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Realizing the Potential of Social Media: A Strategy and Approach for Insurers

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Social media strategy for insurers is crucial for insurance success in our age. We look at social media behavior by insurers and by consumers, identifying shortfalls, paths to implementation and …

Social media strategy for insurers is crucial for insurance success in our age. We look at social media behavior by insurers and by consumers, identifying shortfalls, paths to implementation and opportunities, based on our research of 15 U.S. auto insurers.

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  • 1. • Cognizant 20-20 Insights Realizing the Potential of Social Media: A Strategy and Approach for Insurers While insurers have ventured into social media, their efforts do not seem to have borne fruit to the degree expected. A honing of insurers’ social media strategy is sorely needed. Executive Summary Insurers face daunting prospects in the digital era where social media can either build customer base and brand loyalty or erode them in no time at all. Insurers globally need to effectively leverage the social media platform and the explosion of data exchanged therein. The challenge for insurers today is not a lack of awareness about social media but how to extract valuable insights from all the noise and clutter surrounding it. This paper aims to help insurance carriers understand conversations, and perceive the underlying sentiments and the buyer behaviors ensconced in them, in order to develop an approach for engaging customers and prospects better. The paper draws on primary research into social media activity linked to 15 insurers in the U.S. over two months, on two separate occasions, in 2012 and 2013 across Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. The response from their customers and prospects was analyzed to derive these insights. The key questions that insurers need to ask are: • What are the challenges that they face in customer engagement, lead generation and servicing in the digital age? cognizant 20-20 insights | october 2013 • How can they clearly define a social plan that is aligned to their vision, strategy and marketing goals? • Will a step-wise social media blueprint and strategy help to extract maximum benefits in the form of improved brand awareness, enhanced leads and better sales? • What are the key pitfalls they should avoid when interacting in the social world? Being Human Is Being Social The world has always been a social place, and people have always talked to each other about the different aspects of their lives. However, due to factors such as geographical diversity and people’s propensity to interact mainly with their friends and acquaintances, the degree of separation between individuals historically was high and information reach was limited and localized. With the advent of the Internet in general and social media in particular, there has been a paradigm shift in interactivity among people. The ability to chat, post and share information instantly across the globe, even with people they might not have met, has slashed the degrees of separation between any two people around the world. Based on research by Twitter, that gap is now approximately 3.435. Every minute, 510,000 new posts go up on Facebook and 100,000 tweets are tweeted on Twitter.1
  • 2. The proliferation of social media has had a significant impact on both buyers and sellers. Today’s socially active buyer is “360-degree connected,” “mobile,” “social,” “informed” and “influential” and, most importantly, tends to access and share information on various social media. This is even more prominent for financial instruments for wealth, savings and retirement, and for protection products such as insurance. Customers now shop for information first on social media before shopping for the actual insurance product. Insurance carriers, who have been traditionally publicity-averse, cannot afford to ignore social media due to the wide reach and spread of consumer opinion through platforms such as social networking sites, blogs, wikis, discussion forums and mash-ups. Customers leverage different media for satisfying different needs (see Figure 1). From an insurance perspective, customer engagement on social media is driven by the following needs: • Give and receive feedback on specific insurance products and coverage across insurance carriers. According to research by Pitney Bowes Software in 2013, 5% of consumers will stop using a brand that upset them as a result of its social media behavior.2 Of the respondents, 68% avoided traditional sources of advice such as advisors and agents and instead sought peer recommendations on social media, and 15% of them bought insurance based on the peer recommendations. In such a scenario, it has become imperative that insurers invest in getting to know the customer better and align themselves to customer expectations as well as formulate a strategy to leverage the full potential of a social media presence. The Value of