Payscout Partners with Accenture Interactive and Elastic Path to Bring an Immersive Donation Experience to SXSW

SXSW VR Activation

At South by Southwest Interactive this year, Payscout is demoing a ground-breaking virtual reality experience for the Peregrine Fund that takes the user on a flight with a California Condor and lets them donate frictionlessly to the fund via Pay-by-Gaze technology.

Payscout is showcasing a technology experience at SXSW with Accenture Interactive and Elastic Path that represents the future of how brands will engage with consumers (and optimize conversions) in immersive environments.

Elastic Path and Payscout have partnered with Accenture Interactive to create a 360-degree experience for the Peregrine Fund that showcases how conservation efforts have benefited birds of prey like the California Condor.

After experiencing the majesty of the Condor in 360-degrees, the user can make a frictionless donation to support the Peregrine Funds’ conservation efforts via an all-new Pay-by-Gaze technology that is being debuted at SXSW.

As an unrivaled example of how businesses will tell stories and optimize conversions in a mixed-reality world,  the location-based virtual reality experience features Oculus Go headset experience of a 360-degree story about the California Condor, which is followed by a “virtual store” for gazing and initiating a donation to the Fund.

“We are thrilled to debut this groundbreaking technology with Accenture Interactive and Elastic Path,” said Payscout COO Juan Sotelo. “This kind of technological solution and platform integration represents the future of how brands will leverage immersive technology to drive optimized outcomes among their ideal customers.”

The virtual reality experience can be found at Accenture’s Demos @ the Experience Cantina, in the XR Lab Space 4, March 8-12 at the SXSW Festival in Austin, Texas. For additional details, please click here.

Accenture Interactive was named Elastic Path Partner of the Year for two years running: https://www.elasticpath.com/resources/elastic-path-names-accenture-interactive-partner-year

The Financial Challenges of Running a Non Profit and How Payscout Can Help

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Running a non profit can be an incredibly challenging calling. Non profits deal with nearly all of the challenges for-profit businesses do while concurrently having to fundraise; operate on a shoestring budget (which generally necessitates a small staff); and navigate compliance applying for grants, etc.

And once you’ve built your donor or supporter base and you’re ready to start accepting donations, providing a modern, secure payment-acceptance model results in an entirely new set of challenges.

Keeping track of donation amounts, the payment method used, whether or not the donations are recurring or one-time, ensuring PCI-compliance for payments, and all of the other challenges involved in payment processing can make the entire process seem overwhelming. While some of these challenges are simply part of the tough (but often rewarding) undertaking that is running a non profit, Payscout can take the hassle out of managing your payment processing model. And with specializations in financial arenas as complex as healthcare payment processing, they’re up to the challenge.

 The Relevant Challenges

As mentioned, it’s a great feeling when money starts coming in to your non profit. It’s a less than great feeling when the complexities of managing it become difficult to navigate. For instance, without a unified non profit payment processing platform, a non profit can find itself struggling to juggle contributions from credit cards, debit cards, checks, or donors requesting electronic payments, as well as from local and international sources.

To further complicate matters, those contributions can come from one-time donors, members with recurring donations, grants, or fundraising events; and in some cases, alternate sources of income non profits can establish. When the donation is from an international source, international payment processing and everything it entails becomes necessary to sort out. Additionally, as the staffs of non profits are often operating on a tight budget, losing staff members familiar with this sort of financial organization can create chaos.

 What Payscout Can Do for You as a Payment Processor

Payscout has established a reputation as one of the world’s premier payment processing providers by establishing expertise in every facet of the industry, from proprietary accounts receivable collections software to virtual reality commerce. And that level of comprehensive expertise and experience is important for ensuring that a non profit’s payment processing platform is as secure as possible while providing ease of use for both staff and donors.

Payscout provides PCI-compliant hosted payment forms that allow donation via debit and credit cards and checks, including user-friendly options for automatic recurring payments, which help ensure consistent, ongoing support. That the platform is PCI-compliant serves as a guarantee that donations are always going to be secure and safe to make. Payscout also works with every non profit individually to establish a payment processing dynamic that’s especially suited for their size and needs.

 Take the financial potential of your non profit to the next level, at www.payscout.com

VR/XR Commerce at Augmented World Expo (AWE)

On Wednesday, May 30, Payscout CEO & Co-Founder Cleveland Brown is speaking about the future of commerce in virtual, augmented, and mixed reality at the 9th annual Augmented World Expo (AWE) in Santa Clara, CA.

Virtual, augmented, and mixed realities (VR/AR/MR) are the future of commerce, but Cleveland Brown likes to compare this current moment in time to one from our past: The dawn of ecommerce.

