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Ariba, an SAP Company, and Discover Financial Services has unveiled Ariba Pay. The new service, to be offered by Ariba, is expected to transform B2B payments by eliminating paper transactions, providing better visibility into cash flow, and producing rich remittance information that improves reconciliation processes for buyers and sellers. The cloud-based service. announced at the Ariba LIVE, conference, will combine the applications and insights embedded in the Ariba Network and deliver them through a trusted and secure global-payments infrastructure to streamline and enhance settlement and reconciliation of business commerce. The service is expected to be generally available in 2014. [Disclosure: Ariba is a sponsor of BriefingsDirect podcasts.] “It’s the classic joke: The check is in the mail. But few companies find it funny,” said Kevin Costello, president, Ariba... (more)

Nassau, Bahamas Startup Announces Global T-Shirt Line

(September 4, 2010, Nassau, Bahamas) - Got The Tee Shirt Corporation, a Nassau, Bahamas based apparel start-up  and global distributor of t-shirts announced today its "Been There Done That Got The Tee Shirt" apparel brand. The company will introduce its product line to the press on November 1, 2010, and will sell branded "100% cotton pigment-dyed" and "100% organic cotton pigment-dyed" t-shirts. Got The Tee Shirt Corporation will open five test stores in January 2011 to perform price sensitivity analysis, form focus groups, and to gather valuable customer feedback before launching 1,000 plus sales points around the world in the next two years. Company test stores will open in the following cities: Hudson, New York, Piermont, New York Nyack, New York Montvale, New Jersey Bebek, Istanbul The company's corporate website will be available at www.GotTheTeeShirt.com and th... (more)

Trust but Verify: Understanding Online Seals of Approval

Most of us know by now that the online world is full of fakers: phishing sites set up to look like your bank’s, come-on emails filled with nasty links that will turn your PC into a zombie for someone else’s control, disinformation Web sites for pleasure (such as the fake accounts for BP and AT&T Wireless on Twitter that have recently been created) or pain (such as fake sites supporting particular candidates that were created by their opponents). So, when you go online to buy something or get expert advice, you probably know the drill by now. Don’t click on any link that someone emails you, bring it up and type it in your browser yourself. Look for a secured site with HTTPS if money is changing hands. Find a trusted seal at the bottom of the page. Check on a domain’s whois information to see the actual site owners that are registered. Check your browser to make sure... (more)

100 Free Business Card Designs Now Available at VistaPrint

HAMILTON, BERMUDA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- 06/13/08 -- VistaPrint Limited (NASDAQ: VPRT), the small business marketing company, today announced that it has expanded its number of free business card designs from 42 to 100. During the entire month of June, customers will have the ability to design and print 250 free business cards using a large number of fantastic design options. "With more than 3.5 billion business cards on the street, VistaPrint is known world-wide for its free business card offer," said VistaPrint's Sr. Manager of US Online Marketing & Asia Pacific, Dina Gray. "This special promotion enables us to show our customers the wide-range of design options available at VistaPrint while showcasing the high-quality of our printed products." VistaPrint has added its most popular premium business card designs to the free business card gallery for the duration of this... (more)

'Tis the Season to Market Your Business

HAMILTON, BERMUDA -- (Marketwire) -- 10/24/08 -- VistaPrint Limited (NASDAQ: VPRT), the small business marketing company, today announced that it is launching its latest Webinar titled, "'Tis the Season: Holiday Marketing Campaigns that Drive Business." The Webinar is free and will be held on October 28, 2008 at 2:30 p.m. EDT. This informational Webinar will show participants how effective and important it is to continue to market through the holiday season. The holidays offer a unique opportunity for small businesses to connect with customers and remind them of goods and services that they can purchase in the New Year. "Many small businesses ramp down their marketing efforts during the holiday season, but they are missing out on a unique opportunity by doing so," said Mindy Sanderson, VistaPrint's small business marketing specialist. "The holidays present a chance... (more)

Sixty-Five Percent of Small Businesses Say 'Following Up With Leads' Biggest Failure in Marketing Efforts

