New England Insurance Agent Blog

How is your agency giving back to your local community?

Does your agency participate in community events and good works? If so, make sure you promote your efforts in your social media and on your website. And if not, it is definitely time to start. One vital selling point that differentiates independent agencies from large national insurance distributors is locality: being right in the heart of the communities that you serve.

Independent Contractors in MA: Game Changer or Business as Usual?

Back in July I blogged what I assumed was a game changer in MA: in the Ives Camargo case, the MA Supreme Judicial Court ruled that the definition of “employee” under workers comp must be based solely on the language in the comp statute and not from an amalgam of laws ranging from Unemployment Insurance to federal tax law. Suddenly, the Attorney General’s long-standing, three-pronged criteria for determining employment status appeared to be insufficient.

Survey: Customers show favorable attitudes to Amazon, Google for homeowners insurance

In early 2016, when online behemoth Google shuttered their insurance venture Google Compare after only a year in business, many within our industry breathed a sigh of relief. But large national players see a potential for disruption, and this time, the target may be the homeowners insurance market rather than the auto market.
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