Great Ideas for Gathering More Reviews for Your Website & Social Media

As social media has begun to dominate our lives over the past few years, online reviews have become an important factor in how we select products and vendors. Consumers looking for an insurance agent to meet their needs is no different. As independent agents, we need to take the time to establish a strategy for gaining

A Word from Your IIANC Chairman

My good friend, Stuart Powell, says that the membership’s view of what the IIANC does on a daily basis is like living across the street from a major distribution plant. The membership always sees the trucks go in and then leave the premises, but you really never know much about what happens inside the building

Reflections from the Young Agents Committee Chairman

A guest post by: Josh Lipstone, Chairman of the North Carolina Young Agents Committee   As I sit here typing this… We are less than a week away from Thanksgiving and the beginning of the holiday season.  I have many things to be thankful for this year and one of them is being the Chairman

All About iMarkets

Assisting members with their market needs is just one of the many benefits of your IIANC membership. There are several ways in which we accomplish this – some seen, some not. When independent agent carriers are looking to enter the state, we are happy to meet with them to offer information regarding our agency force

The Eleventh Hour of the Eleventh Day of the Eleventh Month – The End of WWI

At 11:00 am today we celebrate Veterans Day the origin of which is Armistice Day that commemorated the ending of World War I which officially ended at 11 am on November 11, 1918 when Germany surrendered.  It is only fitting that we recognize the sacrifice that so many have made that we are blessed to

Trusted Choice Logo or Independent Insurance Agents Logo?

Are you taking advantage of the Trusted Choice logo or are you still using the Independent Insurance Agents logo?  In my travels all over North Carolina, I still see many agencies advertising and using the old red/black, oval Independents Insurance Agents logo.  While I understand that logo has been a big part of our growth and history, the decision

The Power and Value of Association

Several years ago, IIANC developed a slogan for the Association that said “You May Be An Independent Agent, But You’re Not Alone.”  As I begin to reflect back over my forty plus years as an independent agent and serving the independent agency system in North Carolina, I am struck by a realization.  One of the

Preventing a Data Breach

With the continued focus on recent data breaches, I thought it would be a good idea to discuss some of the prevention methods agencies can use to avoid a breach. Passwords – Creating a strong password is the first step in protecting your data, along with regularly-scheduled password changes for your systems. Most carriers now

FAQs: Continuing Education & Licensing

Wouldn’t it be helpful to have links/answers to the common questions the IIANC Education department is asked everyday? Are you ever frustrated with searching to find the answers? We thought so! NCDOI – Agent Services Continuing Education Lookup (course offerings, providers) Free Email and Address Update Free Individual National Producer Number (NPN) Lookup Lookup for Continuing

Maximize Your Networking at Annual Convention!

With the 117th IIANC Annual Convention less than two weeks away, here are some mobile apps to help maximize your networking and learning by keeping you organized and in-the-know!   IIANC Events The brand new FREE IIANC Events app is designed to enhance your experience while attending the Annual Convention by putting the following features and