August 30, 2016
ASSOCIATION NEWS
Each year IIAN recognizes the contributions of outstanding individuals who have given service and support to the Independent Agency System in Nebraska.  This year's awards will be presented during IIAN's 109th Annual Convention, October 25-27, in Kearney.
Nominations are due September 15.
Are you the Trusted Choic e® Agency of the Year?
In 2010 IIAN started a new tradition by recognizing the member agency that uses Trusted Choice® to best advantage to brand and market their agency.   If your agency would like to be considered for the 2016 trophy, e-mail photos and an explanation of how you use Trusted Choice® by September 15, 2016 to  office@biginebraska.org .
Help Flooded Agents In Louisiana - Donate To Trusted Choice® Disaster Relief Fund
The Louisiana Big "I" reports that the recent historic flooding around Baton Rouge was catastrophic - 15-30 inches of rain . . nearly 7 TRILLION gallons fell in two days.  An estimated 40,000 structures were flooded - including many independent insurance agencies and their staffs' homes. If  you want to help your fellow agents, make a contribution to the Trusted Choice®  Disaster   Relief  Fund - financial assistance to Big "I" member agencies and staff is being offered through this fund.                                                           Donate Here!

Multiple Agency Attendee Discounts

Special Young/New Professional Packages & Pricing

5 "Young/New Professionals" Scholarships Available

TECHNOLOGY
Survey measures use of digital technology by independent insurance agents
Even though sales and upgrades of electronic devices such as  smartphones  and  tablets  are slowing down, people rely on technology more than ever before.   For example, some homeowners are using their smartphones to control their heating and air conditioning systems or even turn on lights remotely. And thanks to the internet, information, goods and services are available 24/7, 365 days a year.
But what does all that mean for the insurance industry as a whole and for independent insurance agents specifically?   According to the recently conducted "Insurance Digital Transformation Survey," independent insurance agents understand that digital technologies are vital to growing their businesses, but they're not moving very quickly to adopt technology.
More than half of respondents said they don't have key digital tools and automation such as client portals, mobile apps and claims download.       Read more . . .

Learn from the experts how your agency can use and leverage the latest digital technology to attract and retain customers on October 25 at IIAN's Annual Convention!
See program details  . . .         Register here

13 Social Media Tweaks To Increase
Engagement Immediately
What if there were a few simple social media tweaks which could drastically improve audience engagement and ultimately your agency's success using social media?   Read more . . 

New ACT Whitepaper:   Privacy and Data Breach Language For Insurance Company Agency Agreements
Insurance company agency agreement wording for both Property Casualty agents and Group Health agents require unequivocal compliance with all current state and federal privacy and data breach response laws.  ACT's newest whitepaper is the result of extensive reviews of over 100 different company agency agreements.  It guides agencies through privacy, security, and data breach overviews for GLBA, FCRA, FACTA, HIPAA, and HITECH.  
                                     Download it here
LEGISLATIVE NEWS
IIAN President Mike Jones and Legislative Committee Chairman Bob Hoppe visit with their senators during the January 15 Big "I" luncheon at the Governor's Mansion.
IIAN Is Gearing Up For November Elections
IIAN's member Legislative Advisory Council and Legislative Committee have been working together to draft and send questionnaires about agent issues to candidates for the 2017 Nebraska legislature.  In September, LAC members will meet with candidates from the 25 odd-numbered districts , and provide input to the Legislative Committee regarding who IIAN will endorse in the November elections.
      Since the LAC program was launched last October, 86 IIAN members have committed to being Big "I" Ambassadors and representing IIAN to elected officials in their home district. As a result of the program, IIAN's Senators' Luncheon at the Governor's Mansion in January was sold out, with 30 of 49 senators attending, and 13 senators signing on as co-sponsors of IIAN's bill to solve the problem of uninsured independent contractors.  If you are interested in becoming part of the LAC, check out the IIAN LAC page .
UPCOMING EVENTS
We invite you to join us to raise funds for the IIAN Foundation Scholarship and College Programs! This golf outing benefits the IIAN Foundation's college scholarship programs for Nebraska students - approximately $88,000 in scholarships has been awarded to date.  And t he  Foundation and IIAN are launching a new program in 2017 to help independent agencies and companies connect with upper-level college students, implement internships, and expose students to career opportunities in the independent agency system.
Two Dates and  Locations This Year!   September 27, 2016, Papillion
                                                                 October 12, 2016, Axtell     
See all the details . . .  
"Best Practices for Agency Operations" Webinar Series (It's Free!)
When: September 21, 2016 - 12 PM CDT
Topic:  Best Practices Research Highlights 
The Best Practices research gives agencies and the industry key benchmarks and operational information on growth, profitability, productivity, and financial stability. Attend the next in this free webinar series for snack-size bits of knowledge that can help get your agency started on the road to operational success. 
NEW MEMBERS
Welcome to our newest Big "I" members!
Bank of the Valley Insurance Agency
Humphrey -  Larry McPhillips

Gretna Insurance Agency
Gretna -  Jeff Mann

Marketplace Nebraska, LLC
Omaha -  Mark Schlange  
Dynamic Insurance Services, LLC
Callaway -  Liana Hrupek

Insurance Advisors of Nebraska
Lincoln -  Ronald Stachura

McBride Insurance Agency, LLC
Elkhorn -  Charles McBride
IIAN PARTNER OF THE MONTH
Thank You!
Their support enables IIAN to present affordable, high-quality member programs.


Independent Insurance Agents of Nebraska
(402) 476-2951
office@biginebraska.org
http://www.iian.org