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June 2015

Contact your insurer when these things change…or else

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa recently announced that road users will not receive their licence disks when renewing their vehicle licence if they have not paid their e-toll fees. Many road users were concerned with the impact this may have on their insurance cover.

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June 2015

More people are comparing and switching insurers online

Recent research conducted by Hippo.co.za shows that 60% of South Africans have changed insurers, 51% of whom have done so in the last two years. Almost half of the 51% have the same underwriting conditions as they had with their previous insurers.

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June 2015

Motorists can save despite petrol price increases

Motorists not only have to deal with e-tolls, increased fuel levies and the general price increases due to inflation, but also a further financial blow in increased petrol costs. According to the AA, a petrol price increase of between 48 and 52 cents per litre could be expected in June 2015.

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June 2015

Handy tools that help you save money

Beleaguerd South African residents will have to budget for additional rate increases such as an 8% increase in refuse collection, 12,19% increase in electricity costs, and 14% rise in water and sewerage in certain areas from 1 July 2015.

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May 2015

Five simple steps to choosing the best product/service online

More and more people are starting to use online comparison websites to compare not only prices, but also the benefits of the products and services. “Online comparison tools are there to assist consumers to make better financial choices. When shopping around for insurance or any product or service, money should not be the only factor that one looks at. There are various other factors to consider,” says Derek Wilson, Head of Hippo.co.za.

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May 2015

How easy is it to change/switch insurers?

“To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often.” This quote by Winston Churchill is one of many that encourage change. But is change really that easy? Why are people often reluctant to change especially when it comes to service providers?

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May 2015

Feel epic this winter by saving on costs

Winter is creeping up and so are unexpected costs that come with keeping warm during the cold months. Electricity usage is higher as more people are spending time indoors and use additional electrical appliances such as heaters and electric blankets to stay warm. With these increasing costs to consider, how can you save a buck or two this winter?

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May 2015

World Telecomunications and Information Society Day

World Telecomunications and Information Society Day (WTISD) was celebrated on 17 May 2015. The purpose of WTISD day is to highlight the importance of communication in society and to create awareness around the benefits of communication and information technologies to the people who use them.

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April 2015

Life insurance cover

Many think that life insurance is an unneccesary expense as the person paying for it will never benefit from the pay out of a claim. Life insurance is however inportant to have for those with dependents or businesses. When it comes to life insurance, there are various things to consider.

Derek Wilson, Head of Hippo.co.za, says, “ If you don’t have dependents you might not need life insurance, but you may need disability or dread disease cover. And if you aren’t in debt, life insurance can form an inheritance for your loved ones.”

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April 2015

Online comparisons: From books to insurance

Online platforms have allowed for people to access and compare from different brands and products in order to get the best deal. People are becoming increasingly aware of shopping around online. According to research done by Accenture, 30% of respondents are likely to switch their insurance within a period of 12 months. But what about the remaining 70%?

Derek Wilson, Head of Hippo.co.za, says, “Although online comparisons and purchases are increasing, many people are still purchasing insurance and financial products the old fashioned way – contacting different providers directly – which is a lengthier and less convenient way to compare quotes.

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April 2015

Pet Insurance

South Africans have varying relationships with their pets. Some use pets as an added security measure, but most consider pets to be much more valuable. According to statistics 85% of South African pet owners consider their pets part of the the family, 57% of pet owners regard their pets as their best friend and 81% of pet owners feel that pets are companions that prevent them from feeling lonely.

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April 2015

Electricity saving tips for winter

Winter is around the corner and the colder months usually mean an increase in energy consumption by South Africans. With a 13% increase in Eskom electricity tariffs from the 1st of July 2015 as approved by the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (NERSA) as well as the price of petrol rising to up to R12.83 for 95 octane petrol inland on the 1st of April 2015, South Africans will need to look at ways of saving this winter.

“As we head towards winter we must be cognisant of electricity usage in order to to assist in reducing the risk of load shedding. A collective reduction on the electricity load could make a difference,” says Derek Wilson, Head of Hippo.co.za.

