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Don't Miss Out on IVR For Property Management!

By Coleman Akey on Mar 27, 2020 5:11:26 PM

When rent payments come due, you don’t want your property management staff overwhelmed! If your property management complex is closed on the weekends, clerks are likely to be overwhelmed as soon as they open on the next available business day. Likewise, today’s customers expect to be able to make payments whenever, wherever.

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Why All Utility Companies NEED SMS Payments

By Coleman Akey on Mar 25, 2020 3:56:23 PM

Today’s consumer expects service easily and instantly, with practically 80% of consumers expecting national brand service leves from their local service provider counterparts. Pay by Text solutions, or Short messaging service (SMS) solutions, are a great way for your Utility Company to offer a simple, effective customer service option.

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Understanding IVR For Utility Companies

By Coleman Akey on Mar 25, 2020 11:54:02 AM

Despite the convenience of online payments, 62% of utility customers claim to prefer making a payment without logging into a system. Likewise, more than ¾ of general consumers have claimed to make at least one payment per month via the phone. 

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SMS Payments For Storage Facilities

By Coleman Akey on Mar 20, 2020 2:08:34 PM

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IVR Payments For Storage Facilities

By Coleman Akey on Mar 20, 2020 1:09:26 PM

78% of consumers have reported making at least one payment per month via phone payments, with 60% preferring our phones to make payments. This means storage facilities are in a prime position to utilize an IVR Payments system in 2020.

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SMS Payments For Waste Management

By Coleman Akey on Mar 17, 2020 1:16:00 PM

The waste management sphere is seeing a major increase in the volume of electronic payments. More than 3/4 of consumers expect local service providers to offer the same degree of service as national brands, which simply makes having an electronic payments system that handles credit cards/ACH payments necessary in 2020. Short messaging service (SMS) solutions are a great way for your waste management company to offer a simple, effective customer service option.

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IVR Payments For Waste Management

By Coleman Akey on Mar 15, 2020 3:38:11 PM

The public utilities and municipalities realm is experiencing a major increase in electronic payments. With 79% of consumers expecting local service providers to offer same level service as national brands, an electronic payments system that handles credit cards/ACH payments is a necessity in 2020. An Interactive Voice Response (IVR) system is a simple, effective way for your waste management business to provide more thorough customer service.

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Check Verification Process

By Coleman Akey on Jan 9, 2020 1:43:50 PM

In 2020 the payment landscape demands sophisticated check acceptance risk mitigation tools. A Check Verification Process mitigates check acceptance risks at the point of sale, with verification options ranging from automated routing number check and negative database options, to near real-time inquiries into current checking account status.

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Payment Facilitator or Payments Partnership? Which option is the better fit for your SaaS

By Coleman Akey on Jan 9, 2020 1:20:44 PM


SaaS companies that offer payment processing solutions must decide whether of not become a Payment Facilitator or engaging in a Payments Partnership is the most viable solution for their business. Neither is 

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SMS Payment Solutions: The 2020 Guide

By Coleman Akey on Aug 6, 2019 8:00:00 PM

 

 

 

The 2020 payments landscape demands sophisticated check acceptance risk mitigation tools. Businesses now have a new tool for collecting customer payments. SMS Payment Solutions allow businesses to:

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Bank Account Owner Authentication Service: Moving Beyond Check Verification Services

By Coleman Akey on Aug 6, 2019 11:39:00 AM

Bank Account Owner Authentication Service: Moving Beyond Check Verification Services

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Utilizing a Canada Electronic Funds Transfer

By Coleman Akey on Mar 22, 2019 11:26:00 AM

Canada Electronic Funds Transfer is easiest and most cost effective solution to managing Canadian ACH, allowing businesses based in Canada to debit checking accounts for one-time or recurring payments.

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Canada Electronic Funds Transfer

By Coleman Akey on Mar 22, 2019 11:24:00 AM

Canada Electronic Funds Transfer processing options are scarce compared to the ACH processing providers available in the United States. Options are limited because of the small number of banks that run the payments sphere. This makes it difficult to gain access to Canada EFT processing.Utilizing a canada electronic funds transfer allows Canadian businesses to debit checking accounts for one-time or recurring payments.

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What is a Managed PayFac?

