How to Create a Simple Affordable Texting Solution with SimplTxt

It has become a foregone conclusion that agents and brokers need to manage text messaging as part of their communication mix. We have known for a while this was coming. However, the actual implementation of adding text messaging into the organization’s workflow has been a bit more complicated.

SimplTxt website

I have written several times about text messaging with suggestions on how to adopt this communication channel within your organization. You can review those articles here, here, and here.

I’ve also talked about texting in two episodes of The Digital Broker Podcast. In episode 11 we talked about The Rules of Engagement, and in episode 12 we talked about How to Implement. You might want to listen to each of these for more detailed information.

Several texting options are available, including management system platforms that have added integrated text messaging as a communication option. These options may be the best for your organization to implement.

Today, I’d like to share with you a new inexpensive text option created by my podcast co-host Ryan Deeds. Ryan saw the problem with managing and documenting text messages within an insurance organization and started thinking about how to create a simple, affordable platform that any size organization could easily implement.

The result is SimplTxt.

“How To Become A Leader In Insurance – Episode 034”
by Steve Anderson and Ryan Deeds

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Summary:

In this episode of The Digital Broker, Steve and Ryan discuss the principles of leadership and how they figure into running an insurance agency. By listening to this episode, you will learn:

By listening to this episode, you will learn:

  • What it means to lead as opposed to simply being in charge.
  • How to see the total picture and remove the blind spot that affects so many leaders in the insurance space.
  • How to minimize workplace arguments by understanding why they happen in the first place.
  • How to get the best results from your team by relating to them the right way.

The Digital Broker podcast is brought to you buy Indio Technologies. Indio turns the application and renewal process into an online TurboTax like experience for your clients. As a result, the 1,000+ agents using Indio provide their clients with a top-rated customer experience, reduce their E&O exposure, and outgrow their competition. To learn more about Indio, click here!


Recap:

What’s a leader, anyway? Is it someone that you report to? No, that’s a boss.

Is it someone who oversees you? That sounds more like a supervisor.

This is a podcast about operational excellence, and you cannot have operational excellence without a direction—which you cannot have without a clear idea of what to do and how to get there.

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Use Designrr to Create Great Ebooks Fast

Content is still king.

Designrr eBook Creation Platform

Developing engaging, helpful, and useful content is still one of the best ways to attract the attention of potential prospects — whether personal or commercial consumers. Producing good content continues to be hard. Once created, you want to repurpose that content in as many different formats and media as possible to gain the maximum benefit out of what you’ve created.

One of the ways I’ve been able to repurpose articles I’ve written for TechTips over the last few years is to create ebooks of a single article, or combining separate articles together. It is the same content, but when presented in a different format, it catches a different set of people’s eyes. An ebook also works well as a “lead magnet.” I provide various ebooks as a free downloadable PDF document in exchange for a person’s name and email address.

I use the Designrr platform to quickly and easily create multiple ebooks. Building a new project is fast. You just import your content, add a cover from a template, add some images if needed, and convert the project to a PDF that can be downloaded and shared.

“Insurance Agent’s Blueprint For Digital Transformation – Episode 033”
by Steve Anderson and Ryan Deeds

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Summary:

In this episode of The Digital Broker, Steve and Ryan continue their conversation from their Executive Management Program presentations at Applied Net 2018 and provide insurance agencies a blueprint for digital transformation.

By listening to this episode, you will learn:

  • How to get a better read on the future by distinguishing between hard trends and soft trends.
  • How to chart your way to change, be it incrementally or transformationally.
  • How ideas, even the bad ones, fuel your organization forward.
  • How technology is changing the very nature of insurance, and what you need to do about it.

The Digital Broker podcast is brought to you buy Indio Technologies. Indio turns the application and renewal process into an online TurboTax like experience for your clients. As a result, the 1,000+ agents using Indio provide their clients with a top-rated customer experience, reduce their E&O exposure, and outgrow their competition. To learn more about Indio, click here!


Recap:

As the final speaker to present at the Executive Management Program of Applied Net 2018, it seemed appropriate that Steve would talk about the future. Much like Ryan had described data as a hazy thing that people struggle to understand, so, too, does the future seem like something that doesn’t exist. And in fact, it doesn’t — until it becomes the present.

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The MunichRE LossDetect™ Tool Helps Reduce Collisions for Auto Fleets

There is a fundamental shift happening in the insurance industry moving from restoration (returning the policyholder to the same financial position they were in before the loss) to prevention (preventing the damage from happening in the first place). Technology has been developed, and is still being developed, that will help policyholders prevent losses from ever happening in the first place.

MunichRe Smart Mobility

Agents and brokers need to be adding services for their clients that will help them prevent losses.

Munich Reinsurance America has unveiled its Smart Mobility Program offering a toolbox of solutions to address the complex issues surrounding commercial auto losses and to help reduce or avoid the risk of collision for commercial fleets. The Smart Mobility program includes LossDetect™ (patent pending), an automated text-mining tool that analyzes automotive claims data and recommends potential solutions.

Through my involvement with Matteo Carbone and the North American Connected Insurance Observatory, I’ve had the opportunity to meet Michael Scrudato, Senior Vice President, New Strategic Markets and Bruce Weisgerber, Mobility Solutions Center Leader, New Strategic Markets and get an early look at their LossDetect platform.