The Gift Of Giving to Worthy Causes through Woohoo.in

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The festive season continues; the brilliant Festival of Lights has only just recently concluded, and people are looking forward to a wonderful Christmas and New Year. However, not all of us in the society can rejoice and celebrate during festive occasions. There are those for whom every day is a living hell, where one day is no different from another, festival or not.

Make Donations As A Group Via Woohoo.in

Many people donate to their favorite causes by mailing a check or dropping off cash at their cause’s local office. With lives getting busier each day, it’s hard to make donations on time for festive occasions. Woohoo has tied up with leading NGOs and has provided an easy way for its customers to contribute wholeheartedly to the needs of the disabled, the underprivileged and the homeless through Woohoo – Gift of Giving

Contributors can choose one of the 5 top noble causes listed on Woohoo.in, such as aid for the blind, meals for the poor on festive occasions, education for the girl child and so on. They can add their heartfelt wishes and prayers to their value contribution, which will be delivered to the recipients along with the much-needed great gift of money.

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Woohoo is committed to spreading the festive cheer to every corner of the country through this step. Together, as caring and giving people, we can take advantage of the group donation feature to make each festive occasion more joyful and brighter for those who exist at the very fringes of our society. Invest no more than a few seconds of your time and watch as your contribution makes a world of difference in their lives. Shine the light into some deserving young person’s life with a loving contribution today!

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Accel & Helion-backed Qwikcilver forays into Singapore, lines up expansion to other SEA markets

As appeared in Deal Street Asia on 22 October 2017.

SaaS-based gift card solution provider Qwikcilver, a Bangalore-based company backed by VC investors like Accel India and Helion Partners, is foraying into Southeast Asia market (SEA).

“We are bullish on SEA market and has started with Singapore 2-3 months back as our base. We are also expanding across the regions like Indonesia, Thailand, Philippines and other parts of SE Asia,” Sadiq Ahamed, chief strategy officer at Qwikcilver told DEALSTREETASIA.

Sadiq AhamedIn Singapore, Qwikcilver has partnered with NETS, a payments company, to enable digital gift cards in malls and retailers across the country. It is also working with 99SME to enable gift cards for SMEs, and with Lazada for the gift cards to be sold on its site.

“NETS being a dominant player in Singapore, it helps us to reach all the retailers and malls in a single shot. In this market there are only paper based vouchers. There is immense opportunity to digitize gift cards here. It’s also a large and worthy market hence, we are expanding here,” Ahamed said.

Founded in 2008 by Kumar Sudarsan and Pratap TP, Qwikcilver was primarily started as a processor and is a SaaS-based prepaid card solution provider. The company is also engaged in the business of distributing gift cards to corporate and individuals through Woohoo.in, a firm which was launched in 2015.

“Early this year, we launched operations in Middle East, and after starting in Singapore, the company will focus on Indonesia and Malaysia,” said Ahamed. The company has offices in Dubai, Singapore and Bangalore.

“Middle East has turned out to be really good. It has been contributing a few percentage to the revenue of Qwikcilver. We also have signed up with 40-50 brands in Middle East including Sharaf DG, Al Futtaim group, Novo Cinemas, Emke Group and many more,” he added. So far, Qwikcilver has deployed its cloud technology platform across UAE, KSA, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, Oman and Egypt.

Apart from Accel and Helion, Qwikcilver is backed by investors like Amazon and Sistema Fund. Last year in July, the company had raised $10 million led by Sistema Asia Fund, the proprietary fund of Russian conglomerate Sistema. In the round, existing investors like Amazon Asia-Pacific, Accel India and Helion Venture Partners also participated. Prior to that in 2015, it had raised $10 million from Amazon and others.

Ahamed further said that the company did not have any ‘requirement for fresh funding currently as it was already profitable’. “Right now, our focus is market expansion, whatever capital we have currently is what we are utilizing now,” he said.

“Qwikcilver is unique in India, Middle East and South East Asia. There is not a single player who provides end-to-end management of gift cards for brands. We have a 90 per cent share of the gift card market in India. The gift card market in the areas – Middle East and South East Asia – that we have penetrated is not fully evolved in fact we are building the market in Singapore and rest of South East Asia ground up. We are the dominant player right now,” he claimed.

