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Learn about Catalyit – your new Big “I” go-to technology resource for independent insurance agencies. Catalyit helps agencies discover, evaluate, select, and implement the best technology for their organizations. World-class tech experts, guidance, solutions, training, and community can now be found in one place! Learn how you can access technology solution guides and reviews, training assessments, and tools through Catalyit.com. Steve Anderson, one of the original thought leaders/influencers for LinkedIn will guide you through important resources and technology available to you and your agency.
Technology is developing faster today than ever. New platforms, tools, and processes are becoming available that were futuristic just a few years ago. There are hundreds of tech firms that have their sights on changing the insurance industry dramatically. Technology should be helping you thrive, not costing you money. What opportunities do these firms see that you might be missing? Which InsurTech developments should you ignore, which will help improve your margins? How you respond to the changing nature of risk will help your agency go further faster.
- Eager Adoption of External Trends
- Your IT Department Should Generate Revenue
- Experiment with New Technology to Find the Winners
Technology is developing faster today than ever. New platforms, tools, and processes are becoming available that were futuristic just a few years ago. There are hundreds of tech firms that have their sights on changing the insurance industry dramatically. Technology should be helping you thrive, not costing you money. What opportunities do these firms see you might be missing? Which InsurTech developments should you ignore, which will help improve your margins? How you respond to the changing nature of risk will help your agency go further faster.
- Eager Adoption of External Trends
- Your IT Department Should Generate Revenue
- Experiment with New Technology to Find the Winners
Best practices are tools agencies use to gauge how their operation compares to other similar agencies by looking at what’s worked in the past. Looking at past successes no longer guarantees future success. How we sell, market, communicate, collaborate, innovate, and learn are changing faster than ever. Going beyond best practices helps agencies learn how to look ahead at what will be successful as they test, experiment, fail, learn, and get better at creating an exceptional customer experience. Agencies that are willing to look ahead will be the top agencies of the future. A Beyond Best Practice Agency is not satisfied with being in the top 25%; they strive to be in the top 1% and are the leaders that other agencies follow. Are you ready?
Technology: you can’t do business or run an agency without it. The time is now to make your tech stack do more – bigger profit, happier customers, easier workflow. You’ll get help developing your plan of attack! You’ll also learn about Catalyit – your new Big “I” go-to technology resource for independent insurance agencies. World-class tech experts, guidance, solutions, training, and community can now be found in one place! Learn how you can access technology solution guides and reviews, training assessments, and tools through Catalyit.com. Steve Anderson, one of the original thought leaders/influencers for LinkedIn will guide you through important resources and technology available to you and your agency. Don’t know what a tech stack is? No worries – you will after this!
Emerging technology plays an increasingly crucial role in the lives of individuals and business. The sharing economy, the increasing use of Drones, 3-D printing, smart homes and buildings, artificial and virtual reality, voice computing, Blockchain, the Internet of Things, Telematics, and Machine Learning are just some of the new technologies being adopted by agency clients. Does your staff understand how to provide proper insurance advice? When exclusions are added to a policy, what is the agency responsibility to inform their client? This class helps all agency staff better understand emerging technology and the insurance implications so they can better service their clients and protect against emerging E&O issues.
Technology is a key tool for effectively managing today’s insurance agency. That same technology also presents risks and challenges that need to be addressed and managed to minimize your agency errors and omissions exposure. This class will explore technologies being used by agency staff that increase E&O exposures such as poor email management, capturing electronic documents, remote workers, interactive websites, text message use and compliance, company and agency service centers, social platforms, and client self-service. Specific recommendations on how to reduce an agency’s exposure to potential problems will be discussed.
Simply providing good customer service is no longer good enough. Today’s consumers’ expectations are changing fast. Their expectation of what makes an excellent customer experience is changing even more quickly. Successful agencies that look toward the future will be adapting and changing as fast or faster than the consumers they serve. This program provides a roadmap for what it takes to create an experience that will keep customers coming back.