Being Social To make a staid topic like insurance gain traction on social media, insurers need to think out of the box and focus on areas such as customer experience transformation, social conversation for new product design and building strong differentiation using emotive attributes. Social media can be effectively leveraged to support insurers’ key business strategies, as identified by Gartner:3 • Customer-centricity: through user engagement and improved product design using social analytics. • Feedback on insurance carriers’ services and claims processing. • Claims transformation: through fraud • Seek information on insurance carriers’ analytics on social media. products and services. How Different Social Media Platforms Are Leveraged by Customers Tweet to self-express in a brief manner to wider audience. View brand and product related videos and to upload videos related to their experiences. Post to seek information from and to inform immediate circle of friends. Blog to share experiences and views in detail. Customer/Prospect Figure 1 cognizant 20-20 insights 2
  • 3. • Improved underwriting profitability: through social risk profiling. • Improved operational efficiency: through improved sales process using social analytics. • Enhanced brand recall: through customer engagement with relevant information and rich content, etc. Insurers need an evolving model that will mature from listening on social media to actively engaging and influencing buyers. The benefits through the different phases of engagement are outlined in Figure 2. Benefit Realization Through Increasing Levels of User Engagement on Social Media Increasing Levels of Maturity Phase 1: Observer (Listening and gathering) Phase 2: Converser (Engaging with the users) Phase 3: Influencer (Being proactive and influencing) Phase 4: Optimizer (Integrating with processes) Product Design • Product ideas and innovations. • Competitor products. • Product feedback. • More customer focused and customized product ideation. • Increased speed-to-market. Marketing • Market research (customers, other products, competitors, etc.). • Analyze reach of marketing efforts. • Collect feedback. • Ideation. • Brand advocacy • Customized branding for different customer segments. • Improved inputs for marketing. • Opportunity management. • Lead identification. • Sentiment analysis to identify dissatisfied customers of competitors. • Lead conversion through improved engagement. • Lead qualification through social media interaction. • Product information. • Sales referrals. • Cultivate social influencers. • Automated lead generation and integration with lead management systems. • Preemptive quoting workflow integration. • Social analytics for more customized sales and cross-sell and up-sell. • Feedback on pricing versus competitors. • Supplement channel for getting additional quoting data and intimations. • Increased risk reduction awareness. • Leverage social risk profile of prospects for improved underwriting. • Feedback on claims handling versus competitors. • Provide clarifications reactively once claim is filed. • Proactively engage with customer once claim is filed for increasing satisfaction. • Provide claims update through social media manually. • Fraud analytics with social data. • Integrated and automated processes to engage. customers on social media when claim is filed. • Claims system integration with social media for real updates. • Understand pain points/ customer expectations. • Sentiment analysis. • Engage with customer on a regular basis. • Proactively engage with the customers for providing help and guidance. • Analyze customer interests through social analytics and provide customized perks. • Integrate with different core processes and systems and provide relevant information. • Monitor brand reputation. • Improved damage control. • Brand advocacy. • Automated processes to identify negative comments about the brand and route it to the appropriate team. Sales Underwriting Claims Customer Servicing Brand Management Figure 2 cognizant 20-20 insights 3
  • 4. Actively Social But Ineffective Several insurers in the U.S. are actively investing in social media, such as Progressive with its branding-focused profiles on Facebook and Liberty Mutual’s business-insurance-specific Twitter handle. However, although several insurers have forayed into social media, most of them have yet to realize the full potential of their investment. have a customer-focused approach, they do not effectively leverage the channel for partner or vendor interactions or have a consolidated platform for facilitating more collaborative interactions among employees, partners and consumers for realizing greater benefits (see Figure 3). • Limited business focus: Insurers have yet to explore all the different ways to leverage social media. Their vision is limited by some of the more obvious benefits and their immediate business focus. They must view social media as having the potential to transform their business in terms of sales, policy and claims processing and servicing (see Figure 4). According to a Phoenix Marketing