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BlytzPay Press Release – 6/1/2020

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BlytzPay Integrates with ABCoA Deal Pack, Bolsters Digital Payments Options Via Text Message

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH – Monday, June 1, 2020 – BlytzPay, a mobile payment solution designed to improve the ease and speed by which businesses invoice and collect payments from customers, has today announced the completion of a technology integration with ABCoA Deal Pack, the leader in Dealer Management Systems (DMS).

Customers utilizing ABCoA’s Deal Pack DMS will now be able to leverage BlytzPay’s comprehensive and straightforward technology solutions which enable businesses to communicate, invoice and collect from their customers via text message.

ABCoA President, Jonathan Hedy said, “Our partnership with BlytzPay adds to the ways our customers can support the digital payments experience. The integration offers our customers visibility into their payment and communications metrics, via a secure and convenient user experience, among many other benefits.”

The integration between BlytzPay and ABCoA Deal Pack allows the two technology platforms to communicate seamlessly providing dealers or finance company customers the ability to digitally manage the full scope of the payments portion of their business.

BlytzPay CEO Robyn Burkinshaw said, “As we look towards the future, there is no doubt that remote payments, facilitated by efficient technologies, will create robust businesses capable of succeeding in periods of volatility.” She added, “Text messages have a 95% response rate which is an extremely attractive metric for businesses looking to help their clients make regular and real-time payments. We are thrilled to partner with ABCoA Deal Pack and support their customers build and grow their businesses.”

About BlytzPay
BlytzPay is a mobile payment solution improving the ease and speed by which businesses invoice and collect payments from their customers. A simple solution in a complex field makes BlytzPay especially attractive for merchants and consumers alike. The intuitive communication platform provides a welcomed improvement to the way businesses interact with customers. Studies show that better interaction leads to increased transactions and responsiveness. BlytzPay was founded in 2017 in Salt Lake City.
About ABCoA Deal Pack
Deal Pack (www.dealpack.com) is a dealer management system (DMS) with real-time accounting, CRM, desking, collections, and service department, developed and supported by Advanced Business Computers of America (ABCoA) www.abcoa.com. Advanced Business Computers of America develops and supports end-to-end software solutions for the subprime finance industry. Since 1983 ABCoA has helped automotive dealerships and finance companies eliminate duplication, remain compliant, and achieve success with dependable, all-in-one software and white glove service and support.

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BlytzPay Press Release – 5/7/2020

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BlytzPay Announces Payments Technology Partnership With AFS And Achieves Status As A Payments Facilitator (PAYFAC)

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH – Thursday, May 7, 2020BlytzPay, a mobile payment solution designed to improve the ease and speed by which businesses invoice and collect payments from customers, has today announced a strategic partnership with AFS Dealers. Under the terms of the partnership, AFS Dealers and BlytzPay will integrate their technology platforms, providing AFS Dealer customers with the ability to manage payments and invoicing through a more robust DMS experience.

BlytzPay also announced its status as payments facilitator (PayFac), a unique operating category that makes reporting and settlement much easier for merchants who will no longer need to establish direct relationships with banks or payment gateways. As a PayFac the fintech firm will have more agile funding capabilities to support its growing roster of clients.

AFS Dealers Chief Operating Officer Bill Elizondo said, “The integration with BlytzPay compliments our web based DMS Solutions Software with friction-less payment technology. BlytzPay has created efficiencies, far advanced for our industry, that allow payments at over 100,000 locations while still keeping the connection with our auto dealers customers. We are proud to call them a partner said Bill Elizondo Chief Operating Officer.”

BlytzPay’s comprehensive and straightforward technology solutions and new status as a PayFac enable businesses to communicate, invoice and collect from their customers via text message as well as report and settle through the BlytzPay platform. For AFS Dealers and BlytzPay clients this means enhanced software capabilities for their customer network, providing sophisticated, real-time, text message communication, invoicing and dynamic funding and payments capabilities.

