Skip to content

Zurich Insurance Group collaborates with Hearsay Social in Germany, Austria, Spain, and more

zurich-logo1Today we’re proud to announce that Hearsay Social has collaborated with Zurich Insurance Group, a leading multi-line insurer that serves its customers in global and local markets, to empower their agents across Europe on social media.

(Read the news in French / Français or German / Deutsch.)

178 million people in Western Europe, or 2/3 of all Internet users, will be regularly participating on social networks by the end of 2014, according to data from eMarketer. It’s clear that social media is increasingly becoming a crucial way for insurance agents to connect with customers.

According to Monika Schulze, Global Head of Brand Marketing of Zurich Insurance Group:

“Today and over the next several years, digital technologies will become an increasingly important driving force for our thousands of agents around the world. Our global relationship with Hearsay Social allows us to empower our agents to excel on social networks and connect with customers.”

Using Hearsay Social, Zurich agents can now compliantly share content and build relationships with current and prospective clients across the social networks. After kicking off its social media project in Germany, Zurich is now rolling out Hearsay Social to multiple countries, including Austria, Spain, and others.
Michael Holzapfel, Digital Strategist at Zurich Germany, explains:

“We are proud of the successes we have seen working with Hearsay Social in Germany, which we have now expanded to other countries in Europe. Through the social business program so far, we have been able to drive marketing.”

We’re very excited to help develop the social media program at Zurich Insurance Group, and we look forward to empowering Zurich’s insurance agents to reach even greater successes as they expand the program across Europe!
[relatedPosts]

Amplify reach and grow business on Facebook with Hearsay Social for Facebook promoted posts

Today Hearsay Social is proud to announce the launch of Hearsay Social for Facebook promoted posts, allowing advisors and agents to amplify their reach, increase engagement, and grow business on Facebook.
With over 1.3 billion people using Facebook monthly, it’s more crucial than ever for financial professionals to be leveraging the social network to share content, stay top of mind, and connect with prospective and current clients.

image005

Hearsay Social for Facebook promoted posts allows relationship managers to take content they’ve published and broaden their distribution through Facebook ads, amplifying their visibility and increasing engagement. According to financial professionals, like Michelle Monson, Financial Consultant with Thrivent Financial, the new feature will be crucial to helping them grow business:

“I am excited about advertising on Facebook. I’ve had a business page since 2013 but wasn’t very active until Thrivent’s Field Social Media Team invited me to test Hearsay Social’s new ad functionality. It’s a great way to tell prospects and current clients that I’m on Facebook and to like my page to get helpful financial tips. I’ll be reaching people I never would have met otherwise.”

We’ve designed this new feature to make it easy for agents and advisors to launch, monitor, and optimize their advertising activity on Facebook. And for users that want to learn more about the value of ads and overall best practices, our Customer Success program now includes training on Facebook promoted posts.
Finally, as with the rest of the Hearsay Social platform, today’s newly announced feature integrates directly with our platform’s compliance functionality, allowing firms to continue archiving activity and addressing any advertising regulatory requirements.
Kyle Marie Woods, Marketing Manager at Thrivent Financial, commented on the news:

“We are thrilled to partner with Hearsay Social on this new ad integration and are impressed with the feature’s ease of use. We are excited about the opportunity it provides our representatives to build their local brand on social and expand their reach.”

We’re proud to unveil Hearsay Social for Facebook promoted posts, enabling us to help tens of thousands of advisors and agents to increase engagement and expand business through social media. If you’d like to learn more, check out coverage on InvestmentNews and ThinkAdvisor or stop by the Hearsay Social booth at the LIMRA Social Media Conference this week!
[relatedPosts]

Proud to be powering agents at American National on social media

hearsay social american national bwToday we’re excited to announce the launch of a social business program for over 1300 of American National’s Multiple Line insurance agents powered by Hearsay Social.
One of the most highly regarded insurance agencies in the U.S., American National has recognized the increasing value of social media as a way for financial professionals to connect with clients and prospects. Proving its commitment to service, the company has selected Hearsay Social to empower its multiple line agents on social business.
Scott Campbell, American National Senior VP and CMO – Multiple Line, commented on the new partnership:

“As social media becomes an integral part of how insurance agents do business, we wanted to help our agents leverage the many opportunities available. Through Hearsay Social, our agents will be able to more easily connect with current and prospective clients over social media, deepen relationships and ultimately grow business.”

Many agents at American National have already seen positive results by connecting with clients across Facebook, Google+, LinkedIn, and Twitter, including Brett A. Calder, a multiple lines general agent for American National:

“I am quite impressed with Hearsay Social. In no time at all, my team is able to schedule content campaigns in advance, making our social media presence relevant and current. This will be a very valuable tool for my business.”

Sarah Loy is another American National agent that has already established her professional presence on social media through Hearsay Social:

SarahLoyFacebook_1_cropped

SarahLoyLinkedIn_2_cropped

SarahLoyFacebook_2

We’re proud to be working with American National, a true leader in the insurance industry by providing this opportunity for agents to connect with clients and grow business through Hearsay Social!
[relatedPosts]

Thank you–Here’s to the next three years and beyond

Three years ago, we left our jobs at Microsoft and Salesforce.com to create the next generation of enterprise software. In the wake of the financial crisis, businesses hungered for innovation because they knew they needed step change in order to stay relevant to an increasingly social and mobile customer. Before “social business” and “big data” became part of the common vernacular, we founded Hearsay Labs to take advantage of their intersection. We developed software for relationship managers to attract, retain, and grow customers through social media, and dubbed this “social sales.”

The original Hearsay Labs team working out of a conference room at Sequoia Capital (March 2010)

PowerPoint slide from the original Hearsay Labs “Series A” pitch deck about the social sales value proposition (January 2010)

We dreamed of building a different kind of enterprise company: one which could move at the pace of today’s demanding customer and which could translate the unprecedented innovation and sharing happening on consumer social networks into business value for the enterprise by doing three simple things: 1) driving sales, 2) addressing governance and compliance, and 3) focusing on training and customer success.

In the spirit of that original mission, we are delighted today to announce a $30 million round of Series C funding and more than doubling of our enterprise customer base over the last year.

Hearsay Social has raised an additional $30 million in Series C funding led by existing investors, Sequoia Capital and NEA, bringing its total funding to $51 million.

To our long-standing customers: thank you for believing in us and joining our journey early on. To our newest customers, including Raymond James Financial, Mutual of Omaha, Bank of the West, Nationwide Insurance, Allianz Global Investors, Wunderlich Securities, Modern Woodmen of America, Southwest Business Corporation, RPM Mortgage, and Mortgage Master: a heartfelt welcome from the entire Hearsay Social team! We are excited to use our new funds to drive even greater innovation and social sales success for you.

Between our newly opened European offices and exclusive partnership with LIMRA in the life insurance industry, it has been a busy year at Hearsay Social. But we are just getting started in the social sales movement. We are humbled beyond words by these tremendous milestones that we share with you today, and above all, we thank you, our customers, for your vision and partnership. We couldn’t have done it without you.

Here’s to the next three years and beyond. Here’s to your success in the Social Era!

Our very best,

Clara and Steve

Founders of Hearsay Social (formerly Hearsay Labs)

Hearsay Social team today (July 2013)

To learn more about today’s announcement, read the full press release.