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Insurance in a Connected World – What We Can Do Today for a Better Tomorrow

Technology is revolutionizing the business of insurance. According to Ernst & Young, technology is the number one external force impacting today’s insurance market. Technologies such as social...

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Marketing Your Customer Portal: “If You Build It, They Will Come”

It’s no secret that today’s consumer is becoming increasingly digital. In the age of Amazon Prime and Uber, everyday shopping and the need to hail a taxi...

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Trending This Fall: Data Analytics

Fall is a great time of year. With beautiful views and football games, a long drive through the changing leaves on the way to a big game...

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Women in Insurance: Meet 2 Industry Leaders Paving the Way for the Future of Insurance

Insurance Networking News’ 9th Annual Women in Insurance Leadership conference took place this month in Chicago, celebrating gender diversity in the workplace and honoring the important contributions...

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Digital Technology Adoption: How Does Your Agency Score?
Digital Technology Adoption: How Does Your Agency Score?

The results of a recent survey conducted by Applied Systems found that the national average for digital technology adoption among independent agencies is only 42%. In a...

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Week In Review: Applied Net 2016
Week In Review: Applied Net 2016

As more than 3,000 attendees can attest, Applied Net is THE forum to learn about the latest insurance technologies and strategies for success in the digital age....

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40 Days to Applied Net: 10 Favorite Things from Applied Net 2015

We’re 40 days away from Applied Net 2016, and the excitement is growing. This year’s event promises to be bigger and better than ever: inspiring keynotes, engaging...

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What it Takes to Be a Digital Insurance Agent or Broker Today

Technology is now essential to how insurance agents and brokers run their businesses, including how they serve existing clients and attract new ones. To fully realize the...

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Applied Net 2016: Attend, Learn & Succeed

Applied Net is not your average conference. It’s a convergence of minds. It’s a community gathering. IT IS THE CAN’T MISS PLACE TO BE for discussions of...

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Keep Your Feet on the Ground and Head in the Cloud

Weather can be unpredictable, and it's more important than ever to ensure that you and your business are prepared. Kris Hackney, executive vice president of customer experience...

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The “Go-To Place” for Insurance – In a Digital World

Every year, the BIBA Conference and Exhibition provides a forum to discuss the latest UK economic and regulatory developments and trends affecting the insurance industry. This year,...

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Attracting Millennials and Gen Z: It Starts with Technology and Innovation

You couldn’t wait to become an insurance professional. It was a career you dreamed of since you were a child. In high school, you told everyone you...

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Golf & Insurance: Guide to Scoring a Business Performance Birdie

It is the Masters golf tournament week. This means azaleas, pimento cheese sandwiches and of course, incredible golf. Taking place in Augusta, Georgia at Augusta National Golf...

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Becoming a Best Practices Agency – Q&A with Recipients

Being nominated and taking part in the Best Practices program and study has become a prestigious recognition of the superior accomplishments of the top insurance agencies in...

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Next-Gen Is Now: Embracing Emerging Technology to Build the Agency of the Future

Learn how to become a truly digital agency with Strategy Meets Action's Top 8 Imperatives for Agents. These are designed to help independent insurance agencies take their...

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It’s a Good Time to Be in Insurance – and 2016 Is Looking Even Better

It's 2016 and as we start a new year, we take a look at the history of the industry and the technological advancements, industry trends, and evolving...

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Jack of All Trades: How Growing Insurance Agencies CAN Juggle It All

From principal to producer, growing agencies often need to combine multiple roles into one. These tips will help smaller agencies with a just few employees maximize efficiency...

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7 Tips for Implementing What You've Learned at Applied Net 2015
7 Tips for Implementing What You Learned at Applied Net 2015

Learn how to get the best out of the great ideas, inspirations, and influences that come from attending Applied Net, and create a business plan that can...

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The 2016-2020 Technology Challenges Reshaping the Insurance Industry: What They Are and How To Prepare

Emerging technologies are changing the way the insurance industry does business. Find out what to look out for in 2016 and beyond, and how to keep your...

