Show #28 on August 8, 2011 was all based on selling on eBay with an interview by Jeff Terrell, director of Seller Engagement.
During the show, one of our regular listeners won a fantastic little prize package that contained a Reusable Shopping Bag from the recent Bonanza Up event, a Bottle Koozy from eBay Classifieds and a tiny Bubble Bottle from Bubblefast.com, our very first podcast sponsor. Congratulations Corinna!
What is the Kansas Jubilee and why should you attend? The Kansas Jubilee is an up-and-coming eCommerce event that started in 2008 and is growing into a gathering of exceptional eCommerce talent covering multi-venues. From eBay to eCommerce is the 2011 theme and there will be experts there to teach about selling on Amazon, Bonanza, Addoway and your own website, as well as generous representation from eBay including the famous Uncle Griff himself! Here are all the details and we would love to meet you there!
Fort Hays State University (FHSU) is a public, co-educational regents university located in Hays, Kansas. It is the fourth-largest of the six state universities governed by the Kansas Board of Regents, with an enrollment of approximately 11,200 students (4,000 undergraduate, 1,200 graduate, and 6,000 online students in China).
We really wanted to thank Fred Nijm of Addoway.com for giving us the breaking news interview about his company’s TWO new partnerships. We published the Press Release on the morning of the 25th and had a fantastic interview with Fred himself that afternoon. You can listen to the full interview here.
We were very excited to learn about a partnership that could really be a Game-Changer for the eCommerce Space. ReplyBuy exists to allow mobile commerce by the large percentage of the population that does NOT have a smart phone. You simply sign up and will receive an email from their ‘Daily Deals’ programs when there is a great buy offered. To purchase the item, you don’t need to access the internet at all. Simply reply via text message ‘Buy’ and it’s yours! Pretty Cool, huh? Check it out!
MORE exciting news from Addoway was released on the show – Addoway is now incorporating members KLOUT scores into their profiles! We applaud this new way of reassuring buyers of the reliability of Addoway’s Sellers. As Fred put it, “If someone is online daily, interacting with Twitter and Facebook, then buyers can feel sure they are online taking care of customer service and orders.” As our friend Janelle Elms would say, ‘GENIUS!’
Fred went on to tell us some Very Exciting Figures regarding Addoway that have never been released before! So remember, folks, you heard it here first LOL!
- In less than a year, Addoway added OVER 1 MILLION items for sale!
- In less than a year, Addoway added over 10,000 members!
- Addoway now has OVER 150,000 site visits per month!
- Addoway projects over $500,000 in sales over the next year and that is a very conservative estimate.
Addoway’s Social Retail Marketplace Partners with ReplyBuy To Generate Instant Mobile Shopping Sales
Deal dramatically increases mobile sales opportunities for retailers by targeting mobile shoppers who don’t own smartphones
SAN FRANCISCO, April 22 —Social retail marketplace Addoway.com and ReplyBuy, a mobile shopping network that uses SMS text messaging to complete buyer transactions, today announced a partnership that will expand Addoway distribution channels to include the entire spectrum of mobile purchasers, including those who do not own smartphones.
The Addoway-ReplyBuy relationship is based on the reality that the vast majority of prospective mobile purchasers do not own smartphones.
“We’re catering to the masses of today by offering an easy way to make mobile purchases without needing a smartphone. This exponentially increases the channel sales opportunities for our retailers,” says Fredrick Nijm Addoway’s Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer.
A March pilot of the joint service proved to be highly successful. “We were pleased to see a wider range of merchandise, including higher ticket items exceeding $160 being sold through our network,” says Josh Manley from ReplyBuy.
Sellers on Addoway choose popular items from their store catalog and make them available for instant purchasing through ReplyBuy. The seller merely has to speak with an Addoway representative and propose a particular item listed for sale at an exceptional price. Addoway will work with ReplyBuy to handle the required scheduling, targeting and transaction processing to create a seamless experience for the merchant.
“I couldn’t believe how easy this was. I just told them what products to sell at what prices and they handled the rest. I received an email notification when an item had been purchased through ReplyBuy and then the money was in my account shortly thereafter. I shipped out the product to my new customer and I was done!” said pilot participant Debb Soucie of PwrPlay’s Collectibles.
ReplyBuy is growing network that allows members to receive and purchase items that have recently gone on sale or just been marked down in real-time via text message. Led by online commerce veteran Joshua Manley, whose prior roles include president & Co-Founder of Cartfly.com, ReplyBuy is backed by angel investment from Silicon Valley angel investors and early YouTube employees Christina Brodbeck, Dwipal Desai, and Cuong Do. The company is based in San Francisco, California and Scottsdale, Arizona. More information is available at www.replybuy.com.
Addoway is an online marketplace where shoppers buy from their friends and the merchants they can trust. Addoway’s goal is to revolutionize the way people buy and sell online by connecting shoppers to more trustworthy merchants in a variety of ways to help improve trust and confidence. Addoway integrates with Facebook’s social graph and recommends merchants that your friends have purchased from in the past and merchants that your friends know personally; open transparency throughout the platform; and through illustrating a member’s reputation, influence and credibility in the social sphere. The company is based in Scottsdale, Arizona. More information is available at www.addoway.com.
Josh Manley, CEO
Fredrick Nijm, CEO
Trish has worked in several bookstores, both new and used and also was a preschool teacher for several years! These two life experiences just fed into her lifelong love of vintage children’s books and other ephemera.
Trish has been supported herself through online sales since 2008. Her primary selling venue is eBay, although she has begun adding items to an Amazon store in the last few months and she also maintains a presence on both Addoway and Bonanza.
Trish is a respected authority in the field of vintage children’s books and cards. Her specialty is identifying the children’s illustrators that also worked on vintage cards.
Some of the other specialty areas for Trish are Georgia State memorabilia and books, as well as regional community Cookbooks.