HawkSoft | March 10, 2021
HawkSoft, the Oregon-based management system and insurtech provider, has introduced a new tool to eliminate double-entry on the web: HawkLink for Google Chrome. Insurance professionals often waste valuable hours and risk E&O exposure by physically re-entering client and policy information from their management system into carrier portals or other insurance websites.
As an extension for the most popular web browser in the world, HawkLink for Google Chrome enables agency staff to effortlessly auto-fill agency, client, and policy information from their HawkSoft management system into most websites compatible with the Chrome browser. HawkLink passes information from the HawkSoft management system into websites for quoting, policy servicing, digital payment processing, and premium finance. The intelligent tool adjusts as it memorizes where information is flooded to on specific insurance websites. Agents can share their field mappings back to HawkSoft to add to crowd-sourced database of mappings already available to all agencies.
The first iteration of HawkLink was introduced in 2003 as a toolbar on the then-dominant Internet Explorer browser. "There was so much rich data in our management system that we wanted to make available to use on company websites," recalls Paul Hawkins, CEO and co-founder of HawkSoft, remembering the genesis of HawkLink. The original toolbar and later dedicated browser version of HawkLink have saved HawkSoft agencies thousands of hours over the years. With the browser popularity shifting from Internet Explorer to Google Chrome, the original toolbar's efficacy needed a rethinking. "We knew it was time to give HawkLink some love," said Paul Hawkins, "and this was an opportunity to re-invent HawkLink with ideas that have come up over the years but that the old toolbar could no longer support."
Sean Hawkins, VP of Development and co-founder of HawkSoft, took on the challenge of redesigning HawkLink as a browser extension to Google Chrome. "Our Product and Development teams have made so much progress towards moving HawkSoft into the cloud," noted Sean, "that we could really innovate on how HawkLink works." This included making HawkLink an extension for Google Chrome, leveraging easier data accessibility through HawkSoft Cloud to increase the amount of available data, and making mapping websites a crowd-sourced and community-driven initiative. Sean explained, "crowd-sourced mappings was our Holy Grail for this version of HawkLink. With it, HawkLink for Google Chrome gets better every time a HawkSoft agency uses it to map a new website." HawkLink for Google Chrome has over 50 common and regional insurance carriers, financial services and government websites pre-mapped for auto-fill thanks to crowd-sourcing efforts by agencies and direct collaboration with the website owners. Dozens of new websites are being added every month.
For HawkSoft agencies, HawkLink for Google Chrome is cutting down the time it takes to navigate and use their company websites. HawkLink can launch multiple company websites at once, a powerful time saver for agents like Kelly Endicott of Ohio. "My staff and I generally know the three or four companies we might place a new client with, which is why we haven't felt the need to invest in a comparative rater," said Kelly. "With HawkLink, I can launch those websites in one go and make it through each quote process in a matter of minutes." For agents that understand where to place a risk, she observed, "HawkLink is the fastest way to get an accurate and bindable quote from a company."
HawkLink for Google Chrome is available with the latest release of HawkSoft, out now for all customers. The feature is available at no additional cost.
Since 1995, HawkSoft is a leader in management systems for independent insurance agencies that want effective workflows and a delightful experience for staff and policyholders. Created by independent agents, HawkSoft continues to evolve as a cutting-edge system that powers thousands of agencies. HawkSoft offers the following promise to insurance agents: your investment in HawkSoft will pay for itself in the first year.
Oakbridge Insurance Agency LLC | March 01, 2022
Oakbridge Insurance Agency LLC (Oakbridge), one of the largest independent insurance and risk management agencies in the Southeast, today announced a new partnership with Marietta Insurance Services, an independent agency headquartered in Marietta, Georgia. The partnership extends Oakbridge's footprint in Metro Atlanta in support of the firm's aggressive growth model.
The partnership creates a broader suite of carriers, resources and risk management services for specialty personal lines and commercial lines solutions for clients in the growing Atlanta suburbs.
"We are excited to welcome Marietta Insurance Services as our newest partner. Their reputation in Georgia as a client-centric advisor is evidenced by their relationships and longevity in the market, This partnership will allow us to further extend Marietta's successful insurance solutions and service offerings in north Atlanta and beyond."
-Oakbridge CEO Robbie Smith.
The partnership offers Marietta Insurance Services access to Oakbridge's sales training and risk management platform, including its innovative Proactive Services offering that seeks to identify and mitigate risks through proprietary analysis and a hands-on, consultative approach.
