San Diego-based Ameranth says the U.S. Patent And Trademark Office (USPTO) has concluded its review process of Ameranth’s lead ‘data synchronization’ patent under a second attempt to invalidate it under the Covered Business Method (CBM) review process initiated by many infringing Defendants.
In today’s CardFlash News Que: THREATMETRIX (award); AMERICAN EXPRESS (SCA); YSTATS (report); and ENTERPRISE (Chase).
CashStar digital gifting and incentives continues its momentum and record growth as the company powers into 2012. CashStar grew more than 400 percent during the past year, more than doubled its retail brand partners and now drives the majority of retailers’ digital gift card programs in the U.S. Its retail network includes more than 250 brands such as QVC, Best Buy Canada, T.G.I. Friday’s, Aéropostale, Groupon, P.F. Chang’s, Lettuce Entertain You, Mandarin Oriental and more. Also, the company announced Alex Rampell, TrialPay co-founder and CEO, to its Board of Directors.
CashStar digital gifting and incentives company will implement its platform to offer eGift Cards with Aéropostale retail locations. This will let customers electronically send personalized eGift Cards that can be redeemed at both Aéropostale and p.s. from Aéropostale brands – either in-store or online.
CashStar secured $12 million in funding of its growth in the digital gifting business. The round was led by FTV Capital and the funding will be used to help drive continued adoption of digital gifting and grow CashStar’s retail brand network. Joining Starbucks, Gap, Best Buy, Williams-Sonoma, The Home Depot, Staples and the more than 200 marquee names in the CashStar network, Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group is another brand that has just partnered with CashStar to offer consumers a more personalized way to gift and incent.
CashStar digital gifting and incentives company is participating in The 2011 Motivation Show taking place October 4-5 in Chicago, for which its VP of Marketing will address the Retail Gift Card Association (RGCA) on multi-channel digital gifting program. Named “Multi-Channel Motivation: Digital Gifting 2011,” the presentation will draw on examples of some of CashStar’s more than 200 retail brands and technology partners to exemplify best practices when combining the power of the Web with mobile and social platforms to ensure successful digital gifting implementation.
CashStar’s CEO has been selected to speak at FinovateFall 2011, taking place September 20 and 21 in New York City, showcasing the newest financial and banking technology innovations from hot young startups, leading established companies and everyone in between. FinovateFall features a mix of short, fast-paced demos from handpicked companies, as well as intimate networking time with each demoing company’s top executives.
CashStar digital gifting and incentives announced its CEO has been selected to speak at FinovateFall 2011 September 21 in New York City. The event is designed to showcase the newest financial and banking technology innovations from hot young startups, leading established companies and everyone in between. FinovateFall features a mix of short, fast-paced demos from handpicked companies, as well as intimate networking time with each demoing company’s top executives. During his seven-minute demo, Stone will unveil a first-of-its-kind location-based iPhone application that enables consumers to instantly turn credit card points into digital currency while they are in a participating retailer’s store.
Cartera Commerce card-linked marketing solutions and Barclaycard US payments business of Barclays in the United States forged a strategic partnership to reward more than three million Barclaycard customers for their shopping purchases. Barclaycard is launching “Barclaycard RewardsBoost,” a new shopping platform for select co-branded card programs including Barnes & Noble, Carnival Cruise Lines, L.L.Bean, NFL and Travelocity — leveraging Cartera’s award-winning loyalty shopping platform and large multi-channel merchant network. The new program will allow these cardholders to earn discounts, rewards, miles and cash back for purchases at participating in-store, local and online retailers.
CashStar digital gifting and incentives added new clients and distribution partners. These include FitFund, which builds community-based wellness systems that brings schools, employers, merchants, governments, non-profits and citizens together onto one cohesive platform that rewards healthy and activity living. Also, WeSave, which operates an exclusive community and membership program for state government employees, providing promotions and special offers to its member base from thousands of merchants across the country, will offer CashStar-powered eGift Cards; I Love Rewards, which develops, designs and implements innovative incentive solutions for small and medium-sized companies, as well as Fortune 1000 businesses, will incorporate CashStar’s network of retailer eGift Cards into their rewards and incentive programs; and Get MD, which operates online communities for specific medical groups, providing offers and raising money for medical research, will also leverage the CashStar platform as a way to raise funds for research, recruit donors and reward contributions. These new distribution partners join CashStar’s exclusive roster including Bridge2 Solutions, eBillme™, Great Lakes Scrip Center, National Gift Card Corporation and SVM, representing more than $3 billion in gift card sales.
CashStar digital gifting and incentives has expanded its position in the B2B and incentives market, adding six new distribution partners, representing hundreds of incentive programs and millions of dollars in eGift Card sales. The Company also added 15 of North America’s leading brands to its B2B product suite client roster, representing an additional $1.5 billion in potential sales. CashStar’s digital gifting and incentives platform enables distribution partners to easily deliver highly-personalized eGift Cards across online, mobile and social channels through an easy-to-use Web interface. CashStar continues to attract distribution partners looking for a trusted digital gifting provider. These new distribution partners join CashStar’s exclusive roster including Bridge2 Solutions, eBillme™, Great Lakes Scrip Center, National Gift Card Corporation and SVM, representing more than $3 billion in gift card sales.
American Express launched its Facebook “Link, Like, Love” application that delivers cardmember deals, access and experiences based on the likes, interests and social connections of cardmembers and their Facebook friends. On the American Express Facebook page, cardmembers can link their cards to the program and choose their favorite deals; American Express will send statement credits to cardmembers’ accounts as they shop online or in stores, without the need to pre-purchase anything, print out or show a coupon at the point of sale. When cardmembers use the “Link, Like, Love” application on the American Express Facebook page, they will be connected to a personalized dashboard through which American Express will deliver deals, content and experiences based on their Facebook likes and interests, as well as the likes and interests of their friends. Cardmembers can choose the deals they want and then use their card as they usually do. American Express will send statement credits to their card accounts – no coupons, no print-outs.