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The Biggest Insurance Payouts in History

When the unforeseen strikes, insurance practices everywhere are left holding their breath as they lie in wait for the dreaded number – the damage loss estimates – to come in. These numbers are astronomical, to say the least. Almost 70% of all business financial losses arise from only ten circumstances – just ten! with the single largest identified cause being losses resulting from fires followed by aviation crashes and human-related errors.

Last year saw several natural catastrophes that triggered high insured loss amounts, including the California wildfires, and tropical cyclones that passed through Japan, the Philippines, the US and China. Now, insurers around the World are growing increasingly anxious, given the alarming frequency of occurrences in the past decade alone. The economic costs of last year’s 394 natural catastrophe events came up to $225B with insurance covering $90B of the overall total, creating the fourth costliest year on record of insured losses!

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Regrettably, when the unforeseen strikes there is a severe loss to both life and property – and hence the substantial loss claims they create. While these figures are in no doubt staggering, they are merely to illustrate the incredible gap between those described above and the largest insurance payouts ever recorded. Here are the top five payouts, in order of value.

  1. The Tohoku Earthquake & Tsunami of 2011
    In March of 2011, at closer to three following noon, a 9.1 magnitude earthquake struck off-the coast of Japan. Within the next 30 minutes, while the aftermath of destruction was still being felt, 133 ft. waves rocketed into the sky from the ocean and travelled 10km inland, taking the lives of over fifteen thousand people. While the damages, for the earthquake alone, were estimated over $210B, only $35B was insured and ultimately paid out. The total combined payouts could be much higher.
  1. 9/11 Tragedy
    One of the most infamous and tragic terrorist attacks on a nation’s sovereign soil that will forever be entrenched in mankind’s memory. Soon after, ‘terrorism risk insurance’ became incredibly risky to cover for insurers. Congress reacted by passing the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act in 2002, which provided an assurance of government support after a catastrophic attack. The tragedy caused far-reaching damages that were difficult to estimate, triggering insurance payouts as much as $40B.
  1. Lehman Brothers Collapse
    At one point, the fourth largest investment bank in the U.S, the 158-year-old firm declared bankruptcy in 2008 after their involvement in shorting subprime mortgage loans through mortgage-backed securities sold in the secondary market from where the risk spread everywhere else. They filed for Chapter 11 protection after an exodus of most of its clients, and the devaluation of its assets by credit rating agencies. The insurance payouts to creditors, taxpayers and private investors totalled over $100B.
  1. The Three Hurricanes of 2005
    Three fierce, category-5 hurricanes: Katrina, Rita, and Wilma – hit the U.S., along with 28 other storms in 2005 causing massive damage across the lower half of the country. The storms moving at speeds exceeding 205km/hr caused damages to the tune of $169B. The insurance payouts for Hurricane Katrina alone totalled $45B. It is still one of the costliest natural disasters ever recorded in American history, with a total insurance payout of around $130B.
  1. The Financial crisis of 2008
    The global recession of 2008, that spread worldwide from the epicentre of the financial collapse in Wall St. triggered the greatest losses to both companies, individuals and families ever seen in the last hundred years. There is said to be a direct line between the actions of Lehman Brothers in the subprime mortgage crisis to the financial bedlam that endured worldwide, soon after. The payouts incurred by American insurers during that time, although a financially guarded secret, is believed to be as much as $21T – yes that’s T as in, a whopping ‘Twenty-One Trillion Dollars!’

Alliance Global Corporate & Specialty Report 2019

While $89B of the overall insured total of $90B was borne from weather-related disasters, insurers are actively monitoring climate change reports to take in a bigger view of the changes the planet is undergoing – following two back-to-back years of mega catastrophe-event losses.

The ‘Insurance Protection Gap’ or uninsured losses (the lower this value, the better), is a global problem that affects emerging nations and developed countries alike. Properties and economies with high insurance penetration recover much more quickly after a natural disaster than economies that rely on governments for their recovery.

The re/insurance industry continues to withstand the payouts backed up with $595B of capital. However, their focus will be on managing the cost of climate change and weather events by helping to further reduce the current protection gap of 60%.

References & Further Reading
https://www.agcs.allianz.com/news-and-insights/news/global-claims-review-2018.html

https://www.munichre.com/en/media-relations/publications/press-releases/2019/2019-01-08-press-release/index.html

https://www.insurancejournal.com/news/international/2019/01/22/515420.htm

https://www.mckinsey.com/industries/financial-services/our-insights/claims-in-the-digital-age

https://www.agcs.allianz.com/content/dam/onemarketing/agcs/agcs/reports/AGCS-Global-Claims-Review-2018.pdf

https://www.insurancejournal.com/news/international/2018/01/17/477266.htm

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Insurance consumers around the globe are seeking convenience and expecting better customer experience. From millennials to Gen Z, with the agile connectivity, irrespective of the industry has numerous options to choose from. As the competition intensifies the insurance industry has to jump into the bandwagon of technovation in order to provide improved accuracy, cost-saving and excellent customer experience. 

Here is a list of the marketing trends in insurance that will prove to be a game-changer in the year 2020.

