The ION Loyalty merchant app has previously been improved to include monitoring of iBeacons with no impact on a mobile device’s battery life.
Over the coming weeks, the company’s consumer app ION Rewards as well as partner apps that reach up to 100m mobile consumers, will be updated for iBeacons functionality.
Beacons are seen as the next phase in mobile payment and loyalty platforms. 85 of the top 100 retailers have already made plans to adopt beacon technology. Analysts have said that beacons could impact $44bn retail sales in the US in 2016.
Sionic Mobile has selected iBeacon technology from Apple, continued support for in-store, one-tap checkouts using Apple Watch and allows small businesses and merchants to tap into that same mobile technology that larger retail chains are using, without any upfront cost.
Ronald Herman, CEO and Founder, Sionic Mobile, explains:
“Small businesses are the cornerstone of our economy, and we are committed to delivering sophisticated mobile solutions that meet the unique needs of these local merchants. ION Loyalty is simple to use, and eliminates the traditional barriers like rising costs, hardware and software requirements, or simply lack of time and resources that up until now, have prevented many small business owners from taking advantage of the mobile opportunity. In less than 10 minutes, a small business owner can be up and running on ION Loyalty, and with the new iBeacons, the customer experience is far superior to other mobile apps available today.”
Providing low payment fees, instant consumer rewards and unlimited mobile marketing, ION Loyalty has become a solid alternative to Square, PayPal Here and similar options.
Mobile payments can be processed quickly and securely from a mobile phone or tablet using a three-digit checkout code.
Herman adds that small businesses need a mobile strategy that enhances the overall consumer experience in order to stay relevant.
“We have helped thousands of small business owners nationwide go mobile with ION Loyalty. Its incredible to see how quickly these business owners begin seeing results from positive customer feedback regarding the added convenience, an uptick in repeat business because of the instant rewards, as well as an increase in general foot traffic due to the mobile marketing and advertising.”
Sionic Mobile now operates a large merchant marketplace with over 100,000 retail and restaurant locations nationwide. ION Rewards user earn IONs, which can be spent like cash at the checkout, in addition to credit card points.