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Unlocking the Potential: How the Insurance Industry Can Tap into the Untapped Market


Insurance Industry’s Evolution at Snails’ Pace
Insurance Industry’s Evolution at Snails’ Pace

The global insurance penetration levels hover around the 7% mark, which means that there is a huge untapped market for the insurance industry. Despite being a 100-year-old industry, insurance companies have not been able to tap into 90%+ of the world's population. There are several reasons for this missed opportunity, including lack of innovation, expensive products, lack of intent, targeted higher profit margins, inadequate distribution channels, and lack of necessary vision and strategy.



What is Innovation?
What is Innovation?

One of the main reasons for the low penetration levels is the lack of innovation in the insurance industry. While other industries have embraced new technologies and business models to reach new customers and markets, the insurance industry has been slow to adapt. This has resulted in products and services that are not tailored to the needs of the modern consumer, making them less attractive and less accessible.





Absence of affordable and Inclusive Insurance Products
Absence of affordable and Inclusive Insurance Products

Another factor contributing to the low penetration levels is the high cost of insurance products. Many people cannot afford to pay the premiums for insurance coverage, which means that they are not able to access the protection that insurance provides. This is particularly true in developing countries, where incomes are lower and access to financial services is limited.



Banacassurance penetration remains under 5%
Banacassurance penetration remains under 5%

The lack of intent on the part of insurance companies to reach new markets is also a factor. Many companies are focused on maintaining their existing customer base and maximizing profits, rather than expanding into new markets and reaching new customers. This short-sighted approach means that many potential customers are not being reached.




Existing Distribution Channels can only tap into 5-7% of the world's population
Existing Distribution Channels can only tap into 5-7% of the world's population

Inadequate distribution channels are another reason for the low penetration levels. Insurance companies rely heavily on traditional distribution channels such as agents and brokers, which can be expensive and inefficient. The rise of digital technologies has opened up new opportunities for reaching customers through online and mobile channels, but many insurance companies have been slow to embrace these new distribution methods.



New Vision? New Strategy?
New Vision? New Strategy?

Finally, a lack of vision and strategy on the part of insurance companies has contributed to their inability to tap into new markets. Many companies do not have a clear understanding of their target markets or a well-defined strategy for reaching them. This means that they are not able to effectively target their products and services to the needs of potential customers.


The insurance industry is a people business. It is grounded on clients. Because of this, utmost excellence in the area of customer service should be delivered. To maintain their customer base and expand, insurance companies serving small commercials should provide digital interactions and digitize underwriting and claims. Investing in employees and new talent can help them expand their existing business and acquire new customers.


In order to attract millennial generation customers, insurers need to leverage mobile and internet channels to sell their product. This can be done in ways such as integrating robust self-serve portals within the customer journey and identifying products that are likely to be sold online. Insurers can equip agents with technical infrastructure needed to offer advice through online channels, including remote services for video chat and instant messaging. This functionality improves convenience for the customer while maintaining human component of traditional channel.


In conclusion, there is a huge opportunity for insurance companies to tap into this untapped and underserved segment by leveraging digital technologies and providing excellent customer service. Reach us at demo@b4einsurtech.com to start a discussion today and see how we can help you grow your business by tapping into this untapped and underserved segment.


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