Hiscox USA Launches Barcode Campaign to Highlight How Small Businesses' Unique Needs Deserve a True, Specialized Insurance Partner

PR Newswire | April 08, 2019

Hiscox, the international specialist insurer, today announced the launch of its Barcode campaign, which expands its award-winning Encourage Courage® brand platform aimed at US small businesses. The campaign focuses on the importance of recognizing and supporting the unique needs, challenges and risks small business owners face, as to the untrained eye, small businesses, like barcodes, can appear alarmingly similar. This is the first fully integrated media campaign for Hiscox USA, which will include TV, print, digital and sponsorships with National Public Radio, The Wall Street Journal, Entrepreneur, ABC and Major League Baseball. Small businesses don't fit into any one set mold and neither do their needs. This campaign celebrates their individuality and courage," said Russ Findlay, Chief Marketing Officer at Hiscox USA. "It's crucial to our clients' success that we, as a small business insurance provider, remain nimble, adapt quickly and offer proactive, tailored solutions, as a 'one-size-fits-all' mentality just doesn't work.

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With its eerily accurate predictions about advanced technology becoming an integral part of everyday life, the book's revived popularity only hints at the massive surge of excitement surrounding one specific subject Artificial Intelligence (AI). The numbers tell the same story: deals to Al startups enabling computers to mimic human intelligence and decision behavior increased 4.6x, from 150 in 2012 to 698 in 2016'. With a combined funding of USD 4.8B in 2016' and a projected overall spend of USD 47B by 2020', a world in which Al is prevalent is no longer mere fiction.

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Bluevine and Coalition | October 18, 2022

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Often, small business owners rely on recommendations from the small business community to determine their insurance needs, but this can leave them with ill-fitting policies that don't address the specific needs of their small business. As many as 75% of small businesses in the U.S. are underinsured, and 40% do not have any insurance, pointing to an acute need for insurance solutions designed with this community in mind. 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When we first started our business, we looked for insurance from multiple sources, but when we signed up with Bluevine and learned more about what their insurance partners offer, it made the process so much easier, They helped us learn what we need for our business and get a quote. I would recommend it to anyone who is looking for insurance. We are very happy with our policy,said Daphne Simmons, owner of Ovrtake Fitness. Overall, these partnerships serve the small business owner's journey by providing the tools they need to grow and scale their business from one easy-to-access platform. Active Cyber Insurance offered by Coalition provides a new integrated approach for companies to manage cyber risk. Coalition's offering provides small and midsize companies with cybersecurity tools, active monitoring, and anytime access to digital forensics and incident response services, combined with insurance coverage provided by well-known insurance carriers. By identifying and mitigating digital risk, policyholders that choose Coalition's offering experience 50% fewer cyber claims than the broader U.S. market, with 45% of incidents resolved at no cost. In our experience, many cyber criminals are opportunistic, particularly when it comes to small organizations. No company is too small to be an enticing financial opportunity for attackers, Choosing to go with Coalition's Active Cyber Insurance offering can help a small business avoid a potentially catastrophic cyber incident – like a ransomware attack – where financial costs could cripple a business. We are delighted to bring Coalition's product offering to Bluevine customers with the aim of increasing access to cyber insurance for organizations of all sizes and continuing to prevent digital risk before it strikes,said Catherine Lyle, Coalition's Head of Claims. 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Vertafore | October 06, 2022

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