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It has been  a while since we have posted from Tutuka 🙂

However our silence does mean that we have not been busy coming up with products and solutions that best support our clients.

We thought as a start we would share a little personal post that has been keeping our staff busy.

Tutuka’s partner company Paycorp (http://paycorp.co.za/) recently  issued a challenge in celebration of their 15 year anniversary. The challenge was to perform 15 Acts of Kindness in 15 weeks. The team at Tutuka eagerly took up the challenge.

Team Tutuka spent fifteen weeks supporting causes and initiatives that staff members nominated. The Tutuka staff gave up weekends and worked after hours to collect donations, arrange visits and took part in several events and activities. The drive ended with a party thrown on 18 July (Nelson Mandela Day) for around 170 under privileged children. We are proud of everyone at Tutuka that gave generously and made a difference.

 

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Though few are around anymore, book stores form part of what is left of the “hard copy” go-to place when looking for a good read. It may be a thriller, romance, action, fiction or non-fiction that one is looking for, the old school way is to go to your nearest book store and grab one off the shelf.

A week ago I was posed with the scenario: buy a kindle book online, or make my friend happy for her birthday with a hard copy of her favourite authors latest thriller. When I remembered how neat and tidy she keeps her bookshelf inside her study-I knew the answer. We all may have encountered this in our lives, and the hardest part was the choice was to figure out which was a good seller and new on the shelves. 

This problem could be solved with a more easier method, especially for a book store with a constant flow of customers, and potential buyers who are purchasing as a gift. I immediately imagined if I were a book store and thought of ways in which Tutuka’s prepaid card system could help me in my book shopping endeavors.

If I were a book store I would consider several prepaid options for my store:

  1. 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 book store 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 book/novel to get for them, so this offers them the opportunity to shop for what they like
  • Manage returns –This is helpful if I were a book store merchant who has customers who either received a gift that they weren’t a fan of or was not the correct author 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 book store in instances where perhaps a customer wants to buy book/novel/item for a friend or family member living in another city, but would prefer them to pick their own, 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 book store owner, how do I offer this to my clients?

1- Go to Tutuka’s website

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2- Set your login details

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(NB: you will be derided for weak passwords)

3- Done

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You can now create, load and redeem closed loop* prepaid card accounts at your leisure.

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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.

Mother’s Day

prelin —  May 9, 2014 — Leave a comment

mothers-day-giftcard-4blogIt is mother’s day time of year again dedicated to showing gratitude, appreciation and sincere devotion and honouring the beautiful females in our lives. Enduring the hardships of raising a child with a kindred spirit and an understanding of sacrifice, we all know that there is no woman on alive that could take our mom’s place.

The day which came into being due to the efforts made by Ms Julia Ward Howe and Ms Anna Jarvis, thereafter granted as a resolution signed by US President Woodrow Wilson on May 8, 1914. People across the world have been celebrating the day ever since, on the second Sunday of every May.

This off course means long queue’s at cashiers in retail shops and shopping centres this weekend. There would be many offers from your favourite brands, large to small, offering specials on items that would suit our mums, or even the simple gift card as an option. Stores such as Edgars, Green Cross, Pick n Pay, Queenspark (to name a few) could have that perfect special gift idea.

Although it may be argued that this sort of appreciation should surely be significant on any given encounter with our dearest mothers, but I mean we have Election Day, Family Day, etc. A day just for her, you may agree, is worth celebrating to show Mum just how special she is.

 

Today we’d like to share with you an awesome infographic we produced about shopping centre gift card statistics. Here are some of the highlights:

  • The average spend per shopping centre gift card is R268
  • The average load onto a gift card is R493
  • The ratio of gift card spend to shopping centre size is R144 per m²
  • Gauteng has the highest average gift card load with R673 per card, followed by KZN on R508 & Western Cape on R414

Have a look at the rest of the statistics below…

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I am one of those people who are a bit sceptical about getting a credit card. Yes, they may be useful for purchasing online, for booking flights, which honestly is probably the only reason I would consider getting one. However, my fear in getting a credit card comes from the idea that I would overspend, maxing out my card especially knowing that I can rely on it as my emergency cash float when times are a little dry financially.

That’s where products like the 1-2-Pay-Online virtual card comes in handy, now I am able to shop online, book my flights and fulfill all my online purchasing needs with this one virtual card, without the concern of getting swipe happy with my credit card

Developed by Triloq Payment Services, a World of Avatar company and issued by Standard Bank in association with MasterCard, the system was created to remove barriers for would-be online shoppers and to increase online sales across the board and is designed for online shopping use only.

