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20 September 2022


Seattle, Washington - Niftmint announced the successful receipt of a $30,000 grant from Harmony, the organization developing the Harmony Blockchain. With this grant, Niftmint will be able to bring the Niftmint infrastructure to the Harmony Blockchain, providing its NFT integrations on top of the Harmony Blockchain. Harmony will be following up with an additional $20,000 grant upon the successful deployment of the Niftmint application to a brand’s storefront, utilizing the Harmony Blockchain to make, market, and sell NFTs.


“Harmony has continued to be one of leading entities in Blockchain development, with one of the most robust, active, and impressive communities out there.” said Jonathan Blanco, CEO of Niftmint. “With remarkable transaction volume and near-instantaneous finality, Harmony has been and continues to be one of the cornerstones from which we are excited to build our product on top of. We’re incredibly excited for the combination of technical prowess and communal engagement that building on top of Harmony will bring to Niftmint.”


With this grant, Niftmint is now working on completing its ‘Mint-Sell-Custody-Transfer’ process for NFTs on the Harmony Blockchain. At the completion of this integration, Brands will be able to sell Harmony-based NFTs directly in their ecommerce channels via native integration, without imposing Web3 requirements on the Brands. Consumers will be able to buy, view, and use their NFTs on these Brands environments without having to have wallets, cryptocurrency, or any other Web3 instruments – all on top of the Harmony Blockchain.


In awarding of the grant and providing funding for the completion of two out of the three grant milestones, Harmony has paid special interest to the significant value add to the Harmony community and their partners, as well as overall value add for utility of the Blockchain itself. To view the grant, visit https://talk.harmony.one/t/niftmint-nfts-for-brands-on-their-channels

About Niftmint


Niftmint is an eCommerce integration allowing brands to mint, display, sell, and custody NFTs directly in their eCommerce platforms, without needing to send customers to 3rd party marketplaces or introduce crypto workflows. With Niftmint, Brands can treat NFTs as digital inventory, and do what they’ve always been good at – giving their customers what they want. To learn more, visit www.niftmint.com



About Harmony


Harmony is an open and fast blockchain, designed as a bridge between scalability and decentralization. Its development went under the motto of “decentralization at scale,” with a focus on data sharing and the creation of fungible and non-fungible assets. Their Mainnet runs Ethereum applications with 2-second transaction finality and 100 times lower fees. To learn more, visit www.harmony.one.



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Updated: Sep 13



The world's most famous coffee shop, Starbucks, has announced the launch of Starbucks Odyssey, its new loyalty and rewards experience which leverages NFTs on the Polygon Blockchain directly into the existing Starbucks App experience for their customers. In the announcement, Starbucks shares that they see Web3 as a means to grant access to "experiences and ownership" to their users and evolve their loyalty program by providing digital experiences such as community and NFTs which can unlock experiential and physical experiences such as taste testings, free coffees, or visiting their "Hacienda Alsacia coffee farm in Costa Rica." Read the full announcement from Starbucks here.


Starbucks as a Tech Company

While Starbucks has long been a coffee business, the company has been a leading payments and loyalty technology company for many years, though only building their tech for themselves. According to a 2021 report by eMarketer, "Starbucks app is the second most used mobile payment app for point-of-sale transactions in the US, right after Apple Pay." As of March 2021, Starbucks has 31.2 million users, while Apple Pay and Google Pay had 43.9 million and 25 million users respectively.


Starbucks has become the example for loyalty and rewards in the retail and restaurant verticals, introducing the Starbucks Card in November of 2001, turning into Starbucks Cards Rewards in 2008, and Gold loyalty shortly after which combined turned into the My Starbucks Rewards inside the mobile app, laying the groundwork for in 2011 the first Starbucks loyalty program. On their recent earnings call in August 2022, Starbucks Founder and Interim CEO Howard Schultz stated that "active Starbucks Rewards Memberships in Q3 totaled 27.4 million members" and that "members drove a record 53% of US company-operated revenue."


