Archives: May 2017

May 31, 2017

Gain New Clients Using Linked In

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Using LinkedIn isn’t as difficult as many people think. Here at Chosen Payments, we use it extensively as a tool for sales prospecting. You can too. LinkedIn is always making changes just as other social media platforms do. There have been several improvements in the past few months. One of the biggest enhancements is the ability to move a public conversation on a comment into a direct message stream. LinkedIn: “You can now easily move your public conversation into a private one by messaging your connections directly from a comment they post on LinkedIn. Or maybe you want to share an insightful...Read more

May 26, 2017

Friday Fun Facts

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Innovative Ways To Smuggle Pot An American man was arrested while trying to enter America while driving a hearse with a coffin. Guess what was in the coffin? 67 pounds of marijuana! He probably never believed that a U.S. Customs agent would dare to ask him to open the coffin. You have to wonder  where he borrowed a hearse and a coffin from.   Absolutely No Smoking ANYWHERE in Laguna Beach, CA Laguna Beach has become the first city in California to completely ban smoking in public. There are only two places you can smoke in Laguna Beach. Inside a...Read more

May 24, 2017

The Perils of Social Media Reviews

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We have all heard the old adage, “The customer is always right”. It’s hogwash. The customer isn’t always right. If you are in the transportation business, you may have experienced the irrational decisions of a drunk passenger. They certainly can’t be right when they are intoxicated. Or, perhaps your customer signed a contract with you and didn’t read the fine print about late fees or other terms of the contract and now wants to argue about it. No matter what industry you are in, the customer isn’t always right. But, right or wrong, the customer now has access to a...Read more

May 19, 2017

Friday Fun Facts

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A Really Nice Cop It was his first week on the job when Atlanta police officer Che Milton  was dispatched to a shoplifting call at a Dollar store. He found a 12- year old stealing shoes for her 5-year old sister. Upon driving her home, he found a house in deplorable condition. Officer Milton left and bought a pizza and returned with it. Since then he has delivered food and diapers on a regular basis to five children and their mother. One-Armed Baseball Catcher Luke Terry is a 14-year old baseball player in Lewisberg, TN. His right arm was amputated...Read more

May 17, 2017

A Special Report for Online Jewelers

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“Card Not Present” transactions always pose a higher risk than traditional in-store sales. But, the truth is, online sales are quickly causing a disruption in the brick and mortar jewelry stores. This forces many jewelers into making the decision to sell products via your website in addition to in-store sales. As a result of this shift, a growing portion of jewelry sales is now done through online sales. In fact, online sales of watch and jewelry products in America increased from less than a third in 2011, to more than half of in 2016. For most jewelers, selling online is...Read more

May 12, 2017

Friday Fun Facts

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High School Newspaper Story Exposes Untruthful Principal Pittsburgh Community Schools hired a new principal.  It seemed fair to interview her for a school newspaper article. As part of journalism classes, students are taught to fact check. Oops!  Seems the principal overstated her degrees, claimed she had degrees from colleges that offered no such programs and a host of other lies. Amy Robertson was promptly fired as a result of the article. 8,000 Uber and Lyft Drivers Fail Background Check Massachusetts is one of the first states to require ride-share drivers like Uber and Lyft to have background checks as taxi...Read more

May 10, 2017

Never Rest On Your Laurels


Have you ever noticed a seemingly thriving business suddenly close down and you wondered, what could have gone wrong. Or, worse yet, you watch a thriving business slowly spiral into oblivion after a long and successful run. The slow spiral can happen for many reasons. A restaurant that changes their menu or changes their supplier of meat can cause damage. Perhaps new owners took over the restaurant and decided to change things up a bit. Many companies start out with major advertising efforts and support of their communities and industries simply to try and make a name for themselves. Once...Read more

May 5, 2017

Friday Fun Facts

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Weekend Trips Home for Trump Cost Us $3 million Each time President Trump goes home to Florida for the weekend, it costs taxpayers about $3 million in travel expenses and security. To put this in perspective, The Obamas spent $97 million total or about $12.1 million per year. Trump has cost us $24 million so far. This doesn’t include about $140,000 per day spent protecting Trump Tower, the official residence of Mrs. Trump and their son. Dead Bat Found In Salad Package Maybe it was added for extra protein. The bat was found in a package of Fresh Express Organic...Read more

May 3, 2017

Ten Useful Things Relating To Chargebacks


The Chargeback Reason Code Encyclopedia Understand Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover chargeback reason codes, get insights, examples and benchmarks for each. Google, the Obvious Secret Weapon There are lots of fancy tools to research the location, email address, physical address, and other customer information when fighting a chargeback. But sometimes the most effective (and free) one is Google. Read the Rulebook… Closely The operating rules and regulations (see e.g. Visa, MasterCard, AmEx, and Discover) for each network contain valuable information regarding the dispute process, roles, responsibilities and specific procedures that should be taken when responding to a chargeback. SurveyMonkey...Read more