BlytzPay CEO Robyn Burkinshaw said, “We are thrilled to partner with AFS Dealers. Alongside many other industries that previously relied on in-person interaction to process and collect payments, the auto industry is rightly recognizing the immediate need for digitization.” She continued, “As a PayFac our technology supports a more secure, easier to use and more efficient experience within the B2B2C construct while delivering an excellent customer experience. We anticipate seeing more industries driving this type of positive change in the coming years.”

About BlytzPay
BlytzPay is a mobile payment solution improving the ease and speed by which businesses invoice and collect payments from their customers. A simple solution in a complex field makes BlytzPay especially attractive for merchants and consumers alike. The intuitive communication platform provides a welcomed improvement to the way businesses interact with customers. Studies show that better interaction leads to increased transactions and responsiveness. BlytzPay was founded in 2017 in Salt Lake City.
About AFS Dealers
AFS Dealers, LLC is an innovative provider of Solutions Software, a web-based Buy Here Pay Here/ Lease Here Pay Here DMS, as well as Dealer Controlled Financing consulting and training. Solutions provides real-time information to multi-unit and single dealership owners, managers, or lenders. It has integrated an Inventory Control Center module, Collections (text, robo calls, email) module, Related Finance Company, and accounting module to name a few. The training and consulting is a real-world relationship approach with the customer that is complimented by Solutions and consultants with over 30 years in the BHPH/LHPH business. For more information, visit www.afsdealers.com or call 941-270-4377.

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During these uncertain times, will my customers pay me?

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By Millicent Tracey

In times like these, it’s hard to balance keeping your business alive and being sensitive to your customers. This means you want your customers to keep paying you on time, but you also want to recognize they may have other priorities that are top of mind for them right now. So, what’s the best way to stay relevant to them so that you can stay afloat during these uncertain times? Consider these three tips:

1. Offer extensions

Hopefully, you’ve been able to submit applications for the CARES options that will give you some funding to keep you afloat for a bit. This could allow you to proactively reach out to your customers/partners and show empathy – let them know you know it’s a challenging time them as well as for you. Offer to be there for them, including offering to extend payment terms/due dates. This will go a long way with your customers and they’ll remember this, and will likely keep you top of mind for them financially. Believe me – they won’t forget this. They’ll likely even post something on social media which will give you free, word of mouth marketing!

2. Send reminders

Now could be a good time to offer (or re-offer) payment reminders to your customers. So many of us are on our phones, tablets, and laptops right now, and it’s a good time to be in touch with your customers via online channels. If you haven’t set up the ability to send out reminders via text, email, phone, etc. this could be a small investment that pays off long term.

3. Make it easy for your customers to pay you

Provide multiple payment options and give them an easy way to use those options to pay you. Payment options include ACH/eCheck, card (debit or credit), prepaid card, and PayPal among others. In the near future, Zelle, RTP and others will be available too. Using these payment options in combination with an easy and intuitive user experience can go a long way in enabling your customers to pay you on time!

Since everyone is using their phone and devices more than ever, provide multiple digital channels:  mobile apps, a website, text, email, and even a phone call. We all know customers get attached to their favorite channels so offering multiple contact points will also enable your customers to pay you. The key is to keep them engaged when they think about paying you so they can do it quickly and easily.

The key is to keep them engaged when they think about paying you so they can do it quickly and easily.

With your customers likely overwhelmed with bills right now, BlytzPay can help them get a handle on their bills and make their payments easily and quickly by using reminders and providing an easy and quick way to pay. You’ve got a lot to think about right now given the circumstances surrounding COVID-19 and it is overwhelming.

I hope these tips provide some help to your business. Use BlytzPay to check off one of your many items on your to-do list. Feel free to respond with thoughts, questions, concerns. We would love to hear from you! Stay well and safe!

