Awhile back I wrote about the evolution of social media strategy for insurers. The premise of the blog was how insurers effectively use social media to improve customer service and help agents.

The topic of social media is a microcosm of a bigger question I commonly receive from insurance executives: Can insurers and other financial services firms innovate? Innovation within insurance is stifled because of the extremely challenging regulatory environment. Individual state legislation, product restrictions and widely varying consumer regulations often deter insurers from investing in new products, pricing, promotions and services.

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