CFA’s ICT Predictions of 2014 – Part 2

CFA’s ICT Predictions of 2014 – Part 2

Continued from Part 1

4. Blackberry will either grow or remain steady in developing countries.

Blackberry has been in the news of recent, while a some analysts abroad believe their end have come, I beg to differ, I see them waxing strong or at least remaining stable in developing economies like ours. The major reason for my statement is that access to the Internet through a blackberry device is a lot cheaper when compared to a data guzzler like android. I recently complained to a friend how my android is consuming data like its drinking water, he only laughed and said that is the advantage of blackberry and at that point, I agreed.

John Chen, the interim CEO of Blackberry, understands restructuring and has what it takes to turn around the fortunes of the ailing giant. If his recent move to make low budget Smartphones by way of partnership is anything to go by, then it means they might just be on their way to competitiveness once more, at least in developing countries like South Africa, Indonesia etc. Generally, I expect to see some sort of come-back for Blackberry in 2014.

CFA’s ICT Predictions of 2014 – Part 2

5. More changes in the SEO world 

The SEO industry has changed tremendously looking at where it is now and when I first joined in 2009. One company that has been at heart of the disruption being experienced is Google, which is natural because they control over 60% of all searches. It was a very busy year for the Google team but I predict that 2014 will be a busier year. As a webmaster, I know for certain that you can hardly predict what Big G would come up with next. They have often been accused of trying to kill SEO and grow PPC (Google Adwords), simply because they earn more revenue from PPC. Of course they have denied that, but the reality is that when you do a search today, you would find many more adverts above the fold unlike back in the days when it is more of organic results.

6. Rise & rise of Voice and Video

Voice and video will continue to rise, especially in 2014. I find it interesting that many people are beginning to talk to their phones like they would talk to friends. For example, the last major Google update tagged ‘Hummingbird’ focused on conversational searches – they want users to be able to perform searches simply by talking rather than typing. It does not just start and end with them, Apple also has Siri, which is a dedicated assistant for their users. I see the voice trend growing in Nigeria.

Also, Nigerians are video lovers. Sadly, we have been accused of not reading and I hope it does become a reality in this age of Internet and technology? I however know that we love videos so this has great potentials in Nigeria. One of the factors affecting the use of video negatively is poor service which I believe would improve significantly. With the improvement in service, many more people will be inclined to watching videos more than ever before.

On a final note, 2014 will be a pretty eventful year for the ICT industry in Nigeria. I expect to see more startups and also some of the existing ones would likely get more funding. I have always canvassed for more hubs where budding techies, enthusiasts and entrepreneurs can get together and learn about the necessary skills needed to take their ideas to the market.

Please permit me to use this medium to wish you and your family a happy and prosperous New Year ahead!

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Mobile Apps Developers Needed

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Mobile is simply the next big thing and it is set to full take over from fixed internet access by 2015. Do you see this happening? I do.

In my country Nigeria, mobile is responsible for the high number of Internet users recorded, so I have no choice but to believe that mobile is already huge. As an SEO services provider, I usually advice clients not to neglect mobile and optimize their site for mobile users and searchers.

Here are some interesting mobile statistics;

In January 2012, 8.49 percent of Website hits/page views come from a hand-held mobile device, according to StatCounter.

45 percent of the world’s population is now covered by a 3G mobile network (required for fast mobile Internet access), according to The ITU (2011).

The point I am trying to make here is that mobile is the next BIG thing and you should begin to look towards that direction.

To this end, we are looking for Mobile apps developers to build functional, multi-platform apps with these features:

  • Multi-Platform

Apps should be compatible with major platforms Android, Apple iOS, Blackberry and Windows.

  • Easy to Share

The apps should have in-built sharing capabilities to Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin and e-mail.

  • GPS Directions

Users should have the ability to make use GPS directions using the apps from anywhere in the world.

