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Good People Of Nairaland Help Us Validate Our Business Idea by oelesin: 9:28pm On Jun 22, 2019
[size=16pt]WE BELIEVE WE'VE BUILT SOMETHING AWESOME FOR YOU. AS THE END USER, WE'LL LET YOU DECIDE[/size]

If you do manage to get to the end of this post explaining our ideas (which is essentially our MVP or Minimum Viable Product), you have the option of doing one of two things — click the Like text, thus declaring your allegiance to the idea, for all Nairalanders to see, or click the (much less colourful) Quote Text and tell us why you think our idea sucks, and what we can do better, if at all. (Unlike your ex, we’ll listen to what you say.)


So let’s jump right in

The idea of GramSquare is best explained with a relatable example, which is what the next few paragraphs and images try to do.

As a retailer trying to grow your small business so as to attain financial freedom considering the economic state of our beloved country - Nigeria, you make use of different digital platforms such as Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram, may be a website to build online presence. With high hopes of increasing customer base, you engage in different tactics such daily posts, videos, using right hashtags, joining pods (WhatsApp or Telegram) to drive engagement, follow-for-follow, etc. You even see videos of others who claim to have recorded successes using the social media tactics but wondering why this is not working for you.

Let's say you get a potential customer who slides into your DM on Instagram asks about price. You ask the her to add you on WhatsApp to continue the conversation. She adds you, and negotiation begins. After much chit-chat and you both have agreed on a bargained price, you ask her to make payments and then you don't get response from her anymore. This can be really frustrating especially when you're looking to grow sales and meet needs on the home front. Now imagine you have to do this 10 times everyday - believe me, this is very little compared to what you do everyday.

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You need a better way to get this done — reach more customers, grow your online presence, handle negotiations with customers, make sales, maintain customer loyalty, organize inventory and set the ball rolling without all this back and forth

Right about now you’re wondering — Ok, I agree, selling online is not as simple as ABC. But how can GramSquare help me?

The image below shows how you can make your Instagram posts available as a product listing on GramSquare



Here’s some boring text to explain what GramSquare does. (Don’t worry we have more pictures coming.)
1. Copy the link of your Instagram post
2. Open the GramSquare App and paste the in the text input.
3. GramSquare automatically loads the post from Instagram
4. You then provide the name of the item, asking price, last price and category of the product.
5. Click add to store and the product is available for GramSquare visitors to see.


Interested? Then read on to find out how GramSquare works.
Think of GramSquare as a tool with which you can convert your Instagram account into an online store. Where you can turn a post into product on sale.


What can a GramSquare do?
Increase Sales - we see one of the most important features on GramSquare is that it automatically posts your products to Facebook, Google, and Instagram ads with little effort from you. Also helps you handle payments, manage your inventory and keep your customers notified once you have new items for sale.


Ok, so GramSquare allows me to convert my Instagram account to an online store right from my phone. Is there more?

Why do people price in markets, malls, schools and anywhere? This was never a question for us until we asked people outside Nigeria.

It struck me big time. Mehn! Nigerians love pricing. We'll price Maggi, locust bean, Agege bread, sliced bread, and fufu even from the local "mama put".

Studies have shown that of 90% sold items done in Nigeria every day are a product of strong bargaining and negotiation?

Can GramSquare help me handle bargaining back and forth?
YES!!! We designed GramSquare to help you handle negotiations, freeing you up of chit-chat and allowing you focus on spending more time with your loved ones and planning the future of your business.

The images below show how this is done for you. The example is a Unisex Sneaker with an asking price of NGN 7500 and final price NGN 6500. A potential buyer opens a bargain by clicking the yellow button with the price. The price goes down until it reaches the final price. Immediately, customer bargains to the last price, she is prompted to enter her payment and delivery details. Once this is done, you get notified
and make the delivery - WHOOPS money in the bank for you!!!











Notifications
With GramSquare, you only required to take action when there's a sale, i.e. a customer has paid for your product. You get a message about customer order information .


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Re: Good People Of Nairaland Help Us Validate Our Business Idea by blackpanthar: 10:15pm On Jun 22, 2019
very awesome Idea. As a developer I can only add a different narrative but it may make your softwork too ambiguous

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Re: Good People Of Nairaland Help Us Validate Our Business Idea by simpleAg(m): 10:38pm On Jun 22, 2019
Not a bad idea at all, but you must be willing pay big to market(advertisements tv etc) it.
You still have to specify your target market a little further(I’m sure you product/design manager will understand).