Starbucks has long been a pioneer in advancing retail technology to its millions of users and creating customer experiences accessible to the average consumer. With this same approach, Starbucks will help drive the adoption of Web3 and NFTs simply by building products for their loyal consumer base.


Brands exploring NFTs: Good and Bad

While Starbucks is not the first Brand to launch an NFT or Web3 program, they have a strong chance to be one of the most successful due to the primary reason of being focused on building a program that serves its core customer base and most loyal customers. The Brands that use NFTs as an extension of their brand, products, and lines while focusing on their core customer base rather than the crypto audience will find the most success with NFTs.


Nike has found success in its recent venture into NFTs, acquiring RTFKT in December of 2021, releasing several NFTs under their "CloneX" collection of avatars and derivatives, and NFT shoes and merchandise, which all led to $185 million in revenue. So far, Nike has done the best job with introducing NFTs into their community and customer base, creating products and experiences that resonate with their use base. Nike's core demographic is adjacent to the crypto NFT demographic, skewing to Millennial and GenZ.


Tiffany's sold out of their 250 NFTs which they sold at 30TH each or roughly $50,000 at the time, each serving as certificates for Crypto Punk holders to be able to get a custom pendant of their 8-bit PFP. While selling $50K priced items may sound like a win for a Brand getting into NFTs, this was no different than a group of friends, community, sports team, etc. agreeing to purchase merch together. Buy selling these NFTs Tiffany's was not focused on its core demographic or serving its existing user base, but instead attempting to acquire a niche crypto customer, while attracting media and press. This strategy is not scaleable and will not be successful long term.


Last year, Pepsi issued NFTs attempting to follow the path of Bored Apes and other avatar collectibles by launching their Mic Drop NFT, a collection of 1,893 NFTs that were only available through a Web3 minting experience via a custom site with instructions to set up a crypto-wallet, purchase ETH, and transfer ETH to the crypto-wallet. The primary purchaser of Pepsi's NFTs were crypto speculators hoping to flip and make a profit, not customers and fans wanting to own the NFT because they love the Brand which ended up being a big miss.


There are several fashion Brands that have explored NFTs including Kiss Beauty with their Masterpiece Eyelash NFT, DKNY turning their logo into an NFT, Dolce & Gabbana setting a then record with $6 million in Fashion NFTs, and others like Addidas and Gucci collaborating with Bore Ape Yacht Club.

How Brands should think of NFTs

The top Brands we admire would not be who they are today if they did not make products, experiences, and ultimately Brands that people want to showcase and purchase from. When Brands consider creating their own NFTs, the customer experience and integrating the NFT into the brand's existing workflow is of most importance, as opposed to forcing cryptocurrency and crypto-wallet workflow for the sake of Web3 as shared in the Pepsi example above, while Nike has found early success by staying true to its Brand.


The average consumer is not aware of Web3 and is not asking for NFTs. As of March of 2022, there are only 30 million MetaMask users (popular crypto wallet). Starbucks alone has 27.4 million members in its loyalty program. It doesn't make sense for Starbucks to focus on a crypto user when instead they can focus on bringing Web3 experiences to their current customer base. In Starbucks' case, their customers want the NFT because they love and are loyal to the Brand, not because they are trying to re-sale or flip the NFT.


Brands have had an easier time grasping NFTs as opposed to cryptocurrency or Blockchain as they can simply think of NFTs as digital products that can be seen, used, or experienced. NFTs become an extension of the Brand and growth into digital product sales. Consumers want products from the Brands they love based on the perceived brand value.


Commerce has become more and more digital from the internet, to social, and to smartphones. NFTs are the greatest innovation in Retail Technology since the smartphone. Younger Millenials and GenZ, have grown up with a smartphone in their pockets, having digital experiences daily. Regardless of NFTs and cryptocurrency, Brands are selling more and more digital products every day. If you believe Brands will be selling more digital products in the future than they do today, you likely are a believer in NFTs.


