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  • FNB wants to put a tablet in people’s hands for under R100 a month

    South African banking giant First National Bank (FNB) is continuing its big device push with the announcement today that it will now offer a tablet to its customers for R99 per month. As is the case with most of FNB’s smart devices, the tablet — a seven-inch Lenovo Ideatab — will be paid off over 24 months interest free and qualifying customers will receive 500mb data a month. It’s clear however that the bank is hoping to target a slightly lower market segment with this particular device. “The addition of the Lenovo Ideatab to our device range means that...

  • Don’t burn your wallet: why SA hasn’t reached its mobile, cashless future (yet)

    When it comes to technologies that have failed to deliver on the hype that preceded them, it’s pretty difficult to beat mobile money in South Africa. Following the rise of MPesa in Kenya, everyone thought South Africa, with its massive mobile population, would follow suit. While few would have dared to say it at the time, there was a sense of expectation that, within a few years, everyone would have abandoned cash and would be paying for things on their phones. Boy was that wrong. A number of factors hindered the growth of mobile money in the country, including restrictive...

  • FNB’s RB Jacobs Twitter account goes rogue with Afghanistan bomb tweet

    Whoever was manning the Twitter account for RBJacobs, FNB’s corporate voice, is probably in serious trouble this morning after sending out a Tweet that left members of the public shocked. After being asked what had happened to “Steve”, the controversial character from a long-running campaign by the bank, the account replied by suggesting that he was “some where in Afghanistan, putting a bomb under a wheelchair and telling the cripple to run for it!” WTF??? RT @Rbjacobs: @gormleystuart He's some where in Afghanistan, putting a bomb under a wheelchair and telling the cripple to run for it! — Cindy (@cindybindyZA) April...

  • 2014 is going to be big: big data gathering, social sharing, content marketing, UX optimising big!

    We’re officially into 2014 and we are looking forward to the potential that the online environment provides to the business community. 2012 and 2013 were a serious learning period for many large and small companies. We have seen the rise of online giants, the fall of some who once were giants (never mistake the power of being inappropriate or having a lack of cerebral interaction in posting a tweet) and, finally, acceptance of the impact digital can have on a company and its bottom line. Further to this for me is the integral understanding that many corporate businesses and agencies...

  • FNB, Paperight come out tops in SA innovation index

    Want to see real examples of innovative South African companies? Then take a look at First National Bank (FNB) and publishing startup Paperight. The two companies came out tops in the inaugural Accenture Innovation Index in South Africa. According to Accenture, the Innovation Index aims to “measure, promote and reward innovative ideas and commercial concepts across the public and private sectors in the South African marketplace”. It was launched, the New York Stock Exchange listed company says, “to promote business growth and the development of new, sustainable enterprises that will spur job creation”. Each entrant completed a questionnaire that captured...

  • Branded utility: why it’s not just about apps

    Branded utility is not just a tool or tactic — it is far greater and how a brand perceives marketing as an integral part of their service and offering to their customers. Offering a branded utility app or service is about being able to provide something of value, for free, that improves, facilitates or makes life easier for the user. Branded utility is much than just marketing — its core idea is to give something away in order to gain people’s attention, time and trust. By using this concept, we can offer useful services or products that use digital...

  • Does your email campaign have a mobile strategy? Here’s why it should

    My dad would always know who to blame for the high phone bill each month by looking at the wall opposite to where our telephone stood. Only one person in my house could lean his feet against it and make those footprints. My big-foot brother. I, on the other hand, hated the phone. As a visual person, I found talking on it quite awkward. But, those days are long gone and mobile technology has won my heart. Without speaking one word, I can email, SMS and access all social networking platforms from one single device. I’ve noticed my feelings...

  • FNB banking app gets more tablet friendly

    First National Bank (FNB) today launched a revamped version of its banking app, tailored specifically for tablets. The bank was the first in South Africa to launch an app in 2011, with its major competitors all eventually following suit. The new tablet app has most of the same features as the smartphone banking app, in addition to a spinning sphere which FNB says will provide you with access to product information and news. The bank also claims that the app “is customised to make the most of the inherent touch functionality on your tablet device” and that its interactive nature...

  • Absa launches its app, becoming the last big South African bank to do so

    Absa has officially launched its smartphone banking app, making it the last of South Africa’s major banks with such an offering. The app, which is available on Android and iOS, includes a number of traditional online banking features, as well as a GPS-based ATM locator and branch locator and the ability to send airtime or cash to people using the phone’s contacts. One feature that it didn’t really go into much depth on was the image library. We can’t find anything from Absa’s official channels explaining why it might be useful either. Absa claims that the app’s launch...

  • Steve Wozniak: FNB innovations are ‘game-changing’

    Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak has described the innovations put out by South African banking giant First National Bank (FNB) as “game-changing”. Speaking at the bank’s annual leadership conference, Wozniak said he was impressed by the kind of thinking he saw in action at FNB: I have addressed many conferences, but this is one of the first where I felt that I was so impressed by financial innovations, some of which we have...

  • New FNB app feature set to bring timeline love to your expenses

    This is interesting. Those notification SMSes you get when from your bank whenever money leaves or enters your account could soon be a thing of the past. South African banking giant FNB says that it’s looking at converting the notifications into push messages that will appear on its smartphone and tablet app. The move could potentially save the bank millions of Rand a year in SMS fees. At this point however, there...

  • Standard Bank quietly launches mobile banking app

    The mobile banking wars are hotting up. Just a day after Nedbank released a beta app to its staff, fellow South African banking giant Standard Bank quietly slipped out one of its own. The app, which is currently available for iPhone, Android, and BlackBerry launched yesterday without any official announcement from Standard Bank. The launch comes just under a year after First National Bank (FNB) launched the country’s first mobile banking app. Like FNB’s effort, Standard Bank’s app comes with a number of the functions people would be familiar with from internet banking, including the ability to: View...

  • Standard bank claims ‘world first’ with NFC-enabled debit card

    Standard Bank has rolled out what it claims is the world’s first bank card to include both NFC and debit card functionality. The so-called Muvo card was developed in partnership with the South African bank’s business development centre and innovation incubator Beyond Payments. The debit card functionality will come from Mastercard, which has given the card the go-ahead. Beyond Payments claims the dual-function card “is believed to be a world first in the realm of cashless payment technology.” The product was designed to meet the specifications of the country’s National Department of Transport. This is because the first members of...

  • Who will win the mobile payment wars?

    Mobile payment has been a massive technology talking point over the past two years as hardware manufacturers wizen up to the fact that more can be done with their products and banks realise that going to an ATM or, even worse, the actual branch is not high on their clients’ priority list. The uptake in mobile payments is largely Africa’s fault: the majority of people with a mobile phone don’t have access to normal bank accounts; scarcity of resources has led to innovation. According to Portio Research, the number of people using their mobile phones is expected to skyrocket to...

  • FNB launches GeoPayments, officially this time

    When First National Bank (FNB)’s GeoPayments service leaked earlier this week, we were fairly impressed. Now the banking giant has officially gone live with it we can give the full low-down. In an official press release, the company confirms that the new functionality uses location-based services. It claims that it can “locate other users, within close range, to make safe and secure cashless payments without the need of their bank account...