These are the slides for the Future of Insurance Summit held in Dublin on 18/11/2016. They provide examples of how insurers convert data to value. It also aimed to start a conversation on where the near future might be.
• Marketing analytics: how effective are my
• Sentiment analysis: what is the public’s
opinion of my brand?
• Propensity modelling: to increase cross-selling
and better target your customers.
• Using open data: such as the Census, to
supplement your knowledge of customers.
• Price Optimisation: combining price elasticity,
customer behaviour and expected claims to
optimise business goals.
• Customer Lifetime Value: to know which
customers are more valuable to the company.
• Detecting Underwriting Fraud: or accidental
• Compliance Analytics: for early detection of
conduct risk, Politically Exposed Persons, etc.
Example of CLV
Custora’s CLV analysis for online retailers in the US by channel and geographic location.
Taken from its 2013Q2 E-Commerce Customer Acquisition Snapshot:
• Claims Fraud Detection: using classification
models or network analysis.
• Claims Submission Analysis: to capture
important information in claims forms.
• Claims Triage: to allocate complex claims to
more experienced handlers, also reducing
• Telematics: to price motor insurance policies
according to individual driving patterns.
Example of Network Analysis
Visualisation of Al Qaeda terrorist network by Sentinel Visualizer
• Lapse analysis: using statistical models to
identify customers likely to lapse and find
patterns in lapses.
– Survival models used for long term life insurance.
– Cohort analysis used for annually renewable.
Not enough data or too much data?
• Big data vs. Right data: collect data with a
goal, or size will only slow you down.
• Relevance is more important than quantity.
• Data quality saves time: 80% of data analytics
time is data cleaning and preparation.
• Exercise careful judgement when using public
data. Regulation will likely apply and the
public may not like you using their data.
• NoSQL, Hadoop, etc. to deal with massive
amounts of data.
• Tableau, Power BI, etc. for visualisation.
• Cloud Computing (AWS, Google Cloud,
• GPU Computing.
• Artificial Intelligence (IBM’s Watson, Theano,
• Insurers have much data but most of it is
unstructured. However, it can be used and can
• Abundance of publicly available data.
• Technology develops very fast. Converting
data to value is becoming easier and cheaper.
• So much can be done that insurers must set
clear data goals, aligned with their business
Next Five years
• Insurers successfully engaging with digital
• Management understands how data analytics
• Insurance companies ready to change
operational models to become data driven.
• First Internet of Things insurance?