Monday

Xoom, PayPal service: How to Send & Receive Money in Nigeria and other Unsupported countries

Xoom, PayPal service: How to Send & Receive PayPal Money in Nigeria, and other Unsupported countries 2018 - Xoom is a newly acquired PayPal service that lets you easily send & receive money in and out of Nigeria, Namibia, South Africa, Ethiopia, Namibia, Tanzania and many other countries that cannot receive payments via PayPal, regardless whether you're in the country or outside Nigeria (in via currencies, especially Naira is supported now because it's the country's major currency). Sign up here for Xoom account by PayPal

With PayPal's Xoom you can request money, mobile reloads/recharge your mobile from any where, and perform bill payments from friends and family in the U.S.



Xoom PayPal South Africa, Nigeria
 In time Xoom will be more used and welcomed by those living in and outside diaspora,


XOOM PayPal, Nigeria, South and others

Here's more of all what you need to know about Xoom Nigeria


HOW XOOM WORKS
Xoom is here to bridge every gap, this means you'd be able to receive, send and withdraw money through this PayPal's service known as Xoom.
Easy and affordable, Instant Bank Deposit and Secure. Plus, Xoom offers a money-back guarantee for your peace of mind

HOW TO SEND & RECEIVE MONEY FROM USA WITH XOOM BY PAYPAL
It's quite simple to send money or receive money in Nigeria via Xoom.
Login or Sign up for Xoom account here >> You also can choose to Login with your PayPal  account, this will merge your PayPal with your Xoom account. Follow the steps below after you're logged in.

1. Select the country you want to send money to e.g Nigeria, Namibia, South Africa, or any other countries that cannot receive payments via PayPal.

HOW TO SEND & RECEIVE MONEY FROM USA WITH XOOM BY PAYPAL

2.Click Send Money. This again will prompt you to choose the country where you want to send money to. This is also the country where the receiver's bank is located.
The amount the receiver will get will be displayed, it is calculated using exchange rates used by the platform.

3. Confirm you want to send the amount

4. Select How you want to Pay >> there are various options for you here and this is where you'll find XOOM PAYPAL TRANSFER FEES (at the time this post was published)

  • Bank Account (Transaction fee: 4.99 USD)
  • Credit Card (Transaction fee: 9.99 USD)
  • Debit Card (Transaction fee: 9.99 USD)

5. Recipient information
Enter the receiver's bank account details and go to next stage where you'll pay and send the money.

Here is a list of Banks Supported by PayPal Xoom

Access Bank plc
Diamond Bank
Ecobank Nigeria
Enterprise Bank
Fidelity Bank
FIRSTBANK
First City Monument Bank Ltd
Guaranty Trust Bank PLC
Heritage Bank
Keystone Bank
Skye Bank Plc
Stanbic Bank
Sterling Bank
Union Bank
United Bank for Africa Plc
Unity Bank PLC
WEMA


6. Review: Xoom will take a moment to review the details your prov and approve the transaction.
There you go! Money sent.

Xoom Transfer Exchange Rates - The rate varies for each country according to their local currencies, and it might be lower than you expect but overall the rate is almost very good, I guess this is also where the platform makes its money from)

Tuesday

5 Most Popular eCommerce Marketplace builders for Multi-Vendors

There's recently been a large rise of vendors and shoppers online, hence the need to build more marketplaces online for them, so today, you'll find out the best and most popular eCommerce marketplace builders online and everything you need to know about them in this concise honest review.


eCommerce Marketplace builders for Multi-Vendors



Before heading to the main review, quickly allow me to summarize what eCommerce Marketplace builders are all about, and the goals they help vendors accomplish. You can scroll down now if you already know about it.

What is an eCommerce Marketplace builder?

These are powerful software that allow a person or a company effectively run their business that has to do with helping different vendors or retailers sell their products of various kinds to online shoppers or customers in return for commission from the vendors. In other words, this software lets your users rent or sell goods, spaces or services online after which they pay you a commission for providing them the platform (marketplace). Some of the biggest and successful websites that are good examples of eCommerce for independent sellers are AirBnB, Etsy, and Themeforest.


