What is Behavioral Economics?
Behavioral Economics is the fusion of psychology and economics to explain human behavior as it relates to decision-making. The concept of behavioral economics had never been studied specifically in the insurance and financial services space. HPN and LIMRA identified 7 Behavioral Economics Techniques that, when applied to the sales process, increase the likelihood of a prospect or client moving forward by 29%! The key is to help people overcome their natural human tendencies. Economics is RATIONAL but behavioral economics is very IRRATIONAL.

Here is a list of some of these tendencies and techniques:

Herding – Relate personal experiences and reference what others have done in a similar situation; use heuristics or financial rules of thumb.
Irrational Optimism – Use personal experiences to share how others have benefited or avoided a negative impact.
Loss Aversion – Demonstrate present value to help people think about how they can fit your solution in their budget.
Mental Accounting – Help classify the expense and demonstrate how a solution can satisfy more than just one financial need.
Inertia – Avoid ambiguity and explain concepts in easy-to-understand terms; provide guidelines to help people make complex decisions; use visualization to help someone “test drive” the emotions of the financial decision.

Bottom Line
Behavioral economics invokes more feelings and leaves a better impression; the immediate context of decision-making makes a difference, and simple differences in how decisions are presented can influence the choices people make.

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Joey Davenport
President, Hoopis Performance Network

Joey has over twenty years of experience in the financial services industry as a producer, manager, entrepreneur, and international speaker. His organization, the Hoopis Performance Network, was recognized for the 3rd year in a row by Inc. 5000 as one of the fastest-growing privately held businesses in the U.S.

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