Best practices have been a tool used by agencies to measure how their operation stacks up to other agencies by looking at what’s worked in the past. Unfortunately, looking at past successes no longer guarantees future success. How we sell, market, communicate, collaborate, innovate, and learn are all changing faster than ever. Going beyond best practices helps agencies learn how to look ahead at what will be successful as they test, experiment, fail, learn, and get better at creating an excellent customer experience. Agencies that are willing to look ahead will be the successful companies in the future. A Beyond Best Practice Agency is not satisfied with being in the top 25%; they strive to be in the top 1% and are the leaders that other agencies follow.
The marketing activities that agencies have relied on for many years to retain existing clients and generate new business are not working as well as in the past. The new consumer is using the Internet for researching all types of purchases, including insurance policies. New mobile computing platforms, including iPads, smartphones, and other mobile devices are redefining what it means to “stay in touch.” Even with all the new “stuff,” people still want to buy from people. Moreover, this is why independent agencies should not be afraid of this transformation. Companies can take advantage of this change and grow their agencies if they are willing to think differently about marketing and sales. This presentation details the six key elements of a successful strategy that will produce increased retention and generate new business.
Showing up on a Google search results page is a key way to generate new business. However, being found on the Internet takes much more than having an outdated agency website and a Facebook page. Maximizing your organization’s Internet presence so that the right people can find you requires understanding of how search engines work and then learning the specific steps anyone can take to increase his or her chances of being visible in a search. The good news is that it costs little to nothing to get started. This presentation details the steps you can take to get started.
LinkedIn—the leading social platform for professionals—now has over 500 million members worldwide, 10 million active job postings, and data on more than 9 million companies. The networking, referral, and prospect research opportunities are vast for insurance agents and brokers—if they take advantage of all LinkedIn has to offer. At a minimum, every salesperson in your organization should have a fully completed LinkedIn profile. We strongly suggest that every individual in your office also have a complete profile. This session demonstrates the benefits of an active LinkedIn presence and demonstrates how to get started.
Personal information is at the core of every insurance organization, ranging from customer information to employee information to operational information to financial reporting. If leaked, stolen, hacked or altered in any way, it may impact the organization’s revenues and profits, reputation and brand, customer perception, and may result in regulatory or legal action. It is imperative for any insurance organization to keep its information secure. This presentation explores how data breaches occur and provide specific guidelines on how any insurance organization can properly protect that information.
The Internet has dramatically and rapidly altered business. Online transactions are the new normal. These changes present opportunities for clients, but also pose significant risks. These are exposures they look to you—their agent—for protection. Cyber Liability Insurance is currently the wild west of insurance coverage. Do you know what you are selling? This session reviews the ten insurance agreements as well as coverage options. You will leave with a better understanding of what you need to know to protect your clients and your agency.
In this electronic age, it is becoming increasingly important for agencies to learn how to manage all types of documents efficiently. In the past, this has meant managing paper files. Today, every agency needs to manage an increasing volume of electronic records as well. This session will help any size agency understand the issues involved when creating an electronic document management system. The nuts and bolts are explained so you can learn how to use this tool in your agency. A successfully implemented document management system will help every agency lower costs, improve customer service, reduce data entry errors, eliminate lost files, reduce file space requirements, and allow for managing the flow of information.
Email is one of the biggest productivity drains in an agency today. You can’t live without it. The key to being productive with email is to learn how to manage your Outlook in-box effectively. With a little work and perseverance, getting your in-box to zero items is an achievable goal. This session will highlight ten essential steps necessary to tame your Outlook in-box. It will offer practical advice you can take back to your office and immediately implement.
The latest and greatest technology tools are great, but are they helping you get more done in less time? Insurance technology authority Steve Anderson will explore ways you can add at least five more hours of productivity to your workweek without working longer. Steve will show you his most productive hardware tools, software platforms, and mobile apps that he uses every day to maximize his productivity. These tools could be your key to freeing up unproductive time so you can accomplish more of what matters to you the most.
