The pandemic has rapidly accelerated digital transformation projects. It has also driven mass adoption of mobile payments. After a slow start in the US, the use of mobile wallets is rapidly catching up with cash payments. Mobile payments such as Apple Pay and Google Pay are also becoming increasingly popular in Europe as well as globally.
If you own a start-up or a small business, the pandemic is probably giving you a hard time — understandably so. It is hard enough to survive with all the bans on social gatherings, and with social distancing and lockdowns. People are not walking around, seeing billboards, and going into brick & mortar stores. So how the heck can you keep driving loyalty and engage with people?
Apple Pay, Apple’s mobile payment service, is expanding to Israel and South Africa soon, after launching in Mexico in February. First introduced in 2014, Apple Pay is now available in over 50 countries and regions helping Apple users with transactions through NFC chips built into their mobile phones around the world. At that time, it seemed like a revolutionary idea that would take a while to catch on. Six years later, more than half the iPhone users out there are paying with their mobile phones. Apple Pay currently accounts for 10 percent of all global card transactions. And the Czechs have already spent billions of euros since the Apple Pay and Google Pay service was launched two years ago.
We can probably agree that 2020 has been far from an enjoyable year. Let’s hope that 2021 will become a more pleasant, virus-free year. Today, I want to shed some light on why coffee shops and sweet shops, local restaurants, retail stores, food trucks, and sandwich stores should consider digital coupons for mobile wallets.
The first chamber of commerce ever was established by merchants, traders, and craftsmen in Marseille, France in 1599. It provided them a forum to discuss and tackle common challenges. Throughout the centuries, this representation of common interests has become the foundation of chambers of commerce worldwide.
Thanks to a partnership between Apple and Healthvana, a software platform that delivers test results to patients, residents in Los Angeles can have their vaccination records stored digitally since the end of December. In the Apple Wallet or selected Android wallets. With about 10 million residents, Los Angeles County is the most populous county in the United States.
Of course, I am familiar with paper entry tickets that have probably got the number, your logo, and a few other details on them. But that is all that they can, right? And it is hard to sell them online.
This story began back in 1996. Geert-Jan Bruinsma, a tech guy with an entrepreneurial spirit, wanted to bring together Dutch travelers and the places they wanted to stay with the help of online booking service. His little start-up grew steadily in its first few years. Therefore, it was acquired by a bigger company nine years later.
You run your pharmacy or a health care centre. You might already know that establishing a loyalty program is an effective way to attract people. And you might even know that a loyalty program also encourages additional spending. But you keep repeating to yourself: There is no way of implementing such a thing with my independent pharmacy, or my health care centre.
While the whole mobile marketing is relatively new, the idea of a mobile wallet as a marketing and loyalty platform is even newer. And there are some misconceptions out there about it. Here are a few myths that you might have heard. And let’s shed some light on them.
Europe leads the contactless payments adoption. That demonstrates European consumers’ enthusiasm to embrace new technologies. People look for speedy and convenient payments they can trust. In addition to ease of use and convenience, people also benefit from the added security and protection.
The way we pay for food and beverages is changing. Many people don’t bring wallets out with them anymore. But they always bring their phones. Cafés and restaurants are adopting mobile payments. People are more and more comfortable with paying by mobile phones or even watches at the table or counter, with online ordering as well as paying on the go before visiting your place.
Choosing the right courier service is vital for any large, small, or starting an online business. Well, the courier service has to work hand in hand with the online business to ensure its customers are satisfied. And the courier service also forms the overall impression of the online business.
How long has it been since you last checked your mobile phone? My guess is you answered: “Just a few minutes ago.”. If you did, you are not alone. People spend nearly a few hours a day on their mobile phones. Yes, they are with us everywhere we go. Our mobile phones have become a necessity. Insurance and assistance companies should take note.
The sports competitions in the world are underway despite difficult conditions. All Europe soccer and US football leagues are also kicking off their seasons. This is a time of fans’ excitement, joy, and sadness. And of the safety measures that keep everyone safe.
Running business-to-consumer e-commerce is profitable and there is still a lot of growth expected as people are shifting from in-store to digital. Why? It is convenient – you don’t have to carry stuff. You can instantly check reviews of other people. It is easy to return things if something goes south. You see no crowds and lines when shopping. And you can shop even after you have had a beer or two.
Why does every hotel, guesthouse, wellness center, tour and destination operator, or a VIP service provider need a mobile marketing strategy? Well, nowadays, about a third of the world’s population is engaged online using mobile phones. This pandemic helps a bit with this, too. By forcing people to adopt physical distancing … and digital solutions. It is important to align the interaction you have with your customers with this reality.
People spend more time on their mobile phones than on any other device nowadays. Mobile phones allow us to stay connected, shop, or stay informed. The coronavirus pandemic has also encouraged a lot of people, who were forced to stay home, to resort to mobile wallets and online shopping while adopting mobile payments.
Shopping is fun. While navigating these uncertain times, you should keep that so. Everyone likes meaningful coupons and advantages. Or a customer card that makes a difference. However, the way people consume content has fundamentally changed.
Apple Pay was designed to replace our leather wallets. And Apple is well on its way to doing just that. In today’s world, Apple Pay is truly one of the best ways to shop online and in person, and is much more secure than cards or cash. It is a secure and easy way for people to make purchases in stores, in apps, and on the web.