Clairmail mobile banking and payments solutions, is using Xactly Express for its sales team. Clairmail is now the vendor of choice for one-third of the top 50 banks in North America. Clairmail extended its sales team into Europe and South America, and subsequently implemented cloud-based Xactly Express. Used to automate compensation processes and provide sales reps real-time access into their goals and quota attainment, Xactly Express is used in conjunction with the company’s existing Salesforce CRM system.
Merchant Warehouse secure payment processing solutions and merchant account services is set to host its second annual agent conference to provide its independent sales agents with the knowledge and practical skills to become more successful in the field. The conference will be held at the Lenox Hotel in Boston on Sept. 12-13, 2011, and will feature panels, motivational speakers, updates on regulations and security standards from the perspective of industry professionals. Additionally, Merchant Warehouse co-CEOs Henry Helgeson and Scott Zdanis will address the conference prior to the start of each day’s session.
Merchant Warehouse secure payment processing solutions and merchant account services is set to host its second annual agent conference to provide its independent sales agents with knowledge and practical skill at the Lenox Hotel in Boston on Sept. 12-13. To feature panels, motivational speakers, updates on regulations and security standards from the perspective of industry professionals, Merchant Warehouse co-CEOs Henry Helgeson and Scott Zdanis will also address the conference prior to the start of each day’s session. The past year witnessed many regulations and issues that will have a dramatic effect on the payment industry. Independent agents who are better equipped with the correct information on these regulations will be better suited to service their merchants who are impacted by these decisions. The Durbin Amendment and its effect on credit and debit cards, and the on-going changes to PCI-DSS standards are just two topics that will garner plenty of conversation at the conference.
Jan Rutherford has joined the 3t IT consulting firm as Chief Commercial Officer to oversee regional and national sales and marketing efforts, focusing on designing and directing diverse communications programs to target the healthcare, construction, and finance industries. With over 20 years of leadership training, education and sales and marketing experience, Rutherford brings an impressive track record for helping companies and organizations strategically expand their market foothold through creative and innovative campaigns. Prior to joining 3t Systems, Rutherford focused on training, educating, and helping others achieve their maximum potential both personally and professionally, most recently with MedKeeper healthcare software.
TN-based VIPGift has launched “SCORE 2.0” , the Sales Channel
Optimization Rewards Engine.
SCORE, as with other VIPGift applications, creates a self-sustaining ROI
cycle by providing an efficient rewards system that encourages each
sales professional to keep an âeye on the ball.â This encouragement also
enables senior management to cost-effectively focus team attention and
engage the sales channel in new and productive behavior, particularly
during new product releases or product promotions. SCORE also fosters
constructive competition within sales teams through use of the
Leaderboard function, which publicly ties rewards to the sales
individuals who have met or exceeded the business goals designated by
management. VIPGift is a provider of corporate and consumer incentive
programs and prepaid card solutions to the Fortune 500.
Suze Orman and identity theft protection TrustedID have released the new
edition of “Suze Orman’s Identity Theft Kit”. The kit offers a unique
set of proactive protections
to prevent identity theft. The kit starts with an anti-spyware
installation to safeguard personal information stored on each consumerâs
PC, and progresses with just a few effortless keystrokes to employ more
than a dozen unique defensive measures to secure financial and personal
information â everything from bank accounts to medical records. “The
Suze Orman Identity Theft” kit constantly monitors public, private,
and compromised databases to ensure that the identities of individuals
and families has not been breached. The kit also provides consumers with
an on-call identity theft protection team ready to assist with any
questions and concerns, and is backed by a $1 million service warranty.
In addition, the kits helps consumers place fraud flags on their credit
reports to prevent anyone from opening new credit accounts in their name
without their explicit permission.
