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31 Oct 2018

Open Electricity Market: Which Company has the Best Rates? How Much Can I Save in 3 Minutes?

(updated on 15 Oct  2019)
The question on everybody's lips is: how much can I really save when I switch my electricity supply from the current SP Group to any of the 12 licensed electricity retailers? 

The Facts First
The Energy Market Authority (EMA) has, since April 2018, been progressively opening up the retail electricity market, referred to as the Open Electricity Market (OEM). The purpose is to bring about competitive pricing for the benefit of all consumers.  NOW THE WHOLE SINGAPORE IS OPEN. 

From 1 May 2019 onwards, everyone is eligible to switch as the market is now fully opened for all. 

Reason To Switch: Save Money
You save guaranteed and confirmed 22% if you opt for the DOT plan (Discount over Tariff), which gives 22% off whatever rates you are paying now.  We have DOT plans ranging from 3 months to 24 months.
If you are more daring, you go for the fixed price plan, which means you can save 27% over the current rates under SP Group.  For example, in this current quarter Oct to Dec 2019, the SP rate is 23.43 cents kWh.  
One retailer Keppel Electric offers a fixed rate of 17.10 cents kWh for a 2-years or 3 years contract, this gives you a savings of 27% off the SP rate of 23.43 cents.  All the rates here are before GST.
How much can you save? 
If your monthly electricity bill is $100 you get to save $27 a month or $324 a year.  Over a 3-year period, you get to save $972.  All it takes is just 3 minutes! 

Note: 
To know how to switch, email to me Andy at andythecoach@gmail.com or text to me at 9367 2286 now! Our team of electricity consultants will help you select the plan that saves you the most, plus rewarding you with CASH rebates totalling $50



30 Oct 2018

There are no shortcuts in WeChat Friends

Many people want to get the most number of WeChat friends in the shortest time possible, for they know that the more friends you have on WeChat, the easier will be for you to do your WeChat marketing.

But there is simply no shortcut in getting WeChat friends.  Typical shortcuts include:
  1. People Nearby.  Some people think that if you just go to many places and just people add from 'People Nearby' feature at the Discover page, you will get many friends.  The truth is that unless you have a pretty face as your profile photo, the chance of people accepting you is as low as 1%.  To increase your acceptance rate, you need to have an impressive profile photo and a good write-up. You also need to have quality posts on your Moments as people will take a look at your Moments to decide if you are worthy of being their friend
  2. Exchange groupchats with friends and simply add people from there.  The chance of people accepting you is very low because you are a stranger to the groupchats. You need to be seen in the groupchats for people to accept you as a friend
  3. Blindly add people from blindly searching for their mobile numbers. Because people don't know you, the chance of them accepting you as their friend is very low
If there are no shortcuts, then how to have many friends as fast as possible?  Since WeChat is a social media tool, you need to make people like you before they can be your friend.  The way to make people like you so that they will add you as friend includes:
  1. Attractive profile photo
  2. Impressive album photo in your Moments page
  3. Good 'what's up' in your 'Me' page description
  4. Post regularly on Moments, at least 1 to 3 times a day
  5. Have quality posts on Moments
  6. Send caring messages to your friends via Message Broadcast
  7. Contribute to group chats with energy-boosting posts
  8. Be sincere and likable as what you will do in the offline world
  9. Don't be boring, have a life other than your work.  Share your life's moments with your friends
  10. Don't boast or praise yourself
  11. Like other people genuinely and they will in turn like you
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21 Oct 2018

How Can I Use Messaging Apps to Get Business?

People often asked me, how can a messaging app like Whatsapp or WeChat be used to get business?

Firstly, please understand that we are already in a mobile world where people look at messaging apps like Whatsapp and WeChat more often than emails, Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, and Twitter.  In fact, people now send files via WeChat and Whatsapp instead of emails. 

Secondly, we don't just communicate with people that we know via messaging apps.  We use messaging apps to get to know people that we don't know.  This is so true when we join groupchats where most of the people we don't really know.  In WeChat, you can get to know strangers via 'People Nearby' function to know people within 1,000 meters of your location. 

Thirdly, we use Whatsapp and WeChat to build our brand.  Yes, you can use Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn to build your brand. But using messaging apps is faster because it is more instant than these social media apps.  Through forming groupchats and lead in groupchats, we can build our brand quickly.  For example, I formed a 'Learn WeChat Everyday' groupchat last Sunday and that made me a guru on WeChat instantly and garnered two students for my WeChat class. 

Fourthly, messaging apps also have a big social media element. In Whatsapp, there is a Status page, similar to Facebook news feeds and here you can post your status to your Whatsapp friends. In WeChat, the social media page is called Moments.  We know that social media is good for getting business because people like to deal with people that they know and trust. Through social media updates, we can get to know a person and this definitely builds trust. 

Fifthly and most importantly, a messaging app like WeChat has an inbuilt payment platform called WeChat Pay where you can send and receive money instantly.  This definitely facilitates business. 

If you too want to get immediate business from your existing WeChat and Whatsapp accounts, message me at 8201-4347.  I will put you into one of my classes (Whatsapp Marketing or WeChat Power" at a special 67% discount, just for this article readers. Thanks. 


