We’ve said so much we feel like a broken record – cash is no longer king. Consumers today expect the convenience and security of card and ACH payments. Accepting electronic payments is imperative for your business success. Still debating on whether this payment method is here to stay? Read on to learn the critical facts about establishing a merchant account.

The Importance of Online Payments

The shift in consumer preferences and business modes has forced companies to take a deep dive into how they can serve their customer base better. Most immediately identify the need for a reliable payment processor to expand their payment acceptance offerings. Online payments are a necessity for the majority of businesses today. Be sure your provider offers a secure and robust platform that can also fully integrate with your accounting or CRM software.

The Popularity of Electronic Payments

Be it shopping or paying bills; customers require a fast, reliable, and secure way to make payments online. Let’s take a look at some interesting facts:

  • 83% of consumers expect retailers to keep introducing new payment methods as technology develops
  • 40% of customers prefer to work with a company offering multiple payment methods
  • 25% of abandoned e-carts are the result of a merchant not offering their preferred mode of payment

The above statistics make it clear the importance of accepting electronic payments. However, it can be challenging to find the right payment provider for your business. Take your time to ask important questions before signing on the dotted line. Adding a payment processor is the easiest way to boost sales; make sure they provide the same services your business needs to thrive.

Accepting Electronic Payments in Essential

If you are looking to cater to customer needs, accepting electronic payments is a must! Customers want to buy products and services online quickly and securely. Let’s take a look at how electronic payments will help achieve business success.

Real-Time Reporting

Accepting cash and paper checks is slow in all business aspects – financial reporting included. Experience no more frustrations of a delayed P&L waiting for checks to clear. Accepting electronic payments means you have instant and accurate access to a wide-reaching array of real-time reporting. These reports can be customized to meet your business needs.

Reduce Fraud

Payment Savvy offers an extensive list of FREE fraud tools with each merchant account. These modules can be dialed in to meet your exact business requirements and instantly reduce fraudulent payment acceptance.

Integrated Payments

We’ve touched on this already; having a fully-integrated payment system is essential for streamlined business operations. Why waste person-hours duplicating data from one system to another? Our integrated partners are expanding daily. If you don’t see your accounting, CRM, or shopping cart platform on our list – give us a call. Chances are our open API platform will seamlessly connect will minimal effort.

Secure Important Financial Data

Not protecting your electronic payment data is like leaving your register drawer open. It leaves you susceptible to theft and fraud. Securing information is also a PCI requirement. No need to start the wheel turning as to how you will manage securing data on your own – our state-of-the-art payment gateway is Level 1 PCI compliant and offers encryption and tokenization of all electronic payments.

24-7-365 Payment Acceptance

Today’s consumers are always on. They want to purchase the product or service they are looking for at any time of day. This could be at 6 am or 8 pm – well past regular business hours. Accepting electronic payments means having a ’round the clock way to keep selling while you’re sleeping. This goes beyond online payments; standard payment technology today also includes the use of IVR or pay by text.

Ready to Start Accepting Electronic Payments?

In conclusion, require the best in the merchant account arena. Ensure the payment solutions you need and the customer service you demand are part of your processor’s mission. Since 2010, Payment Savvy has offered professional online payment solutions to businesses looking to expand and grow their operations. We aim to be transparent and straightforward in all we do. Reach out to us today to get started on creating your perfect payment solution.

Charged with ensuring our prospects and customers always receive an A+ experience, Lauren comes to Payment Savvy with skill-set that is second to none. Having spent over a decade in the accounting realm, she diligently works to guarantee our clientele obtains excellent payment solutions and customer support. With additional experience in sales and marketing, Lauren’s well-rounded expertise makes her an invaluable part of our Savvy Squad. She is a regular staple at trade shows and conventions across the country, next time you see her – stop by and say hello! We promise she doesn’t bite!