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February 24, 2011

New 'SocioPay' Advanced Monetization Platform

Sociopay logo 140px hi5, a social game platform, has announced the launch of the SocioPay monetization platform designed to maximize revenue for social games.

"SocioPay dynamically determines the optimal monetization solution for every commerce opportunity, including identifying players who are less likely to purchase and offering advertising as an alternative to traditional payment options. The launch of the new SocioPay platform marks the first public release of a robust ad/commerce hybridization model for the social games industry.

VeriFone Outlines Six Rules for Mobile Commerce Success

Verifone logo 140pxVeriFone is urging "aspiring mobile payment service companies to engage with retailers in determining market requirements to enable mobile phone-initiated payments and services at the retail point of sale."

Responding to growing interest from major industry players intent on claiming a stake in emerging mobile commerce opportunities, VeriFone CEO Douglas G. Bergeron articulated key guidelines to ensure that mobile payments don’t follow the path of previous alternative payment schemes that only succeeded in alienating merchants.
Bergeron six key “rules” for industry participants are listed below after the jump. READ MORE »

22nd Annual Direct Response Forum - Aug 8-10, 2011 - San Diego, CA

Drf logo 80pxThe Direct Response Forum (DRF) has announced it will hold its annual forum on Monday August 8th through Wednesday August 10th, 2011 at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina. According to the DRF, "This year's Direct Response Forum, Cruising Through Payment Challenges, will provide a variety of educational sessions designed to give direct merchants real-time strategies for streamlining payment processes and cutting costs."

London to Support System-wide Use of Contactless Payment Cards

Transport for london logo 140pxTransport for London (TfL) has announced that by the end of 2012 readers across the whole TfL network will have been upgraded so that a touch of a contactless bank or credit card will allow passengers to pay for travel on the bus, Tube, Docklands Light Railway (DLR), Tram, and London Overground network.

Study Says Free Checking is Alive and Well at Credit Unions

Bankrate logo 140pxBankrate's 2nd annual Credit Union Checking Study reveals that free checking accounts are alive and well at many of the nation's top credit unions.

"Bankrate.com found that 96% of the nation's largest credit unions offer a checking account that is free, or can become free with minimal effort," said Greg McBride, CFA, senior financial analyst for Bankrate.com. "Even with continued declines in the prevalence of free checking, it remains within the grasp of most Americans and credit unions are a viable option."
The results of the study can be found here.

February 23, 2011

What's Up With Glenbrook

GP Logo Horizontal-140px.png Upcoming payments boot camps, more webinars, eCommerce market analysis reports, and private payment workshops...

Payments Boot Camps – Two day “deep dive” into the industry, $1995
Apr 13-14, 2011: New York City - with Bryan Derman and Carol Coye Benson
May 18-19, 2011: Santa Clara, CA - with Scott Loftesness and Carol Coye Benson

Payments Essentials Webinars – Tuesdays from 10:30AM -11:30AM PST, $149
March 1, 2011: Local Country Payments - with Erin McCune
March 8, 2011: Bill-to-Mobile Payments - with Scott Loftesness

eCommerce Market Analysis Reports
Three new reports on India, South Korea, and South Africa bring our total up to eight detailed reports on global online payments acceptance in various markets around the world.

Private Payment Workshops
New agendas are available, including the Advanced Payments Workshop, Advanced Card Payments Workshop, The Merchant’s Perspective, Global eCommerce, Business-to-Business Payments, and Digital Content and Payments. Get your team up to speed!

Online Retailers Can Now Process eBillme Payments over Discover Network

EBillme logo 140pxeBillme has announced that the payment option will now be available on the Discover Network through CardinalCommerce’s Centinel Universal Merchant Platform. As a result of this new partnership, online merchants will now be able to quickly integrate eBillme acceptance with integrated settlement and reporting via the Discover Network.

Girl Scouts Accepting Cards for Cookies with GoPayment

Girl scouts logo 140pxIntuit has announced that it "has equipped the Girl Scouts of North East Ohio with its GoPayment mobile payment app, including a free Intuit credit card reader, and reduced pricing on transaction fees. GoPayment provides them with an easy and affordable way to process credit card payments on their mobile devices while protecting sensitive credit card information with industry-leading data encryption."

February 22, 2011

Fortumo and BilltoMobile Form Partnership for Direct Mobile Billing in US

Fortumo logo 140pxFortumo has announced a partnership with BilltoMobile that brings direct mobile billing in the US to online game developers in Europe and Asia.

Direct billing has significantly lower transaction fees as compared to Premium SMS, which means that developers will earn more from every transaction. In addition to that direct billing also brings improved security.
With the BilltoMobile partnership, Fortumo can now offer its merchants access to about 70% of the US mobile users via direct mobile billing, and access to another 25% of mobile users through Premium SMS.

Fiserv Delivering Discover E-Bills to Financial Institution Websites

Fiserv logo 60pxhFiserv has announced that Discover Financial Services is now offering electronic bills through the more than 3,000 banks and credit unions in the Fiserv bill payment network. Cardmembers who pay their Discover bill online at their financial institution website will see an icon notifying them that a paperless, electronic version of their bill is now available at that site, and will be able to sign up for the service immediately.

February 21, 2011

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