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Uber Croatia

Tough times for Uber in Croatia

As reported by different major web sites in Croatia like Index and Dnevnik, Croatian transportation minister Butković has met with taxi representatives and stated that Uber is not legal in Croatia as well as Cammeo in Split. Uber and Cammeo replied that they are not taxi and that they are not violating the law.

Uber launched operations in Zagreb in October 2015, and expanded their services in Split and Dubrovnik in June 2016.  Similar like in some other markets, Uber drivers have faced different difficulties like threats, attacks even firing up the vehicle while the driver was in the car by their opponents.

Uber Croatia

Cammeo is well-known brand in Croatia and offers taxi service in Zagreb and few other cities but in Split they decided to offer “rent-a-car service with the driver”. They also bought around 30 brand new Dacia cars so every driver whether the driver is licenced taxi driver or non-licenced gets their branded car, software and marketing support. They launched in November 2016 but just after 2 weeks as stated on Index half of their vehicles were taken by inspection. As also written in another the article Cammeo said that they didn’t have the same treatment compared to Uber.

Regarding the statement of transportation minister Butković about Uber in Croatia and Cammeo in Split, beside giving fines to their drivers he announced that their vehicles will be confiscated but didn’t specify when.

Uber has issued the statement that drivers who use Uber follow all the rules in Croatia and pay the appropriate tax on the full amount of their ride price. Also, that Uber application connects checked drivers with riders who want safe ride and that this kind of model is different than auto taxi as this is car rental with driver. They also expressed hope that actual laws will be modernized in order to be according with recommendations of the European commission for the sharing economy and that Croatia will be reference country in that area too, after positive feedback from Sweden, Estonia, Lithuania and Portugal.

Well-known Croatian entrepreneur Saša Cvetojević said that he thinks that the situation that after one year of Uber business in Croatia is said that they are not doing business legally shows all the weakness of administration and doing business in Croatia. He added that if this service is not legal it should have been treated that way from day one and if the Croatia wants to stimulate development of new business models during this time could have been implemented solution that would enable this kind of business model. Also, he said that due to the high season and Advent in Zagreb, with a lot of tourists, that this is the worst time to bring such decision.

Serbian job app Poslonaut won 2 awards in Austria

It seems that there is a big demand for job apps which target temporary/additional/student jobs. Many people are looking to find a job or extra job that they can do few hours per day. In our previous post we wrote about Polish app Jobsquare which gain traction very fast and as a result, got acquired.

PoslonautSimilar story is with job app Poslonaut from Serbia. They launched also in 2016 and gain traction in a short time. Infostud, the biggest job platform in Serbia, recognized big potential of the app and made a partnership with the Poslonaut team. They have now around 900 active ads and around 30 000 users in the app.

Not only Infostud recognized value of the Poslonaut app. They won 2 awards in Austria, as well. They became one of the winners in European Youth Awards (EYA)  which was held in Graz. They were winners in the Money Matters category. Other winners in other categories were VEASYT Live! (Connecting Cultures), Unimersiv (Smart Learning), (Special Category 2016), Mira (Healthy Life), HAIZE the magic compass (Go Green), (Go Green), FreeCom (Active Citizenship), DayCape (Healthy Life), Be My Eyes (Healthy Life), Animal Hero Universe (Smart Learning), (Active Citizenship).

Also,  experts from Business Chamber of Styria, Unit Consulting and IT, decided that among winners of EYA, Poslonaut app has the biggest market potential so they won the UBIT 2016 award.

Europe, Middle East and Africa startup blog will start again on 01/12/2016

SEEMEA regionHi everyone, sorry for being silent for a too long time. We were busy with some other things but now decided to get back to SEEMEA project and make it even better that it was. SEEMEA will continue to cover business and technology news from the region of Southern and Eastern Europe Middle East and Africa (SEEMEA). We want to be the central hub for all people interested to do business in this, most likely one of the most exciting regions in the world. We are always open to get in touch with people who wants advice, who want to give us advice, with whom we can do some great things together…Also, if you want to write for SEEEMA or you have a company and want to make sure we don’t miss your important news, feel free to contact us. We will be happy to cover all interesting companies.

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A good word travels far…#BeeShaper

You must have heard of the saying in the title. People have always wanted to share good thing with others, however, until the Internet came around, especially with the rise of social media, we could share our experiences only with the people in our immediate vicinity. Today we know the situation is quite different. Power of an individual to create the image od someone or something has never been greater. That’s exactly the base of BeeShaper, platform I’m about to present you.

