SmartPay From CircleUp™ Launches on eteamz® To Help "Team Moms" Collect Money By Email™
Service Is Available within SmartMessage™ Center on Organization, League and Team Websites
Newport Beach, CA (AllPayNews.com) - March 10, 2009 8am ET - CircleUp announced today that just in time for the start of baseball season, eteamz, the number one team website builder and a media property of The Active Network, has launched SmartPay - the easiest way for coaches and "Team Moms" to collect money by email for everyday team expenses.
Each season, volunteers get recruited to collect money from other players or parents for things like team banners, snacks and drinks, gifts for the coach and team awards dinners. Before SmartPay, this usually involved some unlucky parent, often the "Team Mom" or "Team Dad," running around a baseball or soccer field stuffing $20 bills into an envelope or nagging other parents to put a "check in the mail."
Announced on March 4 by CircleUp and available today on all eteamz websites, SmartPay eliminates this hassle by allowing team members and parents to pay the "Team Mom" or coach directly using credit or debit cards. The person collecting money sends a simple SmartPay message to everyone on the team specifying the purpose and amount needed. Each team member pays conveniently and securely using their credit card on file at Amazon.com®. The person paying and the person being paid each receive confirmation emails and an online record is created of all payments for easy tracking.
Powerful templates are available and can be completely customized for each team to make it easy to get started using SmartPay. Some example templates include:
* Will you contribute to the coach's gift for Steve? I need $20.00 by Tuesday.
* I'm collecting $15 from everyone to pay for the team banner.
* Everyone needs to contribute $35 to the Gatorade and lunch slush fund for the big tournament.
* Will you be at the team party? If so, I need $15 per person who is attending.
* What size t-shirt do you want for the tournament? You can pay $12.00 now with SmartPay.
The person collecting money receives it immediately in his or her Amazon Payments account. Everyone can check the status at anytime from right within their eteamz website, saving time and hassles, so the whole team can focus on what really matters: playing the games.
"SmartPay is a great service that extends the value of the eteamz SmartMessage Center to our millions of participants in teams and leagues," said Christopher Hall, General Manager of eteamz, a media property of The Active Network. "The convenience of the service, combined with the detailed record keeping, brings tremendous benefits to everyone involved with the time consuming tasks of team communications and management."
SmartPay is enabled by a powerful money transfer service from Amazon Payments, providing users a secure and familiar payment experience. SmartPay adds value to the payment service through group messaging, accounting, reporting, email confirmations, reminders and other productivity and time saving features.
Launched last December, the SmartMessage Center on eteamz is powered by CircleUp and has already become one of the most successful and popular new features ever to be offered to eteamz customers. Already, more than 150,000 SmartMessages have been sent and usage continues to grow. For more information on SmartMessage Center, visit:
CircleUp provides group communications and payments software and services which enable actionable and efficient interactions across diverse social, email, mobile, messaging and private Web networks.
CircleUp's private label SmartMessage Platform integrates seamlessly with existing membership destinations, helping sports teams, non-profits, parent / teacher groups, churches and millions of other real-world organizations to communicate and collect money across group and member networks and to publish and share information, regardless of the preferred networks of each of the group members.
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