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From safety net to proactive partner: Insurance as a force for good

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Technological innovation has moved the needle in industries across the board. In the world of insurance, innovations like artificial intelligence (AI), the Internet of Things (IoT) and telematics have provided insurers with an invaluable source of customer data and social trends. While these vast datasets can prove incredibly useful in refining aspects such as product development and operational efficiency, insurers also have the opportunity to use data to promote positive change. In this regard, the role of insurance companies in harnessing data for good is both a commercial and ethical imperative.

From reactive to proactive

‘Insurance provides a safety net when the unexpected occurs’, has become an industry mantra. But while this statement is indeed an accurate representation of how insurance functions, this positioning in the mind of clients means that insurance is seen as more of a back-up plan than a preventative tool. This perception of insurance can be traced back to the origins of the industry, and over time, client experiences have solidified this idea.

Times, however, are changing and insurers and their clients are facing a rapidly evolving risk landscape. Climate change looms large among emerging threats, amplifying the need for proactive risk management.

On the technological front, the rise of automated and electric vehicles is reshaping car insurance. With electric vehicles come unique risks such as electrical malfunctions and higher replacement costs. Insurers must adapt by developing innovative products to address these new challenges. What this means for the future of insurance is that simply persuading clients to protect themselves against emerging risks is insufficient; insurance must evolve beyond reactive measures. Fortunately, data holds the key to the industry’s next phase of development.

Data as a tool for empowerment

Insurers collect extensive data throughout the client journey, from onboarding to claims processing, covering risk profiles, behaviours, responses to environmental factors, financial shifts, and demographic trends. This data reveals insights into customer behaviour and decision-making like never before. This knowledge brings great responsibility and an unparalleled chance for insurers to form meaningful relationships with clients beyond being product or service providers.

The time has come for insurers to play a more critical role in building more resilient communities and encouraging proactive behaviour that can prevent risk, rather than teaching people how to react to it. The same can be said for insurance advisers and intermediaries, who are often in the best position to invest more time into providing clients with essential knowledge on how to prepare for and manage risk.

Redefining the meaning of doing ‘good business’

This mantra is driven by ethics and offers numerous benefits. By evolving into risk management partners, insurers can diversify their service offering, strengthen their value proposition, and strategically position themselves in a shifting insurance landscape. Monetising these additional services can lead to significant commercial gains by reducing claim frequency and size. Embracing the good business approach provides insurers with a competitive advantage, setting them apart in the market and fostering customer loyalty. Ultimately, high customer satisfaction is key to bolstering an insurer’s reputation and market position.

The reputational benefits are just as important – by positioning themselves as risk partners, insurers can demonstrate their commitment to their clients holistic wellbeing and prosperity. In an industry where one of the most valuable commodities is reputation, these advantages could make a big difference.

Doing this may very well become the key to changing the narrative around insurance for the better.

This shift could revolutionise the perception of insurance, traditionally viewed as a grudge purchase. The evolving landscape, coupled with societal mistrust, underscores the urgency for insurers to redefine their role. Embracing digital transformation further enhances customer engagement, operational efficiency, and innovation functionality. Through technologies like cloud-based, flexibility platforms voice analytics, and automation, insurers streamline processes, boost efficiency.

By focusing on being risk partners rather than product sellers, insurers can bridge the trust gap and regain market confidence. Consistently delivering exceptional service will shape a new narrative for insurers, portraying them as trusted allies in saving money, protecting livelihoods, and improving lives. This extends beyond individual transactions, offering insurers a catalytic role in driving positive societal change. Products and initiatives that incentivise eco-friendly behaviour or support community resilience contribute to a culture of risk awareness and collective responsibility.

Introduction of chatbots ensures round-the-clock customer support across channels such as WhatsApp ensuring immediate responsiveness and convenience to customers.  Through automation, re-engineering and streamlining processes, reducing manual efforts and increasing efficiency, is a pivotal part of improving our turnaround times and operational agility.

As insurers embrace digital transformation and harness the power of data, not only do they enhance value proposition but also contribute meaningfully to building a sustainable future for all.