  • Discounts and Coupons

The apps should allow customers to qualify or get offers which can be unlocked based on certain criteria, so as to increase customer loyalty.

  • Push Notifications

Ability to send instant messages to users at will.

  • Events Calender

Ability to provide up-to-date information about all of our business events and specials.

Apps should have tracking features to ascertain the daily, weekly, and monthly app downloaded.

Does this interest you or anyone you know? Contact me or leave a comment below and let’s start talking 🙂

This is actually a long term business relationship for the lucky developer who would handle all our future mobile apps developments.

4 Simple Ways to Maximize your Blackberry Phone

This post will teach you how to Leverage your Blackberry Phone to grow your personal brand as well as business.

So, let’s get started.

Change has a lot of enemies. It is still a mystery why humans don’t easily accept change, this trend cuts across nations and cultures. I am also guilty of not easily accepting change until reality dawns…..

I was a staff of Globacom when Blackberry Phones first hit Nigeria and if am not mistaken Glo was the very first among the telecommunications companies to launch them sometime in 2006 (not exactly sure now).

But, I can vividly recall that most customers would rather by a Nokia or Samsung phone than a blackberry. If you asked me though, the cost of a Blackberry Phone phone back then coupled with the monthly fees were expensive (up to this moment but of course much more affordable) and that discouraged a number of people.

My job as a salesman demanded that I learnt as much as I could about the product. I honestly did fall in love with the whole concept of BIS and BES, such that in 2007 I bought a Blackberry Phone for my friend who preferred a Nokia phone like everyone else (including me).

The question I want you to please ask me is: if you had all this knowledge and you were aware of this facts why did it take you almost 5 years to acquire your own blackberry phone?

My Answer: Resistance to change and Excuses – nothing more!

Apart from the fact that I had a special “something” for Nokia phones, I heard of how weak blackberry batteries were (which is just the truth) and the big one was that I claimed that being a little popular figure (hehe not like Mark Zuckerberg 🙂 but you know what I mean, more like a local champion), a lot of people would contact me for time wasting reasons.

Tell you the truth, I know better now, these are all but excuses. Fact is that if I don’t wish to be know then I might as well shoot my online brand dead and also shut down this blog or simply live with the realities of building a brand online.

3 months after joining the blackberry messenger (BBM) network, I have over 100+ connections so what is there to hide anymore?

[box type=”note”]So, here is my pin 29659EEB, connect with me on BBM if you want to receive great tips[/box]

4 Tips to Leverage your Blackberry Phone

1. Use Compelling Display Pictures

……Pictures speak a thousand words

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Every BBM profile can add display pictures as often as possible. Therefore, you should always use an image and they should be compelling, the type that will wanna make people check out your profile.

One good thing about using images on your BBM profile is that issues of copyright infringement is much more reduced unlike the Internet. So download and use any image you think is compelling enough.

2. Write thought provoking personal and status messages

Do you want to convert prospects to clients? Then, you have got to use effective Call to Action a lot of times. If you images attract contacts to check your profile then you should lead them to do something else which is the purpose of a good CTA. It could be to encourage them to visit your site, buy your product or service, sign up to your newsletter or just them informed.

You’ve got to be careful here because you don’t people to regard you as someone who is just a pushy salesman. Personally, I try to avoid outright sales laBlackberry Phonenguage i.e. Buy this or for sale, instead I go for value-before-pitching. Because I love to create and add value, I have no qualms if I make an immediate sales or not. I understand how powerful relationships are and I do everything with my power to build them.

3. Start a BBM Newsletter

Are you an expert or authority in any field? If yes, what stops your from sending out periodic tips and updates that will help people perform better in your niche or industry?

I send out mine weekly and focus is on Internet Marketing, SEO, New Media, Social Media and anything technology related.

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Here is what Chukwudi Udeagbunam of www.strictlyonlinebiz.com had to say after he received one of my BBM newsletter.

