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Save £270 in 10 seconds - comparethemarket.com launches new tool for instant energy price comparison

-comparethemarket.com introduces a major update to its Snapt energy app to now include a QR code reader
-Supports Government introduction of compulsory QR codes for all energy bills, introduced on 1 July
-Households can compare best tariffs in under ten seconds, simply by scanning QR code using Snapt


comparethemarket.com has launched a major update to its energy comparison app – Snapt – enabling people to scan the Quick Response (QR) code on their energy bills simply by pointing their smartphone’s camera at the code.

According to Ofgem, the majority of energy suppliers are now legally required to include a QR code, containing a customers’ tariff and consumption data, on all bills from 1 July 2015. The requirement has the potential to revolutionise the energy market, by making it clearer and easier to compare tariffs online and switch provider.
Snapt scans the code and uploads this data directly from people’s bills. This information is automatically fed into comparethemarket.com’s comparison engine.

At the press of a button, consumers can compare the best energy tariffs on the market – the entire process takes roughly ten seconds. Households stand to save, on average, £273.56 on their annual energy bill by switching. 

Commenting on the launch of Snapt’s QR code reader, James Padmore, Head of Energy at comparethemarket.com said: “The energy market is broken. Consumers struggle to make sense of energy bills and too many remain on uncompetitive tariffs because they are unsure of how to compare deals based on their current usage and expenditure. The introduction of QR codes, led by DECC and Ofgem, is a positive move and significant step in the right direction to help fix the market’, and our updated app will help to maximise its potential.

It is vitally important that, beyond simply including them on bills, energy companies clearly communicate the purpose of the codes. Using QR codes effectively will give more people the confidence to compare tariffs and switch to the best one, possibly saving themselves hundreds of pounds.

This is a major step-change by the energy market and we are proud to be one of the first providers to offer QR code scanning of energy bills. We have harnessed our technological innovation to produce a first class comparison service that is simple, quick and fun to use.”
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Over 3 million Brits are sitting on unclaimed cinema ticket savings 

Have you purchased an insurance policy or switched energy through our site in the last year? You are likely to have automatic access to Meerkat Movies!

In April 2015, we introduced the biggest ever cinema deal,  Meerkat Movies 2 for 1 cinema ticket every Tuesday or Wednesday for a year. All existing customers (people who have used comparethemarket.com to purchase insurance or switch energy) were given automatic membership for up to 12 months from the date of purchase.*

With a summer of blockbusters on the horizon, people are being urged to check if they are one of the three million Brits who already has access to Meerkat Movies, entitling them to take a friend to see a film, every Tuesday or Wednesday, at participating cinemas across the country.

Cinema tickets cost an average of £6.72 , so if a customer were to take full advantage of the 2-for-1 offer every week for a year, they could save over £349.44, effectively watching 52 free movies.

To start saving on cinema trips, you simply need to download the Meerkat Movies app and follow the simple steps. Once registered, a shake of the phone unlocks the week’s 2 for 1 cinema ticket voucher code. Meerkat Movie members can also visit comparethemarket.com to print and redeem the code.

The Meerkat Movies app generates a new code from 00.01 every Thursday for use the following Tuesday or Wednesday to allow cinemagoers to plan in advance rather than having to wait for the redemption day to access their voucher code.

Enjoy the magic of the movies! 
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A quarter of Brits check their phone 50 times per day and are glued to their mobile for 16 hours a week

- Brits spend an average of 2 hours 13 minutes per day on their phone
- A fifth of Brits even check their phone while on the loo
- One in ten would sacrifice time with their loved ones rather than lose their phone 

The mobile report commissioned by comparethemarket.com to mark the launch of its new mobile tariff comparison service has found that we are a nation of phone addicts who can rarely go for more than 15 minutes without checking our phone for messages, news and updates.

Eat, sleep, phone repeat 

Nearly a fifth of Brits (18%) wake up and check their mobile as their first priority and a quarter of the nation go on to look for updates on their phone a further 50 times before the day is done. In bed, rather than snuggling down with a book or partner, almost 1 in 3 (29%) Brits admit they use their mobile phone before nodding off. And should people wake during the night, 14% admit they’ll check their mobile again before drifting back to sleep.

Daily dose of data

Brits spend an average of 2 hours and 13 minutes using their phone every day, totalling nearly 16 hours per week.

On average only 31 minutes of this is spent on traditional phone calls and texts per day, or a total of 1 hour 52 minutes across the space of a week. Over an hour a week is spent using mobile phones as a mirror and taking selfies.

