Acquiring Near.in – Taking our O2O presence to the next level

At Paytm, O2O (Online to Offline) is a key focus area for us and we’ve just taken the next step to further strengthen our presence in the local and home service market.

We’ve acquired Near.in, it is a platform that provides local services and connects professionals with customers looking to avail services such as dance teachers, yoga instructors and many others. Currently, the company offers over 100 categories of local services.

The founding team of Near.in comprising Mr. Lomesh Dutta and Mr. Sunil Goyal will be joining Paytm as Vice presidents.

This buyout will definitely help us to get going into O2O space.

We’re excited to add more to our bouquet of services to help make life easier for you every step of the way. One transaction at a time. Till then, #PaytmKaro.

First-Of-Its-Kind partnership with ICICI Bank

In a first-of-its-kind partnership with ICICI Bank, we’re going to launch virtual prepaid cards which will give our users access to their Paytm Wallet both online and offline.

This partnership will also allow our customers to top up their digital wallets at any ICICI Bank, using cash or cheques. It will be a 16 digit Paytm-ICICI co-branded prepaid card which can be used at all the retail joints accepting VISA, MasterCard and Rupay.

This is a one of its kind partnership between an Indian consumer internet company & the country’s leading banking group and we’re also considering offering this new virtual card to customers through a new payment bank that will begin operations next year.

Read more about this development here!

 

Paytm CEO Vijay Shekhar Sharma joins board of “Little”, a local discovery app!

Mr. Vijay Shekhar Sharma (Founder & CEO, Paytm) along with Mr. Alok Goel from SAIF Partners has joined Little as a board member. For those not in the know, Little is a local discovery app based out of Bangalore. It started operations three months ago and currently offers 30,000 deals from over 10,000 merchants.

Little App has more than 500,000 users who get access to last minute deals on restaurants, movies, hotels, salons & others, spread across 11 cities.

The founding team is totally kicked about having Vijay on its board; this will help them crack the customer acquisition puzzle, and this association with Paytm will also help them to sort out the payments process and preference level.

Read more about this development in detail here

 

 

 

Stay Safe Chennai

Chennai is braving a storm right now and we salute the spirit of everyone who is doing their bit to rescue people out there! The gravity of the situation can be understood by some of these glaring examples:

  • All flights to & fro Chennai have been suspended
  • The Hindu, a massive print publication, has for the first time not published an issue today, since 1878.

Amidst these unfortunate floods, we know how staying connected with your friends/family becomes priority. One helping hand can make a difference. This is a little something from us to you, Chennai:

If you would like to recharge anyone’s mobile number so that they can remain connected during this tough time, please call us at 18001030033 and share the mobile number.

We will recharge it with Rs.30 worth of talk-time, free of cost.

We also came across these heart warming tweets, on how people are doing their bit to help via Paytm!

Those who wish to extend support independently on social media, please use the following hashtags on twitter: #ChennaiFloods and / or #ChennaiRains.

Kindly Note;

1. This is only applicable for Chennai numbers;

2. Can be availed only once per number;

3. Due to overwhelming response, we will need 2 hours to process the request;

4. Certain mobile operators are unstable, which is beyond our control.

You could also check out this link to know full details about emergency contacts & rescue initiatives being done in the region.

Stay safe and #StayCharged, Chennai!

Impromptu Travel Plans? No worries, just Paytm Karo!

Last minute travel plans are the best ones! If it wasn’t for hotel booking worries plaguing you.

Guess what, go ahead & pack for that trip right now, ’cause we’ve got this in the bag for you!

In our bid to offer our users a more delightful experience, we have tied up with RoomsTonite, where you can get access to last minute booking of over 4000 hotels via our Android App.

We have established a direct connectivity with RoomsTonite where the hotel rates & content are synced in real time.

So, just click here to #PaytmKaro & travel without any hassles!

Read here for more details!

Lendingkart ties up with Paytm

In our constant endeavour to make life easier for our users and sellers, we are proud to announce our tie up with Lendingkart, a credit evaluation and loan platform.

With this move, we aim to expand our seller base by providing collateral free business loans to SMEs and merchants. What’s special here is that entrepreneurs can focus on building their businesses instead of worrying about gaps in their cash-flows.

Read more about it here!

Celebrate App Store Week With Us!

Yo Apple Fans! We’re excited to share that starting today, for one whole week, we’re featured on the App Store in a big, big way! Watch out for us all this week on the App Store’s Twitter and Facebook feeds. It doesn’t stop here, we’re spreading the love to all Apple fans: Everyday, for one week, we’ve got in store some amazing offers! All you have to do is download/use Paytm iOS App & shop on Paytm to get upto 50% cashback on your FIRST marketplace order!

Promo Code to be used – APPLE50

Wait, there’s more! You can also participate in our App Store contest! Just share your favorite feature of our iOS Paytm App on our Facebook or Twitter page and three lucky winners will win Rs. 500 Paytm cash! Simply tag us in your tweets and use the hashtag #AppStoreWeek.

Read the offer & contest T&Cs here!

So, what are you waiting for just pull out your iPhone/iPad & start shopping!

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Want Your Smartphone Before Diwali? Come to Paytm!

Diwali or Dhanteras, once you read this, you’re not going anywhere to buy your smart phones, except Paytm!

And we mean, anywhere! Like, not even driving down to your regular smart phone dealer for a physical purchase.

Why would you do that when we commit a 2 hour delivery of your smartphone to you?

Our tie-up with The Mobilestore aims to deliver your mobile device to you within two hours of placing your order on Paytm.

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Don’t believe it? Go on, order your smartphone from us and share your experience with us!

We loved hearing these happy customers tell us about their experience:

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Paytm on Your Wrist!

The Apple Watch released in India this weekend! What if Paytm could always be on your wrist supporting you for recharge, bill payments & shopping? Say hello to Paytm for Apple Watch!

When we set about designing Paytm for Apple Watch, we wanted to make available the best features of your favourite app on your wrist. So let’s dive right into how Paytm for Apple Watch will be your daily companion.

By showing up one’s favourite or frequent recharges, you can fast-forward them, thus making recharging speedy and hassle-free. Check your wallet balance and browse through your wallet statement effortlessly. Besides this, you can track the status of your orders.

 

We know you’re going to love having Paytm for Apple Watch by your side, helping you get stuff done throughout your day. We also think you’ll love what we’ve got planned in the next updates! So stay tuned.

Already grabbed your Apple Watch? We’d love to see Paytm for Apple Watch at work. Take a photo and tag us on TwitterInstagram, Pinterest or post it to our Facebook page or Google+. Make sure you don’t miss out on all the latest Paytm news by following us here on our blog.

Top up your Paytm Wallet from an ATM!

Now, you can top up your Paytm Wallet from your nearest ATM of Bank of Maharashtra. In an effort to amplify our reach, users can now recharge their Paytm account at nearly 1800 ATM’s of Bank of Maharashtra across the country.

Customers can use their BOM debit cards for recharging their Paytm Wallet by walking into the ATM.

And while we write this, we’re also tying up with other leading banks across the country to give our customers a Hyperlocal solution for their online transaction needs.

Read here for more details! #PaytmKaro