Is Mass Personalization Your Key to Winning on Main Street?

How to make your benefits products a good fit for small businesses

Looked at from a marketing lens, my personal truth is that I am a demographic of one. And anyone who can grasp that and understands my needs and preferences will score some serious points and wallet share. This type of mass personalization could be key to successful benefits insurance small case marketing on Main Street.

Is Small the New Big? Small Businesses are Opportunity for Benefits Insurers

You have surely heard it said that small businesses are the growth engine for America.  Today, the phrase has a special ring to it for benefits insurers. The small business market is often viewed as an opportunity attractive to growth-minded insurers because the focus of the majority of carriers is on the larger, highly-competitive end of the market.

A Lesson in Adapting and Surviving ACA Disruption for Benefits Insurers

Something normal happened during Mardi Gras this year in New Orleans. Amongst all the chaos, a conference broke out. Workplace Benefits Renaissance held its annual event. The meeting draws notable thought leaders and personalities within the industry and, if you were able to resist the revelry in the streets, there were some interesting stories heard and lessons shared.

It’s Groundhog Day for Benefits Enrollment Technology

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On February 2, Groundhog Day, something different happened at the annual LIMRA Enrollment Technology Strategy Seminar (ETSS). For the last three years, EIS Group has sponsored ETSS and each year, the latest approaches and challenges to benefits enrollment are discussed. But just as the venerable Punxsutawney Phil himself is prone to do, each year the attendees see their long shadows – of legacy technology constraints – and withdraw to comfortable, insulated dens rather than embrace an early spring of much-needed change. Not this year. For the first time, the conference coalesced around the root cause of enrollment problems: connectivity.

It’s 2017! Time for Insurers to Think About 2018

When the ball dropped on 2017 it opened another pivotal year for digital transition.  Some insurers feel poised for digital success. For many others, small gains have been hard won and their positive business impacts quickly muted by a fast-moving business landscape. 2016 compounded their conundrum by exposing the vulnerable underbelly of insurers, Uber-style, to new business models—such as on demand insurance—new entrants, and emerging InsurTech. If all this caught you by surprise, and you have not had time to formulate a response, 2017 is now or never. Sorry, the party will have to wait.

Why Say "No" When "Yes" Is So Much Better?

When it comes to benefits insurance market expansion…it’s good to be a “yes” man 

What stood out this year at the LIMRA Group and Worksite Benefits Conference was all of the talk around small businesses. Yes, it is an election year. But no, this was not just an echo of every candidate’s familiar refrain about how small business is the growth engine for America and must be supported. For benefits insurers, this is an every year issue. Carriers struggle to make small business a plank in their platform for business growth. The result is that growth opportunities are left on the table while the majority of carriers are forced to battle over the same books of business in the large and jumbo case markets.

2016: Half-Time Adjustment for Voluntary Benefits

Something is altering the basis of competition in the voluntary benefits marketplace

As we get ready for Super Bowl 50, there’s no better lesson for business than the half-time adjustments made by coaches and players.  Teams go into the big game with a plan that they’ve prepared and practiced all week and when they show up, they are ready to execute.  This is not too dissimilar to how some of the group benefits carriers have planned and prepared for the shifts within the voluntary benefits marketplace and have been putting up points. 

Survey says…the road ahead looks promising, but technology continues to be a hazard

The results are in from our second annual Enrollment Technology Survey, and guess what? There are really no surprises. The results of our survey of LIMRA Enrollment Technology Conference attendees and others didn’t show large differences with our 2014 survey. But, like a tipping point being reached in a slow arch, some small measures give clues to the direction of insurer initiatives in enrollment plans and enrollment technology.  And unfortunately, technology infrastructure limitations are still standing in the way of insurers being able to execute their growth strategies.

2015: The Year for Getting at the Core of Innovation

As we embark on a new year, I’m reflecting on conversations I’ve had in the past year with many industry thought leaders and insurance executives who have opined about the future of insurance. I’m also pondering how much was written about the innovations and market disruption from technology advances (e.g., digitalization, the Internet of Things, big data, mobility etc.) and the shift in consumer experience from companies such as Amazon.com, Apple, and Google. The great news for 2015 is that opportunities exist to innovate like never before, in both the product space and the consumer experience. I’m not going to rehash all of those opportunities, though, since I’d rather talk about the number one barrier to achieving them—the hindrance of legacy systems and the aversion to the risk of replacing them.