The year 2016 is nothing but eventful both on a global scale and here at PAYFORT.
This year in April, we successfully opened up the world of e-commerce to the Saudi consumers by integrating SADAD Account via PAYFORT. A month later, we released our State of Payments 2016 report revealing the latest insights into the buying habits of the Arab world.
The month of July was marked by two interesting events: first, PAYFORT and Shopify started working together to help start-ups in the Middle East to simplify their processes in terms of online store development and management; and second we achieved the Payment Card Industry Security Standards Certification for the third consecutive year – a testament to our commitment to e-payment security and consumer data protection.
The high ride continued the following month as we started offering the Egyptian market the liberty of making monthly installment payments through the country’s largest private sector bank, CIB. August also bore witness to our new partnership with MasterCard thus allowing PAYFORT merchants to seamlessly integrate security solutions into their own payment processes. This collaboration provides businesses the opportunity to increase both online and offline credit card transactions while offering consumers the convenience of secured, one-click payments.
We are humbled by the goals we have achieved and the partnerships we have built this year. And we are honoured on how our dedication to being the leading online payment service provider in the Middle East has been recognized by various partners and awarding bodies.
Just very recently, industry-renowned PayExpo MENA awards granted us the Digital Commerce Innovation Award for establishing a successful online payment solution across the region.
We also received Fintech of the Year award last month at The Entrepreneur MENA magazine’s annual Enterprise Agility Awards, acknowledging our efforts in breaking down barriers to introduce the convenience in adopting secure online payment methods.
In addition to that Doha Bank, one of the largest commercial banks in Qatar, gave us this year’s Partners Award, as our partnership agreement helped the Qatari market to open its arms to e-commerce. To cap off 2016 for our company, crowd-sourcing company Owler presented us this year’s Hot in Dubai award for being a top trending company in the city.
So as a thanks to the many recognition we earned 2016, we think it’s only fitting that we close its curtains by sharing PAYFORT’s ten blog posts that generated the most buzz this year:
12 – 5 ways to make money out of your ebook
There’s no denying that everyone and everything is pushing online. If you’re a writer, you have a bigger chance of earning money by publishing eBooks online than publishing actual books in the offline world. Find out how in our blog post here.
11 – No money, no problem- Starting a business on a budget
Starting a business is, first and foremost, a financial risk. However, the advent of technology has provided us many reasons to believe that the best time to launch your start up is now. Here is why.
10 – Seven tips to improve your workplace productivity
An article that will continue to be relevant year after year, here are seven simple strategies to help increase productivity inside the office. check out the blog post here.
9 – The future of marketplace services in UAE
Back in August, we had a conversation with MrUsta’s Dunia Othman about emerging trends and the future of the service industry in UAE. Check out our infographic here.
8 – Digital Vs Traditional Media
This year, a lot of companies have started embracing digital media as a marketing channel, so we decided to cover the consumer shift from traditional to digital media. Learn more about this here.
7 – How to optimize a landing page
Speaking of going digital, websites are finally getting the attention they deserve. To help you make a good first impression online, here’s how you can optimize your landing page.
6 – Four secrets to creating the perfect two minute pitch
You don’t have to write a novel to get to your market, in fact, if you know how to do it the right way, the time it takes to pitch your idea is just two minutes. For pitching basics, check out this article we published last March.
5 – The evolution of food services
With innovation comes evolution and that’s something we continue to see even in the food service industry here in Middle East. In this article, we rounded up a number of food-based start-ups that transformed great ideas into big opportunities.
4 – The shift in online grocery shopping in KSA
The onset of digital media has opened many doors for entrepreneurs. To highlight this reality, we came up with a concise infographic showcasing data on the shift in e-commerce – particularly in the grocery shopping industry in KSA. You can check it out here.
3 – Understanding the Egyptian shopper
Egypt is a significant market for online shopping and Egyptian shoppers are a consumer base you don’t want to miss out on. To help you become their provider of choice, take a look at the infographic we created examining Egyptian market behaviour and demographics.
2 – Identity theft: Keep your personal information personal
The online world can be a double-edged sword – yes, you can do transactions the digital way but that also means having to input sensitive personal data through a website. To educate you on what identity theft is and how you can protect yourself from it, read this.
1 – How to give better presentations
Topping our top ten list is a post written to educate each and every company’s sales team on how to give better presentations. Here’s a very digestible infographic to help you becoming a master presenter.
There you go – this year’s top 10 posts for your enjoyment! Which one of these tickled your fancy? Share it with us in the comment section below or by tweeting us @PAYFORT.
Here’s to thriving through this year together and another for 2017, a new year to bring you more relevant content you can bookmark! Happy New Year everyone!