GEICO lets the dogs out in new anti-distracted driving campaign

Insurance Business America | April 08, 2019

You cannot teach an old dog new tricks, but GEICO’s new ad campaign thinks dogs can teach humans to stop using their phones while driving. The insurer has launched a new spot that humorously depicts dogs being trained to put down or even take away drivers’ phones, to prevent distracted driving. While these so-called “Smartdogs” do not actually exist, GEICO suggests that the next best thing drivers have is the “Do Not Disturb While Driving” feature on their phones. Citing statistics from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), GEICO said in a release that only one in five drivers set the “Do Not Disturb While Driving” on their smartphones while they are on the road. The insurer also quoted the National Safety Council, which has put out a call for drivers to keep their hands on the wheel instead of their phones, after records revealed that about 25% of vehicle crashes involve smartphone use.

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Hilb Group Acquires Tennessee-based Churchill Agency

Hilb Group | January 05, 2022

The Hilb Group announced today that it has acquired the membership interest in The Churchill Agency, LLC from The Churchill Agency Ventures, LLC based in Brentwood, Tennessee. The transaction became effective December 1, 2021. About Hilb Group: The Hilb Group is a leading property and casualty and employee benefits insurance brokerage and advisory firm headquartered in Richmond, Virginia. Hilb Group is a portfolio company of The Carlyle Group, a global investment firm. Hilb Group seeks to grow through strategic acquisitions and by leveraging its resources and expertise to drive organic growth in its acquired agencies. The company has completed more than 125 acquisitions and now has over 100 offices in 22 states. Hilb Group is rated as one of the Fastest Growing Brokers by Business Insurance, a Top P/C Agency by Insurance Journal, and one of America's Fastest Growing Private Companies in the Inc. 5000.

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Insurtech Startup ennabl and Insurance Data Innovator Fenris Digital Launch Partnership

ennabl | May 09, 2022

Insurtech startup ennabl and insurance data innovator Fenris Digital have announced a partnership allowing insurance brokers and agents to leverage Fenris' extensive pool of data to accelerate their prospecting activities and nurture client relationships. Brokers using the ennabl platform can now leverage Fenris' universe of company, consumer, and asset data to uncover insights about their clients and provide a higher level of service to their customers. Fenris is a leader in the rapidly growing insurance data market and brings a comprehensive database of companies, customers, and automobiles to brokers and agents on the ennablCROSSCHECK application. ennablCROSSCHECK allows insurance producers to accelerate their prospect research from within the ennabl data analytics platform, generating a more complete and accurate picture of their customer base. Fenris utilizes data repositories of 255+ million adults, 130+ million households, 30+ million small businesses, and complete coverage of all properties in the U.S. to enable better customer acquisition for traditional, innovative, and embedded insurance providers. Insurance brokers leveraging Fenris data can accelerate the quoting process by pre-populating forms for customers, saving customers' time, and improving downstream underwriting accuracy. To succeed in today's market, insurance brokers require a deep knowledge of their potential customer base. With Fenris data incorporated into ennabl's platform, we are giving brokers the information that they need, when and where they need it." Jennifer Linton, CEO of Fenris Digital. ennabl was founded on the belief that insurance brokers spend too much time and money across disjointed systems entering and correcting data. ennabl's mission is to allow insurance professionals to get out of the data entry business and focus on their most critical assets: their customers. The insurance industry is undergoing a radical transformation catalyzed by data, and ennabl, now powered by the addition of data from Fenris Digital's data, is poised to lead the charge." Kabir Syed, CEO of ennabl. With this partnership, ennabl becomes one of the fastest growing providers of data and growth solutions for the insurance industry. This partnership expands the reach of ennabl's platform, broadening its services and providing access to the world's largest network of data. About Fenris Digital Fenris Digital (Fenris) is an insurance data sourcing innovator delivering a suite of API-delivered, SOC 2-compliant products that leverage well-established, proprietary data repositories for Predictive Scoring, Data Enrichment and Pre-fill, and Life Event Monitoring & Alerts (LEMA), to enable modern customer acquisition workflows across auto, home, life, and small commercial lines. About ennabl ennabl was created by Kabir Syed, founder, and former CEO of RiskMatch, and former managing director at Marsh. Syed brought together a world-class team of engineers, data experts, interface designers, and industry veterans to build a platform that will totally transform the way insurance brokers conduct business. With this tool, brokers will spend less time keeping data current and more time focusing on their clients' experiences, improving their bottom line.

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New Life Insurance Focused Podcast Series Aims to Unpack Digital Transformation

