LendingTree, the nation’s leading online loan marketplace, has announced a series of senior executive appointments to fully align the company’s management team for rapid scale and to leverage new growth opportunities.
CardWeb.com’s CardData database of Company Profiles today features processor Digital River. The Company is a major provider of Commerce-as-a-Service solutions.
American Express ranked as the “Most Trusted Company for 2008” for
privacy for the second consecutive year.Ponemon Institute and TRUSTe
asked 6,486 adult-aged U.S. consumers which companies they thought were
most trustworthy and which did the best job safeguarding personal
information. A total of 706 companies were named by consumers; 211 made
the final list of most trusted companies. eBay earned a ranking as the
second most trusted company, while IBM, Amazon, and Johnson & Johnson
rounded out the top five. Among credit card issuers making the top
rankings: USAA #11 and U.S. Bank #19. The survey also found that
consumers feel they are losing control of personal information. Only 45%
of consumers feel they have control over their personal information,
down from 56% in 2006. Sixty-two percent of consumers believe that
identity theft most saliently affects their perceptions about a
company’s privacy, while 53% named data breach notification and 42%
cited annoying background chatter in a public venue.
CA-based Transaction Wireless has hired Bruce Springer, previously with
BidShift as CEO and Thomas Niedbalski,previously with Stored Value
Solutions, as VP, sales and marketing. Springer was president
and CEO of BidShift, a SaaS company focused on healthcare staffing. and
founded and was managing director of GreenSpring Ventures, an early
stage venture capital firm. He served as co-founder, COO and EVP of
WebMD, an internet healthcare and transaction services business.
Niedbalski joined the Company from Stored Value
Solutions (SVS), one of the world’s leading providers of gift cards and
other card-based transaction programs, where as a vice president he was
responsible for developing the mass market sales channel, the SVS
Loyalty Program, as well as leading the partnership marketing team with
responsibility for customer expansion and market development. He
was also on the Blockbuster team that pioneered the first gift card and
developed the Blockbuster Rewards loyalty program.
Consumers typically use January as a planning time and this year Web traffic shows a big uptick in visitation to tax, travel, careers and real estate Web sites. comScore Media Metrix reports that IRS.gov had 13.3 million visitors, a 205% increase over December, making it the top gaining property for the month. The Hotels/Resorts category experienced a 29% boost in visitation, led by Walt Disney Parks & Resorts Online with 6 million visitors. The top “Career Services” site in January was CareerBuilder with 21.1 million visitors. In the Real Estate category Move Network led with 8.5 million visitors. Overall, Advertising.com retained the number one position for the 33rd consecutive month, reaching 85% of the U.S. online population. Within the top ten, Google moved up two positions to number seven, reaching 61% of Americans online.
Retail e-commerce spending, excluding travel, increased 26% this holiday season versus 2005 to a record $24.6 billion. comScore Media Metrix reports that “Jewelry/Luxury Goods/Accessories” was the top gaining category in December, growing 21% for the second consecutive month to 21.9 million visitors. Other top gaining retail categories included: “Shipping,” up 19% to 34.6 million visitors; “Sports/Outdoor,” up 15% to 32.6 million visitors. “Retail-Food” was up 11% to 17.2 million visitors; “Computer Hardware” up 9% to 66 million visitors; and “Apparel,” up 8% overall to 61.9 million visitors. In December, Yahoo! Sites retained its number one ranking with more than 131 million unique visitors.
While many online retail subcategories saw significant growth at the start of the holiday shopping season, a new report has found that jewelry and luxury goods led the list of top gaining categories in November with 39% growth over October. The latest monthly analysis from comScore Media Metrix also found that retailers featuring a presence online and offline reached 62.1 million visitors in November. The category was carried by Wal-Mart.com which received 32.1 million unique visitors in November, up 54% from October. comScore Networks earlier this week said it expects consumer spending at U.S. Internet sites to exceed $19.5 billion for the holiday season, a 24% jump over 2004. Online spending topped $3 billion for the week ending December 11th, the highest for the season. VISA reported that e-commerce spending grew by 33.2% the week of December 5-11, compared to the same period in 2004.
