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By Kitty Ambers, CIC, CPIA, CISR, Chief Growth Officer, AVYST When I think about the word “Wizard”, the image of a yellow brick road leading to the Emerald City comes to mind. I think about a little dog named Toto pulling back a curtain to expose a middle-aged man operating machinery and speaking into a…

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During recent webinars we’ve been hosting for our customers and partners, we’ve highlighted 5 Key Features of eForms Wizard that have become vital in helping agents during this time of physical distancing, working from home, virtual client visits and other challenges created by the COVID-19 pandemic response. These five key features are: Offline Capabilities Education…

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Consider your agency integrations before you accidentally walk the plank. By Kitty Ambers, CIC, CPIA, CISR, Chief Growth Officer at AVYST Strategies, guidelines, and protocols for Reopening America are hitting headlines on both micro- and macro-levels. Churches, schools, restaurants, offices, salons – every business and organization imaginable is having to rethink and retool how they…

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In the recent 2020 NUPC/PIA Independent Agent Survey, technology was a focal point.  There were several responses that caught our attention here at AVYST. One noted that the agency owner “has no time to look at new technologies.” But what happens to an agency when the owner doesn’t carve out time to deal with technology…

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Many insurance professionals are interested in cyber security not only for their own organizations but for their clients.  During this InsurTech Talk,  Kitty Ambers and George Robertson speak with special guest Dustin Mooney of RigidBits about the most common misconceptions surrounding cyber security including common terms that can be confusing and what compliance requirements are…

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Is it possible for an InsurTech to take a page from Switzerland – able to engage with any technology platform, including legacy carrier systems and competing agency management systems? Yes, says Marc Still, an investor and CEO of AVYST. The firm is dedicated to cleaning up haphazard and slow policy submissions, benefiting agents, brokers, MGAs,…

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To take advantage of insurtech solutions that will propel your agency’s growth and success, you must know where you are today so you can plan and prioritize how you will get to the next level. One of my very favorite quotes is from Michael Jordan. He says, “The minute you get away from fundamentals —…

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Our industry spends a lot of time discussing the customer experience, and rightfully so. But what about our own experiences as users? I’m convinced that if insurance professionals mindfully commit to improving their own user experience throughout the quoting-and-binding process, the industry itself would be transformed. But so often we push aside our long-term goals…

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You can’t tell the players in insurtech without a scorecard. Here’s one for reference: Crunchbase’s website lists 642 insurtech firms. Their combined total equity funding is $6.1 billion. Their average founding date is April 2011. They have cool names like Pie Insurance, TheGuarantors, Premonition, and Descartes Underwriting. Investor types include accelerator, incubator, angel group, venture…

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Upgrade Your Technology to Upgrade Your Appeal Here’s the truth: entering the same details about a client’s account again and again into different forms is killing your opportunity for some of the best and brightest employees out there. That’s why it’s time for agencies to embrace technology – not only as a tool to save…

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