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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

Now you can insure and compare insurance to help protect your domestic worker and their loved ones

Hippo.co.za, South Africa’s leading comparison website for insurance and other personal products has just launched a new online comparison service to help consumers find the best value insurance for their domestic worker.

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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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