! NextCard has been ranked as the second fastest growing domain on the Internet following a 178% surge in the number of unique visitors during May. Meanwhile Capital One has been ranked #1 on the list of top ad impressions delivered during May. According to Nielsen/NetRatings Internet audience measurement service NextCard’s audience grew from 1,459,728 visitors in April to 4,056,306 in May. NextCard beat popular Web destinations such as napster.com and victoriasecret.com. Rival Internet audience measurement service, Media Metrix, reported yesterday that Capital One remains the top online advertiser with 1.2 billion ad impressions served in May. Media Metrix says the Capital One ad figures are remarkable since the card issuer made a 62% cut in its online advertising in the last week of May. There are major discrepancies between the measurement services. Nielsen/NetRatings shows that during May, NextCard delivered 604 million ad impressions while Capital One delivered 402 million. While Capital One topped the Media Metrix list with more than one billion ad impressions, NextCard did not even make the list which cutoff at 119 million ad impressions. NextCard and Capital One are both ‘Premier’ level advertisers on CardWeb.com’s consumer channels.
The E-Business Marketplace announced Tuesday that Humboldt Bank Merchant Services, a leading provider of merchant accounts and e-commerce payment processing solutions, has formed a strategic partnership with Priority One Electronic Commerce Corporation, a wholly-owned subsidiary of CBQ, Inc. that enables Priority One Electronic Commerce Corporation to provide enhanced electronic payment services to its clients via Humboldt Bank Merchant Services.
The integration of Humboldt Bank Merchant Services and Signio, a wholly-owned subsidiary of VeriSign (Nasdaq:VRSN), means Priority One Electronic Commerce Corporation customers will have access to real-time consolidated payment services for credit cards, debit cards, and automatic clearing house (ACH) transactions. These payment services enable e-Business clients to automate commerce and increase efficiencies by replacing traditional paper-based payment processes with an end-to-end integrated payment processing capability that significantly reduces the cost and time associated with traditional billing methods. “Humboldt Bank Merchant Services is a leader in the field of Internet payment processing services,” said John Harris, CEO, CBQ, Inc. “Working with such a forward-looking institution will allow CBQ and Priority One to expand CBQ’s capabilities.” “We’re excited to be able to extend our existing services to our Priority One customers,” said Barbara Riehl, President, Priority One Electronic Commerce Corporation. “The enthusiasm shown by their account team, 48 hour turnaround for applications and competitive processing rates are among the reasons we chose Humboldt Bank Merchant Services.” About Humboldt Bank Merchant Services Humboldt Bank is a $500 Million Dollar Financial Institution founded in 1989. The Merchant Services division began in 1993 and is one of the fastest growing “Full Service” member providers of credit, debit, and check transactions in the United States. Innovative risk management capabilities and flexible credit underwriting distinguishes Humboldt Bank Merchant Services by servicing the individual needs of all business categories, accepting a wide range of businesses including Retail, Restaurant, Hotel, Start-UP’s, Mail Order/Telephone Order, and Internet businesses. Applications are approved in less than 48 hours and leases in one hour. Humboldt Bank focuses heavily on using the Internet as a way to simplify setting-up merchant accounts via the Web. In conclusion and in keeping with Humboldt’s Mission Statement, “To provide excellence in transaction processing for our Merchants today…with solutions from the future” [http://www.merchant.humboldtbank.co m].
About Priority One Electronic Commerce Corporation Priority One has been providing electronic funds transfer for businesses for over 5 years. Whether it’s accepting credit cards or debiting customers’ accounts directly, Priority One will give your e-business site the ability to generate immediate revenue. Our Billcollect(TM) and Prioritycash(TM) services provide the mechanism to transfer funds rapidly and securely. About VeriSign, Inc. VeriSign, Inc. is the leading provider of Internet trust services — including authentication, validation and payment — needed by Web sites, enterprises and e-commerce service providers to conduct trusted and secure electronic commerce and communications over IP networks. VeriSign’s trust services for Web sites, developers and individuals are available through and through a growing number of ISPs and Web hosting companies. The company’s digital certificate services for enterprises and electronic commerce service providers are available through regional account representatives, resellers, and global affiliates. VeriSign announced on Feb. 29, 2000, that it has acquired Signio, Inc., a leading provider of Internet payment services. The Signio Payflow Service delivers a wide range of payment connectivity including all major credit card, debit card, electronic check, purchase card, and automated clearinghouse (ACH) transactions. It comes pre-integrated with a broad range of E-commerce servers, shopping carts and applications, making it easy to install for merchants, merchant aggregators, auction sites and trade exchanges. Signio has a growing list of impressive customers and partners, with notable merchants such as CBS Sportsline, C/NET Store.com, eXp, FurnitureOnline, Network Solutions, Prime Sports Interactive, Wine.com, WebMD, women.com and E-commerce solution providers such as Commerce One, Intuit, Trading Dynamics, Fairmarket and Just in Time Solutions. Signio is headquartered in Redwood Shores, Calif. For more information about Signio, visit .
