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The Ultimate Guide to Life Insurance and InsurTech Conference Season

Sep 19, 2017 6:11:46 PM / by Megan Gardner posted in InsurTech

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10 Must Attend InsurTech Conferences and Events 2017-2018

Sep 19, 2017 6:08:44 PM / by Megan Gardner posted in InsurTech

If you couldn't tell from part I of this guide, InsurTech is making its way onto several agendas for the 2017-2018 life insurance conference season. Given the huge impact it is having on the insurance industry, it should be no surprise that InsurTech has taken on a conference life of its own. Part II of my guide explores the top InsurTech conferences happening all over the world and what you can expect from them.

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How to Get a Professional Head-Shot for LinkedIn in Less Than 10 Minutes

May 15, 2017 2:00:00 PM / by Megan Gardner posted in Social Media

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2017 Insurance Industry Resolution Predictions

Jan 6, 2017 2:28:26 PM / by Megan Gardner posted in Insurance, Reinsurance, Innovation, Social Media

Now that you are back into the swing of things at work you’ve probably overheard or even talked to colleagues about New Year’s Resolutions. Maybe you want to read more books, go to the gym more, dedicate time for a digital detox? You’ve thought about resolutions for your personal life but what about at work?

Aside from perhaps being more organized or clearing out your inbox, have you considered what you hope to achieve as a business or even industry? I was curious to find out what this might look like for the insurance industry. What will its resolutions be for a successful New Year? I went on a mission to find out.

How? You might ask. I looked at our top performing blog topics in 2016 – and there were a few that our readers really sank their teeth into. I figured since these were top of mind in 2016, the industry might be looking to implement strategies around them in the new year. Find out my predictions below.

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How Successful People Build Stellar Social Media Profiles on LinkedIn

Dec 14, 2016 4:32:02 PM / by Megan Gardner posted in Social Media

What steps do successful people take in building stellar profiles on LinkedIn vs people who just setup their profile and forgot about it?

The best place to start, is determining what your social media goals are. Do you want to simply gain more followers? Are you looking to make connections with influential professionals? Perhaps become a brand ambassador for your company? Or are you looking to set yourself apart from your colleagues for a promotion or a job you're after?

Whatever your goal may be, you'll come to see that LinkedIn allows you to position yourself as a thought-leader, ultimately positioning you for success. Here's how you can get started today. 

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4 Reasons Millennials Should Seek Careers in Insurance

Dec 2, 2016 1:45:53 PM / by Megan Gardner posted in Insurance, Millennials

Do you remember what you wanted to be when you were growing up? As a millennial, growing up in the digital age, I can tell you that finding a career in insurance was certainly not at the top of my list. And I know I’m not alone. But here I am! The more I learn about the industry, the more I find myself spreading the benefits of a career in the insurance industry to my millennial peers. Let me give you some background…

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3 Inbound Marketing Trends the Insurance Industry Can Benefit From Today

Nov 20, 2016 9:00:00 AM / by Megan Gardner posted in Insurance, Social Media

What can an insurance professional like you learn from a conference dedicated to the inbound marketing movement? Well for starters, "the inbound methodology is the most effective marketing method for doing business online" - HubSpot. And in today’s digital age – who isn’t online?

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6 Ways to Prepare for the Insurance Industry Retirement Gap

Aug 22, 2016 4:42:06 PM / by Megan Gardner posted in Training, Reinsurance

In the coming years, the insurance industry will experience major loss of talent due to retirement. According to one study, about 25% of professionals in the industry will retire by 2018! This concern over such a large loss of talent has been looming over both the life and non-life industry but fortunately, is becoming more and more apparent. It was a hot topic at the TAI User Group we attended in May and will continue to be as the industry makes plans to prepare for a significant talent gap in the next 3-5 years.

So what can you do to prepare for this? I have 5 ideas below to help you get started:

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An Introduction to Tele-underwriting: 4 Articles You Need to Read

Jun 17, 2016 8:41:43 AM / by Megan Gardner posted in Underwriting, Insurance, Industry News

If you are in the underwriting industry, tele-underwriting is something you have likely heard of.  While it has been around for some time, there is a seemingly growing need for it. Perhaps, with the insurance industry experiencing changes, professionals are thinking more about catering to a generation that is digitally dependent and is accustomed to on demand services and minimal customer barriers. Both of which tele-underwriting cater to, to some extent.

The increasing interest in tele-underwriting has been a key topic of discussion at industry conferences such as the 2016 AHOU (Association of Home Office Underwriters conference) which our life underwriting experts had the opportunity to be a part of. While tele-underwriting is gaining momentum, there is still a lot to learn. To help bridge the knowledge gap on the world of tele-underwriting I put together a list of four must-read articles for you to get a better understanding of it.

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[Insurance News] 4 Insurance Innovation Competitions You Should Know About

Mar 29, 2016 12:00:00 PM / by Megan Gardner posted in Reinsurance, Industry News, Life Insurance

We recently attended the European Insurance Forum where discussion focused on the ever-changing and innovating insurance landscape. Technology has been a driving force of this change but not without the innovative minds of those coming up with solutions, products and ideas. As agents of change ourselves, we are always excited to hear about opportunities for innovation in the industry.

This got us thinking – where do these opportunities for innovation exist? Given these hubs for innovation have the potential to majorly influence and shape the future of our industry, we wanted to keep you in the loop. Without further ado, here are four events encouraging innovation in the insurance world that YOU should know about!

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