EZLynx Partners with Aspire General Insurance Company Bringing two new Programs to California Independent Agents

Lewisville, Texas – EZLynx, an industry-leading insurance software vendor with the fastest growing agency management system in the independent insurance industry, announces a new partnership with Aspire General Insurance Company (www.aspiregeneral.com) adding two new programs, Savings and Advantage, to the growing list of over 70 carriers available to California agents for real-time quoting of Auto, Home and Dwelling Fire.

“Aspire has seen first-hand the value that EZLynx brings to our industry and to the state of California, so we are very excited about how this partnership will benefit both brokers and consumers in our great state.” said Tyler Nicholson, Director of Marketing at Aspire General.

“This is an exciting time at EZLynx for our agents and carrier partners as we focus on adding key, state specific, carriers to our rating platform across the country,” said Kevin Coplin, Director of Carrier Relations at EZLynx. “Our partnership with Aspire General further demonstrates our commitment to Independent Agents and Carriers to continually improve our ONE PLATFORM™ by adding new and innovative carriers and features. I’m eager to see how quickly the benefits of adding Aspire General will be realized by our mutual agents.”

About Aspire General Insurance Company

Aspire General Insurance company is a California based, private passenger auto liability and physical damage carrier with combined management experience of over 50 years, servicing the needs of its customers. Under the group of companies, Aspire manages all facets of the insurance process from the point of sale issuance with Independent Broker’s, customer service, billing, and claims.

About EZLynx

EZLynx® develops industry-leading cloud-based software for the insurance industry. Our software has helped independent agents operate their businesses more effectively for over ten years. EZLynx is proud to be the innovators of several products that, previously, the insurance industry had never seen, including: Real-time rating, Agency Pulse™, Policy Sync, eSignature, Retention Center, and more.


EZLynx Reporting Gets Supercharged, New Tools for Deeper Analysis

EZLynx, an industry-leading Agency Management System and Comparative Rating vendor for the independent insurance industry, announces new reporting tools to increase the usability of information provided within their ONE PLATFORM™ suite. These enhancements include optimizations and new features that will benefit agencies who want to take full advantage of their system to make intelligent, data-driven business decisions.

“Our primary goal in this update is to make the reports in EZLynx more intuitive. Agents should be able to get actionable information quickly and easily. These updates put EZLynx yet another step beyond our competition.” says John McKay, Director of Sales at EZLynx. “Think of it as management system reporting on steroids, now with the ability to schedule custom reports out to users or teams. This not only brings significant enhancements to the Reporting area in EZLynx, but the underlying technology will also allow us to bring the full force of our reporting capabilities directly into other areas of the product, including Retention Center® and Accounting.”

While the latest enhancements have placed an increased focus on usability, there are also several new important features. “We are very excited about the report scheduling tool,” McKay continues. “With this feature, agents can have reports scheduled to automatically run on a recurring basis. This should save a lot of time for people who run a specific report on a regular basis. In addition, being able to slice and dice the data is a request EZLynx has now fulfilled by way of a Master Report. This will give agents full control of almost every field inside of EZLynx and allow users to apply filters, sorting, charts, paging, and groupings to create custom reports which users can save and run as needed for future use.”

Let’s Take a Closer Look at EZLynx Reporting

The Applicant Summary Report shows agents demographic information on their current policy holders. This report includes valuable information like Active Policies and Average Premium per Customer as well as summary statistics on gender, education level, and marital status.

EZLynx Reporting - Applicant Summary Report

Coming Soon to EZLynx Reporting

The ability to Email a report to your colleagues without leaving the reports page is coming soon and will help with large files that take a long time to export. With this feature you can have the report emailed to you and your coworkers so that you can continue working while the export process runs.

EZLynx Reporting - Email a Report

Scheduled Reports is a new feature that will enable a report to run on a daily, weekly, or monthly basis. You will no longer have to log in to the reports page to run the same report each month; simply have it scheduled to be delivered to your inbox!

EZLynx Reporting - Schedule a Report

These changes are only the beginning. As a company, we are committed to continually improving our product based on the needs of our customers, and that commitment extends to Reporting where we have a grand vision that spans far past 2016. From new reports that show unsold business, to visualizations showing policy trends over time, Reporting has an exciting future at EZLynx!


EZLynx Unveils Suite of Consumer Communication Tools for Insurance Agents

EZLynx today announces the general availability of EZLynx Communication Center. This suite of communication features brings seamless text messaging, email campaigns, eSignature, and Microsoft Outlook® integration to their flagship single-platform product.

“Communication is an essential part of doing business as an independent insurance agent,” said Riley Simmons, Product Manager at EZLynx. “That’s why Communication Center will be a priority for us this year as we strive to streamline the agent-consumer communication process for both new sales and the servicing of existing policyholders.

