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CompareGuru's primary aim is to source and provide affordable product options to South Africans for Mobile, Broadband, Banking, Insurance and Travel. Through our independent research of all the markets, we are able to comprehensively provide you with side-by-side comparisons for you to make an informed decision.
  • Can brokers use robo-advice to their advantage?

    It seems every year there's a new development that threatens to make traditional financial advisers and insurance brokers obsolete. In the past few years it was the Retail Distribution Review (RDR) and the Protection of Personal Information Act (PoPI). So far, none have disrupted what some refer to as the 'dinosaur' of the traditional insurance industry. But a new foe has emerged in the form of robo-advice: automated algorithms and digital techniques to give consumers the advice and products they need sans advisor. Earlier this year, Lawrence Wintermeyer, Innovate Finance (the UK's fintech industry body) CEO, told Business Insider that robo-advice covers anything from execution right up to where a client has to sign...

  • SA consumers no longer willing to pay a premium for big name brands

    Prior to the arrival of the Digital era, marketers and advertisers gained insight into consumer sentiment via door-to-door visits, lengthy paper surveys and tedious questionnaires. Now, by simply scrutinising what consumers are searching for online – and more specifically – which search terms they are actually using, companies and marketers can get an accurate take on what consumers actually want (and what they are concerned about). “In recent years, people have been spending a significant portion of their budgets on mobile phones and connectivity, especially given the initial aura around brands such as Blackberry and Apple, coupled with the fixation...

  • SA consumers doing their product homework before purchase

    At a time when most consumers are spending conservatively, with a hawkish eye on every last Rand, value for money has become paramount. Long gone are the days when people sign on to mobile contracts on a whim, or buy insurance products at the behest of a smiling salesman. With deep-seated economic and political uncertainty prevailing, consumers are looking to inform themselves as best they can before spending a cent. “The good news for sceptical South Africans is that a host of new and sophisticated digital tools are coming online, giving people much-needed access to information,” says Ryan Marx, CEO...

  • CompareGuru set to simplify financial services for SA consumers

    Launches new site with advanced features and real-time services.  For most time-constrained South Africans, choosing between financial products and service providers is a laborious and challenging task. Despite the increasing access to all sorts of information online, it remains a complex and daunting process to sift through various product offerings, pricing structures, terms and conditions, etc. “This complexity is especially problematic when trying to choose between products and providers in the mobile, banking and insurance spheres, where contracts are often filled with jargon and consumers are understandably wary of hidden fees,” explains Ryan Marx, CEO of CompareGuru, a site which draws...

  • What is Edtech and why it matters

    Digitalisation has impacted every aspect of modern day life, from communication to finance, but there is one sector that has been largely overlooked - education. For over a century, learning models have remained the same with educators relaying information and ideas to students who sit and listen (one hopes) and then supplement that with information found in physical textbooks. Thanks to the rise of mobile technology, that learning module is slowly changing with students now utilising tablets to make their lessons more interactive, at least that’s the idea. The current problem with this structure is the devices being used. Tablets are primarily...

  • The impact of mobile technology on business

    Mobile technology has had a massive impact on business, allowing you to cut the cord but still be as productive as if you were sitting in an office the entire day. When it comes to setting up a small or medium business, or even venturing out as a freelancer, there are devices that can help make your life easier. Smartphones Smartphones have become the Swiss Army knife of technology, having replaced multiple devices. In the past, businesses didn’t allow you to bring your phone to the office, however now; your phone has the potential to be your most vital tool. One of the most...

  • Silvertree Internet Holdings, Africa’s premier internet platform and leading recruiter

    Cape Town:  Silvertree Internet Holdings, founded by Manuel Koser, Peter Allerstorfer, and Paul Cook, is Africa’s premier Internet platform with countless benefits and growth opportunities for prospective employees. After just three years of active investment in Sub-Saharan Africa and beyond, Silvertree Internet Holdings currently invests in over 10 companies across South Africa, Nigeria, Kenya and Ghana; and boasts around 300 employees with 3 million unique users visiting their various online platforms, per month. Within the last year, Silvertree Internet Holdings also achieved one of their greatest successes thus far through the acquisition of PriceCheck (previously Naspers owned). Together with CompareGuru and...

  • Netflix: What do South Africans think?

    With the announcement of Netflix launching in South Africa a few months ago, it might have seemed like a belated Christmas gift from America. But has the novelty seemingly worn off quicker than one would expect? There are plenty of reasons why the excitement of Netflix in South Africa seems to have died down. For one, there are not many South Africans who are fortunate to enjoy the luxury of cable TV, never mind...

  • Introducing the Compare Africa Group

    The Compare Africa Group, officially created earlier this year, includes CompareGuru, PriceCheck, and ShoppingFeeder. Funded, in part, by Silvertree Capital, the three CEOs are Ryan Marx (also CEO of CompareGuru), Kevin Tucker (also CEO of PriceCheck), and Andrew Lynch (also CEO of ShoppingFeeder). CompareGuru, originally known as Click n Compare, started as a marketplace for consumers to combine all their financial needs in November 2013. Operating from South Africa, Nigeria, and Kenya, CompareGuru is based on The Guru (animated mascot), a financial services expert, readily available to provide tips and advice to users. “We have come a long way in the...

  • Click n Compare, Transforming the Online Comparison Space in 2016

    Click n Compare – soon to be CompareGuru – an online financial services comparison platform is geared up to take on 2016 with full force. The company, which originated in November 2013, is funded by Silvertree Capital and gaining momentum with every month that passes by. Based on the Money Supermarket model in the UK, the brand aims to become a one-stop financial hub for South Africans from all walks of life. With the many highlights of 2015 behind Click n Compare, the company is excited to experience even more in the coming year. As already mentioned, the brand is...