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The girls are among about 200 troops in northeast Ohio who are changing the way Girl Scouts do business. For the first time, the girls are accepting credit cards using a device called GoPayment, a free credit card reader that clips onto smart phones. Girl Scout leaders hope that allowing customers to pay with plastic will drive up cookie sales in a world where carrying cash is rapidly going the way of dial-up Internet. Keeping pace with changing technology is a priority lately for the historic Girl Scouts, an organization that’s preparing to celebrate its 100th anniversary next year.

“Normally I think a lot of customers would love to buy cookies, but they have to walk by the booth because they’re not carrying cash,” said Marianne Love, director of business services for the Girl Scouts of Northeast Ohio. “I know I never carry cash when I’m out shopping.”

If all goes well, Love plans to roll out the device to all 2,700 troops in northeast Ohio. Ten troops in San Diego, Calif., are also testing out the device this month.

“I know there’s a lot of interest across the country with other Girl Scout councils,” Love said. “So I wouldn’t be surprised if you see it everywhere this time next year.”

GoPayment is just one of several popular mobile payment devices that took off in 2010, with hundreds of thousands of people signing up to use them, said Todd Ablowitz, president of Double Diamond Group of Centennial, Colo., a consulting company focused on the mobile payment industry.

“Everyone from delivery drivers to Girl Scouts to baby sitters are swiping cards on their phones to take a payment,” Ablowitz said. “I mean, this barely existed before 2010. The numbers are staggering.”

The technology has actually existed for years, but it wasn’t until San Francisco-based Square, Inc., began offering its card readers for free that the industry really gained momentum, Ablowitz said.

Intuit, the Mountain View, Calif.-based company that manufactures GoPayment, charges a small fee per transaction and offers various pricing plans to customers based on sale volume. GoPayment has been on the market for about two years. Intuit charges the Girl Scouts its lowest rate, at 1.7 percent plus 15 cents per transaction. Most customers pay 2.7 percent per transaction.

“We saw people that wanted to take electronic payments and just didn’t have a way to do it,” said Chris Hylen, vice-president of Intuit’s payments business. “It’s been the fastest-growing part of our business.”

Sales are already picking up in Ohio, with one troop reporting selling 20 percent more than they did in the same location the previous year, Love said.

“And we also had a customer earlier today say he was taking out cash to buy two boxes, and he ended up buying seven because he was able to use his credit card,” she said.

Selling cookies is a massive and lucrative operation for the Girl Scouts, hauling in about $714 million every year. It started out in 1917 in Muskogee, Okla., when Girl Scouts began baking cookies at home with their mothers, said Michelle Tompkins, spokeswoman for Girl Scouts of the USA. The sale went commercial in 1935.

Nowadays, the actual baking of the cookies is done by commercial bakers, who receive a small portion of the profit. But the rest goes to local troops, who use the money for whatever they like. Some girls decide to pool their funds to travel abroad, while others donate money to charity.

Transitioning to mobile payments was natural for most of the girls, said Gwen Kolenich, a troop leader in Parma, a Cleveland suburb.

“This is something that makes it easy because we’re now in a touch generation,” she said. “So being about to offer this kind of payment method and technology to girls is right up their alley.”

Cassie Walko, 10, was stationed at an outdoor shopping mall in Oakwood Village on one cold Saturday morning, where most shoppers who stopped by the booth still insisted upon using cash, despite the girls’ best efforts to wield their cell phones. Cassie said it was confusing the first time she tried to ring up a customer.

“At first the machine wouldn’t work because it was so cold,” she said. “But then we figured it out.”

Linda Bellomy, who bought 10 boxes and donated them to the troops, said she used her credit card because she never carries cash anymore.

“I gave her my card, they zipped it through, and they actually were able to key in an email address that my receipt goes to,” she said.

About 30 miles away in Parma, the Girl Scouts pulling their wagon from door to door encountered a problem that can’t be fixed by technology. Most people weren’t home to answer the door.

For the geographically challenged, Girl Scouts of the USA is introducing yet another digital innovation: an app for the iPhone called the “USA Cookie Finder,” which uses GPS technology to pinpoint the user’s location and map out the nearest cookie sales. Users can even post cookie sale locations on Twitter and Facebook.

“When it comes to technology, I think the best way to sum up Girl Scouts is: We are where the girls are,” Tompkins said. “We listen to what they say. And when they tell us that they are on Facebook, then we go on Facebook.”


