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Gocompare.com is a British financial services comparison website. The website enables people to compare prices on a variety of financial products, such as car insurance, home insurance, pet insurance, travel insurance, motorbike insurance, van insurance, mortgages and utilities.

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History

Gocompare.com was established in November 2006 and is based in Newport, Wales. The company's founder and chief executive officer is Hayley Parsons, who was formerly head of business development at Confused.com.[1]

Gocompare.com was the first comparison site to focus on features of insurance products rather than just listing prices.[2] This led to Gocompare.com being invited to become a member of the British Insurance Brokers Association (BIBA).[3]

In March 2009, Gocompare.com became the first price comparison site in the UK to compare over 100 different car insurance providers.[4]

Services

Gocompare.com provides a comparison service for car, home, motorbike, van, and pet insurance and breakdown cover. Gocompare.com also provides comparison services for travel insurance, gas and electricity, broadband, loans, credit cards, mortgages and other financial products through preferred providers such as Energylinx and Experian.

On 14 August 2012, Gocompare.com launched an online magazine named, Covered mag. It self claims to be "unlike any other financial publication you've ever read". [5]

Awards

The company won the 'One to Watch' category at the Fast Growth Business Awards 2008, with the judges complementing the management team for 'an extremely well-executed business with a clear USP and strong brand'.[6]

Hayley Parsons was winner of the 'Woman in Business' award at the South Wales Chamber of Commerce Business Awards 2009.[7] Parsons was also the winner of the Western Mail's 'Welsh Woman in Innovation Award' in 2008. In September 2009 Gocompare.com achieved the Investors in People award.[8]

Hayley Parsons won the 'Business Leader' category in the Inspire Wales Awards 2010[9] The awards, which are organised by the Institute of Welsh Affairs, recognise the role that Welsh residents play in encouraging active citizenship and in promoting their communities on a local, regional, national and global scale.

Hayley Parsons was awarded an OBE (appointed as an Officer of the Order of the British Empire) in the New Year's honours list in January 2012.

Advertising

Traditionally, Gocompare.com's advertising focused on educating consumers about the benefits of using a comparison site.

However, in June 2009, Gocompare.com launched an advertising campaign featuring a fictional Italian tenor called Gio Compario.[10] Gio Compario is played by Welsh tenor Wynne Evans.

The song in the adverts is based on the George M. Cohan classic Over There and was voted as the most irritating advertisement of both 2009 and 2010.[11][12]

The advertisements feature Gio Compario singing the 'Go Compare' tune in different places and situations, such as a coffee shop, a finishing school, a beach, and various fantasy scenarios such as in Georgian times, in the Stone Age and also in a cartoon featuring the Big Bad Wolf, rescuing the Three Little Pigs. Recently, the first recorded GoCompare ad featuring Gio Compario (in the coffee shop) was played again on British television, over two years since its first broadcast.

In July 2012, the new advertising seems to focus on Gio Compario being more of an irritating or even intimidating character, and being attacked or injured by various celebrities. The first new advert aired saw an assassin (later revealed to be the television presenter Sue Barker) attempt to kill Gio Compario using a comedic style rocket launcher, but without success. In August 2012, a similar advert was released, this time consisting of Stuart Pearce kicking a football into Gio Compario's stomach, winding him and causing him to fall over.

Other Information

In September 2007 the company admitted that, on one occasion, an unlawful breach of privacy had taken place with regard to the passing on of data provided by customers. It said that this was the result of a breach of contract by a sub-contractor, Performance Direct, and stated that it would take immediate action to prevent it happening again.[13]

In January 2008 the site was blacklisted for a time by Google due to "irregular inbound links". This resulted in its share of search traffic for the term "car insurance" reducing from 17.49% to 2.31%.[14] Gocompare.com was blacklisted again in April 2009.[15]

Sponsorship

GoCompare.com is currently the shorts sponsor of Welsh Football team Cardiff City.

See also

References

  1. ^ "Start-up compares well for ex-Admiral worker". Western Mail. 21 February 2007. http://www.walesonline.co.uk/business-in-wales/business-news/tm_headline=start-up-compares-well-for-ex-admiral-worker&method=full&objectid=18653451&siteid=50082-name_page.html. Retrieved 2 February 2010. 
  2. ^ Best business brains receive their awards at celebration of local talent
  3. ^ Gocompare.com welcomed into BIBA membership
  4. ^ Gocompare.com now compares over 100 car insurance providers
  5. ^ About Covered mag
  6. ^ Gocompare.com wins at 2008 fast growth business awards
  7. ^ "Best business brains receive their awards at celebration of local talent". Western Mail. 12 September. http://www.walesonline.co.uk/business-in-wales/business-news/2009/09/12/best-business-brains-receive-their-awards-at-celebration-of-local-talent-91466-24668772/. Retrieved 2 February 2010. 
  8. ^ "Gocompare Hayley’s in a league of her own". Western Mail. 29 January 2010. http://www.walesonline.co.uk/showbiz-and-lifestyle/television-in-wales/2010/01/29/gocompare-hayley-s-in-a-league-of-her-own-91466-25713058/. Retrieved 2 February 2010. 
  9. ^ Awards recognise active citizenship
  10. ^ Gocompare creates opera singer to take on Comparethemarket’s meerkat
  11. ^ The most irritating ads of 2009
  12. ^ 'GoCompare' car insurance telly ad named most annoying of 2010
  13. ^ "Personal details at risk on comparison websites". The Times. 22 September 2007. http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/money/consumer_affairs/article2499743.ece?print=yes&randnum=1151003209000. Retrieved 2 February 2010. 
  14. ^ Halpern, Louis; Roy Murphy (2009). Personal Reputation Management - Making The Internet Work For You. Halpern Cowan Publishing. pp. 162–163. ISBN 978-0-9562892-0-9. 
  15. ^ "GoCompare Car Insurance - www.gocompare.com - Go Compare Ban?". Money News Shopping (ASAP Ventures). 23 April 2009. http://www.mns.co.uk/01212237.html. Retrieved 2 February 2010. 

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