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Nedbank opens card analytics to business customers

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Nedbank has released the Nedbank Market Edge analytics tool that enables merchants and other businesses to gain business intelligence and insights into client behaviour through big data.

The emergence of big data has become one of the biggest game-changers for businesses today, yet without an easy way to access this information business owners are simply unable to reap the benefits and risk being left behind by their competitors.

In response to this need, Nedbank has announced a data analytics tool, Nedbank Market Edge, enabling merchants and other businesses to gain business intelligence and valuable insights into client behaviour through big data. Nedbank Market Edge “seeks to empower Nedbank card-accepting companies to develop informed strategies on the back of their own big data, by utilising a multi-layered, user friendly dashboard that draws data from client’s card transactions”.

Market Edge provides the user with a number of tabs, ranging from transactional overviews at holding, brand or store level, to share of wallet and client loyalty information. This tool provides businesses with geolocation information about the reach of an outlet into client markets, enabling them to analyse and determine key trends as well as the changes in their client’s behaviour over time, making it easy to develop real-time responses. It also provides a breakdown of clients’ spend patterns, income segmentation, gender and age demographics.

Chris Wood: Head of Emerging Payments, Strategy and Regulatory at Nedbank, notes that Nedbank Market Edge has been especially designed as an innovative value added service to build on the core acceptance capabilities already provided to the bank’s card merchants through a broad range of strategic information. ‘These are real benefits for businesses, allowing them the much needed time and effort to focus on growing their businesses.’

According to a study conducted by the McKinsey Global Institute, big data has the potential to increase net retailer margins by as much as 60%.

Wood says that packaging big data as a service to its customers is one of many ways that Nedbank is challenging traditional business models and product offerings. Many businesses seek transactional or behavioural data about their clients, using surveys or other data capturing methods to build up a view. Market Edge™ intelligently packages this information in an easy to consume online tool, aggregating all card transactions passing through a Nedbank point of sale device.

As such, this tool is vital to understanding ‘foot fall’ to help with optimal management of staff shifts or strategies to stimulate and attract new clients at quieter periods of the day. ‘Inadequate staffing can result in unintended consequences such as reputational risk and loss of sale. The cost of client acquisition for any business is difficult to manage in isolation of a retention strategy, more importantly; trying to regain lost clientele can be even more costly. Market Edge is designed to help eliminate this,’ concludes Wood.

The launch of Nedbank Market Edge forms part of the bank continued focus on small, medium and large enterprises aimed at partnering with businesses for growth for a greater South Africa.

‘We believe Market Edge will serve as a catalyst for businesses to build enduring relationships with their clients, stay ahead of the curve while taking their businesses to the next level.

Nedbank Market Edge is available to Nedbank card accepting businesses, whether physical or online.

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Deezer to host Hotstix’s Mandela tribute playlist

Deezer is celebrating Nelson Mandela on the centenary of his birthday by hosting a tribute playlist created by music legend Sipho “Hotstix” Mabuse.  

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Mabuse, a legendary figure in African music, first rose to prominence in the 1970s with his band Harari and later developed a name for himself as a solo artist. One of his best known songs was the global hit BurnOut in the 1980s.

The playlist takes the listener on a captivating musical journey through the life of Nelson Mandela.  It was compiled by Mabuse, who consulted with Mandela’s family and friends to ensure that the music would be relevant and accurate. The playlist also features commentary by Mabuse, which was recorded in his Soweto home.  

“I have tried to tell the story of the music that Madiba loved,” says Mabuse. “The Playlist excludes the time in prison obviously, as Madiba would not have had exposure to music in that time.  We have focused on the music we know he loved before and after that period. This recording was really an emotional journey for me, but an incredible opportunity to document these memories.”

The playlist features the music the young Mandela loved, such as The Manhattan Brothers, Solomon Linda, Brenda Fassie and Miriam Makeba.  It includes struggle songs from Chicco, Johnny Clegg, Hugh Masekela and Yvonne Chaka Chaka.  The playlist also includes Mandela by Zahara, one of the younger artists who caught Madiba’s ear.

Mabuse also offers stories of his own songs, such as Shikisha, a song greatly beloved by the former President.

“I was delighted to share my thoughts and hope the listeners enjoyed the musical journey,” says Mabuse. “Madiba did enjoy music immensely and we all have a purpose wherever we are in the world to celebrate culture and to learn from different cultures and music forms and styles.”

This playlist was inspired by the Nelson Mandela 100 campaign, calling on corporates and individuals to act as sources of inspiration and engage in conversation and action.

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Sports streaming takes off

Live streaming of sports is coming of age as a mainstream method of viewing big games, as the latest FIFA World Cup figures from the UK show. Africa isn’t yet at the same level when it comes to the adoption of sports streaming, but usage is clearly moving in the right direction.

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England’s World Cup quarter-final against Sweden was watched by just under 20 million viewers in the UK via BBC One. While this traditional broadcast audience was huge, it was streaming that broke records: the game was the BBC’s most popular online-viewed live programme ever, with 3.8 million views. In Africa, the absolute numbers are lower but the trend towards streaming major sports events on the continent is also well under way.

According to DStv, live streaming of sports dominates the usage figures for its live and recorded TV streaming app, DStv Now. The number of people using the app in June was five times higher than a year ago, with concurrent views peaking during major football and rugby games.

Since the start of the World Cup, average weekday usage of DStv Now is up 60%. The absolute peak in concurrent usage for one event was reached on 26 June, during the Nigeria vs Argentina game. The app’s biggest ever test was on 16 June with both Springbok Rugby and World Cup Football under way at the same time, resulting in concurrent in-app views seven times higher than the peaks seen in June last year.

The World Cup has also been a major reason for new users to download and try out the app. First-time app user volumes have tripled on Android and doubled on iOS since the start of the tournament.

“While we expected live sports streaming to take off, it’s also been pleasing to see that the app is really popular for watching shows on Catch Up,” says MultiChoice South Africa Chief Operating Officer Mark Rayner. “Interestingly, some of the most popular Catch Up shows are local, with Isibaya, Binnelanders, The Queen and The River all getting a significant number of views.”

With respect to app usage, the web and Android apps are the most popular way to watch DStv Now, with Android outpacing iOS by a factor of 2:1.

“We’re continuing to develop DStv Now, with 4k streaming in testing and smart TV and Apple TV apps on their way shortly,” says Rayner. “The other key priority for us is working with the telcos to deliver mobile data propositions that make watching online painless and worry-free for our customers.”

The DStv Now app is free to all 10 million DStv customers in Africa. The app streams DStv live channels as well as supplying an extended Catch Up library. Two separate streams can be watched on different devices simultaneously, and content can also be downloaded to smartphones and tablets. The content available on the app varies according to the DStv package subscribed to.

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