1. Robo Financial Advisors

According to a Business Insider Intelligence forecast, by the year 2020 Robo-advisers will manage investment products worth $1 trillion, which will spike up to $4.6 trillion by as early as 2022.

Robo advisors have been around for quite some time. In the year 2008, during the financial crisis, Jon Stein, a 30-year old entrepreneur launched “Betterment”, the first Robo-advisor. In recent years due to its low investment rates and data input based research results, it has increased in popularity. 

It is basically designed for the people who want to manage their finances with low management cost. Based on respective data inputs, the Robo-advisors offer any advisory services. 

The main purpose behind the making of the Robo-advisor is to bring the financial services to the wide range of population with lower investment cost as compared to the traditional human advisors. Upwardly.com, 5Paisa.com and Goalwise.com are some applications of Robo-advisors.

Behind the scenes of the software of Robo-advisors are actual human beings who track the market regularly and adjust the algorithms based on the current market condition. Robo-advisors are a boon to the end-users as they can invest in direct plans of mutual funds without shelling any commission. However lack of personalization and one-size-fits-all products are the areas of improvement.

2. Data Integration: The Future of Marketing

IDC estimates that, by the year 2020, the digital cosmos will reach 44 zettabytes, further complicating the lives of marketing professionals.

Integrating data sources is vital for any company, whether B2B or B2C to successfully meet Customer Experience expectations thereby drive accelerated sales revenue.

With an integrated source of information, retailers can administer and optimise marketing through KPI’s, metrics and dimensions that would not have been possible with the separate source system. In order to upscale marketing operations, a connected viewpoint is essential to evaluate the campaigns, audiences, events and channels, and drive the strategic goals.

From an operational viewpoint, CRM solution provides the organization with new business and the ERP system allows to manage and drive businesses around obstacles. A good place to start with the data integration is by Integrating these two systems shall provide marketers and the organizational sales-force with vital information, that can be shared with the stakeholders.

3. AI-driven Copywriting

Artificial intelligence can create cancer combating drugs, control self-driving cars, defeat the best brains at incredibly complex board games, but one realm it can’t perform flawlessly is communicating.

To help solve the issue, Google has been feeding it’s AI with more than 11,000 unpublished books, including 3,000 steamy romance titles. 

Autoencoder, a type of AI network, uses a data set to reproduce a result (in this case copywriting) using fewer steps. Insurers can harness this AI capability to create sentences and suggest the best-optimised language to approach the customers.

AI copywriting is evolving to a whole new level. Google granted  €706,000 (£621,000) to the Press Association, to run a news service with computers writing localised news stories. AI with the help of human journalists can write up to 30000 news stories a month and scale up the volume of the stories that would otherwise be impossible to produce manually.  

“Skilled human journalists will still be vital in the process, but Radar allows us to harness artificial intelligence to scale up to a volume of local stories that would be impossible to provide manually. It is a fantastic step forward for PA.”

  • PA’s editor-in-chief, Peter Clifton 

4. Gamification of Insurance

At the nexus of marketing trends ranging from social networking to the IoT to behavioural science and wearable tech;  gamification is a powerful lever for insurers and insurance agents. It creates an enriching digital experience and customer-centric business model.

Gamification offers great potential value to the insurance business process in the realm of consumer engagement and customer experience. From millennials to Gen Z, it has emerged as a useful practice and effective means to target early technology adopters by:

  • Transforming mundane tasks into interesting and fun experiences that keep users returning.
  • Increases brand awareness, brand penetration and affinity.
  • Increase sales by educating customers about product suitability and guide them to buying the product.
  • Motivating people to act in areas of healthcare and wellness, safe driving, financial planning and sustainability.

Ingress and AXA redefined the world of gaming and advertisement. December 5th, 2014, Niantic Labs the creator of ‘Ingress’ partnered with AXA. In the game, AXA Shield was initially only obtainable from AXA Portals, leading you to AXA business locations in person.

5. Advanced AI Capabilities in Insurance

Innovation and technology are the next frontiers in the insurance industry. While automation and IoT are already a reality for insurance, with the advent of AI there has been a holistic approach to Insurance automation. With insurance leveraging AI, it has expanded its reach to more ecosystems than ever before. Deploying AI capabilities in insurance can help make smarter underwriting decisions, fraud detections, risk assessment and create a better customer experience.

AI is driving significant change in business with insurance being no exception. It has the potential to enhance the insurance business model by-

  1. Improving the speed of the workflow: AI and RPA in insurance reduce redundancy of task. Automation of day to day tasks would reduce cost and time consumption thereby increasing accuracy, quality and competency.
  1. Customizing the services for better customer experience: One size no longer fits all, and the same goes for the insurance industry. With focus on individual markets, insurers can create niche usage-based products to sell the packages in a variety of ways.

Parag Sharma, CEO, Manta Labs and AI thought leader is going to speak about the Internet of Intelligent Experiences™: CX for the Digital Insurer at India Insurance Summit and Awards 2020 on March 12, 2020. Catch him live at IISA 2020.

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  1. Providing new insights: Insurance is no guessing game. Data in silos is the biggest drawback for any industry. AI in insurance can integrate this data and provide analytics to help actuaries have a better insight while making a decision about a product.