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April 2015

Why insurers require your ID number

With increasing pressure on consumer finances with increasing electricity costs and petrol prices more an more consumers are looking to switch their provider of car and home insurance, their credit card or cell phone company. The insurance industry like most that provide financial quotations require your consumer personal details. But why is it necessary to provide your identity number to insurers?

Derek Wilson, Head of the online comparison website, Hippo.co.za, says, “The credit check done by insurers does not impact your credit profile in a negative way. Insurers require your ID number to run an ITC credit check in order to calculate an accurate insurance premium for you. This is their underwriting rule, and it is common practice with all insurers.

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March 2015

A more competitive market could mean higher profits for SA insurers

Economics Online defines a competitive market as one in which large numbers of businesses compete with each other to supply to the needs of a large number of consumers. With more and more people using the Internet to compare products and services and shop online, online comparison sites provide the platform for brands to move into a more competitive space.

“Although a competitive market poses the threat of decreasing prices, specifically in the South African insurance industry, there are positive factors as illustrated by Salisbury University’s Journal of Business and Economics Research*,” says Derek Wilson, Head of the online insurance aggregator, Hippo.co.za.

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March 2015

Buildings insurance: What to do in case of a fire

South Africa has been gripped by the #CapeFires with homes destroyed, as well as a well-known hotel. Planned evacuations saw to it that there was no loss of human life, but what if you are caught unawares?

Reports indicate the fires to have cost the city of Cape Town an estimate of R3 million so far. “Those whose homes have been destroyed may be able to claim for the costs from their homeowners insurance, says Derek Wilson, Head of Hippo.co.za, “But there are also ways to minimise the damage to your property and also ensure that resultant losses such as theft are reduced.”

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March 2015

Money Matters

“Although most think of insurance as an unnecessary cost, overall premiums could decrease if the pool of vehicle insurance contributors increases,” says Derek Wilson, Head of Hippo.co.za.

South Africa does not have a regulation for compulsory comprehensive insurance for vehicle owners. As a result many are left uninsured and at risk of the burden of repairing their own vehicle, and also that of the third party.

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March 2015

Switching insurers? What to expect when you make that call

Access to digital media and telecommunications services allow consumers to investigate a multitude of products, brands and competitors. Consumers therefore have the power at their fingertips to compare and switch from one brand to the next.

“Online comparison websites make it easier for South Africans to compare prices and assess the quality of products on offer,” says Derek Wilson, Head of Hippo.co.za.

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February 2015

State of Nation vs. State of consumer budgets

President Jacob Zuma’s speech at SONA 2015 touched on issues that directly affect consumers’ pockets such as the unstable electricity grid, rising fuel prices, and rising inflation rates.

“Whilst consumers may have experienced a drop in the price of fuel over the past six months, it is expected that fuel prices will soon go up again, which will put a strain on the already stretched consumer budget,” says Derek Wilson, Head of Hippo.co.za, the price and benefits comparison website.

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February 2015

February is a financial recovery month

More people experience the consequences of overspending during the holiday season. According to Year End Holiday Survey consumer trends indicated a cut on leisure and holiday expenses amongst South African households during the 2014 festive season. The survey further indicated that 66% of consumers prioritised essential household expenses such as groceries and electricity bills.

“School fees, stationery, groceries and other necessities such as fuel are some of the basic expenses people in during January. This means that February becomes the month for financial recovery,” says Derek Wilson, Head of Hippo.co.za the price comparison website

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February 2015

Post-holiday health paranoia?

The holidays are a time to reconnect with friends and family, take time out to relax and recuperate, and for many to visit new and exciting destinations. These destinations often come with added health risks such as becoming infected with yellow fever, malaria, typhoid and hepatitis A.

According to the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, 22% - 64% of travelers to developing countries report health problems and seek medical attention within 1 month of returning home. In some cases the symptoms can take months or years to appear. Visiting your doctor soon after visiting another country may be crucial to your health.

