Online Insurance Sales in Europe: The Consumer Experience of Car Insurance Websites: Report Published by Celent

The European insurance market is heterogeneous, and distribution channels vary considerably from one country to another. The development of direct insurance sales and their perception differ significantly based on region.

Zurich, Switzerland – April 07, 2009 – In a new report, Online Insurance Sales in Europe: The Consumer Experience of Car Insurance Websites, Celent examines insurers providing the best online insurance purchase experience in the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Germany, and Italy and identifies which aspects, of those that influence the online purchasing experience, insurers could improve to gain long-term competitive advantage.

“Some online insurance brands that have experienced great success in their home market are not very well-leveraged by their parent company’s website,” says Nicolas Michellod, senior analyst with Celent’s Insurance group and author of the report. “Even though insurers may have reasons to explain this lack of visibility, they should review their approach and identify actions aimed at leveraging their strong brand image for the benefit of their online insurance business.”

This report compares the gaps among countries using Celent�s distribution development stage framework. This framework helps identify which markets tend to work more with high-cost distribution channels and provides a dynamic view on how Celent thinks insurance distribution models might develop following a migration to low-cost channels.

This 34-page report contains nine figures and five tables. A table of contents for this report is available online.

About Celent

Celent is a research and advisory firm dedicated to helping financial institutions formulate comprehensive business and technology strategies. Celent publishes reports identifying trends and best practices in financial services technology and conducts consulting engagements for financial institutions looking to use technology to enhance existing business processes or launch new business strategies. With a team of internationally experienced analysts, Celent is uniquely positioned to offer strategic advice and market insights on a global basis. Celent is a member of the Oliver Wyman Group, which is part of Marsh & McLennan Companies [NYSE: MMC].