Technology Archive

#ITC2017 – A Las Vegas Recap

A couple of weeks ago, I had the pleasure of attending the 2nd Annual InsurTech Connect Conference.   Here, in no particular order, are some of my major takeaways from the event: The people who say the age of face-to-face meetings is over are dead wrong! This event last year drew about 1,100.  This year, there

Why Does Your Agency Need a New Website?

I recently attended my first InsurExpo at IIANC. I did not only meet many of our great members but also had the pleasure of doing the presentation with Sydney Roe. For those of you who don’t know her, she’s the digital content manager for TrustedChoice.com. As a passionate advocate for the agency channel, she’s constantly

InsureTech Connect 2016 – A Las Vegas Recap

We’ve all heard about the tremendous amount of venture capital that has been invested in hopes of disrupting various parts of the insurance value-chain.  When I heard about InsureTech Connect 2016, the conference that brings together the tech firms with the insurance industry, the opportunity to attend the conference billing itself as, “The Biggest Thing

What’s So Great About Digital Marketing?

Is digital marketing really the greatest thing since sliced bread? And what is it anyway? The term “digital marketing” refers to any marketing that uses the Internet or wireless technology to communicate a company’s message. For many years, agents focused on familiar media such as yellow pages, print ads, and perhaps television or radio ads.

Part 2: 3 Essentials to Understanding Data Security for Small Business Owners

This blog post is part of a series written by members of IIANC’s Agency Management & Technology Committee. Guest Post By: Tom Fisher – Insurance Service of Asheville, Asheville, NC   Often times small independent agency owners don’t know how to approach data security, or even know if they have a firewall in place.  This is generally

Part 1: 3 Essentials to Understanding Data Security for Small Business Owners

This blog post is part of a series written by members of IIANC’s Agency Management & Technology Committee. Guest Post By: Tom Fisher – Insurance Service of Asheville, Asheville, NC   Often times small independent agency owners don’t know how to approach data security, or even know if they have a firewall in place.  This is generally

5 Insurance Industry Trail Blazers You Must Follow in 2016

This blog post is part of a series written by members of the IIANC Young Agents Committee. Guest Post By: Josh Lipstone – Lipstone Insurance Group, Cary, NC We are at a very serious crossroads in the insurance industry today. Some may argue we are still a few years away, but I personally believe they are being

Two New Crime Insurance Endorsements of Note

Internet crime is not just about data breach losses. While data breach losses are significant and can result in considerable financial damage to businesses and individuals, the internet can be used to commit old fashioned crimes such as the theft of money. Two new ISO Crime Insurance endorsements became available in November of 2015 of

Renewed Emphasis on Crime and Data Breach Liability Coverage

For many businesses, October 1, 2015 changed their risk profile, and they may not even know it.  Several years ago the major credit card companies, MasterCard, Visa, Discover and American Express, created a deadline, October 1, 2015, for the credit card business to convert to EMVs. What is an EMV one might ask?  EMV is

Google Makes a Change in Local Search

7-Pack turns to a 3-Pack When performing a local search, Google used to display seven local businesses, now only three are displayed.  Consumers have the ability to select more local listings than the original seven by clicking on the icon at the bottom left of the screen. By reducing the 7-Pack down to a 3-Pack, this prevents