Advertising and marketing agencies can struggle to manage budgets and gain greater control over ad spending while working to meet the demands of multiple clients.
The ad purchasing challenges agencies face commonly stem from the use of credit cards and legacy payment processes (e.g. bank wires). Using credit cards for managing ad campaigns creates the chance of overspending and predefined credit limits being hit unknowingly, resulting in the account being frozen and campaigns jeopardized. The same holds true should a credit card be reported for suspected fraud or as being lost or stolen. In such cases, the credit card account must be frozen, with few ways to resolve issues until a replacement card is presented.
The risks are higher for agencies using a single, company-wide credit card to manage multiple client accounts. Some agencies have painfully learned that single credit card use opens the door to fraud and other issues due to the challenge of tracking various transactions on a single account.
In any of these scenarios, an issue with a credit card can challenge payment obligations and affect an agency’s relationships.
A Simple and More Efficient Approach to Account Management
In the digital age of doing business, more and more agencies are using virtual prepaid cards (accounts) to overcome long-standing issues tied to traditional payment methods. These advanced payment products offer a more flexible and effective way to manage accounts, simplify ad buys, improve transparency, remove tedious reconciliation processes, and present real-time reporting and payments.
Prepaid virtual accounts are just like debit or credit cards but are pre-funded account-based payment solutions that use a secured 16-digit number instead of a physical card. Virtual cards work just like traditional cards but without going through the process of ordering cards and waiting on the production and shipping of a physical card.
Additionally, virtual card numbers can be programmed with custom parameters such as expiry dates, spending limits, and category information. Credit cards do not allow for the same level of customization or caps and require more time-consuming due diligence to ensure spending stays within budgeted amounts.
Virtual prepaid accounts can be created instantaneously by the agency and used immediately. An agency can create as many virtual card accounts as they need for their business, and there is no connection with an agency’s business banking account. These self-funded solutions enable expense managers to easily decide the amount of funds allocated to each virtual card and make it easy to automate media buys and handle affiliate commissions and payables to vendors and suppliers.
Conveniently, virtual accounts can easily be reloaded in real-time at any point or set for automated, scheduled reloads. If needed, a virtual account can be frozen immediately, and a replacement account can be created instantly, giving agencies the ability to scale security to the maximum.
Control At Your Fingertips
B4B Payments’ all-in-one, intuitive management platform gives agencies full control and the power to instantly create multiple virtual card accounts and allocate sums efficiently for different teams, campaigns, and accounts. Agencies gain a new level of transparency in tracking each account and payment made, alleviating issues associated with account reconciliation.
The interfaces typically used for managing company credits are often clunky and do not seamlessly integrate with in-house accounting software. B4B Payments is a technology-first company, and we have designed an easy-to-use platform that flawlessly integrates into existing AR and accounting software.
Additionally, you may be interested in reading our Case Study to learn how B4B Payments partners with Imperious Media to streamline media buying and standardize reconciliation.
To find out how our solutions can help your company, contact us today!