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4 Key Takeaways from India Insurance Summit & Awards 2020

The India Insurance Summit & Awards 2020, themed around technology and innovations in Insurance concluded on March 13th in Mumbai. The event witnessed enthusiastic participation from corporates like Future Generali India Life Insurance, ICICI Lombard, Aditya Birla Sun Life Insurance, Pramerica Life and many more. The stalwarts from the Insurance industry addressed the tech-powered revolution that is soon to happen with Digital 2.0. Here are 4 key takeaways from IISA that highlight the future of Insurance and InsurTech.

1. Digital 2.0 is on rise

Accenture’s research report on the post-digital era reveals that 94% of businesses have accelerated their digital transformation over the past three years. While the era of Digital 1.0 was focused on the mobile, simplified design and a wider range of applications, Digital 2.0 extends the ecosystem into the next-gen interface which relies on anywhere, anytime and any platform mindset.

The traditional insurance distribution channels have already received a digital facelift; with Digital 2.0, they tend to become more consumer-focused and experience-driven. Insurers are empowering distributors to deliver next-gen experiences to customers and deliver products & services for Micro-Moments

[Related: How technology is transforming Insurance distribution channels]

2. Millennials are characterized by Micro-Moments

Micro-Moment is an intent-rich moment when a person turns to a device to act on a need — to know, go, do, or buy” (Google).

An average consumer experiences hundreds of micro-moments throughout the day. More than 91% of smartphone users use mobile phones for inspiration in the middle of a task. People are becoming more research-obsessed and almost every decision made online is informed. For instance, 51% of digital consumers have purchased from a company other than their intended brand, solely based on the information they find online. Moreover, 62% of people are more likely to take an action (like purchase decision) right away even in the middle of some other task.

Earlier, customers used to view the lowest priced product as their best value for money option. Now, the customer’s ability to research is leading to higher-priced products being bought because of the greater perceived value of the product.

As a notion, Insurance is not bought; it’s sold. Thus, micro-moments present immense opportunities to engage with the customer during their buying journey. By leveraging the right points of interaction, Insurers can propose relevant and personalized insights to win customers.

[Related: Millennials and Insurance beyond convenience]

3. Online is best for small-ticket insurance 

Small-ticket insurance (or bite-size cover) focuses on the specific needs of consumers. These are characterized by low premium, low cover and hence lower profit margins. Thus, offline distribution, which involves agents and brokers isn’t feasible. Online channels with emerging API-based distribution and marketplaces are best for distributing small-ticket insurance products. In India, companies like Toffee Insurance, MobiKwik and Digit Insurance provide bite-size insurance. 

Within life insurance, term plans are sold the most online. Insurers have observed that online customers buy more and stay longer with the brand as compared to offline customers. In general, online products are more compelling. The key is — small market, great margins and greater profitability.

Moreover, small-ticket insurance delivers two-fold benefits. Consumers, who haven’t bought an insurance product before, need not pay lengthy premiums (also beneficial to Insurers for customer acquisition); while Insurers find it easier to predict customer behaviour online, allowing them to underwrite risks more accurately.

4. Technology will enhance post-sale moments of truth

Insurers have already started to utilize technologies like NLP to build self-service policy renewal/inquiry portals, AI for zero-touch integrated claims, to name some. The behaviour of the same customer on different channels (like Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn etc.) is unique. Carriers have to map and understand these behaviours to create better-individualized journeys. Distributor journeys also play a crucial role in analysing post-sale moments of truth. Insights from distributor journey can help Insurers modify/add products into the chain based on buyers’ experiences.

Technology is also helping Insurers participate in a connected information ecosystem. Data from geo-tagging of accidents can be shared with law enforcement to understand areas prone to accidents, underlying causes and even catching criminals through facial recognition technology. For instance, Staqu Technologies, a Gurugram-based AI startup, is providing facial recognition systems to many state government police departments.

Wrapping up

Although 94% of urban and 24% of the Indian rural populace use the internet, Insurers still rely heavily on offline third-party insurance sold by agents (e.g. third party motor insurance for the rural market).

