Over the past five decades, our industry has collected over 50 petabytes of data—that’s a huge pile of information by anyone’s calculation—including demographics, financial and purchasing history, and many other pieces of potentially valuable information collected by insurance companies. Alone, it’s just data—basically zeros and ones—however, when amalgamated, analyzed, and put to use, it has tremendous power to find bottlenecks in our business flows, help guide our customers through a lifetime journey of financial awareness and family protection, and present new opportunities for agents and advisors to grow the business.
I can say with confidence that we have the technology and tools to put that data to good use not only in the future, but also today- something you won’t easily find, short of hiring an army of data scientists! Let’s take a step back and look at some examples of how to best utilize all of that data:
Here are five big data scenarios that could make an impact on your business.
- Consumer Bailouts
Most of us spend a lot of time and money driving people to our websites and creating a customer journey experience that results in a quote. But how might we use big data to drive people through a different, more effective workflow? For those who are direct marketers, your data will tell you where consumers bail out from the buying process. Smart systems can drive the consumer through different workflows, selecting the best path based on their answers along the way. Machine learning can help further improve rules and workflows for the benefit of insurance companies and individuals.
- ‘Know Before You Go’ Quotes
Why give consumers an approximate price when you can let them know the exact rate and the best carrier that fits their situation, based on analytics? By looking at the consumer as an individual, we can give them an exact price, their percentage chances for approval, and the shortest path to a policy. With all of this powerful data, maybe you decide not to give an individual too many choices—just the top three—so that they’re more likely to make a purchasing decision on the spot.
- Growing Your Book of Business
Perhaps obviously, you can leverage your data to increase new business. We recommend using a third-party tool to continuously scan your data to see what’s happening in an individual’s life. Someone may have just bought a home and could use more coverage. Others may be looking to buy other types of insurance, like home and auto. With Artificial Intelligence capability, you’ll be able to use these tools to create an automated quote based on what you believe they need, according to the data.
- Cross-Selling at Delivery
People may not want to be sidetracked with additional recommendations until they reach the end of the sales cycle. But, once a policy has been issued, what else might they qualify for? You could, for instance, send them a car insurance quote based on what you know- and then ask them to apply. Overall, to reach a successful outcome, you need both the analytics and a way to manage them.
- Your Best Rep at the Ready
What if you could drive consumers to the rep who is best suited to speak with them? This is a potential gold mine within your business. Some of your reps may be more empathetic in certain situations (for instance, difficult health issues) than others. Simply stated, some reps are better at getting those individuals through the process. Sometimes it’s hard to identify them; however, machine learning and analytics can automatically drive those consumers to your best reps. Ultimately, this approach provides significantly better customer service and also helps drive more sales.
So how do we bring it all together?
Our InsureSight® product leverages data analytics and delivers AI technology that makes all the data work for you. We can amalgamate, massage, and help you interpret your data to make the most impact on your business, with the end goal of helping more families feel safe and confident.
If you want to take a deeper dive, check out the recent LIDMA webcast I did with our CEO Larry Berran called ‘Rise of the Machines: Using Data and AI to Grow Your Business’. You can also find more detailed information on the InsureSight product page.