VISA USA has partnered with personal finance expert Jean Chatzky to promote financial literacy nationwide. Chatzky will help develop new financial education curriculum and interactive resources geared toward teachers, students, women and parents. She will also participate in a number of Practical Money Skills for Life and What’s My Score outreach activities. She will also moderate the Financial Literacy and Education Summit being co-sponsored by the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago and VISA on May 1. This Summit will bring together educators, policymakers, non-profits and private sector leaders to address key issues, such as mandating financial education in schools, and sharing best practices. Jean Chatzky is a regular contributor to “The Oprah Winfrey Show” and to Oprah.com, financial editor for NBC’s “Today Show,” a contributing editor for Money and Travel & Leisure magazines and a columnist for The New York Daily News.
Driven by credit card promotion, overall advertising for financial services rose 8% in the second quarter. This is the third consecutive quarter that the ad spend for financial services has topped $2 billion. According to TNS Media Intelligence, advertising expenditures for financial services for the second quarter was $4.33 billion, compared to $4.00 billion for 2Q/05. Among the top ten advertising categories for the second quarter financial services ranked as number two. For the first half of 2006, the Internet accounted for 6.4% of total ad spending, up from 5.6% a year ago. Newspapers lost 1.3 share points over this period, slipping to 18.6 percent of expenditures and falling behind magazines.
2Q/05: $4.00 billion
3Q/05: $1.88 billion
4Q/05: $2.60 billion
1Q/06: $2.15 billion
4Q/06: $4.33 billion
Source: TNS Media Intelligence
Hartford Public Schools has launched a pilot of the “TeacherDollars” debit card. In cooperation with The Robert & Margaret Patricelli Family Foundation and card technology from Evolution Benefits the school district wants to give teachers special purpose debit cards to buy instructional and motivational supplies for their classrooms. A total of 78 teachers plus the principals and family resource aides from two Hartford area schools have received “TeacherDollar Cards” in the pilot. Each teacher will have $300 on their card to buy needed instructional and motivational materials for their students in the classroom during the school year. Principals and family resource aides will have $1,000 on their cards to buy necessary supplies. A program coordinator will manage the program on-site at each school.
Driven by credit card promotion, overall advertising for financial services rose 11% in the first quarter. This is the second consecutive quarter that the ad spend for financial services has topped $2 billion. According to TNS Media Intelligence, advertising expenditures for financial services for the first quarter was $2.15 billion, compared to $1.94 billion for 1Q/05. During the fourth quarter a record $2.6 billion was shelled-out. TNS says Internet display advertising led all media forms in percentage growth, rising 19.4% to $2.31 billion as leading blue chip advertisers continued to expand their online marketing programs. The top 10 advertisers in the first quarter spent $4.76 billion, a gain of 6.9% compared to the prior year period.
1Q/05: $1.94 billion
2Q/05: $1.86 billion
3Q/05: $1.88 billion
4Q/05: $2.60 billion
1Q/06: $2.15 billion
Source: TNS Media Intelligence
A new survey found that 69% of those shopping online will limit their purchasing because of fears associated with misuse of personal information. The TNS/TRUSTe survey revealed that the top five factors that shoppers say might limit or prevent them from buying online this holiday season are, in order, identity theft (49%), spam resulting from online purchases (39%), credit card theft (39%), spyware (38%) and preference for the “touch and feel” of shopping in bricks-and-mortar stores (35%). Among those willing to use e-commerce, nearly 42% prefer using the large, well-known online brands they believe will keep them safer from privacy-related threats.
VISA has launched a new television commercial in the USA that features World Champion and Olympic hopeful Lindsey Jacobellis to help introduce the new medal sport of snowboardcross. The commercial, titled “Nervous,” uses Jacobellis to reassure consumers about the important security features of the “VISA Check Card.” Snowboardcross will be making its debut during the Torino Games. The “Nervous” spot is the fourth in a series of national commercials on the topic of security (“Metaphors” featuring Tom Brady and the New England Patriots offensive
line, “Super Heroes” featuring popular Marvel Super Heroes, and
“Rooftop” featuring Donald Trump), which reinforce VISA’s multi-layered
approach to payment card security. VISA’s marketing
efforts around the “TORINO 2006 Olympic Winter Games” include national
promotions and advertising, a fundraising campaign to support the
journey of future American Olympic and Paralympic hopefuls and
customized programs for Member financial institutions and merchant