BeeShaper’s slogan is Peopleworthy campaigns. There you have the essence of the platform – it is the biggest e-WordOfMouth and blog network in South East Europe, with over 11 000 registered users who reach over 7.5 million internet users. Bee Premium Group, that BeeShaper is a part of, recently acquired three regional blogging platforms. That fact is of paramount importance for BeeShaper too, because it provides bloggers who can write a high-quality review of a product or a service.

BeeShaper wants to match a brand which wants to try this innovative promo and PR tool with the individuals who used the brand or like it. That’s always been advertisers’ goal – to avoid talking about their brand themselves, but to find people who already used it and liked it. That’s not just advertisers’ goal, that’s what the users want too – to read about the things they’re interesting in, from the people they trust. If we surveyed how many people liked watching commercials, what do you think how many of them would be affirmative? They would maybe say they like seeing a good commercial, which is unfortunately hard to find. How many of you change the channel when ads start rolling, or ignore banners while reading something? Or if you see a PR article in the newspaper? And how many of you ignore your friends’ social media statuses? You see the point.

If that’s the goal of both the advertisers and the internet users than it has to be also the goal of global Internet companies like Google and Facebook – to create a habitat where brands and individuals can easily communicate.

Mark Zuckerberg

Individual users who participate in campaigns are called Shapers. They are profiled in 9 categories and 215 subcategories based on their affinities. That way you are sure that only relevant people are invited to join a campaign, to be brand’s online ambassador. This all increases the campaign performance. Like when we’re in high school and we want to be a part of the group that influences others, the same goes for advertisers – they should speak to those Internet users who are credible for a certain topic in their community, whose opinion is respected.

Estimated 150 billion dollars will be spent globally on online advertising. It’s not a question any more if the online advertising is necessary, because it is. It’s not even a question if it is going to dominate overall ad spend everywhere, like it already does in the UK. The only question is which promo channels are worth investing in, if you know that Google admitted that over 50% of online ads are never shown to real people (Quartz). Advertisers more often than not pay the views or impressions, and not for the campaign’s verified results.

BeeShaper was initially created as an in-house tool for promotion of their own clients, but for a little more than a year it is in available for all other marketing, PR, and media buying agencies as well. You can check out their corpo page and find additional information and the resons why BeeShaper should be an integral part of every serious online media plan, and why some of the biggest brands trusted them – Coca Cola Bloggers Network, Telenor, Banca Intesa, L’Oreal, Agrokor, McDonald’s etc.

If a picture is worth a thousand words, than a video is worth a thousand pictures, so you can watch this video to wrap up the story about BeeShaper.

Taxi booking app in Europe

Taxify expands to Serbia

Taxify, the leading taxi booking application in Northern and Eastern Europe is launching in Belgrade. Taxify is an Estonian based fast-growing mobile app, which allows to book a licensed taxi at the push of a button. Since late 2013 Taxify has grown to 10 countries around the world and attracted funding from multiple international investors (AdCash, RubyLight, TMT Investment, Pipedrive etc).

Taxi appThe new app helps people avoid long waiting times and “pirate” taxis by connecting passengers directly to verified drivers in their area. After confirming your order you can see the taxi moving on the map and you will receive a notification on its arrival. At the end of the trip you can give feedback about the driver to improve the quality of taxis available in the app.

In Serbia service is launching with 100 licenced taxi drivers and according to Dejan Bizinger, the Country Manager of Taxify in Serbia, it is looking to double the coverage in September. Dejan Bizinger comments:

“Considering the size of the market and the smartphone penetration, we see huge growth potential and demand from customers’ side. Moreover, we see that Belgrade has the same problems in the taxi market as we have seen in the Baltics – the quality of cars is unpredictable and there are a lot of inefficiencies which cause long queues on peak hours. By enforcing strict quality standards to our drivers, we are able to tackle these inefficiencies and provide best quality service to Belgrade taxi customers.”

Taxify Beograd

For drivers and taxi companies, Taxify is a great way to find new customers at a very low price. It is not just additional marketing platform, but also fully featured dispatcher software which will bring taxi services to a different and better level. Taxify also aims to help traditional taxi companies and taxi drivers fight the growing threat on their business from independent driver service offered by Uber and the like.

Besides Serbia, Taxify currently operates in Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Belarus, Georgia, Mexico, the Netherlands and has recently launched the service in Czech Republic.

Taxify was recently nominated for The Best Smartphone App 2015 in the contest organized by Mobile Summit Estonia.

Available for Android, iOS and Windows Phone devices, Taxify is free to download from Google Play, AppStore or Windows Phone Store.

DISCLAIMER: Dejan Bizinger, CM of Taxify is also part of the SEEMEA team.