When you get an eCommerce marketplace builder then you can achieve great results, or even better results than them.


Now, back to the main topic: a few marketplace builders have emerged the Internet and they're doing great for vendors, marketplace owners, and shoppers due to their nice and productive functionalities, hence we will be reviewing the 5 Most popular eCommerce Marketplace builders for Multi-Vendor marketplace so you can make the best choice if you consider getting one soon.



1. CS-Cart Multi-Vendor






CS-Cart Multi-Vendor Quick Review

CS-Cart Multi-Vendor is a standalone eCommerce software that allows you to create an online marketplace. In Multi-Vendor, independent vendors can sell their products through a single storefront. CS-Cart is straightforward and doesn't need external plugins, as everything is built-in and super easy to customise and roll-out for the marketplace owners, vendors and shoppers.

CS-Cart also offers Mobile App (iOS and Android) for marketplaces, the app is fully synced with the web and mobile version of the marketplace.

CS-Cart Multi-Vendor Mobile App


Advantages
  • 500+ admin functions
  • Real-time and manual shipping calculations
  • Separate vendor panel
  • Separate mini store for every vendor
  • Vendor account balance, sales reports & statistics and even more vendor features
  • 26 built-in translations
  • You can try free for 30 days and create your free personal demo, No credit cards required when signing up for that.
  • Offers mobile app for marketplace (iOS and Android)
  • Supports listing physical and digital products

Disadvantages
  • The software is quite pricey

Summary
Apart from the price, we can deduce that the popular CS-Cart eCommerce Marketplace builder has the best and most robust features than other marketplace builders for vendors which makes this software to be a wise choice.

There's more added value to the list of advantages it offers, a mobile app for your vendor marketplace is also among. It's highly recommended as one of the most reliable softwares for creating an online marketplace right now and you can try it free for 30 days.



2. Sharetribe


Sharetribe  Marketplace builder


Sharetribe Review
Sharetribe Marketplace builder takes care of the technology, with frequent updates. With Sharetribe you can create a marketplace website exactly the way you want it to look. Simple to customize. The interface is slick and Sharetribe’s registration and listing process is adapted to work more towards individual sellers than organized stores.

With this you can build your own concept, with your own brand.

Advantages
  • It comes with payment plans if you want less or more features
  • Super quick setup
  • Create a marketplace in minutes.
  • No need for online marketplace software installation.
  • No developers needed

Disadvantages
  • It comes with good number of extra-charges here and there.
  • Wouldn’t suit for uploading large numbers of products

Summary
Sharetribe's design is pretty slick and although it's also quite expensive and paid on monthly basis but that's if the quantity of members (including the vendors and shoppers) on the platform is within 1,000 members which it serves efficiently. Aside that, Sharetribe is focused more on creating peer-to-peer marketplaces rather than multi-vendor marketplaces with organized storefronts.

3. WordPress with Marketify and Easy Digital Downloads


WordPress with Marketify and Easy Digital Downloads




WordPress with Marketify - Quick Review
With Marketify, you can build any digital marketplace you want. The software is built to support WordPress. Marketify easily allow authors to create accounts and list their products. Buyers can then purchase products and immediately have access to downloads. The theme integrates with Easy Digital Downloads to create multi-vendor marketplaces for digital products.

Advantages
  • Very affordable
  • Performs most basic vendors’ needs


Disadvantages
  • You don’t create your own products—only sellers do
  • You have to buy all sorts of various plugins to make it work
  • Supports mostly selling softwares or digital products unlike others that support both digital and physical goods

Summary
WordPress with Marketify is a good choice for those who has lean budget for creating their marketplace, but this also means a lot of limited features



4. Magento with Marketplace


Magento with Marketplace





Magento Marketplace Quick review
Magento Marketplace is developed and brought online by Webkul, the developer company also provides versions for WordPress, Shopify and other CMS platforms. This one is also quite more robust than Marketify. It's actually an extension that helps you build your own marketplace for vendors or yourself. Magento Marketplace can handle both physical and digital products. Vendors can specify whether their product is physical or digital when they create a product listing

