Have you shopped in a grocery store, pharmacy, restaurant, or coffee shop and had the frustrating experience of fumbling in your wallet (or pocket or purse) for your loyalty card and/or coupon or special offer certificates? I go through that routine every day, and am convinced that the following is an immutable law – “the loyalty card you need will always be the last one you fish out”!
Well, if you share that struggle with me, I have GREAT NEWS for you! SparkBase’s newly released “Mobile Wallet” – named “Paycloud®” – is growing by leaps and bounds and has been available in the Chicago area since the second week of November.
Paycloudis the newest in a long line of mobile apps that can streamline your daily life and begin freeing you to be less cluttered, more organized, and more efficient.
Once you download Paycloud on your i-phone or Android smart phone, you’ll begin harnessing the power of the ultrasonic Zoosh signal that’s sent from the customer’s phone to the Paycloud sensor – a signal that is unique, encrypted, and perishable, in order to achieve the highest level of security.
This Zoosh ultrasonic technology “connects” you in helpful ways with those product or service providers with whom you most often do business – enabling them to provide you targeted offers, gift cards, and special deals – all of which is exchanged electronically through your phone.
If you are a merchant who is aware of the power of connecting with customers in new ways which can energize your sales and make it much easier for the customer to respond to your special offers and new products – Paycloud is ideal. There is no incremental cost to the merchant for joining the network, it helps you track customers’ preferences and shopping patterns, and allows you to reward customers for “loyalty” by offering targeted deals – all instantly and electronically.
In addition, once a merchant enters into Paycloud, all Paycloud users see your store location(s) on a map… alerting new customers to your existence and reminding existing customers how hip and accessible you are.
“SparkBase”, the creator of Paycloud – is based in Cleveland, Ohio and is run by CEO Douglas Hardman. When I asked Doug to identify the unique strengths of Paycloud, strengths which will help merchants be able to trust Paycloud’s “staying power” and future growth, he responded:
“At SparkBase, we have developed a robust and high-capacity transaction processing infrastructure that enables us to process an endless number of gift and loyalty transactions per day. On average, we process half a million transactions and board 50-80 merchants daily. Our Paycloud program is backed by our years of experience in this industry and the strength of our network, so we know, and are already starting to see, our potential for enormous growth with Paycloud merchants in Chicago and across the nation. We’re not going anywhere.”
For consumers, Paycloud is a breeze to download (at paycloud.com). I did it in less than two minutes. Then I was immediately able to scout out potential merchants. There are a large and growing number of such merchants in Chicago, only a few of which I have room to highlight here, hinting at the range of vendors available:
The Public House at 400 N. State St., Bull & Bear at 431 N. Wells St., Janik’s Café at 2011 West Division, Bon Bon Sandwiches at 2333 W. North, Teuscher Chocolates of Switzerland at 900 N. Michigan Ave, Center Nails & Spa at 818 N. State St., Eliot’s Complete Auto Repair at 3658 N. Lincoln Ave., and Mr. and Mrs Digz (clothing boutique) at 5668 N. Clark.
Based on my conversation with Mr. Hardman, I guaranteed you that in less than 6 months, the Chicago network of Paycloud merchants will have quadrupled. Give it a try!