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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.

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If you thought that the only way you could win at Montecasino was by trying your hand of luck at their casino slots and tables, think again as the popular Johannesburg destination has introduced their new rewards card programme.

The Montecasino rewards programme is open to all persons over the age of 18 to benefit from instant rewards, immediate earnings like points earned when playing at slots and tables, free or exclusive parking, movie and event discounts, restaurant and accommodation discounts and much more.

In order to register for the programme, all I had to do was to visit the customer service desk at Montecasino on the main casino floor. The desk is open 24 hours, 7 days a week and all that was requested from me was either my South African ID, driver’s licence or passport in order to sign up for the card which was free.

Just like that, I was issued my very own Montecasino rewards card and could instantly start reaping the rewards that come with my gold piece of plastic.

The rewards programme works on a points accumulation basis. The more I use my card by swiping it at the slot machines and tables, the more points I accumulate. The gold card is the programme’s base card, so once I accumulate 5 000 points over a rolling 12 month period, I will then qualify for a platinum card and after accumulating 150 000 points, I then move up to black card status. All points accumulated on my card are valid for 12 months before expiration, if they are not used.

With every different type of card status (from gold to black) different discounts apply. The higher you are ranked as a cardholder, the higher the discounts you receive from playing at the casino to parking, eating, accommodation, entertainment and more.

  • To redeem your points as gaming points, simply insert your card into the slot machine card reader and follow the prompts to convert your points to credits. Visit the customer service desk for information on how to convert your points to tables credits.​
  • Benefit from the parking perks by exchanging your parking ticket for a R10 FreePlay voucher at the customer service desk, giving you a chance to play at the slots for the money you used to pay for parking.
  • Receive entertainment discounts by presenting your ID and active card when booking show tickets or movie tickets.
  • Receive discounts on meals at selected restaurants at Montecasino by presenting your valid card.
  • As a cardholder also get 10% accommodation discount on standard rates at participating Tsogo Sun hotels in South Africa (excludes the Garden Court and StayEasy hotels) and 5% accommodation discount on the SunBreaks leisure rates.

Please note that all cardholders will be notified via SMS and Email of various promotions, from shows to restaurant discounts, to get your points balance, as well as their expiry.

Rewards cards like these are a great way of increasing customers and interest into your establishment, whether it be a store, salon, retailer or, in this case, a casino.

And for friends or family members visiting from out of town, or who would like a taste of what’s on offer at Montecasino, spoil them with a Montecasino gift card. For everything from dining to shopping, a hotel stay, a spa treatment or entertainment, a Montecasino gift card offers endless opportunities. Get a gift card loaded to a minimum value of R50 and a maximum value of R3500, giving you a variety of choice.

Gift cards are accepted by selected stores and service outlets at Montecasino and can be purchased at the Montecasino information desk.

So now you too can be a winner at Montecasino, simply by signing up for their rewards programme , swiping and earning some instant points to enjoy however best suits you. If not, how about a spoil with a Montecasino gift card? proving why Montecasino can confidently say “We’ve Got It”.

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After a busy festive season of family, friends, food and partying, nothing beats chilled out nights watching a movie, kicking back with some popcorn and snacks and just relaxing.

Enjoy the latest movies on the big screen with the Ster-Kinekor SK Club card.

This past weekend, I finally made my way to a Ster-Kinekor cinema nearest to me to watch Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom on the big screen. Other than my excitement to see the actual movie, I was also excited to put to use my SK Card, which offers me great benefits, competition entries and great price discounts every time I swipe.

All I had to do was, upon booking my movie ticket, swipe my SK Club card and earn 100 points for every movie I watch.

Automatically, just by signing up, you qualify for 200 SK Club points and gain another 200 points when watching a movie on  a Thursday. Once you’ve accumulated 1000 points, score yourself a free movie.

To sign up, simply enter online at the Ster-Kinekor site or visit your nearest Ster-Kinekor cinema.

To check your points balance, all you need to do is visit their site and log in using your username and password. This will allow you to see just how much you have accumulated and whether or not you qualify for a free movie or more.

What’s more, as an SK Club card member, watch 15 movies in a year and be upgraded to VIP, giving you access to even more benefits, including a free movie ticket on your birthday and invites to exclusive SK VIP events.

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Enjoy your next big screen experience, gaining big points with the SK Club card. Here’s to having more reason to munch on popcorn and catch your favourite new movies, while benefiting too.

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Shoprite savings are hot this season and now you can benefit from their new Shoprite EeziCoupons programme, offering you discounts on your buys while on the go.

Unlike the old school way of collecting coupons from magazines, newspapers or via the post, Shoprite is offering their customers the convenience of gaining instant discounts while taking their desired purchases off the shelves, simply by dialling a discount redemption code and receiving a sms to redeem the discount.