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Agency Perpetuation: What You Need to Know

Prepare for the future of your agency by ensuring that it's in the best shape possible in the present. The Insurance industry lags behind when it comes...

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The Game Plan: 6 Tips for Navigating the Applied Net Exchange

The Applied Net Exchange is bigger and better this year than ever before. With over 70 exhibitors, it can be overwhelming to figure out where to start,...

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Building Deeper Customer Relationships Starts with ‘GPS’
Building Deeper Customer Relationships Starts with ‘GPS’

Developing your customer relationships is critical to growing your business. Scott Addis, CEO of the Addis group describes his essential steps to differentiation, the key to cultivating...

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9 Essential Apps for Independent Agents

Learn how smart, simple apps can help you become a truly digital agency. These powerful pieces of software can carry out a wide variety of tasks, and...

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8 Reasons You Can't Miss Applied Net
8 Reasons Why You Can’t Afford to Miss Applied Net 2015

This year's Applied Net will be the biggest ever! If you still haven't gotten registered, here's 8 reasons not to miss out on the world's largest gathering...

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The Insurance Producer’s Secret to Managing Risk
The Insurance Producer’s Secret to Managing Risk

Learn how to leverage technology to help you quickly and accurately manage risk and meet customer needs. Tools like Applied Mobile can help ensure that your producers...

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Champion Change – Key Considerations When Adopting New Insurance Agency or Brokerage Technology
Champion Change – Key Considerations When Adopting New Insurance Agency or Brokerage Technology

Changing to a new management system goes beyond updating older or unwieldy technology; it can bring new life to an agency when combined with techniques that improve...

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Advice on Data Migration from the Experts
Advice on Data Migration from the Experts

Migrating to a new system is a complex process, but with careful planning and organization, it can be a great way to sort, review, and remove excess...

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3 Ways Technology Can Boost Agency Productivity
3 Ways Technology Can Boost Agency Productivity

Increasing your agency's productivity may be as simple as implementing the right technology. In this blog, Michael Howe discusses three ways technology can help you make your...

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[Podcast] What You Should Know About Data Security
[Podcast] What You Should Know About Data Security

Are you aware of the risks to your data? As organizations collect more data then ever before, the risks associated with a data breach increase. Find out...

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[Video Blog] Productivity Insights from a Best Practices Agency

Explore the links between profit and productivity, and the methods you can use to improve both of these key business performance indicators within your business. In this...

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The Mobile Moment: Winning Customers in the Moment of Need

Mobile connectivity is here to stay, and Ed Higgins, vice president of Thousand Islands Insurance Agency in Clayton, N.Y. and chair at Applied Client Network knows that...

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Breaking Down Business Intelligence

Senior Vice President of Product Management Michael Howe discusses ways to simplify your understanding of Business Intelligence and implement this critical concept to grow your business. From...

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3 Tips Applied CSR24 Users Should Know

Giving your customers 24/7 access to the information they need - whether it's filing a claim, or checking on their policy is becoming increasingly important. Bob Zaczynski,...

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[Podcast] Steve Anderson – Why Customer Service Is No Longer Enough

Customer Service is changing: an increasing number of consumers want to be able to connect with their agents though digital channels - traditional methods are no longer...

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Today’s Insurance Customer Experience Imperative

Customer Experience is a popular topic - and for good reason. Barry Rabkin, President of the insurance technology analyst firm Market Insight Group shares the 4 phases...

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Customer Experience – #1 Strategy for Building Brand Loyalty

Making sure your business stands out from the crowd is crucial as more and more agencies look to leverage the latest technologies. Kristin Hackney, executive vice president...

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Making Insurance Agencies’ Priorities a Reality – A Look into Accenture’s IA Survey

The division between agencies and carriers is growing: independent agencies are working to increase competitiveness when it comes to their relationships with carriers. Here, Michael Howe, senior...

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