April 11, 2024

7 Insurance Industry Trends to Look out for in 2024

Insurance industry trends

The insurance industry is at a crossroads. With customer expectations evolving at a breakneck pace, climate change impacting risk models, and new players disrupting traditional business models, it's clear that the status quo is facing challenges. But amidst these challenges lies a golden opportunity to reset relationships that are built on trust, empathy, and shared value. Implementing these insurance industry trends could redefine what insurance means to your customers. 




Key takeaways

  • The insurance industry is facing significant challenges, including evolving customer expectations, macroeconomic pressures, and new regulations.

  • Insurers must navigate escalating risks and losses, macroeconomic factors, changing customer preferences, regulatory pressures, and the growing importance of sustainability.

  • Key trends shaping the industry include the shift to customer-centric business models, growth through strategic loyalty partnerships, adoption of advanced technologies, AI advancements, and workforce transformation.

  • Strategies for success include personalising customer experiences through data analytics, harnessing data and AI for operational efficiency, and embedding sustainability into business strategies.

  • Examples of companies implementing these trends include Lemonade, Toffee Insurance, Inclusivity Solutions, MicroEnsure, and Smile, demonstrating the power of innovation and customer-centricity.

Challenges and Opportunities in the Insurance Industry

As someone who's helped a number of insurance companies build customer loyalty, I've seen first hand the challenges and opportunities in the industry. The landscape is constantly evolving, and staying ahead of the curve is crucial for survival in highly competitive markets. Here’s just some of the main key challenges: 


Macroeconomic factors

The current economic climate has seen rising inflation and interest rates, forcing many insurance companies to increase prices that results in high customer churn. At Propello, we've seen firsthand during our market research, being insurance customers ourselves, and from working with clients in the insurance industry, a cemented trend – or even culture – of customers switching the second their coverage ends.  

Who can blame customers for wanting better deals? Equally, who can blame insurers for responding the only way they know how to macroeconomic challenges? It’s a vicious cycle – as prices go up, customers switch. 

Offering tailored rewards, exclusive perks, and seamless digital experiences, incentivise customers to stay loyal in spite of rising costs. I’d definitely recommend implementing these solutions one way or another. The right loyalty strategies make all the difference.


Changing customer preferences

Customer preferences are evolving at a rapid pace. We've witnessed how tech-savvy, digitally-engaged consumers are reshaping the insurance industry landscape. Which has brought us to this conclusion; to stay competitive, insurers must adapt to changing preferences and deliver seamless, personalised experiences. 


One of the key challenges we've observed is the growing demand for omnichannel engagement. Customers now expect to be able to interact with their insurance providers through multiple touchpoints. Whether that’s mobile apps, social media, chatbots or virtual assistants, insurers who fail to provide these options risk falling behind the competition. 

A suite of engagement tools is needed to deliver a seamless, omnichannel experience that customers crave. This would be your launchpad for personalised content, targeted offers, gamified challenges and rewards. The key is to leverage data analytics to gain a deep understanding of customer preferences and behaviour. 

Regulatory changes and compliance pressures

As someone who works closely with insurance companies, I've witnessed the significant impact of stricter regulations on the industry in 2023. The increased governance complexities led to higher compliance costs, making it more challenging for insurers to operate and offer competitive products.

Regulatory challenges span across various aspects of the business, from data gathering to cybersecurity and consumer protection. However, as economic headwinds intensify, insurance products and services must remain consistent in meeting shifting consumer expectations. Failure to do so could mean reputational damage or even legal action from regulatory bodies.


  • To ensure fair, clear, and concise practices, regulatory bodies are guiding efforts to eliminate deceptive insurance practices.

  • This includes full disclosure of products and services, responsible risk profiles, claims handling, and dispute resolution.

  • Alongside these protective measures, we’ve seen a trend towards delivering extra value to consumers.

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Key Insurance Industry Trends

Despite the challenges, there’s plenty of opportunities by implementing the trends that have kicked an insurance industry transformation into gear. 


1. Shift to customer-centric business models

Lots of customers still are resorting to cancelling essential services. In the UK, 1.3 million car insurance policies are cancelled annually. This number is set to increase with higher interest rates and inflation hitting vehicle insurance more acutely than other sub-sectors. 

