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5
Jun

Have you ever written an online review of a product or service?

One of the ways to find out whether the product or service you’re researching is up to par is to ask around, or better yet, go online. Many find the information you can come up with online as worthwhile – or not, depending on the review.

Some who review products or services online have an ax to grind and are therefore not complimentary. On the other hand, there are loads of genuinely sincere people who are completely honest in their reviews. But someone has to write these reviews, of course.

So Xoom, a leading digital money transfer provider, thought it would be telling to check it all out. Xoom decided to conduct a survey of some of its Fil-Am customers recently and asked the question, ‘Have you ever written an online review of a product or service?’

The numbers are indeed revealing. Some 67 percent of those who responded to the survey question said that, yes, they had written an online review of a product or service, but only 33 percent said they had not written an online review.

28
May

How many apps do you have on your phone?

It can’t be surprising that many of us are glued to our mobile phones, judging by the way how many times you’ve probably seen someone with their face stuck in their cell phone walking into a light pole. Might as well get real, cell phones aren’t going away. In fact, they’re becoming even more popular. Pretty soon, cell phones might outnumber us.

But there really is something that does outnumber us already: Apps. You name it, there’s probably an app for it, that’s why we have so many apps. Looking at the popularity of apps in our app-society, started Xoom thinking. So Xoom, a leading digital money transfer provider, conducted an exclusive survey of some of its Fil-Am customers and asked this apparently applicable question about apps: ‘How many apps do you have on your phone?’

You may find the answers sort of surprising. The most people, 35 percent, had the greatest number of apps on their phones – 17 or more apps. But 20 percent of those who answered the survey said they had just 1-5 apps while 18 percent answered that they had 6-10 apps on their phones. Meanwhile, 11 percent said they had 11-16 apps and eight percent said they didn’t have a single app. Oh, and there were also eight percent who said they didn’t have a smart phone.

22
May

Do you plan to send money for tuition or back to school expenses to someone in the Philippines?

When it’s back-to-school time, there are a lot of feelings that each family must go though. For parents, sometimes it’s separation anxiety, just not ready to let go now. Kids have their own thoughts about back-to-school that could include a dose of anxiety, but more likely the expected thrill of seeing your classmate friends again. Oh, and maybe even learn something in school that’s going to help you down the road.

Most families could use some kind of help at back-to-school time. It could be thoughtful good wishes or organized carpools or planning after-school homework sessions at a friends’ house.

But there is yet another way to show your support and that’s what prompted Xoom, a leading digital money transfer provider, to conduct a survey of some of its Fil-Am customers and asked this question: ‘Do you plan to send money for tuition or back to school expenses to someone in the Philippines?’

A majority of those who answered the survey, 53 percent, said they planned to send money for tuition or back-to-school expenses to someone back home in the Philippines. And, of course, Xoom offers the safest, fastest and most convenient way to transfer money, so here’s the perfect opportunity to use Xoom, again and again.

Meanwhile, 35 percent of those in the survey said they don’t plan to send tuition or back-to-school money to the Philippines and 12 percent said that they were undecided.

20
May

Xoom Adds Home Delivery in Vietnam, Cash Pickup and Deposits to Sacombank

New partnership provides faster and more options for receiving money in Vietnam

SAN FRANCISCO, CA, May 11, 2015 – Xoom Corporation (NASDAQ: XOOM), a leading digital money transfer provider, has partnered with Sacombank, one of the largest banks in Vietnam, to offer same-day home delivery, instant cash pickup, and fast bank deposits. With this partnership, senders can deposit money in minutes directly to Sacombank, Vietcombank, and DongA Bank as well as send fast deposits to nine Banknet banks, including Saigonbank, PVComBank, and VietinBank.

U.S. dollar service is also available with the new partnership. Customers sending money to Vietnam can now have U.S. dollars delivered, picked up, or deposited into their loved one’s accounts. Instant cash pickup is available at more than 400 Sacombank branches across the country.

Xoom expands its service to Vietnam to help the estimated 1.3 million Vietnamese immigrants living in the United States send money more easily to friends and family. Most Vietnamese immigrants remit money using agent locations — an experience that’s typically time-consuming and inconvenient. Xoom offers a mobile phone app that allows money to be sent in seconds, while saving the customer from the hassle of driving to the store, waiting in line, and talking to an agent.

Anne Le Tran, Xoom’s senior copywriter for Products, moved from Saigon to the U.S. at the age of nine. “I enjoy working at Xoom.com because the company is committed to helping immigrants save time, while providing a great service for their families back home,” said Le Tran. “I recommend Xoom.com to anyone who needs to send money to Vietnam,” she adds.

“We are excited to partner with Xoom,” said Mr. Le Vu Bang, head of retail banking at Sacombank. “Together, we offer a revolutionary money transfer service where the sender sends in just seconds, and the receiver picks up in seconds — giving instant access to their money.”

Xoom is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to help with the time difference between the United States and Vietnam. During banking hours in Vietnam, customers can receive their funds at a Sacombank location instantly.

Pia Guter, an immigrant from the Philippines, is the marketing director in charge of Vietnam. “Xoom is the easiest way to send money to Vietnam. Customers can send money in seconds with Xoom’s app,” says Guter. “Sacombank is a great partner that offers our customers plenty of choice for sending money. Whether you want delivery or pickup, dong or dollar — Xoom offers it,” adds Guter.

Recipients don’t need to have a Sacombank account to receive a money transfer from Xoom. In addition, door-to-door delivery is available to most cities and provinces. Same-day delivery is available for most major cities and is one to two days for provincial areas.

Visit Xoom.com/vietnam for more information.

