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Marta Mizinska

Marketing & PR
Marketing & PR Specialist with nearly 6 years of experience. Loves learning something new everyday and exploring new & creative ways to approach customers.
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PSD2 & SCA: a Quick & Easy Guide

The second payment directive (PSD2) is a directive regulating payment services across EU countries. It is not only designed to improve the security of transactions, but also, in many cases, to provide a greater convenience for customers and increased conversions for merchants. Although some aspects of PSD2 were enforced over 2 years ago, its provisions for merchants and banks regarding SCA started being applied from early 2021.

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How to Win the Holiday Shopping Season in 2020? 4 tips

Whilst Black Friday and Cyber Monday, or “Black Friday Weekend and Cyber Week” do not mean as much as, say, 2-3 years ago and according to experts in 2020 we’re experiencing “the lockdown effect” which means lower interest and less overall spend, the pre-x-mas shopping spree is still among the key determinants of the thickness of your top line. Even if you sell digital goods or subscription plans. Here’s how to – in the realm of intangible merchandise – make the most of all holiday season sales even though this time – due to the COVID-19 – is going to be like no other.

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TOP 5 FinTech Podcasts Worth Tuning In To

Podcasts are considered to be one of the most impactful media of the digital industry. As of July 2020, there were over 850 000 active podcasts in more than 100 languages (!). It’s impossible to try out every single one, that is why we’ve curated the top 5 fintech-related podcasts with a solid “recommended by Straal” label, including FinTech legend’s podcast Brett King’s Breaking Banks, 11:FS experts and much more.

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Merchants to follow #2: Cateringoo. A simply delicious business idea

Get the inside look at the catering industry with our second ‘Merchants to follow episode’ preseting Cateringoo – a simply delicious business catering brand. Discover, how has the pandemic affected the online on-demand food delivery services market and what did the Cateringoo team do when, due to the lockdown, the number of orders almost dropped to zero?

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Choosing Payment System for MaaS App: What to Remember

The MaaS market is one of the most prominent beneficiaries of the development of digital economy. MaaS apps have not only changed the way people commute but also how they pay for it. Increasingly often, payments affect the competitiveness of MaaS companies. What makes payment solutions so important for the MaaS industry, and what to mind while choosing a payment platform for a mobility system?

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How to choose the Best International Payment Gateway?

The decision to start selling internationally is a big step for every company. There’s much more strategic planning involved in the process than it may seem at first glance. One of the technical challenges that online merchants face is the choice of an international payment gateway. How to pick the right one? What features matter most when selling internationally? I’ve listed them for you.

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5 Subscription Business Trends to Watch in 2020

2019 was another year of massive migrations to the subscription-based business model. The subscription market has grown substantially, taking over nearly all product and service categories one can think of. Nonetheless, it has not saturated yet, and every subscription business owner should keep track of the tendencies shaping consumer habits. What to expect in 2020? See our list of major trends!

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PSD2 & SCA: a Quick & Easy Guide

The second payment directive (PSD2) is a directive regulating payment services across EU countries. It is not only designed to improve the security of transactions, but also, in many cases, to provide a greater convenience for customers and increased conversions for merchants. Although some aspects of PSD2 were enforced over 2 years ago, its provisions for merchants and banks regarding SCA started being applied from early 2021.

Read more
blog post straal online shopping cover

How to Win the Holiday Shopping Season in 2020? 4 tips

Whilst Black Friday and Cyber Monday, or “Black Friday Weekend and Cyber Week” do not mean as much as, say, 2-3 years ago and according to experts in 2020 we’re experiencing “the lockdown effect” which means lower interest and less overall spend, the pre-x-mas shopping spree is still among the key determinants of the thickness of your top line. Even if you sell digital goods or subscription plans. Here’s how to – in the realm of intangible merchandise – make the most of all holiday season sales even though this time – due to the COVID-19 – is going to be like no other.

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