SAN FRANCISCO July 12, 2011
Using RepairView, customers who have filed a claim with Esurance and have their car repaired at one of the 1,000+ Esurance-approved E-star repair facilities nationwide can monitor the entire car repair process from any computer or smartphone and share the photos on Facebook Non-Esurance consumers can access RepairView on their desktop computer and enjoy the same Facebook-sharing functionality.
Once a user connects RepairView to a Facebook account, the most recent repair photos post automatically to their Facebook Wall. This exclusive feature provides consumers a unique mechanism for sharing their photos with their social networks. Esurance is the first car insurance company in the industry to integrate this unique technology into Facebook.
RepairView offers customers a better claims experience. Recent Esurance statistics found that:
- In the first quarter of 2011, consumers that used RepairView rated their claims experience nine points higher than those that did not.
- Consumers who take advantage of the RepairView integration with Facebook have their car repair photos viewed seven times more often than those who don’t (1).
- Women aged 35 and over, in particular, find RepairView’s Facebook integration particularly useful: the number of female users in the 35+ demographic who used RepairView via Facebook outnumbered male users by eight percent during the first quarter of 2011.
Esurance, a subsidiary of White Mountains Insurance Group, Ltd. (NYSE: WTM), provides personal auto insurance direct to consumers online and through select agents, including sister company, Answer Financial. Esurance is dedicated to constantly improving the way people shop for, buy, and manage their auto insurance. By combining the best of technology with industry know-how, Esurance is able to offer hassle-free coverage with 24/7 customer service and claims handling at competitive prices.
www.answerfinancial.com May 2011
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February 3, 2011