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Emily Hale

Emily Hale

Emily is a content and social media strategist based in Indianapolis. She enjoys discovering new topics and planning content that empowers small business owners to make better choices for their businesses. When she's not in the thick of doing research for Merchant Maverick, she likes painting, meandering through nature and spotting wildlife, or relaxing with her rescue pup, Jetta.

The Top 4 Alternatives To ShipStation

ShipStation is one of the largest names in shipping and fulfillment software, and we rate it pretty highly at Merchant Maverick. However, there is never any one-size-fits-all solution. We’ll show you some of the best alternatives to ShipStation in the post below.

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Sep 15, 2020 Filed under: Shipping 0
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Buy Now Buttons: The Key To Selling On Your Blog Or Website

A buy-now button is a flexible way to make products more accessible and shop-friendly to your customers, fans, or readers. It’s a small piece of code that you can copy and paste into different areas of your website, blog, or even the body of an email. The code holds information on what the product is, how the button looks, what it says, and even tracking information to sync inventory and keep accurate sales reports.

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Aug 27, 2020 Filed under: eCommerce 2

Mad Mimi Review

Many email marketing software providers do what they promise but many struggle to stand out from the crowd. That’s just not the case with Mad Mimi. With its very distinct style, a welcoming design, and a focus on simplicity, there’s only one Mimi.

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Dec 28, 2020 Filed under: Email Marketing Software Reviews 0

11 Ways Businesses Should Be Using CRM Software

How do you find the right CRM solution for your type of small business? The first and most important thing is to define what your business needs are before you start looking. This post will help you get a general lay of the land when it comes to CRM software so you can shop smarter and find the best option for your small business.

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Apr 28, 2020 Filed under: CRM, Email Marketing, Loyalty Rewards 8
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Square Credit Card Processing Review (Square Payments)

Square Payments and Point of Sale from earn a perfect 5-star rating for ease of use, astounding feature set, transparent and affordable pricing, and overall status as a powerhouse for merchants. While Square’s payment processing service is not appropriate for all business types and lacks the stability and negotiability of a standard merchant account, many small businesses enjoy the predictable pricing and the lightning-quick setup.

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Jul 28, 2021 Filed under: Merchant Account Reviews, Mobile Credit Card Processing Reviews 554
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Upserve Payments (Formerly Swipely) Review

Pros Transparent subscription pricing Good for restaurants Excellent customer support Inexpensive hardware Multi-location inventory management Cons Expensive for low-volume merchants Early termination fee Overview I approached this review with healthy levels of cynicism and genuine curiosity because it became clear from the start that Upserve is in a class of its own. For the past […]

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Jul 12, 2021 Filed under: Merchant Account Reviews 3
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Flagship Merchant Services Review

Pros No early termination fee No setup or application fees No gateway setup fee Cons Numerous public complaints Limited pricing disclosed online Overview Flagship Merchant Services is a merchant account provider headquartered in Charlestown, Massachusetts. First established in 2001, the company was later acquired by iPayment in 2012. Today, Flagship operates mostly as a reseller for […]

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Dec 28, 2020 Filed under: Merchant Account Reviews 347

Appstar Financial Review

AppStar Financial has built a somewhat notorious reputation for itself by relying almost entirely on independent sales agents. In the processing industry, this leads to a poorly-trained, highly expendable workforce of salespeople. Unfortunately, this company represents the “old school” business model of relying heavily on sales and somewhat veiled pricing and contract terms.

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Dec 28, 2020 Filed under: Merchant Account Reviews 13

The Complete Guide To Setting Up A Merchant Account

Finding a trustworthy merchant account for credit card processing is one of the most important things you can do for your business. And that’s why there is a lot to consider. We’ll show you what to look for and how to set up a merchant account for credit card payments so that you can find the right fit for your small business.

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Dec 9, 2020 Filed under: Credit Card Processing 2 logo Review

When it comes to, we highly suggest all merchants approach with caution. That’s because this merchant account provider offers no transparency with fees and rates in credit card processing, and you might even get locked down in a contract if you take the “free” reader.

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Dec 28, 2020 Filed under: Merchant Account Reviews 8

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