Globally, Qwikcilver powers approximately 1.5 billion GMV worth of gift cards currently. Overall, around 100 million gift cards have been issued in the last three years and the company is expecting contribution of 20-25 per cent from South East Asia to its revenue in the next financial year.

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5 Gifting Blunders to Avoid this Diwali

Diwali is around the corner. So, it’s the time to find the most fabulous, unique and perfect Diwali gift for your dear and near ones. Here are 5 gifting blunders that you simply must avoid over this Diwali. Make gifting a stress-free experience for your entire family. Check out the following points and you’ll soon know how to!

1. Expectations Crushed!

You know her really well but you aren’t exactly a mind reader! So you ended up gifting her something that simply didn’t meet her expectations. What was it, an electric spike buster or an iron, when she was probably expecting a silk scarf or jewelry? Like we said, no one can read minds. Yes, sometimes we do get it right, but we get it wrong pretty often too!

2. Excitement Dampened!

Ouch! All that excitement just burst out of him like bubbles out of soapy water! It’s really tough to watch someone you love look crushed after opening your gift. Of course, he or she may be too polite to let you know, but you know the truth. Your gift just didn’t make the cut, and your brother or dad or son just isn’t happy over it. And time after time, you wonder how to get the gifting process right.

3. Hey, She already has the same!

Oops! She’s already wearing the exact same cap on her head! What were you thinking? This happens more often than we realize. Our subconscious stores images of things we see our dear ones wear and we end up buying the same thing. To get it right, we need to observe our dear ones – what they like, what they wear and all that. It’s a busy world – do we really have time for that?

4. Definitely NOT a good choice.

What happens when you receive a gift that you would never have bought for yourself? And, do let us ask, would you ever consider gifting something that you would never buy for yourself? In retrospect, this sounds awful, but we do it all the time. With so many gifting occasions and so many gifts to choose from, we do end up gifting things we’d never want for ourselves.

5. Get It Wrong, And Watch The Fireworks Begin!

Most people accept gifts politely, but when you get it really wrong, some people just want to let you know how wrong. Don’t resent them for their honesty. There’s a lesson to be learned here and it’s this: it’s hard to know what people really want, so stop trying to second-guess. The wise thing to do is to spoil your gift recipients with multiple choices, and let them choose their own gifts!

Don’t Stress Over Finding The Perfect Gift

Gifting should be a stress-free and joyful experience. You can deliver complete gift satisfaction to your recipients by opting for a gift card. Woohoo.in is India’s largest gift cards superstore providing consumers quick access to gift cards from 100+ brands, both physical and e-gift cards.  If you’re absolutely not sure which brand your gift recipient might like, let your loved one be spoilt for choice with a Woohoo gift card. The recipient can use the Woohoo gift card to buy gift cards from the brands of their choice, be it apparels, accessories, jewellery, electronic gadgets or experiences ranging from holidays, dining to spa / salon treatments.

No more unmet expectations; no more receiving what he or she already owns; and no more inappropriate gifts. Each time, it’ll be the perfect gift, because through this Diwali gift card, you’re gifting them the joy of choosing their own gift as well.

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Hot Deals on Gift Cards – Get upto 30% OFF on Top Brands

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The festive season is here again and we’re all gearing up for it – filling shopping bags and emptying wallets. Getting the hot deals and saving some money on such shopping sprees would definitely be something to cheer anyone up.

This festive season, save your hard-earned moolah by shopping with gift cards from Woohoo.in. We have a whole bunch of hot deals and special offers on top brand gift cards for you. Here are some of the current favourites at Woohoo.in.

15% Off on Cleartrip E-Gift Cards.