NFTs are Digital Wrappers for Digital Inventory, essentially content files (JPEG, PNG, Video) wrapped in code. NFTs are programable content files, programable Digital Inventory. The simple act of being a programmable content file means NFTs are better than JPEGs, PNGs, and Video Files. NFTs provide an authenticated digital closet for consumers to share the products they own and love.


Conclusion

Brands as the ultimate use case for NFT adoption as they will make digital products their consumers love and want to acquire. If NFTs are to go mainstream, customers need to be able to interact with them in the ways they are accustomed to interacting with other products they love. This is why at Niftmint we introduce NFTs into a Brand's eCommerce site and allow users to purchase in the Brand's store, the same way they do any other product.


At Niftmint we make it simple for the brands to get involved with Web3 and NFTs by integrating them into the Brand eCommerce Platform so they can Mint, Sell, and Custody the NFT, while abstracting the crypto and crypto wallets from the Brand and their Shopper.

 

This article is written by Jonathan G. Blanco, Founder and CEO of Niftmint, an NFT Commerce Infrastructure company allowing Brands to Mint, Sell, and Custody NFTs directly on their existing eCommerce Platform, while abstracting cryptocurrency and crypto-wallets from Brands and their Shoppers. The company Kiss Beauty is a customer of Niftmint. Learn more about Niftmint here.



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Updated: Sep 20





18 July 2022


Seattle, Washington - Niftmint announced the successful awarding of a $50,000 grant from the Stacks Foundation, the organization supporting development and integration of the Stacks Blockchain. With this grant, Niftmint will be able to bring the Niftmint infrastructure to the Stacks Blockchain, providing its NFT integrations on top of the Bitcoin Blockchain.

Stacks, the open-source platform to build smart contracts and decentralized blockchain applications, connects to the Bitcoin Blockchain, allowing for smart contracts and NFTs to be minted to the Bitcoin Blockchain.


“We’ve been bullish on both the Bitcoin Blockchain and the Stacks Platform since the beginning,” said Jonathan Blanco, CEO of Niftmint. “At Niftmint, not only do we want to expand Blockchain functionality for the Brands that use our integration, but so often as the stewards of these Brand’s first forays into Web3 technology, its important for us to have the partners ready to provide best-in-class onboarding and premier integrations. For us, bringing our solution to Stacks is a major step in the right direction.”


With this grant, Niftmint is now working on integrating its ‘Mint-Sell-Custody-Transfer’ process for NFTs to the Stacks Blockchain. At the completion of this integration, Brands will be able to sell Stacks Blockchain-based NFTs directly in their ecommerce channels via native integration, without imposing Web3 requirements on the Brands. Consumers will be able to buy, view, and use their NFTs on these Brands environments without having to have wallets, cryptocurrency, or any other Web3 instruments – all on top of the Stacks Blockchain.


In the project assessment and in awarding of the grant, the Stacks Foundation noted perfect scores for Project Clarity, Project Audience, New and Novel Technology, Project Impact, and Project Roadmap. To view the grant, visit https://grants.stacks.org/dashboard/grants/489


About Niftmint


Niftmint is an eCommerce integration allowing brands to mint, display, sell, and custody NFTs directly in their eCommerce platforms, without needing to send customers to 3rd party marketplaces or introduce crypto workflows. With Niftmint, Brands can treat NFTs as digital inventory, and do what they’ve always been good at – giving their customers what they want. To learn more, visit www.niftmint.com


About Stacks Foundation


The Stacks Foundation is building out the Stacks blockchain, the L1 proof-of-transfer Blockchain running parallel to Bitcoin, allowing for smart contract and NFT functionality on the Bitcoin Blockchain. The Stacks foundation is the home for governance of Stacks’ open-source technology, serving as neutral ground for various parties to come together and reach consensus on the path forward. They support independent researchers, contributors, and collaborators to help build a better user owned internet through research and development. To learn more, visit www.stacks.org

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