Survey, only 7% of customers are interacting with their auto insurers.4 This can be attributed to several reasons: • Disjointed target user focus: Insurers do not have a uniform strategy for targeting different users on social media. While several insurers • Lack of alignment with consumer expecta- tions: Insurers’ social media interactions tend to be driven by their needs rather than by consumers’ needs. Based on our research of 15 leading auto insurers, we have outlined insurers’ activities on social media and the consumers’ response to these activities (see Figure 5, following page). User Groups Targeted by Insurers on Social Media 80% • Need for a clear vision and social media strategy: Although several insurers are engaging with customers today both proactively and reactively, they lack a clear direction and a robust strategy that will help them deliver value in an engagement model with increasing levels of maturity. They are also unable to identify and address other necessary enablers for an effective social media strategy, such as efficient utilization of social media tools, leveraging of social analytics and a change management plan for improving user engagement. 70% 60% 50% 40% 30% 20% 10% s or nd Ve Ag en ts Bu Pa sine rtn ss er s Co ns um er s Em plo ye es 0% Source: “Usage of Social Media in Insurance,” NAIC, 2012. Figure 3 How Insurers Are Using Social Media Collaborate with Engage with agents Innovation Brand Management Market Research Recruitment Customer Service Sales Marketing 0% 20% 40% 60% Percent of insurers surveyed Source: “Going social – How business is using social media,” KPMY, 2013 Figure 4 cognizant 20-20 insights 4 80% 100%
  • 5. Alignment of U.S. Insurer Activities with Customer Expectations Insurers on Social Media Consumers on Social Media Decreased customer satisfaction leading to damaged brand reputation Most insurers respond to user posts in automated bot-like manner. Consumers expect a more personalized, apt and humane mode of interaction with the insurer. Most insurers appear to focus on fun posts. Consumers expect more engaging and entertaining interactions on social media. Most of the insurers are seen taking innovative engagement measures like gamification, innovative networks, etc. Consumers expect insurers to innovatively engage with them. Skewed brand evaluations by the users Insurers’ response rate for general conversations is low. Consumers are also seen posting positive feedback and other general conversations. Missed target user population Focus on Google+ is very low among insurers – only 26% of the social budget. Along with Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, Google+ is an emerging channel which is used and trusted by the consumers and influencers. Lower influence on the users Insurers are seen creating only broad themed communities like Progressive’s Flo, etc. Consumers believe smaller the community, greater the influence (56%). Figure 5 Phased Approach for Customer Engagement on Social Media First Step Second Step Third Step Listen to your users Engage with your users Influence your users To understand the user needs and preferences for better prospecting, product designs and customized sales. • Select channels based on the consumers and competitors. • Create a company level profile. • Ensure maximum basic details such as products, locations, etc. • Listen to users’ sentiments as against competitors. • Ensure monitoring of the out-of- loop negative feedback. To improve branding, increase customer satisfaction, mindshare, etc. • Proactively engage with your users. > Have fun based interactions – highest priority. > Educate on insurance. > Timely company updates. > Advertising. • Reactively engage with your user. > Respond to all the user posts with specific focus and priority on negative complaints. > Respond in an apt, personalized and humane mode. To create more sales and increase brand advocacy. • Identify, engage and work with your influencers. • Make influential posts like social- cause initiatives, safety tips posts during exigencies, etc. • Provide prospecting enablers like “Get a Quote” and “Locate Agent.“ Fourth Step Integrate with processes To improve efficiencies and reduce costs. • Integrate social media with your back-end processes. • Feedback monitoring. • Campaign management. • Internal collaborations. • Social graph for underwriting and claims, etc. • Sentiment analysis. Innovate across continuously to ensure that both technology and social media’s innovative hinges are leveraged for operational efficiencies and reduced costs. • Leveraging customer analytics. • Social media monitoring tools. • Gamification. • Innovative communities. • Payments mechanism through social media. • Community driven and aligned promotions and discounts. • Targeted advertising. • Espousing marketing and social cause initiatives. • Package products specific to consumer needs. Figure 6 cognizant 20-20 insights 5 • Automated campaigns. • Automated sentiment. • Analysis and lead generation. • Integration of social media with other platforms like mobile, analytics and cloud.