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25% Off on Cleartrip Local E-Gift Cards


Cleartrip Local E-Gift cards

30% Off on Gaana E-Gift Cards


Discounted Pantaloons E-Gift Cards

10% Off on Arrow E-Gift Cards


Arrow E-Gift Cards

10% Off on Elle E-Gift Cards


Elle E-Gift Cards

10% OFF on Flying Machine E-Gift Cards


Flying Machine E-Gift Cards

10% OFF on Polo Assn E-Gift Cards


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10% OFF on Izod E-Gift Cards


IZOD E-Gift Cards

And, there is more! With Woohoo Gifting League, the first of its kind gift card bonanza, you can win Woohoo points for every transaction on Woohoo.in or Woohoo app. Accumulate points & get exclusive benefits, privileges & gift cards worth up to Rs. 10000! Start gifting, start collecting, start celebrating!

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Woohoo! I’ve got a gift for you

As appeared in The New Indian Express on 14 September 2017.

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There is some celebration every other day – festivals, birthdays, office parties and the list goes on. Last week was Onam and Pooja is right around the corner. Not surprisingly, there are a number of gift choices for loved ones too. But, despite the overwhelming availability, the old dilemma exists: What should I gift a person? In one of their research surveys, Qwikcilver had discovered that most gift purchases happen only three days before the event. Foreseeing this, Qwikcilver, powering 90 per cent of the gift cards in the country, has developed a superstore for gift cards called Woohoo. “Through this innovation, the person receiving the card has the freedom of choice,” said co-founder Pratap T P.

Customised gifting

Through Woohoo, which functions as a mobile application and a website, one can purchase gift cards to as many as 150 brands that have partnered with the company. It was launched in 2015 and provides options for planned and customised value gifting. The app securely stores the gift cards and gives regular reminders regarding the expiry.

In the latest group gifting feature, released a month ago, people can pool in the amount and gift the card to the recipient. This eliminates the hassle of coordinating and collecting individual amounts. In addition, it has a secondary market trading platform where one can buy and sell gift cards. “This is the first and only platform in the country that provides such an option,” said Pratap.

Taking on Malayalees on social media

Targeting the Malayali audience for Onam, the developers of Woohoo did a social media campaign on all the popular platforms. “The campaign was a humorous take on gifting, endorsing the celebrities in the Malayalam movie industry,” said Pratap. “We were trying to make a presence on social media,” he added

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Gifting culture
Like the greeting card industry, which helped develop the birthday and anniversary culture in the country, Woohoo’s creators also expected to enhance the gifting culture among people. “It is instant gratification. But at the end of the day, we are just trying to improve human engagements through Woohoo,” said Pratap.

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Woohoo Gifting League : The First of Its Kind Gift Card Bonanza

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Woohoo announced the launch of the first-of-its-kind gift card league – Woohoo Gifting League, a platform for brands to maximise revenue through gift cards this festive season. The Woohoo gifting league will have on the platform more than 100+ brands, including Shoppers Stop, Westside, Myntra, TTK Prestige, Marks & Spencers, Lifestyle and Pantaloons.

Habit formation around Gift Cards:

Much of the gifting spends in India happen either through cash or through the unorganised sector.The Woohoo Gifting League is an attempt to move some of that spend to brands, via the gift card route. From a brand point of view, the idea is to build habit formation around gift cards in a way that it remains top-of-mind woohoo gifting leaguewith consumers for all sorts of gifting occasions even beyond the reigning festivities.

The platform will present consumers an array of gifting options; physical and the increasingly popular digital gift cards, from leading brands in the country. Retail brands, on the other hand, get the opportunity to garner a greater share of the seasonal gifting pie, through gift cards. The gift card market currently is over Rs. 3,000 crore.

Gift Cards help brands increase sales and create access to new customers:

A recent Qwikcilver study indicated that on an average Gift Cards represent 12% of brand sales. With the Woohoo Gifting League, that percentage is set go up during the festive season. Gift cards also enable brands to reach out to and engage with a wider consumer base, because brands get access to both the gift card purchaser and the recipient. This is expected to lead to significant increase in customer acquisition, ranging between 50-400 percent, depending on product and category type.

Commenting on the launch of this new initiative, Pratap TP, Co-Founder and CMO of Qwikcilver said: ”For close to ten years now, we have worked relentlessly to make gift cards synonymous with gifting and the launch of this initiative is one more innovative step in that direction. We are confident that the Woohoo Gifting League will help our brand partners maximize the festive season while at the same time making gifting a convenient and enjoyable experience for millions of Indians.”