1. Social media (2 hrs)
2. Phone calls (1hr 52)
3. Texting (1hr 45)
4. Emails  (1hr 45)
5. Music (1 hr 38) 
6. Shopping (1 hr 31) 
7. News sites (1 hr 10) 
8. Checking sports results (50 minutes)
9. Online banking (56 minutes)
10. Look back over old photos (42 minutes) 
11. Take selfies (35 minutes)
12. Use the reverse camera as a mirror (35 minutes)
13. Dating sites (35 minutes)

Always on 

As a nation we are so committed to the online world we access through our mobiles that a fifth of Brits (20%) even use their phones on the loo. 29% of Brits juggle their virtual connections alongside those they spend physical time with – 18% while at the pub with friends or 11% in a restaurant. The mobile report found respondents also used their phones in conjunction with watching TV (49%), eating  (19%) and working out at the gym (7%).

Mobile nation 

Behind the constant updates, emails and posts, our mobile phone usage is being driven 
by FOMO (fear of missing out) (22%), a desire to be entertained (22%,) the need to be connected (25%) and the belief that there is an expectation to keep on top of messages and emails (20%).  

Brits will go to extreme lengths to avoid mobile black spots, with 6% of the nation claiming they actively avoid areas where they know the phone signal is bad. An average of 16% of Brits also admit that they feel anxious if their mobile phone runs out of battery or they don’t have signal.

Prized possession 

One in ten Brits rate their mobile phone as their most prized possession, with 5% believing their social life depends on their phone.  Over in four people, 26%, would give up sweet treats in order to keep their mobile phone and a fifth would give sacrifice alcohol rather than access to their phone. 12% of people would forgo lie ins and 8% would even give up sex rather than take a mobile detox.

James Padmore from comparethemarket.com said: “We are more dependent than ever on our mobile phones which it why it’s so important to shop around to make sure you’re on the most cost efficient tariff for your needs. We hope our new mobile phone tariff comparison service will help consumers save money on the best mobile deals.”

For more information on how you can save money on your mobile, car or home insurance, visit www.comparethemarket.com.
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These people are thieving scum - Don't trust them! They offered a free toy which I never got and after asking where it was they said, 'Nothing to do with us'. And if they have to drop to this level to get people to use them, they must be really bad! I wish I hadn't. The only reason I've kept my home insurance is that it just happened to be with my own bank. This people are scum!
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Arnold Schwarzenegger’s debut with Meerkats  
New advert celebrating the arrival of Meerkat Movies, 2 for 1 cinema ticket offer, stars Hollywood a-lister Arnold Schwarzenegger (and Aleksandr Orlov!) 

TV viewers are in for a surprise as legendary actor Arnold Schwarzenegger makes his debut alongside popular meerkat Aleksandr Orlov in the first advert for comparethemarket.com’s Meerkat Movies. 

The advert sees Aleksandr and Sergei in the movie capital of the world, Hollywood, on a studio set tour using a golf cart to speed off from the group. 

The pair drive through a range of film sets causing chaos whilst coming up with the idea of offering 2 for 1 cinema tickets on Tuesdays or Wednesdays (another of Sergei’s great ideas that Aleksandr has taken all the credit for!) before physically bumping in to Hollywood royalty, Arnold Schwarzenegger. 

The 60 second advert, featuring Arnold and Aleksandr, will be shown for the very first time on ITV1 at 7.45pm during the ad break of Coronation Street. Fans will need to tune in to see just how the Aleksandr and Sergei’s encounter with Arnie unfolds.  

New comparethemarket.com customers who have purchased a qualifying product can benefit from 12 months access to Meerkat Movies from today, with 2 for 1 cinema ticket redemption on Tuesdays or Wednesdays available across the UK*. Redemption is via a voucher code on the Meerkat Movies app, which is available to Apple and Android users, or via the comparethemarket.com website. Existing comparethemarket.com customers received exclusive early access to Meerkat Movies from 19 March** 

comparethemeerkat.com founder, Aleksandr Orlov, said: “I decide to rewards peoples of the United Kingdoms for know difference between comparethemeerkat.com and comparethemarket.com. Peoples love the movies and with so many great films in the makings this year, Meerkat Movies seem perfect membership idea for comparethemarket.com customers. It was very great honour for Mr Schwarzenegger to work with me. He is huge superstar; I reckon he at least 6’2”. I am hope to get many more calls for starring role in movie films following my standout performance.”
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comparethemarket.com has unveiled ‘Meerkat Movies’, a new customer rewards programme giving a more flexible 2 for 1 cinema ticket offering following last month’s final ‘Orange Wednesday’. The five million existing comparethemarket.com customers will have automatic access to Meerkat Movies membership from 19 March prior to the nationwide launch on 3 April.

In partnership with Cinema First, the industry body that represents film distributors and the cinema industry, Meerkat Movies is comparethemarket.com’s biggest customer rewards offering since the successful launch of Meerkat Toy Collection in July 2011.