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February 2015

Take the time to understand your cover

According to Tom Tom South Africa, many South African road-users experience the frustration of spending extra time stuck in traffic. More time in daily traffic puts you at a higher risk of being involved in an accident. Luckily the cost of repairs is aleviated for those with vehicle insurance. Or is it? Have you or anyone you know experienced loss where the insurer did not pay out?

Recognising the importance of insurance cover is the first step. The next step is to take your time in understanding your cover to ensure that you will be compensated in the event of loss or damage.

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January 2015

Carpooling: What your insurer needs you to know

Saving more money is a common New Year resolution and a good practice to maintain throughout the year. With increasing petrol prices and tolls, and the issue of traffic congestion, carpooling could be an economical and less stressful way of getting to work.

“Lift clubs or carpooling may be profitable however it could affect your insurance cover as some insurers may classify it as business use and may repudiate a claim if you insured your vehicle under personal use,” says Derek Wilson, Head of Hippo.co.za, “It is important to inform your insurer of the exact usage of your car and whether you receive any remuneration from passengers.”

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January 2015

Start your year fresh by getting your finances into shape

A new year brings with it new resolutions, new beginnings and new possibilities. But it can also carry old baggage such as debt, high bills and other financial setbacks. In 2014, South African Banks have written off or planned to write off over R100 billion in debt.

Economic predictions for 2015 are that the fuel price will increase between 12% and 15%, taxes affecting individuals are likely to increase in February 2015, and above-inflation medical aid increases will also take effect.

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December 2014

Hippo.co.za takes Gold at POPAI

Last year, Hippo.co.za launched an intensive interactive media campaign, which won gold at the 2013 annual Assegai Awards.

This year, our campaign was nominated at the Point of Purchase Advertising International (POPAI) Marketing & Retail Awards and won two gold awards – one in the competition’s most prestigious category.

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December 2014

Hippo.co.za welcomes RDR proposals by Financial Services Board

The Financial Service Board (FSB) released the Retail Distribution Review (RDR)* on November 7th, 2014. The review is based on the framework of Treating Customers Fairly (TCF) and proposes 55 policy decisions in order to alleviate issues such as poor customer outcomes and mis-selling of financial products.

Derek Wilson, Head of the online quote and benefits comparison site, Hippo.co.za, says, “We welcome the proposals from the FSB’s Retail Distribution Review. As an insurance and financial services aggregator, we aim to align with the RDR objectives. The objective that really stood out for us was the new advice model, which aims to ensure affordable and fair advice to consumers on products and services across the whole market, enabling customers and service providers to benefit from fair competition.”

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December 2014

Helpful tips to make it through load shedding

People all over South Africa are affected by the recent power cuts since the implementation of stage three load shedding after the collapse of one of Eskom’s silos in Mpumalanga.

Derek Wilson, Head of Hippo.co.za, says, “Power cuts do not just cause inconvenience in terms of not having electricity, they can also cause irreparable damage your appliances. Make it through the load-shedding period with these helpful tips."

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December 2014

Safe driving this festive season

The December holiday is a special time for making new memories with friends and family. It is also a crucial time to be alert and safe on South Africa’s roads. Transport Minister, Dipuo Peters, announced 1 376 fatalities caused by road accidents during the 2013 festive season, with the highest number of fatalities in Gauteng and Kwazulu-Natal.

“South African news outlets have already recorded numerous accidents at the beginning of the 2014 festive season and many are encouraged to be extra careful on our roads,” says Derek Wilson, Head of Hippo.co.za.

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December 2014

An affordable Valentine’s Day

This coming Valentine’s Day you can look at less costly ways to celebrate the love. Valentine’s Day need not comprise of expensive gifts and moments of granduer.There are various ways in which you can share special moments with your partner whilst still going easy on your pocket.

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November 2014

Different cover for different stages – where are you at?

Student life, executive life, retrenched life. We could go on, and each stage has a need that online comparison site Hippo.co.za can assist with. Hippo.co.za has shared the report on adult life stages as illustrated by Nicholas W. Weiler and Stephen C. Schoonover, M.D.

At the early ages of 18-26, most young adults leave their home comfort zones to establish their independent spaces, finances and careers. Typically at this stage romantic interests, professional associates and peer groups are established.* Tentative or provisional commitments, such as buying a new car, are made.

