mobile payments

You’ve probably heard the terms “omnicommerce” or “omnichannel,” but these are more than just buzzwords; they’re terms that represent a shift in customer behavior and expectations. If you remember a time when most of your shopping was done in a single all-day trip around town, you’re probably relieved those days are behind you. Today’s customers expect to shop and pay any time, anywhere — not just in stores, but also online, over the phone, through mobile devices, and even with electronic invoices. If you’re looking to incorporate omnichannel payment capabilities into your business, here are a few considerations to minimize headaches and make the process as seamless as possible.

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Kiosk giving for churches is in high demand. Churches and even nonprofits are looking for alternate ways to easily ask their donor bases to give. If they don’t, they could risk losing them and their financial support. Many churches and nonprofits have tried quick fixes such as PayPal. But nonprofit administration professionals are becoming more educated on their options. They need more than a PayPal button. Their organization needs a full merchant account that connects to a fundraising software platform.

And this is where you come in and can easily be their merchant processing solution. You can not only walk into a sales meeting and crush a church or nonprofits’ current rates and fees, but you can also offer more features and functionality. One such functionality that is in high demand is kiosk giving for churches and nonprofits with an Offering Kiosk, which is a stand-alone “terminal” specifically for churches and nonprofits, such as the one available through Continue to Give.

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I just returned from a trip to San Francisco, where my family took a spring break vacation. It was a great trip in every way, but while I was there I noticed something that surprised me. I didn’t see many more mobile payment systems that I do back home in St. Louis.

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There’s no denying that mobile credit card processing is all the rage. I bet most people reading this post have seen an ad on television for Square, and you probably receive several questions each week from merchants wanting to understand the latest technology and know which solution is right for their business.

While it’s exciting to witness the convergence of mobile with the payments industry, it can also create a lot of confusion, both for merchant level salespeople and the businesses they serve. After all, there are many different solutions in the marketplace and it’s hard to tell which one is best.

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It’s no secret that “mobile payments” is a buzz phrase in the card processing industry. Last week’s Mobile Contactless Payments Innovation Summit showcased the tremendous amount of activity around mobile commerce and mobile payment processing solutions.

In fact, it’s easy to be overwhelmed by the wide array of new products and services that are announced on a daily basis. As one speaker at the conference joked, the current environment is very good for payments consultants and payments publications.

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Most of us are familiar with the phrase, “The check is in the mail.” It is often said in jest to indicate that someone is not quite ready to deliver what they owe you, which could be money, a document, or something else. It also harkens back to the days when checks were the dominant form of payment, before credit and debit cards became popular payment processing solutions.

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There’s no denying the fact that mobile payments are the hottest thing going in the credit card transaction processing industry. It seems as if every industry article and company announcement is touting some aspect of mobile payments. The trend continued at the ETA Annual Meeting & Expo, which was held two weeks ago in Las Vegas. While I believe in the long-term use of mobile devices for processing credit card payments, I have yet to be “wowed” by the current solutions in the market.

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If you were not among the 400 merchant services providers at last week’s Southeast Acquirers Association (SEAA) Annual Seminar in Dallas, I will provide the key highlights. Hopefully these insights will help you improve your credit card processing business.

The star of the show was the weather, as an epic thunderstorm that hit Dallas on the first day of the show, causing many flights to be delayed or canceled. The weather certainly impacted attendance, but did not slow down those who made it. Here are my key takeaways:

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The ETA hosted its first ever Mobile Commerce Summit on October 25 in Chicago. The summit highlighted the current state of mobile small business credit card processing. Despite a dizzying array of new products, it’s still very early with a long way to go. You don’t need to panic if you feel like you are lagging behind, but you do need to understand how these innovations could impact merchant service providers.

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Last week, the MidWest Acquirers Association (MWAA) held its 9th Annual Conference in the Chicago suburb of Oak Brook. The Clearent team had many great conversations with ISOs who are seeking a better merchant services provider. For those who were unable to attend, I will list my highlights from the panel discussions.

Mobile Is Still a Hot Topic

It probably won’t surprise you that mobile payments was a major theme at the conference, as the industry continues to innovate with ways to use mobile devices for processing credit card payments. Jack Dorsey, the founder of Square, was the keynote speaker at last year’s MWAA conference. At the time, Square was not much more than a curiosity in the payment processing industry, but now many agents are accustomed to getting questions about Square.

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