  • 6. Insurers need a clear vision and a stepwise engagement model for increased ROI. Outlined in Figure 6 (preceding page) is a phased customer engagement approach which would help insurers gain clarity amidst the noise and clutter on social media. Embarking on a Social Media Journey A comprehensive social media policy for an insurer needs to consider target users, social activities and social media monitoring tools. However, formulating policies for these in isolation without a clear vision or roadmap for engagement can be a recipe for disaster. These different aspects needs to be knitted together into an approach that spans people, processes and technology to achieve maximum revenue and customer benefits. In Figure 8, we describe an ideal roadmap for an insurer spanning the what, why and how of a social media strategy. Looking Beyond the Horizon Some insurers in the U.S. are setting innovative examples for unlocking the power of social media to build brands, expand influence and evangelize for their new product offerings. Some good examples are the “Join the nation” call by Nationwide to appeal to young and old Americans, and the Hartford Center for Mature Market Excellence for appealing to retired or retiring customers/prospects using a compassionate approach to retirement policy promotion. An alternative approach is providing tips on safe motoring — e.g., the Allstate picture of a car mirror reading “objects are actually closer than they appear in the mirror” and showing a biker image, which develops an affinity with biker groups. This actually caused a spike in insurance demand from bikers. Promoting a brand through gamification — with, for example, interesting games to emphasize safety aspects in farming and risks such as pest attacks — can capture the imagination of prospects and customers and ensure better brand recall than multiple brand advertisements on traditional media, as evidenced by Farmers’ Farmville and State Farms’ Car Town. Pitfalls to Avoid The proliferation of multiple channels and media for interaction including social media platforms has led to a fragmentation of customer touch points. This fragmentation and the high velocity of communications means brands can be made or unmade in just a few hours. Across industries, the manner of interaction between buyers and sellers A Roadmap for Social Media Excellence • Consideration of the key social media aspects. • Platforms and profiles. • Business objectives for going social. • Alignment with overall strategies? • Target audience. • Target base. • Timelines. Know your intent/purpose Identify your destination • Allowable social media channels. • Cater to all media or media in a phased approach. Finalize your route • Building customer relationships. • Insurer’s capacity. • Targets. • Social media policies/guidelines. • Competitors’ adoption levels. • Regulatory compliances. Lay the road Checkpoint • Available technology tools and widgets – selection, integration, implementation. • Underlying processes/ sub-processes. Check your wheels Fill fuel Have a first aid kit Maintain the right speed Have a GPS • Metrics and measurements • Social media risks. • Initial rollout time. • Disaster strategy. • Break-even time. • Influencer identification and working with them. • Social media team. • Team composition for effectiveness. and role mapping. • Metrics to sense negativity. • Training and • Measures to identify the development. customer’s changing • Interaction points behaviors. between teams. Figure 8 cognizant 20-20 insights Driver 6 • Content strategy. • Response mechanisms. • Latest social media aesthetics. • Industry best practices.
  • 7. Quick Take “Social-ite” Insurers Our research focused on three popular social media platforms — Facebook, Twitter and YouTube — and collected data across 15 major North American automobile insurers during June and July 2013. Following are some of the key insights derived from our research. >> Banter. Proactive content posted by the insurers was found to follow a pattern best categorized as: The insurers’ response time for a significant number of negative and general conversations was greater than 12 hours. In cases where they responded within an hour, there was noticeable user positivity and satisfaction — based on the number of likes on the insurers’ responses and also the tone of the users’ subsequent posts. • Informational • The • Advertising content. • Company-related information (such as service • Insurers content (insurance regulations, risk management tips, industry trends, etc.). updates, management statements, annual reports, etc.). insurers seemed ill-equipped to handle escalating negativity. In 44% of such instances, they did not respond and in some cases deleted such posts which led to increased grievances. appeared to respond to posts that were in their interest, and left many positive and neutral moments of truth unattended; this could lead to skewed brand evaluations among users over time. • Fun content (such as seasons greetings, updates related to sporting events, games, contests, voting, etc.). • Insurers did not seem to