The Digital Age & Independent Insurance Agents

The Digital Age & Independent Insurance Agents

Liberty Mutual and Safeco just released a study they call The State of Digital in Independent Insurance Agencies. It notes how important digitization is to staying relevant in the insurance industry.

The survey of over 730 independent agents divided their agencies into three categories. They are low, medium and high in digital practices. Where an agent and an agency landed depended on how they adapted digital tools to their businesses.

Most — the study found — have been really slow to adopt digital tools.

Tyler Asher is the head of independent agent distribution for Liberty Mutual and Safeco. He said the top-5 digital profit drivers are online quoting, self-service portals, live online chat options, call tracking and Google ads. Asher noted that the most highly digital agencies grow 70% faster than those not going the digital route.

“Digital can create business efficiencies, improve customer satisfaction, and–as this research shows–benefit the bottom line,” he said. “As agencies look ahead to 2023 and consider how a potential economic downturn may impact business, digital can and should be at the forefront.”

Most — 90% — use email and e-signature options and 80% have options for texting and online quoting. Not much has changed there since 2020.

“Growth-focused agencies are more likely to be high digital adopters and invest in digital tools alongside other growth tactics,” the report said. “60% of growth-focused agencies said they planned to invest in new digital capabilities, as opposed to 42% of slow and steady growth agencies.”

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