CORE INSURANCE, RISK MANAGEMENT
Insurify | March 13, 2023
Insurify, Inc., a leading online insurance agency in the United States that specializes in facilitating insurance comparisons, purchases, and management, has recently announced its plans to acquire Inspop USA, LLC as well as Compare.com Insurance Agency, LLC (Compare.com), a reputed player in the US online auto insurance comparison market. The acquisition is anticipated to be finalized within the first half of 2023.
This collaboration will enable Insurify to leverage the strengths of both brands, platforms, and operations to provide cutting-edge solutions to customers and insurance carriers. It is worth noting that Insurify plans to preserve the Compare.com brand.
Compare.com was established by Admiral Group plc (Admiral), a prominent UK-based auto insurance provider and a member of FTSE 100. In connection with the transaction, Admiral will maintain a minority ownership in Insurify and remain a key strategic investor. Moreover, Allie Feakins, CEO of Compare.com, will join Insurify as Senior Vice President of Insurance, where she will spearhead insurance operations for the newly-consolidated company.
Costantino Moretti, Head of International Insurance, Admiral Group said, "This is a positive outcome for Compare.com customers and employees who will continue to empower more motorists in the U.S. to shop and save on their insurance needs. This transaction will enable Admiral to continue to focus on what we have consistently done well, creating, underwriting and delivering leading financial service products, while also benefiting from the continued momentum being seen in the US price comparison market."
(Source – Business Wire)
Besides, this deal has no bearing on Admiral's US-based insurance venture, Elephant, which operates independently as a separate entity.
Insurify is a prominent virtual insurance agent in the United States, headquartered in Cambridge (Massachusetts). The company provides customers with access to the most accurate estimates for auto and house insurance safely and reliably, along with expert guidance. As a result, Insurify has helped facilitate over $200 billion in insurance coverage and provided over 70 million quotes. Due to its outstanding achievements and contributions, it has been the recipient of several highly regarded awards and recognitions within the insurance industry.
CORE INSURANCE,INSURANCE TECHNOLOGY
Coterie Insurance and Vertaforce | January 11, 2023
On January 10, 2023, Coterie Insurance officially launched Vertafore's award-winning Commercial SubmissionsTM platform, which handles business owner’s policies (BOP) and general liability policies. Coterie, the platform's first MGA, will make it easier for independent brokers to bind and quote small commercial insurance.
The time-consuming process of quoting small business insurance lines has been made simpler using Commercial Submissions by independent agencies since it became available last spring. The platform's automated data entry tasks and connectivity with carriers have produced significant results for independent agents, enabling them to offer their business clients a better experience.
Coterie's mission and goals, which focus on revitalizing the business through digital tools, are entirely consistent with those of Commercial Submissions. Using Coterie, agencies will have access to Commercial Submissions and be open to a wider variety of specialized commercial alternatives.
Becky Monfre, Coterie's Director of Digital Partnerships, said, "We are excited to engage with Vertafore's vast network of agents on the Commercial Submissions platform and offer our BOP and general liability quotes to their agents. She further added, "Coterie is uniquely positioned on the platform to offer bindable quotes with minimal questions, as a fully digitally underwritten insurance product. This puts a quote in the agent's hand to present to their clients within minutes, offering unique products and coverage in all 50 states."
(Source: Cision PRnewswire)
"We are thrilled to welcome Coterie Insurance to Commercial Submissions and to further increase connectivity across the entire insurance distribution channel. Coterie's addition expands access to their policy solutions and adds to the platform's momentum, providing participating agents with another communicative, world-class partner who can help them quickly match customers with the product options that are right for them," said James Thom, Chief Product Officer at Vertafore.
About Coterie Insurance
Coterie Insurance helps in getting quotes and buying insurance. Small businesses can get the services they need through their website, through an independent agent, or with help from the company's support team. The company, which started operations in 2018, has its main office in Cincinnati (Ohio).
Founded in 1969, Vertafore is modernizing and streamlining the insurance life cycle and helping its customers prioritize what's truly important to them. As a result, independent agencies, MGAs, and carriers can increase efficiency, productivity, and profitability with the help of Vertafore's solutions. It provides end-to-end connectivity across the distribution channel, enhances the client and agent experience, unlocks data's power, and streamlines essential workflows.
CORE INSURANCE, INSURANCE TECHNOLOGY
HawkSoft and Input 1 | January 20, 2023
On January 19, 2023, HawkSoft, a provider of agency management systems in the insurance industry, and Input 1, which delivers digital billing, payments, and premium finance solutions, entered into a partnership that allows HawkSoft agencies to use premium collection functionalities.
Input 1 has spent over 30 years perfecting its comprehensive billing and payments platform, which simplifies the intricacies of the premium collection lifecycle. Input 1's services are used by over 125 carriers, finance companies, managing general agents, and thousands of insurance agents to bill and collect premiums from their customers.
HawkSoft's agency management system has succeeded by creating a central insurance platform with API-powered connectivity throughout the insurtech stack. In addition, the company focuses on delivering technology guided by real-world workflows to independent insurance agencies, increasing revenue and efficiency.
With the integration of Input 1's premium finance and payments solution, HawkSoft clients can use data directly from their management system to accept digital payments for pay-in-full policies, offer digital premium financing, and set up recurring payments via debit, credit, and ACH. The integration also prevents double-entry in their common workflows.
Rushang Shah, Chief Marketing Officer of HawkSoft, said, "One of our key goals is to support the unique approaches independent insurance agencies apply in running their businesses." He further expressed, "We are happy to collaborate with Input 1 and welcome them to our ecosystem as a Solution Partner."
(Source – PR Newswire)
Based in Canby (Oregon), Hawsoft provides management systems to organizations that want efficient workflows, unique experiences for employees and policyholders, and tools to foster meaningful relationships. The company, founded by independent agents, provides an innovative system that powers thousands of agencies. HawkSoft aims to assist agents in performing quality work more efficiently - not by pushing them to adapt to the software but by ensuring that it automates the steps that agents already know work best.
Input 1, LLC offers digital billing and payment solutions to property and liability insurers. The company's digital billing and payment solutions provide insurance carriers and MGAs with tailored offerings at a lower cost and faster implementation than internal IT resources. In addition, its outsourcing helps banks, insurance carriers, and insurance brokers develop lucrative profit centers that increase client support and service alternatives.