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Ask Kodiak, a Winchester, Mass.-based developer of a commercial insurance search engine that supplies agents and brokers with current information on carrier appetite, has announced that TrustedChoice.com (Minneapolis) insurance company partner appetite is now available to agents on Ask Kodiak and within the TechCanary (Milwaukee, Wisc.) agency management system.
“This is yet another tremendous example of our partners at TrustedChoice.com and TechCanary empowering the independent agent through technology,” comments Michael Albert, co-founder of Ask Kodiak. “Via TrustedChoice.com, TrustedChoice agents already have access to a wealth of product information provided by insurance company partners, and the Ask Kodiak API puts product recommendations in the right place at the right time. Combine those two things with an Ask Kodiak component now embedded in the TechCanary management system, and independent agents gain a new level of effectiveness with product details delivered in real-time as they are working on an account.”
Ask Kodiak notes that its open API can provide similar functionality to users on other management systems as well. The API can deliver target classes, underwriting eligibility, and marketing information can be delivered in real-time to agents and brokers, ensuring the most current product information is available when searching on Ask Kodiak or servicing a customer in Salesforce, according to the company.
“This integration saves our commercial lines agencies several steps when it comes to matching their customer with the right insurance product,” comments Reid Holzworth, CEO of TechCanary. “Having an Ask Kodiak component right on the customer screen with product recommendations being made proactively is a dramatic improvement over the offline process the industry typically expects. It saves time and improves the service our customers are able to deliver.”
This integration of Ask Kodiak with TechCanary and TrustedChoice.com provides a new level of transparency into the commercial lines insurance buying process and provides new opportunities for commercial lines agents, brokers and insurance companies to collaborate, an Ask Kodiak statement asserts. As competition in the commercial lines market tightens, the insight into needed coverages and the best prices delivered via this integration mean speed-to-market and a better overall customer experience, the statement says.
“Earlier in the year TrustedChoice.com held a tech summit in Milwaukee to discuss how we could all be working together to support the independent agent,” comments Chip Bacciocco, CEO of TrustedChoice.com and Agency Nation. “The integration of Ask Kodiak with TrustedChoice.com and TechCanary in the service of that mission is one of many big things to come.”