have methods to tackle out-of-loop feedback (outside their social presence), which was about 69% negative overall for all the insurers. Users’ posts on the insurers’ walls were predominantly of two types: • Negative feedback: >> On core insurance service of claims, billing • On Twitter, insurers deployed social media management tools to track tweets but tracking out-of-loop feedback on Facebook remains a challenge. and service. >> Noncore insurance services such as marketing, sales, etc. • Even when insurers respond to out-of-loop feedback posts on Twitter, the responses, which are driven through social media management tools, are automated and very generic and hence not very effective. • General conversations: >> Positive feedback. >> Enquiries. Proactive Content Negative Feedback General Conversations 70% 70% 70% 60% 60% 60% 50% 50% 50% 40% 40% 40% 30% 30% 30% 20% 20% 20% 10% 10% 10% 0% 0% Information Content Facebook Ads Company Merriment Related Content Content Claims 0% Bill/ Payment Service Sales Twitter cognizant 20-20 insights 7 Marketing Misc. Complaints Enquiries Pos. Banter
  • 8. has the potential to have a significant impact on the brand, spreading far beyond the concerned parties. The case Progressive vs. Matt Fischer5 is a prime example of this in the insurance industry. Even outside the insurance industry, a big brand such as Thomas Cook could not escape the scrutiny of social media when it failed to respond effectively to an enquiry from a fan whereas another travel agency, “lowcostholidays.com,” jumped into the fray and with its excellent PR steps, managed to put Thomas Cook on the defensive. This went viral, resulting in very high brand visibility for “lowcostholidays.com.” On the other hand, a humane and innovative response from the sellers has the potential to tilt the scale in their favor even in the face of negative feedback. Bodyform, for example, in response to a male FaceBook fan’s post, created a simple yet creative retort on YouTube which quickly went viral and received more than 1,000,000 views in two days. Another example is when Samsung last year rejected the request of a fan for a free S3 in a very kind and humorous way, which impressed the fan and led him to create a buzz about the story. After the viral reaction to the story, Samsung thanked the fan with a S3, resulting in a happy ending for both. Insurers should realize that comments and complaints are inevitable in social media but they should be treated as valuable feedback that needs to be dealt with quickly and appropriately. Insurers should learn to leverage social media not to sell but improve engagement with customers and the larger communities, which in turn will yield the benefit of improved business. Also, the messages should be expressed in a manner that will position the insurers as firms interested in community welfare and in running their businesses ethically with appropriate transparency. This will bring the right accolades and positive “vibes” in the “social communities.” Measuring Social ROI for Insurers Everyone likes to be “liked.” However, for insurers using social media to achieve real, tangible, measurable results, the real question is, “How does this grow my business?” They need to find ways to turn eyeballs into profits online and measure and learn from their results. Insurers should efficiently leverage their social media presence to procure top-line and bottom-line benefits such as increased lead generation, brand equity, organizational image-building, reduced market research costs and improved customer service (see Figure 9). Social Media “Chemistry” for Insurers Facebook: Posts, Fans, Followers, Friends of Fans, Total Likes, Shares, Comments, Number of people talking about you,Mentions. Blogs: Twitter: Comments, Likes, Dislikes, Ratings. Re-tweets, Mentions, Favorites, Followers, Following, Posts, Clicks. YouTube: Likes, Dislikes Shares, Comments, Ratings, Favorites, Views. General: User Profiles, Types of Users Web Traffic, Visits, Response Time, Response Rates, Replies, etc. VALUE BENEFITS New Leads Brand Recognition What was your reach? What is my mindshare as compared to my competitors? How many prospects did you identify? What is the no. of connections of my competitor vis-à-vis mine? What is the reach of my brand when compared to my competitors? Improved Customer Service Relationship Building Customer Insights What is the breadth of your user community engagement – i.e., number of participating users? How many new product ideas did you generate? How many posts does a user make on your profile? What is the depth of the engagement – i.e., the number of posts made by the user per month? What is the cost and time saved in terms of R&D? How effectively were you able to use this data for your business processes such as underwriting and claims? Out of them, how many are enquiries, negative feedback, positive feedback and banter? What is the increase in your community fans and followers over a month? Figure 9 cognizant 20-20 insights 8 How many of these conversations have you closed successfully? Was your response quick enough?