Tattoo artist Levi Smith has begun inking into the flesh a QR code, or quick response code, which is similar to a bar  code.
The code is completely computer-generated, said Smith, of The Jade Monkey Tattoo in Phoenix. He said it is becoming more prevalent among businesses and publications to scan for information.
“Most people think I’m crazy,” said Anisha Jones, who has a tattoo code that can be scanned. Branding herself with one has not been a popular idea, she added.
When CBS 5 News canvassed some people in downtown Phoenix, they found that to be the case for many.
“That’s absurd,” responded one person.
“No, I don’t see myself doing that,” said another.
The tattoo code can be scanned by smart phones and can be linked to a web page or other text sources.
In 10 years, some say they might be found on driver’s licenses or student IDs.
“It’s something different that nobody else would have. It’s my tattoo and no one else can have it,” said Jones.
Critics fear there could be security concerns, and to some the stamp represents danger or even evil. “Three friends of mine have called me the anti-Christ for wanting to do this, like equating this to some sort of mark of the beast,” said Smith.
But to some others, the designer skin is in, and a permanent passport to tomorrow.  “For me, I think it’s a really interesting kind of novelty that helps us come to terms with our high-tech lives, our social media Internet lifestyles,” said Smith.
It’s been more than twelve months since I rounded up some of the more impressive social media stats and pieces of data. But what’s happened since then?
Clearly, social media is big, it’s still getting bigger, and as a broad digital channel, is not going to disappear anytime soon.
While the value of this type of statisitical information can be questioned, especially when considering the place of social media within a business structure, I think it serves to highlight simply how massive the channel is as a whole.
I think it also indicates the rapid growth seen amongst certain platforms, which in the physical world would generally never happen. But that in itself is a separate area of discussion. For now, here’s some fresh mind-blowing stats…
Then: Twitter has 75m user accounts, but only around 15m are active users on a regular basis.
Now: Twitter now officially claims to have 175m registered users, although it’s unclear what percentage regularly user the service.
Then: LinkedIn has over 50m members worldwide.
Now: Officially, Linkedin has grown 100%, now having over 100m professionals who use the platform worldwide.
Then: Facebook has 350 million active users on global basis.
Now: Facebook officially hit the half-billion member mark last year. According to figures from Socialbakers, there are now some 640m Facebook users worldwide.
Then: 50% of active users log into Facebook each day. This means at least 175m users every 24 hours.
Now: Still citing the 50% active rate, using the official 500m figure, this means at least 250m users every 24 hours. This is more than a 40% increase in 12 months.
Then: Flickr hosts more than 4bn images.
Now: Flickr continues to grow at a steady rate, having increased by some 25% in the last twelve months. At the end of 2010, it was hosting more than 5bn images.
Then: Wikipedia has 14m articles and 85,000 contributors.
Now: Wikipedia now has more 17m articles. The site now has an army of 91,000 active contributors.
Then: 65m users access Facebook through mobile-based devices.
Now: It may well be the year of mobile… For Facebook. Users accessing the site through mobile devices now tops 200m – an enormous 200% increase in around a twelve-month period.
Then: There are more than 3.5bn pieces of content (web links, news stories, blog posts, etc.) shared each week on Facebook.
Now: Clearly, Facebook is still growing: More than 30bn pieces of content is shared each month, which is an average of 7bn pieces a week.
Then: There are 11m LinkedIn users across Europe.
Now: Go Europe! There are now 20m+ EU Linkedin members.
Then: The average number of tweets per day was over 27m.
Now: Twitter now states that 95m tweets are written each day. This is a staggering 250% increase.
Then: The average number of tweets per hour was around 1.3m.
Now: At the new rate of growth, its calculated that there are nearly 4m tweets per hour.
Some extra nuggets…
* More than 24 hours of video is uploaded to YouTube every minute.
* Flickr members upload more than 3,000 images every minute.
* More than one million companies have LinkedIn Company Pages (formerly known as company profiles).
* The average Facebook user creates 90 pieces of content each month.
* There are more than 2bn video views on YouTube every 24 hours.
* There were nearly 2bn people searches on Linkedin during 2010.
* People that use Facebook on their mobile devices are twice as active on Facebook than non-mobile users.
* People on Facebook install 20m applications every day.