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Big "I" to Host Free Webinar on the Use of Social Media in the Independent Agency System

Social media and industry experts to offer introduction to social web for agencies.

ALEXANDRIA, Va., March 23, 2010 — The Independent Agents & Brokers of America’s Agents Council for Technology (ACT) will host a free webinar titled “Introduction to the Social Web - A New Way to Connect,” on Wednesday, April 7 from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. EDT.

TITLE:  “Introduction to the Social Web: A New Way to Connect”
   Ryan Hanley, Guilderland Agency
   Jason Hoeppner, B.H. Burke & Co.
   Chris Jordan, Atlanta Insurance Live
   Liz Kittell, Independent Insurance Agents of Nebraska
   Rick Morgan, ACT Social Web Work Group chairman and principal of Rick Morgan Consulting
   Jeff Yates, ACT executive director
DATE:   Wednesday, April 7, 2010
TIME:   2:00 - 3:00 p.m. EDT
COST:   Free

 “This webinar is designed to cover the basics for getting started and implementing a successful agency social web strategy using tools such as Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn,” says Jeff Yates, ACT executive director. “It is the second in a series of webinars ACT will host this year on the social web and it will demonstrate the business applications independent agencies are finding most effective when using social media.” 

ACT has a very active Social Web Work Group which is putting on a series of webinars to address the most frequent questions the group gets from agents regarding the use of social media.  The first webinar discussed the experiences agent and carrier representatives have had in setting up a social web policy for their organizations. It supplemented an ACT report titled, “Creating a Social Web Policy for Your Independent Agency.” Click HERE for the recording of the first webinar, the report, as well as other resources on the social web are available by going to and clicking on the “Websites & Social Media” link.
Established in 1999 by the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (the Big “I”), ACT provides a candid, action-oriented forum for agent and industry associations, user groups, companies and vendors to address critical technology and workflow issues facing the independent agency system and provides agencies with reports and tools to assist them in making improvements in their businesses.

Founded in 1896, the Big “I” is the nation’s oldest and largest national association of independent insurance agents and brokers, representing a network of more than 300,000 agents, brokers and their employees nationally. Its members are businesses that offer customers a choice of policies from a variety of insurance companies. Independent agents and brokers offer all lines of insurance—property, casualty, life and health—as well as employee benefit plans and retirement products. Web address:

​127 South Peyton Street
Alexandria VA 22314
​phone: 800.221.7917
fax: 703.683.7556

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