Making Credit Better

Thoughts, stories and insight from the TotallyMoney team

Get on the electoral roll and make your voice heard

One in six Londoners risks not having a voice in the upcoming mayoral elections. With just five days until the 18 April deadline for voter registration, nearly one million people living in the capital who are old enough to vote are not on the electoral roll. Voiceless: The percentage of unregistered eligible voters in each London borough…

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Match Factor: Smarter Credit Comparison

I’m excited to be able to announce a first for the credit industry: intelligent search results ranking for credit products. TotallyMoney.com Match Factor performs a series of complex calculations and analyses of eligibility; APR and other product features; lender acceptance data; and usability and user experience insights. These algorithms are personalised to reveal the best…

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Why we want to End Duchenne in Ten

Duchenne muscular dystrophy is a devastating disease; it’s the most common fatal genetic disease diagnosed in childhood, it’s 100% fatal and there is no cure. Those affected by Duchenne, most of whom are boys, will be in a wheelchair by the age of 10-12 years and few live much beyond their 21st birthday. Emily Crossley,…

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Coffee shop UX – a cup of feedback to go

So, guerrilla user testing. Sure, we’ve all heard people say: “Just go to Starbucks and offer people coffee in exchange for testing your app”, but to me that raises a whole bunch of questions: What kind of testing can you get out of bothering people? How can you know they are the right type of…

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Cleaning up Docker images on Jenkins build machines

We use Jenkins to build production-ready Docker images here at TotallyMoney. The setup works really well, but we encounter regular problems with high disk usage from Docker. This is primarily because old, untagged images aren’t cleaned up either during a new image build or on a timed basis. This is safe of course, particularly for…

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And the award goes to…

With the winners and losers at the Oscars and BAFTAs dominating discussions on the Creative desk this week, the conversation quickly turned to the ever-controversial subject of book vs film. Which are the best film adaptations of novels or short stories? Which brilliant books were lost in translation when they ended up on the big…

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Google pulls the plug on comparison

Google has started to wind down its financial products comparison service less than one year after it was launched in the US. It will be shut down completely in both the US and UK by 23 March 2016. Google compare will be familiar to most people as the special box that appears at the top…

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TotallyMoney.com’s mission and vision for the future

As a company grows and evolves, it’s important for everyone to hold true to the core beliefs and objectives for the business. This morning, TotallyMoney.com CEO Alastair Douglas laid out his thoughts on what we’re all working to achieve. TotallyMoney.com’s mission “TotallyMoney.com’s mission is to create a fairer credit market for UK consumers by giving…

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Five forces that will shape the credit card market

In 2015, we saw significant changes in the credit card market with new providers and brands entering the market and continuing product innovation. This year is likely to be one of transition for many of the leading card providers who are mindful of the impending shifts in the wider economy. Here, I’ve put together a list…

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Why Facebook ads are what online banners always wanted to be

Online banner advertising (aka standard display, display advertising) is 22 years old this year[1]. Over £2BN was spent on this channel in 2015[2]. Yet most people I speak to struggle to make this channel scale or drive an impressive return on investment. In the late ’90s, banner ads were measured on click through rates[3] and…

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