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Digital Playbooks for Insurers (Part 2)

In the first of my four blogs on insurer playbooks, we looked at the consumer market from the vantage point of a pre-game analysis. This week, we’ll once again be taking a pre-game approach to playbook development, but we’ll focus instead on scouting out this highly coveted small-medium businesses market for opportunities that may lie in understanding SMB ownership and size.

Playbooks are the core of game strategy. As many watched the Super Bowl, they saw well-honed playbooks in action, with some unique plays to leapfrog the competition and keep momentum — remember Nick Foles’ trick play touchdown! A playbook accomplishes several things at once. First, it gives the coach a group of testing plays that it will run against any team that it encounters. Once the coaches have a feel for the opposing team’s response to those plays, they are then free to quickly adapt their playbook to capitalize on opportunities the rest of the game.

Every team’s playbook is different, and for good reason. Certain plays that work for one team will not be compatible with others. The universal truth behind playbooks, however, is that they are forward-focused. Understanding the NEXT opponent is always more important than looking at your past opponents. In insurance, the same holds true. Understanding where the market is going, rather than where it has been, will help insurers efficiently use their time in preparation. Playbooks unify the insurer’s teams behind the best responses to industry change, ensuring they are in the game to win.

See also: Do You Really Have a Digital Strategy?  

In today’s blog, we’ll focus on pregame analysis, and in our next SMB blog we’ll look directly at ideal offerings that insurers can use to target SMB businesses.

SMB Segment Playbooks — Pregame Analysis

An important first step in any pre-game analysis is to obtain a thorough understanding of the background and context within which the game is occurring. The context has been shifting dramatically and rapidly. Insurance 1.0 business models of the past 30-plus years have been based on the business assumptions, products, processes and channels primarily for the Silent and Baby Boomer generations, who built traditional small-medium businesses (SMBs) such as flower shops, retail and automotive repair. As the millennials and Gen Z mature and increasingly become entrepreneurs of new businesses or take over existing businesses, we see the next generation of SMB owners whose influence is growing and intensifying. They are shifting the fundamental business models of all businesses, including insurance, by demanding the use of digital technologies, new products and services that align to their demographics, needs and expectations … creating Digital Insurance 2.0. This will fuel tremendous growth for both SMBs and insurers.

Adding to this growth momentum are unprecedented expansion opportunities for commercial, specialty and group/voluntary benefit insurers in terms of new risks, new markets, new customers and the demand for new products and services. So, having a scouting report to capture these opportunities before others, including new competitors from insurtech or greenfields launched by existing insurers, is more important than ever.

Scouting Reports

Driving that point home, the results from this year’s SMB research underscore an acceleration in changing behaviors and interest in using new business models and technologies that are reshaping insurance. When it comes to experience with these technologies and trends, there is a clear, strong interaction between business owner age (generation) and the size of the company (number of employees). Cumulative participation rates in the behaviors we asked about increase with company size; but within each company size category, they also are at their highest levels with the Gen Z/millennials group and decrease with increasing age for older generations.

Given the strong interaction effect caused by these two factors, we grouped the SMBs in our survey into eight segments based on three generation groups (Gen Z & millennials, Gen X and pre-retirement Boomers) and three business sizes (1-9, 10-99 and 100-499 employees).

Similar to our companion consumer research study highlighted in our last blog, we categorized our analysis of the segments’ participation in these behaviors into six key areas: gig economy, connected devices, payment methods, products, channels and other emerging technologies. Here are some of the highlights:

  • All segments are actively engaged in the gig economy, both as providers and consumers of independent contractor/freelancer services – averaging between 36% and 40%. The smallest companies are most likely to have been an independent business based on working as an independent contractor.
  • There is strong, widespread use of apps and connected devices in buildings across most of the segments, with the highest use of 44% by Gen Z/millennials and Gen X in companies with 10-99 employees, followed by a third of those in the largest companies.
  • Use of connected devices in company vehicles is less prevalent, but nearly a third of Gen X/millennials with 1-9 employees and Gen Z/millennial and Gen X in companies with 10-99 employees are actively using this technology.
  • Use of ApplePay and SamsungPay is strong among all segments except pre-retirement Boomers with fewer than 10 employees. Overall, the increased use of digital payment capabilities is heightening growing expectations across these segments for all types of purchases, including insurance.
  • On-demand insurance was particularly strong, with 13% to 41% already purchasing it for a specific event, and with high rates of usage among Gen X and pre-retirement Boomers. Between 30% and 50% of the Gen Z/millennial and Gen X segments are experienced with cloud-based subscription products, highlighting their comfort in purchasing products with this business model approach.
  • Most segments have had experience purchasing insurance from a website, with Gen Z/millennials leading the use of this channel at 19%-39%.
  • The Gen Z/millennial segments slightly lead the older generations in their use of drones and 3D printers (or items produced by one) with usage at 10%-13%. Interestingly, 30% of the Gen X/Boomer 100-499 employee segment reported the use of a 3D printer. These are two rapidly-growing technologies that create new risk implications and, as such, require new products and services.
  • The behavior and expectation increases for Gen X and pre-retirement Boomers coupled with the already high levels for Gen Z and Millennials are driving significant interest in innovative products and channels for insurance, with millennials and Gen Z leading the way.
  • A strong appeal among SMBs for reducing costs and risks through value-added services and social networking options stood out.