“Pair these integrated communication tools with EZLynx Agency Websites, EZLynx Consumer Quoting, EZLynx Client Center, EZLynx Management System, and EZLynx Retention Center, and our users now have the tools they need to manage the complete customer lifecycle – all on ONE PLATFORM™.”

EZLynx collaborated with the agent panel to get on-the-ground feedback on the tools needed by insurance agents. “It has been really satisfying to watch EZLynx take our feedback and roll out these incremental improvements to their product suite,” said one participating agency panel member . “EZLynx works hard to understand the challenges that agents face. When you look at the progression of their product enhancements, it because very obvious that these guys get it.”

Learn more about EZLynx Communication Center and their full suite of agency solutions.


EZLynx Adds Unprecedented Number of New Florida Carriers to Comparative Rating Platform

Florida Agents Receive Better Market Penetration with EZLynx® Rating Engine

EZLynx announced today the availability of several new Florida carriers to their flagship comparative rater as part of a continued effort to help Florida independent agents remain competitive in a state dominated by regional carriers.

New Florida carriers available within the EZLynx Rating Engine include:

  • American Integrity Insurance Group
  • Cabrillo Coastal / Safe Harbor
  • Capitol Preferred
  • Centauri Insurance
  • Cypress Property and Casualty
  • Florida Family Insurance
  • Florida Peninsula Insurance Company
  • Heritage Property and Casualty
  • Southern Fidelity Insurance Company
  • Southern Fidelity Property and Casualty
  • Universal North America

“We are extremely pleased with the progress we have made for our Florida users,” said Kevin Coplin, Senior Manager of Carrier Relations at EZLynx. “Adding these Florida carriers to the list of over 176 carriers already active on EZLynx has given these agents a greater competitive edge in their state, and these newly added carriers will likely see increased volume as a result of the greater ease of access afforded to their agents by using EZLynx. Everybody wins here.”


EZLynx Management System Announces Powerful Productivity Enhancement called Agency Workspace

EZLynx, long known for its speed to market with innovative independent insurance agency solutions, announces a powerful productivity enhancement called EZLynx Agency Workspace.

For EZLynx Management System customers, EZLynx brings seamless multitasking and collaboration tools with the new Agency Workspace. Agency Workspace is an agent’s hub for keeping track of tasks, creating new notes, and viewing recent notifications, such as reminders and incoming text messages – all from one easy-to-access location.

From any page in EZLynx, quickly create a note for any applicant without having to navigate to a new page. Just click the Note icon in the top-right area, search for the applicant, and add in the details.

In addition to easy note creation, EZLynx adds powerful organizational features to your notes and tasks. Add labels to keep related notes and tasks grouped together. When viewing your activity log, you can click on a label to see only the notes and tasks that were assigned to that group, such as everything related to your upcoming renewals.

“When you log a note, it often leads to an action item,” said John McKay, Sales Director at EZLynx. “That’s why we made it possible to add a task from within a note. For example, when a customer calls to ask about making a change to their policy, it is important for E&O purposes that you log that request in EZLynx. However, you also need to assign the task of making the requested policy change to either yourself or someone else in your agency. Agency Workspace makes that possible.”

“Agency Workspace also makes it possible to add several reminder options for your tasks, all of which can be assigned separate dates and times,” McKay continues. “If you have EZLynx Text Messaging, you can also have EZLynx text you a reminder. All of this, and more, is possible in EZLynx.”

About EZLynx

EZLynx develops industry-leading cloud-based software for the insurance industry. Their software has helped independent agents operate their businesses more effectively for over ten years.

EZLynx is proud to be the innovator of several products available on its ONE PLATFORM™ solution, including real-time Rating Engine, Retention Center™, Agency Pulse™, Policy Sync, eSignature, and Agency Management System.


EZLynx Announces Availability of New Productivity Features

EZLynx, known for their innovative solutions in the insurance industry, announces the availability of two powerful tools to help agents increase their productivity.

EZLynx Policy Compare and Policy Sync are two tools that other management systems simply do not have,” says Jonathan Kolbo, Product Manager at EZLynx. “These features further separate EZLynx from the rest of our competitors. We wanted to help agents with the huge amount of time it takes to service customers at renewal time, and free up the independent agent’s time to focus on selling new business.”

Policy Compare makes it possible to quickly view two policies side-by-side to instantly identify the differences. This makes explaining premium changes to your customers much easier. “When a customer calls to ask ‘Why did my premium go up?’ Policy Compare lets the agent quickly compare the expired version of a policy with the renewal policy side by side,” Kolbo continues. “You can see which coverages have gone up, exactly how much, and why. This eliminates time wasted by crunching numbers, leaving agents more time to sell new business and retain existing business. When agents see how much time they will be saving with these tools versus the old way, they will be amazed.”