BlytzPay Press Release – 11/27/2019

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Blytz Illustrates Bill Pay Technology With Playful Portrayal Of Service

Tuesday, November 27, 2018 – Blytz, a financial technology startup is releasing a video synopsis of their mobile bill pay service. The video allows the company to represent their business while highlighting one of the many applicable industries – utilities. The Blytz bill pay technology is poised to amplify the mobile payment market since the number of users will reach 150 million by the year 2020, generating $503 billion in mobile payment volume.

“For our first video, we really wanted to create a relatable narrative for everyone, showcasing just how easy using Blytz makes bill pay for any company’s customer base,” said Robyn Burkinshaw, Blytz CEO. “Part of our advantage is a response to the growing underbanked and unbanked populations as a practical alternative service.”

The brand video showcases the ease of Blitz’s business offering with a fun juxtaposition of traditional online, paper, or phone payments. Paying any bill should be as easy as text, pay, done. Growth is imminent with thirty percent of Americans paying bills via their mobile device.

“Blytz generates immediate action via a personal, convenient SMS interaction exactly where they are – on their mobile device,” said Burkinshaw. “You have an opportunity to build a relationship in a way they appreciate and value.”

Watch and share the benefits of Blytz.

About Blytz
Blytz is a convenient payment platform allowing companies to directly interact with their customers utilizing the latest mobile technology. The Blytz SaaS (Software As A Service) simplifies an outdated bill pay structure, allowing customers to click and pay via SMS interaction. Text. Pay. Done. The wallet technology without the app is an instantaneous way to engender consumer approval and engagement. For more information, visit https://www.blytzpay.com.

Using Mobile Technology to Promote Financial Inclusion

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By:  Jason Fletcher

As we approach the halfway point of the year 2018, we can look back at the growth of mobile technology in the last couple of years, especially in the financial services industries, and look forward to the newest innovations that are changing the way we manage our money. These innovations are exactly what led me to join Blytz as the new Chief Information Officer.

One such exciting innovation is mobile payments, which allow payment of bills for products and services using a mobile phone. Traditionally, these conveniences have been available only to those with a bank account, however, financial technology companies, like Blytz, have been pushing to extend these services to the unbanked and underbanked. It’s these emerging populations that need financial solutions more than any other economic group.

According to a survey conducted by the FDIC in 2016, 1 in 4 households in the United States are considered unbanked or underbanked. This means that they have little or no access to traditional banking services that the other 75% of the country take for granted. These include services like savings accounts, checking accounts and even credit cards and debit cards. This limits their ability to participate in the economy that is moving increasingly online.  My partner, and Blytz  CEO, Robyn Burkinshaw referenced this earlier on our blog as an impetus in creating Blytz.

These groups often seek alternative methods of “banking”, such as pre-paid debit cards, money grams and cash. These alternative banking methods often come at a higher price tag due to fees attached to many of the services, such as loading a pre-paid debit card or checking the balance at an ATM. These fees add up and put additional strain on what may already be a precarious financial situation. Blytz is a way to alleviate some of that strain.

We spoke to one car dealership that told us that 82% of the payments made to their dealership for cars purchased were made in cash. Can you imagine driving to the car dealership once, or even twice, a month to pay the bill in cash if you have moved further from the dealership? This could present a financial strain just in fuel costs alone.

To wrap my thoughts, Financial Inclusion is viewed as one of the most important factors in reducing poverty, and new technologies are coming into the market to address the ever-increasing gap between the underbanked and the services and products they need.

Blytz is one of these technologies, and our ability to provide financial inclusion is one of the primary reasons I am so pleased to be part of the company. By providing a mobile platform that incorporates multiple payment options and a two-way communication to their merchants, Blytz helps provide control over their finances, convenience and security that haven’t been available before for this segment of the financial market. Thanks for the read and inclusion for all via Blytz!

