Using Twitter for Business

Using Twitter for Business

  • On October 19, 2011
Since Twitter was founded by Jack Dorsey, Biz Stone, and Evan Williams in March 2006, both consumers and businesses have been growing and learning together on how best to use this new mass communication tool. Of course Twitter is the micro blogging service that limits ‘tweets’ to a 140 character limit. The real question is: […]
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Magic 8-Ball on Mobile Payments

Magic 8-Ball on Mobile Payments

  • On October 18, 2011
Magic 8-Ball on Mobile Payments: Outlook Hazy, Ask Again Later Mobile Payments are getting a lot of press right now and are being heralded as the future of commerce. There are quite a few media sources playing the role of prognosticator, tagging Mobile Payments as a billion-dollar boom waiting to explode. But as we creep […]
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Interchange Change For Charities

Interchange Change For Charities

  • On October 17, 2011
A really short entry in The Official Merchant Services Blog today. More of a news flash for merchants: Effective October 15, 2011, Visa introduces the Consumer Credit Card Charity Interchange Rate Program for charitable organizations –– which specifically only refers to organizations with the Merchant Category Code (MCC) of 8398, Charitable and Social Service Organizations […]
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More Durbin Amendment Follow Up

More Durbin Amendment Follow Up

  • On October 14, 2011
The Official Merchant Services Blog continues its in-depth look at an interesting opinion article we found on Practical E-Commerce. We recently did a 2-part series on the differences between Tiered Pricing plans and Interchange Plus pricing plans. And in it we heralded Interchange Plus and explained why Host Merchant Services uses what we feel is the superior pricing plan to benefit its merchants. Phil Hinke’s […]
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Interchange Plus Follow-Up

Interchange Plus Follow-Up

  • On October 14, 2011
The Official Merchant Services Blog looks at an interesting opinion article we found on Practical E-Commerce. We recently did a 2-part series on the differences between Tiered Pricing plans and Interchange Plus pricing plans. And in it we heralded Interchange Plus and explained why Host Merchant Services uses what we feel is the superior pricing […]
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Durbin Backlash: Bank of America

Durbin Backlash: Bank of America

  • On October 13, 2011
Today The Official Merchant Services Blog will take you through a quick roundup of the backlash over the Durbin Amendment. Host Merchant Services has kept  its finger on the pulse of this legislation as it weaved its way through congress and into reality. The HMS article section gives you a comprehensive analysis of the legislation, […]
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Tiered vs. Interchange Plus Part 2

Tiered vs. Interchange Plus Part 2

  • On October 12, 2011
The Official Merchant Services Blog continues it’s two-part series on Tiered Pricing vs. Interchange Plus. After yesterday’s blog defined what Three-Tier pricing looks like, we now take a closer look at how it falls apart and does not save merchants money. Then we’ll outline Interchange Plus pricing and highlight why Host Merchant Services uses this […]
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Tiered Pricing vs. Interchange Plus

Tiered Pricing vs. Interchange Plus

  • On October 11, 2011
Today The Official Merchant Services Blog is going to delve into the murky world of hidden fees and tiered pricing plans. This is the first in a two-part series and it focuses on Tiered Pricing. Host Merchant Services offers an Interchange Plus pricing plan. The company offers this plan because of its transparency and the savings […]
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Merchants are Slacking on Security

Merchants are Slacking on Security

  • On October 7, 2011
According to a study by Verizon, 79% of organizations were not fully compliant with the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) in their initial audit in 2010. That’s about the same level as the previous year, the first year the study was done. This is distressing news since PCI Compliance is extremely important […]
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Steve Jobs 1955-2011

Steve Jobs 1955-2011

  • On October 6, 2011
Steve Jobs, Apple co-founder and former CEO of the company, passed away Wednesday October 5, 2011. Apple’s website posted this as a remembrance: “Apple has lost a visionary and creative genius, and the world has lost an amazing human being. Those of us who have been fortunate enough to know and work with Steve have […]
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