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Business News/ Brand Stories / Life Insurance Trends: Decoding Customer Preferences in the Digital Age

Life Insurance Trends: Decoding Customer Preferences in the Digital Age

To better understand this evolving landscape of life insurance and consumer preferences, let's dive into the insights revealed by Techmagnate, a leading digital marketing agency, in their search trends report.

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Life Insurance Trends

India's life insurance sector, ranking 10th globally, is one of the fastest-growing sectors. This strength isn't by chance - it's fueled by two key engines: rapid digital adoption and an understanding of changing customer preferences.

Anyone connected to modern living knows that Indians use their smartphones and mobile devices to search for their needs. Now, most of these journeys begin with a simple Google search, whether they’re searching for mundane household items or researching information for important life decisions - like finding life insurance plans.

In 2024, understanding customers' wants is no longer a luxury but a necessity. Some Indian Insurtech companies are already leading the charge by integrating customer preferences smartly into their digital marketing strategies.

To better understand this evolving landscape of life insurance and consumer preferences, we dive into the insights revealed by Techmagnate, a leading digital marketing agency, in their search trends report.

The Life Insurance Search Trends Report from Techmagnate provides insightful data about the life insurance industry, from the most searched keywords to the top brands, ultimately revealing what this data says about the people looking for the products on offer.

Life Insurance Trends in India: Riding the Digital Wave

Embracing digital processes in the insurance sector has transformed the entire industry. From streamlined online applications to readily available policy information, these innovations have made life insurance more accessible and user-friendly than ever before.

The report shows that, in 2023 alone, the number of ’life insurance’ searches jumped by 10.30%, highlighting the growing preference for digital convenience.

Sarvesh Bagla, CEO and Founder of Techmagnate says, "We examined 27,800 keywordsin the life insurance sector and discovered intriguing search patterns. We found new brands gaining popularity in search volumes and learned about the preferred budgets for life insurance. These insights are essential for brands to understand evolving customer preferences for targeted campaigns in digital marketing."

Life Insurance and Customer Satisfaction: Putting People First

Life insurance trends on the rise are not just about technological advancements. There’s a growing focus on prioritizing customer satisfaction like never before. Strong risk management practices and commitment to timely claim settlements build trust and confidence in the industry.

Initiatives like simplified communication channels and grievance redressal mechanisms further demonstrate a focus on understanding and addressing customer needs by brands.

Decoding Life Insurance Trends from Techmagnate’s Report

So what exactly do peoples’ search patterns reveal about the life insurance landscape?

For one, long-established brands are continuing to capture people's attention and search preferences; a mobile device must become a marketer’s best friend, and connecting with people within close range of local branches and local languages will be a game changer.

Let’s take a closer look.

Brand Powerhouses

In the search for the best life insurance plan, certain brands stand out as trustworthy and go-to providers. The Life Insurance Corporation of India (LIC) leads the chart in terms of search volume (68.86L in 2023), followed closely by Max Life Insurance (11.87L in 2023) and HDFC Life Insurance (11.46L in 2023).

These brands have consistently dominated search results and established a stronghold in the minds of their customers, which is reflected in their search volumes.

Get the full list of top-performing brands and platforms from the report.

Beyond the Giants

Techmagnate’s report shows a notable trend in search behavior. Most people continue to search for specific insurance companies, making up 91.81% of searches. Moreover, users also directly look for well-known insurers like LIC or HDFC, names they already know or trust.

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Top 10 Keywords

However, there's also a rise in searches for broader terms, not tied to specific brands. These searches, like "best life insurance"or "term insurance benefits," indicate a growing interest in exploring different options. Users are opening up to considering various insurers and comparing the market before deciding.

Mobile Matters

As more and more people rely on smartphones for their daily tasks, including managing their finances and insurance, a user-friendly mobile app is mandatory for brands.

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Search Volumes for Life Insurance App

LIC Digital went from 31.91 thousand searches in 2022 to 40.97 thousand in 2023, marking a 28.39% growth. Similarly, HDFC Life Insurance App's searches increased from 16.15 thousand in 2022 to 19.41 thousand in 2023, a growth of 20.19%.

These apps like LIC Digital and HDFC Life Insurance App have seen significant growth in search volume, highlighting the importance of mobile-first strategies.

Thinking Local

Another intriguing insight from the report is the prevalence of "near-me" searches in the life insurance domain. "Near-me" searches have increased by 32.10% from the previous year (2022).

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Near Me Searches

This surge indicates a growing preference among consumers to find insurance services in their local area. With such searches comprising 99.29% of brand-related queries and 0.71% of non-brand queries, it's clear that local search preferences are becoming increasingly prominent in the industry. This emphasizes the importance of prioritizing local SEO for insurance companies and engaging with potential customers effectively. Incidentally, leveraging their brick-and-mortar location is also how these companies can gain an edge over Fintech disruptors.

A similar trend is seen in the personal loan industry. With an overwhelming market share of 99.62%, non-brand local searches continue to be the predominant driver in the personal loan trends.

Vernacular Language Searches

Vernacular search volumes, representing searches conducted in regional languages such as Tamil, Gujarati, and Hindi, increased by 19.06% in 2023, reaching 11.18K searches compared to 9.39K in 2022.

This growth indicates a rising preference for vernacular searches, emphasizing the importance of catering to diverse linguistic preferences in digital marketing strategies.

The Future of Life Insurance

Harnessing the power of search insights is paramount for insurance companies to stay ahead of the curve. By understanding emerging trends in life insurance sector, evolving customer preferences, optimizing digital experiences, and prioritizing mobile accessibility, insurance providers can better cater to the needs of their target audience.

The Life Insurance Search Trends Report from Techmagnate offers a valuable roadmap for navigating this dynamic landscape. Armed with some unique insights, the industry can tailor offerings, enhance its digital presence, and build stronger relationships with its customers.

Remember, in the digital age, the customer holds the search bar - the key to unlocking their trust and loyalty lies in understanding what they're searching for.

Disclaimer: This article is a paid publication and does not have journalistic/editorial involvement of Hindustan Times. Hindustan Times does not endorse/subscribe to the content(s) of the article/advertisement and/or view(s) expressed herein. Hindustan Times shall not in any manner, be responsible and/or liable in any manner whatsoever for all that is stated in the article and/or also with regard to the view(s), opinion(s), announcement(s), declaration(s), affirmation(s) etc., stated/featured in the same. The article does not constitute financial advice.


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Published: 08 Mar 2024, 08:02 PM IST
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