As a result, there’s a sharp rise in more flexible and accessible products and services on the market, a trend that’s set to continue during the current economic headwinds. For example, some insurers are now offering pay-as-you-go models (or usage-based insurance models) that allow customers to pay only for the coverage they need, when they need it.


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2. Growth and innovation through strategies loyalty partnerships

One of the most exciting opportunities we've identified is the potential for strategic loyalty partnerships to create unique, highly relevant reward content that resonates with insurance customers. 

Our clients make use of this and are able to access an extensive network of brand partners. There, they can tailor co-created rewards with complementary brands. A health insurance provider could for example, partner with a fitness brand to offer exclusive discounts on gym memberships. 

  • The gym gets new members.

  • The insurer adds to their value proposition and possibly rewards the customer for positive, healthy behaviours, driving the value cycle further.

We’ve already seen some insurers drive growth and innovation by embracing industry convergence and embedded insurance. Bundling insurance products with other complementary services helps insurers reach new customers and create integrated experiences. I see innovative partnerships as the natural next step. 


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3. Increased digitalisation and connected technology

One of the most significant trends I've observed is the growing emphasis on digitalisation. With the right digital tools and platforms, insurers can streamline their operations, reduce costs, and enhance the customer experience. But a by-product of that is the way insurers are also rewarding their customers. 

Take the development of low-code or no-code enterprise IT for instance. Whilst the majority of the sector continue to rely on legacy systems, tools and processes, there’s a shift occurring as more options of no-code tools enter the market. Typically, these zero code software solutions are developed with a focus on security and regulatory compliance, allowing for seamless integration with internal resources. In fact, no-code solutions: 

  • Ease the burden on internal resources whilst enhancing customer experiences.

  • Reduce time-to-market of new digital applications.

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Summary of digitalisation in insurance: EY


Let’s not forget the emergence of APIs that allow for seamless integrations. APIs have paved the way to leverage real-time customer data across platforms to provide personalised experiences. For example, reward programmes utilising CRM data and customer insights to offer hyper-relevant rewards and incentivise policy renewals.

So, what exactly are the implications of adopting digital channels such as online portals and mobile apps? Increased digitalisation and connected technology has culminated into giving insurance customers exactly what they want; self-service. These tools allow customers to:


  • Generate their own quotes online.

  • Resolve queries with chatbots.

  • Even resolve claims in some cases. 

Self-service tools compound the positive effects of toolkits consisting of no-code solutions and API applications. After all, they free up agents from having to deal with queries or generate quotes. For the customer, it delivers a quick and easy experience that enhances overall satisfaction. 

Of course, with the increasing reliance on data comes the need for robust cybersecurity measures. As insurers collect, store and share ever-larger volumes of sensitive customer data due to third party applications, it's critical that they invest in state-of-the-art security solutions to protect against cyber threats and maintain the trust of their customers. 



4. Rise in telematics

It’s only natural that we come to telematics next. We’ve all seen its rise in the insurance industry. This technology, which uses GPS devices, smartphones, or other sensors to track driving behaviour, revolutionises the way insurers assess risk and engage with their customers.

What really excites me about telematics is its potential to nurture customer loyalty in other sub-sectors. Insurers use it to personalise discounts and rewards from live data retrieved from black boxes. But what if it goes beyond personal driving behaviours? Could its ever increasing popularity pave the way for creating engaging customer journeys in health insurance, for example?

Think of it this way; wearables are becoming ever more accurate at tracking exercise behaviours. A jogger could substantiate their claims of hitting milestones in return for a personalised reward. That's the kind of value-added, customer-centric experience that telematics makes possible. But it also addresses complex data claims processing and combats fraud. 


Source: Tourmo

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Insurers can use driving behaviour analysis to reward customers for responsible behaviour while keeping insurance premiums fair. This also encourages retention and increases lifetime value for the insurer.



5. Artificial intelligence (AI) advancements

AI is revolutionising the insurance industry, from enhancing underwriting and claims management to improving customer service. Generative AI, in particular, has the potential to transform product development and marketing through highly personalised recommendations, based on customers' unique needs and preferences. And it’s already shaping technology adoption in insurance.
Machine learning algorithms are also making a significant impact in underwriting trends and claims management, using predictive analytics to reduce costs and improve accuracy. Insurers continue to use technologies like the Internet of Things (IoT) for real-time data gathering and risk assessment, and blockchain for secure and transparent smart contracts and claims processing.

However, implementing AI comes with challenges. 

