Thoughts on Father’s Day, Financial Well-Being and Insurers’ Ability to Close the Deal

Posted by Peter Manoogian on Wed, Jun 13, 2018

This Father’s Day takes on a new significance for me, as my wife and I recently welcomed our son into the world.

Parents know that planning for a child involves countless purchases and, as a result, purchase decisions. Those decisions include longer-term family planning, and life insurance fit into that bucket for me. While I have group life coverage through my employer (Thanks, ZS!), I sought extra coverage for added peace of mind.


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Insurance Companies, Meet Startups: Five Keys to a Successful Partnership

Posted by Peter Manoogian on Mon, Sep 18, 2017

Partnering with or investing in startups has helped established insurers reach out to younger consumers and explore new offerings and technologies to strengthen their business. However, it’s not always a perfect match. Because insurance companies typically are risk-averse, there can be roadblocks along the way, and while the concept of established companies partnering with startups makes sense, there’s a lot that happens between the 30,000-foot level and the ground level that can threaten success.


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Why Insurance Companies and Startups Go Together Like Peanut Butter and Jelly

Posted by Peter Manoogian on Tue, Aug 29, 2017

Insurance typically is a very risk-averse industry, but the next generation of consumers is shaking up the market. Many millennials are getting married or having children later, pushing insurance purchasing events further into the future, with some eschewing products like life insurance altogether. They also want insurance offerings to be online and mobile. Established insurers now have to be more nimble and look for new opportunities, and partnering with or investing in startups is a great way to do it. Startups are the jelly to established firms’ peanut butter, layering on the freshness and versatility.


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What Insurance Agents Do (and Don’t) Have in Common With Taxi Drivers

Posted by Peter Manoogian on Thu, May 25, 2017

Ever try to hail a cab in New York on a rainy day (especially before ride-sharing apps came along)? It’s nearly impossible because taxi drivers—whose payouts are 100% fare-based—achieved their income target sooner in the day because of high demand. Research demonstrates that drivers will work the least on rainy days and the most on nice days when fares are hard to find.


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Kicked Out of the Club: The Case for Increased Personalization

Posted by Peter Manoogian on Thu, Mar 03, 2016

Confession: I used to frequent dance clubs fairly regularly in my early 20s. The atmosphere and music energized me. I loved hitting the dance floor and even had a signature move. (It’s true. Ask my friends.)

These days, the only club I frequent is at an airport. While they both serve alcohol, they’re very different experiences. I mostly go “clubbing” when I travel overseas because my gold frequent flier status grants me access to partner airline lounges.


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