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

October 12, 2015

by Applied Communications
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Applied-Net-2015_Navigating-the-ExchangeThis 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 and products.

To make navigating the Exchange easier, here are tips to help you stay organized and make the most of your Applied Net Exchange visits:

Plan Ahead – Identify Exhibitors You Want to Meet

Check out the list of 2015 exhibitors and decide which companies you’d most like to visit with. Are there vendors there that your business would like to learn more about? Are there exhibitors your agency or brokerage already has relationships with? Make a list of any questions you might have for them and be sure to stop by their booths to learn about the latest vendor and insurer products and technologies.

Bring Your Contact Information

Don’t forget your business cards. Industry peers, Applied staff, Applied Client Network members and exhibitors are ready and willing to network with you so have your business cards handy to exchange contact information. Or, the Applied Net 2015 mobile app makes networking even easier. See the next tip…

Use the Applied Net 2015 App

With the Applied Net 2015 app, you’ll have all of the resources you need at your fingertips to successfully navigate the conference. You can manage your session schedule, network with peers and exhibitors, access conference venue maps, and more – conveniently from the app. While you are visiting exhibitors, be on the lookout for QR codes placed throughout the Applied Net Exchange. Scanning a QR code and then posting a status update in the app will earn you an app Achievement Badge. Those who earn all Achievement Badges will be entered into a drawing to win a Microsoft® Surface Pro!

Experience New Applied Technology

At the Applied Net Exchange, you can meet with Applied software experts at the Applied booth to demo the latest Applied innovations, or schedule a one-on-one meeting with a support specialist. Below are some questions to think about ahead of time to help narrow down which products you should check out:

  • What other technology solutions are available that can integrate into my management system that will help us bind quotes more quickly and provide higher value service?

    Suggestion: If you are a U.S. agency interested in solutions to increase efficiency and save your staff time, don’t miss the IVANS Insurance Solutions booth. IVANS solutions enable U.S.-based agents to seamlessly connect to carriers and MGAs by a single, efficient workflow for information exchange that reduces manual processes, so agents can deliver faster client service. Stop by to demo IVANS Download, IVANS Real-Time and the new IVANS Exchange online tool for agencies to quickly view and manage carrier and MGA download connections on demand.

    Did you know that Applied has expanded its rating solutions to the U.S. market? Both U.S. and Canada-based agencies and brokerages now have access to the industry’s most accurate and comprehensive rating solution. Applied Rater allows agencies and brokerages to deliver faster customer service while increasing productivity. Stop by the Applied booth for a demo.

  • Am I still using the best Applied agency or brokerage management solution for my business?

    Suggestion: Stop by the Applied booth for a demo of the latest version of Applied Epic, the fastest-growing and most technologically advanced management system chosen by more agencies and brokerages to manage their property and casualty and benefits business in a single application. Applied will be announcing some new capabilities at the conference that you don’t want to miss!

  • Do I have multi-channel service capabilities that enable my staff to meet today’s consumer expectations?

    Suggestion: At the Applied Net Exchange, you can demo technology solutions that enable mobility. For example, Applied MobileProducer connects insurance producers and brokers in the field to information in their management system via a mobile app, enabling them to sell more business for increased profitability. Consider an online self-service portal like Applied CSR24 to provide your clients with 24/7 access to their information. You can demo both at the Applied booth.

  • We have massive amounts of data but does our current technology truly provide data-driven insights that enable us to make quicker, more informed, actionable business decisions?

    Suggestion: If you’ve heard about big data and understand its importance but find it challenging to actually move from data to insights, stop by the Applied booth and ask for a demo of Applied PerformanceManagement. Applied PerformanceManagement is a purpose-built business intelligence solution for independent insurance agents and brokers that presents data in an easy-to-understand visual interface with graphical reports that deliver multiple levels of analysis on key performance business indicators (KPIs) for your book of business, employee operations and insurer relationships.

Don’t Miss the Applied Client Network Booth

Applied Client Network is the largest group of educators and advocates for users of Applied Systems software. Comprised of dedicated volunteers and committees, Applied Client Network identifies and responds to the needs of users in developing new education, tools and materials to drive efficiency and agency value. More than 55 affiliated local and virtual chapters give members the opportunity to network and utilize training materials, seminars and membership support with other users in their area. Simply put, Applied Client Network facilitates “users helping users.” Stop by their booth to learn more or visit www.appliedclientnetwork.org.

Last But Not Least, Learn All You Can

The most important thing that you should take away from the Applied Net Exchange or Applied Net conference as a whole is education – whether new tools, insights, or best practices, putting what you learn to work at your agency or brokerage will help you succeed and grow.  

As we like to say, “What happens in Vegas, DOESN’T stay in Vegas.” Instead, the insights and best practices you learn for using Applied solutions return home with you so you can share your knowledge and improve your agency or brokerage.

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Good ideas on getting through a conference like this! It’s always good to have a game plan of what you want to get done.

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