YOUNG INDEPENDENT AGENTS WANT MORE TECHNOLOGYYoung independent insurance agents identify technology to help them more easily write business and service customers as the second most important thing-after competitive rates-carriers can offer an independent insurance agency. Drive Insurance Group of Mayfield Village, Ohio-based Progressive Casualty Insurance Co. discovered this while conducting a survey of more than 750 young (40 years of age or younger or those who have been in the industry less than 10 years) independent agents. The majority of young independent insurance agents (79%) say technology has been significant in helping them grow their business. Other results from the survey showed 11% have an interactive Web site where customers can quote, buy and contact them. Thirty-four percent have a static Web site where people can learn more about their agency and the services they provide, and 40% don't have a Web site at all.


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