Marketing Trends in Insurance: The Bottom Line

Today, at the core of marketing in Insurance, lies AI, Machine Learning and advanced data analytics to foster better experiences for the end-user. We’ve listed 5 most important trends that have the potential to shape marketing business models for Insurance and InsurTech firms. Be it Robo financial advisors or gamification, impressing customers remains the prime goal for Insurers.

Have thoughts and queries regarding upcoming marketing trends in Insurance? Please feel free to drop us a word at hello@mantralabsglobal.com.

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Data Science is enormous. It brings forth a scientific approach to gather a massive amount of useful data from raw & disordered information (often collected from open sources). According to recent research, over 2.5 million terabytes of data appear daily. In 2020 every person produces 1.7 MB of data per second. Scientists, Analysts, and numerous other specialists use this data to derive decision-ready insights.

Using data science, marketers can get a clearer picture of their target audience. With this knowledge, any organization’s marketing department can formulate strategies to target customers who portray higher chances of conversion. Also, by delivering values, organizations can eventually maximize revenues. Going with the traditional methodologies, data processing can be a daunting task. Data Science offers a cost-effective solution to businesses seeking data-driven insights.

Let’s delve deeper into 5 most profitable and practical use cases of data science in marketing.

1. Budget Optimization

The primary goal of any marketer is to achieve the highest possible ROI from the allocated budget. This objective is undoubtedly difficult and time-consuming. On top of which, because of changing market dynamics and user preferences, strategies often go off the track leading to unanticipated outcomes.

Data science can be a saviour here. By analyzing the marketing department’s spending and acquisition ratio, organizations can build a model to distribute the budget in the smartest way possible. A clear picture will help marketers to invest money in the most relevant and surplus channels, thus optimizing key metrics.

2. Defining Audience Persona

While every marketer is familiar with the process of building the target audience portrait, determining the exact persona of the potential customer can still be a challenge. The lack of proper data insights might lead to ineffective advertiser decisions leading to a waste of resources.

Data science methods help marketers to understand the user persona and their preferred communication channels with data-driven insights. This means that the marketing budget will be spent on the right channels of influence, ignoring the irrelevant media, which a normal human being will think of covering for “just in case”. Such adjustment will inevitably increase the ROI and optimize the entire advertisement campaign. This will also retain brand relevance to the customers.

[Related: Your shopping cart just got a lot smarter!]

3. Brand New Social Media Marketing Strategy

Social media trends change faster than a human can track it. Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter define what is popular, and a marketer has to catch up with the trends.

Data science can keep you on track with the changing trends. Using the logic of Data Science in Marketing, one can get a bigger picture of what type of content people like interacting with. Data science allows us to gather and analyze data about people’s online behaviour. It provides the key metrics to adjust the SMM (Social Media Marketing) goals, which include – the time of posting, content type, amount, etc. These simple adjustments using data science insights can help increase the marketing ROI drastically.

4. Clearer Content Strategy

One of the biggest gaps between planning and execution that marketers face is knowing which channels will be affected and what kind of people will interact with their content and with what sentiment. Will be potential customers? Are interactors content gatherers? Are they the competition? Do they intend to ruin your reputation?

Knowing all this information will help streamline your content strategies.

As long as you know who your customers are; what are their perceptions about your brand; what information can attract/repel your customers; what social channels they are mostly active on; what are their sentiments with your content; what they usually do when they like or dislike a content; you’ll know what type of content you should produce.

For instance, some people hate emails, while others adore reading them. Some people want to resolve their queries publicly on social media, which some care about their online image. Data science can help achieve personalization to some extent, which can help humanize the conversations with your followers.

Let’s take another example of how data science in marketing can help stakeholders. It gives marketers insights about what phrases a customer would use while searching for a product/services online. Marketers can utilize this insight and prepare a content strategy that embeds these terms more often in your posts and articles.

Therefore, we can say that data science brings a variety of actionable insights about customer acquisition channels, their preferences, and engagement style, which can help plan content strategy accordingly.

5. Increasing Customer Loyalty

Your best customers are the ones who will not just purchase your product once but also will repeat buying and bring their friends and relatives to your store. Organizations realize that customer retention is easier than acquiring new customers.

But consolidating loyalty may be tricky. Data science can provide the marketing department with all the necessary information that can help boost customer loyalty. Based on purchase history and current search queries, analysts can predict their customer’s inclination towards a product. Accordingly, brands can create the most relevant offers for their customers. With personalized offers, existing customers feel special and will return to your brand and not go to the competitors.

The Essence of Data Science in Marketing

Using data science in marketing may ease the work of employees and uplift your strategies to new heights. We have to admit that the more structured information marketing teams have, the more effective their strategies become. At the core of any marketing efforts, data science can optimize cost for data processing and result in overwhelming conversion rates.

[Related: 5 Deep Learning Use Cases in Insurance]


About the Author: Marie Barnes is a writer for Bestforacar and an enthusiastic blogger interested in writing about technology, social media, work, travel, lifestyle, and current affairs. She shares her insights with the world through blogging. You can follow her on Medium.

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