In his presentation at AWE 2018, the Payscout CEO & Co-Founder will share three questions entrepreneurs and innovators in VR/AR/XR can use to help others determine if they need a VR Commerce strategy. He takes the stage in Room B5 at 5:20 pm PT on Wednesday, May 30.

AWE will be held at the Santa Clara Convention Center, 5001 Great America Parkway in Santa Clara, CA, May 30-June 1. Purchase tickets here!

Register for VRLA – in Virtual Reality

Payscout has partnered with VRLA, the world’s largest immersive and transformative technology expo, to create a VR registration app that enables users to register for the event – and pay for their tickets – in virtual reality.

The VRLA registration app is available now through April 30 on the Google Play app store. Download the app today!

The experience is worth having whether you’re attending VRLA or not, but if you’re planning to attend and have not yet registered… this is your chance to make history.

Here are a few simple steps to complete your registration.

What do you need?

An Android mobile device and VR cardboard glasses

Step 1:

Find the ‘Payscout VRLA Registration 2018’ app on Google Play store and download it.

Step 2:

Fill in basic registration details on your app.

Step 3:

Log into your existing Visa Checkout account or create a new one (don’t worry – this doesn’t take much time at all!)

Step 4:

Once you have confirmed your registration, the app will prompt you to switch to VR. At this point, place your phone in your cardboard VR headset.

Step 5:

Turn on the volume, sit back, and enjoy the short video clip.

Step 6:

Next, you’ll be transported to outer space. Everything is different when there’s no gravity. Do you have what it takes to avoid the obstacles and make it to the VRLA registration booth?

Step 7:

Phew! That asteroid almost got you, but at least you made it to the VRLA registration booth! Now, pick the pass that best suits your needs (your head movement guides the cursor!) and select your option. Pssst.. there’s a special discount on the two-day pass for avoiding that asteroid like a boss!

Step 8:

Follow the instructions on the screen and complete your transaction by selecting the Visa Checkout button. You’ll receive a confirmation of your registration in 1-2 business days. What’s more, use your confirmation mail to score a free t-shirt at the Payscout booth at VRLA!

Hope you had fun registering in virtual reality! We’ll see you in the real world at VRLA on May 4-5!

VR Commerce: Technology Innovation of the Year Finalist

Payscout’s Virtual Reality (VR) Commerce solution is a finalist for the Technology Innovation of the Year award from the Electronic Transactions Association (ETA). The award winner will be announced at ETA’s TRANSACT 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. 

The ETA Star Awards honor individuals and companies that have made a significant difference in the payments industry through innovation, business practices, or contributions to the association.

In June 2017, Payscout became the first company in the world to integrate frictionless payments tied to the fulfillment of physical goods in virtual reality.

Bloomberg TV: Juan Sotelo, Payscout COO, says VR will change retail.

VR Commerce enables the user to have an immersive, emotional 360-degree experience before being transported to a virtual store where they can interact with products and make a frictionless payment without having to remove their headset. 

If you’re attending TRANSACT, you can experience this ground-breaking technology in a one-on-one demo and learn more about Payscout’s global suite of innovative payment processing solutions. 

Click here to book a meeting for a one-on-one VR commerce demo at TRANSACT!

 

Bloomberg TV: Payscout Unveils VR Shopping Tech

Payscout is at Shoptalk this week demoing a VR payment experience that shows how easy it could be for users to make frictionless donations in VR, without reaching for their headsets or wallets.

Payscout Chief Operating Officer Juan Sotelo was on Bloomberg TV yesterday to talk about those VR experiences – and how they are poised to change retailing.

You can see the video here: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/videos/2018-03-20/how-virtual-reality-will-change-retailing-video

Payscout Demos VR Donations with Visa at Shoptalk

At Shoptalk this year, Payscout will demo an exciting VR payment experience that shows how easy it could be for users to make a frictionless donation via Visa Checkout, the easier way to use a Visa card online, without reaching for their headsets or wallets.

Shoptalk attendees can catch an up-close experience of live skateboarding action by rolling over to Visa’s Everywhere Lounge on the showroom floor.

Visa’s Shoptalk activation will feature skateboarders on a specially constructed halfpipe – adjacent to a virtual payments lounge, where attendees can participate in a live demo showing how easy it could be to make frictionless donations in virtual reality, powered by Payscout.

In the lounge, users will be able to experience a demo wearing Google Cardboard VR headsets which takes them into a virtual world where they can experience how easy it could be to “make a donation” by using Visa Checkout without pulling out their wallet or taking off their headset.

Payscout’s payments technology in concert with Visa Checkout will allow participants to see how easy it could be to make a virtual donation.

Learn more about VRCommerce here.