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for the week of Feb 1

Insight + Analysis for the Independent Agent

Is Insurance a Commodity?
​Several recent reports have reached a common conclusion: Auto insurance has become a commodity, and price is the only significant differentiator. The Big “I” and Virtual University experts beg to differ.
Trusted Choice® Expands MRP Program
Trusted Choice® is proud to announce the expansion of the Marketing Reimbursement Program. With the rollout of the promising new Freedom Campaign, Trusted Choice aims to reach consumers through both print and digital advertising.
Here's Your VUpoint
Would you find it valuable to gain exclusive access to answers for some of the toughest insurance questions, provided by some of the top minds in the industry?
Cumberland Insurance Group Joins Trusted Choice®
​The Cumberland Insurance Group is the newest member of Trusted Choice®. Headquartered in Bridgeton, N.J., Cumberland has joined 69 leading companies nationwide as a Trusted Choice company partner.
Digital Marketing: Put Your Best Foot Forward
To put your best foot forward on the Internet requires some digital marketing know-how. Search engine optimization is one effective way to maximize your presence online, and Project CAP can help.
Proper Flood Documentation is a Dream with DocuSign
With "failure to offer" accusations a huge driver of professional liability claims, you want to have evidence in your client file if an unfortunate event occurs and your flood client points a finger in your direction.
Register Today to Protect Your Industry
The Big “I” Legislative Conference is the insurance industry’s best-attended and most effective legislative meeting. Check out a few of this year’s program highlights you won’t want to miss.
InVEST® Silent Auction: L.A. Laker Tickets Up for Immediate Grabs
For this year’s fifth annual InVEST® Silent Auction and YAC Gives Back, to be held on April 10 during the Big “I” Legislative Conference in Washington, D.C., InVEST is offering a unique opportunity: a hot new item you can bid on and win before the auction! 
FTC Actions Highlight Antitrust Risks
Two recent Federal Trade Commission consent orders serve as a reminder to agents and brokers that they need to understand and comply with antitrust laws, especially when participating in professional associations.
How to Take Advantage of
Since Project CAP introduced the Advantage Subscription plan two months ago, more than 1,200 agencies have signed up to become more visible than ever before to new online clients. The Advantage Subscription can help you get your own piece of that business.
Travelers Select Coverage Offers Rich Variety
Big "I" Markets agents enjoy online access to broad, affordable Travelers Select coverages that are available for dozens of classes. As always, you can access these through Big "I" Markets with no volume minimums.
Save on Shipping with UPS
Make the most out of your Big "I" membership by taking advantage of some of the most competitive shipping rates available with UPS.
IA Magazine Receives Redesign and Updates
The Big “I” has redesigned its member publications and the Independent Agent website with new content and updated formats.
Big ‘I’ to Host Political Panel Featuring Paul Begala, Tucker Carlson
Commentators will discuss current political landscape at annual event.
Veteran Washington insiders and political commentators Paul Begala and Tucker Carlson will headline the political panel at the annual Big “I” Legislative Conference this spring.
InVEST® Seeks Silent Auction and Scholarship Donations
Non-profit program needs your help to raise money for student scholarships.
Held each year during YAC Gives Back: A Benefit for InVEST® Scholarships as part of the Big “I” Legislative Conference, the InVEST silent auction raises money for the InVEST scholarship fund. Traffic is Off the Charts
Website stats show consumers are loving the new portal.
January marked the sixth straight record-breaking month for traffic. More consumers than ever are finding answers to their questions about insurance coverage and looking for qualified independent agents to help them through the portal.
How to Meet the Specialized Needs of Affluent Clients
AIG Private Client Group provides tailored coverage for your most successful customers.
AIG understands that your affluent clients have individual needs and specialized situations that require unique care and coverage.
Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist Coverage 101
An excess UM/UIM policy could protect your clients from an all-too-common threat.
As an insurance agent, you can't physically protect your clients from heartbreaking situations. But they do rely on you to protect them financially when tragedy strikes. Enter: excess Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist (UM/UIM) coverage.
Don’t Waste Time: DocuSign
Still haven’t joined the DocuSign revolution? You could be missing out.
What if you could grow revenue by getting policy signatures faster, while reducing your E&O exposure and ensuring 100% good order forms? DocuSign can help.
Find Out if Your Team Has Room for Improvement
Caliper now offers a new tool for capitalizing on workplace strengths.
​Caliper now offers a new tool: the Strategic Team Overview, which collects individual information through a validated personality assessment to provide data on workplace strengths and motivations—while also helping managers and leaders identify areas of developmental improvement.

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