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  • Spend, Gift, and Support Local Madison Area Businesses

    Spend, Gift, and Support Local Madison Area Businesses
     
    New Mobile Gift Card Program Sponsored by Madison Area Chamber of Commerce Connects Consumers, Corporations, and Merchants in a Simple Way to “Give Back” to Our Community
     
    Madison, IN – January 24, 2020 – The Madison Area Chamber of Commerce announces the new “Chamber CA$H” digital gift card to make it easy and fun to keep local spending right here with our local merchants. Anyone can purchase the Chamber CA$H eGift Card at the Chamber office or at https://www.madisonindiana.com, write a personal message, and send it to family, friends, and colleagues via email, text, social media, or even printed for a personal touch. Recipients can choose to spend it at a growing list of participating merchants in the Madison area, including Wonderfully Made Collections, Fine Threads, Off Broadway Taproom, Shoe Sensation, Christy’s Candles, Hos Coffee, Betty Jeffries, Bad Apple Mac’s, and more! Or, mix it up and spend it at multiple locations. All digital, and always available on your phone, the Chamber CA$H eGift Card is great for birthdays, holidays, teacher appreciation, coach gifts, or just to surprise a friend.
        Chamber CA$H is a more modern, portable, and accountable system than the Good Cents Gift Certificate check program. “For years, the Good Cents Gift Certificate program has been extremely successful, but outdated technology and other logistical issues make it difficult to continue it long-term. We’re trying out the Madison Chamber CA$H program. Now, you can purchase digital gift cards, which can be used in print, through your email, or even through text message. Activated merchants are able to process the cards through their point of sale system. We believe this new digital gift card program will be just as successful as Good Cents Gift Certificates. If you still have those Good Cents laying around, don’t worry. We’ll be phasing out that program very slowly, so you have plenty of time to redeem the ones you have. We’re excited about this new platform. It is already live on the Chamber website and merchants have already begun opting in,” says Lindsay Bloos, Madison Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director.
               “We are thrilled to participate in this innovative program. It was simple to run our ‘activation card,’ and we’re ready to welcome new customers into our store. Thanks, Chamber!” said Victoria Perry, Wonderfully Made Collections.
        Local companies are planning to use the Chamber CA$H eGift Card for company-funded programs such as employee rewards, customer appreciation, and marketing, which will jump-start card sales right off the bat. These companies value the opportunity to reinvest in the community where our employees live, work and play, rather than awarding gift cards where the dollars leave the region.
    By supporting local businesses, more money circulates in the community through a combination of profits paid to local owners, wages paid to local workers, goods and services procured locally for internal use or resale, and charitable giving within the community. Studies[1] have shown that local independent retailers recirculate 47% of their revenue back into the community, vs 14% for national chains. More dramatically, restaurants recirculate 73% of their revenue back into the community, vs 30% for national chains.
        “For those reasons, the Madison Area Chamber of Commerce has been searching for a multi-merchant gift card solution to promote local shopping, dining and gifting in our community. We have partnered with Yiftee, Inc. an eGift Card and promotions company that serves 5,000 businesses across the US, including other highly successful Community Cards. If a merchant accepts MasterCard, they require no additional equipment to process the Chamber CA$H eGift Cards,” says Lindsay Bloos, Madison Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director.
    For more information or to participate as a merchant in the program, please contact the Madison Area Chamber of Commerce at 812-265-3135 or email lbloos@madisonindiana.com.
     
     
    About Madison Area Chamber of Commerce
    Founded in 1924, the Madison Area Chamber of Commerce is a member-driven organization that connects businesses with the support and resources to develop, sustain, and grow.The Chamber is a place for all who share in the desire to improve the community and the conditions under which business is conducted. It directs the energies of those who believe that a community worth living in is a community worth improving. An investment in the Chamber is an investment in the health of the local economy and improves the quality of life for everyone. Investment returns include an exclusive member referral service, promotion in our online Business Directory, networking opportunities, business education, a voice in business issues, and much more at an affordable price.
    About Yiftee
    Yiftee (Yiftee.com) is the award winning no hassle eGift card and promotions solution with no special technology or POS integration, no revenue-share and no special accounting. It's easy for merchants to offer eGift Cards on their website and Facebook page. Merchants gain additional sales, foot traffic, and an eGifting capability like big retailers. Consumers, corporations, and merchants use the Yiftee mobile and online website to send thoughtful, unexpected gifts via email, text or print. Recipients pick up their Yiftee gifts using their smartphone at their favorite local restaurants and shops, driving profitable business to those merchants. For more info see Yiftee.com or email info@yiftee.com.