Advantages
  • Magento Marketplace has slightly better search functionality than Marketify out-of-the-box.
  • Customers can search by keyword and then sort by category, price, relevance, and name

Disadvantages

  • Add-ons/Plugins are often required
  • You have to buy all sorts of various plugins to make it work

Summary
Marketplace in conjunction with Magento is another good Marketplace builder that does a good deal for vendor business owners, it's also quite similar to WordPress with Marketify that was already reviewed up here in this article.


5. KREEZALID




Kreezalid Marketplace builder


Kreezalid Marketplace builder - Quick Review
Do you want to go into Selling Products, Rentals or Services? For Merchants or Peer to Peer?

Whether you want to sell new jewelry from multiple vendors or just used parts for motorcycle enthusiasts, Kreezalid Marketplace builder solution fits all types of new and used community marketplaces with easily adaptable plug-ins.


Advantages
  • No coding required
  • Supports English and French languages
  • Customizable
  • Quick setup
  • Responsive design
  • You can start your free trial, there is no risk and no credit card is required.

Disadvantages
  • The features are quite limited
  • Works for small scale business vendors
  • A good number of Add-ons/Plugins required often

Summary
Kreezalid comes last in the list because their user interface is a bit poor and they're still gaining ground in building marketplaces for their users, although there are some improvements to be done, the Marketplace builder has potential to become better as they're already serving lots of vendors.

 

CONCLUSION

From the reviews of the 5 most popular eCommerce Marketplace builders, Sharetribe, Magento with Marketplace, WordPress with Marketify and Kreezalid all offer simple interface and a bunch of nice features and solutions for vendors at basic prices, as said earlier, this can also mean that performance will be limited with some of them unlike CS-Cart Multi-Vendor that steps further for vendors by providing an all-in-one package for the marketplace owners and marketplace vendors. All of them offer free trial for 7-14 days, meanwhile CS-Cart Multi-Vendor offers 30 days trial.

Also, multi-vendor business owners can deduce from this article that a larger number of great functions means a higher price for a software, hence it's obvious and understandable that CS-Cart takes the lead at that.

However, whether you're considering price or not, it's important to take and weigh the advantages, disadvantages and flexibility of a marketplace builder software you choose for your multi-vendor marketplace and the kind of business you want to run with it.

Friday

5 Simple Ways to use SEO for Customer Acquisition

SEO means a lot of things to many people, but most of its meaning is embedded in customer acquisition, which every business owner needs to keep growing as a brand. While SEO might hint at areas like Serpbook, keyword analysis, link building and user experience, SEO keenly focuses on attracting relevant organic traffic and equally to identify the channels that bring in qualified leads.

SEO for Customer Acquisition
Typically, SEO is gaining massive popularity for its ability to reveal newer techniques on how to increase likeability and visibility online. Fortunately, this article covers 5 simple ways that anyone can use SEO for customer acquisition:

Keyword Research

This is a well-known SEO concept that has widely been used to improve ranking in search engines.

What you did not know is that keyword research plays a major role in attracting new customers to your site. Finding new keywords for a website’s pages and using them in the content will draw more traffic to your website, some of which is by audiences that are not aware of your brand.

Ideally, keywords will help you feature relevantly in search engines positioning yourself as a solution to people’s searches, which also captures a new customer base.

Tip: Instead of relying on your main keywords, use long-tail keywords, which carry more weight, simply to boost conversions by targeting search queries that will actually end in sales.

 ALSO READSEO as a Tool to Your Website Success

 

Boost the user experience to your site

Studies conducted have shown that a good user experience plays a huge role in affecting a customer’s willingness to be a loyal advocate. Your main goal should be to build credibility and strong relationships with your current audience-base so that they can convert to your advocates.

With an impeccable user experience, click-through rates will increase as well as cut down on exit rates that might be causing your traffic instability.

