Did you know that managing your online payments can be difficult? With the many different paying methods, it is sometimes hard to keep up with which card someone has selected. This post will give you some tips on managing this process and make sure that all your customers are satisfied with their experience!
1. Offer a Wide Range of Payment Options
In the era where technology is taking over almost every sector, online businesses will not be spared. Online payments are now a norm in different industries, and as an online business owner, you need to have all the payment options available for your customers.
A wide range of payment options includes:
- Credit card or debit cards
- Checks or money orders via postal mail service (UK citizens only)
- Electronic banking transfers via services like Transferwise (available internationally).
If your website takes orders from other countries, these international platforms should also be mentioned on the list above. Do bear in mind that some of them require account creation before use.
Gone are days when physical stores needed to have credit card readers to process the payments. Today, as long as you have a merchant account with a payment gateway, you have a virtual terminal that you can leverage to process payments. This technique is ideal for those who want to take payments on their website but do not have the physical space or personnel (for example, a service-based business).
2. Only Ask for Information that is Needed
In this era where hacking is an ever-present danger, security is always a concern. Customers want to know that their information will be kept safe and secure at all times.
It’s important not to ask for too much customer data when they’re only buying one product from you!
The more fields filled out on your checkout form, the greater chance it’ll look suspicious to potential hackers in online transactions. The easier it is for them to steal someone’s identity because of your mistakes or due process errors.
You can ask for the following:
– Email address
The customer will need to enter these pieces of information to complete their purchase, and you’ll be able to store it on your database safely. You can also include a field asking for their phone number-a good idea if they buy from out of town or have an unusual shipping location.
3. Improve on Security and Privacy
As mentioned, the safety of your customer’s data is a significant concern. For online payments, there are two main ways to protect data from unwanted access. They include; encryption and tokenization. These security measures protect data from being read, copied, or changed by unauthorized users.
Encryption is a process of transforming information into another form to keep it secret. It involves using an algorithm that makes messages unreadable without using a key for decoding them back to their original state. Encryption may be one-way (leaving the message readable only if you know how it was encoded) or two-way (meaning both sender and receiver have keys).
Tokenization replaces sensitive cardholder details with random tokens before sending them across open networks, reducing potential risk exposure compared with other payment types like credit cards. There’s no way for hackers to decode these codes as they’re being processed.
Encryption and tokenization are methods that businesses can use to protect customer data online. This is important as the internet has been a breeding ground for hackers, which could lead to stolen funds or even identity theft if full credit card information were made public in an unencrypted form. These measures ensure both security and privacy for customers. Still, they also take a toll on business operations with cost implications from additional software purchases to higher labor costs due to more technical support personnel.
For this reason, companies must evaluate how much of their time will be devoted to these tasks before making any significant changes like encrypting all transactions or implementing new payments technology such as EMV cards. The last thing you want is having to do a complete overhaul of your security systems if it turns out that the benefits aren’t worth the costs.
4. Allow Payments without the Need to Create an Account
Requiring visitors to open a new account to pay can scare them away and cause them not to complete the purchase.
You should allow payments without needing an account by making it a one-time fee instead of an annual or monthly subscription.
Tip: you should also pay with a debit card or credit card, which is much easier than entering all your personal banking information.
5. Use Systems the Don’t Require Redirection
When transacting online, try not to use any system which requires customers to leave your website to complete their purchase. Redirecting them has two disadvantages: it will be more expensive than if they stay on-site, and people using smartphones may abandon up to 60% of all purchases because of this inconvenience.
Redirecting customers to a third-party site is not only expensive but can be dangerous. The customer may enter their information on the wrong page, which leaves them vulnerable to identity theft or some other type of cybercrime.
So if you’re using PayPal, make sure they stay on your website and never redirect them away from it!
6. Understand the Fees Associated with Accepting Online Payments
There are fees associated with accepting all types of online payments. For example, an e-commerce merchant may incur a fee for processing credit card transactions from each customer and interchange fees charged by the primary U.S. card companies. Other costs like cross-border transaction fees or foreign currency conversion rates are incurred when converting to local currencies on international sales.
In addition, some payment providers charge merchants based on how many customers use their service in any given month, which makes it essential for businesses to understand these additional charges before making a decision about which provider is best suited for them. This includes not only bank statements but also what your processor charges you per transaction plus any extra monthly fees they might add onto the cost of every sale processed with them such as a monthly minimum or payment for having transactions processed more than once per day.
Did you know that PayPal offers merchants up to $30 in free credit when they sign up?
This is an excellent incentive. Not only do sellers get the chance to explore all of PayPal’s features for their own business, but many will also qualify for this promotional offer which can be applied toward any online transaction, including merchandise and services. What’s even better about this opportunity are the terms & conditions.
Paypal does not charge fees on top-ups from debit cards (or any other payment method), so there are no extra costs imposed on the account holder whatsoever!
As you can see, there are a lot of ways to manage online payments. Each business has its own needs and preferences for how they want the process to go. The good news is that whatever your choice, there’s probably an option out there that will fit what you need! We hope this post helped get some ideas going on making sure all aspects of your business run smoothly with efficient management.