the potential out-of-pocket financial exposure and can assist in compliance with mortgage deductible requirements.

. A.M. Best “A” rated non-admitted carrier
. Storage and non-storage risks
. Stand-alone policy
. Knowledgeable underwriters
. Claims handled by MiniCo’s experienced
. in-house staff

In addition to the benefits for policyholders, the MiniCo wind/hail deductible buy-back program offers insurance agents greater flexibility when discussing coverage with clients. Our video explains the program in greater detail. For more information, contact your MiniCo underwriter or our Customer Care Department at 800-447-8383 or customercare@minico.com.

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MiniCo Collectibles Insurance Adds Coverage for Jewelry and Watches

MiniCo Insurance Agency recently broadened its collectibles insurance program to offer expanded coverage of up to $250,000 in jewelry and watches. The enhanced offering represents a significant expansion of the MiniCo Collectibles Insurance program, which was launched in 2011.

Specific items eligible for coverage include antique and designer gemstones, pearls, bracelets, charms, earrings, necklaces, pendants, and rings and watches comprised of silver, gold, platinum and/or other precious metals or alloys. Watches include vintage, collectible and everyday time pieces worn on the wrist, as a necklace or in a pocket. Under this program, mysterious disappearance is an included risk, and coverage travels with the policyholder worldwide. No appraisal is required at application for pieces valued less than $50,000, and a no deductible option is also available.

MiniCo Collectibles Insurance is an all-risk policy that includes covered perils such as accidental breakage, fire, lightning, wind, water damage, mysterious disappearance, loss in transit and burglary. No appraisal is required at the time of application, and coverage is available for collections valued up to $1,000,000. Coverage is competitively priced, and policyholders can choose from $0 or low deductible options. In addition, claims are paid at full collectible value, which is a valuable benefit for items that are expected to increase in value.

The program is offered nationwide in partnership with fine art insurance specialist AXA ART Americas Corporation. For more information, contact a MiniCo Collectibles Insurance representative at 888-873-6931 or collectibles@minico.com.

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Marketing Tips and Tools from the MiniCo Blog

The MiniCo blog is an excellent resource for agents seeking information about topics such as getting started as a new agent, e-mail marketing, social media, website design, video marketing, customer service and networking.

If you have not yet checked out the MiniCo blog, get started with two of our most popular posts.

Content Creation Strategy for Insurance

.Once you’ve decided you want to offer content on your company site, you have to start exploring what you are going to post. While you want rich search engine optimization (SEO) you also want organic, well-written, and valuable content. Your content should provide an actual service to your readers. It’s not just writing a constant commercial blast. You need to come up with a content creation strategy.

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Increase Your Insurance Agency’s Local Visibility

.Being visible on the web and having all-around great search engine optimization (SEO) is not going to do much for you if your company mainly attracts business locally. You may already know how competitive insurance is, especially if you’re paying for pay-per-click (PPC) ads. Just getting your agency seen can be hard. This is especially true if you are not part of a national chain or if you are an independent agent. Shift your strategy over to local SEO and begin dominating the search engine results of your local market.

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MiniCo Notes: Focus on Continuing Education

MiniCo promotes continuing education for our insurance team members. MiniCo’s Underwriting Team Supervisor Chris Nelson recently earned the Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC) designation.

James Appleton, Director of Sales – Publishing and Special Risks, will be working with independent agents for the MiniCo Collectibles Insurance program and has recently completed his licensing requirements.


 
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On the Road with MiniCo: Self-Storage Industry Events

-Representatives from MiniCo Insurance Agency will be traveling to a number of self-storage industry events this spring. These shows provide a wealth of information for agents interested in writing self-storage risks. If your plans include attending any of these shows, we hope you will stop by the MiniCo booth.

MiniCo President and CEO Mike Schofield will be a featured speaker at the Inside Self-Storage World Expo on April 12th. His presentation is entitled 6 Ways to Avoid Business Liability in Self-Storage. This informative session will address topics such as the steps self-storage operations can take to avoid liability, insurance coverages and the role of risk management.

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