Author Archives: Guest Author

The ‘Internet of Things’ Could Be an Insurance Gamechanger

Seventy percent of insurance carriers agree that the Internet of Things (IoT) is important to their overall strategy, according to a 2018 LexisNexis study. But a recent EY report found that only 36% of carriers are leveraging new data sources. … Continue reading

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If You’re a Lawyer…

By Richard F. Lund, J.D., Vice President, Senior Underwriter, Swiss Re Corporate Solutions* If you’re a lawyer, you don’t need to read this. But if not, please read this carefully. Insurance agents and brokers should be wary of commercial insurance … Continue reading

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Calling All Innovators: Win Big with the ePayPolicy InsurTech Award!

We have some exciting news to share! ePayPolicy, IIAT’s electronic payment processor of choice, recently announced they will officially be accepting applications for the ePayPolicy InsurTech Award. The Award aims to recognize the insurance agency that has best-leveraged technology in order to … Continue reading

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ICT Produces Documentary on Hurricane Harvey

The Insurance Council of Texas (ICT) recently premiered its new documentary on Hurricane Harvey before 1,000 first responders at the Coastal Bend Hurricane Conference in Robstown.  The video describes the catastrophic damage and the people who lived through the costliest … Continue reading

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The Road Ahead: Meeting Old Challenges with New Technology

Think about it: just 100 years ago, people traveled by horse, wrote letters to communicate and used candles to provide light. Can you imagine doing all three simultaneously? Well, today that same person would be driving down the road in … Continue reading

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Automation is Coming… Is Your Agency Ready?

Love it or hate it, automation is the name of the game — and it’s here to stay. Proponents of automation argue that it reduces human error, cuts down on new-hire spending, and evokes greater efficiency and productivity within organizations. … Continue reading

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Your Flexible Office

Need an experienced, knowledgeable, professional addition to staff? IIAT members are finding that remote staffing through WAHVE is the answer. Read an independent agent veteran’s perspective on how working remotely has made her feel more connected to her team now than … Continue reading

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Which Commercial Clients Need Pollution Coverage?

We all know which clients need pollution coverage, right? They have smoke stacks puffing away all day. It’s the oil refineries and gas stations, the truckers who haul hazardous loads and the manufacturing plants. It’s the coal-powered electric plant and … Continue reading

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A Happy Distribution Force Equals Increased Carrier Profitability

According to an inaugural J.D. Power Independent Insurance Agents Satisfaction Study developed in alliance with the Big “I”, carriers with the highest satisfaction rate among agents are able to offer competitive agent commission while maintaining expense ratio discipline—and are ultimately more profitable. … Continue reading

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Avoiding Operational Pitfalls: An ‘Every Day’ Plan

Running a successful insurance agency is akin to putting together a winning sports team. You want to get the best athletes available and ensure that those players perform at a high level by implementing a well-conceived regime of skill development. … Continue reading

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