Are You Taking Advantage of Your Member Benefits?

Are You Taking Advantage of Your Member Benefits?
Meg Thaxton Manager, Sponsorship Programs Merchant Advisory Group
Apr 15, 2024

The MAG offers a wide variety of benefits to its merchant members – from committees to conferences, advocacy, education, and more, and we want to ensure that you are maximizing your benefits to get the most out of your membership.


  • Take advantage of all that the MAG Learning Center has to offer! The MAG recently expanded its educational benefits. Now, all merchant members have access to the full breadth of our educational offerings, including MP101, our 200-level series courses, and our Exploring Payments Technology course.
  • The MAG just released our NEW Mircrolearning courses designed to fit perfectly into your busy workday. These right-sized knowledge courses each focused on a single concept can be completed in under 15 minutes while still delivering an equally rich, yet highly focused, learning experience.
  • These courses were designed by payments professionals, for payments professionals. Have a new hire who needs to learn the nuances of touchless payments in the rapidly evolving marketplace? They can take our 204 Course: Evaluating Touchless Payments.

SIGs, Committees, and COPs

  • Expand your engagement and get involved with the MAG by joining one of our committees, special interest groups, or communities of practice.
  • These merchant-only groups allow payments professionals to come together in a highly strategic and collaborative environment where they can discuss strategies and business practices in today’s rapidly changing payments ecosystem.
  • Through different groups such as innovation, advocacy, collaboration, tech ops, eCommerce, mass merchant, subscription billing, debit routing, faster payments, and more, these groups allow for candid conversations with like-minded merchants to communicate across pillars, verticals, and areas of practice.
  • As an All-Access MAG member, you’re able to participate in any of our SIGs, Committees, or COPs. 


  • The MAG works in tandem with merchant members and other merchant trade associations to be the voice of the merchant when representing the merchants’ best interests at the federal level, payments industry events, and in the press.


  • The MAG hosts two U.S.-based conferences a year; Payments MAGnified and MAG Payments Conference. At these conferences, MAG merchant members can take advantage of educational breakout sessions, hot-topic keynote sessions, product demos at the innovation stage, impactful networking receptions where merchants can interact and mingle with payments experts on both the merchant side and the provider side, and much more.
  • Don’t forget to attend the Tech Forum at these events. Merchants have full access to the Tech Forum including all general and breakout sessions. The Tech Forum is tailored for payments IT experts and aims to cultivate a collaborative environment and tech-centric educational sessions amongst payments IT experts.
  • All-Access MAG Members get 5 complimentary registrations each to Payments MAGnified and MAG Payments Conference, so be sure to register your team and take advantage of all complimentary registrations to make the most of your membership.
  • The MAG also hosts two International Conferences a year: MAG Payments Summit-London and MAG Payments Summit-APAC. Registration is free for merchants at this time but that is subject to change in the future. Coming up on 10-12 June, 2024 the MAG will host our first-ever MAG Payments Summit-London. Join us for deep dives into industry hot topics, networking, and educational general sessions aimed to impact the future of payments in a positive way. Registration is open now!


  • New in 2024, the MAG has revamped our webinar schedule. Webinars will now be held on the 3rd Tuesday of every month at 1pm CT, so mark your calendars for informative sessions like our April webinar, Maintaining a Healthy Risk Balance In The Post-Purchase Environment. Join us for a deep dive into post-purchase strategies to protect merchants from chargebacks, market developments, and more!
  • Can’t make a webinar? That’s ok! MAG Merchant members have access to all webinars on-demand in our MAG Learning Center.

Have a question about your membership? Drop us a line. We’re here to help and make sure you’re maximizing your benefits. Reach out to Chris Storbeck or Meg Thaxton today for more information. 

The Merchant Advisory Group

Driving positive change and innovation in the payments industry that serves the merchants interest through collaboration, education, and advocacy.