Topic: technology

2016 Best Practices Study – What the Latest Report Says About the Industry
by Applied Communications

Since 1993, Reagan Consulting and the IIABA, “Big I,” have conducted the Best Practices Study to identify the top performing agencies in the United States. Conducted on a three-year cycle, the study measures the operational performance of nominated agencies against critical industry and business benchmarks. As the Best Practices program has grown, being nominated and taking […]

Fall landscape with colorful trees and a car driving down a woodsy road
Trending This Fall: Data Analytics
by Michel Guillet

3 ways to get the most out of your business data Fall is a great time of year. With beautiful views and football games, a long drive through the changing leaves on the way to a big game can be the perfect fall moment, where a love for the season is re-ignited. However, there’s a […]

Women in Insurance: Meet 3 Industry Leaders Paving the Way for the Future of Insurance
Women in Insurance: Meet 2 Industry Leaders Paving the Way for the Future of Insurance
by Applied Communications

Insurance Networking News’ 9th Annual Women in Insurance Leadership conference took place this month in Chicago, celebrating gender diversity in the workplace and honoring the important contributions of women who have helped redefine the insurance industry. The conference provides a platform for women around the country to learn from industry thought leaders, network with other […]

How Digital Is Your Agency?
Digital Technology Adoption: How Does Your Agency Score?
by Applied Communications

The results of a recent survey conducted by Applied Systems found that the national average for digital technology adoption among independent agencies is only 42%. In a time when consumers expect instant access to information and real-time customer service from mobile devices, this finding — indicating that the independent insurance agency channel continues to lag […]

Attracting Millennials and Gen Z: It Starts with Technology and Innovation
by Deborah Pickford

You couldn’t wait to become an insurance professional. It was a career you dreamed of since you were a child. In high school, you told everyone you were going to college to study insurance. Right? Well, if you’re like most people, probably not. And similar to many of us, you started working in the insurance […]

Agency/Brokerage Perpetuation
Agency Perpetuation: What You Need to Know
by Sarah Lucas

One of the great things about having your own business is the legacy you create having built it from the ground up. When you’re ready to step back from the helm, you can then either sell it, or pass it down to your chosen candidate to run. In particular, when it comes to perpetuation, our […]

The Game Plan: 6 Tips for Navigating the Applied Net Exchange
by Applied Communications

This year, the Applied Net Exchange will be the biggest ever, with more than 70 exhibitors  and our largest exhibit floor yet. Open throughout the conference, the Applied Net Exchange provides the opportunity for you to discover new Applied products, network with your peers and industry experts, and see the latest vendor and insurer technologies […]

Mobile Apps
9 Essential Apps for Independent Insurance Agents and Brokers
by Applied Communications

Apps for smartphones and tablets have forever changed the way we work and do business. No longer just games and photo editors for personal use, mobile apps can help you and your staff be more organized, efficient and productive. And the resulting time-savings can be significant allowing your staff to shift their focus to activities […]

Champion Change – Key Considerations When Adopting New Insurance Agency or Brokerage Technology
by Kris Hackney

Today, you are currently facing a number of changes in the industry – increasing industry consolidation, the evolving workforce and new consumer experience expectations. You are required to do more with less time, particularly smaller agencies or brokerages where individuals are asked to fill multiple roles and manage many disparate tasks. To ensure maximum productivity […]

office workers
3 Ways Technology Can Boost Agency Productivity
by Michael Howe

In the not too distant past, consumers went to independent agents for all of their insurance needs – whether simple or complex – because insurance was often an elusive concept to the man on the street. At the same time, insurance coverage was considered something everyone must have so when insurance-related questions came up, many […]