Become an Anticipator, not just a Survivor

Unfortunately, there are companies who aren’t prepared for the changes wrought by disease, by technology or by anything unexpected. Yet, the willingness to adapt and innovate is the key to success. Now is not the time to rest on our laurels or rely upon systems and practices that may have worked well 50 years ago, but haven’t changed since. 

As the great physicist Albert Einstein once said, “We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.” 

When it comes to change, there are three types of insurers: 

  • Anticipators; 
  • Fast Followers; and 
  • Survivors. 

The industry is shaped like a period with anticipators at the top. They are rarer, but they are the keys to the future, because they are busy creating their own future based on the opportunities provided by technology. Next come fast followers. They recognize sound industry leadership and are nimble enough to adapt. At the bottom of the pyramid sit the survivors. They have no innovation strategy; instead, they focus on addressing the industry hot spots. They are hanging onto survival with their fingernails, hoping they can continue to find enough business without making major changes or creating a vision for the future. Which would you rather be? 

So, what does it take to become an anticipator in our industry? There are four key ingredients: 

  • Digitize. First of all, you need to make digital technology a priority so you can take advantage of the efficiencies it offers, along with the opportunity to bring new ideas to fruition quickly and easily. 
  • Top-down Support. If management is supportive and fosters a culture of innovation, the rest will follow. If innovation is seen as an add-on, rather than integral to the organization, you’ll fall behind and lose relevance, no matter the size of your company. 
  • Modern Workspace, Diverse Workforce. Your employees must be able to take advantage of technology and should bring a variety of backgrounds and talents to the table.  
  • Online Offerings. Products and services must be digital. Customers must be able to access them quickly and easily. 

It is easy to turn up your nose at such suggestions because they require an investment. Yet, as Herbert Rogenhofer, the Chief Digital Officer for Talanx in Germany, notes, “The reality is that 95 per cent of our investment goes into the digital transformation of our legacy systems; the rest (5 per cent) is available for innovation.” 

That’s where Cookhouse Labs (CHL) comes into play. At CHL, we believe in collaboration among industry players to find solutions to industry challenges. Collaboration and co-creation are the keys to future innovation success. When we work together, we learn from each other with a minimal investment of time, money and personnel. A diverse group of people can come together, devise a solution and test it with the customer within a short period of time. They can each take the results back to their organizations where the decision to enlarge upon it or not can be made.

Why not focus on multiple topics quickly by spreading your resources through collaboration? During our Season of Innovation at CHL, we’re delighted to share with you our thoughts about innovation in the insurance industry. Get in touch with us at cookhouselabs.com to learn more. 

Insurers selling cars – why not?!

Tesla, the California-based electric car manufacturer, has recently begun selling its own automobile insurance, allowing drivers in the Golden State to purchase a vehicle and insurance together as a package.

Insurance companies can choose to view this move, like most innovative ideas, either as a threat — “They’re removing potential customers from the market” – or an opportunity – “What can we learn from this bold move?”

Here at Cookhouse Labs (CHL), we see it as a wonderful opportunity for insurers to join the game by selling cars, along with insurance. Why not?

Insurance companies, as part of the financial services industry, have the capital to explore this option. Typically, insurers invest the money paid by their clients as premiums so it reaps the largest financial reward possible. However, with markets plummeting as fears of COVID-19 spread worldwide and interest rates at historic lows, it’s time to think innovatively. Why shouldn’t an insurance company create its own business as a way of maximizing its profit?

Think about it. An insurance company could purchase vehicles from the manufacturer and sell them complete with insurance coverage as a package. For the consumer, it simplifies the purchase – there’s — no need to hunt around for auto insurers and compare their rates. Coverage is simply part of the deal.

As the insurer, you can add other perks, too, such as offering a telematics tariff by monitoring driving behaviour in exchange for lower rates. For young drivers, who generally pay high premiums, you could create an enticing special package to reduce costs.

Perks selling cars

Not only is this an innovative approach to auto insurance, it is one that puts the customer first. Most drivers will be happy to forego the inconvenience of shopping around for insurance before they put their vehicle on the road. If you lock in the insurance with the product, you’ll attract new customers and make it easy to retain them – and likely for much longer than a typical one-year policy. After all, recruiting customers is the hard part; with proper attention and service, retention shouldn’t be difficult.

This is an idea new to the insurance industry, but not a radical one. The cellular communications industry jumped on this idea years ago, once they realized that consumers found it much easier to buy their mobile devices at the same place where they obtained their data/calling plans. It’s almost a given today.

At Cookhouse Labs, we view this approach as an opportunity for insurers to retain their place in the value chain while becoming more attractive to customers.

During our Season of Innovation at CHL, we’re delighted to share with you our thoughts about innovation in the insurance industry. Solutions like these are the product of collaboration among our members, and you, too, can share in the intellectual riches. Get in touch with us at cookhouselabs.com to learn more