What’s New in EZLynx 20.2

The EZLynx June 2020 release will go live on 6/26. Below you can find some of the highlights. Be sure to join us on Thursday, June 25 at 12:00 PM Central Time for our next episode of EZLynx Live, where we will be showcasing these exciting enhancements!

Payment Processing Through Client Center

Your clients can now make electronic payments by credit card or eCheck via EZLynx Client Center. You will also be able to track payment history and view tasks generated through payments.

EZLynx has partnered with Clearent for this highly demanded feature.

Steps to enable payment processing through EZLynx:

  1. Set up your merchant account with Clearent. Start the process at https://www.ezlynx.com/vendors/ezlynx-vendors-clearent.html
  2. Inside EZLynx, navigate to the EZLynx Connect Marketplace. Click on the “Payment Connector” card to find and activate the Clearent integration.

Calendly Integration with Client Center

With EZLynx Client Center, online customer self-service is available to your clients 24/7. But some situations require more traditional, direct communication between agent and insureds. That’s where Calendly comes in.

Calendly is a 3rd-party application that can be added from the EZLynx Connect Marketplace. Calendly helps schedule meetings without the dreaded back and forth of emails and phone tag.

Once your agency has activated the Calendly integration for Client Center, your customers will begin seeing the link to schedule an appointment.

New Automation Center Workflow for Carrier eDocs

We’ve added a new workflow to EZLynx Automation Center, which triggers when carrier eDocs are received. This powerful automation notifies insureds, provides access to the incoming carrier documents, and creates Notes/Tasks for the agency.

By eliminating the need to share documents with clients manually, time is saved for both agents and insureds. Clients are notified immediately by email, along with a secure link to view the documents in EZLynx Client Center.

Carrier eDocs include Declaration Pages, Policy Documents, Notices of Final Cancellation, Non-Payment Pending Cancellations, Non-Renewal Notices, Payments Overdue and Reinstatement Notices. Filters can be set to tailor your agency’s actions to the types of carrier eDocs being received.

This feature is available only for agencies who have upgraded to EZLynx 5.

Rating Engine Updates

The Rating Engine is receiving updates for three states, in-line with the upcoming state regulations.

Michigan (Auto Coverages, Effective July 2):

  • The new state minimum for auto liability coverage is being updated to 50/100/10.
  • Per new state regulations, 20/40, 25/25, 25/50, 50/50 and 55 CSL will no longer be supported for the Bodily Injury, Uninsured Motorist and Underinsured Motorist drop downs.
  • “PIP Limit” and “Excess Attendant Care” fields have been added to State Specific coverages. (Excess Attendant Care will be enabled if PIP limit has values other than Unlimited or No Coverage.)

Arizona (Auto Coverages, Effective July 1):

  • The new state minimum for auto liability coverage is being updated to 25/50/15.
  • Per new state regulations, 15/30 and 25/25 will no longer be supported for the Bodily Injury, Uninsured Motorist and Underinsured Motorist drop downs.
  • 10,000 will no longer be supported for general coverage Property Damage for Auto quotes.

Virginia (Addition to Gender Field):

  • Not Specified has been added as a third option under Gender.

These Rating Engine updates will also apply to Consumer Quoting, Web Services, and Client Center. (For Client Center, only Gender changes are available).

EZLynx 5 Applicant/Co-Applicant Switch (Beta)

The ability to swap the Applicant and Co-Applicant with a single click is almost here!

Reentering data in order to quote the same household under a different applicant can be needlessly time consuming. Soon, you will have a way to quickly switch the primary applicant information with the co-applicant directly on the quote results page and get a new quote. This new feature is entering a small closed beta, before being available exclusively in EZLynx 5.

Watch for an announcement of the general availability of this function in an upcoming issue of NewsLynx.

 

For more information on any of these exciting new features, please visit the EZLynx Solution Center.


What’s New in EZLynx 20.1

The EZLynx May 2020 release will go live on 5/29. Here are some highlights:

Client Center Enhancements

EZLynx Client Center has been updated in several ways, with a focus on making customer self-service easier and more convenient.

