WhatsApp Standalone Business app set for launch soon

As businesses widely use WhatsApp to communicate with their customers, particularly in Asia, the Facebook-owned service appears all set to launch a brand new app for them.

In a new FAQ published on its site, WhatsApp has revealed more details about the upcoming Business accounts like how to identify verified Business accounts from non-verified ones.

"While chatting with businesses, you can check your contact's profile to see which type of account they're using. A verified account has a green checkmark badge in its profile," WhatsApp wrote in the FAQ.

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Gionee to launch M7 Power in India today

Chinese smartphone maker Gionee will launch "M7 Power" on November 15.

Introduced in September in China and other markets, the mid-price segment device is the first product from the Gionee stable to have a Full-View Display, industry sources told IANS.

The variant that is already available in other markets features 6-inch display covered with 2.5D glass and an 18:9 aspect ratio for better viewing experience.

"M7 Power" houses Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 chipset, paired with 4GB of RAM and 64GB internal memory that can be expanded up to 256GB.

The device that is available in global markets has 5,000mAh battery, 13-MP primary camera, 8-MP selfie shooter and a fingerprint scanner at the rear.

In September, expanding its X series smartphone portfolio, Gionee India launched 'X1s' for Rs 12,999.

'X1s' sports 13MP rear camera and 16MP selfie camera with flash and is equipped with 4000mAh battery.

The smartphone comes with 3GB RAM and 16GB internal storage which is expandable up to 256GB using microSD card. Powered by 1.5GHz Quad-core processor, the device runs on Android 7.0 OS.

India Inc prepared for GST rollout from July 1

GST has been finalised after a collaborative and consultative approach and we look forward to its introduction," Confederation of Indian Industry Director General Chandrajit Banerjee said.

Industry body CII said India Inc is ready for the GST implementation from July 1, as the new indirect tax regime will contribute significantly towards economic growth, job creation and exports expansion.

"GST has been finalised after a collaborative and consultative approach and we look forward to its introduction," Confederation of Indian Industry Director General Chandrajit Banerjee said. "GST is the most significant indirect tax reform introduced in the country since independence," he added.

The industry body is organising over 100 workshops across the country to enable enterprises to comply with the new regulations. The workshops are expected to reach out to around 5,000 enterprises.

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Global Lecture Series 2017

Following the success of the first four editions of Shell Lubricants Global Lecture Series at Imperial College, London; Tsinghua University, Beijing, IIT Madras and IIM Bangalore, Shell Lubricants, the global market share leader in finished lubricants organised the 5th edition of the lecture series in collaboration with the Confederation of Indian Industries, at IIT Delhi to envision and deliberate on the theme “Greenovation- The Future of Mobility”. Key experts from the government, industry and companies shared ideas on commercially viable, environmentally sustainable and affordable fuel choice. The discussion aimed at analysing the prospects of the future mobility and how green innovation can help to achieve energy security.

Addressing the 5th edition of the Shell Lubricants Global Lecture series, Mansi Madan Tripathy, Country Head -Shell Lubricants India Cluster, said, “Through the Shell Lubricants Global Lecture Series, we aim to partner with companies and academic groups to overcome the most exciting technological challenges. The program is in line with Shell’s philosophy of innovation and collaboration and connect well with Shell mission of powering progress together to provide more and cleaner energy products and solutions. 

It is an excellent opportunity for sharing insights with thought leaders in the industry and getting to know their perspectives on the future mobility debate. To give an example, a new joint research Centre has been established between Shell and China’s Tsinghua University to achieve technological breakthroughs, and find viable energy solutions to help tackle mobility challenges. We hope this exchange of ideas will eventually lead to tangible solutions and eventually contribute towards a cleaner and greener future”.

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Your Business Needs a Social Media Marketing Strategy Right Now

According to the 2017 Social Media Marketing Industry Report from Social Media Examiner, 92% of marketers said that social media is important to their businesses (that included business owners as well). So obviously businesses are getting the message.

This year, not much has changed, you still need to use social media for your business, however, it’s more important now to have an exact plan, or strategy, about how you are going to implement your social media marketing.

Get this 41% of Americans say it’s important that the institutions they engage with have a strong social media presence and of those Americans who have a social media account, 28% would rather engage with a brand/organization on social media than visit a physical location.

So let’s do some math. There are roughly 326 million Americans. According to Pew Research Center, 69% of adults in the U.S. use social media, which makes approximately 225 million people. If 28% would rather engage with you on social media than walk in your door, that means 63 million people prefer interacting with businesses on social media than in-person. And that includes me.

The top choice for a customer care channel is social media (Sprout Social) so now is the time to start crafting that oh-so-important strategy to make it all work.

Business Loans In Nigeria

If you are interested in starting your own business, it is most likely that you will have to borrow money. But not everyone has a rich uncle, who can loan them money with a low or entirely non-existent interest rate. Therefore, you need to know what other options for loans are available now in Nigeria. Below, you can find information on where you can get a loan for your business in Nigeria, as well as some tips to guarantee you getting it.

Business loans 

So what exactly is a business loan and how is it different from the other types of loans? Well, as with any other loan, you receive money from a financial institution that you need to repay in a set amount of time with interest. The main difference is that, in addition to your previous credit history, money lenders consider your business idea and make a decision based on its expected profitability. If they don’t think your idea is good enough, the chance of getting a business loan diminishes considerably. There are many ways in Nigeria to get a business loan. But before you actually jump into it, take a minute to consider this: do you really need a loan? Have you considered all the other options? If the answer is ‘yes’, then, by all means, proceed.

Money lenders in Nigeria  

Nigeria has set a course for aiding small and medium-sized enterprises (SME) in their endeavors, which includes making it easier for entrepreneurs to get loans. There are plenty of banks, funds and online lenders that will give you the needed money. Below, we have listed the best options available for getting a business loan.

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