Many business owners are notoriously pushed for time, often taking on a multitude of tasks and duties. Dependant on size, this can include running the marketing department, organising logistics, and ensuring the best customer service is being delivered, all at the same time. Unsurprisingly, with so many different facets of a company to be managing, payments processing is not always at the forefront of merchants’ minds. But the fact is it should be, as optimising payments is an essential component in many aspects of the business journey and it should not be overlooked.
By optimising payments, you have the power to create a profoundly positive effect on the user experience (UX), transaction conversion, and provide merchants with crucial data to improve their operations. What’s more it can also enable merchants to monitor their costs efficiently, if they work with the most competitive acquirer for each payment method used by consumers.
Ignoring payments optimisation risks not only alienating and losing customers but also inefficient management of their costs by missing important savings on acquiring fees.
Transit systems across the globe are having to adapt and embrace a new normal. Previously, a physical ticket would have been purchased using cash from a manned kiosk but nowadays, it is a very different story. Technological advancements, alongside open payments, have unlocked new possibilities across multiple industries. Furthermore, travellers are expecting more as part of their basic service.
The move towards a cashless society is quickly gathering pace. Cards and alternative payment methods (APMs) are now the norm, and the ways in which these changes are affecting transit systems are far reaching. With that said, I’ll explore the payment trends, the key benefits of these developments and what travel operators need to know.
The days of the physical loyalty card are long gone. People’s shopping habits have evolved, from selecting from an array of cards in a wallet or purse, to now tapping their watch or phone to a terminal and in a matter of seconds a transaction is made. Today’s consumer is so accustomed to quick and easy mobile payments.
Merchants are doing a good job at keeping up when it comes to payment preferences, but many are overlooking the benefits that virtual loyalty schemes can provide. Physical loyalty cards are cumbersome when you have everything else on one device, so they often end up left at home. This leaves customers missing out on great deals, and merchants losing a prime opportunity to reinforce brand loyalty and collect vital customer data.
Furthermore, 75% of shoppers have confirmed they would engage with such schemes if they were available on their smartphone – a huge margin retailers are missing out on if they don’t have an appropriate system. However, there is technology available to make this happen quickly and easily.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, the demand for digital goods and services has exploded as businesses have been forced online and customers have been shopping safely from home. Most of us experienced a much higher number of video calls that replaced face to face interaction, even birthday parties and weddings ceremonies were done via video these days. The digital conference tool Zoom experienced a huge spike in use on a single day in April, with 300 million people using its services.
Consequently, digital businesses are now reaching a critical mass, with demand coming in from new demographics and geographies, while payments are playing a critical role, enabling them to open up new markets and optimize the potential from existing customers.
So, in this blog I’ll explain the key areas for digital companies to consider, and how to reach what we call ‘peak payments conversion’.
With online shopping and deliveries making the retail experience more convenient, consumers are becoming increasingly happy to shop cross-border. Essentially, there are less barriers to them doing so, and being able to spread their search across countries means that they have a wider range of options when it comes to their purchases.
This is good news for retailers, because it means that their customer base is no longer restricted to one area. They may find that customers are more frequently ordering overseas, meaning that their products are reaching more people and creating a demand across the globe.
However, while cross-border purchases can present a whole host of opportunities for retailers, many don’t know how to cash in on these as they don’t have the right systems in place to process payments from far and wide. What’s more, cross-border payments can present a lot of new costs and overheads which can make businesses unsure if cross-border payments are an opportunity worth pursuing.
So, here are a few ways to make sure you’re making the most of cross-border opportunities.