COMPANY AWARDS (INSURANCE) | Sun Life Financial 永明金融
SUPPORT FOR THE
HONG KONG MARKET
Sun Life has been operating in Hong Kong since 1892, and it is this long-standing commitment to the region that has resulted in success with the insurer picking up three awards, including the Critical Illness product award, Broker Support Team award and Best Digital Marketing award.
Although Sun Life is renowned as a market-leader in comprehensive whole-life/savings products, the insurer has also developed new products that have proved disruptive in the critical illness space. In 2016, Sun Life launched two innovative insurance products – SunHealth UltraCare and SunHealth MaxiCare – that provide life-long coverage for a total of 132 critical illnesses and additional coverage for illnesses related to cancer, heart, stroke and diabetes.
Both products include features that are unique or new to Hong Kong. For instance, both products offer an “Early Stage Booster Benefit” which allows clients to claim 25% of the original sum assured, a maximum of twice from designated four early stage critical illnesses. Also, SunHealth MaxiCare offers up to 10 times the original sum assured coverage.
“We are not simply offering products; we are offering propositions that we believe are market leading and serve as the new benchmark, with the following key features: a competitive premium, comprehensive protection and unique features that are not offered elsewhere in the market,” said Jeremy Young, Chief Marketing Officer, Sun Life Hong Kong Limited.
The products also offer flexible premium payment terms of 5 to 25 years. Premium terms as short as five years are seldom offered in the market, and these payment options give clients maximum flexibility when planning for their financial future. Since launch, these two products have seen rapid customer acceptance and are widely viewed as driving other insurers to develop new critical illness products.
“To support the new proposition, we established a comprehensive 360-degree marketing promotion, incorporating both promotional and educational elements to help people understand the importance of good coverage. Innovative wellness programs, like our unique “Take Action for your Health” initiative also integrates seamlessly with this product offering, providing clients not only with financial protection against adverse health events but opportunities to improve their health outcomes.” added Young.
Since launch on 15 March 2016, a total of 4,261 policies were purchased with annualized first-year premiums, as of 30 July 2016. According to Sun Life, the plans are the leading product in its agency channel, with 34% of the total new business sales for Sun Life Hong Kong, while sales from its broker channel have also seen increasing momentum.
Sun Life has also been recognized for its broker support team at this year’s awards. By building strong partnerships with brokers developed from its “Winning Approach” framework – a bespoke broker support framework to ensure that Sun Life stands out in the market – Sun Life is able to create opportunities and maximize sales for its business partners by embracing their aspirations and nurturing a team culture.
Given that each broker has their own business models, business practices, product strategy and customer segmentation, Sun Life’s Business Development Team has been providing tailored product and service solutions for each broker firm, and it is here where their innovativeness has been fully demonstrated.
Sun Life has developed comprehensive platform online to streamline pre-and post-sales service for brokers and strengthen the support for clients. For instance, a web-based proposal system named Sun-Pro: policy approval status tracking and premium payment schedule available for checking on Sun Life intranet. They all help speed up Sun Life response to partner needs to achieve distributor and client-service excellence. As a result, policy approval lead-time has been reduced to T+2 working days while response times for phone inquiries are within T+0.5 working days.
The Business Development Team has also implemented a streamlined communication channel with its brokers, including frequent visits to brokers to carry out consultant meetings, product briefings, onsite support and workshops. It also offers digital communications to brokers, such as newsletters (i.e. News Flashes, Hot Tips, Daily Express) via email on both regular and an ad-hoc basis. Sun Life was also the first insurer in Hong Kong to set up a designated webpage for brokers (fi.sunlife.com.hk). Product launch events and relationship-building events including festive celebration parties, partner luncheons, and charity runs have also been organized on a regular basis.
Sun Life has also been recognized for its expertise in digital marketing. To tap rising demand for health and accident insurance in Asia due to an aging of population, Sun Life has launched a complete digital marketing strategy to tap into this customer segment. Part of the strategy includes the launch of a health and accident (H&A) product suite and a social media campaign to generate awareness and create buzz.
Differentiating Sun Life from its competitors, the company connects with customers on mobile platforms and social media to create awareness and increase customer engagement. The campaign has been rolled out in three Asian markets: Hong Kong, Philippines and Indonesia. Its objectives are to raise customer awareness on the consequences of illness and accidents on various life stages, identify their needs and develop an ice-breaking tool for advisers to engage on H&A with customers.
As part of the marketing execution of the campaign, the team utilized a “gamification approach” with multimedia content on social media to promote the product launch. The “SunHealth Quest” campaign was the first gamification approach in Asia and featured customer education tools over social media, adviser tools for customer engagement in client meetings and product information and a basic medical expense calculator on mobile phones. Sun Life also launched an “Adventure Game” with 4-levels with different scenarios which utilized eye-catching creative design and humor.
Digital marketing for Sun Life has also been integrated across various channels including mobile marketing, on Sun Life’s Facebook page, via apps available on mobile/tablet platforms (Android and iOS), a LINE promotion for mobile apps and viral animation on its YouTube channel. For example, followers and customers were invited to participate in a Facebook game where they received a promotional code after answering a quick Q&A relating to the short animation. As such, Sun Life was able to engage its customer base and leverage on the huge customer base on Facebook.
Sun Life also found that the launch of the mobile campaign has led to increased customer interaction and general awareness of health-related insurance products. Survey results from advisers also indicated that over 80% of clients are willing to listen and learn more about the product after downloading mobile apps, Facebook engagement on health-related topics increased by 120% and lead generation on company website increased by 120%.
According to Sun Life’s Young, the digital marketing campaign provided key lessons for the company, including that consumer mobile apps are an effective way to promote new products and the company, and it allows the firm to understand feedback and results from the campaign in a scientific way. Sun Life’s company image and agency engagement were also uplifted with the launch of the mobile and social media campaign, where the brand became younger and energized with a new presence on digital and social media.
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而為了進一步強化整個宣傳攻勢，團隊更為所有社交媒體內容實行「遊戲化」以作產品推廣。SunHealth Quest 宣傳活動正是首度在亞洲推出之遊戲化活動，當中包括應用社交媒體的客戶教育工具、會面時與客戶互動的顧問工具、產品資
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