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  • You can now search for your next house within FNB’s mobile app

    South African banking institution FNB today updated its app with the ability to search for property. That's right, FNB is now expanding its reach into yet another market for consumers. This new feature -- called #House (with # seeming to be a new naming scheme in marketing) -- allows customers to look for home services, find property 'nearby,' and even check your applications online, among other things. It's all quite nifty for those wanting a house through FNB. Properties listed have a breakdown of bedrooms, bathrooms, garages, and floor area. They also have a detailed description of the property, mandate type, monthly...

  • FNB app gets mobile vouchers, coupons

    FNB on Friday announced a couple of new features on its app which sees the bank getting into the mobile voucher and coupon space. According to a press release sent out by FNB, the coupon feature is a combined effort with Shoprite Checkers EeziCoupons deliver in-store product coupons on the FNB Banking App. This, it says, means that FNB customers can get instant access to savings at Checkers till points. "Coupons are easy and simple for our customers. You browse through the coupons available on the FNB App while shopping, and view the discount per product in Rands. When paying for...

  • FNB Business Innovation Awards 2016 open for entries

    Entries for the FNB Business Innovation Awards for 2016 are now open. Supported by entrepreneur support organisation Endeavor South Africa and a second year running, the competition seeks to accelerate the country's successful and innovative businesses with the highest potential to grow onto the world stage. "The FNB Business Innovation Awards give these businesses a chance to unleash their full potential by demonstrating real innovation and changing the way an industry operates locally and/or internationally," said Mike Vacy-Lyle, the CEO of FNB Business, in a recent press release. "Endeavor’s extensive experience in working with high-impact businesses is perfectly complemented by FNB’s commitment...

  • FNB will give you eBucks when you ride with Uber

    South African bank First National Bank (FNB) has long carried the mantle of most innovative bank in the country, from offering smartphones and notebooks to enabling people to make cardless withdrawals. What better way to further instil this philosophy by partnering with on-demand taxi service Uber? As of 1 July, South African FNB clients will earn loyalty points, eBucks, by using the Uber app. The standard eBucks rules and features apply, such as up to 15% back in eBucks, and the usage of your FNB card. If you sign-up for Uber through the eBucks website you'll also receive R200 off...

  • FNB confirms mobile network plans

    This has been coming for a while. South African banking giant FNB has confirmed plans to launch its own mobile network, with SIM cards set to be issued to its customers. The move comes after months of speculation and is just the latest attempt by the bank to diversify outside of its traditional banking products. Currently FNB offers ADSL and 3G data rewards through its FNB Connect offering, which will now be expanded to include mobile voice and data products. The bank is already established in the telecommunications space with over 2 million customers topping up with airtime and bundles monthly...

  • FNB app now lets you make cardless withdrawals

    If you own one of the 1.2-million devices with an active version of the FNB banking app installed, you may be pleased to learn that you can now withdraw money from an ATM without using your bank card. Cardless ATM withdrawals have been available to FNB cellphone banking customers for some time now -- according to the South African banking giant, more than R2-billion has been withdrawn through cardless cash withdrawals -- but bringing the feature the app should make it significantly easier for smart device users. To use cardless cash withdrawals on the app, you have to: Launch the app ...

  • Three years on, FNB’s banking app hits the million device mark

    There's been plenty written about South African banking giant First National Bank (FNB)'s banking app. Rightly so too. When it launched in 2011, it was the first of the big South African banks to have an app which allowed its customers to do their banking on smartphone or tablet. A slew of innovations, along with a few potholes (geo-payments anyone?) in the intervening three years have catapulted it to a million device installs. In a release marking the milestone, FNB says that the fact that it's reached this point shows that South Africans are becoming more tech-savvy. “This milestone is testament...

  • 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...

  • FNB to give away a million eBucks to celebrate app’s third birthday

    Back in 2011, First National Bank (FNB) stole a march on its South African competitors with the launch of a smartphone and tablet banking app. In the three years since, pretty much every other bank has followed suit, with each trying to outdo the others in terms of unique features. No matter what happens though, FNB will always be able to claim the bragging rights for being first, something which undoubtedly helped it to being named the world's most innovative bank in 2012. To celebrate the app's third birthday, the bank is giving away a million eBucks (R100 000) -- its...

  • 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...

  • Ex FNB head honcho Michael Jordaan named Mxit chairman

    This is big. Former FNB CEO Micheal Jordaan has been appointed chairman of mobile social network Mxit. Jordaan, who retired from FNB after a decade in the top job, has close ties to some of the company's largest shareholders, having served as Rand Merchant Bank co-founder Paul Harris' personal assistant in the mid 1990s. “Having a business heavyweight of Jordaan’s calibre on the board of directors is no doubt a sign of great things to come from Mxit,” said Harris. In Jordaan's time as FNB CEO, the bank introduced a number of innovations -- it was the first in South Africa to...