Archive for the ‘Article Links’ Category

OFC Gaining Momentum?

February 15, 2009

Hmmmm…Looking more like I might be buying Chad a drink at ACORD-LOMA. Investment News reports that NAIC now supports consideration of an optional federal charter, leaving only NAMIC and IIBIA still firmly opposed. NAIC is also moving its headquarters to DC for the first time.

I wonder if NAIC has seen the writing on the wall, and been swayed somewhat by the Royce-Bean Bill’s requirements that the new national regulator maintain physical offices in every state (nationalizing the DOIs)

I still don’t think this is a done deal, but I have to admit, the odds are not running in favor of my original prediction that Democratic governors and house members would block this initiative.

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Social Media and Engagement

February 4, 2009

The February 2009 issue of Best’s Review has a cover story, “Crashing the Party,” about how some insurers are using social media as an effective marketing tool (specifically, Allstate and Esurance).

Karlyn Carnahan has touched on social media strategy as well, both on this blog and in her recent report.  Even low-investment tactics, like adding widgets to allow customers to share website content via Delicious, Digg or Google Reader can have an impact in growing your brand and increasing engagement with existing and potential customers.

Like the one below this post 🙂

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Offshoring – Risks and Security

January 27, 2009

If you utilize offshore outsourcing, you may be interested in the report called 2009 – The Year of Outsourcing Dangerously. Scott Wilson and Doug Brown have put together an interesting study that looks at the safety and security of outsourced operations. The recent terrorist events in India have caused many to look at their overseas outsource partners with a cautious eye. Their report includes a ranking of different metropolitan hubs of outsourcing, and includes a Top Trends of 2009 as well as 15 Key Steps to Mitigating Current Global Business Threats. If you’re considering moving to offshoring, or currently offshore any functions, this report will provide you with some interesting insights into the downstream risks of both established and emerging offshore destinations.

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What Rain?

January 22, 2009

Good Tech Decisions article on 2009 IT Spending Outlook.