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On a recent episode of Business Innovators Radio with Nina Hershberger, Ann McIndoo, The Author’s Coach, discussed how to easily and quickly it is to write a book. Having helped more than 1,600 professionals write a book in the past 15 years, Ann has fine-tuned and streamlined the book-writing process.
According to McIndoo, becoming a published author is easier than most people think. “Everyone has a book in their head. My job is to help them get their message out of their head and into a final written book.”
When host Nina Hershberger asked Ann about the process of getting a book out of someone’s head, McIndoo answered, “Most people freeze when they see a blank screen and think they have to write an entire book, which can be a huge endeavor – like eating an elephant. I give my author clients small assignments to create the structure and content for their book. These small tasks make the process easy to create the chapters, talking points and most importantly, their message.”
During the Interview McIndoo shared the process, explaining how the Manuscript Grid, a technique McIndoo created, is the key to everything. “Before the author talks (or writes) anything, the first step is to layout the structure of what the book will be about. The author is asked lots of questions to organize their thoughts, notes, content and ultimately, the message”.
Ann McIndoo specializes in teaching authors:
- What to do BEFORE the author picks up a pen.
- How to organize the material.
- How to produce content for the book.
- How to stay motivated and deal with procrastination and “writer’s block”.
“If you are a Speaker, Coach, CEO, Trainer, Consultant, any kind of professional, in business, your book is your calling card. It serves you in two ways”, explains McIndoo. “It makes you an AUTHORity and positions you as an Expert. If you have a process, a system, a way of doing something – you have a book.”
When asked how long it takes to write a book, McIndoo answered, “As long as you like. The average time is two to three months, although I recently coached an author and got her book done in 2 weeks! It all comes down to the author’s focus and dedication to the project.”
McIndoo says, “The great news is using a coach makes the book writing process easier and quicker than going it alone. It’s a secret nearly all best selling authors use. It’s still their message and their voice. A coach just helps them get it finished and published.”
Mesa, AZ — Better Agency is proud to announce a direct integration with Tarmika, an insurtech company. A direct two-way integration is currently under development and expected to be completed by November 2020.
This integration will provide both commercial, and personal lines comparative rating inside of the Better Agency platform.
Unlike traditional comparative raters, Tarmika provides agents with:
- A single-entry solution designed to streamline the quoting process.
- Technology that enables insurers to expand distribution channels, gain new business and provide an enhanced customer experience.
- A solution that utilizes API integrations with top carriers from across the country to seamlessly return multiple quotes through a single entry.
“We are beyond excited to be the first insurance CRM to offer this solution to the industry” says Better Agency CEO Will Shaw. He continues, “Like Better Agency, Tarmika is changing the insurance industry landscape. It makes sense to align ourselves with a company so agent-focused to provide the solutions that agents want.”
“Connectivity is becoming increasingly important in the insurance space and an integration with Better Agency allows us to provide agencies with a more efficient solution to write small commercial” says Tarmika CEO Raghav Tanna
Better Agency and Tarmika users will be able to access all of their Tarmika data and provide comparative rates from within the Better Agency platform. Users can then use that data to trigger the automation campaigns that are already found within Better Agency.
This two-way integration will provide agents with an “all-in-one” platform to properly rate and sell insurance policies while managing their agency data seamlessly.
About Better Agency
Better Agency is the insurance industry’s only Omni Relationship Builder – the new agency management success formula that helps insurance agencies create and grow powerful relationships with their prospects and customers.
Better Agency provides “done for you” automation campaigns for new business opportunities. Users can also take advantage of the existing cross-sell campaigns to cross-sell existing clients automatically. Service, renewal, and claims pipelines allow users to manage their agency in a new, more efficient way.
NEW YORK, August 12, 2020 – ShopSmartAutos.com, a RBBP Marketing, Ltd. corporation, has teamed with Cox Automotive, Inc., the world leader in automotive solutions for dealers, to facilitate a more positive car buying transaction for both dealers and consumers. This relationship will allow access to trusted Kelley Blue Book® Values and Dealertrack’s Finance Driver credit application directly from ShopSmartAutos.com’s vehicle detail pages.
