The Prepaid Press Expo is proud to offer the most informative and affordable conference program for prepaid services.
Monday, August 12
10:00 AM - 5:15 PM
Tuesday, August 13
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Exhibit Hall Hours:
Tuesday, August 13, 2013
10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Wednesday, August 14, 2013
10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Monday, August 12, 2013
To kick off the sessions, a high profile prepaid personality will present an inspirational keynote address about the changes in the prepaid industry and the way consumers perceive the concept of prepaid services. From a simple calling card 20 years ago to a rich collection of applications, technology has transformed prepaid into a valuable financial tool for the unbanked, the worker, and any consumer.
How can we leverage the power of prepaid? Program managers, aggregators, and mega style retailers will lead the way to a new and even bolder generation of prepaid products.
After the keynote address, there will be an open discussion about the evolution and maturation of the prepaid industry, including the recent consolidation trend and emerging types of payments. We invite the audience to share their experiences, problems, and brainstorms.
New web portals are making it easier for retailers to sell prepaid long distance and simpler for customers to buy minutes and manage their accounts, resulting in longer term relationships between providers and end users. How should portal operators look at using their portals as a means to sell all manner of non-physical products, anything that can be redeemed via a PIN number or printed out on a printer at retail outlets?
Prepaid long distance providers and retailers are finally moving into the world of prepaid convergence – seeing long distance and top up as an integrated unit of prepaid services. How are they doing this?
We will hear from top professionals about the challenges and technologies that are ahead. Experts will talk about emerging prepaid products, affordable and international top up, gaming, and banking. Expand your knowledge of new platforms for sending money and other banking alternatives.
How can MVNOs play in a mature smartphone environment with postpaid providers offering flashy phones at low cost and free texting? What can MVNOs do to capture segments of the general population? Learn about building loyalty, brand marketing, and database capture and management from a marketing expert. This session will address the issues facing new prepaid brands.
Carrier platforms are highly evolved. Who should outsource technology? Platform Providers will talk about Turnkey Hosted Solutions for Card Providers, how their platforms automatically set rates; how web-based software makes the hosted carrier platform the best means of navigating calls in a high volume market with an excess of international carriers. How do platforms route traffic efficiently and provide quality without any down time. Add to that: profitability.
Prepaid has become a viable alternative to traditional banking. Banks and credit unions realize that they have to compete with the Walmarts and Green Dots in the prepaid market. The panel will talk about how banks are positioned to enter the prepaid space and secure fee income through prepaid card programs going forward. One panelist will give us the Canadian angle and tell us about the prepaid market in Canada and what banks to the north of us have been doing for years.
Ben Jackson, Sr. Analyst, Mercator Advisory Group's Prepaid Advisory Service
Sankar Krishnan, Global Client Engagement, Banking & Financial Services Practice,
Sutherland Global Services
Todd Nuttall, Chief Executive Officer, Better ATM Services
Tuesday, August 13, 2013
Since the economic crisis of 2008, challenging times have spawned alternative financial services to help many Americans manage their precarious finances. The panel will discuss various demographic groups, such as the Millennials, and how their needs have expanded the prepaid market and changed the perception of prepaid. GPR solutions have evolved to provide consumers with robust money management features that have changed the way we spend. Could prepaid become the new checking account?
The trick is to make GPR cards understandable so that consumers, including workers, seniors, teens and college students, are able to differentiate between card offerings. GPR providers need to interest consumers in direct deposit; that's the Holy Grail for retention. How can providers do that and mold reward solutions that makes the customer happy at the POS? The session will also cover customer care for the prepaid consumer and a recent study by First Data: Unbanked, Underbanked and Debanked.
Here we take a look at the integration (or lack of it) between prepaid cards and mobile devices. Every day we hear about a new scheme and plan. So why is there no traction? While prepaid has reached mainstream status, there are headwinds that seem to prevent the convergence of prepaid and mobile. How will these headwinds be addressed for the good of all stakeholders? This panel will look at some of the elements that are required to be a success and how they are within the reach of a converged agenda.
This session will address how consumer behavior models have changed in the world of social network referrals and mobile, online information resources. Lori Breitzke and other experts will present new strategies and success stories of reward programs that integrate social media, mobile and online referral sources into their overall marketing strategy.
Advanced platform technologies have made it possible for consumers to send and receive gift cards through the web or mobile device. As smartphone devices become more affordable, mobilizing prepaid services has become a rapidly growing opportunity for service providers, especially in the gift card space.
This panel will bring you the latest news about the digital gift card platform and how it is recharging and bringing new innovations to the gift card market. Other new trends will be presented.
Prepaid telecom veterans will discuss the American PrePaid Phonecall Association (APPPA), and how it is working to protect the industry's interests, good name and public trust by establishing standards and best practices for prepaid phone call providers in the US. Pete Pattullo, vice chairman of the APPPA Founding Board, and CEO of Network IP, and Gene Retske, executive director of APPPA, promise to reveal the overall state of the prepaid phone calling industry and address regulatory and legal issues that would impact the consumer.
Carol Van Cleef, a legal expert, and Partner at Patton Boggs LLP, will talk plainly about serious issues the payments industry faces and how important regulations could impact the changing world of payments.
This last session will focus on innovative products that fulfill the promise of prepaid technology. Providers are invited to showcase their new products.
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