As appeared in www.afaqs.com on Sept 1, 2017.

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Surprise Your Loved Ones with the Best Ganesh Chaturthi Gifts

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Lord Ganesha is revered as the lord of wisdom, knowledge and prosperity and his blessings are known to remove obstacles from one’s life. Also known as Vinayak Chaturthi, this day is celebrated as the birthday of Lord Ganesha, the dear son of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati.  It’s a festival that’s equally dear to the young and the old. Everyone wants to deck up in their best and give and receive gifts!

Know what you want to buy for your loved ones? Opt for gift cards this year. Gift cards are extremely practical and convenient. They take away the stress of choosing an actual gift, while giving a plethora of choices to your loved ones. Gifting must make both the giver and the recipient feel happy; that’s what gifting a gift card does. Here are some great ideas for you to pick the perfect Ganesh Chaturthi gift cards.

1. Books

Too many kids are moving away from the real world these days, preferring to find their escape in video games. A selection of wonderful, motivational books will be perfect for the young ones in your circle and you can gift their favourite book now with a Crossword gift card.

When it comes to the elders in your circle, consider gifting them inspirational or devotional music. Nothing soothes the older generation than beautiful, melodious devotional music. Gift a Saavn e-gift card.

2. Apparel

Know anyone who doesn’t like to deck up on a festival day? Probably not. So go ahead and splurge on top fashion apparel brands. There are so many to choose from! Check these out – Shoppers Stop, Lifestyle, Marks & Spencer, Allen Solly, Westside – the list is endless!

3. Jewellery and Watches

How about gifting some precious gold and diamond jewellery and top branded watches to your loved ones? Consider brands such as Bluestone or Candere. When it comes to watches, consider Helios and World of Titan for fine watches and Fastrack for fashionable, youthful watches.

4. A great shared experience!

Ganesh chaturthi is a day for families and friends to get together and celebrate. What better way to do that than to enjoy a fabulous meal together? Consider gifting your loved ones a great meal at Spaghetti Kitchen, Noodle Bar and other restaurants. You can see everyone smiling in anticipation already, can’t you?

Here’s How To Make Gifting Easier This Year

Whether you’re residing at home or in another city, you can still send them the gifts of their choice. Do it simply and easily via gift cards. It’s easy – buy a gift card, gift voucher or e-gift card from the brand your loved one favors. Let them choose their own gifts from the store outlets. E-gift cards are delivered within minutes, so they’re perfect for last minute gifts. To make it more personalized you could try sending E-gift cards using the Woohoo app which allows you to add pictures, voice-notes and text and can be instantly delivered via Whatsapp, SMS or email. So just go ahead and celebrate Ganesh Chaturthi this year, knowing that gifting will never be a problem again.

 

 

 

 

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Say it With Gift Cards

The coverage received for Qwikcilver & Woohoo in both The Hindu Business Line and The Hindu on 6th August 2017, in a special column ‘Spend Smart’.

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Often, we may want to gift a beloved one on an occasion, but find it difficult to zero-in on what would be most suitable. In such situations, there are benefits in handing out a gift card. The receiver can use it to purchase products or services of their choice.

Buying a card

Gift cards can either be physical or electronic. Physical cards resemble a credit or debit card and have a number and pin. These cards can be preloaded with a desired amount of money and gifted to anyone. They can be swiped at any of the point-of-sale (POS) terminals or used for online purchases. An e-card can be used only for online purchases.

The gift cards can be bought online or from banks or merchants. Bank cards are typically issued by credit card service providers such as VISA, MasterCard or RuPay and can be used at any merchant outlet. Merchant cards are restricted for purchases of that brand of product or service, at their establishments. Some cards may require activation by calling a toll-free number to register before use. The cards can be used multiple times till the amount is exhausted. Once used, they cannot be reloaded.

The minimum and maximum amounts vary with the merchant and the bank. For example, Bank of India’s gift cards are available for a minimum of ₹500 and a maximum of ₹1 lakh, in multiples of ₹1. To buy a bank card, you need not be a customer of that bank.