By Coleman Akey on Mar 19, 2019 2:09:00 PM

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Managed Payfac Solutions

By Coleman Akey on Mar 19, 2019 12:08:41 PM

Businesses that are Payment Facilitators [Payfacs] are in essence Master Merchants that process credit and debit card transactions for their sub-merchants within their payment application.

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ACH Check Validation Providers

By Coleman Akey on Jan 29, 2019 8:54:53 PM

The majority of the time payment rejects are accidents, and making customers go through the hassle of the sale process again will undoubtedly lead to a fraction of those sales being lost. By leveraging checking account verification tools businesses can reduce the chance of losing customers over simple data entry errors. Businesses that rely on future billing are especially vulnerable to bad check data, utilizing ACH Check Validation Providers can dramatically reduce bad check acceptance and the subsequent workflow problems.

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Verifying Bank Account Ownership: Understanding your Options

By Coleman Akey on Jan 23, 2019 12:22:59 PM

Advances in the online payments sphere have now made it possible for businesses to verify bank account ownership. This real-time checking account verification can confirm that a consumer or business owns the account, and is authorized to transact.

Verifying Bank Account Ownership via an online application provides businesses with comprehensive, instantaneous insight into the person/business whose check payment the business wants to accept or enroll in a recurring billing plan.

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ACH Check Validation

By Coleman Akey on Jan 15, 2019 6:04:50 PM

The ACH Check Validation Services allow merchants to reduce check acceptance risk at the point of sale (both online and in person). Available options include:

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Checking Account Owner Authentication Service: How can it Help your Business?

By Coleman Akey on Dec 12, 2018 1:53:25 PM

 

The ability to verify checking account ownership is a pivotal element of reducing the risk of enrolling a new customer with potentially bad check information.

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Bank Account Verification: Understanding Risk Mitigation Options

By Coleman Akey on Dec 6, 2018 4:52:08 PM

The ACH or electronic check world unfortunately lacks the authorization component present with credit cards, making Bank Account Verification a necessity for SaaS businesses looking to mitigate payment acceptance risks.

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Bank Account Validation: Exploring Your Options

By Coleman Akey on Dec 4, 2018 4:33:53 PM

Bank Account Validation allows merchants to mitigate check acceptance risk at the point of sale by providing an opportunity to validate that an account is open and in good standing prior to the account being loaded into a recurring billing engine. This means that data entry errors, potentially closed accounts, or fraud can be caught before finalizing the sale.

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Account Verification System

By Coleman Akey on Oct 16, 2018 1:00:36 PM

Account Verification Systems confirm that a bank account is open and in good standing prior to the account being loaded into the billing engine. This means that data entry errors, potentially closed accounts, or even fraud can be caught before the sale’s confirmation.

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Bank Account Verification Services

By Coleman Akey on Oct 15, 2018 11:53:37 PM

While authorization is a important aspect of the credit card sphere, the ACH realm lacks such an authorization component. When it comes to credit cards, a merchant knows they are getting paid at the point of sale because they can verify that the customer has the requisite funds on their cards at the time of payment. This reserves those funds for capture and settlement.

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Verify Business Bank Account

By Coleman Akey on Oct 13, 2018 11:33:00 AM

Unlike the credit card arena, the ACH world lacks an authorization component. Essentially, a merchant knows they are getting paid at the point of sale because credit cards allow you to authorize at the time of payment that the customer has the requisite funds on their cards. This reserves those funds for capture and settlement.

Because the ACH world lacks the verification component present with credit card payments, knowing How to Verify a Business Bank Account is a priority for businesses in the ACH realm.

Many business compensate for this lack of authorization buy implementing a Checking Account Verification system to mitigate payment acceptance risk. Without an ACH Verification System obtaining your new customer’s valid checking account information can be a hassle.

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Bank Account Validation

By Coleman Akey on Oct 11, 2018 10:16:00 AM

The ACH world lacks the authorization component that is present in the credit card sphere. Credit cards allow merchants to authorize a sale at the time of the payment, so the merchant will know that they are definitely getting paid. A business knows that their customer has the requisite funds on their card to make their payment in real time, and the funds are reserved.

So, we can see how credit cards are validated, but how does the Bank Account Validation process work?

Businesses adopt Bank Account Validation systems in order to mitigate the risk associated with payment, without these systems your customers will most likely be required to do significant work to obtain correct or valid bank account information.

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