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Over the past year, the numbers of consumers shopping around continued to rise. Home insurance shopping rates reaching a peak of 79.2% between August and November, while Motor rose to a high of 86.2% between May and July. 


How can brands capitalise on these almost unprecedented levels of promiscuity?

While we know consumers primarily consider price and cover, they are increasingly open to input from other sources. Recommendations — whether from friends, family, review websites or awards — have a part to play in the final decision, and in the digital economy this is more so the case than ever.who do consumers trust image.png

Consumer opinions are not only easier than ever to find; they also carry the greatest weight. According to our survey of over 2,000 adults, 43% of people trusted other customers’ feedback, compared to only 19% as a level of faith in ‘industry experts’.


We are therefore delighted to reveal the top 10 insurance brands in the UK for Customer Recommendation*, as voted for by the most important judges consumers. These providers have impressed their customers enough to make them not only willing to stay at renewal, but also willing to recommend the brand to others.


Top 10 brands for customer recommendation


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*Listed alphabetically 


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*Listed alphabetically 
Every year, using our Insurance Behaviour Tracker, we survey 24,000 motorists and the same number of householders to find out what they think of the brands from whom they have bought a policy. On a scale of 1 to 10 (with 10 being the highest), we asked them how likely they would be to recommend their insurer to friends and family. These are the results.
The Numbers
The average scores for the Top 10 brands were 7.9 for Home, and 7.8 for Motor. Across the market we saw average scores of 7.7 for Home and 7.5 for Motor, with the top performing brand for Home scoring 8.4 and Motor scoring 8.5.

Overall performance scores have seen little change over the past three years, with just a slight decline for Motor compared to the 2016 results.
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There are a number of brands who have moved in to the Top 10, with four new entrants for Motor: A-Plan, Nationwide, Post Office and Sheilas’ Wheels; and three for Home: Direct Line, Prudential and Swinton.

In addition, there are four brands who feature in the Top 10 for both Home and Motor: Direct Line, Nationwide, NFU Mutual and Sheilas’ Wheels.

In the majority of cases, brands achieving Top 10 status for Customer Recommendation won other awards, with Customer Satisfaction being the most common partner.

From our research and experience we have identified three ways to improve the likelihood of customers recommending their insurance provider.

1. Use customer feedback to identify issues and improve performance

With so many different ways to gather customer feedback, there really is no excuse for a brand not asking customers for their views. It’s not enough, however, to collect feedback alone; it needs to incorporated into the planning process to ensure that issues are identified swiftly, and action taken to improve performance. The Liverpool Fire on New Year’s Eve is one such example. Some insurers took a pragmatic view and agreed to retain no claims bonuses, and our research found that 71% of consumers would recommend their insurer as a result.
2. Benchmark your performance against the market and identify opportunities to improve

For all organisations, service and performance metrics are core to maintaining competitiveness. Internal measures are vital to keep on track, but looking externally also provides a wider perspective. Brands can use benchmarking such as net promoter scores to understand where they sit in the market, to identify best practices, and use this as part of their continuous improvement cycle.
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This does not need to come only from within the industry in which they are operating. Looking at other sectors, including retail, can help identify new opportunities and standards to aim for. The rapid rise of digital-native and consumer-centric startups, or Insurtechs, illustrates this point. 
3. Find ways to reward loyal customers
For most customers, the process of shopping around at renewal is not a task they relish. Making it easier to stay with their current provider is a win for consumers, and should also be a win for the brands themselves. In our research, we have found that in a market where three in four consumers shop around on principle, some brands are able to achieve auto-renewal rates of over 50%. We also found that 57% of consumers do not currently feel rewarded by their insurer.

Loyal customers not only stay longer with a brand and recommend it to others. They are also more likely to buy more products, which increases their lifetime value. It’s a triple whammy, but insurers must do more to encourage this behaviour and not assume by standing still, consumers will simply stay. They need genuine incentive, whether it’s an outstanding customer experience, enhanced cover, or a more competitive price. Increasingly, these solutions will need to be tailored to the individual.

We congratulate the winners and everyone involved in delivering excellent service to their customers and gaining the ultimate recognition from them: recommendation.
Find out which insurance brands made the top 10 in the UK across our award categories. 

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