There are two new ways to promote Client Center to your clients.

  • Initiate a Client Center Email Campaign with a single click. The campaign will automatically apply a Client Center template to the email, containing a link for customers to access your Client Center portal. Agents will be able to set scheduling parameters for the email campaign.
  • Provide a link to Client Center as a personalization Tag within an email. This option inserts your agency’s Client Center portal URL into any email campaign template. We recommend adding it to your email signature on all campaign templates. This will help your customers conveniently access Client Center.

When you remind insureds that online customer self-service is available 24/7, everyone wins!

We’ve also enhanced the client experience with a new interface and simplified workflows. Insureds and prospects will immediately notice the improvement. From the landing page, Quick Menu options will direct them to the most used features. And the associated pages have been enhanced for more straightforward usability.

  • The Policies page has a streamlined look and feel. Insureds can easily identify the policy they are looking for and understand their policy coverages and limits.
  • The Documents page displays more pertinent information for the client, making file sharing even easier.
  • It’s never been easier for customers to submit Policy Change Requests for their personal and commercial lines policies. The change request options are clearly highlighted, saving them a phone call to your agency.
  • The Certificates generation workflow is now even smarter. These new changes encourage your insureds to generate certificates themselves, instead of always requesting them from your agency.

Life Insurance Quotes Now Available Through Client Center

Your clients can now obtain Life Insurance quotes through EZLynx Client Center. This latest development is an extension of our partnership with BackNine Insurance, made possible through the new EZLynx Connect program.

Many of you are already enjoying access to Life Insurance rates through the Quote Results page in EZLynx 5. Now, we’ve added the option for your clients to proactively request a quote through the Client Center portal.

Clients will be asked a series of questions from BackNine. The system will return a list of monthly term life premiums, based on the insured’s health. BackNine will also communicate the lead to your agency, so you can follow up with the prospect.

To take advantage of this new cross-selling feature, enable BackNine integration from Connect Market Place. You will be asked to enter your National Producer Number (NPN) to verify your credentials with BackNine Insurance. Once an Assigned Agent has enabled BackNine Insurance, their customers will begin seeing this new quote feature as they log in to Client Center.

Secure24 – ADT Home Alarm Integration

EZLynx is proud to announce this new integration with Secure24 Alarms. Agents now have the opportunity to cross-sell home alarm systems to interested shoppers. This integration acts as a lead generator to Secure24 Alarms, who will then contact the insured regarding their interest in home alarm systems.

There is no cost to the agent for this integration. If a lead you provide results in a sale, you will be paid a commission.

This feature is the latest addition to the EZLynx Connect program. It is currently available only within EZLynx 5.

EZLynx Virtual Agent (Eva)

Welcome “Eva” to your agency staff!

EZLynx Virtual Agent leverages machine learning and natural language processing to make your agency smarter, faster and more capable for customer response.

Eva works in conjunction with EZLynx Text Messaging to answer simple customer requests and create follow-up tasks for your agency. Eva monitors your incoming text messages for the types of customer requests she’s been designed to perform. When she’s capable of providing assistance, she responds to the customer.

Today, Eva can provide insureds with their Auto ID Card, as well as help with Coverage, Vehicle, or Driver Information. If your agency has EZLynx Client Center, she will direct them to the portal for faster customer service.

We are continuously working to improve the quality of Eva’s responses. To better help her learn what agents need, we are offering Eva free to anyone with EZLynx Texting through the end of the year. Put Eva to work for your agency and its clients today!

Admins can enable Eva from the Communication Center menu.

Zapier Integration Now Available

We are pleased to announce that the EZLynx Sales Center Zapier Integration is now Generally Available. This integration makes it possible to automate applicants in EZLynx from 2,000+ apps.

We’ve also made a few enhancements from the previous Beta version. These enhancements include additional Outbound Trigger Fields, additional Inbound Action Fields, and a new Birthday Field Definition for Outbound Triggers.

There is also a new enablement process. You will no longer need an App Secret to start setting up a Zap. Instead, all you need is your EZLynx username and password to connect.

