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The Connected Business of Insurance

Applied Net 2017: Week in Review

September 28, 2017

by Applied Communications

As more than 3,400 attendees can attest, Applied Net is THE forum to learn about the latest insurance technologies and strategies to prepare your business for digital transformation.

If you missed the world’s largest gathering of independent insurance agents and brokers in Vegas this year, all is not lost. Here’s a recap of Applied Net 2017, as experienced and reported by some of this year’s attendees.

Getting Ready for the Week

Whether catching the flight to Las Vegas, picking up a conference badge and those ever-important ribbons at the registration desk, or connecting with new and old Applied Net friends at the opening night reception, excitement was in the air as attendees descended upon the MGM Grand Las Vegas.  

Inspiring Keynotes

Tuesday’s opening keynotes set the tone for the week ahead. First, Applied Systems CEO Reid French took the stage to update us on the state of the insurance industry, and what digital transformation means for independent agencies and brokers. Then, one of the world’s greatest leaders, Admiral William H. McRaven, shared what his experiences as a Navy SEAL have taught him about leadership amidst turmoil, the power of teamwork and initiative, and the importance of never giving up.

On Wednesday, Michael Howe, SVP of Product Management, unveiled the latest Applied Digital Agency product innovations and roadmap, while Kris Hackney, EVP of Customer Experience, discussed how investing in people, process and technology can enable you to deliver an exceptional customer experience. Finally, Tony Hsieh, CEO of Zappos, shared how customer service, company culture and community can be successful business drivers.

Time to Learn

This year’s conference included more user-led education sessions than ever before. With more than 220 sessions and 11 different tracks to choose from, there was something for everyone. Some of the most popular sessions included Applied Epic Tips and Techniques, Improving the Use of Data in Your Everyday Operations, and 5 Ways to Transform Your Agency’s Digital Marketing.

Making Connections

As our alumni know well, Applied Net is the best place to network with agents and brokers from across the industry. We kicked off the week with great roundtable discussions at the Applied Net Networking Roundtables, where attendees chatted with new and old friends about topics of mutual interest. After sessions, attendees enjoyed exploring the Applied Net Exchange floor to network with peers, connect with exhibitors and test drive the latest product innovations.

Evening Events

In Las Vegas, everything is bigger and better. After full days of learning and networking, it was time to let loose! From being mesmerized by the daring acrobatics of KÀ by Cirque du Soleil to dancing the night away in one of the hottest nightclubs on the Las Vegas Strip, Applied Net 2017’s evening events showed us all how to have some fun, Vegas style.

Final Goodbyes

As the week came to a close, it was time to reflect on our time in Las Vegas and think about the knowledge and experiences we would be bringing home.

Looking Ahead

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If you experienced the excitement of Applied Net 2017 first-hand, leave a comment and tell us about your favorite part of the week.



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