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November 2014

Don’t let summer flings and fun end in tears

Summer flings. Summer fun. Hot dates with new flames. Time to show off that expensive handbag, new cellphone or new designer watch to impress the date. What happens when the fun gets out of hand and one loses or causes damage to any of the valuables?

Insuring your personal valuables, like your sunglasses, clothing and cellphone will give you peace of mind when stepping outdoors this summer. Compare quotes and update your “all risk cover”. This cover insures you for damage or loss to smaller valuable items carried on your person,” says Derek Wilson, Head of Hippo.co.za. At least 8 out of 10 Hippo customers have saved an average of R348* per month by comparing their car and home insurance online.

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November 2014

Does your holiday list include travel insurance to save you from holiday horrors?

The much needed holiday season is approaching and those with travel plans are busy finalising the last of their arrangements. Planning and going on holiday in an exotic destination is fun, but are you also prepared for the worst?

“Many travellers dismiss the importance of having travel insurance,” says Derek Wilson, Head of Hippo.co.za the free comparison website, “and the horror stories are real.”

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November 2014

Did you know you can now compare cover for these?

Most people are aware of insurance cover if they own a car, house, and business, or have a family to consider in the case of life and funeral cover. There are many South African insurance and financial providers who offer benefits that cover loss or damages to property or provide financial support in case of death or disability of the main breadwinner.

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October 2014

What to compare when considering buying property to rent

Many South Africans consider buying property to rent as an investment. However, Business Day reports that residential rental performance across the board has worsened since last year. This is due to people not being able to manage their credit agreements once an increase in the interest rate takes its toll. Renters and property owners experience this issue, and in many cases, those who consider buying will opt to wait until the interest rate starts to fall again.

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October 2014

Consumers can now compare and save on motor warranties

You can now compare motor warranties from a range of South African service providers on Hippo.co.za. When it comes to unforeseen damages to your vehicle such as those caused by accidents or bad weather conditions, vehicle insurance usually covers the repair costs. Other damages such as mechanical failure or electrical failures are however not covered by insurance. For these damages, you would need a motor warranty plan.

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October 2014

Why are medical schemes so expensive?

South Africans are often faced with circumstances that require medical care and private medical care is often preferred over public medical facilities. Many South Africans have access to private medical care through their medical aid schemes, which can be very costly.

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October 2014

Strange and unusual accidents and damages

Online and social media platforms as well as reality television shows are filled with videos of freak accidents that resemble scenes from Hollywood horror movies. Strange and unusual accidents can occur to anyone at any moment, and can involve damages to cars, houses and other types of property.

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September 2014

Time to get an upgrade?

Updating your cell phone every two years, or sometimes sooner, has become a norm for everyone. Updating your laptop, camera and even your game consoles also happen more regularly than say, updating your couch or one of your kitchen appliances. No one wants to be left behind in this digital savvy world we live in.

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September 2014

Driving tips during the rainy season

In South Africa, there are different rainy seasons for different provinces during the year, but each province has their own hazards during these times from Polokwane to Durban, Johannesburg to Cape Town.

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September 2014

Switching Brands: A new consumer culture.

We know brand loyalty is dwindling - but what impact has the digital world had on the growing traction of “the switching economy?” A lot according to Derek Wilson, Head of Hippo.co.za, SA’s leading insurance and financial comparison website.

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September 2014

Time to spring clean your home insurance cover.

Spring-cleaning season is here! The flowers are blooming, heaters and blankets will be no more, and it is time to declutter. Declutter your policies while you are at it, and make sure you have the best protection in place for what is arguably your most expensive asset.

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September 2014

Does your eyesight affect your driving ability?

The majority of South Africans are aware of the various risks associated with driving and the signifcant number of deaths on our roads. News24.com* reported over 1 370 fatal road accidents on South African roads between 1 December 2013 and 7 January 2014”.

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August 2014

Owners Vs. Tenant: Who insures what?