When an agent wants to re-quote, it is very important to use up-to-date information in the application. Policy Sync allows agents to compare and sync current policy information with EZLynx Rating Engine. Policy Sync makes the re-quote process more efficient for agents and customers.

“We are thrilled to be able to offer Policy Compare and Policy Sync at no additional cost to our customers. EZLynx Management System customers can take advantage of these powerful tools today. ”

About EZLynx

EZLynx develops industry-leading cloud-based software for the insurance industry. Their software has helped independent agents operate their businesses more effectively for over ten years.

EZLynx is proud to be the innovator of several products available on it’s ONE PLATFORM™ solution, including real-time Rating Engine, Retention Center™, Agency Pulse™, Policy Sync, eSignature and Management System.


Auto Insurance Specialists (AIS) moves all California Comparative Quoting to EZLynx

AIS announced this week that they have changed their backend comparative quoting provider in California to EZLynx. This move completes their transition to the EZLynx® Platform for quoting in all 50 states.

Mark Casas, Senior VP at AIS, was excited about the change. “It was a huge strategic move on our part to work with a company like EZLynx. They have provided superior technology and customer support for us over the years,” he explains. “We had experience with EZLynx powering the quoting for our PoliSeek brand outside of California. When we consolidated our California and national agencies, it was clearly advantageous to go with EZLynx in all 50 states.”

EZLynx has garnered attention in the insurance industry recently, gaining recognition last year as the most popular comparative rater and fastest growing agency management system according to an IIABA and Future One joint study.

“We are proud to have one of the biggest players in the auto and home quoting market in California,” said Jaideep Jayaram, VP of Sales and Marketing at EZLynx. “Many carriers have moved from manufactured rates to real-time rating simply so they could be on our platform, and we are expecting more carriers to join our platform in California. We consider it our responsibility to bring value and technology for agents in the California market and beyond.”

About Auto Insurance Specialists LLC

AIS was founded in 1968, selling auto insurance in sunny California. In order to meet their customers’ growing demand, they have expanded their offering to include many lines of insurance, including motorcycle, classic car, boat and watercraft, motor home, recreational vehicle, homeowners, renters, condo owners, earthquake, mobile home, flood, umbrella, life, business, and more.

In 2014, they expanded their special way of shopping for insurance by combining the 50 state experience of their sister company, PoliSeek, with the legacy of AIS.

About EZLynx

EZLynx develops industry-leading cloud-based software for the insurance industry. Their software has helped independent agents operate their businesses more effectively for over ten years.

EZLynx is proud to be the innovator of several solutions available on One Platform, including Real-time Rating, Retention Center™, Agency Pulse™, Policy Sync, eSignature integration, comparative rating, and agency management system.


Latest Update to EZLynx brings Enhanced Commercial Support

EZLynx, the creator of cloud-based software for the insurance industry, has announced recent updates to EZLynx Management System that help make it easier for independent agents to service their commercial lines customers.

“Many of the agencies that we work with write commercial business, which can be a time-intensive line to service,” says Riley Simmons, Product Manager at EZLynx.  “We’ve taken feedback from commercial lines agencies about what tools they need most in order to manage commercial lines tasks more efficiently, and we’re pleased to say we’re making it happen.”

The latest commercial enhancements include:

  • Bulk emailing of certificates, allowing users to generate and email any number of certificates at once.
  • The ability to share certificates in the consumer-facing self-service portal EZLynx Client Center, making it easier for an agent to get certificates into the hands of their commercial clients without the hassle of manually emailing them.
  • Agency form templates, making it possible for unique agency forms to be uploaded as a template in EZLynx so that they can be used over and over.
  • Integrated commercial lines workflows – based on ACORD industry standard forms – for managing the most common commercial policy information, all created and stored in a single location.

“We believe our latest commercial enhancements will give producers more time to focus on selling, reduce E&O exposure, and help improve retention of commercial accounts,” Simmons continues.

Read more about the latest commercial enhancements in EZLynx:
https://www.ezlynx.com/blog/servicing-commercial-customers-just-got-easier/

About EZLynx

EZLynx® develops industry-leading cloud-based software for the insurance industry. Our software has helped independent agents operate their businesses more effectively for over ten years.

EZLynx is proud to be the innovator of several products that, previously, the insurance industry had never seen, including: Real-time rating, Agency Pulse™, Policy Sync, eSignature integration, and a unified rating and management system.


Insurance Agencies Look for Easy Solution to Technological Challenges

Technological challenges faced by insurance agencies are creating opportunities for new companies in the industry.

According to Future One and the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America’s biennial Agency Universe Study, technology poses one of the top challenges for insurance agencies; 21 percent of survey respondents ranked it as their biggest challenge, and 46 percent placed it among their main three challenges.

