With the rise of ecommerce in Nigeria, it is no longer a question of whether or not people will buy your products online, the more prevalent question on the mind of the average business owner is where and how to sell these products online. So today I will take you on a short tour of some of the available solutions to you as a Nigerian business owner or entrepreneur. In no particular order, here’s a list
Thinking back to 2011, I had just found out that digital marketing was my dream career, and I went into it wholeheartedly. There was very little known back then about the world of the web and online advertising, Nigerian companies that ran Facebook ads seemed like some hot shot brands, and if you even understood the way they worked, you were almost idolized. Alas, that is all gone.
Today, platforms like Facebook advertising are gaining traction because of their accessibility and ease of use. But beyond being able to create ads, most advertisers without foundational knowledge of the workings of digital media seem to get it wrong more often than not, leading to unrealized profits, poor ROI on advertising campaigns, and in the end money lost.
Over the past few years, Facebook has established itself as the world’s largest social network, turned out to be larger than a lot of countries too. And that’s one major reason it has become every small business’ first point of call whenever advertising is mentioned. Needless to say, it has proved effective for a lot of brands, the ones who know how to use it. But the problem is, not everyone is well grounded in the big idea of advertising, or how marketing campaigns should work in the first place. That’s the purpose of this post, to get you aquatinted with what Facebook advertising is all about, and how you can take advantage of it.
During a company’s life cycle, there is often a need to upgrade existing platforms, change UI and UX patterns, upgrade admin systems and on and on, as was the case with Circuit Atlantic, a US to Nigeria logistics and procurement company. How this change is managed is usually up to the company’s IT and marketing staff, and the transition could make for a better experience or produce a short burst of irritated customers, needless to say, it could easily go both ways.
Before we look at the process that ensued in the case of Circuit Atlantic, let’s run through a few possible ways to make these transitions more successful.
First time I heard of Taafoo, I was in my third year in the university. It seemed like a pretty good deal way back then, and all my classmates got their girlfriends gifts from there. I checked the site out, seemed nice, but back then, luckily enough, I had no girlfriends so I didn’t see the need to use their services just yet. Time passed and so did the idea of Taafoo as an ecommerce site, I had found Amazon.
Then came the other sites, 3stiches (which was later added to Konga Fashion), then Dealdey, I loved it so much because of the restaurant deals, almost all my orders on that site are still food related, Jumia and Konga came in later and they officially changed the playing field.
If three years back, someone had told me so many Nigerians would be shopping online, I would probably have just laughed about it and not even bothered to argue my case. But like I said in my last post “And then we found eCommerce”, the tides have changed in favor of the tech savvy Nigerian, and all things eCommerce are blooming
I remember a time when ecommerce was a strange word. And only very few online stores existed. Those were hard times.
I would go though sites like Amazon and Tigerdirect, wishing I could get my hands on everything I could afford. And those were hard times. Somewhere along the line, I found Circuit Atlantic, it was a compromise
I had never really thought about it, not until I read the Walmart book by one of its former VP’s, can’t remember its name now. But then, about a month later and I step into Shoprite Ikeja and I’m taken by surprise at the similarities in open view.
From the promotion of friendly in-store staff, to the checkout management, to the lowest price inventory approach… it’s a long list, but all things considered, I believe what we have here is an attempt to incorporate a successful business model.