ATLANTA--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sionic Mobile today announced the newest releases of its ION Loyalty app for small business merchants and ION Rewards app for consumers; both available for free download in the App Store and Play.
These latest releases further enhance the social experience, by cloaking the physical payment (plastic cards stay tucked safely away), while adding the ability to connect and share with other ION users. A simple, one-tap rating feature (coming soon) encourages customers to rate the experience after checkout.
“Having built the nation’s premier mobile rewards marketplace with more than 100,000 big-brand locations where consumers can earn and spend IONs, we’ve turned our attention to address the needs of small business merchants,” said Ronald Herman, Sionic Mobile CEO. “We’ve made it even easier for business owners and managers to connect with their customers using their mobile device, creating a more intimate and social experience.”
In addition to hassle-free mobile checkouts, ION helps small businesses attract new customers through unlimited advertising in the mobile marketplace and by offering their own eGift Cards for customers to send to their friends, family and coworkers – all conveniently through their phones.
“We’ve simplified the mobile payment process, giving business owners the ability to accept phone-to-phone payments using a simple, 3-digit code,” said Herman. “ION Loyalty users can now side-step the confusing maze of mobile payment offerings from Apple, Android, Samsung, PayPal and others and focus on what they do best – serving their customers. Additionally, customers earn instant rewards following every checkout, providing business owners with yet another opportunity to build brand loyalty and engage patrons.”
“This system is a catalyst for socially marketing small business merchants in the ION marketplace, as well as driving business in the door,” Herman explained. “Unlike ratings from Yelp or TripAdvisor, which may not be tied to actual customer checkouts, ION customer ratings will influence decisions of potential customers to visit that merchant based on confirmed experiences.”
ION merchants will have access to their business’ ratings and reviews within the ION Loyalty mobile app and in the online Small Business Center. There, merchants will be able to evaluate their ratings to gain valuable insight on their business operations, food and staff, and determine ways to improve the overall customer experience and increase social interaction.
Consumers earn IONs that spend like cash every time they checkout with their phones, on top of credit card and other loyalty points. It is the only universal loyalty program, allowing consumers to earn and spend rewards with zero restrictions at any ION merchant. All mobile-to-mobile payments are processed securely and exclusively by J.P. Morgan Chase.
A full list of retailers included in the premiere ION Merchant Marketplace is available here: http://www.ionrewards.com/marketplace/.
To learn more, please visit www.IONRewards.com.
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About Sionic Mobile
Midtown Atlanta-based Sionic Mobile provides low-cost payments bundled with mobile marketing and customer loyalty to businesses and instant rewards to consumers at checkout. The Company’s universal rewards, called IONs, help merchants keep good customers coming back more often and are awarded in addition to customers’ credit card points. Consumers may spend IONs (1,000 IONs = $1.00) at any merchant in the ION Marketplace on anything at any time or they may donate their IONs to a local charity or cause. Businesses use ION LoyaltyⓇ securely online, on mobile devices or through their POS system, eliminating the need for new equipment. Consumers use the free ION RewardsⓇ app for iOS and Android for in-store checkouts.