Compliance touches so many aspects of an Advisor’s business. It impacts everything from required licensing, E&O, educational requirements, sales practices, know your client processes, to financial needs analyses, product suitability, sales disclosures and so much more. It goes without saying that we all want to be compliant, so we might as well take advantage of the options we have to simplify and standardize compliance processes.
APEXA is the Canadian digital life insurance industry platform which provides smart contracting and compliance. Our third post in our Faces of APEXA series will give you the inside scoop on three of our newest team members: Mariah Clarkin, Sales & Communications Specialist, Rania Tanbouly, Bilingual Client Implementation Lead, and Megan Lussier, Client Implementation Lead.
Before you roll your eyes and yawn, let me assure you – this is not another repetitive blog that is going to tell you social media is important. WE GET IT.
But the key difference between knowing that having an online presence is important and knowing how to actually use it to your advantage is critical. Online marketing is important when it comes to generating new leads and growing your business.
Put simply, at APEXA, we love learning. Learning new skills and perspectives helps our team to make APEXA the best product possible for our valued clients. We push ourselves every day to ensure we are always ahead of the curve and constantly learning, which is why you’ll often find us participating in workshops, attending conferences, speaking on panels, you name it! Whatever will get the creative juices flowing. As we highlighted in our August Newsletter, APEXA recently participated in a week-long Design Sprint workshop led by The Design Sprint Academy. Design Sprint is a time-constrained, five-phase process that uses design thinking to reduce the risk when bringing a new product, service or feature to the market. This workshop helps teams to define their goals, validate assumptions, better understand customers’ needs, and answer critical questions through design, prototyping and testing ideas with customers. Workshops like this help APEXA to stay ahead of the game by enhancing problem solving skills, improving group dynamics, and ultimately, contributing to a stronger, smarter team.
APEXA is all about collaboration, connection and innovation.
It’s something that has slowly infiltrated almost every industry and proven it’s here to stay. It’s digital technology, specifically digital strategy. Although the insurance industry may have been slower than others to adapt to the influx of digital technology the fact is that we, as an industry, have to embrace migrating to digital.
Over the years, I’ve come to notice that we can lose sight of the far-reaching impact of what we do. Based on interactions I’ve had with many people, both industry insiders and the general public, there’s a common tendency to undervalue the importance of the life and health insurance industry to Canadians, our economy, and quality of life. We often overlook the fact that it can make or break the outcome of any given situation. Even those of us who work “in the business” are not immune to this mentality. At times, I’ve felt the need to defend our field, which says to me we may not be doing a good enough job at disseminating our message.
Here are a few key points that, as advisors and industry employees, we can keep in mind when working with clients. Sometimes all professionals in our field may need a little reminding of the scope and impact of the passionate work we do as part of the life and health insurance workforce (or at the very least, to remind us of our bragging rights).
If you’re an insurance advisor, the picture I’m about to paint may seem all-too-familiar to you. It’s the middle of summer, your clients and prospects are on vacation, and you find your work days getting shorter and moving slower. Before you throw your hands in the air and book a trip to Riviera Maya, know that there are advisors in the alternate camp, those who see summer as a great time to write business, develop future sales, review their annual plan, brush up their skills or catch up on all the industry change. Read these tips on how you can make the most of the dog days of summer, and you may just reconsider what your summer activities look like.
The sales landscape has changed drastically in the last ten years. A major contributor to these changes has been the increasing importance of social media as a selling tool. Prior to the emergence of social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, and Twitter, sales were made mainly via word-of-mouth, phone calls, company websites, infomercials, and advertisements in the newspaper. Of course, these sales channels still exist and matter, but social media has become a communication juggernaut that can no longer be ignored as an invaluable sales tool.
This year, we’ve seen a recurring theme across conversations, panels, and regulatory bodies in the insurance and financial services industries: Fairness to consumers. You may read this and think that treating consumers in a fair and reasonable manner is common sense, but earlier this year the Financial Services Commission of Ontario (FSCO) took an extra step in ensuring consumer protection by drafting The Treating Financial Services Consumers Fairly Guideline. This topic proceeded to garner attention on a national scale, and was discussed at impactful conferences including the Canadian Association of Independent Life Brokerage Agencies (CAILBA) 2018 National Conference as well as the 2018 Canadian Life and Health Insurance Association (CLHIA) Compliance and Consumer Complaints Conference.