The deal offers 2 for 1 cinema tickets every Tuesday or Wednesday for a whole year by simply buying a qualifying product with comparethemarket.com*. This could be as little as switching a credit card or purchasing a single trip travel insurance policy which on average costs just £25.44 -  making it one of the most generous rewards programmes available.

The Meerkat Movies customer rewards programme will be rolled out nationwide on the 3rd April with 2 for 1 cinema ticket redemption available across the UK from 7 April via a code on the Meerkat Movies app, which is available to Apple and Android users. 

comparethemarket.com Marketing Director, Mark Vile, said: “We are in the business of saving consumers time and money and now we're rewarding them with membership of Meerkat Movies, our new generous added value loyalty programme.  This is the biggest step change for the brand since launching the Meerkat Toy Collection in 2011 and reinforces our commitment to rewarding our customers.

Meerkat Movies opens up the exciting world of film for us and allows us to offer our customers the magic of movies for less every Tuesday and Wednesday for a whole year.”  

ODEON’s commercial director, Andy Edge, said: "A trip to the cinema is one of the most popular ways to enjoy a night out in the UK. It's going to get even more popular because there are dozens of stunning new films coming up, and Meerkat Movies 2 for 1 cinema tickets offer will give film lovers an amazing value deal.  

“We look forward to welcoming Meerkat Movie members on Tuesdays and Wednesdays to sit back and enjoy the latest films in all their glory on the big screen.” 

Consumers can sign up for Meerkat Movie membership from 3 April by purchasing a qualifying product with comparethemarket.com. Existing comparethemarket.com customers will have exclusive early access to Meerkat Movies from 19 March. 
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A new partnership between Gary and the nation's favourite meerkat Aleksandr Orlov could be headed to our screens.
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2 for 1 cinema tickets  - ‘Appy days’

Take a friend to the cinema for free every Tuesday or Wednesday for a whole year with Meerkat Movies, available exclusively through comparethemarket.com 

Meerkat Movies is the must have app for film lovers, granting 2 for 1 access to all the latest blockbusters every Tuesday or Wednesday for 12 months.

The app is available to download for Apple and Android users who have purchased a qualifying product through comparethemarket.com*, meaning you can save on your cinema tickets when you switch insurance or energy through the leading price comparison website.

And with cinema tickets costing on average £6.72**, if you were to take full advantage of the 2-for-1 offer every week for a year, you could be saving over £349 a year, effectively watching 52 movies for free!

To start saving on cinema trips every week, you simply need to download the app, log in using your comparethemarket.com account details, and if you have purchased in the last year with comparethemarket.com, you’ll be asked to shake the phone to unlock that week’s 2 for 1 cinema ticket voucher code.

The Meerkat Movies app generates a new code from 00.01 every Thursday for use the following Tuesday or Wednesday so cinema goers can plan in advance rather than having to wait for the redemption day to access their voucher code.

People who have made a purchase through comparethemarket.com in the last 12 months are likely to have automatic access to Meerkat Movies as the business gifted membership to existing customers. Don’t miss out - to check if you already qualify, download the app and follow the simple steps. 



*Your Meerkat Movies’ membership will run for 12 months from the date that you purchased your first qualifying product or applied to switch energy, broadband, digital TV, phone line suppliers and credit cards.  You can only have one Meerkat Movies membership in any 12 month period. It can take up to 48 hours to activate your membership.

**http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/film/11053083/Why-a-trip-to-the-cinema-can-cost-up-to-100.html
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Johnny Depp and Judi Dench named as Britain’s favourite actors Dirty Dancing revealed as the nation’s favourite movie

New film research compiled by comparethemarket.com to mark the launch of Meerkat Movies, has found that classic films and established actors embody the magic of the movies for Brits.

-Johnny Depp and Judi Dench top the list of Brits’ favourite actors 
-Timeless classics are amongst Brits’ favourite films, with 80’s classic Dirty Dancing in the top spot 
-Brits most loved movie line is ‘I'll be back’ from The Terminator
-Stephen Fry named as the person we’d most like to go the movies with
-Laughter is preferred by women, with a fifth naming Comedy as their favourite film genre (20%)
-Action films are the ‘go-to’ choice for over a quarter of men (26%)

The nation’s top five favourite movie lines are all retro classics with “I’ll be back” - The Terminator in poll position followed by ‘”Frankly my dear, I don’t give a damn” - Gone With The Wind, “You’re only supposed to blow the bloody doors off!” – The Italian Job, “Nobody puts baby in the corner” – Dirty Dancing and “Play it again, Sam” – Casablanca.

