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Insurer Websites Lag on Functionality, ACORD Study Finds

U.S. personal lines insurer websites are better at engagement (providing a compelling and "entertaining" customer experience) than enablement (ability to satisfy customer needs), according to a new study by ACORD, the global standards-setting body for the insurance industry. 

The Digital Customer Experience Study: US Personal Lines 2021 examined more than 1,250 carriers, insurtechs, and aggregators to assess the industry's overall performance and identify the key strategies and capabilities for delivering a successful digital customer experience.

"Delivering a superior digital customer experience is a critical imperative for insurers," said ACORD President & CEO Bill Pieroni. "The digitally mediated consumer habits developed during the pandemic are likely to persist, particularly as they reflect a previously existing trend toward digitization of insurance processes. It has become increasingly clear that delivering a quality digital customer experience is key for continued success."

ACORD screened over 1,250 websites, assessing candidate sites through a unique, persona-driven approach built around a comprehensive portfolio of demographic and psychographic factors, providing a more detailed and insurance-specific view than typical customer experience surveys. Each of the sites was scored on Engagement (providing a compelling and "entertaining" customer experience) and Enablement (ability to satisfy customer needs).

Among the findings of the study were:

  • U.S. personal lines websites are better at Engagement (with an average score of 70.8) than Enablement (58.9), highlighting a need to improve website functionality.
  • Aggregators – which were added to the pool of websites surveyed for the first time in this installment of the study – ranked relatively low compared to carriers' sites.
  • While the industry as a whole has improved in delivering an effective digital customer experience, the gap between the top and bottom performers has widened.

"While we have seen many websites improve relative to previous iterations of the study, the laggards have fallen even further behind," said Pieroni. "As in almost all other facets of the insurance industry, investing in digital capabilities – and adopting a new digital mindset – has become a prerequisite for insurers trying to stay relevant and competitive."

More information on the ACORD Digital Customer Experience Study series is available at www.acord.org/research.

About ACORD

ACORD (Association for Cooperative Operations Research and Development) is the global standards-setting body for the insurance industry. ACORD facilitates fast, accurate data exchange and efficient workflows through the development of electronic standards, standardized forms, and tools to support their use. ACORD members worldwide include hundreds of insurance and reinsurance companies, agents and brokers, software providers, financial services organizations and industry associations. ACORD maintains offices in New York and London. Learn more at www.acord.org.

 

 

 

 


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