Whether you are a homeowner or tenant, home insurance is essential to have, but there is a difference in the type of home insurance required. Do you insure the structure of your home, or its contents? Are there aspects of each you need to consider depending on your position?

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August 2014

What would you do with do with an extra R5 000 a year?

With prices going up, everyone’s piggybanks are feeling it too. As a result, people compare price differences more accurately, especially online. Online quote comparisons are becoming more popular and Hippo.co.za recently conducted research which showed that at least 8 out of 10 people could save R427* on their car insurance when comparing and switching providers online. This means that one could save a total of R5124 in a year.

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August 2014

Does your postal code affect your household insurance?

More than 5 900 crimes are reported by the over 1 118 police stations in South Africa every day. According to 2013’s crime statistics, Gauteng is the leader when it comes to crime in South Africa, with Cape Town and Kwazulu-Natal close on its tail. Mitchells Plain in the Western Cape reports more crime than any other precinct in the country.

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August 2014

Compare and save on dental care

Many people get anxious when thinking about dental appointments. Since childhood, people have been dreading to go to the dentist and with adulthood the dental appointment is not the only daunting thought, there is also the matter of paying the high dental bills.

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August 2014

Hippo gives back to help our furry friends

Hippo.co.za, the online insurance and financial comparison website, recently donated their billboards to the animal shelter, Kitty and Puppy Haven in Midrand.

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July 2014

Holiday planning: Do you have everything covered?

Planning a trip for the December holidays needs to be done well in advance in order to secure accommodation before resorts and hotels are fully booked, as well as save on flights which become more expensive closer to the holiday period. But do you know you can now compare deals online?

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July 2014

Insurance Terms, In Layman’s Terms

Most people are aware of what insurance is and the nature of the type of insurance they are taking when insuring their car, home contents or cellular phone. There are however some insurance terms that can be mindboggling, and even some that many people are unaware of.

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July 2014

Electricity costs

Load-shedding is nothing new for South African citizens. But load shedding is one thing, power outages are another. Online consumer champion, Hippo.co.za urges you to protect your household items and save on costs.

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July 2014

News Alert: Consumer champion Hippo.co.za launches new app

Hippo.co.za have just launched the Hippo App, which will allow the consumer champion to extend its reach to South Africans with smartphones who want to compare, buy and save.

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July 2014

News Alert: Hippo.co.za brought you Chicago Fire – now they bring you Chicago PD

Online consumer champion, Hippo.co.za the comparison website which urges consumers to compare, buy and save found the perfect fit by sponsoring the popular Chicago Fire TV series on MNet.

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July 2014

Hippo.co.za launches new “edumercials” campaign

The online quote and benefits comparison website, Hippo.co.za, is launching a new advertising campaign around the features and benefits of online comparison.

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June 2014

Finding the right funeral cover to suit your needs

Buying funeral insurance cover can be a reality check. Plan for the unexpected and save your family the unpleasant reality of high funeral costs.

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June 2014

Hippo Calls for Compulsory Car Insurance

Car insurance is still seen by many in South Africa as an unnecessary expense. Those who consider car insurance as a ‘grudge purchase’ quickly realize its importance when they experience damage or loss to their car. Vehicles are amongst the most important assets and Arrive Alive indicates that a person is at great financial risk if he/she drives an uninsured vehicle. This is due to the multiple costs involved such as vehicle damages, medical expenses and liability to others, when one is involved in an accident.

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June 2014

Annual check-ups: From your doctor to your insurer

Derek Wilson, Head of Hippo.co.za says, “Blindly staying with insurance brands year after year, without comparing prices and benefits, could be costing you money.”

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May 2014

Hippo.co.za launches SA’s first SME Business Insurance Comparison Website

It is now possible for business owners to compare and buy insurance from multiple SME business insurers online. Carl Louw, Chief Marketing Officer for hippo.co.za says, “It is important that small and medium enterprises implement sustainable growth strategies for their businesses.

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May 2014

Beat the mid-year budget blues by comparing, switching and saving

South Africans have made their mark and voted for their party of choice, but have they thought about how to take control of their finances? Carl Louw, Chief Marketing Officer for hippo.co.za says, “Online comparisons are enabling consumers to take control of their finances by allowing them to make informed decisions in terms of their financial needs.