This integration requires either Sales Center or a license to the Sales Center API. Contact your EZLynx Sales Representative for more information.

NOTE: Because of significant updates to the Zapier app, it is not possible to automatically migrate existing Zaps to the new version. If you currently have running Zaps, you will need to recreate them with the new version within the next three months.

 

For more information on any of these exciting new features, please visit the EZLynx Solution Center.


EZLynx Client Center: Foster Happier and More Profitable Customers

We are making some big improvements to EZLynx Client Center. Client Center has long been a staple of the EZLynx ONE PLATFORM. The portal provides the online customer experience insurance shoppers have grown to expect from their agent. Insureds can access policies, submit change requests, view their ID Cards and generate certificates from anywhere—even on the side of the road.

With the release this month we will make some key enhancements to the product, with a focus on making customer self-service easier and more convenient. We also made the product even more profitable for your agency. We have enhanced the product in three key areas:

  1. Life Insurance Quoting
  2. Promoting Client Center to Customers
  3. Updated Client Experience

Life Insurance Quoting

As agencies look for ways to expand sales opportunities with their existing customer base, Life Insurance should be an obvious choice. EZLynx Client Center now makes the process straightforward and at the customer’s convenience.

Many of you are already enjoying access to Life Insurance rates through the Quote Results page in EZLynx 5. Now, we’ve added the option for your clients to proactively request a quote through the Client Center portal. This feature works in both EZLynx 4 and EZLynx 5.

This latest development is an extension of our partnership with BackNine Insurance, made possible through the new EZLynx Connect program.

This process works from any internet-enabled device. Clients will be asked a series of questions from BackNine. The system will return a list of monthly term life premiums, based on the insured’s health. BackNine will communicate the lead to your agency, so you can follow up with the prospect.

To take advantage of this new cross-selling feature, enable BackNine integration from Connect Market Place. You will be asked to enter your National Producer Number (NPN) to verify your credentials with BackNine Insurance. Once an Assigned Agent has enabled BackNine Insurance, their customers will begin seeing this new quote feature as they log in to Client Center.

Promoting Client Center to Customers

When you remind insureds that online customer self-service is available 24/7, everyone wins! That’s why we have added two new ways for you to promote Client Center and its use.

  • Client Center Email Campaign.
    From EZLynx account overview section, agencies can quickly initiate a Client Center email campaign with a single click. The campaign will automatically apply a Client Center template to the email, containing a link for customers to access your Client Center portal.These emails can engage insureds and prospects at any stage of customer life cycle.

If your agency has been upgraded to EZLynx 5, you will also see the new Client Center Email Campaign icon.

  • Provide a link to Client Center as a personalization Tag within an email.
    You can also provide a link to Client Center with a personalization Tag. This option inserts your agency’s Client Center portal URL into any email campaign template.

Updated Client Experience

We’ve also enhanced the client experience with a new interface and simplified workflows. Insureds and prospects will immediately notice the improvement. From the landing page, Quick Menu options will direct them to the most used features. And the associated pages have been enhanced for more straightforward usability.

The Policies page has a streamlined look and feel.

The Documents page displays more pertinent information for the client, making file sharing even easier.

It’s never been easier for customers to submit Policy Change Requests for their personal and commercial line policies. The change request options are clearly highlighted, saving them a phone call to your agency.

The Certificates generation workflow is now even smarter. Because certificates are perhaps the most time-consuming and costly activity imposed on agencies, these new changes encourage your insureds to generate certificates themselves, instead of always requesting them from your agency.

Additional Resources

These are just the latest updates to what was already a powerful tool. We understand how important online customer service is in today’s climate, and we want your agency to exceed your clients’ expectations.

