Our mission with Payments News continues to be helping folks just like us - payments professionals - quickly and easily stay on top of the news of the day. We try to make it easy for you to "read over our shoulder" and get a tightly edited sense of what's important and relevant. That's what we try to do every business day. PN is a daily complement to Glenbrook's other payments education offerings including our Payments Boot Camps and our new Payments Essentials webinar series.
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:
- Chase Launches New Ultimate Rewards Program
- Bank of America's Add It Up Offers Cash Back for Online Shopping
- MasterCard Launches Priceless Picks iPhone Application
- 100,000,000 Accounts in Apple's iTunes
- A Look at PayPal's Adaptive Payments
The top 5 most viewed categories/tags on Payments News for 2009 were:
- Chase Card Services
- Mobile Payments
- Citi Cards
- Prepaid Cards
- Merchant Acquirers
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!