The Advantages of Accepting Payments Online

If you are any kind of vendor of products or services, a way for customers to pay quickly and easily online is becoming more and more essential. Online payment solutions are abundantly available and give customers a much more streamlined and convenient internet shopping experience. Mountain Media continues to respond to the increased demand for robust solutions by continuously enhancing their products and services in this arena. “We are continuing to expand the features of our e-Payment platform and Web Payment Software in response to customer demand” says Mountain Media CEO James Curley. Including IPA, Payment Pages and Recurring Payments for both credit card and check. We are also working closely with the banking industry to roll out PCI compliant solutions for Online loan payments”.

The following are just some of the advantages to implementing online payment solutions. These are applicable to small businesses and large enterprises alike.

Ease of Purchase

It only stands to reason: if a purchase is easier and quicker to make, there is a greater likelihood that someone will make it. When you contrast the amount of time and trouble it takes to write out a check, put it in a stamped envelope, and send it with filling out a name and a few credit card digits and then clicking submit, it is clear at to which the customer will perceive as easier. And, in fact they will be correct even in a quantitative sense concerning the amount of time spent. Thus from a basic sales standpoint, it makes sense to offer online payment options.

Up-to-Date Appearance

Beyond the above, a site that offers online payment solutions appears more up-to-date and modern. Online payment is the norm by now, the rule rather than the exception. So it makes a website appear more market conscious and technically up-to-date. This can help to strengthen the view on the part of the customer that the site is legitimate, current, and customer-oriented.

Easier to Track and Organize

It is easier to track and organize sales that are made online. The software that processes these payments may also include analysis and organizational components that are very helpful in both analysis of the sales performance of the site and book keeping. And good analysis and organization of vendor data is always helpful for optimizing and streamlining a business.

Saves Time and Resources

These online payment solutions save the time and resources of a business. Some examples are their capability to automatically handle recurring payments, generate invoices automatically, and serve as interfaces for customer questions and complaints. The sheer manpower saved here alone is reason to institute these solutions.

Mobility

These payments can be received anywhere internet access is available. This greatly frees up time and allows greater mobility both of company personnel and customers. When a customer can make a purchase anywhere they can use their laptop, and a company can likewise receive those payments essentially anywhere and anytime, the window for making transactions is much greater. This is all thanks to the increased availability/mobility.

A relatively recent development in this area is what is known as mobile payment. This is a growing network that allows people to pay for goods or services using only mobile phones.

Again, what is occurring here is that payment is becoming even easier to make in a variety of different situations and locations. As you can see, implementing online payment solutions for your business makes sense on many different levels. If you expect to have any appreciable online sales presence, allowing customers to make on line payments is virtually a necessity. Find a good service that suits your business needs and you’ll be ready to go.

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Blogging to Boost Your Bottom Line

Marketing experts agree, blogging has quickly become one of the best methods to attract interest and drive traffic to a business or a product.

While previously considered a mere social tool, Blogs have now become a reliable and trusted source of news and information for hundreds of thousands of people everyday and with this growing trend, the trend for professional blog services who can tactfully perform posting for business (along with building effective search-engine marketing strategies and demonstrate proven results) are also on the rise!

Professional Guest Blogging Services have not only been shown to boost business or product popularity but also to enhance public relations, offer indirect sales opportunities, and provide significant SEO benefits.

“While anyone with a good topic and an opinion may be able to author a blog post,” says Mountain Media CEO and Search Engine Optimization expert, James Curley. “The art of Guest Blogging for SEO purposes requires so much more than simply writing interesting content. It requires an in-depth understanding of search engines, a wealth of expertise in search marketing and the ability to develop and properly execute a customized program that will deliver businesses with real results”.

Mountain Media’s comprehensive Guest Blogging Service includes the careful analysis and identification of popular blogs across the globe that may provide the best placement opportunity for the client. After negotiating with owners and editors of these carefully selected target blogs to secure optimum placement, Mountain Media’s skilled SEO Authors craft content based on the client’s specific marketing goals and then further work to meet the identified marketing strategy and drive results.

Mountain Media has been providing businesses with Search Engine Marketing services for over ten years and their team of experts boast a proven track record of success, having helped clients across a wide-array of industries, markets and disciplines to meet or exceed their online goals. Guest Blogging Services is a powerful tool in the arsenal of Search Marketing services that Mountain Media offers including:

  • Search Engine Optimization
  • Keyword Research
  • Content Development
  • Link Building
  • Blog Development
  • Shopping Feed Submission
  • Competitive Analysis
  • Reporting
  • PPC Campaigns
  • Google Tools Integration
  • Website Development
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Unrealistic Expectations In Web Development

It’s amazing what you can find on Craigslist. I spend a little time every few weeks seeing what kind of web design projects people post. It keeps me in the loop of what the local market place is in need of and of course, you never know, might find a good client in the process.

The posts are frequently laughable. Lots of promises to cut you in to what could be a million dollar business, as long as you provide a huge amount of development work for free, of course. Some pretty unrealistic expectations as well.

Take this post I came across today, for example:

“I need an INDEPENDENT website developer (Saratoga Springs)

I have a great idea for a website similar to that of facebook.com and I need someone to build this website. The idea is extremely marketable and is potentially worth millions. I need someone in this local area so I can meet with them and discuss the website and the contract to build it. So again it is very important if you reply to this ad you must be able to construct a website with similar abilities to that of facebook.com and you must be local as well.

So if you are interested then please call this number xxx-xxx-xxxx. “

Now, the rebuttal post (it was not I who wrote this, I swear. But, I’ll admit to wanting to!)

“RE: I need an INDEPENDENT website developer (Moronville)

Where to begin? Perhaps in a number-bulleted fashion?

1) You want a website designed that’s like Facebook, and you expect a single website-developer to do this work for… ? Do you have any idea how much it would cost to develop a site that resembles Facebook? Are you familiar with the software development lifecycle?

2) Why is Facebook worth billions? Because 500,000,000+ people use it. How many people do you think will use your website? A niche audience? A wide-ranging audience? If Facebook is worth $50billion, that means each user is worth roughly $100. For a startup website like you’re talking about, you won’t get the value/user of $100… probably more like $1 – $10… if that.

3) You’re an idiot. “

Whoever you are, I salute your candor. While I’m not as harsh, I do find myself frequently having similar conversations. Most of the time I feel pretty bad about it. It’s no fun bursting someones bubble with cold hard reality. I know that most web businesses fail. Success is the exception, not the rule. It takes knowledge, financing, dedication, hard work and a set of realistic expectations to make it work.

Anything is possible in this digital world, as it’s always been. The web doesn’t make it a sure thing.

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