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I spoke this morning with an operations executive at a large insurer which distributes personal lines products through independent agents. He said that they are working feverously to deliver digital service tools to the customer service representatives (CSRs) at agents because they know that the average CSR is now 19 to 26 years old. This […]

May 29th, 2015 | Filed under Innovation

Let me present you my first smart watch: Timex Datalink. My mom gave me this as a present when I was 23, back in 1995 (Oh my, I just gave out my age!). For those that haven’t seen one of these, it was the first watch capable of downloading information from a computer. Co-developed by […]

May 7th, 2015 | Filed under Innovation, Insurance, Market Trends, Marketing

It struck me while I was driving this morning: First-gen mobile apps are fine, but virtually everyone is missing high-volume opportunities to engage with their customers. Allow me to back up a step. I was stuck in traffic. Not surprisingly, that gave me some time to ponder my driving experience. I found myself thinking: Why […]

Apr 30th, 2015 | Filed under Innovation, Insurance, IT, Market Trends, Uncategorized

An article posted by Reuters pointed out that this week, YouTube celebrates its 10th anniversary and Facebook reported that there are now 4 billion videos viewed on its site every day (up from 1 billion in September). These facts reminded me of our 2015 Celent Model Insurer case study about Security First Insurance (see Celent […]

Apr 30th, 2015 | Filed under Uncategorized

Earlier this week some users of the Wink smart home hub found that their smart home hub was more useful as a door stop or brick than as a hub. A fix is being worked on and rolled out to customers but for me this looks like the teething problems of the still nascent Internet […]

Apr 23rd, 2015 | Filed under Innovation, Insurance, IT, Market Trends, Uncategorized

Shocking results in J.D. Power’s 2015 U.S.Tech Choice Study released today – consumers want crash avoidance technology and are willing to pay for it! We discovered a similar view in our recent Celent report Targeting Innovation: How Your Customers Might Respond. The data pointed to the fact that consumers want to see innovation in service […]

Apr 22nd, 2015 | Filed under Insurance, Market Trends

Bold words, perhaps. Transform the industry? It just might. If you did not see the announcement, you can learn more about the program at the John Hancock Vitality website. If you participate in their program, you can receive rewards and premium savings. The program rewards healthy activity, regular exercise, regular checkups and even reading about […]

Apr 10th, 2015 | Filed under Insurance, Market Trends

I’ve had the opportunity to work alongside commercial property insurance underwriters. This is a very unique group – extremely detail-oriented, whip smart, very black and white, but not given to back-slapping humor or ironic observation. So, when one used the phrase “What we need is a good catastrophe”, it really made an impression on me. […]

Jan 9th, 2015 | Filed under Uncategorized

The opportunities and threats facing the insurance industry are forcing a change in the conversation around innovation in the sector. Celent has been tracking innovation in financial services for the last 18 months and we have detected a recent shift in interest. In 2014, insurers were exploring why they might need to invest in disciplined […]

Jan 6th, 2015 | Filed under Innovation, Insurance

At the National Underwriter Executive Conference last week, a member of the Board of Directors at one of the largest life insurers in the world warned insurers: “Don’t let what happened to the taxi industry happen to us. Taxis thought regulation would protect them and you see where that got them. We can’t allow ourselves […]

Dec 11th, 2014 | Filed under Uncategorized