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An Affordable Online Payment Solution for Sports Leagues

Trying to find the right online payment solution for your sports league can be confusing and expensive. Some of the mainstream solutions can charge up to $5.00 per registration and then processing fees of up to 3% on top of that. It doesn’t have to cost that much!

 

Web Payment Software was used by the Rhode Island Breakers, a girl’s basketballSample payment page for a girls basketball league.league, as an affordable registration and payment solution. The RI Breakers hold several basketball tournaments throughout the year. Each tournament has several hundred teams that need to register, make payment and submit team information. This can make for a ton of administrative work.They say “time is money” so streamlining this process helped save the organization a hoop-load of both.

 

By using Web Payment Software’s “payment pages”, the RI breakers set up a separate payment page for each of their basketball tournaments. Using a separate page for each event lets them tailor the details and collect different data for each event. It also lets them sort the registration and transaction data in to event specific Excel spreadsheets for use at the event.

 

The payment pages were branded to match their Website and are hosted in Web Payment Software’s PCI compliant data center. The experts at Web Payment Software set up their first payment page with all of the options and information necessary. Then, the staff at RI Breakers cloned that page and tailored the details and options for their next event. Along with having the ability to create as many pages as they need.

 

WPS’s solutions costs significantly less than the credit card processing would cost with PayPal. The merchants get their money in two days instead of the normal week or two. Web Payment Software also offers a virtual terminal, recurring payments, and can work as an e-commerce payment gateway service all for $15.99 per month.

 

Web Payment Software is an affordable online payment solution for sports leagues. Want to find out more about our top of the line merchant services? Feel free to email us at sales@web-payment-software.com or call us at (518)583-0300. We look forward to hearing from you.

 

What is a QR Code?

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QR codes (also known as Quick Response Codes) are those square barcodes you can find on almost anything. Like right next to this paragraph, for instance. Even though these codes rose to fame in the late 2000’s, they were actually created in 1994. They were originally developed by Denso (which was an affiliate of Toyota) to track parts going through the factory.

What they do is pretty simple. Just like how a cashier scans a barcode on a product, you can scan a QR code with your phone. It brings up a website, a video, a Skype call, an application in the app store – anything really. QR codes are used in all types of businesses, with all forms of advertising, on literally anything – the bench at a bus stop to a page of a magazine can have a QR code on it. And the best part is that they don’t take any fancy designing to make. You can just go to a QR code generator site and go to town within seconds.

QR codes can be very useful, because they’re a free way to get consumers to interact with different components of your brand. Let’s pretend you work for a car company and you’re at a trade show. You’re really trying to get the word out about your new line of cars. You can give consumers fancy photos, let them sit in the cars, etc. But what you really want them to do is like your Facebook page, so they’ll constantly get up to date information about your cars. How can you do that? Well, there are a few ways:

Option 1) Set up a computer and have people log in to Facebook to like your page.
The problem: People are concerned about security, and don’t want to type their e-mail address and password in on a random computer.

Option 2) Tell them to go to Facebook on their phone and like your page.
The problem: There’s a good chance they won’t actually do it.

Option 3) Have a QR code that leads to your Facebook page posted somewhere very visible.
Why this is the best option: Consumers are curious. They want to see what that QR code does and where it will take them. Once they scan the code, all they have to do is decide whether they want to like the page or not.

And in a perfect world, this article would stop here, and QR codes would rule the world. But they’re not. Why?

1) iPhones can’t scan them unless you download an app.
2) They’re ugly.

But don’t let that get you down. Would you rather stick a QR code on your piece of advertising, and potentially get more customer interaction? Potentially increase sales? Potentially get more video views? The list goes on and on.

Or would you rather leave the QR code off? Then you’ll never know what it could have done for your business…

PayPal vs. Web Payment Software

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Paypal is one of the most useful e-commerce solutions in the world – we won’t deny that! Founded in 1998, PayPal is a 10,000+ employee company that helps millions of people send and receive money — every day.  But does bigger always mean better? Check out how PayPal weighs in with Web Payment Software, below.

Lets start with the account setup.  We charge $98. PayPal is free. But why?  We only charge $15.99 a month, whereas PayPal charges $30.  Our transaction fees our lower, too.  We charge 2.25 – 2.7% + $.25 each transaction, when PayPal charges 2.2 – 3.9% +$.30 each transaction.  We also don’t charge to receive payments outside the U.S.

Put all of that on top of the fact that it takes funds 2 business days to clear the bank with us, and 3-4 business days with PayPal (or two months with rolling reserve). Rolling reserve could put you out of business.

Next, let’s talk about payment pages.  That’s one of the big things we do.  We support unlimited payment pages.  PayPal does not.  Our payment pages can be custom branded.  PayPal’s cannot.

At the end of the day, if you want to send money, PayPal is probably what you want to look into.  But if you’re running an online business and need to accept payments, Web Payment Software is the solution you need!

Alternative Solutions for Online Payment

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When you sell something online, you’re probably selling in one of three ways.  You could be selling through your e-commerce web store.  Or, maybe you’re using an online marketplace like Etsy or eBay.  Or perhaps you arranged some type of deal through an online forum, and you’re doing a straight PayPal transaction.  All of that is great, but sometimes you may need alternative solutions for online payment.  Enter our Web Payment Software payment pages. If you sign up for a merchant account with us, you’ll have the option to use these payment pages. They’re great for a number of reasons, which I’ll discuss below.

No Website

To accept payments with our payment pages, you don’t need a website. The payment page gets hosted in our PCI-Compliant data center, and all you need to do is send the URL to your customers.

No Account for Users

PayPal can be a great way to collect money, but what if your customer doesn’t have an account? That can immediately end a potential sale. With our payment pages, customers don’t need to sign up for any account. Zip. Zilch. Nada.

Design & Branding

Our payment pages look great without any alterations, i.e. they look good “straight out of the box.” You can change the header to anything you’d like. Or if you have a designer that knows CSS, they can customize it even more. If you don’t know a designer, but you’d still like your payment page customized, we can do it too.

Link from Social Media

As I previously mentioned, all you need to do is send your payment page link to potential customers. This includes the ability to post the link on social media! If your audience is on Facebook, for example, you can make a post with the link in it, then ‘pin’ the post to the top of your Facebook page, and send people directly to your Facebook page.

Thank You Pages

Once your customer submits a payment, they don’t get left hanging on some blank page. You can customize thank you pages, and set up automatic confirmation/thank you e-mail messages.

Interested? Check out some of our sample payment pages.