Lessons from a Personal Lines Purchase

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28 November 2006


Boston, MA, USA November 28, 2006

Disconnects in insurance purchase processes are driving away customers.

Commoditized insurance products, like homeowner's insurance, are among the easiest products to usher through the new business process because they have limited applications and the terms of coverage are straightforward. But carriers may be losing tens of millions of dollars annually by not making the sales process seamless for customers.

"It's tempting to think that the sales process is really working for personal lines," says senior analyst Craig Weber, author of the latest Celent report, . "But just below the surface, there are any number of subtle and not so subtle issues that make insurance buyers really grit their teeth."

Weber notes that the customers have to answer a number of questions during an insurance process. Depending on how well they facilitate the process, carriers are left with either satisfied customers and loyal advocates, or uninsured and frustrated detractors who will steer their friends and families away.

The 18-page report, which is based on the actual experience of a recent homeowner's buyer, describes key points at which the insurance sales process became burdensome for the customer. It also offers carriers 10 lessons to keep in mind as they tweak their new business service and technology strategies.

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