EZLynx Client Center gives your customers access to important self-servicing functions 24/7:

  • Client-Generated Proof of Insurance ID Cards
  • Policy Change Requests, with activity notifications sent directly to agents
  • Secure two-way document sharing with insureds and prospects
  • Clients can view policy details and coverages

To learn more about EZLynx Client Center, please visit these resources:

Client Center 101
Client Center User Manual
Client Center Best Practices
Client Center – Digital 24/7 Self-Servicing During COVID-19


What’s New in EZLynx 20.0

The EZLynx April 2020 release is now available! Here are some highlights of the release:

New! Carrier eDocuments

EZLynx Carrier Messaging is expanding to include eDocuments (eDocs). This new feature promotes better and faster communication between agents, carriers and insureds. It will also streamline your carrier connections and provide your agency access to the most accurate policy documents throughout the insurance life cycle.

  • Supports eDocs and Messages coming through IVANS
  • Automatic Carrier eDocument association to customer accounts and policies
  • Secure transfer of documents such as declaration pages, ID Cards, payment overdue notices, and more through Client Center
  • Full tracking of all policy documents sent directly from the carrier

If your agency is not already set up to receive eDocs and Messages, please reach out to carriers to enable this capability.

Improved Application and Policy Entry Workflows

EZLynx has made enhancements to policy and application screens for many commercial lines of business in the management system. The screens provide a more logical flow to enter data and navigate between different tabs in the screens.

The following LOBs have been updated with a new look and feel:

  • Employment Practices Liability
  • Workers Compensation
  • Commercial Umbrella & Excess Liability
  • Commercial Property
  • Errors & Omissions
  • Directors & Officers
  • Equipment Breakdown
  • Cyber Liability
  • General Liability
  • Commercial Auto
  • Crime
  • Commercial Inland Marine

Transition to New Reporting & Analytics Platform

We are excited to report that the transition to the new Reporting & Analytics platform has been completed! Look for this latest update to roll out to your agency in the coming weeks.

For those of you who have been enjoying the new platform since its initial release, full functionality is now available.

With this latest release:

  • Save the filters on any new report for easy access later
  • Share specific reports with other users in your organization
  • Schedule the automatic delivery of your most used reports directly to your Inbox

Other highlights of the new EZLynx Reporting & Analytics include:

  • Interactive charts
  • Significant speed enhancements
  • Additional export options, including Excel, PDF, CSV, and XML
  • Pixel-perfect reporting capabilities
  • Revamped Agency Pulse report, featuring trend analysis and peer benchmark data

When your agency switches over, you will immediately notice your Reports defaulting to the new version.

NOTE: Users will still have access to both the new and the legacy platforms for a limited time. For instructions on porting any saved or scheduled reports over to the new platform, click here.

 

For more information on any of these exciting new features, please visit the EZLynx Solution Center.


EZLynx Employees Work Remotely, And So Can You

In the wake of the coronavirus outbreak, EZLynx employees were able to immediately work from home by leveraging the same technologies and principles that we have made available to agents through our managed IT and cloud virtualization service, EZLynx Virtual Office.

When it became clear that we needed to empty the EZLynx offices of most employees, very little structural changes were required. The reason for this is that we were already using cloud-based virtual environments for all our day to day operations – from an internet-based phone system (VOIP) to cloud-based desktop computing.

What is a Virtual Environment?

Normally, when you turn on your home or office computer, all your software and files are right there on that computer. If you have a document or a special program on your computer at the office, and you’re not in the office, you’re out of luck. Many users resort to emailing themselves documents or carrying flash drives around on their keychain. And worse still, if your PC or Laptop is damaged, lost, or stolen, you potentially lose everything, not to mention that you may have compromised the sensitive data of your agency and your customers.

EZLynx has already solved a lot of this with our cloud-based platform.  So, while you still need to be on your physical office computer to access your locally stored agency documents, your desktop icons, or your other software, you can at least access your EZLynx account from any computer, from anywhere.

However, what we do at EZLynx for each of our employees is to keep their entire ‘office computer’ in the cloud, as well as their phone too. This is what we mean by a cloud-based virtual environment.  Your physical computer, whether it’s in the office, at home, or a laptop that you take with you on the road, doesn’t have any software or documents on it.  It only has your Operating System (Microsoft Windows) and some special software that lets you securely connect to your cloud desktop. All you need is an internet connection, and you can connect to this virtual cloud PC and use it as though you were right there in the office. Likewise, to make and receive calls from your office number, all you need is a headset.