Surveying the landscape of small businesses across the U.S., and amid concerns over the need to grow sales while reducing expenses, small business owners say the number one frustration they face daily when it comes to sales and marketing is the inability to consistently follow up with prospects. In a survey of entrepreneurs across the U.S. conducted by small business marketing automation software provider Infusionsoft, 65 percent of small business owners cite an inability to consistently and efficiently follow up with leads as the top concern. The survey indicates a growing frustration among small business owners and marketers with closing an immediate sale, saying that they forget the nurturing process and instead let leads simmer. Small businesses increasingly seek a way to automatically capture and court leads until they are ready to buy, thus allowing the busin... (more)

Constant Contact Announces Free Marketing Workshops for Small Businesses and Nonprofits in Metro Dallas and Surrounding Communities

WALTHAM, MA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- 07/03/07 -- Constant Contact®, Inc. (www.constantcontact.com), a leading provider of marketing tools and services that help small businesses and organizations connect with their customers, today announced that it would be hosting a series of free marketing workshops in Dallas and surrounding communities. Presented by Dallas-based Julie Niehoff, a small business marketing expert and successful entrepreneur, the workshops provide small business owners, associations, and nonprofits with practical tips and advice as to how to grow their business using tools such as email marketing and online surveys. "Julie Niehoff has effectively presented email marketing concepts to our clients in a way that makes it fun and easy for them to learn," said Marta Frey, Director, Collin County Small Business Development Center. "Her interactive teaching st... (more)

Despite Tough Economic Times VistaPrint Offers Significant Values for Small Businesses

HAMILTON, BERMUDA -- (Marketwire) -- 01/22/09 -- VistaPrint Limited (NASDAQ: VPRT), the small business marketing company, today announced that despite the tough economic times, small business owners can continue to count on the company to provide everyday values on dozens of marketing products and services. Customers can easily design and customize their marketing products using thousands of templates and have an order delivered in as little as three business days. They can also take advantage of one of VistaPrint's many services, including Creative Services, Mailing Services, and Website Design to help them get started. Vital marketing products like business cards, postcards, Websites, signs, letterhead, brochures, presentation folders and flyers are all part of VistaPrint's vast and cost-effective product portfolio. "Despite the tough economic times, small busine... (more)

Constant Contact Announces Small Business Marketing Expert for Greater Seattle

The diverse and thriving small business community in the Greater Seattle area continues to be a vital component of the region’s economy. Working to serve this fast-growing community, Constant Contact®, Inc. (NasdaqGM: CTCT), a leading provider of email marketing and online surveys for small organizations, today announced that local small business marketing expert, Michael Clark, is leading free email marketing seminars in the Greater Seattle area. With more than nine years of experience focused in the communications, nonprofit, and small business sectors, Clark provides small businesses and organizations with proven marketing tools and strategies to help them grow their business. His work in Seattle, with such organizations as the Woodinville Chamber of Commerce, could not be better timed, considering the area’s growth and favorable business climate. Th... (more)

Email Marketing: A Must for Small Businesses

HAMILTON, BERMUDA -- (Marketwire) -- 08/05/09 -- Vistaprint Limited (NASDAQ: VPRT), the small business marketing company, today announced the launch of its latest webinar titled "Do You Have Mail: Effectively Using Email Marketing." This webinar is completely free and will be held on Thursday, August 6 at 4:00 p.m. EDT. Vistaprint's latest webinar is designed to show small businesses how they can start to use email marketing for their small business. As small businesses look at easier and more affordable ways to reach out to their existing and potential customer bases, email marketing has become a very viable option. With obvious costs benefits, it's also being made simpler by companies like Vistaprint, with easy to use online tools and matching options to existing products. Getting started is easier than ever, and campaigns can take just minutes to design and laun... (more)

Learn How Marketing Copy Can Boost a Small Business

HAMILTON, BERMUDA -- (Marketwire) -- 09/24/08 -- VistaPrint Limited (NASDAQ: VPRT), the small business marketing company, today announced that it is launching its latest Webinar titled, "Use Your Words: The Art of Crafting Compelling Copy." The Webinar is free and will be held on Friday, September 26, 2008 at 2:30 p.m. EDT. This informational Webinar will show participants how effective and important good marketing copy and messaging is to promoting a small business. "Some of the most pressing questions we get from our customers are regarding the types of messages and copy they should put on their marketing materials -- including brochures, business cards, and postcards," said Mindy Sanderson, VistaPrint's small business marketing specialist. "In this Webinar we will focus on helping customers develop and implement some key messaging tailored to their target audien... (more)