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Top 10 Carrier-Agency Technology Agreements Recommendations - Oct 2014 
Ron Berg, ACT
The ACT Tech Agreements Work Group has taken a fresh look at carrier-agency contracts, focusing on emerging and existing technology and security aspects.  The result is an updated recommendations document with guidelines for carriers, and insight for agents and brokers.
 
Connecting Agents with Download Opportunities - Sep 2014
Paul Warga, IVANS 
To increase efficiency and save valuable time, agents and brokers strive to use download to the fullest extent possible.  Reports from your vendors can highlight lines of business available for download that you may not be aware of.  This ACT article on the IVANS 'Connections Project' details the tools available to help your agency enable your full suite of download possibilities.

 

Electronic Signatures and the Independent Agency System-- 3 Part Series  Aug 2014
Ron Berg, ACT
In this series of articles from ACT, we are providing insights on the benefits and ROI of eSignatures – for carriers, technology providers, as well agents and brokers. 

eSignature for Agents | eSignature for Vendors | eSignature for Carriers 

 
SignOn Once
Ron Berg, ACT
SignOn Once is a collaborative industry effort to create a safe and standard way to secure ID/password authentication.  This solution is not specific to any individual carrier or vendor, the aim is to get as many parties participating so that independent agents reap the benefits of one potential single ID and password set.

 

Great Agency Websites 
Marty Agather, TrustedChoice.com
This white paper states the case for effective and dynamic agency website presence. Discover strategies for effecitve design, attracting visitors, and encouraging action. This whitepaper provides an overview of the skills required, and options available to independent agents to help them create an effective agency strategy.

 
ACT: A Decade of Progress with Enormous Opportunities Ahead 
Jeff Yates, ACT
Jeff Yates, former executive director of ACT discusses the significant progress that ACT and the industry have made with technology over the last thirteen years and provides his thoughts on taking ACT to the next level, as well as on the future for independent agents and brokers.

 

Electronic Policy Delivery -- A Game Changer
Susan LaBarre, CPCU, AU, AIM, PMP, Liberty Mutual  
The insurance industry is a paper hog. I dare say that insurance carriers probably generate and distribute more paper than any other industry, second only to publishers of books, magazines and newspapers. But even publishers are migrating more and more towards electronic platforms, and carriers are adapting, too.     

 
Tools that Enhance Claims Information & Efficiency for Independent Agents & Brokers
Donna J. LaGoy AIT, ACE, Applied Systems
Several tools are now available to agents that can streamline their claims processes significantly and enable them to automatically download claims information. The author demonstrates how an agency can fit each of these tools together to create more efficient claims workflows. The article also points out the critical role agents play in advocating for their carriers and vendors to provide these tools and then to implement them in their agency. 
 
The Time is Now for Commercial Lines Real-Time Rating
Thad Bauer, NxTech, Inc.
Agencies using commercial lines real-time rating are saving enormous numbers of keystrokes and time. This article shows the progress that is being made in commercial lines real-time rating and how agencies and carriers can implement it today successfully. The industry’s Real Time/Download Campaign has identified increased implementation of commercial lines real-time rating as one of its two key priorities for 2014. The article makes a great case that now is the time for agencies and carriers to implement the technology and for agencies to start to use it today with any carrier that has it available.

 

ACT's mission is to bring the stakeholders in the independent insurance agency distribution system together to advance the use of the most effective business processes, practices and technologies, in order to enhance productivity, service, marketing, sales and security. A key focus for ACT is to keep informed on the strategic trends that will drive future consumer expectations and business opportunities.​ 
 
For additional info, contact Ron.Berg@iiaba.net.
 
Videos:
 
 

ACT's "Agency Perspectives on the Future" Video (April, 2013)

 

Recorded Webinars:

 

Best Practices Recommendations for Delivery of Insurance Policies to Agents & Insureds (Jan 14, 2014)

Getting a Grip: How to manage your independent agency's social media

Measuring Your Social Networking Success\

HIPAA-HITECH Requirements for Independent Agent "Business Associates"

Facebook for Insurance Professionals

 (See quick link at left for full list of upcoming & recorded webinars)