The 80s classic Dirty Dancing, was voted the favourite film of all time by respondents, with Shawshank Redemption, Titanic, The Sound of Music and The Lord of the Rings Trilogy also in the top five.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, ‘comedy’ was voted Britain’s overall “favourite film genre” with ‘action’ coming in at a close second followed by ‘Thriller’, ‘Sci-fi’ and ‘Rom-Com.’ Whilst Johnny Depp and Judi Dench were identified as the nation’s’ “favourite actor and actress.”

Despite cinema prices rising 26% in the last five years1, the nation’s love of cinema-going remains healthy. Over a third (36%) of the 2,013 people polled said they still watch a film on the big screen at least once a month. A fifth of Brits (19%) also feature the cinema in their description of an ideal date night. 

In line with Britain’s taste for pre-millennium films, all of the top five actors had established themselves as Hollywood favourites prior to the turn of the century, with Tom Hanks, Clint Eastwood, Robert De Niro and Colin Firth occupying the remaining spots. A similar trend rings true amongst “favourite actresses”, with Meryl Streep ranked a close second ahead of Angelina Jolie, Sandra Bullock and Julia Roberts.  

Consumers can sign up for Meerkat Movie membership by purchasing a qualifying product with comparethemarket.com*. This could be as little as purchasing a single trip travel insurance policy - which on average costs just £25.44 - making it one of the most generous rewards programmes available.

Existing comparethemarket.com customers who have bought a qualifying product within the last 12 months have been given automatic access to Meerkat Movies membership.
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Naomie Harris and Alice Eve pay homage to iconic films
Close friends Naomie Harris and Alice Eve team up to star in comparethemarket.com shoot, to celebrate the arrival of Meerkat Movies 2 for 1 cinema tickets reward

Close friends Naomie Harris and Alice Eve have recreated iconic movie buddy scenes to celebrate the launch of comparethemarket.com’s new rewards programme, Meerkat Movies. Unveiled to the nation last weekend, comparethemarket.com is encouraging all Meerkat Movie members to take a friend or family member to the cinema with them for free in the UK’s biggest 2 for 1 cinema deal. 

Shot by internationally renowned photographer, Greg Williams, the two stars created a series of images paying homage to iconic film buddies to highlight the UK’s biggest ever 2 for 1 cinema ticket offer, Meerkat Movies, which is available for redemption from today. 

Naomie and Alice have been photographed in the style of Cher and Dionne from Clueless, Thelma and Louise from the self-titled movie and the Black and White swan in Black Swan. 

Naomie Harris dons the black and white plaid outfit, taking the roll of Dionne in the high school classic Clueless, with Alice Eve slipping into Alicia Silverstone's role as Cher. For the second shot, Naomie embodies Louise and Alice takes on the role of Thelma in two iconic stills from the movie. The final shot sees the pair dressed as the dramatic Black and White Swan in two striking poses.

Inspired by the magic of the movies, the Meerkat Movies deal offers 2 for 1 cinema tickets every Tuesday or Wednesday, for a whole year, by simply buying a qualifying product with comparethemarket.com. Existing comparethemarket.com customers received exclusive early access to Meerkat Movies from 19 March*.

The Meerkat Movies customer rewards programme was unveiled to the nation last week, with 2 for 1 cinema ticket redemption available across the UK from today, via a voucher code on the Meerkat Movies app, which is available to Apple and Android users, or via the comparethemarket.com website. 
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The fastest and most simple way to save money on your energy bill. 

Use your iPhone's camera to take a picture of your latest energy bill. We will do the hard work and get you a list of competitive gas and electricity prices. Simply pick the one that you want and we will deal with the switching hassle for you. And give you a free meerkat toy. 

With energy prices rising, up to 84% of households in the UK could save money by switching energy provider. But making sense of kilowatts and tariffs makes switching more difficult than it should be. 

Our new Snapt app takes care of the complication. No form filling or questionnaires. snapt: the simple way to save 

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PS We welcome feedback so please let us know how we can improve by contacting us via www.comparethemarket.com/contact-us 

10% of customers who used comparethemarket.com to switch their gas & electricity bill between 1st October and 30th November 2013 could have saved £350 on their annual energy bill.
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comparethemarket.com won an award for best comparison website of the year: 

This award is fantastic recognition for comparethemarket.com and demonstrates why it is the UK’s favourite comparison website. Our core purpose is to ensure our customers have the very best choice of products and services available while at the same time putting them in control of their finances. We are doing the right thing for our customers by listening to them and developing a website with compelling content that they find easy to navigate.
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The nation's favourite meerkat Aleksandr Orlov is on a mission to track down his idol Gary Barlow for a special performance: http://bit.ly/HC9XPv
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