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4 Reasons Why Hand-Keying Data Hurts an Insurance Agency’s Bottom Line

Posted on September 22, 2015 by Chris Ries

Entering data the old fashioned way isn’t just a hassle; it also hurts your agency’s bottom line. Agencies that rely on outdated twentieth-century models of data entry experience the pain of inefficiency in two ways.

First, staff must re-key data into separate programs because the agency’s systems don’t interact. When a simple policy change means typing the same information two or three times into different systems, the agency is both wasting time and needlessly exposing itself to risk.  

Second, staff must manually enter data that could have been captured automatically. “Re-keying information is one of the biggest drains of time. With all the technology advances we benefit from in the consumer world, we thought there had to be a better way,” says Rob Macoviak, president of Oyer, Macoviak and Associates. Modern technology and smart automation allow independent agencies to stay efficient and complete tasks quickly by reducing the need for manual data entry.

Here’s how the hand entry of data impacts your agency:

1. It’s risky

Manually entering data is an error-prone process that exposes your agency to risk.

2. It’s inefficient

Hand-keying the same data over and over again is a poor use of staff time.

3. It’s frustrating

Your staff would rather focus on value-added tasks, not data entry.

4. It’s slow

Manual data entry is just not the fastest way to enter data.

Smart, integrated insurance agency management systems can reduce the inefficiency and errors associated with hand-keying data through smart automation and interconnected programs. A full-featured IT solution provides independent agencies like yours with the tools you need to increase revenue, boost efficiency, and reduce risk.

Learn more about how an insurance agency management system can increase productivity and protect your agency in the Agency Management System Buyer’s Guide.

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