I am posting this on behalf of our very own Jennifer Judkins who attended the Amazon Payments session at NTC 2009. Having posted earlier this week about Amazon Payment’s offerings and their upcoming webinar on May 19th, I thought I’d share her comments on the service…
“I heard that Amazon is now offering Amazon Payments for nonprofits, so thought I’d check out their Product Spotlight session at NTEN’s NTC. It’s pretty cool. It reminds me of the last time I shopped online at Target.com. When I went to check out, the site asked if I’d like to pay using my Amazon.com account. Why, yes, thank you. In fact I would. And, I did. Because the payment process on Amazon.com is just easy. And, they already know me. And, I trust them. It’s “friction free” as Amazon calls it.
So, that’s the idea behind Amazon Payments for nonprofits. As a nonprofit, you can easily set up Amazon payment processing to take donations on your website and leverage friction free donation processing.
At the session, I also learned that folks who shop on Amazon tend to be more affluent, well-educated, and have children. Hmmm. Sounds like people who buy stuff on Amazon also tend to be the types of people who often donate to nonprofits. Nice overlap.
American Red Cross was at the session and talked about how they’ve tried out Amazon Payments and they’re happy with it. Convio’s Dave Hart also was there, showing how Convio’s working on integrating Amazon Payments into its next major product release.
And, that leads me to the factoids:
• Amazon Payments has a transaction-based fee
• They’re offering a “fee vacation” for nonprofits April 30-Sept 30 (great time to try it out)
• More information at: www.amazonpayments.com/nonprofits “
Thanks for the feedback Jennifer! Comment here if you have feedback or questions, and we’ll be sure to get back to you.
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