Developing & Deploying High-end Lead Scoring Software Solution for a Leading Insurance Provider in the USA

The Introduction:

The client is a major player in health insurance, personal accident policies and general insurance policy provider and having tie-up with more than 6 major insurance companies in the USA for various needs of Students, travelers, US citizens and vehicle owners/rental companies. Operating in a dynamic business ecosystem, the client was facing stiff competition from other local players including in reaching out larger market because of time consuming lead generation and conversion process. In a bid to improve its marketing and customer acquisition endeavors, the company was looking to leverage disruptive technology solutions that can help its decision-making process smarter and client conversion ratio to be higher

The Client contacted Stridely Solutions with a unique requirement of improving the results from its inbound marketing campaigns and lead generations. As the client was operating in a very competitive segment, an innovative strategy had to be devised to tackle the always changing challenges and barriers to growth.

Challenges

The company was looking to enhance its sales figures by reducing heavily manned marketing efforts and boosting customer acquisition rates. The plan of increasing marketing contribution in the existing sales pipeline came with certain specific objectives in order to overcome stated challenges:

  • Increasing conversion rates of inbound inquiries and converting them into qualified leads
  • Improving the quality of leads and prospects’ data to identify the buying intention and inclination of the prospects
  • Improved segmentation of the existing customers, highly targeted campaign management and lead nurturing tracks
  • Identifying cross selling and upselling opportunities
  • Overcoming limitations and license based incremental costing, of the ready to use marketing applications
  • Develop a software application that can be owned and can be scaled easily as per the growing needs of the business and use the data for producing useful MIS dashboards through effective analytics

Our Solution

Data Sanitization: The task at hand – improving the marketing endeavors and customer acquisition rates was a strategic challenge for Team Stridely at first. After closely analyzing the current promotions and marketing strategies and planning aligned with the same, Stridely team also observed the lead generation and nurturing efforts. Our team decided that an additional layer above their existing CRM system can be developed instead of replacing or revamping the whole system.

Lead scoring matrix: The whole process of transforming existing endeavors was planned and implemented methodologically. Different predictive lead scoring models were designed and integrated in each of the existing product lines to help the client in identifying ‘intent of buying’. Stridely team and client’s business team came up with a matrix to understand lead qualification and nurturing process being taken up internally and parameters they’d want to focus to classify a lead as most potential one

Custom Application: The fully custom solution was built using .NET Framework and several custom APIs to achieve:

  • Marketing Indicators (MIs) that serve as valuable data points for tracking user behavior using predictive models to identify positive consumer behavior in relation to purchase decisions.
  • Contact information extraction process, for segregating relevant information such as job title, address, etc. to improve qualitative metrics of available demographic data such as industry and company size.
  • Predictive scores to analyze how close a potential customer is to the ideal customer profile and what are the chances of buying a particular product.

Robotic Process Automation (RPA): An integrated automation was implemented, using RPA to process approx. 250 to 300 leads being received on daily basis through ‘Contact Form’, ‘Quick Inquiry Form’, ‘Know More’, referral portals/sites and through emails.

Analytics and Business Intelligence: A dynamic predictive analytics system was planned for lead scoring and at the same time, data enrichment efforts were taken to increase demand across multiple channels.

Results

Creating a dedicated lead scoring and predictive analytics model for marketing endeavors transformed the entire customer lifecycle. Not only the client was able to better understand its target audience, but there was a substantial decline in redundant data in the existing system.

Based on the insights derived from the lead scoring solution, sales personnel were able to leverage cross-selling and upselling opportunities, improving the bottom lines. The entire lead nurturing process became a highly structured activity that promised better results than before.

Benefits/ Key Statistics

  • Leads identification and scoring through fully processed data points like, Age, area/location (city/state, etc), current liabilities (on going loans/pay-day loans, etc.), budget, tenure, risk covers / insurance riders interested in, whether interested in add-on features, occupation, etc.
  • 25% of increased focus on conversion by appropriate identification of the number of Top-Of-the-Funnel leads
  • Reduced 40% of leads scrutinization and process time, of the pre-sales team and increased 25% of customer engagement time
  • 15% improved efficiency in understanding customer profiles for meaningful engagement and pitching relevant policy
  • Identification and elimination of repetitive leads (leads from the same prospect) received through emails, forms, etc.