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Senior Market Sales Partners with Loyal Christian Benefit Association to Launch New Medicare Supplement Insurance Plans in 6 States

OMAHA, NEB. (PRWEB) September 17, 2014

Senior Market Sales (SMS) today unveiled its latest exclusive product offering – Medicare Supplement insurance plans by Loyal Christian Benefit Association (LCBA). Six states have approved the plans: Arizona, Kentucky, Montana, Nebraska, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island. Approvals are pending in nine states.

The launch marks the first foray into Medicare Supplement for LCBA, which serves more than 32,000 members in 28 states and the District of Columbia with life insurance, annuities and funeral pre-arrangement funding products. Founded in 1890, LCBA is a fraternal benefit society, a non-profit organization that returns earnings of its financial products to member customers and their communities in the form of direct member benefits and support of local community service projects.

SMS partnered with LCBA as the exclusive distributor of LCBA’s Medicare Supplement insurance plans. SMS has been a leader in the Medicare Supplement market for more than 30 years and has evolved into a full-service insurance marketing organization offering Medicare Advantage and Medicare Part D, annuities and life, long-term care, dental and travel insurance among other products and services.

“Independent agents selling LCBA’s Medicare Supplement through SMS will appreciate LCBA’s telephonic applications, because they provide on-the-spot underwriting decisions, freeing up the agent to produce more,” said Dwane McFerrin, SMS’ vice president of Medicare Solutions. “It’s an attractive product by itself, but we’re especially excited to see how well it will do when combined with the support that only SMS offers independent agents.”

Agents who work with SMS have access to insurance experts, lead programs, field-tested direct mail programs and proprietary technology that includes online quoting and contact management.

“LCBA chose to partner with SMS because of its success and leadership in the industry and its reputation for supporting independent agents who are dedicated to finding the right product for their clients’ needs,” said Doug Tuttle, LCBA’s CEO and president. “We know from our roots dating back to 1890 that people want to work with organizations that give back to their communities. We wanted to partner with an organization that could help us serve even more people and more communities. SMS has that reach.”

LCBA offers members value-added benefits at no extra charge, including:

Donation of $ 75 to the qualified church or charity of the member’s choice after 13 months as an LCBA member
Scholarship opportunities
Discount program benefits (identity recovery assistance after ID theft, prescription savings program, hearing aid discounts and more)

Agents wanting more information on LCBA’s Medicare Supplement can visit http://www.lcbamedsupp.com or call SMS at 1-877-888-9996.

About Senior Market Sales

Senior Market Sales is a national insurance marketing organization, representing top Medicare Supplement, Medicare Advantage, annuity, life, long-term care, and travel insurance carriers in all 50 states. More than 30,000 independent insurance agents rely on Senior Market Sales for proprietary technology, competitive insurance products, expert training and service to help them leverage their time, make more money and put their business in a position of distinction. Founded in 1982, Senior Market Sales is headquartered in Omaha, Neb. Visit http://www.SeniorMarketSales.com for more information.

About LCBA

Founded in 1890, LCBA (Loyal Christian Benefit Association) is a fraternal life insurance society: a non-profit corporation that operates under the “common bond” of Christianity and returns earnings from the sale of financial service products to its member customers and their communities in the form of direct member benefits and support of local community service projects. Like for-profit life and health insurers, LCBA offers insurance products and is chartered in accordance with and under the supervision of state insurance law. LCBA is based in Erie, Pa.

Senior Market Sales, Inc. and Loyal Christian Benefit Association are not connected with or endorsed by the United States government or the federal Medicare program.

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HummingBoard challenges Raspberry Pi in the tiny computer market

The maker community is growing and with that growth more companies are jumping on the opportunity to create the hardware that will be assimilated into the next DIY project. While Raspberry Pi has been one of the pioneers in the space, there’s a new challenger, the tiny HummingBoard. The HummingBoard micro-computer from SolidRun, like the Raspberry Pi, is an ARM-based naked board. But even though it cost $ 10 more than the Pi, it touts more power. It has a 1GHz ARMv7 processor while the Raspberry Pi only has a 700MHz ARMv6 processor. It’s also scalable to dual core, something the Raspberry…

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Selling Condoms in China? How Going Social Helped Durex Win the Market.

Source: recode.net – Wednesday, July 02, 2014
Reckitt Benckiser Want to sell condoms in China? It isn’t easy. Just ask Reckitt Benckiser , the British consumer-products company, which in 2010 acquired Durex, an iconic 85-year-old brand that sells slightly more than a quarter of the world’s condoms. Durex already held a 30 percent market share in China, but the market was small, as only one in 10 sexually active Chinese used condoms. RB set out to grow Durex sales , but quickly realized that the strategy that had worked everywhere else was not going to work in China. The company could not get premium pricing for its condoms, as counterfeit knockoffs flooded the market. Neither could it get consumer attention — advertising was just too expensive in China. And high distribution costs made it impossible to sell the product outside the largest cities. The Chinese marketplace was a daunting challenge: “It was January, and they already knew that they weren’t going to make their numbers for the year,” said an industry observer. Realizing that it would not succeed, RB abandoned its previous approach and went for a complete strategy overhaul with an all-social and all-digital strategy. And within three years, the new way of doing things created a massive win for Durex. Sales jumped threefold, as prices went up, the overall market for condoms grew, and the company’s market share soared to 45 percent. RB’s experience demonstrates how powerful a well-crafted and sharply executed social s

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FuelBand and other hardware discontinued, development team fired as Nike seeks to exit wearable tech market

Source: 9to5mac.com – Friday, April 18, 2014
Nike has decided to get out of the wearable technology market entirely, according to a brand-new report from CNET . The company is said to have come to the conclusion that fitness software has a more stable future at the company, leading to the discontinuation of the FuelBand and other wearable fitness products and the firing of most of the 70 employees currently working in that division. This announcement comes only weeks before Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference, where the company is expected to show off its upcoming Healthbook application as part of the next generation of iPhone software in anticipation of iWatch hardware coming later this year. Nike’s new strategy will put it more in line to compete with Healthbook as an application rather than the actual iWatch device. To facilitate wider adoption of its fitness software, Nike will be opening an API for developers to integrate with the Nike+ service later this year. As CNET points out, Tim Cook is a member of the Nike board and a FuelBand user, so perhaps the two companies have a broader partnership in the works following the launch of Apple’s iWatch this year. Apple and Nike have long been allies, as evidenced by the various Nike+ accessories and integration provided by older iPod models, and the inclusion of the Nike+ app on the stock iPhone operating system—though it’s disabled by default. Filed under: Tech Industry Tagged: fitness , FuelBand , Hardware , iWatch , Ni

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WeChat isn’t planning to make money outside of China (yet), sees US as ‘hardest market’ to crack

Messaging app WeChat (known as Weixin in China) hit the monetization switch last year and is already expected to rake in $ 1.1 billion in revenue this year. However, that seems to be limited to China for now, where Weixin has gone beyond engaging with brands to create ‘Official Accounts’ to form an m-commerce ecosystem which includes payments. The international market, on the other hand, has not progressed in this way — there are Official Accounts but no stirrings of an m-commerce ecosystem (think flash sales and payment mechanisms) on WeChat. Poshu Yeung, vice president of the international business group at Tencent, which owns WeChat, had…

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IE11 gains the most market share, and Chrome finally passes Firefox

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