Are insurers ready for the milenial and Z generation? A Latin American perspective.
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4 March 2013Juan Mazzini
At corporate level we usually conceive and refer to technology focused on the internal use and how to reach to the outside world to provide better products, have more efficient value chains and improve service. For example insurance portals or technologies that will improve call center performance. This conception has been very useful to the insurance industry enabling evolution and innovation. Let’s take the UK insurance market for example. The auto industry started mainly as broker based but then evolved into direct insurance. It got somehow more sophisticated with the segmentation of net-worth customers. In this sense, the use of technology has been usually seen as a support to the business, but more and more it is becoming a central part of the business model for many insurers, especially for those new and disruptive players. Following the UK example, the use of telematics and “pay as you drive” and “pay how you drive” type of insurance products has lately enabled disruptive models that also integrate internet, mobile and social media to deliver products and services. These insurers recognize the fact that consumers have incorporated technology into their daily lives and that they expect from insurers the same level of engagement and user experience they have with other players in other industries such as Apple and Amazon just to mention two. Computers are everywhere, in the office, at home, in our appliances, and electronic devices; even phones are now computers, and consumers are using them to interact with people and companies by web access, e-mail or social media. Mobility is a fact that insurers need to recognize as they deploy new technology driven strategies. A usual misconception is that emerging markets are behind most mature markets in terms of internet, social media and mobile usage. You might be surprised to know that Latin America for example:
- Had 231M internet users in December 2011 (10% of the world internet population);
- Had 145M Facebook users in April 2012 (18% of worldwide Facebook users), and
- Had +500M mobile connections as from March 2010 (86% of the Latin American population)
- Brazil has more smartphone users than France or Germany
- Brazil and Mexico together have more smartphone users than Australia has inhabitants
- Argentina smartphone penetration (24%) is better than in Germany
- 65% of Mexican smartphone users search on their phones every day, compared to 57% in the U.S.
- 90% of Argentine smartphone users use their phones to access social networks, compared to 63% in Japan
- 29% of Brazilian smartphone users have changed their minds about a purchase while in a store due to research conducted on their phone, compared to 15% in Canada
- 57% of Brazilian smartphone users read newspapers or magazines on their phones
- 73% of Argentine smartphone users check email on their phones every day
- 81% of Mexican smartphone users watch video on their phones
- 26% of Mexican smartphone users have made a purchase on their mobile
- 45% Brazilian smartphone users have purchased on their computer after researching on their mobile
- 82% of Argentinean smartphone users have researched a product/service on their mobile