increased 21 percent from the previous yearâ€™s survey to a total of 38.8 million quotes submitted online. In 2009, 54 percent of all consumers went online to get auto insurance quotes, and 72 percent have gone online to find auto insurance information at some point in their lives.
â€”â€”â€”â€”â€”â€”â€”â€”â€”â€”â€”â€”â€” Savvy agents can start to divert a lot of this online business by using Internet tools to duplicate the speed and convenience the direct carriers are providing.
â€”â€”â€”â€”â€”â€”â€”â€”â€”â€”â€”â€”â€” The economy continues to be a driver in shopping around for insurance. Twenty-one percent of consumers reported they are â€œmore likelyâ€? to shop around for insurance due to the economic conditions. We see this play out online with the majority (83 percent) going directly to insurer Web sites, versus only 17 percent going to aggregators and online agencies (Insurance.com, NetQuote, etc.). Of the quotes done on carrier sites, the usual â€œdirectâ€? suspects lead the pack: GEICO (28.8 percent of all quotes), Progressive Direct (28 percent) and Esurance (13.8 percent). Independent agents have a say in all this, as a full 22 percent of consumers went to a multiple-carrier agent. This is a decrease of 3 percent from the previous year, so the focus on improving agent Web site functionality becomes critical â€“ with the inclusion of Web site comparative rating tools, as well as direct-tocarrier quoting links offered by carriers as agency Web site add-ons. [ 25 ]
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