WhatsApp


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WhatsApp is a largely common used instant messaging tool. Many people use it.

But if you’re from a country where it might not be heavily used, first: What is WhatsApp?

And: If you’d like to know how to do Business with WhatsApp, stay tuned. I will point out a solution throughout this article.

What is WhatsApp?

 

According to the company:

“WhatsApp Messenger is a cross-platform mobile messenger that replaces SMS and works through the existing internet data plan of your device. WhatsApp is available for iPhone, BlackBerry, Android, Windows Phone, Nokia Symbian60 & S40 phones. Because WhatsApp Messenger uses the same internet data plan that you use for email and web browsing, there is no cost to message and stay in touch with your friends.”

WhatsApp is free for users for the first year; then, users pay $1 per year for the service.
It was originally launched as an SMS alternative for those under restrictive messaging plans.
WhatsApp requires users to register with a telephone number, and it is testing out a VoIP calling feature.
It also recently introduced a web app.

How to Enable WhatsApp Web

Hint: You’ll still need your phone connected to the web
There are programs like Telegram or LINE doing a better job.

Others might use Line, Telegram and so on. And I don’t consider WhatsApp to be the best tool out there by far.
It misses a lot other tools have. But if you’re forced to use it, because you can’t contact your friends, business partners and so on,
why not see what else we can do with it?

Exchanging Pics

Let’s say you have to quickly share some graphics or infographics. Here is one point I really like about WhatsApp when using it in Chrome:
Just mark the picture as copy and then paste it into the tab where you opened WhatsApp web. And there’s the pic, ready to be send.
Luv that. 🙂

Download WhatsApp for Mac or PC

On https://www.whatsapp.com/download/ you can finally download a WhatsApp Client for your Computer in 32 Bit and 64 Bit.
It seems to have exactly the same features like WhatsApp Web. Besides the fact you don’t have to be browser independent anymore
it’s pointless. Why using it?

Sharing while Saving Data Usage

Don’t reupload your data to send it to everyone.
This will anytime use the same amount of traffic.
No. Instead upload it first to anyone. Maybe even to the group you created for yourself.

And THEN share it with others.

If you upload it to anyone and from there share it, you got several advantages at once:

Almost no additional traffic is used.
It shares instant. It’s fast.
Because it is cached by the WhatsApp servers.

Hint: don’t wait to long to share to others. Because after a while (10 minutes to several hours) it’s not cached anymore
and it’ll use the same traffic again.

If you’re internet capacity is limited to a certain MB amount it might be good to save some, right?
For example if you want to upload a video, just upload it once.

Write a Message to Yourself

You can do the following:

Create a group.
Add someone from your list, because otherwise you’re not allowed to create the group.
When it’s done, remove this user again.
So the only one left in your group is you. As an administrator.

Hint: If you don’t like WhatsApp so much: Telegram has this function for free and you don’t need to activate anything.
You can just start writing yourself there.

When you’re at Your Computer

Then you can type, thank God. 🙂 I love that.
But you might be forced to press the smiley button once in a while.
If you do that a lot, you might be using SwiftKey or any other type of Goole Products that can autocomplete and substitute words in every language as a smiley.

Type:

(y) = ?
(n) = ?
:-) = ?
:-( = ?
:-p = ?
:-| = ?
:-\= ?
:-d = ?
:-* = ?
<3 = ❤
^_^ = ?
>_< = ?
;-) = ?

How to Enable WhatsApp Web Notifications on Chrome

Step #1. At first you’ll have to bring up https://web.whatsapp.com/ on Chrome.

Step #2. Enable WhatsApp Web by following a method shown in our information.

If you are using WhatsApp on web for the first time, you can see an option of turning on desktop notifications below your profile picture. It reads: “Get Notified of New Messages” and below this “Turn on desktop notifications”.

Step #3. Just click on “Turn on desktop notifications”.

Use the Free Whatsapp PHP Api Library

Own Ideas to Enable Whatsapp to use for your business.

Companies/Websites/Bloggers Using WhatsApp as Business Tool

Whatsapp is the next generation of SMS, AND it is over IP, so it is free.
HubSpot must be able to send Whatsapp messagens ASAP to keep up with the correct communication methods.
The new generation don´t use e-mail anymore, they communicate through instant messaging (Whatsapp, Facebook chat, Line…). Whatsapp is the most popular and does no require “friendship”, so should be the next step for HubSpot.

Features for Marketers

WhatsApp didn’t yet release any API or something and no advertigins for brands. In WhatsApp you might only use up to 500 people in a group nowadays.
BUT… what if you do what Hubspot does? They send a whatsapp message if you register with your number to you.
Regularly. At the moment every Monday.

Something like getting someone to subscribe via Web directly is not possible.
But I guess there is a way doing something about it.
Let’s just imagine we could get it to work. What would we have to do?

From Manual to Automated Marketing

Let’s be the first here in the world. At least I don’t know anyone who already did it. 🙂

Let me think. We would need a website where our user registers giving away her/his used phone number.
We would have to open that mailbox and scan it for a mail where a user subscribed to whatsapp

Short manual steps again under a nutshell:

Manual Steps

  • User subscribes, including phone number and mail
  • open mailbox
  • scan for mails with Subscribed User
  • Searching for the Number and adding it to a broadcast list on your phone in WhatsApp
  • Compiling a message and sending it using the broadcast list (the list might be called something like: Yourwebsitename + Subscribers

Automated Steps

  • User subscribes including phone number and mail, sent to your mailbox by WordPress or whatever system you use.
    Here’s no need for an external program or solution
  • Scan for Mails, here we could use a program.
    I already did one once upon a time, that I could provide here.
    So we’re able to Search for the Number and Adding it to a broadcast list
    But how do we add it?
  • Here’s one possibility:
    Add a remote functionality app on your phone.
    Then we can simulate the user clicks on the phone to do the following:

    • creating a new contact for the number.
    • adding the name with a pattern like:
      Name-Number-Subscriber-Websitename, if the name is given
      Number-Subscriber-Websitename, if no name is given
    • searching for the number and adding it into the broadcast list
  • Last step: Whenever your computer is switched on, the program might be enabled to send your message.

Now you’re ready to let your users subscribe via WhatsApp.

Whatsapp has gone far beyond just personal messages, it is now a great avenue for business owners to interact with their current clients/customers and connect with new ones. I have been using Whatsapp as a key part of my business marketing mix since November 2014 and I have derived a lot of benefits from it.

I now joke that my mobile phone is my office and my power bank is my standby generator. (Only Nigerians will get the joke. Its ok if you don’t get it!)

Be explicit about Whatsapp

The first thing you need to do is to make it clear that your business services are available over Whatsapp. Do not shy away from it.

You want people to know that if they message you on Whatsapp, they are not disturbing you and you have to create a warm and welcoming feel to the whole thing.

You could set some rules like saying you only respond to business enquiries within office hours for example (Within office hours? Yes, Whatsapp is now YOUR OFFICE, you get?). This can be done inorder to protect your free time and create space to handle other things. Nobody should be chained permanently to a device.

Your Display Picture (DP – the little image of who you are chatting with) is your billboard, gone are the days of putting up your pictures or your friends or your food or your cat or your… you get the idea. You need to get a graphic designer to create a wonderful logo or graphic image you can use for your DP. (We can help with that.)

Use WhatsApp Sharing Links

href="whatsapp://send?text=http://www.example.com"

 

Before the Link
Share via Whatsapp
After the link

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