About CBQ CBQ, Inc. The E-Business Marketplace, is a total end-to-end provider for implementing customer driven e-business solutions. Through its subsidiaries, Reliance Technologies, Inc. and Priority One Electronic Commerce Corp. it can design, implement, host, build traffic and process payments for its customers’ e-business initiatives. ChinaSoft, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of CBQ, Inc., that is affiliated with Beijing Zhongruan Zhixun Technology Development Co. Services include Software Development services for Enterprise computing and Internet Development Services. China Partners, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of CBQ, Inc. Its primary focus is facilitating trade and investment opportunities between U.S. and Chinese companies through its trade portal Chinapartners.net. For more information, visit .
Signio released ‘Payflow Link’ this week. This is the newest addition to Signio’s ‘Payflow’ payment service platform aimed at resellers. The ‘Payflow Link’ platform enables small and medium sized businesses to authorize, process, and manage unlimited credit card, debit card and Internet check transactions for a flat monthly fee of $19.95. For resellers, ‘Payflow Link’ is an easy to use Web hosted payment solution for their small and medium-sized customers.
VeriSign, Inc. announced this morning it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire privately held Signio, Inc., a provider of payment-services connecting online merchants, B2B exchanges, payment processors and financial institutions on the Internet. Under terms of the agreement VeriSign will issue approximately 5.6 million shares of VeriSign common stock for all of the issued and outstanding capital stock of Signio and will assume Signio’s outstanding employee stock options. VeriSign stock opens at approx. $131 per share this morning. The acquisition will be accounted for as a purchase transaction. VeriSign says by linking Signio’s payment services with VeriSign’s widely-recognized brand, sizeable customer base and global network of resellers and affiliates, the company will now accelerate market adoption of its payment platform. Signio currently counts close to 2000 online merchants and over 200 resellers in its payment services network and has linked its services with leading payment processors such as EDS, FDC, Nova, Paymentech, Telecheck and Vital.
CBQ, Inc. and Signio, a leading provider of e-commerce payment services, announced a strategic reseller partnership and the integration of Signio’s Internet Payment Platform into CBQ, Inc.’s PriorityCASH E-Business Payment Service.
Yesterday’s announcement enables CBQ to provide a broad range of Internet-enabled electronic payment services to its customers. The combining of PriorityCASH customer driven interface with Signio’s Internet payment processing platform instantly brings enhanced capabilities, a reliable payment platform and increased efficiencies to customers of The E-Business Marketplace.
Signio offers integrated payment services for real time credit card authorization, debit card, purchase cards, and pay-by-check services guaranteed by Telechek(TM) for a flat monthly fee. Automated Clearinghouse (ACH) transactions and fraud detection are also available through the Signio platform. Integrating the Signio payment platform also allows CBQ to offer its customers processing services for over nine currencies and provide for International credit card processing.
“With the easiest to deploy payment service in the marketplace, Signio gave CBQ the ability to move from the CyberCash platform and, in one day integrate their highly reliable platform with our own PriorityCASH system. This upgrade to Signio clearly establishes a solid foundation for our E-Business Service to grow from,” stated John Harris, CEO of CBQ, Inc.
Said Philippe Courtot, Signio CEO and chairman, “We are extremely pleased the company has chosen to integrate our payment platform into PriorityCASH, and make it even easier for businesses to leverage the power of the Internet with a fully functional a e-commerce web site.”
Signio, Inc., (formerly known as PaymentNet) is committed to bringing simplicity and excellence to Internet payment processing and help businesses profit from the rapidly expanding e-commerce market. With its flat fee monthly pricing model and growing menu of services, Signio brings affordability and convenience to the process of selling online.
Signio provides seamless connectivity across the Internet from e-commerce applications to all major back-end payment processors and quickly enables companies to authorize, process, and manage multiple payment types, multi-currency options and different payment schemes. Signio has a growing list of impressive customers, with such notables as CBS Sportsline, C/NET Store.com, Furniture.com, Network Solutions, Inc., Prime Sports Interactive, wine.com, and WebMD. Signio is headquartered in Redwood Shores, Calif. For more information about Signio, visit [http://www.signio.com].
About CBQ, Inc.
CBQ, Inc. The E-Business Marketplace, is a total end-to-end provider for implementing customer driven e-business solutions. Through its subsidiaries, Cyberquest, Inc., Reliance Technologies, Inc. and Priority One Electronic Commerce Corp it can design, implement, host, build traffic and process payments for its customers e-business initiatives.