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    Absa Bank comes to Facebook Messenger

    July 26th, 2016

    Customers of Africa’s Absa Bank can now conduct banking transactions through Facebook Messenger using the bank’s ChatBanking feature. The service will allow customers to retrieve balances, buy airtime or data for their mobile phone, view statements, buy prepaid electricity and make money transfers. “In a one-time only process, Absa customers who are registered for Absa Online and have access to the Express tab can register for ChatBanking for Facebook Messenger,” Absa says. The feature was made available in May 2016 through Twitter.

    Pizza Hut enables orders on social media

    July 14th, 2016

    Customers of Pizza Hut will soon be able to place orders using Facebook Messenger and Twitter through a new chatbot launched by the pizza chain and technology provider Conversable. “With this service, customers will be able to reorder their favourites or saved orders from any US Pizza Hut location by chatting directly with the Pizza Hut accounts on Facebook Messenger and Twitter as well as get answers to frequently asked questions and receive the latest deals and promotions,” Pizza Hut says.

    Singapore banks to allow transfers with social media IDs

    July 6th, 2016

    Banks in Singapore are working on a service that would let consumers make payments using their Facebook ID or Twitter username. “The system will allow electronic transfers between account holders who have registered their social media identities with their banks,” The Financial Times reports. “The service will be based on Singapore’s existing internal fund transfer system, known as FAST, which brings together 20 banks to allow near-instant fund transfers.” A pilot is due to take place in early 2017.

    Absa takes banking to Twitter

    May 30th, 2016

    Africa’s Absa Bank has launched ChatBanking, a service that will let customers conduct day-to-day banking on social network Twitter. “In a one-time only process, you will register in a secure environment which will link your Twitter profile to your Absa bank account,” Absa says. Customers can use the service to check their balance, buy airtime or data and view recent transactions. Emirates Islamic Bank also launched a banking service using Twitter in April 2016.

    Twitter expands Buy Now buttons

    October 1st, 2015

    Twitter is to integrate its Buy Now button technology with ecommerce platforms Bigcommerce, Demandware and Shopify to enable merchants including Best Buy, Adidas and PacSun to sell products via the platform. “With Buy Now, businesses can drive more conversions and remove much of the friction in the mobile purchasing process,” Twitter writes in a blog post.

    Stripe adds support for in-app payments

    September 15th, 2015

    Mobile and online payment provider Stripe has launched Relay, an API that will allow developers to enable instant purchases in third-party mobile apps. “People can buy products directly within your app, rather than getting pushed to third-party websites,” Stripe says. “One of our launch partners, Twitter, is using Relay to enable anyone to start selling within tweets.”

    Twitter to offer Buy buttons with Shopify

    August 6th, 2015

    Twitter is reportedly integrating with e-commerce platform Shopify to offer its Buy buttons to a wider range of businesses. “Shopify has around 100,000 merchants in the US,” Re/code reports. “With a Twitter deal, those businesses would be able to sell their wares within tweets.” Pinterest and Facebook have already integrated with Shopify, while Twitter unveiled buy buttons on its site in September 2014.

    Twitter invests in beacon marketer Swirl

    April 24th, 2015

    Twitter has invested an undisclosed sum in Boston-based proximity marketing specialist Swirl, hinting the social media platform could be looking at using Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) beacons to push messages. The social media giant has invested alongside Hearst Ventures, Softbank Capital and others in an $18m series-C round, taking the total raised by Swirl so far to $32m.

    Barclays to allow Twitter payments

    February 27th, 2015

    Barclays will be the first British bank to allow people to send payments using just the recipient’s Twitter username. The free service will launch on March 10 for users of the social network and the bank’s Pingit mobile payment app. “Adding the ability to pay people or a small business using just a Twitter handle brings together a social and digital experience to create a new step forward for mobile payments in the UK,” said Darren Foulds, director of Barclays Mobile Banking and Pingit.

    Post Office offers Tweet-to-donate service

    November 18th, 2014

    The Post Office has launched Tweet to Donate, a service developed with IMImobile that allows Twitter users to tweet cash donations to the UK’s Children in Need charity. “Users who would like to make a donation simply follow the Post Office on Twitter and tweet the hashtag #MakeMeAHero,” IMImobile explains. “Users then receive a direct message with a link to a landing page through which they can donate £1, £3 or £5. The donation will be debited from the user’s phone bill or the pay-as-you-go balance.”

    Twitter preps for Buy button launch

    October 20th, 2014

    Twitter is planning to launch its new Buy button in the first quarter of 2015, VentureBeat reports, to let users make a purchase directly from a Tweet. The company began testing the service in September.

    Groupe BPCE launches Twitter money transfers

    October 15th, 2014

    Groupe BPCE, the second largest banking group in France, has launched a service that will let users of its S-Money mobile app send money transfers via Twitter. More

    Amazon adds Wishlist tweets

    September 26th, 2014

    Amazon customers can now add items to their wish list directly from Twitter. “Customers who discover a Tweet from their favorite artist, expert, brand, or friend with an Amazon.com product link can simply add ‘#AmazonWishList’ to the reply on Twitter and the product is added to their Amazon Wish List”, the ecommerce giant explains.

    Twitter adds Buy button

    September 8th, 2014

    “Today we are beginning to test a new way for you to discover and buy products on Twitter,” group product manager Tarun Jain has announced in a blog post. “For a small percentage of US users (that will grow over time), some Tweets from our test partners will feature a ‘Buy’ button, letting you buy directly from the Tweet.”

    Twitter to add payments?

    August 26th, 2014

    Twitter is to launch a new service in collaboration with Stripe later this year that will let users make purchases from inside a tweet, Re/code reports. By clicking a ‘Buy’ button, “shoppers are expected to be able to enter payment and possibly shipping information without leaving Twitter’s service”.

    Twitter buys Cardspring

    July 18th, 2014

    Twitter has acquired card-linked offers platform Cardspring for an undisclosed sum. “As we work on the future of commerce on Twitter, we are confident the CardSpring team and the technology they have built are a great fit with our philosophy regarding the best ways to bring in-the-moment commerce experiences to our users,” Twitter says.

    Twitter tests ‘buy now’ button

    July 1st, 2014

    A ‘buy now’ button has been seen on Twitter, leading to speculation the social media giant is trialling a new ‘in-tweet’ ecommerce service, Re/code says. Reports suggest pressing the button, spotted fleetingly in the mobile app this week and embedded in tweets from shopping app Fancy, led to a checkout page.

    US sports venues to get interactive displays

    May 19th, 2014

    Sports venue display provider Access Sports Media is to use Blue Bite’s mTag platform to add NFC, QR, SMS and geofencing capabilities to its more than 20,000 displays in 200 US sports venues. Access’ network… More

    Mobispot to offer multifunction NFC wristband platform

    April 4th, 2014

    Singapore-based Mobispot Social Systems has introduced a platform that enables “modern city residents” to access a variety of services — including payments, transportation, ticketing, access control, discounts, membership and information sharing — via NFC wristbands…. More

    Marvel promotes Thor with NFC tables

    November 20th, 2013

    Marvel Studios’ latest blockbuster has been promoted in France via NFC posters placed below the surface of glass-topped dining tables in participating cafes and restaurants. More

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