About Xoom
Xoom is a leading digital money transfer provider that enables consumers to send money to and pay bills for family and friends around the world in a secure, fast and cost-effective way, using their mobile phone, tablet or computer. During the 12 months ended March 31, 2015, Xoom’s more than 1.3 million active customers sent approximately $7.0 billion with Xoom. The company is headquartered in San Francisco and can be found online at www.xoom.com.

About Sacombank
Headquartered and listed in Vietnam, Sacombank is one of the leading commercial banks in the country and continuously growing in Cambodia and Laos with more than 10,000 employees and more than 420 business locations in the region. Sacombank (Cambodia) Plc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Sacombank, was transformed from a branch in October 2011. The bank offers broad range of banking products and services to private individuals, self-employed customers, as well as small- and medium-sized enterprises in the region wide.

6
May

Xoom partners with Sampath Bank to launch Instant Money Transfer Service to Sri Lanka

Xoom’s revolutionary technology enables instant deposit to Sampath Bank accounts and within 24 hours to all other banks 

SAN FRANCISCO, CA, April 28, 2015 – Xoom Corporation (NASDAQ: XOOM), a leading digital money transfer provider, today announced the launch of its money transfer service to Sri Lanka. Xoom has partnered with Sampath Bank, one of the largest banks in Sri Lanka, to offer instant deposits to Sampath Bank accounts in Sri Lanka. Furthermore, Xoom will also provide bank deposits within 24 hours to other banks in Sri Lanka, including Hatton National Bank, Bank of Ceylon, Peoples Bank, Commercial Bank, and more. With the addition of Sri Lanka, Xoom’s money transfer services now reach 33 countries

“We are delighted to extend Xoom’s services to the Sri Lankan market,” said John Kunze, Xoom’s President and CEO. “With our breakthrough technology, Sri Lankans in the U.S. can securely, conveniently, and cost-effectively send money to their friends and family back home.”

“Sampath Bank is very proud to announce its partnership with Xoom,” said Mr. Kusal De Silva, Senior Manager of Remittances at Sampath Bank. “This is yet another step by the bank to provide an even more convenient service for its customers. Through our collaboration with Xoom, families in the U.S can send money to their loved ones in Sri Lanka instantly and safely.”

Xoom makes it secure and convenient for Sri Lankan immigrants to send money from their computer, tablet, or mobile phone. When paying with a bank account, customers can send up to $1,000 for just $4.99, and transfers are fee-free for transactions over $1,000. Customers can also download Xoom’s app for Android and iOS mobile devices to send money on the go. Visit Xoom.com/sri-lanka for more information.

About Xoom
Xoom is a leading digital money transfer provider that enables consumers to send money to and pay bills for family and friends around the world in a secure, fast and cost-effective way, using their mobile phone, tablet or computer. During the 12 months ended December 31, 2014, Xoom’s more than 1.2 million active customers sent approximately $6.9 billion with Xoom. The company is headquartered in San Francisco and can be found online at www.xoom.com.

About Sampath Bank
Sampath Bank is one of Sri Lanka’s leading and most established banks and is quoted on the Colombo Stock Exchange.

6
May

What gifts will you give Mom on Mother’s Day?

How do we say thank you to our mothers? Probably the best way is to simply say it, then hug her and tell her you love her. But there are other ways to express your love for your mom, especially on her special day – and it’s coming up. Mother’s Day is May 10.

Sure, it’s customary to send gifts to moms on Mother’s Day, but what exactly does that include? The options are many. Xoom, a leading digital money transfer provider, thought it would be interesting to conduct a survey of its Fil-Am customers and find out what kind of gifts moms will receive on Mother’s Day.

The most popular choice in the survey was to send a gift of money, so 42 percent of the respondents said that’s what they would send their mother. And there’s no better quick, safe and convenient way than Xoom to send money back home to mom for Mother’s Day.

Some others answered the survey in a different way: 30 percent said their Mother’s Day gift would be to take her out to a restaurant. Mom is getting flowers for a gift from 25 percent who answered the survey and 20 percent said a Mother’s Day card is the gift they’re giving to their mom.

24
Apr

Do you know what bitcoin is?

It has received a great deal of attention recently and if you follow the news reports coming from the financial sector, Bitcoin may actually be here to stay. You understand what Bitcoin is, right?

It’s no slight on you if you don’t, but since it is currency, Xoom thought it would be an interesting idea to ask some of its best Filipino customers about Bitcoin. Xoom, a leading digital money transfer provider, conducted an exclusive survey. Xoom simply asked, ‘Do you know what Bitcoin is?’

An overwhelming 69 percent of the respondents in the survey answered that they did not know what Bitcoin is, which means that 31 percent did know.

That number can’t be too surprising, especially if Bitcoin is not something that’s used regularly in everyday money transactions. In case you don’t know, or you just want to be refreshed about it, Bitcoin is a digital currency. It has encryptions that regulate the units and also to verify any transaction of the funds involved. In its usage, Bitcoin does not use a central bank.

10
Mar

Complete the phrase “Having a smart phone makes it …”

Is new technology too complicated or is it a valued and trusty tool to navigate through our complex modern world? Chances are you might be able to make a case either way.

But Xoom decided to look at the issue in another manner. Xoom, a leading money transfer provider, decided to conduct a survey of some of its clients to answer a very basic question. ‘Complete the phrase: Having a smart phone makes it . . . .’

So what do you think the answer was? What would your answer be?

According to those who took part in the survey, an overwhelming majority, 78 percent, said that having a smart phone makes it ‘easier to relax.’ But 22 percent answered that having a smart phone makes it ‘harder to relax.’