Encrypted technology allows one to tip via GPS, Near-Field Communication, QR code or their BRAVO code
According to a recent survey, 78 percent of Americans carry less than 50 dollars in cash and one in 10 Americans leave home with no cash in their pocket. However, in a ‘tipping’ society where one is expected to thank individuals for their service, this provides a conundrum not only for the one not receiving their tip, but for the individual that needs to provide a tip. To fill that void, BRAVO tipping made easy is a new app that provides the ability to tip anyone, from anywhere directly from a smartphone in less than 10 seconds. This is the only app that is both non-invasive when exchanging funds, meaning that an individual’s security is not in jeopardy and cost-effective, due to a low two percent transaction fee.
BRAVO, which was first piloted in Phoenix, Arizona and is now expanding nationwide, allows users to locate the person they’d like to tip via GPS, Near-Field Communication, QR code or the individual’s BRAVO code, assigned to the service professional during their registration process. The user may choose to send any amount to the intended recipient, and the gratuity will be transferred directly into the recipient’s account.
The brainchild of Hector and Maria Rodriguez-Luna, Puerto-Rican born husband and wife team with over 30 years of experience in the technology, business/service and marketing industry, BRAVO is poised to become the tipping industry app of choice. In its first few months of piloting the app, 20 businesses have reported an increase in gratuities captured, employee morale and repeat business. Since inception, BRAVO has had a hundred percent crash-free performance and a 56 percent increase in user downloads over the beta-testing phase.
Two years ago Maria and I went to southern Utah for a vacation, it was an inhospitable area, away from civilization because we wanted to really disconnect, rest, and hike. Since we are a cashless society, we realized we did not have any cash to tip our hiking guides for a good service,” Hector Rodriguez-Luna BRAVO CEO and co-founder stated. “During this trip, I thought there has to be a better way to tip besides cash and many establishments do not accept credit card. The nearest ATM was one hour away. Upon arriving home I thought about how we could resolve this issue and create a really safe global app that is the wave of the future in tipping.”
With BRAVO, security is paramount. User phone data is encrypted and the application has a security PIN. Hector Rodriguez-Luna says sensitive data is not stored at BRAVO servers, but immediately sent to PayPal’s affiliate, Braintree, which generates a one-time-use token, providing zero chance for hacking or theft.
BRAVO differentiates itself from other tipping apps by providing the ability to tip anonymously, and does not require the collection of personal information or photos of service professionals in order to tip.
The app allows users the opportunity to rate their service experiences on a five-star scale and simply, safely and discretely provide gratuity in whatever dollar amount desired. Bravo also provides security and peace of mind for service industry professionals with the ability to avoid the need to carry large sums of cash, a method to better budget earnings, and the opportunity to build clientele based upon star-ratings and reviews.
BRAVO works as follows:
- Set up profile with Facebook or create account with email and password.
- You can choose whether you want to set your account up to give tips or receive them.
- It will then ask to enable location services.
- If nothing is in the area you can reload or scan the service professional’s QR code or enter their Bravo code.
- Once located, the service professional’s picture and name will appear.
The customer may choose any amount to send to the intended recipient and the gratuity will be instantly transferred into the service professional’s personal bank account.
Tipped workers experience a poverty rate nearly twice that of other workers. Recent reports from the White House and the Congressional Budget Office confirm that workers’ tips do not provide adequate levels of income and reasonable economic security,” said Hector Rodriguez-Luna. “The opportunity that Bravo presents to capturing tips on those occasions where the customers do not carry cash can resonate with their needs. BRAVO enhances life by eliminating inconvenient trips to the ATM, or embarrassing moments when we want to tip, but can’t.”
To begin using BRAVO, users and service professionals may download the free app from the App Store for iPhone and Google Play for Android Devices by visiting www.TryBravo.com.
BRAVO, the latest mobile-based cashless tipping application, is the fastest, most convenient way to show gratitude to service professionals from any smartphone. Headquartered in Phoenix, Ariz., BRAVO offers a smart gratuity solution for a fast-paced, mobile-driven consumer base. The app allows users the opportunity to rate their service experiences on a five-star scale and simply, safely and discretely provide gratuity in whatever dollar amount desired. BRAVO provides security and peace of mind for service industry professionals with the ability to avoid carrying large sums of cash, a method to better budget earnings, and the opportunity to build clientele based upon star ratings and reviews. BRAVO is available for download on Android and Apple devices from the Google Play and iTunes stores. For more information on Bravo’s smart gratuity app, visit trybravo.com.