3 Neat Startups That Provide Useful Services For Your Business: PunchUp, Chat&, Memberly

Imagine going to a room full (as in about 700) professioanls who are interested in technology.

Imagine that most of them are coders, web developers, programmers, user interface experts (the people who Google, Facebook, Zynga and dozens of other hot comapnies want to hire).

Imagine they’re all in one room looking at a stage of demonstrations of some of the hottest technology companies (or two guys in their mom’s living room) – well this is what New York Tech Meetup is all about.

At the January 4th meet up there were many great demos and three of them were the beest ones for your small business to check out.

Memberly

 

If you’re interested in having a subscription service, Memberly is a neat servicde you want to check out. It competes in some ways with PayPal’s subscription service.

Let’s say you have class that people sign up for a pay a monthly fee, Memberly can help you with that. Or let’s say you have premium content that’s for “member’s only” Memberly can also help you set that up on your web site. Way cool. Or as some of the examples on their web site show, maybe people pay you a monthly fee for you to deliver a product to them.

Punch Up 

 

For local retails who want to give incentives to their customers can use PunchUo to reward customers the more they buy from you with their credit cards. The customer enrolls their credit cards with Punch Up and every time they pay for something they get “points”. On the merchant’s side, you (the small business merchant) can then determine what the customers gets for those points. If your customers sign up friends, your friends get points and you get ponits too!

Of course there are so many ways to manage incentives – with Facebook Check in Deals, Groupon and Foursquare – just to name three of the more well known ones. The idea is to simply add your deal, let your customers know and tell them what action to take to get the deal – as in check in 10 times or smoething.

Chat&

 

There are lots of live chat for retailers to support customers, but sometimes the retailer wants to show the customer something live, through video. Like maybe hold up a phone and show someone what button to push, or hold up a car part so the customer can see it. Chat& lets retailers show live video of their customer service representatives (and have customers show their live video if they wish). So your next retailer support question might not be just chat but might be video and chat as well – with you able to see your support person. Neat service.

 

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Ramon Ray, Marketing & Technology Evangelist, Smallbiztechnology.com & Infusionsoft. Full bio at http://www.ramonray.com . Check him out on Google Plus, Twitter or Facebook