Payments News once again had a very busy year in 2009 - serving almost 3 million page views to over 2 million unique visitors. Over the year, our daily email distribution subscribers grew by over 1,100 to over 6,500 readers. Over 4,500 readers follow PaymentsNews daily via our RSS feed.
And, over 1,200 readers have been following Payments News in real-time via our Payments News Twitter feed launched late last year. We tweeted over 3,000 news stories in 2009!
This year, we also added a Payments News Facebook page - so you can easily become a fan and follow us on Facebook.
Looking back over the 2009, here are the top 5 most viewed individual news stories posted to Payments News this year:
The top 5 most viewed categories/tags on Payments News for 2009 were:
Thanks very much for reading Payments News in 2009 - we hope you're finding it a valuable daily tool. We always welcome reading your comments and suggestions - please send them to us here! We're looking forward to an even more exciting 2010 - and wish you all the best too!
Another highlight of 2009 was the launch of our sister "rants and opinions" blog: PaymentsViews.com in February under the leadership of Erin McCune. An active blogger herself, Erin's worked hard to get all of us at Glenbrook sharing our thoughts on the latest happenings in payments. Perhaps the best example is Carol Coye Benson's series of articles sharing her insights and observations on mobile payments based on interviews she conducted with the leading U.S. and Canadian companies in this market!
Thanks again for your readership of Payments News and Payments Views! Best wishes for a great 2010 from all of us at Glenbrook Partners!
The idea is simple: If enough people who have money in one of the big four banks move it into smaller, more local, more traditional community banks, then collectively we, the people, will have taken a big step toward re-rigging the financial system so it becomes again the productive, stable engine for growth it's meant to be. It's neither Left nor Right -- it's populism at its best."
They've put together a web site and a video about the idea.
Today, Carol has summarized the results of her search for ideas in a new post on PaymentsViews.com titled "No News is Bad News?". She writes:
We got very few ideas at all, and none from bankers! The no-news-from-banks could, of course, be because banks are keeping their well-laid plans a deep and dark secret. Or it could be …. there are just no good ideas?"
Read her full article here.
Intuit’s Payments Solutions Division (PSD) is seeking a Senior Technical Leader with a proven track record managing in large scale real-time transactional and data driven environments. Deep domain experience in the payments or related industry required. The person we hire will report directly to the General Manager of the Payments Solutions Division and will be responsible for the IT, PMO, Product Development, Enterprise Solutions and Architecture teams.
This Glenbrook research brief contains insights and observations from a series of interviews that Carol conducted over the last six months with many of the mobile payments companies in the U.S. and Canada. You can download a copy of the PDF version by quickly registering at our sister website PaymentsViews.com.
The upcoming 2010 editions of our Glenbrook Payments Boot Camps include an expanded and updated focus on emerging payments – based on Carol's on-going mobile payments research, new options for online payment for digital content, and ACH-based payments across online and physical domains.
If you scroll down on the page, you'll see the full timeframe - with the peak shopping days being each Tuesday for the three weeks prior to Chrismas. From a sales standpoint, 2009 was slightly ahead of 2008 while transactions grew significantly. A lower average ticket in 2009 pulled down the sales comparison to last year.
Overdraft fees for bankers are like heroin — they know it's bad for them (particularly in building the trust relationship with customers that they want), but the revenue just feels so good," Carol Coye Benson, a managing partner in the consulting firm Glenbrook Partners LLC, wrote in a November blog post. "The Fed's new rules are detox."