#Momfail – The Chaos of Managing Bills and Time Saving Tips for Moms

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Let me paint you a typical bill pay picture of a busy mother. This story sounds really inconvenient, but all the less, its typical of the $4 trillion* US consumers pay in bills.  It’s 12:15 PM on a weekday and I have three minutes before the bus comes to take my triplets to afternoon Kindergarten. Instead of walking them to the bus stop, I’m searching for the checkbook because I found the power bill between the minivan seats (along with petrified fries), and tore it open to find out its two days past-due. (sidebar – I’m not alone – More than 25% of US adults don’t pay their bills on time – NFCC

I spot the checkbook hiding under the coloring books as I yell for my kids to run down the street to catch the bus.  I grab the checkbook and jump in the minivan because I’ve got to make it to a 1:00 PM meeting with a client. As I’m driving, I tell myself I need to figure out a better way to manage my bills.

Confession, I haven’t downloaded the multiple bill pay apps, because my kids’ entertainment seems to get all the space on my phone. Apparently Millennials are better at that stuff. Gen X Forever!

Here’s where the story gets real good… After scribbling the necessary details on the check, I notice I didn’t match the statement amount. Classic. (Sidebar – Props to Rocky Mountain Power for the reusable envelope that I didn’t tear)

Moving on, I roar the Chrysler Town & Country down to the community mailbox and reach in the wallet for the archaic stamp. Not one can be found. What? A book of 20 stamps I only use to pay bills are all gone?!  Luckily for once, I have gas in the car so I can make a detour to the very smoothly run (note sarcasm) Post Office. As I enter, I quickly realize it isn’t going to be a quick stop.  Shocker.  The line is outrageous because 777 million people still use the mail for bills.*

With no regard for my obvious haste, the postal worker takes his time laying out all of the stamp design options for me to choose from.  It’s April, but Christmas stamps it is – I gotta go! I put the power bill in a crumpled envelope, along with a barely legible check, and shove it in the mail slot.

Hopefully the incorrect return address I forgot to change and the outdated address on my check doesn’t cause too much confusion. Fingers crossed the postal agents and utility employees will sort things out and the processing of my payment won’t be quite as delayed as my now-postponed lunch meeting.

Meanwhile the one time this week I get to wear a chic dress and heels, they’re now maimed by my sweaty stress and unnecessary road trip.   But, here’s the silver lining – lights will stay on people. As I’m rushing to my meeting, it occurs to me how silly the last hour was for a power bill.  To add to the hilarity, the client I’m on my way to meet is BlytzPay: a simple, secure, streamlined way to pay bills.  With BlytzPay, kids don’t have to be yelled at, the house doesn’t have to be ransacked, traffic laws are respected, and post office lines can be fully avoided.

I know I’m not alone in having these kinds of moments, so I’ve become a bit more passionate about sharing the Blytz story.   It’s exciting to see Blytz Pay’s customer list grow each day leading to their launch. BlytzPay is getting the attention of utility companies, consumer finance, government, healthcare, and education.  BlytzPay early adopters are incredibly savvy.  So here’s hoping my billers get BlytzPay!  Now back to regularly scheduled chaos.

Momma out!

BlytzPay Leading the Way In Mobile Payment Innovations

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NEWS RELEASE – Blytz® Pay Secures Significant Investor Funds Ahead of National Launch

Silicon Slopes FinTech Startup With 1.1 Million Develops App-less SMS Bill Pay

Salt Lake City, UT, Wednesday, April 4, 2018 – Close to its spring launch, Blytz Pay, an app-less real-time bill pay technology, has secured over a million in investment capital during its seed round. The funds have assisted Blytz in attracting substantial financial management clientele.

“Companies have been incredibly receptive to the Blytz business strategy as a bill pay solution for the growing unbanked and underbanked populations in our economy,” said Robyn Burkinshaw, Blytz CEO. “Blytz meets the consumer exactly where they are – on their mobile device, and allows payment versatility in a way they value. Whether its debit, credit, or cash, customers pay via a secure text message, giving our clients actionable results right now.”