"Oakbridge's partner-first model allows us to grow our insurance capabilities while maintaining the service our clients know and trust, This opportunity allows us to bolster our current service offerings through increased carrier access, enhanced training and resource offerings while taking advantage of unprecedented industry growth and innovation."
-Marietta Insurance Services Principal Jimmy Mayo.
As an Oakbridge partner, Marietta Insurance Services will maintain its presence in Marietta, Georgia.
About Oakbridge Insurance Agency
Founded in 2020 through the merger of four leading insurance and risk management firms in the Southeast, Oakbridge Insurance Agency LLC is a rapidly growing partnership model for firms seeking accelerated growth, access to capital and an expanded suite of resources with which to serve clients. Ranked a "Top 100" insurance brokerage by Business Insurance and Insurance Journal magazines, Oakbridge is now one of the largest privately owned insurance, risk management, and employee benefits agencies in the region. The agency has specific experience in the agriculture, bond/surety, construction, financial, health care, manufacturing, municipalities, non-profit, senior living, and transportation industries.
Majesco | April 06, 2021
Majesco, a global leader of next-generation cloud insurance platform software for insurance business transformation, today reported the overall accessibility of new key capabilities to Majesco's Distribution Management platform.
“Our latest product release for Majesco Distribution Management, includes major ease of use capabilities for our customers,” said Manish Shah, President and Chief Product Officer at Majesco. “We have now enabled carriers to quickly and automatically identify and notify under performers and route them to termination if necessary. In addition, we added enhanced communication preferences, through configurable notifications, which can be sent directly to producers or their parent organization, and mass onboarding of producers through a file upload, particularly valuable when bringing on large distribution groups.”
This most recent delivery features Majesco's continued strategic investment in distribution management by expanding innovative, new digital, distribution and data capabilities to speed distribution on-boarding and optimize the distribution operation to drive profitable growth. A portion of the key new capabilities include:
Distributor Performance – Enables carriers to configure rules that automate identification of under performers and flag for termination. The approval workflow includes low performance warning notifications sent to producers prior to review of a potential termination decision. After review, the termination can be cancelled if performance is met or accepted.
Communication Personalization –Enhanced capabilities through configuration of communication and notification preferences for distributors or their parent organization. This capability will enable carrier’s flexibility to better service distribution channels that can influence growth in business from those channels.
Rapid Mass Onboarding –New mass onboarding that speeds and streamlines the onboarding process and enables hundreds or thousands of producers to be onboarded simultaneously through a simple file load rather than a manual process, accelerating business growth.
“Insurers acceleration of new products, new business models, and new ways of engaging with customers is driving an increase in the use of new channels,” said Karlyn Carnahan, head of Celent’s North American Property Casualty practice. “If a carrier wants to fully exploit the potential of its various channels, they must think very differently about distribution management, compensation and segmentation. Distribution management platforms must continue to evolve to enable insurers to manage their distribution force with increasing sophistication.”
The present insurers should unite a scope of distribution, data and digital capabilities as a foundation of a next-generation distribution operation to successfully expand their reach, brand and customer engagement in a multi-channel world. Majesco Distribution Management offers a next generation solution to deal with the intricacies of a changing distribution landscape utilizing innovation that keeps the insurance suppliers on the main edge by diminishing an opportunity to execute a new distribution plan or consolidate the current channel landscape onto a common platform. From dealing with multiple channels, to handling intricate and high-volume changes, and personalizing payment schedules for channels, to obliging integration with existing center insurance systems, Majesco Distribution Management empowers agility, innovation and speed.
Majesco provides technology, expertise, and leadership that helps insurers modernize, innovate and connect to build the future of their business – and the future of insurance – at speed and scale. Our platforms connect people and businesses to insurance in ways that are innovative, hyper-relevant, compelling and personal. Over 200 insurance companies worldwide in P&C, L&A and Group Benefits are transforming their businesses by modernizing, optimizing or creating new business models with Majesco. Our market-leading solutions include CloudInsurer® P&C Core Suite (Policy, Billing, Claims); CloudInsurer® LifePlus Solutions (AdminPlus, AdvicePlus, IllustratePlus, DistributionPlus); CloudInsurer® L&A and Group Core Suite (Policy, Billing, Claims); Digital1st® Insurance with Digital1st® eConnect, Digital1st® EcoExchange and Digital1st® Platform – a cloud-native, microservices and open API platform; Distribution Management, Data and Analytics and an Enterprise Data Warehouse.