“The Digital Broker Podcast – Episode 006: Measuring Growth”
by Steve Anderson and Ryan Deeds

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In this episode of The Digital Broker, Ryan and Steve examine one of the most important components of measuring an agency’s success: measuring growth. They examine the three typical ways in which agencies typically measure growth (new, retained, and lost business), and why it is so important to define and understand these categories. The hosts also offer guidance on how agencies can use data to gain better insight into growth— and to use that data to create simple, actionable plans for improving profitability.

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In this episode of “The Digital Broker,” Steve Anderson and Ryan Deeds examine one of the most important components of measuring an agency’s success: measuring growth. What does it mean to “measure growth” –and why is it so important to an agency? (more…)

Announcement: New Podcast – The Digital Broker

Drive profitability through operational excellence

I have listened to podcasts for years. They are a fantastic way to reclaim idle time and learn something new. I regularly listen to about 20 different podcasts. And, I am always searching for someone I can listen to who will give me an edge, so I can become a bit better at productivity, writing, leadership and, sometimes, just learn something new that is interesting.

The Digital Broker Podcast Logo

There are several excellent podcasts designed for independent agents. Is there a need for another podcast? I think there is. The existing podcasts focus more on marketing and sales, and they do an excellent job of helping agents and brokers understand the changing consumer. I firmly believe marketing and sales create growth and effective operations create profitability.

Which is why I am pleased to announce The Digital Broker Podcast.

How to Set Up Your Workstation to Help Increase Your Productivity

It seems everyone I talk to is feeling overwhelmed. There is too much to do and not enough time to get it all done. To many, being as productive as possible means accomplishing everything you need to get done. For me, productivity is more about getting the right things done, not just getting more things done. I will address this topic in more detail in a future issue of TechTips.

Today’s topic was inspired by a question from Scott Harwood at Harwood Insurance about workstation ergonomics that can help anyone be as productive as possible.

There are several factors that go into creating the best workstation layout. Ergonomics is key to making sure you are as productive as possible. Following are some of the elements that will help you create an ergonomically-friendly workstation environment that will help you get more done.

How to Use Music to Increase Your Productivity with Focus@Will

Productivity is one of the keys to being able to accomplish your goals. Productivity, however, is not just about getting more things done but getting more of the right things done. That is the core reason for writing TechTips. My goal with each issue is to provide you with tips, tools, platforms, ideas, and techniques that will help you get more of the right things done.


I have been thinking a lot about how our digital world is causing us to be more distracted than ever. Distraction prevents me (us?) from the deep work we need to do to make an impact on our world. If you want to read more about this than Cal Newport’s book Deep Work is worth reading.

I have found that one of the ways I can concentrate for more extended periods of time is to have background music playing.

One tool I have been using for several years is a website service called Focus@Will. This service plays background music designed to help you focus and concentrate.

Easily Capture Business Cards with the Microsoft Pix Camera

I have been talking about the Microsoft Pix camera app quite a bit over the last couple of months. I usually gather multiple updates into one article, however, Microsoft has been updating the app with exciting capabilities on a regular basis, and I do not want to wait to let you know about this new capability.

Microsoft Pix Bus Card Scanner

In a previous TechTips, I talked about using the Microsoft Pix app to take whiteboard photos and the addition of Photosynth.

You can see an overview of the full capabilities of the app here.

Microsoft Pix’s Business Card Scanner

Today, I want to highlight the newest feature added to the Microsoft Pix app – Business card scanning.