Registration for the virtual card is pretty straight forward and is open to any South African with a valid ID number. You can register on the 1-2-Pay-Online website in order to create and use the virtual prepaid cards. Online shopping demands the highest level of security and therefore the 1-2-Pay-Online virtual prepaid card created may only be used once, on any websites accepting VISA or MasterCard. Any funds left over are returned to the user profile. Should you wish to shop online again just create another virtual prepaid card, it’s as easy as that.

With no lengthy application forms, no credit checks, no annual fees, no interest charges or any other hidden fees you simply pay as you go.

As simple as that, music and movie enthusiasts can now pay for their favourite tracks and videos on iTunes using the virtual card and can even skip the queues when paying for E-Toll bills. Just like that, the 1-2-Pay-Online virtual card is making payments and shopping that much simpler and so much more convenient.

The value of cards you may create is dependent on whether or not you have been FICA verified by 1-2-Pay-Online, all for your safety and security. A non-FICA verified user can create cards up to maximum value of R200. If you are a FICA verified user then you may create cards up to a value of R1500.

To pay for your E-Toll bill, for example, you would then register for and load your 1-2-Pay-Online virtual card with the relevant amount, log on to the E-Toll website and click on online payments under their ‘payment options’ tab, log in and pay for your bills using  your virtual card like you would with a credit card.

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Each virtual card you create will have a unique 16-digit card number, expiry date and security number (usually referred to as the CVV/CVC or “last three digits” on the back of the card).

The great thing about this virtual card is that, even when you have loaded too much money on your card, the remaining balance will then be credited to your 1-2-Pay-Online profile, for you to use the next time you  register for a card.

Now there’s no more worry about overspend, with 1-2-Pay-Online, online shopping is as easy as 1-2 -(3)!

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Since the South American country of Brazil was announced as winning the bid to host the 2014 FIFA World Cup, a massive build-up towards the event could be felt across the world.

This news has set a whole bunch of planning and literally, the ball rolling as the country prepared for a stadium and thousands of football fanatics around the world started saving towards their “take me to Brazil” fund to witness the men in studded boots in action.

Well, if you aren’t as organised or, like me, are a fan of football, but not the type to fly to another country to watch it, you might be in luck.

While driving to work, I was intrigued hearing a radio advert about Visa’s latest promotion to win double tickets to see all the studded action, the nail biting thrills and of course all the hunky football players for the ladies at the final match at the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

This got me thinking, maybe I should enter, especially considering that this way my year of being competition crazy.

Although terms and conditions apply, all it takes to enter and to perhaps board a flight for you and a friend, partner or football fanatic is to swipe your Visa Cheque Card every time you spend.

Enter simply by swiping your Visa card, so the more you swipe, the better your chances at securing your seats for two at Brazil’s event of the year. The competition is valid from 14 February 2014 – 13 April 2014.

Once you’ve made your purchases, visit the Visa website’s promotion page and fill out your entry to seal the deal.

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So whether you have been saving towards the FIFA World Cup or not, you can put away your savings jar for a while and concentrate on pulling out your wallet or purse, grabbing your Visa Cheque Card and swiping it each chance you get!

I know I’ll be trying my luck to stand a chance at winning, in the spirit of all things football, who knows? I may just score.

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Known as one of the smartest and effective marketing and advertising tools of this day and age, Google AdWords is all about getting who you are out there to the internet crazed world.

Now you can expand your AdWords reach even further with Visa, who are giving away R600 towards your AdWords Campaign if you pay for your Google AdWords subscription by swiping your Visa Commercial card.

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Valid until 30 March this year,  become advertising savvy with Google AdWords and let Visa help you. With Google AdWords, unlock your world to advertising ease, letting your words take you places.

However, with this competition, you’re basically killing two birds with one stone (or in this case, card). How it works is as follows:

In order too redeem this offer and earn an extra R600 towards your Google AdWords campaign as well as receiving a free phone consultation with Visa’s AdWords experts, call 0800 000 5630 and quote “VisaC913”.

Remember to pay using your Visa Commercial card.

Now’s your chance to get the word out there about your company, business, product or whatever it may be and to score extra credits at it too.

Visa’s terms and conditions do apply to this promotion and the competition is only open to South African entrants.

So, what are you waiting for? You have nothing to lose but a whole lot of words to add.