Hint: use one small group to start.

After these you can then move to the next stage of production.

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Re: Good People Of Nairaland Help Us Validate Our Business Idea by MountainView: 11:02pm On Jun 22, 2019
The idea is legit!
Re: Good People Of Nairaland Help Us Validate Our Business Idea by czarina(f): 11:21pm On Jun 22, 2019
Great one but that feature is underway on Instagram. Good luck though

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Re: Good People Of Nairaland Help Us Validate Our Business Idea by Lagosfinder(m): 11:32pm On Jun 22, 2019
Great business model but fear insta stealing the idea as if performs

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Re: Good People Of Nairaland Help Us Validate Our Business Idea by oelesin: 5:30am On Jun 23, 2019
blackpanthar:
very awesome Idea. As a developer I can only add a different narrative but it may make your softwork too ambiguous

Thank you so much for your feedback. I'd be glad if you can help share with your friends as well. We will definitely appreciate their input
Re: Good People Of Nairaland Help Us Validate Our Business Idea by oelesin: 5:30am On Jun 23, 2019
simpleAg:
Not a bad idea at all, but you must be willing pay big to market(advertisements tv etc) it.
You still have to specify your target market a little further(I’m sure you product/design manager will understand).

Hint: use one small group to start.

After these you can then move to the next stage of production.

Excellent points and thank you so much for your feedback. I'd be glad if you can help share with your friends as well. We will definitely appreciate their input
Re: Good People Of Nairaland Help Us Validate Our Business Idea by oelesin: 5:32am On Jun 23, 2019
Lagosfinder:
Great business model but fear insta stealing the idea as if performs

Very point, but we believe with people like you helping to spread the word, we can build a sustainable business model around this, to help online retailers in Nigeria. Thank you so much for your feedback. I'd be glad if you can help share with your friends as well. We will definitely appreciate their input
Re: Good People Of Nairaland Help Us Validate Our Business Idea by oelesin: 5:35am On Jun 23, 2019
czarina:
Great one but that feature is underway on Instagram. Good luck though

For us, this is something we believe is local to our culture. If we can get it right with inputs and usage from people like you, most especially helping to spread the word, a sustainable technology product is within our reach.

Thank you so much for your feedback. I'd be glad if you can help share with your friends as well. We will definitely appreciate their input
Re: Good People Of Nairaland Help Us Validate Our Business Idea by oelesin: 5:36am On Jun 23, 2019
MountainView:
The idea is legit!

Thank you so much for your feedback. I'd be glad if you can help share with your friends as well. We will definitely appreciate their input
Re: Good People Of Nairaland Help Us Validate Our Business Idea by sammicool(m): 12:57pm On Jun 23, 2019
Nice idea. I'm just skeptical of Instagram doing the same.

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Re: Good People Of Nairaland Help Us Validate Our Business Idea by oelesin: 5:58pm On Jun 23, 2019
sammicool:
Nice idea. I'm just skeptical of Instagram doing the same.

Thank you so much for your feedback. I'd be glad if you can help share with your friends as well. We will definitely appreciate their input.
Re: Good People Of Nairaland Help Us Validate Our Business Idea by oelesin: 6:23pm On Jun 25, 2019
We're still expecting more of your ideas. Do you have a business on Instagram? Drop your handle here and we'll set up an account for you on GramSquare
Re: Good People Of Nairaland Help Us Validate Our Business Idea by oelesin: 7:24am On Jun 26, 2019
We have released the second part of our business idea: https://www.nairaland.com/5265652/good-people-nairaland-us-validate#79676299

Kindly help assess and validate.

Thank you
Re: Good People Of Nairaland Help Us Validate Our Business Idea by oelesin: 6:45am On Jul 01, 2019
Happy new month people of Nairaland.

Since you have helped us validate our business idea, we would love to give you a first hand access to GramSquare. We hope you enjoy your shopping experience and looking forward to hearing from you.


Likewise, if you don't like it; your feedback and criticism is most appreciated.

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GramSquare.com Bargain Page - Bargain with Seller immediately from the platform, and buy once agreed price is reached

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