Welcome to your Virtual Office

EZLynx Virtual Office is a one-stop shop for Insurance Agency IT, providing agencies with full IT support, in a secure virtual environment, for one price per user, ensuring your agency can focus on what really matters.

​Our EZLynx Virtual Office solution provides IT Support, with Security and Business Continuity (like work from home or remote office). Whether it is a shelter at home order as a result of a global pandemic, a major weather disaster, or simply a CSR stuck at home with a broken pipe, your agency should be up and running. Be confident you have the technology in place for your staff to work and collaborate remotely, regardless of circumstances.

It takes a team of experts to tackle the challenges facing insurance agencies today:

  • Defending against phishing attempts and data breaches, where bad actors attempt to trick you into giving access to your systems or sensitive data.
  • Protecting against ransomware attacks, which can cripple your entire operations by holding all your data hostage.
  • Business continuation and data recovery, ensuring that even in the midst of a major event your business can continue operating without disruption.

Not to mention the technologies you may not be taking advantage of, including cloud computing and remote access to your agency, its workflows, and all your data.

EZLynx Virtual Office is like hiring a team of IT experts—all for much less than it would typically cost for even one dedicated resource.

  • Keep your business secure
  • Scale to keep pace with growth
  • Never purchase hardware again

Gain peace of mind knowing that your IT needs are being addressed by experts, so you can get back to running your insurance agency. Prepare for anything and get the most innovative solution for your agency with EZLynx ONE PLATFORM®.

You can learn more about EZLynx Virtual Office here.


EZLynx Expands Carrier Messaging to Include eDocs

EZLynx Carrier Messaging is expanding to include eDocuments (eDocs). This enhancement will go live in April to promote better and faster communication between agents, carriers and insureds. It will also streamline your carrier connections and provide your agency access to the most accurate policy documents throughout the insurance life cycle.

Carrier eDocs will automatically attach to your customers and Policies, making it easier for you to locate and share them with your insureds. Agencies will find this secure form of communication a welcome alternative to email, mail and faxes. No more manual routing, downloading, scanning, filing or shredding!

The eDocuments will include Declaration Pages, Policy Documents, Notices of Final Cancellation, Non-Payment Pending Cancellations, Non-Renewal Notices, Payments Overdue and Reinstatement Notices.

Carrier Messaging Example

 

Carrier Messaging Example

Faster, Secured Sharing via EZLynx Client Center

EZLynx Client Center facilitates fast, secure communication between agents and customers, and it serves as a perfect complement to this new Carrier eDocs capability. Share frequently requested documents such as Declaration Pages and ID Cards, or time sensitive documents like Non-Payment Cancellation Notices.

Carrier Messaging Example

Benefits of Automated eDocs in EZLynx

  • Improve Workflows: Documents and messages are automatically routed to the appropriate client/policy and CSR each day.
  • Save Time & Money: Automated eDocs eliminate the need to manually retrieve, open, scan, file, or shred.
  • Better Customer Service: Because your agency receives information before the client does, you can be proactive to everyone’s benefit.
  • Agency Efficiency: Once the system has been set up correctly, little manual intervention is required by your staff.

 EZLynx Carrier Messaging

EZLynx Carrier Messaging already includes critical notifications, such as Pending Cancellation Warnings, Billing Reinstatements, and Notices of Payments Received. When these messages arrive, EZLynx Workspace generates a notification to the agency, and the assigned user will be able to take action.

Carrier Messaging Example

Get Enabled for Carrier Messages and eDocs (IVANS)

If your agency is not already set up to receive eDocs and Messages, please reach out to carriers to enable this capability.  This new feature goes live in April, so you’ll want to be able to take advantage of it when it arrives.

Also This Month: Real-Time Messaging Now Includes Property Alerts

Earlier this month, EZLynx expanded the Real-Time Messaging integration with Travelers to include property alerts. These automated notifications arrive when a customer initiates mortgagee changes for property policies from the self-service portal. Travelers has been sending real time messages for Auto policies since April 2019. Assigned users for insureds can see these messages in the Notifications section.

