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Agent to Agent: Using YouTube to Your Agency’s Advantage
As an agency owner, you understand that digital marketing is a huge initiative on your behalf...
PIA Refutes Assertions About Walmart, Overstock Insurance Efforts
In a long article on MyNewMarkets.com, an Insurance Journal publication, PIA refutes statements made by Jeff Chesky, CEO of Insuritas, which is handling agency ...
Insured Losses From Lightning Strikes Drop to 10-year Low
The Insurance Information Institute found that total insured losses from lightning in 2013 were $673.5 million, down 30.5 percent from 2012 and 8.4 percent ...
Is Spending on Social Media Ads a Disconnect?
While insurers are spending more than ever on social media advertising, only 5% of Americans say web ads affect their purchases...
John G. Lee’s “Insurance Is Not ‘Stuff’” Now on PC360
PIA National President John G. Lee’s provocative article, “Insurance Is Not ‘Stuff’” is now a featured blog post on the National Underwriter’s ...
PIA Scores Major Win with Certificates Model Law
PIA National scored a major victory for independent insurance agents everywhere as a model law governing certificates of insurance was finally adopted by the ...
PIA-Backed NCOIL Model Bill Introduced in New Jersey Assembly
The model bill regulating certificates of insurance that was unanimously adopted recently by the National Conference of Insurance Legislators (NCOIL), ...
PIA Article on PropertyCasualty360: “Certainty on Certs”
This week, PIA has an article on the PropertyCasualty360 – American Agent & Broker blog entitled “Some Certainty on Certs...”
Agent to Agent: Social Media Can Combat Commoditization — Here’s How
Agents lament the commoditization of insurance and not having enough time to develop stronger relationships with clients and prospects...
Marketing Guide Now Online
PIA members who haven’t yet seen the 2014 PIA Agency Marketing Guide can read it on PIA National’s website at www.PIAAgencyMarketingGuide.com...
Agent to Agent: 4 Ways to Give Thanks to Your Clients
As the owner of an independent agency, it is important to understand the importance of giving thanks to your clients...
Is Online Auto on the Way Out?
As we reported here a few months ago (PIA National Newsline 5/13/14), shopping over the internet for auto insurance is down for the second year in a row...
Agent to Agent: Independent Agent Marketing: As Unique as the Agencies Themselves
Back in the day, marketing for an independent agency meant mailing out flyers or having the owner press the flesh at the local Chamber of Commerce meetings...
Pieroni Succeeds Maciag As President & CEO of ACORD
ACORD, the insurance industry’s global data standards and services organization, announced that William N. Pieroni was elected by the Board of Directors as its ...
This Is Flood Safety Preparedness Week
The National Weather Service has designated March 13-19, 2016 as Flood Safety Preparedness Week...
April 1st FEMA/NFIP Changes Move Forward
This is a further update and summary on PIA's previously issued special bulletins on the National Flood Insurance Program and these changes...
Home Inventories Go Digital
Half of Americans lack a home inventory to help in the event of a tragedy...
Report Notes Consistent Rise in Mutuals’ Market Share
Mutual and cooperative reported record aggregate premium volumes for the seventh consecutive year in 2014, according to a report by the International ...
NAIC President Huff: EU Should Grant U.S. Equivalency Now
The European Union should grant equivalency to U.S. insurers that would allow them to participate in international markets under the new Solvency II system ...
PIA Article: Kindling on an Ember: State vs Federal Regulation
It has been going on for decades and it’s happening again...
Survey Shows Car Insurance Is “No Laughing Matter”
While laughter might be an easy way to entertain, a new survey from Erie Insurance reveals that the onslaught of car insurance ads focused on price are causing ...
Bipartisan JOBS Act Aids Small Business
The Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act which was signed into law by President Obama on April 4 cuts unnecessary regulations on small businesses such as ...
U.S. P/C Insurer Profits Grow in Q1
Private U.S. property/casualty insurers' net income after taxes grew to $18.2 billion in first-quarter 2015 from $13.9 billion in first-quarter 2014, with ...
Greater Transparency Needed From Fed on Insurance Regulation
During a U.S. House Financial Services Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee hearing, experts testified that lawmakers should impose better transparency on ...
Some Insurers Consider 'Data-for-Doughnuts'
Driving down a highway, you approach a Dunkin Donuts...
PIA Expresses Concerns Over Proposed DOL Overtime Rule
In July, the Department of Labor released a proposal to set the minimum salary threshold for exempt employees at $970 per week or $50,440 annually—an enormous ...
FEMA Announces 2015 Preparedness Winners
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is pleased to announce the winners of the 2015 FEMA Individual and Community Preparedness Awards, which ...
More Driving, More Crashes, Higher Auto Rates
It's a case of cause-and-effect. As more drivers travel in 2015 than they have over the last several years, increases in auto crashes are leading to higher ...
FEMA Extends Deadline for Superstorm Sandy Reviews
Federal agency grants additional time to file for review of flood insurance claims.
Flood Insurance Producers Honor Richie Clements
PIA National Immediate Past President Served 2 Years as FIPNC Chair