Cards from merchants are typically free while banks may charge a fee. For instance, KVB charges ₹50 plus taxes to non-customers on card purchases of over ₹5,000.

You may also have some choices in personalising the look and feel as well as the message that goes with the card. There may be some restrictions on the number and value of gift cards. For example, Flipkart lets you purchase only 100 gift cards in 30 days and the aggregate value cannot exceed ₹1 lakh.

The cards tend to be typically valid for one year. However, some bank cards, such as from Bank of India, are valid for three years. Cards from retailers may have shorter validity period.

Other features

Most cards support balance enquiry by calling a toll-free number or by sending an SMS. For store cards, a balance enquiry can be made at the time of purchase. Banks allow you to check your balance at the ATMs and ask for statements. For example, you can request a mini-statement on your IDBI gift card with the details of the last 10 transactions.

If the bank card expires before the amount is used, you will be able to claim the unused balance. Bank of Baroda, for example, gives a refund of unutilised amount of over ₹100. The claim must be made within three months from card expiry and there are charges for the refund. Stores do not typically allow refunds. There are various apps and online platforms that let you manage expiry and balance amounts on multiple cards. You can also resell the gift cards online by listing the card with a sale price (card value or at a discount). The platform verifies the saleability, validity and balance on the card. Some sites require you to hand over the physical card to them on listing. Others such as Woohoo.in make the old card void (if issued by them) and list a new card to ensure safety. Listing is free and a commission of 10 per cent is charged on sale. Sometimes, don’t many of us pool money to buy a gift? Portals such as Woohoo.in enable us to do this. It has a group-gifting feature to let multiple users contribute towards a card purchase.

Risks and security

Gift card users must be aware of basic security features. You can hot-list the card when it is lost — similar to a credit or debit card — by calling a toll-free number. “The balance amount in the card can be transferred to a new card and reissued”, says Pratap TP, CMO of Qwikcilver. However, many store cards do not require a pin or any authentication for use. While such open access is convenient, there is no recourse if you lose the card. Allowing a card to expire is another common issue. Pratap says that if the user’s case is genuine, stores often take permission from authorities to extend the validity of the card.

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Friendship Day – Celebration, Fun and Gifts!

Friendship Day Gifts

We all know the quote – “A friend is someone who knows all about you and still loves you.” How many of you agree with this quote? Wouldn’t you count on your pals to stand by you through the roller-coaster of life? True friends are your treasured companions who heal hurts, and sooth bad memories. This Friendship Day, shouldn’t you try to make them feel wanted and important in your life this?

Cherishing Friendships

Life is a long journey and you need true friends whoHappy friensdship light it up. Sending thoughtful and personalized gift to your friends spreads a lot of good cheer and fun.  They will always remember you as someone who stands by them through thick and thin.

However, buying a gift for a friend is not easy. Your friends are important to you, and you will want to impress them with something that they’ll truly appreciate. Yet, with the plenty of choices that always surround you, how to decide what your best friends would like best?  Woohoo.in gives you the opportunity to celebrate the Friendship Day in a grand and fun filled manner. There are a variety of gift cards and vouchers to suit the tastes and preferences of your friends. If you have not found the time to shop for a Friendship Day gift, Woohoo.in lets you dispatch gift cards in a jiffy. It is super convenient, and you can send personalized e-gift cards to them in an instant. These cards are sure to be well received. Create a stir and strike the right chord by choosing gift cards from Woohoo.in.

Friendship Day Gifting Pointers

An invaluable tip – tailor your gift to suit your precious friend’s unique persona and stage of life. How about a deluxe and ritzy Titan watch gift card for the busy bee? A package tour with Cleartrip gift card would make the day for the adventurous and outdoor kind.  A movie buff will be more than happy to get a BookMyShow gift voucher. If your pal is a foodie, spring a surprise on him with a Dineout gift card. Clinch your friendship with a memorable gift card and keep those friendship going forever.

Check out Exciting Friendship Day Offers on Gift Cards.

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