  • 9. Social Media for Digital Transformation Insurers are looking to stay abreast of what customers and prospects are talking about in the turbocharged social world. A structured framework based on a robust social media strategy for customer engagement can enable insurers to cut through the clutter and listen to the sentiments behind the conversations. A good strategy would ideally enable listening, engaging, analyzing, measuring and integrating with customers, producers, prospects and the community at large. Any reluctance to embrace social media will prove costly in the long run — consumers increas- ingly look for information and community/friend recommendations on Web sites. Social media is already their preferred mode of engagement and looks to remain so for the foreseeable future. Social media is not about immediate sales but forming a bond with relevant audiences. While social media has the potential to effectively redefine the customer engagement model, insurers should tread carefully to realize full benefits while avoiding the possible pitfalls on this journey. Leveraged correctly, social media can be the ideal interactive means for brand promotion, converting loyal customers to brand advocates and enhancing reach in today’s technology-savvy environment. Footnotes 1 “100 social media statistics for 2012,” socialskinny.com, http://thesocialskinny.com/100-social-mediastatistics-for-2012/. 2 “Social media: contrasting the marketing and consumer perspectives,” 2013, Pitney Bowes Software, http://slp.pbinsight.com/downloads/slp_success_downloads/Social_Media-WP_Pitney_Bowes_ Software_2012.pdf. 3 “Hype Cycle for P&C Insurance,” 2012, Gartner, http://www.gartner.com/id=2569319. 4 According to a 2013 survey conducted by Phoenix Marketing International on 2,000 auto insurance customers, http://www.prweb.com/releases/2013/5/prweb10775136.htm. 5 As obtained in the “theblaze.com” site, this case revolved around an instance where Progressive failed to respond appropriately to a consumer in a claim situation which involved a highly emotional note. http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2012/08/20/progressive-reaches-settlement-with-gbtvs-matt-fisherafter-defending-sisters-killer/. References • 2013 Digital Influence Report, TechnoratiMedia, 2013, http://technorati.com/business/article/technorati-medias-2013-digital-influence-report/. • “Taking Social Media from Talk to Action,” Harvard Business Review, 2012, http://www.sas.com/ resources/whitepaper/wp_23348.pdf. • “Usage of Social Media in Insurance,” NAIC, 2012, http://www.naic.org/store/free/USM-OP.pdf. • “Going social – How business is using social media,” KPMG 2013, http://www.kpmg.com/ES/es/ActualidadyNovedades/ArticulosyPublicaciones/Documents/Going-Social.pdf. • “Demystifying Social Media Trends for the Insurance Industry,” Cognizant, 2012, http://www.cognizant. com/InsightsWhitepapers/Demystifying-Social-Business-Trends-for-the-Insurance-Industry.pdf. • Degrees of Separation – Wikipedia , http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Degrees_of_separation. • “The Auto Insurance Case That Blew Up on the Internet,” New York Times, August 17, 2012, http://www.nytimes.com/2012/08/18/your-money/progressives-side-of-the-insurance-case-thatblew-up-on-the-internet.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0. • “Using social media to engage, listen and learn,” NHS Networks, 2010, http://www.networks.nhs. uk/nhs-networks/smart-guides/documents/Using%20social%20media%20to%20engage-%20 listen%20and%20learn.pdf. • Insights taken from http://www.socialmediaexaminer.com/tag/social-media-strategy/. • Insights taken from http://www.openvalley.info/global-social-media/international-social-networkingstrategies/. • Insights taken from http://www.information-management.com/blogs/business_analytics_data_integration_social_crm-10017989-1.htm. cognizant 20-20 insights 9
