Socket Sponsors the Trick or Trot 5K in Sedalia


High winds and chilly temperatures made for quite the morning in Sedalia; it certainly didn’t dampen anyone’s festive spirits, though!
 
We were proud to help sponsor the inaugural Trick or Trot 5K, supporting Bothwell Regional’s Cancer Fund, last Saturday morning. And the cold weather didn’t seem to stop anyone from dressing up in their Halloween best, from zombie businessmen to tiny toddler superheroes. The 5K was followed by a costume contest, and the Monster Dash Kid’s Fun Run.
 
While we didn’t run in the 5K, we were still on hand to distribute delicious Halloween candy to the participants. Because who doesn’t want to gorge on Tootsie Rolls after running 3.1 miles? Maybe next year we’ll think about water bottles or something more nutritious… but that doesn’t sound nearly as fun.
 
We also raffled off a $50 gift card to Kehde’s BBQ. Congratulations to our winner, Becky V. of Sedalia!
 
A big thank you to KIX 105 FM for hosting this event, and letting us be a part of it. We had a ton of fun, and can’t wait to see you all for the next one!

Travis Baugh - Socket's You-Make-the-Difference Award Winner for September 2013


Travis Baugh - Socket YMTD Award - September 2013In September, we honored Travis Baugh with our monthly You-Make-the-Difference Award.
 
Travis has had a love for computers since he was a little kid. But he's not exactly in love with that little computer in your pocket and says he prefers a "not-so-smart phone" so he isn't quite so connected ALL the time.
  
A local Columbian at heart, Travis attended Rock Bridge High School and is currently working on a business degree at Columbia College. He joined the Socket team in 2011 and is responsible for ensuring that service is delivered properly to residential and business customers. He works with Socket's sales team on any issues that come up with orders and also assists with other special projects.
 
We all know Travis is pretty cool, but most of us only see the tip of his iceberg of awesomeness on a daily basis.
 
"You'd never know just how careful, kind and efficient he is," said a fellow Socketeer who nominated him for the award. "Travis is a person who carries a lot of know-how in an invisible satchel of inspiration. He makes it look way too easy."
 
Another explained, "Socket runs smoothly because Travis is one of the balanced, performance-trained bearings at the center. We are lucky to have him as someone who makes a difference."
 
In his spare time, Travis likes to work on computers. In fact, he even traded some computer fix-it work for a special Evil Computer tattoo (he showed it to us but wouldn't let us take a picture).
 
Thanks for making Socket a better place, Travis!
  

Mobile Payments: What Your Business Should Know


If you haven’t yet paid for a transaction using some sort of mobile payment option, you likely will soon.
 
Americans will spend a projected $37 billion in mobile payment transactions in 2013, according to research firm Gartner, Inc. As smartphones and tablets become increasingly common, more mobile services are emerging to help businesses meet customer demand for flexible payment options.
 
Many businesses already accept credit card payments, but new technology is making it even easier. Card readers that connect to a smartphone or tablet allow businesses to make sales nearly anywhere, from the business location to an outdoor event or even the customer’s doorstep.
 
Mobile payment services typically operate in the same manner as traditional credit card processing systems. The business pays a percentage of each transaction to the payment service, which then deposits the funds in the business’s account.
 
Mobile payment services can be every bit as secure as a traditional credit card processing system, provided that the data is encrypted and transmitted securely. In fact, some experts believe mobile payments can be even more secure, offering password protection and other security features. After all, your wallet doesn’t come with password protection.  
 
Some cutting-edge businesses are even accepting payments via digital applications such as Google Wallet. These applications allow a customer to simply hold his or her mobile phone in front of a sensor that will then transfer funds from a specified bank account to the business. 
 
Businesses that are considering offering mobile payments should:

  • Consider what its customers want. Mobile payments aren’t for every customer or every business. Talk to company representatives who interact directly with customers and find out what options are being requested.  
  • Stick with a reputable company. Square and Intuit GoPayment are two of the most popular providers, and many financial institutions offer a similar service.
  • Understand the terms of the service. Find out if the provider charges a percentage of each transaction or a flat fee, as well as what other restrictions or charges apply.
  • Verify encryption and other security features. Ensure customers’ financial information will be handled with the utmost care.

 
Many businesses find that adopting flexible payment options helps them attract more customers and increase revenue. It will certainly be interesting to see how mobile payments evolve in the coming years, and how businesses adapt as a result. 

Socket to Sponsor Mid-Missouri Race for the Cure


Socket is once again proud to sponsor the Susan G. Komen Mid-Missouri Race for the Cure!
 
The race takes place this Saturday, October 12th, at 8:00 AM in downtown Columbia.
 
The route begins near the corner of 6th and Locust, and will loop around the University of Missouri campus. Even if you don't plan on racing, come out to cheer on those who do!
 
And if you do want to race, it's still not too late to sign up! Registrations will be accepted up to the time of the race. Registration is $30, and proceeds will support breast cancer awareness, screenings and research.
 

For more information, visit www.komenmidmissouri.org.
 
 
 
 

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Founded in 1994, Socket is a Missouri-based telephone and Internet service provider with the largest service area in the state.

Socket is a privately held company that provides families and businesses a choice for local and long-distance phone and Internet service. We combine the highest quality customer service with in-depth technical knowledge.

Our network serves more than 20,000 residents and businesses in more than 400 Missouri cities, and our customers enjoy simple billing and quick, friendly service.
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