Monday, December 1, 2014

Yes, we're CYBER, too!

Hope you're stuffed and shopped-out and had a great Thanksgiving season!
Great call with Special Guest, Merchant Guard Co-Founder and Friend John Daniels.  In case you missed it, listen in below:
Playback Number:
(605) 562-0029
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Condolences to Roger Arthur on the sudden loss  of his wife of 44 years, Marilyn, to a stroke this last weekend.


This from Avita:


Hope you guys had a good Holiday weekend.

David suggested Tiny Scan app. You can get it on Android and Apple. You can upload all docs in 1 pdf. I have still been getting statements and applications in word docs and via picture text. EPI will no longer accept those formats.
Here is a little video I found on the tiny scan app.


Don't be afraid to sign up a merchant locally who does biz just through his website!  (Yes, MG can handle EVERY type of merchant, from brick/mortar to cyber...)  Check out these stats:

U.S. Thanksgiving, Black Friday Sales Break $1B; Total Holiday Spend Online Will Be $89B

Online retailers use Cyber Monday to extend the first flush of the post-Thanksgiving holiday sales rush, and now analysts are coming out with their first numbers laying out how holiday sales have been progressing so far. The long and short of it: record numbers for e-commerce retail, with holiday shopping across the U.S. and Europe approaching $130 billion, according to figures from Forrester Research.

Based on early numbers from comScore, it looks like online sales got off to a good start in the U.S., with Thanksgiving topping $1 billion and Black Friday passing $1.5 billion, respective growth of 32% and 26% over 2013.
IBM, which tracks sales in real time through its Benchmark tool, has also now published its figures for how U.S. e-commerce sites performed over the weekend between Black Friday and Cyber Monday.
Following on from strong sales on Thanksgiving and Black Friday, IBM found that online sales were up 17% versus the same period a year ago, while mobile continued to be a strong driver of both traffic and buying, accounting for 51.2% of all e-commerce browsing, and 28.9% of sales.
(Recall that on Thanksgiving, IBM found that one-third of sales were completed on mobile devices.)
All of this will contribute to what Forrester is terming a record year, with the U.S. reaching an all-time high of online sales this year of $89 billion, up 13% on 2013 and accounting for 30% of all eCommerce spend in 2014.


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