Financial Services (105)
Insurers sell prevention
The Dutch insurance company Interpolis has opened an online prevention store. This store sells products such as fire safety sets, burglary alarms and other equipment that prevents possible disasters.
Why it matters
An insurer offering such products has huge relevance for consumers. It shows the brand is working in their favour instead of just trying to take money on their loss. Will more insurers begin to provide their customers with relevant products or services that reduce risk
and could this see a reduction in premiums too?
Creditors are using a new tool to find out who’s worthy of credit offers and who’s not – your social networks. Banks and credit issuers are taking advantage of the personal conversations made public by sites like Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn. But don’t rush to change all of your privacy settings right away. Most of the information is used inform creditors of offers you would be a good candidate for, or things you might be interested in because your friends are. But it can be used as a risk-management tool. Creditors find that people with good credit attract the like, while people with poor credit are often linked to others with a similar rating.
Caixa Geral de Depósitos has released a Zero Carbon Card, a unique bank card that gives its holders special benefits for the purchase of goods and services that are more energy efficient and environmentally friendly. A solution that aims to contribute to the reduction of carbon emissions and, at the same time, to reward consumers for contributing to a healthier world. The card also gives CO2 credits, meaning that the amount of money saved in the cash back programme is used in energy saving or energy efficient projects, generating credits that compensate for its owners’ inevitable emissions.