ProScout.com, the industry’s best known professional scouting organization, ModelingChannel.com, a modeling webzine that provides insightful industry information, and ActingChannel.com, an online resource for aspiring and professional actors, Thursday announced an affiliation with PocketCard Inc., [www.pocketcard.com], the creator of a sponsored teen Visa debit card.
PocketCard provides a high-tech Visa debit card for families and businesses that allows supervised purchasing power for teens and employees. Parents or employers instantly transfer funds to the PocketCard directly from their bank account via the Web or any touchtone phone. Spending can be monitored at www.pocketcard.com and through instant email alerts.
ProScout.com, ModelingChannel.com and ActingChannel.com are among the Internet brands of Entertainment Industry Services Inc. (EISI), an established entertainment company.
ProScout.com, ModelingChannel.com, and ActingChannel.com will receive commission for each visitor to their sites that enroll for a PocketCard via a link from ProScout.com, ModelingChannel.com, and/or ActingChannel.com.
Affiliate programs offer commissions to web sites that link online users to a particular e-commerce site and generate sales.
According to a recent survey by Zandl Group, 38 percent of teenage Internet users access the Web more than once a day. Thirty-one percent of teens with Internet access purchased a product from an online shopping site. Seventy-eight percent of teen’s purchases are paid for using a parent’s credit card.
“Along with PocketCard, we can begin to teach teens responsible ways of spending by giving them the independence and distinction of having their own Visa cards, but at the same time giving them controlled budgets for their purchases,” said Greg Hartman, chief executive officer, Entertainment Industry Services Inc.
About PocketCard Inc.
PocketCard is a parent-sponsored Visa spending card that allows teens freedom to shop anywhere Visa is accepted — online or off. A parent or other adult sponsor must enroll at www.pocketcard.com to link a checking or other bank account with the Visa PocketCard account.
The teen can only spend the amount of money that is in their PocketCard account. Any attempt to spend more is denied at the point of purchase. Funds can be instantly transferred and monitored via the web or touchtone phone, and the sponsor can receive an instant e-mail update with each purchase.
Incorporated in July 1998 and issuing cards since June 1999, PocketCard Inc. invented the financial service product known as sponsored payment cards: special purchasing cards for financial dependants with instant funding, reporting and control.
Enabling that unique service is a patent-pending technology platform that allows the instant transfer of money and information — anytime, anyplace — in both the online and offline worlds. PocketCard’s business model reaches families, businesses and individuals with its innovative e-finance and relationship marketing services.
PocketCard works with leading card issuers, processors, retailers, media and others to deliver these applications.
ProScout, a wholly owned subsidiary of Entertainment Industry Services Inc. (EISI), an established entertainment company, is recognized by model and talent agencies as the worldwide leader for the professional and aspiring entertainment community.
ProScout’s next live event is TalentFest2000(TM) Phoenix, June 30-July 2, 2000, a weekend of information, insight, and big-time connections. Headquartered in Scottsdale, ProScout also has offices in Beverly Hills, Calif., and New York City. For more information visit www.proscout.com or call 480/425-3663.
A modeling webzine that provides insightful industry information such as agency profiles, tips on how to be discovered, and behind-the-scenes features on some of today’s hottest rising stars. ModelingChannel.com has supplied original content for various web communities and websites, such as AOL and Fashion Live.
An online resource for aspiring and professional actors, the site offers agency news, a free web page and email account, and other valuable tips, tools and information for actors.
About Entertainment Industry Services Inc. (EISI)
EISI is a Delaware corporation formed in January 2000. The company operates primarily in four business segments within the live event and electronic media (TV, Radio and Internet) industries.
EISI is positioned to capitalize on the growing teen and young adult demographic buying power and its desire to be “in the know” and live with what is currently cool. The company has offices in Scottsdale and Beverly Hills.