Prior to Real-Time Messaging, independent agents would not be informed of policy changes initiated in the carrier’s self-service portal until after the change had been fully processed and the policy had downloaded into the agency management system. In the meantime, agents could find themselves in conversation with their clients, unaware of their most recent policy changes or what prompted them.

Carrier Messaging Example

EZLynx continuously promotes better transparency and communication between carriers, insureds and agents through messaging!


Enable Multi-Factor Authentication for Your Agency Today

With phishing and other password-theft scams on the rise, safeguarding your agency’s data has never been more important.

Of course, EZLynx continues to aggressively ensure that our system is secure. Cloud-based agency management systems minimize many of your operational risks by offloading your critical infrastructure, removing physical storage needs, and enhancing security.

But in the end, all it takes is a simple username and password for someone (hopefully you) to access all of your client data in our system.

That is why multi-factor authentication is so important, and we are encouraging you to enable this feature on your account, as it will soon be required for all EZLynx accounts.

What is multi-factor authentication?

You may have heard of this before, and you likely have already experienced it at your banking website. To put it simply, multi-factor (or two-factor, two-step, etc.) authentication ensures that just because someone has your password, they still cannot access your account until they complete another step to prove their identity.  They must also have access to a second means of authentication, usually in the form of your physical mobile phone, which most likely is never far away from your hand!

Enabling multi-factor authentication is easy.

If you’re an EZLynx Rating Engine or Management System customer, you already have multi-factor authentication available to you!  It just needs to be enabled.

EZLynx Multi-Factor Authentication supports sending a verification code to your email address or as a text message to your phone.  We recommend that you choose the Text Message option as the most secure and reliable method.

You can learn how to get started here.


The Next Evolution of the Agency Pulse Report

Agency Pulse is the monthly report that EZLynx sends to all subscribed Management System customers, highlighting key data and trends for their agency and its growth.

We unveiled a brand-new format this month, and the customer reaction has been amazing!  The new graphical interface is the first thing customers will notice, but it’s more than just a new format.  In addition to the Agency Pulse report having a new look, it also has a lot of new data.

Agency Pulse - New Look

New features include:

  • Agency Health “snapshot”
  • Peer Benchmarking
  • Ability to drill down into the data
  • Branch Support

Agency Health

View the health of your Book of Business at a glance. The new Agency Health section highlights key metrics agents rely on to gauge the growth of their business. Previous months comparisons will show how these metrics are trending.

Agency Pulse - Agency Health

Peer Benchmarking

How is your agency performing compared with agencies of a similar size? Peer Benchmarking highlights metrics with a direct impact on the growth and profitability of your agency and compares the results with those of peer agencies.

Agency Pulse - Peer Benchmarks

Drill Down on the Data

We now provide much more insight into what the data means.  On top of the details highlighted in the monthly Agency Pulse report, agents can go another step further… and leverage the new EZLynx Reporting & Analytics platform to drill down on specifics.

Branch Support

For multi-tiered organizations, the Agency Pulse report now offers branch support.  For Market Access Providers, this means that member agencies can now see all this new data separated out specifically for them.  It also means that agencies with multiple locations can now see their data extracted out in the same way.

We know the monthly Agency Pulse report is vital to our agents. Our goal is to supply you with the critical information you need to make important decisions about the health and profitability of your business. We provide essential data, empowering you to quickly define opportunities to improve the effectiveness of your agency and better serve clients.


EZLynx Roadmap for 2020

Happy New Year, and Happy New Decade! We made huge strides in enhancing and expanding our platform last year, and we’re thrilled about the upcoming year.

We remain focused on solving industry problems through technology, and we have many exciting product changes on our 2020 Roadmap. I am confident that we are well-positioned to help agencies excel in scalability, serviceability, productivity, and profitability with our products.

