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Expanded Use of AI-Based WRAP Delivers Results

Our WRAP (Web-Based Robotic Automated Processing) system is continuing to increase efficiencies. WRAP now proactively searches for new policy information from the top 5 auto insurance carriers in the country.

Expanded Use of AI-Based WRAP Delivers Results

Innovations in Robotics Processing Continues to Increase Efficiency

Robot Icon WRAP stands for Web-Based Robotic Automated Processing, and it has delivered incredible results for State National’s clients since it was introduced in 2019. In fact, you could say that our AI-based bot “team” has started a revolution in automated insurance verification.

Before WRAP, our insurance verification staff had to complete all web-based verifications manually, by logging in to insurance companies’ websites to find the data they needed. But with WRAP, thousands of borrower accounts can be automatically updated in our proprietary InsurTrak tracking and reporting system every day, without any human intervention whatsoever. This frees up our human staff members, leaving them even more readily available to help our clients maximize results from their CPI program.

These hard-working software bots are fast, precise, and tireless — reducing bottlenecks, accelerating speed, and increasing accuracy around the clock. They hate inefficiencies and love serving our clients 24/7!

Continual Improvement — WRAP Just Keeps Getting Better!

Since our initial investment in WRAP, we have continually expanded its use to search for, locate, and update our systems with up-to-the-minute, real-time insurance information.

We could see right away that WRAP was delivering remarkable results, so we quickly started looking for other places to put this powerful AI technology to work. Our research showed that 40% of all auto insurance policies canceled with the top 5 carriers (Allstate, Farmers, GEICO, Progressive, and State Farm) were subsequently renewed with one of the other five. We also noticed that many borrowers who canceled with other carriers ended up also choosing one of these 5 leading companies.

So, in September of 2020, we programmed our bots to proactively search for new policy information within these 5 large carriers whenever we are alerted that any borrower’s policy has been canceled. This happens 3 days before a notice would have been sent to a borrower with a canceled policy — which means many notices that previously would have gone out due to lack of available information now just never happen.

Little Bots, Big Results

A month after putting WRAP into action in this new way, we saw about a 30% drop in these types of notices sent to borrowers, and we expect this percentage to increase even further in the months ahead.

To learn more about how our bots work for you, watch the video.

Today, WRAP technology is doing more than ever to increase efficiencies at State National. In fact, we also added some new bots to the team that can search for insurance on new loans as they hit the State National system — searching the same 5 carriers they do for cancellations. Early results show the bots are very busy, looking up over 70,000 new loans each month with a 20% success rate. This results in a significant reduction in notices and related customer noise while the borrower is free to enjoy their new vehicle.

Our Investment in WRAP Pays off for Everyone

While it’s too early to accurately measure the overall long-term efficiency of putting insurance cancellations and new loans through WRAP, we have a foundational understanding of what our bots have been able to accomplish since we initially onboarded them as members of our State National team.

Comparing 20 accounts from 2017 to 2020, our team measured paper notices, inbound calls, and uploads to our web-based insurance portal, MyLoanInsurance.com. The results? Impressive! Paper notices went down 16.1% and inbound phone calls down 25%. That means we were able to increase total insurance verifications by 76% without adding personnel — resulting in less friction and less borrower noise.

Not only that, but we’ve also been able to utilize bots to streamline our claims processes with InstaClaim, which automatically settles some types of claims in 6 seconds or less. Claims paid in seconds, with ACH payment initiated overnight, instead of waiting days or weeks? There’s simply nothing else like it in our industry.

The past several years have seen leaps in technology that have helped us optimize how we receive and process data, and we continue to look for more opportunities to speed up and streamline our workflows. In fact, we’ve got another exciting technology launching very soon, and it promises to be a game-changer. Stay tuned!

State National’s commitment to innovation continues to translate to a positive client and borrower experience credit unions, banks, and finance companies just can’t get anywhere else.

David Crawford
David Crawford
David Crawford joined State National in 1998 and was instrumental in the creation and leadership of the centralized Service Operations for Lender Services, overseeing the continued growth of the Document Processing, Contact Center, Account Services, and Product Support groups. In 2018 he assumed the newly created role of Vice President of Strategy & Innovation, where he is the primary interface between IT and business users. He is responsible for researching, selecting, and implementing technology-based solutions to further enhance service delivery both internally and to State National’s clients.

