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November 6, 2014
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"Be yourself; everyone else is already taken." 

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2014 Agency Universe Study

Future One, a collaboration of the Big "I" and leading independent agency companies, had just released key findings from the recently completed 2014 Agency Universe Study. This study is viewed as the most comprehensive of the independent agency system. The study surveys a wealth of issues about independent agencies operating in the U.S. including revenue base and sources, ownership, mix of business, diversification of products, technology uses, non-insurance income sources, and marketing methods.


For your insights, ACT has created a high-level summary of the technology-based aspects from the study, which can be accessed by clicking HERE.

A PDF version is also available for download at the bottom of the web page article.

William C. Wilson Jr., CPCU, ARM, AIM, AAM

Has personal lines insurance-particularly auto insurance-become a commodity? If you believe what you see in much of the personal lines insurance advertising, and you accept what some researchers have claimed in recently published reports, then the answer is likely, "Yes." However, if your feet are firmly planted in reality AND you've ever read more than one specific insurance policy, the answer is a resounding "No."


3D Printed Shoes are a Step
in the Right Direction

Having new shoes that you need to "break in" because they hurt your feet (or dealing with shoes that always feel uncomfortable no matter how long you wear them) will soon be a thing of the past thanks to 3D Printing. Several shoe companies, including Nike, Feetz, and United Nude, are now using 3D Printing technology to give customers shoes that are custom made for them-in the store, on the spot.

Habits Will Determine Your Success in Career and Life

If you could just pick one or two habits to create in the next few months - habits that will have the most impact on your insurance sales career and life - what would they be?

I often get asked this question, because agents are overwhelmed when it comes to starting positive life and career changes.

They ask me: what one or two habits should they start with?


We are very conscientious about documenting files in our agency, and as operations manager, it is my job to make sure that everyone is doing a good job in this area. To raise awareness, we have declared next month to be "Documentation December". Of course we intend to document well all year long, but we wanted to take some time to emphasize how important this part of our job is. We have made little buttons for everyone to wear which say "Write it down or it didn't happen!" Can you share some of your favorite documentation tips?
Sarah, Louisiana


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