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EXCLUSIVE: Visa gets personal with social media loyalty schemes

21st October 2014  | Finance

Visa is in talks with Google and high street banks to personalise loyalty schemes using social media – and the UK’s biggest payment card system says it plans to launch hyper-personalised loyalty schemes, possibly within 18 months. What it calls “hyper-individual marketing” will be much more attractive to customers, Visa believes. Splicing spending…

#MCS2014: Spotify looks to attract business subscribers to music streaming service

17th October 2014  | Innovation Technology

Spotify is looking to attract more business users looking to license music for shops and restaurants rather than add individual subscribers. The music streaming site has 10 million paying subscribers and another 30 million who listen to the ad-based version. “In some ways, the free version is too good,” said Adam “Sven” Williams, managing…

#MCS2014: Mobile technology is transforming the way people give to charity

14th October 2014  | Finance Marketing

Smartphones and tablet computers have transformed the way we donate money to charity, say Marie Curie Cancer Care and pledge site JustGiving.com. Marie Curie Cancer Care's head of digital Claire Hazle Sharing content such as selfies of doing charity stunts or news of donations raised especially increases donations. Nearly one third…

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Broadband access is the fourth utility, say tech experts

Builders need to incorporate broadband when planning housing developments, say technology experts. London mayor Boris Johnson announced plans this month for all office blocks to carry a broadband connectivity rating. Estate agent RightMove already lists broadband…

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Renewing the foundations of British construction

UK construction plc remains one of the most important sectors of the economy, yet it remains the most vulnerable when the economy takes a downturn. Building firms laid off 20 per cent of their workforce at…

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