As new companies emerge and the leadership of companies, both large and small, continues to move to the Gen Z and millennial generations, use and expectations around digital technologies and activities will continue to accelerate, influencing new behaviors, needs and risks that require innovative insurance products and services represented by Digital Insurance 2.0.

Time to Up Your Game

Both traditional business insurers, intent on keeping pace, and startup insurers, intent on staying ahead, are grasping the tremendous gap in SMB coverage and its corresponding opportunities for growth. Digital Insurance 2.0 models are proving themselves to be more valuable and relevant to today’s SMB owners. To look more deeply at model impact, Majesco tested four business models within our survey group to find out which models would resonate with business owners. We also went one step further and examined 30 attributes that can be used to build Digital 2.0 models. Suffice it to say, the responses across these models reached 50%, and with the swing group up to 80% or more across many of the segments, highlighting the competitive threat posed by these new business models.

See also: Linking Innovation With Strategy  

In my next blog, we’ll look deeper at the survey results and see how our SMB segment playbooks confirmed the need for different market and product strategies. We’ll tie the most popular of the 30 attributes to specific SMB segments and suggest ideal offerings for insurers hoping to reach those segments. For an in-depth look at Majesco’s findings, download and read Insights for Growth Strategies: The New SMB Insurance Customer.

Digital playbooks are essential to accessing the hard-to-reach SMB customers. Without shifting to a Digital Insurance 2.0 framework, they will be even harder to capture … let alone retain in the coming years, putting insurers stuck in Insurance 1.0 at risk.

Are you ready to move to Digital Insurance 2.0 and capture your share of the $80 billion to $100 billion SMB opportunity?

Digital Playbooks for Insurers (Part 1)

Football, in its infancy, had no plays. In the late 1870s, the visiting team would travel to the home team, where both teams would agree upon the set of rules for that game. The home team would supply officials, causing occasional controversy, and the game would be off and running.

There was no quarterback, no set of downs and very few rules regarding possession of the ball.

It wasn’t until Walter Camp, a former Yale player, introduced the concept of a quarterback and a limited time of possession, that “plays” became important. Camp wished to provide more of a strategic element to game play. This resulted in more practice, more play calling and much more interest in the game.

Play calling and playbooks have increasing value and tremendous application for insurers as we rapidly shift from Insurance 1.0 to Digital Insurance 2.0. A playbook is meant to provide strategic direction that fits with current or projected circumstances. When business strategists read the industry, the different market segments and demographic trends, they can apply their plays more effectively to capture market share. Those without playbooks and plays will find themselves scrambling from priority to priority, instead of confidently executing their strategies to earn the win.

Majesco is helping insurers build their unique digital playbooks with our strategic business platform solutions and market research-based, thought-leadership reports. In two of our recent reports, we provided both generational consumer playbooks and generational small-medium business (SMB) playbooks that give insurers valuable insights into digital capabilities enabled by technology’s potential that will energize insurance plays. In my next four blogs, we will draw on both reports to look at both Pregame Analysis and Ideal Offerings that insurers can use to target consumers and SMBs.

Consumer generational playbooks — Pregame analysis

Scouting the opposing team is the basis for creating and applying plays from the playbook to win. You’ll find an excellent scouting report of consumers (broken out by generational demographics) in Majesco’s recent thought-leadership reportThe New Insurance Customer — Digging Deeper: New Expectations, Innovations and Competition. At a high level, the report highlights the demographic trends that are pointing to a different future for insurance, which we call Digital Insurance 2.0, recognizing that customer expectations, product needs, engagement and more are vastly different than the last 30-plus years.  New experiences and technologies are becoming “the new norm” across all generations but are more intensely and rapidly changing to the next generation of insurance buyers, Gen Z and millennials.

See also: Does Your Structure Fit Your Strategy?  

Throughout time, the youngest members of society have traditionally been the early adopters of new technology. Millennials and Gen Z are the early adopters of our current, digital age. Both generations are digital natives. Millennials grew up digital in a world connected by the internet, and Gen Z was “born digital” in a world dominated by mobile. In our Changing Insurance for the Digital Age report, we highlight that the U.S. millennial market alone could exceed $7.2 trillion by 2025 and is the driving force behind increasingly personalized capabilities based on unique customer journeys involving engagement and real-time personalized product delivery. However, nearly 69% of millennials remain either actively disengaged or indifferent with their insurance carriers. Adding to this shift and momentum is the fast-emerging Gen Z market, which is poised to surpass the size of the millennial market.

