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Disruption Vs Innovation in Insurance

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People concerned with insurance have been using the terms- ‘innovation’ and ‘disruption’ interchangeably, perhaps because both correspond to building something ‘new’. However, there is a fine line between the two. All disruptors are innovators whereas, not all innovators are disruptors. Let’s delve deep into the difference between disruption and innovation in insurance.

Who are the ‘Disruptors’ in Insurance?

Disruptors drastically alter prevalent businesses, services, or products. They tend to be more creative, useful, impactful, inexpensive, time-savvy, and most importantly – scalable. 

As an example, Lemonade took in $57 million in premium revenue from 4,25,000 customers in 2018. This four-year-old startup was able to sell premiums to millennials- 90% of whom were purchasing insurance for the first time.

Reason- instead of an all-encompassing insurance package, Lemonade is keen on distributing micro policies as low as $5, which the customer perceives as useful. They’ve simplified the claim settlement process and within 3 minutes, a customer can get his refund credited to his account. While Lemonade sells its insurance policies through chatbot Maya, chatbot Jim handles claim settlement. Such AI-powered bots can handle multiple customer requests just as human agents and are better in detecting fraud. 

The disruptors are prone to adapt to changing customer preferences, which the traditional insurers are reluctant to because of the fear of losing existing customers. Disruption in insurance can break the barrier of the lower market penetration rate.

What’s Innovation in Insurance? 

Innovation is independent of drastic changes in businesses. It focuses more on bringing positive business development by delivering convenience to the customer and improving operational efficiency.

Innovation is not always about introducing new technology. It is also about harnessing existing technologies to build innovative solutions. For instance, blockchain technology has been there for decades; but the insurance industry has recently utilized it for algorithmic trading, smart contracts, policy distribution, and claim settlements.

For example, AXA Fizzy provides paperless flight insurance based on blockchain technology. Every user interaction is recorded and executed in the ledgers- from buying a policy to claim settlement without any human intervention. 

Other examples of innovation in insurance include Robo-advice, NLP (Natural Language Processing) to understand customer queries, insurance for IoT devices, AI-powered underwriting, automating insurance workflows, and Machine Learning technologies.

Also, read – Innovative insurance products of 2109

However, according to McKinsey’s report on Digital insurance in 2018, most of the P&C, health, and life insurance innovations revolve around marketing and less towards product development and claims. This gives an idea of the scope of innovation in insurance.

Where insurtechs are focusing

What’s Next in Insurance: Disruption or Innovation?

The traditional insurance business is known to be resilient to technological advancements and innovations in terms of consumer-centric products. To stay relevant and competitive, insurers should shift focus from digitization to strategic disruption according to the changing market dynamics.

In fact, Insurers are willing to fund insurance startups to gain a first-mover advantage in terms of technology and innovations. These investments illustrate a clear goal of improving customer experiences and supporting their existing operations at the startups’ risk. 

For instance, “Axa provided seed funding for five European start-ups under a fund set up in France in 2013, before launching Axa Strategic Ventures in 2015. The €200 million ($223.47 million) venture capital fund has the mandate to invest in innovations in insurance..”. (OECD (2017), Technology and innovation in the insurance sector)

Innovation from Insurtechs has the potential to contribute to the insurance value chain; however, managing disruption is still quite a challenge. Disruption alters the business and behaviours in such a short span that most of the outcomes remain unanticipated. While innovation takes time to catch the stream, disruption can make or kill a business. The best is to blend incumbents’ years of experience with innovation from startups to bring an accountable disruption.

We’ve been solving critical front & back-office insurtech challenges through innovative technological solutions. Drop us a ‘hi’ at hello@mantralabsglobal.com to know more.


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Mantra Labs launches Multilingual AI chatbot with Video Calling for SMEs

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Realizing the need for uninterrupted, contactless customer support amidst this global pandemic, Mantra Labs has launched AI-powered chatbot with video conferencing and regional language support features to help SMEs adopt digital at very affordable prices.

Mantra Labs announced today the release of its AI-powered “Make-in-India” chatbot — Hitee, Aapke Hitt Mein, specifically developed for Small and Medium Enterprises to ensure seamless business from home/remote workplaces. 

Aiming to make contactless, global customer support a new reality, and endorsing “Vocal for Local”, Hitee chatbot allows remote business conversations through secure video and multilingual chats. It supports integrations on Facebook messenger and WhatsApp to enable businesses to reach out their customers on their preferred platforms. 

Considering the business reluctance on adopting technology due to high installation costs, Hitee is available on a subscription model at zero installation and training costs. Businesses can chat with customers, capture and nurture leads, start video sessions, converse in their native language, create workflows for automated response and FAQs — at plans starting Rs. 5000/month. 

Hitee Chatbot link – https://hitee.chat/

“The prevailing Covid-19 pandemic has disrupted the SMEs and firms are on the verge of shutting down their operations mainly because of lack of operational resources and lockdown norms. The post-pandemic world will witness stricter trade norms and business travels would be limited to a bare minimum. Communication is the key to operational success for SMEs. To ensure that Indian businesses continue their conversations effectively, we have developed a multilingual chatbot that supports all Indian regional languages and video conferencing features. We are working with firms to incorporate video into their bot based workflows with multi-lingual capabilities.” says Mikhail Mitra, Chief Product and Marketing Officer at Mantra Labs.

The company is a pioneer in developing Insurance chatbot and has engaged with organizations like Religare Health Insurance and Diageo to automate their customer support desk and internal ticket management system through chatbots.

About Mantra Labs: Mantra Labs is an InsurTech100 firm solving the most pressing front & back- office challenges faced by InsurTech and Consumer Internet enterprises. Having worked with some of the World’s leading insurers like SBI General Insurance, Religare, DHFL Pramerica, Aditya Birla Health, and AIA Hongkong along with unicorn consumer startups like Ola, Myntra, Yulu, BlueStone and Quikr, Mantra Labs has been deeply involved in developing AI-powered technology solutions for business-specific problems. The company also has strategic technology partnerships with MongoDB, IBM Watson, Microsoft Azure and Nvidia.

Contact information:
Email: hello@mantralabsglobal.com
Address: Bangalore, India
Phone number: 9902619003
Website: hitee.chat

This press release is also published at pr.com and issuewire.com


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