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Taking the Quest for Feedback to the Next Level In 2018, we went a step further and created the State National Client Advisory Council (CAC) to convene a group of some of our top clients to discuss issues that are critically important to them and to us. It’s a forum to share information, gain consensus on key topics, and collaborate with peers and partners to creatively pursue problem-solving strategies and growth opportunities for their institutions As I said in my last CAC blog, our intention in establishing the State National CAC was, and still is, to listen carefully to the voices and concerns of our clients, foster an atmosphere where collaborative insights can emerge, and allow our strategy and product development to be guided by those who will actually be using it every day. Specifically Designed to Add Value — For All Yes, the CAC is of great benefit to State National, because it gives us opportunities to deepen relationships with some of our closest partners, and align our organization more precisely with our clients’ perspectives. We get to hear both what’s working well as well as challenges they’re facing, not only in our area of expertise, but in all areas of their institution. As we’ve been known to say a time or two, we’re successful when our clients are successful — so anything we can contribute to help them grow and succeed ultimately contributes to our own success as a company. But it’s definitely not all about us! Our council was created with a true desire to provide members with tangible, real-world benefits that not only make it more than worth their time but also add tremendous value they don’t get from any other partner. But don’t take it from us — here’s what some of our current CAC members have to say: “By having open conversations about what’s going on in the marketplace with other credit unions who are going through the same things, I’m able to learn how others are attacking certain problems and I’ve absolutely taken some things back to my credit union and implemented them.” ~ Mike Shockley, VP of Lending, True Sky Credit Union, Oklahoma City, OK “It’s great to talk about emerging technologies or other ideas we can bring back to our specific credit unions and share with our leadership team — ideas we might otherwise not have been exposed to. The volume of information at a very high level that someone can obtain by joining the CAC is wonderful." ~ John Cotner, VP of Commercial & Mortgage Lending, Horizon Credit Union, Boise, ID “When it comes to topics like innovation and technology and AI, I think I've learned more from the CAC than I have by going to conferences and things like that, because you can really have more intimate conversations with your peers at the council, and State National does a great job of bringing in great presenters that really position the topics well, so it's easily understood as we're reviewing certain new innovations.” ~ James Bolin, SVP & CMEO, Silver State Schools Credit Union, Las Vegas, NV “One of the benefits of being on the CAC is not only meeting some of the participants from different parts of the country and having discussions, but I have also been able to take away two specific strategic business initiatives that directly impact the credit union that came about through my participation on the CAC, including one that is a multi-year strategic initiative.” ~ Steve McIntire, SVP, Enterprise Risk & General Counsel, SELCO Community Credit Union, Eugene, OR State National is a great partner. I'm glad they asked me to join the CAC because it gives me an opportunity to keep that partnership active and very vibrant. And I enjoy the fact that I get to see what State National is doing and what’s on their horizon and how it’s going to benefit not only my credit union, but the credit union industry. So it’s been really awesome.” ~ Karen Hoeppner, Chief Lending Officer, My Credit Union, Minneapolis, MN A Real-World Example of CAC Value The council’s 3rd quarter 2021 meeting provides an illustration of the tangible benefits of this ongoing collaborative sharing of ideas and insights. The council met in August in Irvine, California, headquarters of Filene Research Institute. Filene is an integral thought leadership partner for State National, and that partnership further extends directly to our CAC members. The business portion of the event was held at Filene’s innovative West Coast outpost. Dr. Bill Maurer, professor at UC Irvine, Director at the Institute for Money, Technology, and Financial Inclusion, and research fellow at Filene’s Center of Excellence in Emerging Technology, conducted a working session called “The Pandemic as Practice for a Less-Predictable Future.” Group discussion led to shared best practices on how credit unions can automate communication regarding the notice cycle, which improves their member perception of CPI. Participants also explored other risk mitigation strategies credit union peers are using and how they are approaching risk mitigation overall in light of the uncertainty and turbulence caused by the pandemic and other economic shifts. Relevant, Actionable Insights Following Dr. Maurer’s presentation and discussion, CAC members and SNC directors formed working groups to discuss business challenges related to highly relevant credit union hot topics, including data governance, AI implementation, and digital automation, including mobile. After a lively conversation and sharing of experiences, each working group was tasked with conducting further collaborative research into their group’s subject area. With their curiosity sparked, CAC members made plans to dive in together to produce real-world insights they can share with other decision-makers in their credit union. The groups will also present their findings at the Q4 CAC meeting in November. Personal Connections When the day’s work was over, members joined State National representatives for an enjoyable and relaxing evening outing. After the mental stimulation provided by the day’s deep dive into important credit union topics, it was nice to move to a casual setting on the water and interact on a more personal level, while enjoying excellent conversation and lots of laughter. Then, the next day, it was time to head back to their credit union homes, bringing knowledge, insights, advice, and inspiration with them as they work on their findings and look for openings within their institutions to leverage what they’ve learned. Discover More Are you a curious credit union professional, always looking to grow and give back to your organization? Do you enjoy bouncing ideas off like-minded people in your industry and get a little thrill when you see these synergies expand what’s possible for you and for them? Are you a believer in true connection with those you work with and mutually beneficial partnerships with your service providers? Contact Heather Clyde, State National’s Client Advisory Council Program Manager, at HClyde@StateNational.com to explore the possibility of council membership. “The CAC has exceeded my expectations. On a fun note, the group is great. My colleagues on the CAC and the staff at State National are all very enjoyable and very professional. State National does a wonderful job of putting the events together. They’re well thought out, well organized. I think it’s a great two-way relationship, the CAC. I think we’re benefiting State National, and they are certainly benefiting us.” ~ John Cotner, Horizon CU   “State National has always considered our clients as more than just clients — we truly do see each and every one of these connections as an authentic partnership. Our goal for client relationships is always more than transactional; we’re always going for a win-win situation and strive to evolve all of these partnerships to serve the long-term strategic business goals for both parties. Our CAC is growing to be a vital component of State National’s overall corporate strategy, and it’s very gratifying to see that it is already helping to serve the long-term strategic interests of our CAC members and their credit unions.” ~ Heather Clyde, Client Advisory Council Program Manager