We also shared a special ROADMAP EDITION of EZLynx LIVE on January 30, 2020.  The Live stream has ended, but you can still watch the recording. We provided a closer look at our 2020 Roadmap. Be sure to watch it here.

AgentLynx was a Success

Thank you to everyone who attended AgentLynx 2019. Our team enjoyed meeting you and learning the nuances of how you use EZLynx to drive your agency. We appreciate the details you shared with our product team throughout the conference. Even though we cannot solve every industry problem right away, much of the credit for our success is due to the feedback we receive and the passion you bring. We know that your time is valuable and appreciate your collaboration. You are valuable partners.

Commercial Innovation

Last year, I promised features that solved business problems faced by commercial agents, and our team delivered! Solutions that worked for the industry and clientele of thirty years ago cannot continue to scale for the future. Client expectations change, so we want to provide tools that help agencies scale without losing their superior personalized service – before and after the sale. We delivered a series of features to help agents sell, service, and grow commercial business:

  • Application Bundling (New Feature)
    • This single, efficient workflow helps agencies avoid redundant data across applications, policies, and remarketing.
  • Schedule Imports & Exports (New Features)
    • EZLynx simplified the import workflow for drivers, vehicles, locations, and buildings. We also added a comprehensive export workflow to expedite the renewal process.
  • Forms Workflows (New Feature)
    • EZLynx now automatically preselects and prefills the ACORD forms needed for an accurate quote based on the line of business and the state. Adding additional forms, like loss runs, carrier supplementals, or financials, is very straightforward too.
  • Certificates (New Feature)
    • EZLynx redefined the creation, management, and distribution of certificates, streamlining the workflow and changing the way agencies think about the certificate process.

EZLynx Submission Center

We also launched EZLynx Submission Center – a product created to streamline the commercial submission process – last fall. Submission Center enables agents to manage submissions to multiple carriers by organizing the activities for the entire process. Built-in reports, dashboards, and carrier appetite guidance ensure the process scales efficiently as the agency brings in more commercial business. You can learn more about EZLynx Submission Center here. We will continue to build on this foundation during the year.

Drive for EZLynx 5

EZLynx 5 represents the next generation of our platform, and it is rolling out in the first half of 2020! We have completely streamlined the Rating Engine to improve quote generation speed and accuracy. I’m particularly excited about the productivity gains we’ve seen from two specific features during our beta testing: carrier prefill and the new quote results page.

The carrier prefill option allows agents to save time by answering common carrier questions up-front. When the agent wants to generate a quote, these answers automatically populate the appropriate fields, drastically reducing the time it takes to get that initial quote!

The new quote results page displays the carrier’s quotes in a simplified stacked bar graph. This completely takes the guesswork – and math – out of providing your customers a premium. This feature is exceptionally powerful when you’re rounding accounts and quoting both auto and homeowners.

With EZLynx 5, our Management System customers will see enhancements to core features they use daily, including a new account and policy page, and an improved EZLynx 5 version of Automation Center. Our goal is to drive an agency forward through automation and make it easier to sell, service, and grow, whether you’re an agency of 10 or 10,000!

EZLynx 5 represents a complete foundational change to our platform — and we’re just getting started!

Service that Scales

For several years, the EZLynx growth roadmap focused on increasing agency profitability and productivity. While these will continue to be focus areas for us, this year we are also focused on improving serviceability and scalability for your agency.

EZLynx MAP, a product designed to provide complex organizations with the information they need to service their agencies and grow past common plateaus, is a perfect example of this new company focus. We are excited to announce general availability in April 2020!

Last year we introduced our Real-Time Messaging expansion with Travelers. This integration notifies agents – in real-time — of policy changes the insured makes on the Travelers self-service portal. This enhancement improves transparency between agents and carriers to better support the omni-channel awareness this generation of consumers expects. Service activities are costly to agencies without providing a significant return. However, the integration has the potential to dramatically reduce time spent servicing these policies. We see this as an opportunity to provide new solutions that help your staff increase their service capacity, without sacrificing quality, in the coming year.

