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Life insurers: Your existing customers are vital for long-term profitability

Life insurers: Your existing customers are vital for long-term profitability

The latest “sigma” research report from Swiss Re* throws new light on the importance of existing customers for the long-term profits of life insurance companies.

Without doubt, new customers will always be a vital growth factor. But finding and converting those new customers has become more of a challenge, due to factors such as increased competition and ongoing low interest rates. 

Therefore, retaining and developing existing customer relationships is a growing priority for life insurers around the world.

To be successful, any relationship depends on good communication – an ingredient that has traditionally been lacking between many life companies and their customers. In fact, the new Swiss Re research finds that a significant driver of life policy lapses is “the lack of direct interaction between insurer and insured”.

What’s more, effective customer communication not only boosts customer retention; it can also deliver very significant levels of new premium income – in the form of cross-sales and upgrades. 

At Riverside, we see this happening all the time in the customer communication programmes we build for leading life insurance clients across the globe.

These programmes reinforce the value of the customer’s existing insurance and deliver a highly targeted additional policy offer, based on a unique approach to data analytics.

Life insurers: Your existing customers are vital for long-term profitability

The results speak for themselves:

  • Additional offer typically taken up by 10% or more of all customers included
  • Lapses on existing policies held decrease by 12%-30% across all customers included –  not just those taking up the additional offer

Moreover, we always ensure that our clients’ intermediaries are fully included in the activity – with very positive results for intermediary and life company alike.

With the explosive growth in digital technology and the resultant “information on demand”, effective customer communication will become increasingly critical for life insurance companies in the future.

At Riverside, we have produced a guide to effective customer communication for insurance companies. Please see below.


*Swiss Re: sigma 6/2017: Life In-Force Management: Improving Customer Experience and Long-Term Profitability

How effective customer communication can unlock the great hidden value in your insurance customer base.

  • Why customers want their insurance companies to communicate more with them. And why many insurers still don’t deliver.
  • How effective customer communication can boost insurance sales AND improve customer retention on existing policies held.
  • Why agents and intermediaries welcome and support communication from insurers to their customers – and are more loyal as a result.
  • How to get started in delivering effective customer communications that build sales, customer retention and intermediary loyalty.