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How investing in a personalised online quote tool for life insurance can help to improve customer experience

Recent Global Reviews research which looked at the Digital Sales Effectiveness of the Life Insurance industry in both the UK and Australia revealed that the majority of providers are scoring below average. According to our in-depth research around customer experience in the life insurance industry, the ability to receive a well-tailored, easy to understand and personalised quote is of major importance. Scoring an average of 8.5 for the UK market and an 8.3 for the Australian market (on a scale of 1-10) for customer needs.

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Through advanced research methodologies, Global Reviews found that the UK Life Insurance market scored rather low, 53% for the quote tool tailoring features while the Australian market scored substantially higher with 81%. When it came to ‘understanding the quote’, the UK life insurance market scored on average 48% with the Australian market scoring 67%.

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If the UK and the Australia are to be compared, the UK can certainly learn from the features the Australian market has introduced. We looked at top performers on personalised quotes within the Australian life insurance industry and the top performer of the UK in that same category.

RACQ and Coles are the top performing brands in the Australian life insurance market when it comes to a well-tailored and easy to understand quote. RACQ scores 82% on quote tailoring features and 79% on understanding the quote with Coles scoring 91% and 73% respectively.

The features that add to the strength of these top performing quote tools are:

Coles:   

  • Policy additions are listed with a price.
  • The quote includes a reference number.

Coles

RACQ:

  • Summary of key information.
  • There is a clear breakdown of what the price covers.

RACQ

Both:

  • Customers are told whether the quote results are ‘estimates only’ or actual.
  • Quote results link to detailed explanation of the product.

In the UK market, Legal & General scored highest, with 82% on ‘tailoring the quote’ and 60% for ‘understanding the quote’. This is an exceptional result taking into consideration that the average UK score is 53% for ‘tailoring a quote’ and 48% for ‘understanding the quote’.  What is Legal & General doing to achieve high scores?

As part of Global Reviews rigorous research programme multiple features and functions of the quote tool are tested. Our research revealed that Legal & General’s quote tool is tailorable and flexible. The quote gives customers the option to add extra items to their insurance policy. In addition, every policy is listed with a price, and the price is then automatically updated with every adjustment. Another feature that makes Legal & General stand out an easy comparison table for the key insurance products which helps customers to compare options and easily understand the quote. Life Insurance providers across the globe would stand to differentiate themselves and create a better customer experience simply by helping customers through the quote tool, helping them to compare and understand options.

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