  • 10. About the Authors Vijai S Raghunathan, AVP, Consulting, heads Cognizant Business Consulting’s Insurance Practice. He comes with over two decades of experience in insurance consulting, advisory services, CoE setup and building a global consulting practice. Vijai has lived in the U.S., UK, Europe and APAC, and has delivered transformation projects for large insurers in these regions before relocating to India. He is now based out of Bangalore and drives consulting engagements across geographies. He holds a postgraduate degree from Delhi School of Economics, AICWA, FIII and AIRM from UK. Additionally, he is a LOMA Level 1 (U.S.) and INS (Insurance Institute of America) and is pursuing CPCU (U.S.). He can be reached at Vijai.Raghunathan@cognizant.com. Kinhekar Sagar is a Senior Manager of Consulting with Cognizant Business Consulting, with a focus on the insurance industry. He has more than a decade of extensive experience in various leadership positions in the Indian insurance industry as an industry insider and as a management consultant. His industry skills range across sales and distribution, underwriting and claims. While working as a management consultant, Sagar helped several insurance clients in the life and non-life domain in the areas of market entry strategy, customer experience-based distribution and services, business planning and operational effectiveness across geographies including North and Latin America, UK, APAC and Europe. Sagar is a chemical engineer by training who has done his executive postgraduation studies at IIM Calcutta. He can be reached at Sagar.Kinhekar@cognizant.com. Abhishek Mishra is a Consulting Manager with Cognizant Business Consulting with a focus on the insurance industry. He has executed several consulting engagements across different process areas for insurers across multiple geographies. Abhishek has also pursued primary research in leveraging mobility and social media enterprise-wide. He has a master’s degree in management from the Xavier Institute of Management, Bhubaneswar (XIMB). Abhishek also holds certifications from AICPCU. He can be reached at Abhishek.Mishra3@cognizant.com. Vinodh Stanley Stephen is a Consultant with Cognizant Business Consulting with a focus on the insurance industry. He has extensively researched strategies for insurance carriers in developing markets. Vinodh has a master’s degree in management from the Institute for Financial Management and Research (IFMR) and a bachelor of engineering degree from Anna University. He also holds certifications from AICPCU and CII. He can be reached at Vinodhstanley.Stephen@cognizant.com. Jagannathan G is a Business Analyst with Cognizant Business Consulting with a focus on the insurance industry. His other interests include Enterprise 2.0 deployments in organizations. He has a postgraduate diploma in management from the T.A. Pai Management Institute (TAPMI) and a bachelor’s degree in technology from Government College of Technology, Coimbatore. He also holds certifications from AICPCU. He can be reached at Jagannathan.Govindarajan@cognizant.com. About Cognizant Cognizant (NASDAQ: CTSH) is a leading provider of information technology, consulting, and business process outsourcing services, dedicated to helping the world’s leading companies build stronger businesses. Headquartered in Teaneck, New Jersey (U.S.), Cognizant combines a passion for client satisfaction, technology innovation, deep industry and business process expertise, and a global, collaborative workforce that embodies the future of work. With over 50 delivery centers worldwide and approximately 164,300 employees as of June 30, 2013, Cognizant is a member of the NASDAQ-100, the S&P 500, the Forbes Global 2000, and the Fortune 500 and is ranked among the top performing and fastest growing companies in the world. Visit us online at www.cognizant.com or follow us on Twitter: Cognizant. World Headquarters European Headquarters India Operations Headquarters 500 Frank W. Burr Blvd. Teaneck, NJ 07666 USA Phone: +1 201 801 0233 Fax: +1 201 801 0243 Toll Free: +1 888 937 3277 Email: inquiry@cognizant.com 1 Kingdom Street Paddington Central London W2 6BD Phone: +44 (0) 20 7297 7600 Fax: +44 (0) 20 7121 0102 Email: infouk@cognizant.com #5/535, Old Mahabalipuram Road Okkiyam Pettai, Thoraipakkam Chennai, 600 096 India Phone: +91 (0) 44 4209 6000 Fax: +91 (0) 44 4209 6060 Email: inquiryindia@cognizant.com © ­­ Copyright 2013, Cognizant. All rights reserved. No part of this document may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording, or otherwise, without the express written permission from Cognizant. The information contained herein is subject to change without notice. All other trademarks mentioned herein are the property of their respective owners.