How to remove that nagging Airtel notification.

I use an Airtel line. Been using it ever since but recently they implemented the post-call notification. After weeks of frustration, I eventually call the call-centre on the platinum help line (yes, I’m a platinum subscriber) and got the code.

If you need it, it is *362*2#

If you change your mind and you want it back (for whatever reason, I have no clue) it is *362*1#

You’re welcome.

When is a deal a “deal”?

Disclosure: I am very pissed at DealDey (http://www.dealdey.com). I think their service sucks.

DealDey is a clone of the Groupon Service. The first time I saw it, I thought, this is brilliant. Finally, we can get daily deals. I have never been more wrong.

The problem isnt solely with DealDey. They may have a bulk of the problem, but it isnt solely theirs. They (and their customers) do not understand the concept of a a deal-of-the-day. By definition, deal-of-the-day (also called flash sales or one deal a day) is an ecommerce business model in which a website offers a single product for sale for a period of 24 to 36 hours. Potential customers register as members of the deal-a-day websites and receive online offers and invitations by email or social networks. The deal-of-the-day business model works by allowing retailers to market discounted services or products directly to the customers of the deal company, who receives a portion of the retailer’s profit. This allows retailers to build brand loyalty and quickly sell surplus inventory.

The keyword, as highlighted above, is “discounted”. For a product or a service to be a deal, it has to be discounted. Not crippled. Not reduced. Discounted. Which means, a product I would normally buy for N500 would be sold at say N480 (or even less) for a period of time. The reduced price ought to encourage people to notify their friends and help to clear out inventory.

Many deals on DealDey still offer the products at the same selling price as non-deals.

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Compared above is a deal on DealDey right now. Samsung Galaxy S4 for N95,000. The selling price on Konga.com is N95,000. The price on Jumia.com is N95,495. Slot is selling at N96,000. The question then arises, where is the deal? Why would I tell people to buy from DealDey when you can buy from Konga and receive points for your purchase which you can use to discount further purchases?

Another comparison

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DealDey – Tecno Phantom A (Dual Core) = N35,500

Konga – Tecno Phantom A+ (Quad Core) = N35,900

Jumia – Tecno Phantom A+ (Quad Core) = N35,495

 

In the other scenario where the price is actually reduced, the service to be offered is also reduced. That isnt a deal, that is paying half price for half of the service. E.g http://www.dealdey.com/deals/final-touch-day-spa-pamper-spa-package

DealDey   Final Touch Day Spa  Pamper Spa Package

DealDey has a good concept, even if it isnt original, but the execution is terrible. If you must offer deals, ensure they are DEALS!.

NUFF SAID!

Why the “Nigerian” emphasis? – The case of Michael Adebolajo

I am tired of Michael Adebolajo being referred to as a Nigerian. A Nigerian is defined as someone with one or all of the following criteria:

Does Michael fulfill any of these criteria? NO!

Is that really Saka?

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I know many people who consider the MTN “I don port” advert a masterpiece. I tend to agree with them. A masterpiece and a creative coup.

 

Moving on. The guy wearing green. A lot of people have made reference to the rival network (Etisalat) whom Hafiz Oyetoro worked with as the network MTN made reference to. And I know that the networks, despite wanting subscribers to port, will still want to avoid any legal issues, however irrelevant. Lots of people tend to agree that the cloth was actually yellow but lighting was used to make it look green.

I think (and believe) that the guy in green (actually, green and not a lighting effect) isnt Hafiz.

 

Blackberry announces the Blackberry Q5

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From GSM Arena:

The start of the BlackBerry Live 2013 annual conference today in Orlando, USA, saw the announcement of the BlackBerry Q5 – a QWERTY device for emerging markets.
The Blackberry Q5 revolves around a 3.1-inch touchscreen and one of BlackBerry’s classic physical QWERTY keyboards.

The new BlackBerry Q5 will be available in selected markets in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia (including the Asia Pacific region), and Latin America, with availability beginning in July. The smartphone will be offered in black, white, red and pink.

Another announcement that came from the today’s keynote is that the BlackBerry 10.1 update is now ready to seed to the BlackBerry Z10 (later this month in the US). Not only that, but starting today, Skype will be available to all users who update their Z10s to v10.1.

Will this phone be popular in Nigeria? That is likely. A budget phone with cheap reasonably-priced data plan, sounds like a winner.

Review of MI Abaga’s Website

Kudos to MI Abaga for putting up a lovely website. And it is active too. I cant say that much for other artists. It is a cool site, but….

Yes, there are some buts… see below:

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http://bounceapp.com/96340

  • 3 font types
  • Non working social links
  • Search input below screen
  • Extra large posting date
  • Something checkered that links to nowhere

Jude, speak to your web developers, I’m sure they can easily fix it.