Simply put, for these digital generations, the traditional products, the business models that support them and the customer experience do not align with their growing market dominance. We found that millennials and Gen Z demand much more in personalized products and experience, putting innovative products and competitors at an advantage.

The scouting report highlights new consumer behaviors and expectations

Driving that point home, Majesco conducted consumer research in 2017 to determine the acceleration in changing digital behaviors across a number of technology and business indicators — the factors that are reshaping insurance. To capture the next generation of buyers, let alone retain current customers, insurers must begin to use playbooks that are aligned to the generational consumer needs and expectations, personalizing insurance, and place their companies firmly into the realm of Digital Insurance 2.0.

We found that all generations share the top three most-performed “new” activities that we used as consumer trend indicators. There are substantial numbers of people who have now:

  • Paid for something with a company’s app (e.g. Amazon, Starbucks)
  • Paid for transportation through a ride-sharing service like Uber or Lyft
  • Used a fitness tracker like Fitbit, Garmin, etc.

The Gen Z and millennial generations are at about 45% to 60% in usage of the top three, indicating a critical mass of interest. And while Gen X and Boomers are in the 30%-40% range, given the growth in usage we expect this to continue in an upward trend, as their comfort level with digital technologies increases. Customers across all generations have come to expect the convenience of researching, buying and paying for products, services and information on demand – any time and any place – via any device (phone, tablet, wearables) … and that includes insurance.

The on-demand context of these behaviors, based on location, time and activity, lend themselves well to insurance applications, as risks are influenced heavily by where a person (or thing) is, what they are doing and when and how long they are doing it. Interestingly, and counter to perceptions of older generations, there is strong on-demand interest by Gen Xers and pre-retirement Boomers … emphasizing why digital engagement needs to be personalized to be effective.

The report categorized analysis of the activities into seven key areas: gig economy, sharing economy, connected devices, payment methods, products, channels and other emerging technologies. Here are some of the highlights:

  • The 2016 Upwork and the Freelancers Union’s annual survey estimated that 55 million people, or 35% of the U.S. workforce, chose freelancing as their means of work. Our survey results confirm that participation in gig economy activities across all generations is similar to the Upwork survey. However, a smaller percentage have “side hustles” via ridesharing or renting their rooms/houses or cars.
  • Consumption of ridesharing services is a dominant behavior across all generations. Home/roomsharing services are used about half as much, yet still have a strong and growing appeal.
  • Connected device use is seeing tremendous gains. Fitness trackers are the most popular type of connected device across all generations. The nearly 33% of Gen Z and 25% of millennials using connected home devices could also rapidly help intensify these new needs and expectations.
  • Use of ApplePay and SamsungPay saw strong year-on-year growth, with more than a third of Gen Z and millennials and a quarter of Gen X now using them regularly. The increased use of digital payment capabilities is raising the bar of expectations across all generations for all types of purchases, including insurance.
  • Across all generations, 22% to 38% purchased insurance from a website, with Gen Z and millennials clearly leading the use of this channel. This suggests the increased ease and desire of the younger generation to buy online.
  • On-demand insurance was surprisingly strong, with 25% to nearly 30% purchasing it for a specific item or event, such as the kind of insurance that Trov offers. On-demand and subscription-based models are rapidly gaining acceptance in a shorter time, as compared with website purchases, which have been around for nearly 20 years.
  • Not surprisingly, Gen Z and millennials lead the older generations in their use of drones and 3D printers (or items produced by one). These are two rapidly growing technologies that present significant risk implications for the insurance industry.

What this conveys to insurers doing their own analysis is that “new” is increasingly “normal,” more quickly. Using research responses, we extrapolated valuable “plays” that insurers may pull for use in their own playbooks.

See also: Stretching the Bounds of Digital Insurance  

The game has already started…your team better join soon  

Many new business models and new products emerging in the market are focused directly on exploiting these new behaviors and expectations. These Digital Insurance 2.0 teams are intent on challenging the traditional products, services and processes of traditional Insurance 1.0 teams. And while customers and the market will ultimately determine their success, we tested five of them and learned they stand a good chance of succeeding, especially among the younger generations who are the new generation of insurance customers.

Furthermore, we decomposed these new products and new business models into 30 distinct attributes and tested them with customers to determine their interest in buying and potential to switch to them. And the interest to buy and switch is strong. Existing insurers need to seriously begin to understand, plan and develop new offerings and capabilities aligned to these … which represent Digital Insurance 2.0.

In my next blog, we’ll look at customer reactions to those business models, assess their viability for use in insurer playbooks and discuss how the 30 attributes can be used to create some Ideal Offerings for different customer segments. For a preview, be sure to readThe New Insurance Customer — Digging Deeper: New Expectations, Innovations and Competition.

Digital playbooks are already in use. Does your company have a strategy to embrace the digital age and shift to Digital Insurance 2.0 to drive growth? The time for developing and using the digital playbook is at hand.