13 Oct 2018

Everything About WeChat Accounts

Recently some people that were referred by my WeChat students asked me how to use their Singapore WeChat account while in China.  

There are some that asked how to open another WeChat account. There was one student that wanted to open their WeChat account from another phone and asked if she can access her WeChat account from more than one phone. 

Finally, a common question is why should one open another WeChat account? Let me answer them and more in this article. 

1. Limit of one WeChat account
As you may know, one WeChat account can have a maximum of 5,000 friends. If you are like me going to hit 5,000 friends in a few weeks time, you need to have another account opened to stand by

2. How many WeChat apps can my phone install?
The answer is you can install more than one WeChat app on your phone if you are using phones like Xiami, Samsung or Huawei. 

3. Can my WeChat app access 2 WeChat accounts?
Yes, you can. Go to 'Me' page, select settings, and go to the bottom and you can see 'Switch account' option.  Here you can easily switch to another WeChat account if you have one. 

4. What do I need to open another WeChat account?
A mobile number, not one that you have already registered a WeChat account. 

5. Can I use my WeChat account in China?
Yes of course.  You can use your WeChat Wallet in China too if you have opened it. 

6. What is WeChat Official Account? Is it the same as my WeChat account?
WeChat Official Account is a business account.  Anyone can open up to 2 official accounts as long as you have a registered business.  Official accounts are like mini websites where you can conduct business and interact with your followers. 

7. Can I delete my WeChat account and open another one?
Sure.  But one mobile number can only open one WeChat account

8. Can I leave my WeChat account inactive but don't close it in case I want to use it later?
Can. But after 3 months of non-usage, you cannot log in into your WeChat account unless you perform some verification procedures. 

9. Can I change the language of my WeChat account?
Can. Go to 'Me' page, then settings, then language.  There are 21 languages to choose from. 

10. What is the value of one WeChat account with 5,000 friends?
Unless your WeChat friends are inactive, dormant or already ceased, the current market value of one normal WeChat account with 5,000 friends ranges from 1,000 to 5,000 Chinese Yuan. 

11. Can someone hack into my WeChat account?

Can.  If you use WeChat daily you will know if your account is hacked or not.  You can report the hacking to the company at email service@wechat.com

12. Can I change my WeChat account name?
You can always change your WeChat account name anytime.  

But your WeChat ID cannot be changed if you have done one change.  To know if your WeChat ID can be changed or not, simply go to your Me page and click on your own photo.  You will see your ID there and will know if you can change it or not.

13. Do I Need to Put My Own Photo in my WeChat Account Profile?

Not necessary.  But putting your own face makes you more transparent and trustworthy.

14. Someone used my profile photo to create another WeChat account.  How?

Report to the company immediately

15. Can I link my WeChat account to my Facebook and others?

Yes, you can link your WeChat account to your Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and e-mail.  If you link your WeChat to your Facebook account, all your WeChat Moments posts will be automatically posted on your Facebook account. But since August 2018 to now, this feature is temporarily disabled. 

Author: Andy Wu.  Andy Wu is a WeChat trainer with 22 years of training and consulting experience. Contact him at andythecoach@gmail.com or text to him at 65-93672286 if you have any questions regarding WeChat, including how to learn WeChat at zero cost. 

3 Oct 2018

9 Ways of Aggressive Selling per Sun Tzu Art of War

Most people equate aggressive selling to aggressive salespeople doing pushy or aggressive selling. Nothing is further from the truth.
As we know, selling is professionally helping other people to buy. Aggressive selling is just professional selling done in an aggressive way. Sun Tzu in the Art of War advocated wars be fought quickly and with determination. (The next Sun Tzu Art of War for Sales seminar is on 8 Jan 2019 Tuesday 9 am to 1 pm).
Author Andy Ferrari Norman defined Aggressive Selling to be 'Determined and Energetic Selling that Produces Quick and High Results'. There are 9 ways to do aggressive selling:
1. Aggressive Sales and Marketing, If you have deep pockets, you can expect good results because no one can ignore such education. The recent aggressive marketing by Oppo for its R17 phones is one good example. Anyone that goes to the cinema cannot ignore it and it became a household name very fast.
2. High Incentives for Salespeople, like 100% commission. In fact, one training company offers 50% commission to its students that bring in new students
3. High Rewards for Customers, like giving them huge discounts and expensive freebies, like what Huawei Nova 3i phone does: it is selling its 6.3 inch 24 MP camera phones at only $350
4. Low Pricing with progressive add-on later, like what Xiaomi does
5. Over Promise Over Deliver, like what trainers normally do. They promise 12 items but delivered 22 in the course
6. High Emotion Selling, because emotions make people act while logic makes people think.
7. Irresistible Selling. This is my favorite, where you give customers an irresistible offer, like an 88% discount for a WeChat course
8. Mad Dog Selling, where salespeople pursue their prospects like a mad dog. If done in a professional way, prospects will be moved, like what men do when they woo girls
9. A Series of Inter-connected Ploys. If you use all of the above 8 strategies at the same time, you will undoubtedly create tremendous results in a short period of time.
In short, if you follow the Sun Tzu's Art of War way of aggression with Tao or Purpose, you can expect victories quickly. One word of caution: not everyone can do aggressive selling because most people are not hungry enough. The alternative is to do Attraction Selling, which will be covered in our next article