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Generational differences in digital insurance adoption

Generational Differences in Digital Insurance Adoption | EasySend blog
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While it is true that younger generations have grown up surrounded by technology, they are not the only ones making use of digital solutions. In fact, research has shown that adults aged 55 and above are the fastest-growing group of internet users globally, with many actively using social media and engaging in e-commerce. 

This trend highlights the need for businesses to cater to a diverse range of digital preferences and behaviors across generations. In doing so, organizations can tap into the immense potential of each generation's digital expertise, knowledge, and spending power.

Additionally, it is important to recognize that digital adoption is not solely based on age. Factors such as education level, income, location, and experience also play a significant role in an individual's comfort and proficiency with technology. It is crucial for businesses to move away from the outdated narrative of generations being divided by their digital engagement and instead focus on understanding the unique needs and preferences of each individual.

Let’s dive into the numbers.

Communication Preferences:

  • Gen Z and Millennials significantly favor text communication with 90% of U.S. consumers wanting companies to interact with them through their preferred channels.
  • Among all respondents, 46% favored texting over email, especially for quick interactions or notifications. However, more than two-thirds of Gen Zers and Millennials expressed a preference for text communication.
  • 90% of respondents from a 2022 survey indicated a preference for companies to interact with them through their chosen channels, with a notable preference for text communication among Gen Zers and Millennials.
  • Furthermore, 87% of respondents said they use their banking app at least once a month, showcasing a shift towards digital payment methods across all generations. The survey revealed that 93% of Millennials, 90% of Gen Xers, 89% of Gen Zers, and 84% of Boomers prefer managing their banking in one place​.

What does this mean for insurers?

In practical terms, these generational preferences spell out a clear strategy for insurers: to cater to their customers' needs and expectations, a shift towards digital, personalized and multichannel communication is paramount.

Text communication, in particular, is a dominant preference among the younger generations. Insurers must adapt by ensuring their systems can handle text-based communication for services like claim updates, policy renewals, and quick queries.

Moreover, the use of banking apps across all generations highlights the importance of insurers integrating with such platforms to offer seamless financial transactions. Ultimately, insurers that embrace these digital preferences will not only improve their customer service but also drive customer retention and growth.

Consumer Expectations

In addition to text-based communication, Gen Z and Millennials also have high expectations for digital self-service options.According to a study by Accenture, 78% of Gen Z and Millennials expect to be able to interact with their insurers digitally, including making payments, filing claims, and accessing policy documents.

Additionally, these generations highly value user-friendly mobile apps that make it easy for them to manage their policies on-the-go. At the same time, less than 25% of respondents reported satisfaction with the digital offerings of their insurers. Despite this, 32% of Millennials stated they purchased car insurance online, emphasizing a strong preference for digital options.

It's worth noting that there are generational differences in digital health adoption as well, with Gen Xers (those aged 35 to 54) at the forefront of patients wanting to manage their health with mobile apps​​.

This goes against the grain of many stereotypes that state millennials and Gen Z are the only generations embracing technology.

What does it mean for insurers?

These findings underscore a compelling need for insurance companies to overhaul their digital strategies. Insurers must prioritize enhancing their digital offerings to cater to the expectations of Gen Z and Millennial customers. This could include developing intuitive mobile apps for policy management, enabling digital payments and claims filing, and providing easy access to policy documents online.

Additionally, leveraging text messaging and instant messaging platforms for communication can lead to more efficient processes and higher customer satisfaction. Those insurers who fail to adapt may risk losing relevance in an increasingly digital market landscape, particularly among the younger generations.

These statistics underscore that a significant portion of individuals, irrespective of their age, now prefer digital interactions and transactions, highlighting a universal shift towards a more digitally-oriented society. The narrative that digital adoption is the sole domain of the younger generations falls apart under scrutiny. As digital platforms continue to evolve to be more user-friendly and accessible, the age barrier in digital adoption is progressively diminishing.

The broad spectrum of digital adoption across generations not only debunks the age myth but also implores businesses and service providers to foster a more inclusive digital environment. By understanding and catering to the digital preferences and needs of all age groups, businesses can build a more robust and inclusive digital ecosystem that transcends generational boundaries. This inclusive perspective not only enriches the digital experience for individuals across the age spectrum but also propels society towards a more digitally integrated future.

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Gitit Greenberg
Gitit Greenberg

Gitit Greenberg is VP Marketing at EasySend. Gitit is a marketing leader with a demonstrated history of working in the internet industry. Skilled in B2B marketing, analytical skills, market research, management, teamwork, messaging, and startups, Gitit is responsible for EasySend's branding and messaging.