Insurers such as Seattle-based Safeco Corp. and The Hartford Financial Services Group, Hartford, Conn., are providing Web-based tools for agents to target key prospects (see pg. 28). Many insurers are also using the Internet for target marketing by building portals for specific affinity groups.For example, The Prudential Company of America launched www.prufn.com for the affluent community; Farmers Insurance Group launched teachers.farmers.com; and Metropolitan Life Insurance Co. has a Web site for parents of children with special needs.

Farmers launched the teachers site in August after determining through internal and outside research that teachers make better customers-in terms of loss ratio, retention and product density.

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