Connect to the Future

EZLynx has historically built its success on providing agents everything they need to grow a successful, manageable business. We developed our ONE PLATFORM customer lifecycle solution to address major challenges in renewal management, sales, customer service, and more—all in one easy-to-use location. However, 2020 will bring a slight directional shift in our strategy. Starting this year, EZLynx will focus on an Agency-in-the-Cloud strategy. Our goal is to help agencies scale through innovative hardware and software solutions.

To that end, we unveiled EZLynx Connect At AgentLynx 2019. EZLynx Connect is a marketplace for agents and vendors to exchange data securely. We designed this tool to address the core challenges of scalability, accessibility, and continuity that agencies face every day. EZLynx Connect will be a focus area for us throughout the upcoming year and beyond as we continue to build out third-party integrations with trusted vendor partners. But there’s more. We listened to your feedback and discovered that maintaining scalable hardware is a challenge many agents encounter as they grow. That’s why we’ve introduced EZLynx Virtual Office, a service that allows agencies to focus on their core competencies in the insurance space without worrying about managing their own hardware, software, or security. We will be providing more information about Virtual Office throughout the year.

We are here for you. If our software can help your agency scale better, increase your productivity, improve your customer service, and be more profitable, we both win. Thank you again for the opportunity to serve you. We look forward to continuing our partnership with all of you in 2020 and beyond!

Don’t forget to rewatch the special edition of EZLynx LIVE that aired earlier today, as we took a closer look at the 2020 Roadmap…


What’s New In EZLynx 4.19.13

EZLynx 4.19.13 is now available! Here are some highlights of the release:

New! Certificate Master Workflow

Certificates are perhaps the most time-consuming and costly activity imposed on agencies. Now EZLynx has redefined the creation, management, and distribution of certificates, streamlining the workflow and changing the way agencies think about getting them done.

Remarks made at the Master level carry through to all holders at once, and true asset association means that vehicles/locations automatically flow over with each holder. EZLynx has also simplified the task of sending certificates out to thousands of clients, with one-click distribution through the client’s preferred method — including online self-service within EZLynx Client Center.

This is a game-changer for commercial policies:

  • Dedicated Certificates work area
  • Completely revamped Certificate Master workflow
  • Master level remarks carry through to all holders at once
  • Easily add and manage certificate holders
  • True asset association
  • Attachments associated at the Holder level
  • Longer remarks automatically flow to the required ACORD 101
  • Certificate Distribution Reports provide a history of what you’ve generated

The new and improved Commercial Certificates is now available to all users of Level 2 and Level 3 EZLynx Management System. Look for the new “Certificates” tab on your Commercial Accounts.

Client Center: Certificate Self-Generation

Client Center is fully integrated with the new Certificate Master workflow. This means that Certificate Master Remarks you enter will be displayed on the Master Certificate you share to the Client Center.

Because Master Remarks now flow to the Client Center Certificate Master, this will save you (and the insured) needless back-and-forth communication to get the proper remarks added. Additionally, Supporting Documents now download with the Certificate Master in Client Center.

Documents can be attached to the Master Certificate, or to an individual Certificate Holder. When supporting documents are attached to a Master Certificate, they will stay associated with the Certificate. When the insured logs into the Client Center to “Download” or “Add Certificate Holder” to a shared Certificate, these documents will stay intact and download along with the Certificate.

Rating Engine Updates

EZLynx Rating Engine is receiving various updates with this release.

State-Related Updates:

  • Oregon ― Gender option X-Not Specified is renamed to Not Specified
  • Michigan ― Additional PIP deductible options ($1,000 and $2,500) for Auto Application

Updates to Various Field Options for Home and Dwelling Fire:

  • Frame Option is removed from the Exterior Walls field on Home Rating Application.
  • Added a new value of 10% to the Ordinance & Law endorsement option on Home Rating Application.
  • Under the Dwelling Fire Endorsements Tab, Replacement Cost Dwelling is renamed to Increased Replacement Cost Dwelling Percentage, with dropdown values of 125, 150, and 200.

For more information on any of these exciting new features, please visit the EZLynx Solution Center.