Source: KPMG

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Collaborating with InsurTech firms can be valuable in this regard. These tech-savvy startups offer innovative solutions like AI-powered chatbots and virtual assistants that handle customer inquiries, allowing human agents to focus on more complex interactions.




6. Workforce transformation

There’s also a growing need for more flexible and adaptable workforces that can support customer loyalty within the insurance industry. In fact, insurance companies have little choice but to find new ways of working as agile innovators and collaborators. Given that many companies are actively reactivating the workplace

More than a half of the insurance workforce will be retired by 2036. As the workplace reactivation trend takes hold, insurers have a fantastic opportunity to upskill their employees to effectively service data-driven personalised experiences. Indeed, there’s also a case for overhauling talent management, bringing in fresh faces eager to learn and capable of supporting the industry’s evolution. 

As the industry transforms, activating the workplace of the future demands a fundamental shift in mindset and a commitment to leveraging technology for the betterment of customers. Insurers certainly need to invest in the tools to create more engaging and rewarding customer journeys. But they also need to attract top talent that’s keen to partake in a customer-centric culture of innovation.



7. Continual focus on ESG

Since 2020, the top 30 insurance firms have collectively increased their ESG rankings by an impressive 20 points, and this trend shows no signs of slowing down. While meeting regulatory compliance is a significant driver, insurers are also considering future challenges when shaping their internal governance and policies.

More than half of the surveyed insurance providers expressed ambitions to improve their ESG scores, largely due to growing consumer demand for better environmental, social, and governance practices. 


  • A 2020 study by Bain & Company revealed millennials, more than any other age group, are likely to purchase products from or switch to insurers with high ESG rankings.

Interestingly, the study also found that consumers prioritise corporate governance and social efforts over environmental issues, despite many insurers focusing more on the latter. This shift in consumer preferences is evident in recent regulatory changes, such as the FCA's Consumer Duty in the UK. 


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Strategies for Implementing Trends for Success

So, how can we turn these trends into actionable strategies for success? Here are a few key areas to focus on:


Personalising the customer experience through data analytics

We know that personalisation is the key to boosting customer engagement and loyalty in the insurance industry. Data analytics and customer segmentation are crucial for insurers like yours to tailor products, services, and rewards to the unique needs of every customer. Higher satisfaction is the end result here and that means more customer retention.

Our loyalty platform is designed to help insurers harness the power of data to create hyper-relevant experiences. By integrating with existing systems and providing advanced analytics, our clients in the insurance industry gain deeper insights into customer behaviour and preferences. Bear these insights in mind should you ever create or optimise your loyalty programmes. 


Harnessing the power of data and AI for operational efficiency 

Data and artificial intelligence (AI) are game-changers when it comes to driving operational efficiency in the insurance industry. Automating and digitising core processes, like underwriting and claims management, reduces costs and improves accuracy.

To truly optimise operations, insurers must also invest in modernising their legacy systems and fostering a culture of continuous improvement. Again, the Propello loyalty platform demonstrates this. It provides a flexible and scalable infrastructure that seamlessly integrates with existing systems, enabling insurance companies – or any other client for that matter - to use data without costly overhauls. 

For whatever reason you may use data or implement AI, it must always be in the service of delivering an efficient, transparent service. One that makes customers feel valued and informed. 


Embedding sustainability into your business strategy

Finally, I believe that sustainability and social impact will be critical differentiators for insurers in the coming years. Today's consumers are already increasingly aligning themselves with brands that share their values and make a positive impact on the world.

By embedding environmental, social, and governance (ESG) principles into their core business strategies, insurers not only drive positive change but also build trust and loyalty with customers. Trust is integral here. One of the most effective ways of building trust is nurturing customer loyalty. 

Personalised, enhanced experiences certainly have their part to play in trust. Yet your loyalty initiatives could also play a part in showcasing your brand’s commitment to sustainability and social causes. 


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Examples of Insurance Companies Implementing Trends

Let’s take a look at some examples of customer loyalty programmes used by insurance companies that include some of the trends we’ve discussed. 




Implemented Trends


InsurTech partnered with Allianz for expertise, scale, and reinsurance. Uses AI and ML for a customer-centric approach.

  1. Customer-centric business models.

  2. Technology Advancements.

Toffee Insurance

India-based micro insurance provider (travel, health, device protection). Low premiums starting at 50 Indian Rupees a month. 