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April 2014

The switching economy

Due to the proliferation of digital media and consumers making use of the Internet to air their views and complaints, it comes as no surprise that the world is stepping into a culture of switching brands and services. Loyalty is no longer the most important factor in client-brand relations. Carl Louw, Chief Marketing Officer at hippo.co.za the comparison website says, “Consumers across the globe are realising how easy it is to switch, especially online.”

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April 2014

Motorists can save despite petrol price increases

Motorists not only have to deal with e-tolls, increased fuel levies and the general price increases due to inflation, but also a further financial blow in increased petrol costs. South African motorists have seen yet another petrol hike in April. Fin 24 indicated, “The increase is due to movements in the crude oil prices, international petroleum products prices, the rand/US dollar exchange rate... and the self-adjusting Slate levy...”

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April 2014

Get by with a little help for your furry friends

As with most daily expenses, taking care of your pets does not get any cheaper. Whether you are already a pet owner, deciding to get that cute little pug in the pet shop or adopting a furry feline, the costs of taking care of your pet are an important consideration, which brings us to the growing market of pet insurance.

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April 2014

No pain in comparing medical aid and insurance cover on hippo.co.za

As with any insurance cover, medical aid and other health insurance products and services are available in various shapes, forms, sizes and prices.

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April 2014

Hippo.co.za engages flight users at OR Tambo airport

Waiting long hours for a flight at OR Tambo airport got a little more interesting recently. Instead of warming the bench at the terminal, travellers visited the hippo.co.za kiosk to compare medical aid, car, home, life, business and funeral insurance quotes.

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March 2014

Bad weather brewing in 2014?

First Sun International announced retrenchments, then Naspers said they were shutting down some divisions, followed by Edcon’s retrenchment announcements.

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March 2014

Are you really getting the best holiday deals?

The first school term has almost ended and the April holidays will soon be here. So, will you take a family road trip to Mpumalanga, a weekend away to visit the grandparents in sunny Durban or a couple’s R&R?

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October 2011

You need the Hippo!

In January, Upstream Advertising, hippo.co.za's marketing and advertising division, approached their above-the-line agency, human.kind, as well as social media and experiential activations agency, NATIVE, to create a campaign that focused on bringing the character behind the hippo.co.za product offering to life.

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September 2010

Let the hippo help you find the best insurance deal!

When it comes to getting the best deal on insurance and getting a solution that fits your needs, you have to shop around.

That’s the advice of www.hippo.co.za’s general manager Amanda Thomas

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September 2010

Don’t bark at pet insurance

If you own a pet, a visit to the vet is inevitable because pets, just like children, get sick and get into incidents which result in them injuring themselves.

Research by a pet insurance company in the UK shows that each year, one out of every two pets requires veterinary treatment following an injury, illness or accident. The study also found that 12% of cats and dogs under the age of three suffer from medical conditions which can recur or cause illness later in life.

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May 2010

Best price doesn’t always mean best deal

When it comes to getting the best deal on insurance and getting a solution that fits your needs, you have to shop around.

That’s advice from www.hippo.co.za’s general manager Amanda Thomas.

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April 2010

DE AAR resident takes to the sky

For Des Pansi, champion Paraglider and De Aar resident, the sky is the limit!

This year she finished 16th overall in the South African Paragliding Cup. She also qualified for the first leg of the Paragliding World Cup which took place in Pocos De Caldas, Brazil in March 2010 as well as the second and third legs of the World Cup in Japan and China

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January 2010

Aggregator sites will help drive online insurance sales

“Since the launch of www.hippo.co.za in 2007, which at the time was the country’s first and only internet insurance aggregator site, a number of other price comparison sites have been born. Usage of these sites is really gaining momentum. They’re a growing force and insurance companies vying for consumer attention in a highly-competitive market can’t afford to ignore aggregator sites like www.hippo.co.za as a channel for marketing and selling insurance products,” she says.

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