Equisoft | March 31, 2022

Equisoft, a leading global digital solutions provider to the insurance and financial industry, proudly announced today the launch of a new podcast series for life insurance executives entitled "Life Accelerated". Hosted by esteemed insurance observer and commentator Anthony O'Donnell and presented in partnership with Insurance Innovation Reporter (IIR), this podcast series will tackle the insurance industry's unique challenges and how technology and modernization can deliver solutions. Each episode will feature trends in innovation, C-suite insights into transformation and best practices taken from actual insurer experiences. There's a race on to transform, and those who fall behind are standing to lose their ability to compete—or to be in the game at all, It's a critical and urgent conversation, so we'll be interviewing technology and business executives about their own transformation journeys: how they're going, what our interviewees' companies are investing in, what kind of capabilities they're developing and what kind of timeline they're facing." Anthony O'Donnell, Executive Editor at IIR. Featuring life insurance executives from leading companies such as Ameritas, MassMutual, Mutual of Omaha, New York Life, Northwestern Mutual, and many more, each 30-45 minutes episode will be addressing the specific needs and challenges of insurers when it comes to understanding and adopting technology, and how they can use it to support their business growth. Our goal is to create a learning platform that life insurance executives can access whenever and wherever they want to see what their peers are doing, where the industry is going and go home with some solid takeaways, We're proud and excited to bring another innovative initiative that shows our commitment to pushing the industry forward and to helping all stakeholders accelerate their growth." Jean Sabbagh, Marketing VP at Equisoft. The Life Accelerated Podcast Series will be presented on a bi-weekly schedule starting April 13, 2022, and will be broadcasted on Spotify, Amazon Music, Google and Apple Podcast. The first episode will feature Richard Wiedenbeck, CTO of Ameritas. All listeners are welcome to sign up at equisoft.com/lifeaccelerated to be timely notified as new episodes become available. About Equisoft Founded in 1994, Equisoft is a global provider of advanced insurance and investment digital solutions. Recognized as a valued partner by over 220 of the world's leading financial institutions in 16 countries, Equisoft offers a complete ecosystem of solutions, from innovative front-end applications to extensive back-office services and unique data migration expertise. The firm's flagship products include a SaaS policy administration solution, CRM, financial needs analysis, financial planning, asset allocation, fund and portfolio analysis, quotes and illustrations, electronic application, agency management systems, as well as customer, agent and broker portals. Equisoft is also Oracle's largest and most experienced partner for the OIPA platform. With its business-driven approach, deep industry knowledge, innovative technology, and expert teams based in Canada, USA, UK, Chile, Colombia, South Africa, India and Australia, Equisoft helps its clients tackle any challenge in this era of digital disruption.

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Stampede Insurance Services and Bliss Drive Establish New Partnership

Stampede Insurance | April 23, 2022

Stampede Insurance Services, an independent insurance agency based in Pasadena, CA, is happy to announce its new partnership with Bliss Drive. Bliss Drive is a well-known digital marketing company specializing in B2B inbound lead generation solutions. One of the key products offered by Stampede Insurance in Pasadena is general liability insurance. They want to point out that every business is exposed to the risk of accidents and injuries happening on the business premises. General liability insurance coverage can provide the protection needed by California businesses in case unexpected events happen where the business is forced to spend on legal fees. California general liability insurance, along with your property and work comp policies, protects your business if you're sued for personal injury or property damage. A typical policy will cover those accidents or damages that occur on-site or as a result of using goods or services sold by the company. In addition, coverages can be designed to cover additional costs like attorney fees or court costs.” Rene Rebollo, a spokesperson for Stampede Insurance Services. Stampede Insurance agents can help clients in taking into account all aspects of the general liability insurance package in order for the client to have the most relevant policy available. These agents will help in customizing a particular plan that works for businesses in Pasadena, including the Long Beach, Los Angeles, Anaheim, San Bernardino, and Riverside areas. The company is also licensed to offer its services in Alabama, Arizona, California (#0H18184), Florida, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, New Mexico, Nevada, Oklahoma, and Texas. They can also provide contractors general liability insurance and other coverages that are essential for contractors, such as commercial auto coverage, business risk insurance, and insurance for tools and equipment. California contractors' insurance can be quite confusing at times, which is why their agents are always ready to assist clients during the process of choosing the proper coverage for a particular company. Meanwhile, Bliss Drive believes that search engine optimization (SEO) is a key component of any successful online marketing strategy. If done correctly, SEO can help in significantly improving a website’s visibility when a potential customer searches for a particular keyword or phrase. And it is vital to maintain high rankings on the major search engines, or else the competition will eventually catch up and surpass the company’s position on the search engine pages. Bliss Drive crafts full-spectrum SEO campaigns after in-depth planning and research, and these are supported by real-world data. They combine proven methodologies and cutting-edge technology with their proprietary approaches for coming up with custom-fitted solutions that are based on the requirements of a particular company. Pasadena’s population is just over 140,000, which means that businesses can take advantage of the diverse economy mixed with Pasadena’s small-city environment. Doing business in a smaller city means that your reputation is more important than ever. Word-of-mouth travels fast, and the key to securing loyal customers in the area is to establish yourself as a leader in your industry. This is why digital marketing is so important, as it helps spread the word about your business while allowing you to interact directly with your customers.” Richard Fong, founder, and CEO of Bliss Drive, LLC. Having started its operation in 2010, Stampede Insurance Services is capable of servicing clients throughout the nation and are licensed in many of the states. Each one of their clients is provided with a dedicated team of experts that work together to expertly all of the client’s concerns. They specialize in general liability, business owners policy, builders risk, bonds, contractors, commercial auto, commercial property, commercial umbrella, and workers compensation insurance and allow clients to save money on their business insurance. They also offer all kinds of personal insurance coverages to clients in all of their licensed states, including homeowners insurance, boat & watercraft insurance, auto insurance, motorcycle insurance, and flood insurance. They also provide condo insurance, earthquake insurance, landlord insurance, renters insurance, and manufactured / mobile home insurance.

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