4 Easy Ways To Get New Customers

If you own a business, I’m sure you would have noticed that you get customers in waves. On some days, there’s an influx of customers and on some other days, well, there isn’t. I have recently, been wondering if this is where the saying “every day isn’t Christmas” originated from. What then can you do to make sure there are more days with plenty customers? Well you can try some of these methods ( I bet you haven’t tried number 4) 1. Ask For Referrals Always ask your current customers for referrals. Remember, your best source of new business is referrals from happy customers or clients.This shouldn’t be difficult if you offered an excellent service or you’re known for offering excellent services. Some customers however, may be happy to refer you but don’t ...

Kehinde Oyeleke on Nigeria’s recession and how small businesses should raise capital

Kehinde Oyeleke, former Arthur Andersen executive, now runs Seedvest, an SME funding and advisory firm in Nigeria. He speaks on how Nigeria’s recession has made a bad situation worse for small businesses. ___ Kehinde Oyeleke is as unpretentious as they come. When we finally made it to his Ikeja office, stray pieces of paper covered his desk. Some of them were scrunched up. Others were lying there like lost tourists in a city center - no direction or intent. He asked that we excuse the mess. “You know, it’s all in a bid to look busy,” he smiled rounding up a few of the stray papers and stacking them on one side of the desk. The office seemed airless; not stuffy, but as though an independent air control center paused the air molecules. A ...

What is the best social media management tool of 2016?

Editor's Note: This guest post is by Lilach Bullock of lilachbullock.com.  Want to find the best social media management tool and get better results from social media for your small business? There are so many different tools out there that it’s quite difficult to find the one that fits your needs best. Ian Anderson Gray of the Seriously Social blog has teamed up with G2Crowd to create an infographic rating the five social media management tools of the year, based on customer reviews. The results are quite surprising – from the inclusion of Buffer, which is more of a publishing tool, to the clear win of Agorapulse and the fact that Hootsuite often got last or second to the last place. Customer opinions are quite different from what is probably ...

5 unbelievably useful gadgets you want to add to your collection

Whether you are on-the-go, in your office or at home, you need gadgets that can introduce time-saving advantages into your day. In today’s connected world, life without technology is meaningless. Entrepreneurs who understand how gadgets can turbocharge their business efforts are wasting no time to invest in them. Perhaps you are yet to follow that trend, or you just want to add more to the list of gadgets that can aid your business, we have curated a list of five gadgets every Nigerian entrepreneur should own to supercharge productivity. 1. Ultra-light laptop charger As an entrepreneur, you always want to be connected as you might often want to deliver presentations or retrieve an important file on your laptop while on-the-go. A portable charger like the Zolt charger can ...

Win exciting prizes daily in the First Bank Independence Day Giveaway this October

Editor’s Note: This is a sponsored blog.vconnect.com article, which means it’s written by the editorial team of the sponsor organization and financially supported by same, in this case First Bank Nigeria. Read this to learn more about advertising on VConnect. There is excitement in the air as FirstBank celebrates Nigeria’s freedom, culture, and leadership. To celebrate, FirstBank is taking you on a journey of how they have contributed to Nigeria’s national growth and development since 1894. Over the past 122 years, a constant driver for FirstBank is to be Nigeria’s banker of the first choice and this has motivated her growth. To appreciate our loyal customers this month, FirstBank will be giving out N5,000 to 10 lucky people weekly. To participate: Like the FirstBank Facebook page at www.facebook.com/firstbankofnigeria/.

Your complete guide to VConnect’s new upgrades: Everything you need to know

We are launching an upgraded VConnect.com in a few days. And this is not just a cosmetic blush of paint on VConnect; we are revamping your experience and kitting it up in a shiny new gear. What we realized after many months of user studies and product discussions is that we could do more at making you feel confident in the kinds of businesses you transact with. The new design and engineering are focused on helping you find the right businesses faster. VConnect now gives you all the information you need about businesses in an easy, digestible manner. To help you understand the changes we are making, here is a quick breakdown of the new functionalities and what they mean for you: 1. A prominent and intelligent search