As I was walking down one of the aisles at a local Shoprite last week, I was intrigued by the bright red and yellow poster alerting me of how much I could save on certain products. Eager to find out how it works, I followed the instructions on the poster to dial *120*569*1#, by doing so, I received an SMS to my cellphone giving me a coupon which I then presented at the till and instantly received the discount off of my purchase.

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I can’t think of anyone who does not enjoy gaining discounts or bargains, especially during this time of the year and for all Shoprite shoppers, if like me, you’re new to EeziCoupons, the group have introduced an application compatible to all smarphones that can be found at www.shoprite.mobi. Now shopping and finding out the latest discounts and specials on offer is just a browse away.

Get access to specials, Christmas recipes, a Shoprite newsletter and so much more. Similar to what other stores such as Woolworths, Sportsmans Warehouse and Makro are doing, SMS vouchers are gaining rising popularity because of their simplicity, convenience and their ease to access.

No more concerns of carrying paper vouchers or the worry of loss or theft, SMS vouchers are revolutionising the world of discount redemptions.

Now it seems that instead of worrying about how much you’ll spend at a store, you biggest concern should rather be about having a fully charged cellphone battery.

 

If I were a shoe shop…

shanaazp —  November 14, 2013 — Leave a comment

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:

  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 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

website3 (663x454)

2- Set your login details

signup (800x363)

(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.

nedbank

As part and parcel of our weekly bank rewards programme reviews, this week’s Weview Wednesday looks at the Nedbank Greenbacks Rewards Programme. With the festive season rapidly making its way to our pockets, what better way to spend than to be rewarded for your spending? We’ve already looked at the Standard Bank U-Count Rewards; the Absa Rewards Programme, FNB eBucks and now let’s see what the Nedbank Greenbacks Programme has to offer its clients.

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How it works?

Pro’s:

  • Joining Nedbank Greenbacks Rewards is quick, easy and free
  • You can link up to 10 credit or cheque cards to this account at no additional fee and gain Nedbank Greenbacks on your accumulated spend on all cards
  • Nedbank Greenbacks never expire allowing you to save your points towards those rewards you’ve always wanted
  • The balance on your Nedbank Greenbacks account is updated on a daily basis and you will receive quarterly statements to inform you of your balance
  • Spend your Nedbank Greenbacks either on their online shop or by calling 086- 555 111 or 0860 555 222 for Nedbank Personal Relationship Banking clients or 0860 111 263 for Nedbank Private Wealth Clients and provide them with all the relevant details

Con’s:

  • If you do not spend on your Nedbank card for five months or more, your Nedbank Greenbacks account is considered dormant and you will lose those points
  • You can only apply to reopen your Nedbank Greenbacks account three months thereafter, and your forfeited Greenbacks will be reinstated in full
  • Nedbank Greenbacks are only earned on eligible card spend which excludes cash withdrawals, casino chip purchases, fuel purchases, finance and other card charges, fees or taxes levied by Nedbank or the government, the purchase of travellers cheques or other negotiable instruments, garage card transactions, budget account installments and interest, insurance premiums and internet transfers or payments

Febucks

With just under two months until Christmas, now is the time when everyone is trying to make the most of their money. Christmas season, undeniably, is the time when a lot of cash is spent, whether it be on gifts, party planning, big lunches and even holidays and if you can gain rewards on your spending, then why not? Previously we’ve looked at the various rewards programmes offered by different banks, from Standard Bank’s UCount Rewards to the Absa Rewards and this week we take a look at FNB’s eBucks programme

How it works?

  • All you need to qualify as an eBucks earner is to be a qualifying FNB or RMB Private Bank account holder
  • Join online on the eBucks website.
  • Earn eBucks every time you use your FNB  or RMB card, whether you’re buying groceries, filling up your car or shopping online
  • When you use your bank card at an eBucks partner, you earn more eBucks from the partner as well
  • When you spend, it’s up to you to decide if you want to pay for your purchase in full with eBucks or if you want to pay partly in eBucks and partly with your FNB or RMB Private Bank account. This means you can spread out your eBucks over many purchases or use them all at once
  • Save money by spending your eBucks and get a discount on your purchase
  • The better you bank, the more you get for managing certain aspects of your banking on things like a home loan, personal loan or investment
  • You can get discounts of up to 40% when you buy any of the lifestyle products in the eBucks Shop or book your travel arrangements through eBucks Travel

Pro’s:

  • Joining eBucks Rewards is quick, easy and free
  • eBucks never expire allowing you to save your eBucks towards that big buy that you’ve had your eye on
  • eBucks has a dedicated contact centre. If you are having a problem registering, call the eBucks contact centre on 087 320 3200
  • Earn points every time you swipe, anywhere

Con’s:

  • eBucks can not be exchanged for or redeemed as cash
  • When purchasing discount items, they can only be fully purchased using eBucks