  1. Customer-centric business models.

  2. Strategic loyalty partnerships. 

Inclusivity Solutions

South African micro insurance provider for low-income customers in Africa and Asia. Products: health, P&C, mobile phone and small business insurance.

  1. Customer-centric business models.

  2. Strategic loyalty partnerships. 


UK-based micro insurance company serving low-income customers in Asia and Africa. Products: health, P&C, mobile phone, and small business insurance.

  1. Customer-centric business models.

  2. Strategic loyalty partnerships. 


Traditional insurers like Smile are adapting to keep pace with tech-savvy InsurTechs and accessible micro insurance providers. They've embraced a customer-centric philosophy, focusing on seamless, personalised experiences.

CEO Pierangelo Campopiano says Smile has been dubbed the "Netflix of insurance."

Smile's loyalty rewards scheme is central to their strategy. The app-based programme offers points for safe driving, online shopping protection, and special offers from ecosystem partners. But their true innovation lies in their freemium business model.

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Potential customers gain rewards before committing to full coverage, enjoying a taste of the experience. This builds emotional relationships and helps customers perceive the value they want. "Rather than our value proposition," Campopiano states, "we prefer to manage our value perception."

Smile's approach aligns with the trends we've discussed, as shown in the table above. They exemplify the shift towards customer-centric business models and the power of strategic loyalty partnerships. By prioritising customer needs and leveraging gamification and community building, Smile demonstrates how traditional insurers can innovate to stay competitive in the evolving insurance landscape.


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Embracing Change for a Customer-Centric Future

As insurance industry trends continue to evolve, it's clear that embracing change is key to staying ahead of the curve. By staying attuned to the challenges and opportunities, and implementing the strategies discussed above, insurers can create a more customer-centric, resilient, and sustainable business model.

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Q: How is the insurance industry adapting to the changing customer preferences and expectations? 
Insurers are shifting to customer-centric business models, offering personalised experiences, and leveraging data analytics to understand and meet evolving customer needs. They are also embracing omnichannel engagement and providing seamless interactions across multiple touchpoints. 

Q: What role do strategic loyalty partnerships play in driving growth and innovation in the insurance industry? 
Strategic loyalty partnerships enable insurers to create unique, highly relevant reward content that resonates with customers. By collaborating with complementary brands, insurers can offer co-created rewards, reach new customers, and drive growth through integrated experiences and embedded insurance products.

Q: How are insurance companies leveraging advanced technologies to streamline operations and enhance customer experiences? 
Insurers are adopting digital tools and platforms to streamline operations, reduce costs, and improve customer experiences. They are implementing robust CRM systems, automating core processes like underwriting and claims management, and investing in cybersecurity measures to protect sensitive customer data.

Q: What impact are artificial intelligence (AI) advancements having on the insurance industry? 
AI is revolutionising the insurance industry by enhancing underwriting, claims management, customer service, and serving dynamic and relevant rewards based on customer preferences. Machine learning algorithms automate and streamline processes, while generative AI creates highly personalised product recommendations.

Q: How can insurance companies personalise customer experiences through data analytics? 
Data analytics and customer segmentation enable insurers to tailor products, services, and rewards to individual customer needs. By integrating advanced analytics into loyalty platforms, insurers gain deeper insights into customer behaviour and preferences. 

Q: Why is embedding sustainability into business strategies becoming increasingly important for insurance companies? 
Consumers are increasingly aligning with brands that share their values and make a positive impact. By embedding ESG principles into their core strategies, insurers can drive positive change, build trust, and foster loyalty. 

Q: What can insurance companies learn from the examples of Lemonade, Toffee Insurance, Inclusivity Solutions, MicroEnsure, and Smile? 
With the power of innovation, customer-centricity, and strategic partnerships in the evolving insurance landscape, insurers can stay competitive, drive growth, and build lasting customer relationships.



Author Bio, Written By: 

Mark Camp | CEO & Founder at | LinkedIn

Mark is the Founder and CEO of Propello Cloud, an innovative SaaS platform for loyalty and customer engagement. With over 20 years of marketing experience, he is passionate about helping brands boost retention and acquisition with scalable loyalty solutions.

Mark is an expert in loyalty and engagement strategy, having worked with major enterprise clients across industries to drive growth through rewards programmes. He leads Propello Cloud's mission to deliver versatile platforms that help organisations attract, engage and retain customers.

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