Improve the content Experience

Your content is the whole reason you have an audience, and therefore you should be able to provide them adequate value for their time, which is the number one reason you should engage in a lot of content research to remain up-to-date with the trending topics in your industry. 

Ensure you create highly shareable content that is relevant to your industry of operation and is properly structured to address the needs of your audience, but more importantly, generates content that can evoke emotions and provoke conversations and other types of feedback from people. 

Every once in a while, consider repurposing content to increase the content experience, and even try the skyscraping technique. Develop different types of content that will boost the rate at which people share your content as well as increase the number of click-throughs which stand to positively affect the flow of organic traffic on your site. 

Use social media

Today, almost everyone is using social media, which means a huge part of the people you are trying to reach out to are on social media.

Determine the most favorable social media platforms for your type of business and work on sharing your content on those platforms. Remember to integrate the different social media icons on your website linked to all the social media platforms you are on.

While at it, develop and build relationships with important persons in your industry that will get you the right kind of attention. An unknown fact is that the social media users with few followers can champion your brand and turn to be loyal advocates that can attract an even higher audience-base.

Typically, social media platforms work differently, so be sure to create messages relevant and unique for the different platforms, and focus more on impressions rather than followers that do not necessarily determine your audience reach.

Actively participate in forum marketing

Forums are a great way for business owners and customers share their ideas and views with each other, by sharing useful information where potential customers can discuss your services or products, or those that are similar to yours.

Read what your competitors post and see what connections they have so that you are better placed at analyzing what you can do to improve your site or product to attract such a liking. Consider posting on these forums to answer people’s questions and build relationships with them, rather than push your products and services.

Either way, the chosen tactics should be justified by the findings or results you uncover at the end of it all, measured by the behavior of the director organic traffic on your site.

Wednesday

How to be Eligible for Sending & Receving Payoneer funds

This article guide will show you all you need to know about how you can easily activate Payoneer payment services and become eligible to send funds or make local and international payments and also receive funds with your Payoneer accounts.

What is Payoneer?
For those who may not know it yet, we once discussed it here with how to earn $25 bonus with new Payoneer.
Payoneer is one of the best PayPal alternative today, it's used to Send and Receive mass payments with/from or for individuals, small and big companies.
  • Whether you are a blogger, business owner, professional or freelancer, Payoneer offers you multiple ways to get paid by your international clients and global marketplaces – quickly, securely and at low cost.  Register for your own Payoneer account here

They also provide debit cards to use anywhere in the world for online payments and for your ATM cash withdrawals (anywhere that supports MasterCard). The Payoneer Debit MasterCard service is awesome.

 

How Do I Sign Up For Payoneer Account?

You can go here now and sign up for your Payoneer account!

Now, back to activating and eligibility for Payoneer payment services for your account.

Activating your Payoneer to Send and Receive Funds

Everyone can Sign up to use Payoneer and recieve money but NOT all accounts are allowed to perform some core Payoneer payment services (especially sending money/funds) like sending payments.

How to Send Payoneer funds


How to Send Payoneer funds


If Payoneer payment service is not open for me, What to do?

We'll explain below and how you can successfully activate your account to send and receive funds in any currency of your choice.

There are two possibilities – you either need to gain eligibility or there is a limitation for your particular account. Let’s look at both scenarios:

Eligibility
  • Many Payoneer users receive payments in several currencies (USD, EUR, GBP, JPY, etc.). Your account may only be open to make payments from one of these currencies. If you have at least one card or currency balance eligible to make a payment, you will see Pay in the top menu.
  • To be eligible for Make a Payment, you must be receiving payments from Payoneer partners or directly from clients (other individual and companies using Payoneer) into your Payoneer account.
  • Have you filled out the questionnaire and provided a copy of your photo ID? Sometimes we need just a bit more information about you before we can open the service, so if you haven’t already, be sure to provide this information.
Limitations
  • This service may be limited based on partner, country, or industry. For more information, please contact Payoneer Customer Care.
** Most payments take up to 2 hours. In rare cases, the transaction may take up to 2 business days.

This means payments