Personal Lines can represent the highest margin book of business an agency can develop. Marketing, selling, and servicing personal lines business today is much different than it was just a few years ago. Consumer expectations have significantly changed. Agencies need to understand and adapt to these changes if they are going to be able to take back personal lines. This class will explore current consumer expectations, how marketing and customer service has changed, as well as specific steps agencies can take to build a profitable personal lines book of business.
Technology plays a vital role in effectively managing today’s insurance agency. This same technology also presents risks and challenges that need to be managed to minimize your errors and omissions exposure. Selecting an agency management system is key to being able to effectively maintain and process client information. This session will explore a method for evaluating and selecting the best system for each type of agency.
With high-speed data lines, cloud-based platforms accessed through Internet browsers, VoIP phone systems, and active customer friendly websites, why do we all gather at a single expensive location to work? Offices are scaling back and allowing for a core group of rotating employees to keep the shop open while allowing others to work from home or any other place they have access to browser software. Is this the future? Can it save money? How do we monitor activity? What are the human resource issues? What about worker’s compensation? Keep an open mind and explore this intriguing concept in more detail.
The explosive growth of multi-location and branch office operations, teleworking, and outsourcing options have made managing a distributed workforce effectively an important skill for agency managers. Effective collaboration, keeping communication flowing, and making sure the work gets done is a significant challenge. This session will provide tips and tools for helping your staff work more effectively in a remote environment. It will also provide information on the latest in collaboration technology, performance tracking, and outsourcing options available to the insurance industry.
Creating a stream of new prospects interested in your products and services will be key to surviving and thriving in the continued soft economic environment. Just hiring more producers is an outdated strategy. Agencies must get better at understanding and implementing marketing programs that generate leads—and the Internet must be an essential part of this plan. “The New Sales Manager” will help you understand these new marketing concepts and responsibilities.
Technology! You may love it or hate it, but you can’t operate an agency without a broad variety of technology. This session will explore the latest in new technologies that help agents to manage more efficiently and grow their companies. The session will review the latest software, hardware, and Internet sites that agents should know about to help them stay competitive. Learn from concrete examples just how each of these tools can help increase productivity and effectiveness in an agency—all from the perspective of a licensed agent who grew up in the trenches just like you.
This program will help insurance agency staff take a new look at how to attract a new generation of consumers to their agency. Today’s consumer demands a different type and level of communication than at any time in the past. Agencies must respond. Technology tools have been available for some time that helps agencies provide proper protection to their clients. In a rapidly changing environment, insurance agents must learn to adapt and innovate. The class will explain how an agency organization can use current and emerging technology tools to connect more effectively with future consumers.
Small commercial business can be one of the most profitable books of business for an agency—if they create the right strategy to reduce the cost of acquiring this type of low revenue business. They also need to streamline and automate ongoing servicing activities. This presentation details how single-purpose websites can be effectively used to create niche markets for generic main street business. Technology, effectively implemented, can provide the agency with the ability to provide quality customer service at a reduced cost.
Steve Anderson: Catalyit Bio
Steve is the Co-Founder and CEO of Catalyit™, The Insurance Agency Technology Resource Company. Backed by 17 Big I state associations, Catalyit™ helps busy insurance agency owners discover, evaluate, select, and implement the technology they need to thrive.
Steve is a trusted authority on risk, technology, productivity, and invention and has over thirty-five years of experience in the insurance industry. He holds a master’s degree in Insurance Law. LinkedIn selected Steve to participate in their prestigious Influencer Program and has over 340,000 followers.
Steve is the author of the international bestselling book The Bezos Letters: 14 Principles to Grow Your Business Like Amazon. In this very readable and practical book, he takes a unique perspective on business growth by analyzing and demystifying how Amazon’s CEO Jeff Bezos has grown Amazon, arguably one of the most successful companies in the world.
He appeared in USA Today, Wall Street Journal, Investors Business Daily, Forbes, CEO Magazine, and FOX News Extra.
Steve and his wife, Karen, have two married daughters, but more importantly, seven amazing young grandchildren. They live in historic Franklin, Tennessee.