To date, Blytz has raised funds based on its exceptional SMS bill pay technology. Florida based investment firm, Kalypso, LLC recently signed as a partner alongside initial Utah based investors, generating growth commitment ahead of the company’s operational launch.

“The early adopters of Blytz are sincere supporters of our mission to bring a point of sale experience directly to a consumer’s mobile device. It’s time FinTech leveled the playing field for all consumers with a bill paying solution,” said Burkinshaw. “Our investors have enabled us in developing a technology to disrupt an archaic exchange model and bring speed, security and satisfaction to bill pay.”

About Blytz
Blytz is a convenient payment platform allowing companies to directly interact with their customers utilizing the latest mobile technology. The Blytz SaaS (Software As A Service) simplifies an outmoded bill pay structure, allowing customers to click and pay via SMS interaction. Text. Pay. Done. The wallet technology without the app is an instantaneous white-label way to engender consumer approval and engagement. For more information, visit https://www.blytzpay.com.

The Origin of BlytzPay: Payment Solutions for Better Billing

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So, I’ve received multiple emails and LinkedIn messages on my most recent project.  It’s been interesting reflecting on how my career has led up to this point and all the opportunity around me.  This incredible venture is happening quickly, it’s powerful, it’s meaningful, and it’s impactful.  It’s Blytz.

You’ve seen a bit, you’ve heard me talk about it, but now that the baby I call Blytz is taking shape, I want to address it in a more formal way.  I’m so blessed to be surrounded by people who see the vision.  I offer my gratitude to those who have supported my undaunted (sometimes a little obsessive) passion for this project.

In a nutshell, Blytz is a convenient payment platform that allows companies to engage their customers on a personal basis, utilizing the latest mobile technology.  The Blytz SaaS (Software As A Service) simplifies an outdated bill pay structure, securely allowing customers to click and pay via SMS interaction.  No paper mailing a check, no logins, no app, just text, click and pay

This is my Jerry McGuire vision statement moment.  This is the heart stuff, the stuff that matters, the why behind this business.

Early on, I experienced what it was like to defend those who needed help, distressed people, and folks trying to make ends meet.  I built a career in a pressure cooker, dealing with debt settlement, loan modifications, foreclosures, credit repair, and student loan consolidation.  The list is too long to give reasons or explain how so many we know and associate with got in this position, but they did, and they needed a way out.

It was tough to see, it was few and far between distressed consumers position or recognized that lives were behind the labels.  People were scared, overwhelmed, and too often felt hopeless.  How were they to re-establish their lives when dignity is lost?

Wanting to do better, to provide options, and elevate the level of respect to those trying to move forward, I realized the need to approach every customer in a way that feels personal.  Everyone has a phone.  And by employing smart technology we can afford businesses the ability to offer their customers a simple way to pay their bills – no form letters, annoying calls to sales people or bored customer service reps.

We’ve created a way for companies to have a personal relationship with their customers and respect their time.  A private text comes in, and you pay the way you want.  Cash, card, or debit – it’s your call. Just like a trip to the grocery store where your standing across from a clerk you can engage with or ask questions to.  From utility bills to lunch money for kids, Blytz is the way to pay today.

Blytz lets companies engage with their customer in a way that is incredibly automated but feels especially personal.  The benefits for companies are enormous, but the creation and purpose of Blytz is really about the consumer.  The motive and drive I have for this service is about the people.  It’s about SPEED, SECURITY and SATISFACTION for companies to proactively communicate, and customers to manage their responsibilities.

I look forward to documenting Blytz’s launch and the forward thinking companies who want to elevate their offerings for each of their valuable customers.  Check back on the Blytz blog and follow along on Instagram @blytzpay.  Thanks for all your support and taking the time to engage in my current venture.  Here we go…

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