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Marketing and Finance (MAF) Podcast

Aug 11, 2016

Neal Cross: Is direct to consumer the key to protection insurance market growth? - MPAF97

In this episode, I talk to Money Supermarket's Neal Cross.

Is direct to consumer the key to protection insurance market growth.

Welcome to episode 97 of the Marketing Protection and Finance Podcast.

Who Neal Cross?

Neal works for Money Supermarket on strategy for protection digital insurance comparison services. His overall aim is to give his customers the best online experience, across all device types.

What you'll hear about in this episode:

  • Customers are after content explaining protection options
  • Indicative quotes are important. People want an instant idea how much protection will cost
  • Digital technology allows us to engage with customers better
  • If we have to underwrite we need to make evidence collection easy and convenient
  • The Protection Distributors Group is going to champion the customer experience
  • Which providers and distributors are at the front of product and service innovation?

Links and Show Notes.

For links to the books and apps mentioned by Neal, please visit for the show notes.

What is the Marketing Finance and Protection (MPAF) Podcast?

It’s the Podcast for Financial Services Professionals looking to share business ideas and inspiration in the world of Marketing, Protection and Finance.

The MPAF Podcast is a 30 minute audio show you download from, iTunes or Stitcher Radio. Each week I’ll be interviewing financial services providers, advisers, experts and journalists.

Interviews to listen to in the car, on the train or on the treadmill.

The main focus of the podcast is on what we can do to make finance more accessible to the consumer and how financial services professionals can develop and promote their businesses.

We’ll look at financial services products, interesting business models and campaigns with an emphasis on the following:

Marketing – talking about how financial services professionals can develop and promote their businesses using traditional marketing tools but focussing on modern content marketing and social media techniques.

Protection – talking about life insurance, critical illness, income protection and other protection products

Finance – talking about pensions, platforms, savings and investments

My aim is to make sure that you will get one or two big business ideas that you can apply to our own business.  Whether it is a sales idea, advice idea, product tweak or simply an app that is worth looking at.

I’m your host, Roger Edwards.

A marketing guy from Edinburgh I help people like you with your marketing strategy, content and social media. Until I set up my own business I was in and out of senior marketing roles in UK Financial Services Companies for two decades. Some of you might remember me as the Marketing Director and Managing Director of Bright Grey and Scottish Provident.

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Fancy Appearing on the Show?

Would you be interested in appearing on the MPAF Podcast? Are you working on a new proposition, campaign or a business model you want to talk about? Do you fancy drawing out some inspirational business and marketing ideas that MPAF listeners can take away to use in their own businesses? Do please contact me if you want to get involved.