Insurance Happy Hour

It's happy hour, and we're talking insurance.

About the show

Change in the insurance industry is speeding up. Consumers are also changing. Let's talk about industry news and trends, technology and marketing. Hosts: Becky Schroeder and Laird Rixford


  • Ellie Funt

    November 25th, 2020  |  Season 4  |  37 mins 32 secs

    There's an elephant in the room (and apparently a sugarcane field). Becky and Laird discuss this week's news of Zywave's acquisition of ITC. Plus, GM's entrance into auto insurance (and Laird's real concern with UBI) and an announcement.

  • A Sudden Shower of Tweets

    November 13th, 2020  |  Season 4  |  39 mins 36 secs

    It's a rabbit hole of Laird's unexpected tweet shower this week. Everything from speeding tickets to shiny new technology syndrome to what keeps him up at night.

  • Runs on Whiskey and Fritos

    November 6th, 2020  |  Season 4  |  43 mins 5 secs

    Home insurance customers – the most valuable group of customers to P&C carriers. How can agents attract them? Plus, Lemonade’s struggle to convert their renter customers into home customers and the fuel that powers this podcast.

  • 50% Content + 25% Random Thoughts + 25% Sarcastic Quips = 100% Insurance Happy Hour

    October 23rd, 2020  |  Season 4  |  35 mins 49 secs

    What is the number one insurance brand in the world? Becky and Laird discuss that brand plus other top 100 global brands, including what makes them great and how the pandemic has affected some of the top brands.

  • Happy Accidents

    October 16th, 2020  |  Season 4  |  32 mins 10 secs

    “We don’t really know where this goes — and I’m not sure we really care.” ~ Bob Ross

  • Let's Give Root Some Credit

    October 9th, 2020  |  Season 4  |  41 mins 49 secs

    Credit scores are not really an indicator of someone's driving behavior and risk. Yet a person's credit score is used to price their auto insurance. Not for one company. Plus, who is the smartest in the room?

  • How do you make Insurance Happy Hour better? Less of it.

    October 2nd, 2020  |  Season 4  |  40 mins 20 secs

    Becky and Laird streamline the show to its essence.

  • Die Offizielle Couch zum Oktoberfest Podcast

    September 25th, 2020  |  Season 4  |  35 mins 35 secs

    Two carriers; two different announcements. One is making an acquisition to diversify and better serve their market. One may be looking to sell off part of their book to better focus on what they do best. Plus, a rant from Laird (Shocking, I know) and Becky laments a loss caused by the pandemic.

  • Shopping for a Better Podcast Experience? Try Amazon

    September 18th, 2020  |  Season 4  |  40 mins 14 secs

    Welcome to season 4! Becky and Laird are back with their usual antics, rants, and side tangents. And some insurance talk too.

  • Like Everything Else in Life, Becky's is Better Than Laird's

    July 31st, 2020  |  Season 3  |  46 mins 40 secs

    Elon Musk is recruiting actuaries to be part of his "revolutionary" insurance company. Will Tesla actually revolutionize insurance? Plus, it was Becky's birthday this week and Laird gives a behind-the-scenes look at how his brain works.

  • Chitty Chat

    July 24th, 2020  |  Season 3  |  45 mins 10 secs

    How are you doing in the midst of this pandemic? Becky and Laird share what they've been struggling with and what is helping them during this global crisis.

  • It Starts With an Earthquake

    July 17th, 2020  |  Season 3  |  39 mins 56 secs

    Is it the end of auto insurance as we know it? Becky and Laird discuss the findings in yet another report about the end of auto insurance. Plus, more lessons from Professor Rixford... this week's topic: economics.

  • Getting What You Pay For w/ This Episode

    July 10th, 2020  |  Season 3  |  44 mins 1 sec

    It's happening! Walmart started an insurance agency. But. Is the sky really falling? Becky and Laird talk about Walmart's plans to sell Medicare insurance and the industry's fear of big companies like Walmart or Amazon entering the industry. Plus, more about Allstate and a history lesson in comparative rating from Professor Rixford.

  • Agents: Time to Bring Your Own Mayhem

    June 26th, 2020  |  Season 3  |  39 mins 49 secs

    Allstate is introducing a 7% discount on rates on policies bound online or over the phone instead of through an agent. Yeah. We were shocked too.

  • Are You Virtually Satisfied With Your Buying Experience?

    June 19th, 2020  |  Season 3  |  35 mins 27 secs

    J.D. Power released a study on auto insurance satisfaction that showed websites have surpassed agents in terms of customer satisfaction and loyalty Plus, Laird sounds off on virtual trade shows and #technicaldifficulties.

  • The Unicorn Formerly Known as Lemonade

    June 12th, 2020  |  Season 3  |  38 mins 35 secs

    In news that surprised no one, Lemonade's going public. Let's talk about it.