What is automated SEPA online?
Automated SEPA online is a European payment method which allows you to deduct (membership) fees from your customers bank accounts, after they have given you a single initial approval (‘SEPA mandate’) to do so.
With Automated SEPA, your Eversports Manager can automatically deduct recurring fees from your members. This way you don’t need to do anything manually anymore. Based on the membership you assign to your customers and the SEPA debit date that you select, your Eversports Manager will automatically plan and execute the payments for you. It also updates the payment state of the invoices, and informs you if a payment fails.
This will save you a lot of time, prevents that you miss income, and makes a seamless payment experience for your customers.
How to activate automated SEPA online?
To use Automated SEPA you can enable the extension 'automated SEPA' in the menu Market. This will add a few options and menus to your Eversports Manager which allows you to plan and check all your SEPA mandates and payments.
Create and validate the SEPA mandate
In order to execute a SEPA payment on a customer’s bank account you need to have permission from the customer. This permission is called ‘SEPA mandate’ and is made up of the name of the bank account holder and their bank account.
In Eversports Manager you can enter the bank details on your customer profile, in order to create the mandate. Afterwards you need to validate the SEPA mandate. You can doing this by sending a verification email to the customer or by verifying it manually. Once the mandate is verified, Eversports Manager will start executing payments for that customer.
Learn here how to create a SEPA mandate for your customers.
IMPORTANT: Before you assign a SEPA mandate, you need to check if the customer has accepted your invitation. This is necessary for two reasons:
technical requirement: so that our payment provider Stripe can charge your customers.
for communication purposes: When the venue confirms the mandate, Eversports Manager sends a notification to your customers that their membership will now be charged with auto-SEPA. It is important that your customer knows about this, because they will see a debit from Eversports in their bank account and may not trust that. This way we prevent and avoid chargebacks.
NOTE: If the customer purchases the membership online, the SEPA mandate is automatically created online.
Create and sell memberships with automated SEPA online
When you create a membership, you can indicate that it should be paid using automated SEPA. Every customer that you sell this membership to, will automatically be charged through SEPA.
Learn here how to assign new memberships to your customers.
Overview of invoices with auto-SEPA payments
For each recurring SEPA payment, your Eversports Manager will create an invoice which you can follow in the menu Financials > Invoices. The payment state of the invoice is updated along with the status of the SEPA payment (planned, sent out, in process and paid).
In the menu Financials > Recurring Payments you can keep an eye on all the payments of the ongoing memberships with auto-SEPA.
Per month it is indicated how many payments there are, what total amount they represent and what amount is still open for that month.
You can look at the planned membership deductions for the upcoming months.
In addition, there is a separate tab with payments that require an action. Here the failed SEPA transactions are shown together with the reasons for the impossible payment (i.e. SEPA mandate not verified).
Check SEPA chargebacks
When collecting fees with auto-SEPA online, return debits or chargebacks may occur. A chargeback is originated when an amount collected with SEPA direct debit is debited back to the customer.
This can happen, for example, due to insufficient funds in your customer's bank account or due to incorrect bank details or at your customer's request. For the latter, the customer must submit a chargeback request of the debited amount to their own bank.
SEPA transactions where a chargeback took place can be identified by the red dot and the payment status "Open (Failed)"
If an automatic SEPA debit fails or is charged back, you can then retry the SEPA debit or indicate that the amount will be paid in another way (i.e. cash, bank transfer).
Learn here more info about chargebacks and how to check them.