At the Agency Network Exchange Annual Conference this week, Forrester Principal Analyst Ellen Carney told independent insurance agents they must exploit digital technologies that create value and increase operational agility to stay relevant in the face of new competition from digital “disruptors” that are changing the way insurance is sold and serviced.
In Carney’s keynote, “The Agent in the Age of the Customer: The Customer-Driven Changes that are Remaking Insurance,” she outlined four market imperatives for independent agents:
“Agents who want to succeed must change how they do business by embracing the digital technologies today’s consumers are looking to utilize,” said John Tiene, CEO, ANE.
“Change is never easy, but it is essential and necessary to keep clients from migrating away from independent agents. ANE is helping our agents succeed by giving them the tools they need to transform their businesses.”
Last year, ANE announced an agreement to make Vertafore the exclusive provider of agency management technology solutions for ANE members. ANE agencies receive preferred support and pricing for the Vertafore Agency Platform — comprehensive software that helps agents easily and economically grow new business, retain clients, maximize profitability and manage business lines.
The ANE conference was attended by more than 160 independent agents and other insurance professionals from New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Delaware. The event featured six break-out sessions for agency owners, producers, account managers and CSRs. Carney also participated in a panel with executives from The Hartford, Selective Insurance Company and Vertafore to discuss “What Agents Need to do to Stay Relevant.”