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12 de marzo de 2014

FICO Global Survey Reveals Connected Consumers Want Information and Policy Alerts from Insurers

12 de marzo de 2014

55 % of consumers prefer to engage via email and smartphones

SAN JOSE, CALIF. — March 12, 2014 — A global survey by FICO (NYSE:FICO), a leading predictive analytics and decision management software company, has found that consumers are looking to insurance companies to offer new models of customer engagement. The survey revealed that 55 percent of consumers want policy renewal reminders delivered via email or smartphone, and a further 52 percent are interested in alerts regarding changes in their policy.

The research also showed that 40 percent of customers trust their insurance providers with personal data.

"The mobile phone is a tool of convenience, but it's also intensely personal," said Russ Schreiber, who manages FICO's insurance practice. "People like to have information and control at their fingertips. With emerging mobile technology, it's possible for insurance providers to deliver what their customers want - for example, to develop apps that send alerts as well as allowing more routine interactions like policy renewal."

Demand for information delivered via mobile apps, text messages and social media is growing most significantly among younger people. For example, people aged 18 to 24 felt an SMS (16 percent) from their insurer would be most convenient, which was nearly twice the rate of the 40 to 54 demographic. People over 40 still prefer to receive notifications on insurance renewals via email (43 percent) or post (32 percent).

"While not everyone has started using mobile devices to interact with their insurance providers, those who do report a significant increase in customer satisfaction," said Schreiber. "For example, alerts that keep customers up-to-date on their claims are growing. Insurers that create this type of dialogue receive higher recommendation ratings, which often lead to improved sales. Mobile is a way to be more present and remind the customer why their insurance is valuable."

Notwithstanding the benefits, the survey revealed that the mobile channel is underutilized by insurers. Some 65 percent of consumers worldwide say they have never used their smartphone to manage or interact with their insurer. Only 9 percent said they have managed their policy using their smartphone.

"While many insurance firms have built mobile applications, consumer usage is fairly low, as the function of these apps is typically limited to filing a claim or renewing a policy," said Schreiber. "However, thanks to analytic technology, insurance providers have new opportunities to tailor services to individual customers, strengthen loyalty, and ultimately, sell more."

The most advanced insurers are building 360-degree views of the customer and delivering useful, relevant information and experiences. Examples include helpful tips on safety and property protection delivered during severe weather events; useful guides that show customers how to do things like change a tire on their car; and location-aware apps that deliver active recommendations such as travel insurance when you enter an airport.

The survey looked at consumer preferences and tendencies with regards to mobile, online and in-person interactions with insurance providers. It surveyed 2.239 adult smartphone users in the UK, Australia, Brazil, China, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Russia, Turkey and the United States.

The insurance preferences of smartphone consumers from the US, Australia, Brazil, China and the UK can be explored in further detail at a special interactive website:

Sobre FICO
FICO (NYSE: FICO), formerly known as Fair Isaac, is a leading analytics software company, helping businesses in 80+ countries make better decisions that drive higher levels of growth, profitability and customer satisfaction. El innovador uso de Big Data y de algoritmos matemáticos por parte de la empresa para predecir el comportamiento del consumidor ha transformado sectores enteros. FICO ofrece software de analítica y herramientas que se emplean en múltiples sectores para gestionar riesgos, combatir el fraude, crear relaciones con clientes más rentables, optimizar operaciones y cumplir con estrictas regulaciones gubernamentales. Many of our products reach industry-wide adoption. These include the FICO® Score, the standard measure of consumer credit risk in the United States. Las soluciones FICO emplea estándares de código abierto y cloud computing para maximizar la flexibilidad, hacer despliegues más rápidos y reducir costes. La empresa también ayuda a millones de personas a gestionar su salud crediticia personal.

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