Even though online is cheaper than offline, customers prefer offline as it has more accountability. What drives offline to online is understanding that every customer is unique with unique needs and unique propositions. The truth of the matter is — when things fail, online becomes harder for customer acquisition. AI and Automation has allowed for significant cost reduction and process efficiency gains across the value chain for carriers. However, AI should be used strategically to augment processes that cannot be entirely automated so as to not fully eliminate the human in the loop, in order to better assist customers (eg: speaking to an actual person for resolving complex issues.)

Mantra Labs was a proud customer experience partner at India Insurance Summit & Awards 2020. During the event, Mantra unveiled the Internet of Intelligent Experiences (IOIX) illustrating the extremes to which technology can create sensory disruption in customer experiences!

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Retention playbook for Insurance firms in the backdrop of financial crises

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Belonging to one of the oldest industries in the world, Insurance companies have weathered multiple calamities over the years and have proven themselves to be resilient entities that can truly stand the test of time. Today, however, the industry faces some of its toughest trials yet. Technology has fundamentally changed what it means to be an insurer and the cumulative effects of the pandemic coupled with a weak global economic output have impacted the industry in ways both good and bad.

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Source: Deloitte Services LP Economic Analysis

For instance, the U.S market recorded a sharp dip in GDP in the wake of the pandemic and it was expected that the economy would bounce back bringing with it a resurgent demand for all products (including insurance) across the board. It must be noted that the outlook toward insurance products changed as a result of the pandemic. Life insurance products were no longer an afterthought, although profitability in this segment declined over the years. Property-and-Casualty (P&C) insurance, especially motor insurance, continued to be a strong driver, while health insurance proved to be the fastest-growing segment with robust demand from different geographies

Simultaneously, the insurance industry finds itself on the cusp of an industry-wide shift as technology is starting to play a greater role in core operations. In particular, technologies such as AI, AR, and VR are being deployed extensively to retain customers amidst this technological and economic upheaval.

Double down on digital

For insurance firms, IT budgets were almost exclusively dedicated to maintaining legacy systems, but with the rise of InsurTech, it is imperative that firms start dedicating more of their budgets towards developing advanced capabilities such as predictive analytics, AI-driven offerings, etc. Insurance has long been an industry that makes extensive use of complex statistical and mathematical models to guide pricing and product development strategies. By incorporating the latest technological advances with the rich data they have accumulated over the years, insurance firms are poised to emerge stronger and more competitive than ever.

Using AI to curate a bespoke customer experience

Insurance has always been a low-margin affair and success in the business is primarily a function of selling the right products to the right people and reducing churn as much as possible. This is particularly important as customer retention is normally conceived as an afterthought in most industries, as evidenced in the following chart.

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        Source: econconusltancy.com

AI-powered tools (even with narrow capabilities) can do wonders for the insurance industry at large. When architected in the right manner, they can be used to automate a bulk of the standardized and automated processes that insurance companies have. AI can be used to automate and accelerate claims, assess homeowner policies via drones, and facilitate richer customer experiences through sophisticated chatbots. Such advances have a domino effect of increasing CSAT scores, boosting retention rates, reducing CACs, and ultimately improving profitability by as much as 95%.

Crafting immersive products through AR/VR

Customer retention is largely a function of how good a product is, and how effective it is in solving the customers’ pain points. In the face of increasing commodification, insurance companies that go the extra mile to make the buying process more immersive and engaging can gain a definite edge over competitors.

Globally, companies are flocking to implement AR/VR into their customer engagement strategies as it allows them to better several aspects of the customer journey in one fell swoop. Relationship building, product visualization, and highly personalized products are some of the benefits that AR/VR confers to its wielders.  

By honoring the customer sentiments of today and applying a slick AR/VR-powered veneer over its existing product layer, insurance companies can cater to a younger audience (Gen Z) by educating them about insurance products and tailoring digital delivery experiences. This could pay off in the long run by building a large customer base that could be retained and served for a much longer period.

The way forward

The Insurance industry is undergoing a shift of tectonic proportions as an older generation makes way for a new and younger one that has little to no perceptions about the industry. By investing in next-generation technologies such as AR/VR, firms can build new products to capture this new market and catapult themselves to leadership positions simply by way of keeping up with the times.

We have already seen how AR is a potential game-changer for the insurance industry. It is only a matter of time before it becomes commonplace.

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