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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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Old Khaki are at it again, giving away gift vouchers without much effort to the public. This time its just much easier…

You have different chances of winning, you could:

  • Post the word “5FM” onto the Old Khaki Facebook page or
  • Call into the 5FM morning show and tell them about how you plan to defy the chill by living unrestricted this winter

They are giving away vouchers everyday, so tune into 5FM and wait for the cue, or just post to their page.

 

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The closing date for the competition is this Friday, 25 April. Entering this competition is easy, as interacting on social media is already part of our daily activity. Give it a try as Old Khaki have a wicked winter offering just waiting for you to grab it.

An app that tells you exactly where there are available discounts? Sounds too good to be true. I downloaded this app, and it is true!

After downloading via my phone’s store, (available on iTunes, google Play and for Blackberry ), I completed the easy sign-up process, and then I was spoilt with competitions as well as vouchers and coupons for discounts and free items. These are available via voucher codes, links to the retailer websites, it saves on your app, and you can even print out a voucher. The service is available via the app, as well as on the vouchercloud website.

The vouchers, coupons, and links all display the expiry date, as well as the available days that it may be redeemed. The app detects your location via your phones GPS, and tells you where the available offers are closest to you.

You can even browse via category to have a look at what you may be in the hunt for, be it dining, travel, fashion, gardening, electrical, sports and much more.

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Powered by Vodacom, vouchercloud boasts deals/offering from the largest retailers, brands & franchises available to our country. Download the app or have a look at the website. Its easy to use, and will benefit every type of consumer looking for a good deal.

 

Smartshopper win!

I absolutely love my Pick n Pay smart shopper card, which I swipe every chance that I get. In fact, shopping at Pick n Pay has become almost first choice for me, because I know that with every purchase and every swipe of my smart shopper card, I earn points back instantly to spend on and pay for anything in-store, such as groceries, clothing and airtime, even pay all your utility bills.

Essentially, the more smart shopper points you have, the more opportunity you have to spend.

I’m almost certain that we’ve all had the desire to bear ‘millionaire’ status, well now you can, with the Pick n Pay Win a Million smart shopper Competition.

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As a smart shopper cardholder, all you have to do to enter is to visit your nearest Pick n Pay store, buy any product featured in the catalogue or on the shelf, swipe your smart shopper card at the till and stand a chance to win. Please note that for every featured product that you purchase, that counts for one entry into the competition. Two winners will be announced each day so go in store or online to stand a chance to be a smart shopper points millionaire.

Enter online via online shopping too, so now Pick n Pay makes it near impossible for you to miss out on the opportunity to win.

Terms and conditions apply for the competition which runs over 14 days from 17 February until 2 March, announcing 28 winners in total, each walking away  with their 1 million worth of smart shopper points.

Your chance to finally gain your millionaire status is a swipe away, so go ahead, swipe and win at Pick n Pay.

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With just over a week to go, Valentines Day is fast approaching us. For many, it’s a time to celebrate love, while for others, it may just be a day to say “love sucks” and move on.

Personally, when I think of Valentines Day, immediately what comes to mind are heart-shaped chocolates, roses and little notes handed out at school from “secret admirers”.

This Valentines Day, Old Khaki is asking “What Valentines Day makes you think back on?” with their V-Day Flashbacks competition, giving you the opportunity to win R1500 worth of Old Khaki vouchers.

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How the competition works is pretty straight forward, and with social media usage being so popular, entering this competition should come as second nature to many.

So what exactly would I have to do to enter?

The V-Day Flashbacks competition opened this week Monday and continues until February, 12th and calls all lovesick nostalgics to share their best Valentines Day memories via either Facebook or Twitter.

If you are planning on entering on Facebook, visit the Old Khaki Facebook page, like it and scroll down their timeline to the post about the competition. There, leave you comment about your best Valentines Day memory and see if you can stand out from the rest.

If you are entering on Twitter, visit the Old Khaki Twitter handle, follow them and tweet them with either a short explanation of picture of your best Valentines Day gift.

All entrants are able to enter the competition, both on Facebook and Twitter, and winners will be announced on Wednesday, February, 12.

Entrants can stand a chance at winning one of two R1500 Old Khaki vouchers, one for each of the social media platform entries.

Use your gift card to spoil your loved one for Valentines Day, maybe to get that perfect gift, or even an outfit, the choice is yours and all you need to do is enter.

So even if Valentines Day isn’t quite your thing, this Old Khaki competition might just be the perfect way to add a little extra love to your day.

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Woolworths is spreading the love this season by giving away their R10 000 share of Woolworths gift cards to love-struck social media fans with their latest #declareyourlove competition.

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, love is in the air so why don’t you share some of it and stand a chance to win a R250 Woolworths gift voucher to spend on anything from clothing to shoes, accessories, underwear or even food.

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Excited about this promotion, I immediately visited the Woolworths website where I got the necessary information I needed so that I, too, could be part of all of the love and submit my entry.

How the competition works is that, as a Woolworths shopper, declare your love via social media with a short poem, pic, witticism or anything that would make a heart happy.

Whether you are in a relationship, want to share a loving moment with family or even a best friend, Woolworths is encouraging the sharing of love and wants you to join to stand a chance to win, their way of sharing their love with you.

From February, 3 until February, 14, declare your love on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram by using the hashtag #declareyourlove. Woolworths will then contact a winner via the profile you have entered with at 4pm each day.

So, I did just that. I declared my love via Twitter, by tweeting a picture and short poem, remembering to end it off with my hashtag: #declareyourlove.

Now all I need to do is wait and see if I am a winner, so that I can spread a little more love through my love of shopping all thanks to Woolworths and their giveaway of love this season.

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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”.