Response to Last Biz Tips

This a very experienced and successful blogger cum Medical Doctor but I was able to add some value just as he has added so much value to me through his blog. Now, you see what its all about, adding value. Read Giving is the

4. Start or Participate in a blackberry group

Two days after I subscribed to blackberry services, I launched the CFA Nigeria group because I wanted to have a platform on the BBM network.

Join the CFA Nigeria Blackberry Group

FYI, I am not to be blamed for wanting to maximize any platform – my background as a Network marketer and salesman should be blamed.

I remember I wanted to build a blackberry group of over a 100 members, until my friend Donald said it was limited to only 30 people. Boy was I sad?

I wish you could have access to our group discussion, we are like one big family with some sound reasoning. It isn’t a must you have to start a group because you don’t want to start a group only to have it become stale. So, what’s the use in the first place? If you don’t have the time and patience needed to keep a group alive then just find one and participate.

My question to you is why acquire all the gadgets and yet under utilize them?

Bonus Tip

You probably might not give a s*** about all 4 tips above, so let me add this very simple tip as bonus. A tip that anyone can simply do and that is to give a thumbs up for every single message you receive as long as it is good. Good here means it aligns with your values. For example, if I receive a message that says “that there is no God” – I will give a thumbs down straight up 🙂

Think about it, how would someone send you a fantastic message and you move one like nothing happened. Then, you expect the person to be responsive when you send yours tomorrow. No babe! Life doesn’t just work that way.

My decision to wait this long can also be seen positively because I have squeezed every bit of USD out of my laptop, Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 and other devices and trust me if I say my BB phone has already won deals of 5 figures but most importantly built new relationships for me which I can’t quantify materially.

So, before you buy that latest Blackberry Phone think about what you have done with your current one? Why not set a goal that you ain’t gonna buy a new one, come what may, until certain milestones are achieved with these one?

Since, I am a new entrant to the BB world, I am certain I missed a couple of things, so what tip do you think I missed? Kindly share with us in the comment box below.

Please share this post if you find it helpful. Thanks!

An Invitation to join CFA Nigeria Blackberry Group

CFA NigeriaI happily and humbly invite you to join the CFA Nigeria blackberry group using the attached bar code.

Follow these simple steps to join the CFA Nigeria blackberry group;

  1. On the Home screen or in the Instant Messaging folder, click the BlackBerry Messenger icon.
  2. On the contact list screen, press the Menu key.
  3. Click Scan a Group Barcode.
  4. Click Continue. or start scanning.
  5. Hold your device so that all four corners of the barcode appear on your device screen. Continue to hold the device until you hear the success beep.
  6. Depending on your wireless service provider or organization, you might not be able to use BlackBerry® Groups.

Yes, I am happy to introduce CFA Nigeria Blackberry group to you. The group has a growing number of members and the goal is to bring together 1,000 Nigerians in the next 3 months, who share a common interest in Small Business Development, youth empowerment, leveraging the Internet etc.

Call me old skool if you like, after you hear my confession but I am still going to confess anyway;

I just started using a Blackberry phone 2 weeks ago.

How the CFA Nigeria Blackberry group came about

Joe Oye (my friend and partner) during one of our brain storming session via Gtalk (he’s based abroad) shared with me how powerful mobile can be.

In his words;

Create a video, convert it to a smaller size that will be both compatible and acceptable to most mobile devices and distribute it to your mobile phone contacts.

I took his advice seriously and decided to do something about it immediately. What followed next was my own private brainstorming and I made a decision to buy a blackberry phone the next day. What other phone would I have bought, besides a phone that has contributed to the continuous success of RIM as a company?

Today, CFA Nigeria Blackberry group is a fast growing group on blackberry and my goal is to freely help members especially those yearning to get started online.

Please share this information with others using the buttons above.

I appreciate you so much!

Are you a member already? Leave a comment and let me know what you expect to see in the nearest future.