VConnect is not only giving small businesses websites, they get them to build it themselves!

In my line of work, I get to hang out with software developers often. A recurring joke is me pretending I know whether what is on their screen is C# (C-Sharp) or JavaScript. So the idea of creating a website by myself seems as far-fetched as me becoming an astronaut (really, if you know about any astronaut openings, let me know). When the guys in the product team talked about creating DIY (Do-It-Yourself) websites that would help small business owners customise their websites as they wish, I was skeptical as to how doable it would be. Fast forward to launch fo VConnect sites and I got to play around with the process, and it was as simple as promised. All you have to do is drag and drop images into the templates provided and ...

Why an up-to-date profile on VConnect can get you customers

Businesses are making connections every day on VConnect, for example, Kemi Robbin of Addurrah Creations talks about receiving at least one enquiry a day from VConnect. These businesses are getting these leads because visitors to the VConnect site can easily find the information they need about on the business profile. What you need to do 1. Update contact information Check if your contact information such as email address and phone numbers are correct, if you have added a new number, update that on your profile. The business owner dashboard lets you easily make these updates. Simply sign in to your business owner dashboard, click on manage profile then select update profile. This will show you what your ...

Get more customers by staying active on VConnect

First, a short story... Adeolu registered his laundry business on VConnect in April 2015, he figured since he didn’t have a lot of money to advertise, he could as well leverage having an online presence. He was right, with a Vconnect profile he has been able to get enquiries from customers around his location and beyond. However, lately he hasn’t been getting as many enquiries as he used to, the problem according to his VConnect customer relationship manager, was that he wasn’t getting as many enquiries and leads as he used to because he no longer as active as he used to be on VConnect. Ah! So that’s where the problem was. He has been a little too busy lately to check his business profile on VConnect and that has dropped his profile popularity on VConnect.

Vinod Kaurani of Mayfair Travels on the secret to staying relevant as a Nigerian SME

Vinod Kaurani has been in Nigeria for as about as long as I have been alive and I have been around for a fair bit of time. With a primary school education in Ibadan, secondary school and tertiary education in India and the UK respectively, Vinod, the Managing Director of Mayfair Travels Nigeria Ltd has been involved in business in Nigeria for over three decades. We sat with Mr. Kaurani to talk about the beauty, motivation and challenges of running a  small business in Nigeria. Even though the travel and tours company has been in operation for about 31 years, and consider themselves an SME, they have kept with the times, launching  Tripberry an online ticketing website in 2016. We started our talk by delving into their latest development.

Why you should subscribe for the VConnect newsletter

Lately, I have become a huge fan of newsletters, they are a great way for getting condensed, relevant information easily. You know, instead of trawling your countless sites looking for the information you want, you can have it come to you. Here at VConnect, we understand the importance of relevant information, which is why we have various tools to help you engage with your target customers. We also have a weekly newsletter to keep you informed on what’s happening at VConnect and in Nigerian business. Here’s why you should subscribe for the VConnect newsletter. All the key VConnect blog articles in one place As a business owner in Nigeria, the VConnect blog newsletter collates all the articles that you need from the blog in one place. Articles that can help you make your business better ...

4 ways to use Facebook for your business

Facebook launched 13 years ago and the way we interact with friends online hasn’t remained the same ever since. The same can be said about Facebook itself and how users use the site. While initially, the primary focus has and still remains to keep in touch with friends and family, much more than that is done these days on Facebook. Nowadays users (individuals and businesses) are using the social media platform for making important business interactions. Most especially through adverts about whatever product or service they offer. The VConnect for business Facebook page offers a different way of using Facebook as just another social media platform. Here is how it is doing this. 1. Instant messaging The page dedicated to businesses takes advantage of chat feature in Facebook to answer enquiries very quickly. So ...