Because insurance is usually a distress purchase, or perhaps a legal requirement, it doesn’t have the feelgood factor that say a superb Swiss watch, a new car or perhaps an exotic holiday bestows upon the human heart. Even if only for a month or two. So it’s no surprise to learn from J.D. Power than many US consumers find the online insurance experience a generally dispiriting one. Here’s the press release.
Property & casualty (P&C) insurance companies are failing to meet their customers’ expectations when it comes to digital interactions, according to the J.D. Power 2018 Insurance Digital Experience Study.SM
“The customer expectation for a standout digital experience is rapidly being set by digital-native consumer brands like Amazon, Netflix and Uber,” said Tom Super, Director of the Property & Casualty Insurance Practice at J.D. Power. “Like it or not, those are the user experiences against which today’s consumer-facing insurers are competing. While many insurers are falling short, the leaders are establishing best practices for how to build engagement, create personalized digital experiences and deliver consistency across digital components.”
This year’s study was expanded to include an assessment of a carrier’s overall digital performance based on an industry agnostic view of digital best practices, combined with customer perceptions of their interactions with the 19 largest P&C insurance brands in the United States. The study was conducted in partnership with Centric Digital, a leading digital transformation partner, to provide an industry benchmarking and digital experience analysis supported by J.D. Power’s analysis. The combined approaches uncovered clear insights into what digital means for insurers and their customers.
Following are key findings of the 2018 study:
- Surface-level design masks poor insurance functionality: While insurers have succeeded in creating attractive user interfaces, they have lagged when it comes to core insurance functionality. Most insurers’ digital offerings are lacking in insurance-specific capabilities such as processing claims, effective shopping and servicing of policies. As consumers increasingly expect to interact seamlessly with an insurance brand—regardless of the channel—most insurers are falling short on digital capabilities.
- Personalization and consistency needed industry-wide: Across the study, insurers that perform highest in personalization—by aligning insurance offerings and customer needs; offering benefits tailored to certain customers; and delivering timely guidance—tend to have high digital customer satisfaction scores. Likewise, those that deliver consistently across digital components—ranging from chatbots to app features—earn the highest satisfaction scores.
- Allstate performs well in digital shopping: Among the top performers in the study for overall insurance shopping experience, Allstate scores 808 (on a 1,000-point scale) for shopping satisfaction, significantly above the industry average of 779. This high score is driven by strong performance in three shopping factors: ease of navigation; availability of key information; and clarity of information.
- GEICO sets the bar for digital service experience: Among the top performers in the study for service experience, GEICO scores 878 for service satisfaction, significantly above the industry average of 850. This high score is driven by strong performance in all five servicing factors in the study: ease of navigation; appearance; availability of key information; range of services; and clarity of information.
“The modern customer experience is heavily driven and supported by a company’s digital ecosystem, even in relationship-based industries,” said Peter Smith, Vice President and Head of West, at Centric Digital. “To create an engaging experience, insurers should use digital to connect their customer touch points to create a frictionless, personalized experience focused on the specific, contextualized needs of a consumer.”
The 2018 Insurance Digital Experience Study is based on evaluations from 11,304 respondents, and was fielded in February-March 2018.
J.D. Power is a global leader in consumer insights, advisory services and data and analytics. These capabilities enable J.D. Power to help its clients drive customer satisfaction, growth and profitability. Established in 1968, J.D. Power is headquartered in Costa Mesa, Calif., and has offices serving North/South America, Asia Pacific and Europe.