Teaming with Cox brand, Kelley Blue Book, ShopSmartAutos.com will feature trusted Kelley Blue Book® Values on its listings. With more than 90 years of experience, car buyers and sellers rely on Kelley Blue Book for pricing in their area. As a result, ShopSmartAutos.com consumers can do their online research, find the vehicle they are looking for and reduce the time spent on their purchase journey. ShopSmartAutos.com online inventory directs consumers to their local dealer, or national delivery system.
Once the consumer finds the vehicle, ShopSmartAutos.com’s integration with Cox brand Dealertrack’s Finance Driver allows the consumer to submit an online credit application from the vehicle listing, which helps set realistic expectations for both consumer and dealer.
“The timing for this relationship is perfect, as we believe more and more consumers will rely on ShopSmartAutos.com to find their new or pre-owned car, truck or van,” said ShopSmartAutos.com founder, Richie Bello. “Having access to Cox Automotive’s solutions, gives dealers looking for lead generation from ShopSmartAutos.com direct links to improve dealer efficiency and customer satisfaction. Consumers currently spend 85% of their car shopping experience online. ShopSmartAutos.com looks to provide all the tools necessary to help consumers make the decision to buy and help dealers close the sale.”
ShopSmartAutos.com has developed its search engine to accommodate more than 6 million vehicles, allowing consumers to find their car locally, as well as nationally. The organization has connected with national delivery systems to make the shopping experience as easy as getting an airline ticket online.
“The only difference is instead of the consumer driving to the airport to get on that plane, the car buyer can either go to the dealership, or stay home and receive their new or pre-owned car, truck or van right in their driveway,” added Bello.
“Lead generation is a long-established method to justify marketing budgets, but COVID-19 stay-at-home orders pushed the industry to service dealers needs even better. By purchasing leads of interested, qualified buyers, dealers can maintain a ramp up that makes sense within the latest guidelines and strategies for interacting with consumers.”
This program will be released to dealerships in August 2020.
For more information, visit SmartShopAutos.com.
ShopSmartAutos.com is an automotive search engine that provides consumers access to over 6 million vehicles in one location. ShopSmartAutos.com helps consumers find the vehicle they are looking for and drives them to the dealer to deliver the vehicle.
About Kelley Blue Book (www.kbb.com)
Founded in 1926, Kelley Blue Book, The Trusted Resource®, is the vehicle valuation and information source trusted and relied upon by both consumers and the automotive industry. Each week the company provides market-reflective values on its top-rated website KBB.com, including its famous Blue Book® Trade-In Values and Kelley Blue Book® Price Advisor tool, which provides a range for what consumers can reasonably expect to pay for a vehicle in their area. Car owners looking to sell immediately can also get a redeemable, transaction-ready offer with Kelley Blue BookSM Instant Cash Offer. The company also provides vehicle pricing and values through various products and services available to car dealers, auto manufacturers, finance and insurance companies, and governmental agencies. Kelley Blue Book is a Cox Automotive brand.
Dealertrack provides industry-leading software solutions that give dealerships, lenders, and partners the confidence to thrive in an ever-changing automotive market. The company’s integrated suite of powerful easy-to-use products and services helps dealerships and their lending partners grow by increasing efficiency and improving decision-making. Dealertrack is part of the Cox Automotive family, a company that is transforming the way the world buys, sells, owns and uses cars. Dealertrack—along with its unmatched network of dealership and lending partners—is improving the car buying experience by embracing the technologies that will shape the future of automotive retail. For more information about Dealertrack, visit www.dealertrack.com.
About Cox Automotive
Cox Automotive Inc. makes buying, selling, owning and using cars easier for everyone. The global company’s 34,000-plus team members and family of brands, including Autotrader®, Clutch Technologies, Dealer.com®, Dealertrack®, Kelley Blue Book®, Manheim®, NextGear Capital®, VinSolutions®, vAuto® and Xtime®, are passionate about helping millions of car shoppers, 40,000 auto dealer clients across five continents and many others throughout the automotive industry thrive for generations to come. Cox Automotive is a subsidiary of Cox Enterprises Inc., a privately-owned, Atlanta-based company with revenues of $21 billion. www.coxautoinc.com