The other day I went to the mall with a friend of mine, and if any one else is like me, then you could imagine just how absolutely crazy I went for all the different shoes and shoe shops. I particularly love summer time shopping not only because of all the amazing summer sandals, but also because this is the best time to get great bargains on winter boots.
Only problem with this is that I often tend to go a little bit overboard, over budget and over what I really should be spending, on shoes at least.
So I started thinking how I could make this shoe obsession easier and more manageable for myself and others like me, as well as for merchants who aim to please their customers? I immediately imagined if I were a shoe shop and thought of ways in which Tutuka’s prepaid card system could help me in my shoe shopping endeavors.
If I were a shoe shop I would consider several prepaid options for my store:
- Gift cards
- Gift – If for example a customer needs to buy a gift for a friend or a family member. Perhaps the person that they are buying for is fussy, so as a shoe shop merchant I could advise them to buy a gift card so whoever they are buying for can pick what they like.
- These gift cards could also come in handy for buying for boyfriends or girlfriends, especially when you don’t know which shoes or sneakers to get for them, so this offers them the opportunity to shop for what they like.
- Control spending – If other customers are anything like shoe shopaholics, this option will be a life saver and will help you go easy on your pocket when shoe shopping
- Manage returns –This is helpful if I were a shoe shop merchant who has customers who either received a gift that they weren’t a fan of or was not the correct size or even for those who are a little more fickle minded. Instead of handing a customer cash back when they return an item, give them a gift card for the same value and don’t lose out on the sale.
2. SMS vouchers
I could use and issue SMS vouchers at my shoe shop in instances where perhaps a customer wants to buy a pair of shoes for a friend or family member living in another city, but would prefer them to pick their own style or size, whatever the case may be. My customers could buy SMS vouchers from me, send them to the person they are buying for and the shopping can begin, provided that the purchase is made at one of my chain stores.
3. Rewards cards
After all these purchases at my store, I can reward my customers for their loyalty and give them rewards cards that they can swipe every time they make a purchase. Points will eventually earn a free item from my store. It will also help move customers up rewards tiers to become eligible for discounts.
4. Incentive cards
To encourage my staff to make sales I give them a commission in the form of points, similar to how a rewards card would work for loyal customers. They swipe their card and earn points every time they make a sale. The points will eventually allow them to get an item from the store.
As a shoe store owner, how do I offer this to my clients?
1- Go to Tutuka’s website
2- Set your login details
(NB: you will be derided for weak passwords)
You can now create, load and redeem closed loop* prepaid card accounts at your leisure.
Swift and simple, the prepaid process is both easy and beneficial with Tutuka.
*closed loop cards are those issued by a specific merchant and can only be redeemed at that same merchant.