Wednesday, 4 January 2017

How To Make 2017 Your Most Productive Year Ever




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by Tony Ogunlowo

The disastrous leap year of 2016, with all its surprises and disappointments, has finally come to an end.

The New Year means a new beginning; a fresh start. Many will have New Year resolutions to fulfil while others might just be content with plodding along.
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5 Reasons Contests Should Be Part of Your Social Media Strategy






It is a New Year and many organizations will be planning their social media strategy for the quarter or the year. For the social media manager, one important feature of the strategy that is most likely to be ignored is a contest. This is because your brand may not be interested in budgeting for the rewards for winners. This said contests shouldn’t be relegated in your social media strategy and the gifts can be as simple as movie tickets for lovers. You don’t need to break the bank. Hence, Jumia Travel shares 5 reasons contest should feature prominently in your social media campaign.

Free advertising

Brands today spend millions on advertising offline and online. This is good. But another smart way to advert especially if you are working on a budget is via a contest. This is because the mere idea of winning something will encourage them to participate. In fact, they will involve their friends especially when they have to vote.

Grow engagement


If you notice your social media engagement decline the just ended year, one way to recover from this is by running a social media contests. By so doing, your number of likes, comments and shares will definitely increase. It is also an opportunity to know and interact with your followers.

Increase your sales

Oftentimes, the focus of any social media contest is to increase the online presence of your brand. In other words, to allow people know about what you do. At the same time, you also want your followers to become customers. Therefore, it is important to provide a link to your website where prospective customers can patronize your business. If you are consistent with your contest, sales from social media will steadily rise.

It is a reason to follow your brand


The contest is the easiest way to attract people to your brand on social media. It is a way to build loyal followers because they have something to look forward especially if winners are rewarded promptly. Before you know if you have 100 followers on twitter, it will be running into its thousands.

Get more visibility

A very cost-effective social media contest can get you the much-needed visibility you want. This due to the fact that brand will be seen by different people and it can even be featured on blogs and online media. In this case, you don’t need to pay influencers for tweets and retweets.
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9 Authors Make Etisalat Prize for Literature 2016 Longlist

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Helon Habila, chair of the judging panel of the 2016 Etisalat Prize for Literature (https://Prize.Etisalat.com.ng), has announced the 2016 longlist of nine books. The longlist is made up of entries from first-time authors whose books were published in the past 24 months.
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2019: BETWEEN UDOM'S WARNING AND MISCHIEF MAKERS.

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By: Uduak Nseabasi

I have never seen Governor UDOM Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom State speak so profusely as he did on Monday, 2nd January, 2017 during an Inter-Denominational Solemn Assembly at Ibom Hall packaged to 'rededicate the land and people of the State to God'. A Governor Emmanuel known for his charisma, diplomacy, extreme humility and finnese of a thorough bred leader had to literally abandon all those virtues to sound a strong note of warning to those he described as 'mischief makers working to cause disunity in the State'. 
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Sad: policeman kills groom 2 days to his wedding over missing iPhone

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 A Malaysian-based Nigerian, Friday Nduka, who returned home in preparation for his wedding scheduled for last weekend, was reportedly shot dead by a police inspector, Mike Edem, attached to the NNPC Filling Station at the Control Post Junction, Owerri, Imo State, penultimate Monday. 
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Nigerian vehicles stuck at borders as Customs kick off land import ban

  

The Association of Nigerian Licensed Customs Agents (ANLCA), Seme Chapter, has disclosed that so many vehicles are trapped at the border posts as the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS)  kicks off the implementation of the policy banning importation of vehicles through the land borders. [see here]

The Public Relations Officer of the NCS, Seme Command, Mr Selechang Taupyen, disclosed in Badagry that the service had to comply with government’s fiscal policy.
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Actress Ini Edo, Finds Love Again, engaged to a married man with 4kids [photos]

   
Beautiful Nollywood actress and Special Adviser to Akwa Ibom state governor on Tourism Ini Edo seems to have found love again. According to reports from multiple online sources, the actress is  engaged to an oil tycoon who is also married with 4 kids. If you have noticed, the actress has been wearing this big rock on her finger, believed to be her engagement ring from her new man who lives in Abuja,  since July 3rd last year [see photo of the man below]
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Hillary Clinton, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush to attend Trump's inauguration


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Democratic candidate, Hillary Clinton has announced plans to attend the Jan. 20 inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump.

An aide to the Democratic nominee confirmed Tuesday that she and former president Bill Clinton will attend this month's ceremony, speaking on condition of anonymity until plans are announced publicly.
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”APC hails Buhari for fulfilling promise to pay N5,000 to 1 million poor Nigerians

 

The All Progressives Congress (APC) said on Tuesday said the payment of N5, 000 to vulnerable Nigerians was historic and unprecedented,hailing president Buhari for keeping to the party's campaign promise.
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Janet Jackson welcomes her first child at age 50, and its a Boy


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Music legend Janet Jackson has welcomed her first child.


Jackson, 50, and her husband, Wissam Al Mana, welcomed their first child, named Eissa, on Tuesday.
"Janet had a stress-free healthy delivery and is resting comfortably," said the rep for the singer

Big congrats to the couple
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Ex. Gov. Oshiomhole Visits President Buhari In Aso Rock [see why]

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Former governor of Edo State, Adams Oshiomhole, Tuesday visited President Muhammadu Buhari at the Aso Rock Presidential Villa in Abuja.

They both met behind closed-doors inside the President's Office.

This is the first time the ex-governor would visit President Buhari since he left office on November 12, 2016.
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