These challenges have created opportunities for growth among companies that help agencies use technology effectively. EZLynx is one such company. Founded in 2003, EZLynx ranked among the top comparative raters and agency management systems in the study — little more than 10 years after the company was started. According to the study, more than one-third of agencies that use a comparative rater rely on EZLynx, and the company ranks among the four most popular management systems.

When asked about the specific types of technological challenges they face, agencies repeatedly mentioned two: dealing with multiple carrier interfaces and effectively marketing on the Internet. Providing real-time quotes for auto and homeowners insurance was also mentioned by 12 percent of respondents. Although a minority of agents cited providing real-time quotes as a significant technological challenge, this marked the first time real-time quotes registered above 10 percent in the study.

These findings help explain the rapid growth of EZLynx. As a comparative rater, EZLynx helps agencies market themselves online using real-time quotes. The study found that 52 percent of agencies use comparative raters for just this reason, but this is not all that EZLynx does. The comparative raters that are able to add additional value through other online marketing efforts are the ones that have grown to the top in recent years. By complementing its real-time quotes with other services, EZLynx has established itself as the most prominent comparative rater. Of the agencies that use a comparative rater, 36.5 percent work with EZLynx.

Brady Polansky of EZLynx reflected on the study’s findings: “We’re proud that two-thirds [67 percent] of the study’s respondents rated EZLynx as either ‘very valuable’ or ‘extremely valuable.’ That shows that we are truly helping agencies through our comprehensive, web-based solution.”

EZLynx also holds a commanding position among insurance agency management systems, ranking among the top four in market share as the fastest growing management system of 2014. Polansky explains why adding a management system to EZLynx was a natural step: “We’re a technology company that works with insurance agencies. Agencies said they were struggling with the lack of innovation and bloated cost of their existing management systems, and we thought we could develop a solution that was far superior. We already had a relationship with these agencies through our hard earned success with comparative rating, and we had the expertise to solve the problem, too.”

The study found that growth among insurance agencies from 2012 to 2014 was stagnant, but technological advancements created opportunities for other companies in the insurance industry. No company has met agencies’ changing technological needs as well as EZLynx, which is why it has achieved unparalleled growth among comparative raters and agency management system providers.

To learn more about the solutions EZLynx offers, contact EZLynx at 877-932-2382 or email [email protected].

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About EZLynx

EZLynx® develops industry-leading cloud-based software for the insurance industry. Our software has helped independent agents operate their businesses more effectively for over ten years.

EZLynx is proud to be the innovator of several products that previously the insurance industry had never seen, including: Real-time rating, Agency Pulse™, Policy Sync, eSignature integration, and a unified rating and management system.


EZLynx Creates Innovative Communications between Carriers and Agents to Improve Comparative Rating Success

Flower Mound, Texas – EZLynx, recognized as the industry leader in real-time comparative rating and insurance software solutions, announces EZLynx Carrier Messaging. Deliver marketing messages to agents at the most effective time – during the quoting process.

“Imagine delivering a message directly to an agent at the point of sale while they are deciding how or where to place the business,” says David Taylor, VP of Product Integration at EZLynx. “Carriers can now interact with their agents when they are quoting and grab their attention with a variety of risk specific messages in their EZLynx quotes. This powerful tool provides the message vehicle for growing a carrier’s market for specific areas or products.”

The messages, returned by the carrier’s system, are channeled to a messaging section on the EZLynx quote results page.  Banner alerts provide agents with an excerpt of the message content.  A quick click takes the agent to the carrier’s exclusive message, focusing them on the carrier’s specific information.

EZLynx Carrier Messaging is a highly effective communications channel for a carrier to deliver its unique strengths to its agency force.  While the messaging framework may be used for broadcast message delivery, it may also be used to deliver risk-specific messaging via text or HTML formatting.

“For example,” Taylor continues, “submission of a risk that the carrier identifies as an umbrella candidate can trigger a “have you considered” message back to the agent and includes a link to the carrier’s umbrella quoting application. With very liberal space-availability, carriers can employ combinations of text and graphical formats along with interactive methods as agent calls-to-action.”

“With multiple national carriers now participating in EZLynx Carrier Messaging, this is a win-win for the independent agent-carrier channel.” said Taylor.

To learn more about EZLynx Carrier Messaging, please contact [email protected].

ABOUT EZLYNX

EZLynx is an industry leader in property and casualty insurance solutions, with cloud-based agency management, comparative rating, client servicing, and digital marketing tools for the insurance agency marketplace. EZLynx pioneered the concept of real-time quoting and remains today the leading provider for independent agents. EZLynx processes more than four million auto, home and package transactions every month, offering a choice of rates from 160 top insurance companies in 48 states.