We are negotiating with the Flamingo Hotel in Las Vegas on the Strip. Same place as last year. If you have never attended the eBay Radio Party & Conference…please know that great care is taken to see that you have a great time while you are learning to grow your successful business online.
Here’s how the eBay Radio Party & Conference came to be: EBay used to have a yearly convention called Ebay Live! They stopped having them after 2008. One day eBetsy called the show, shortly after it became known that there would be no more eBay Lives!, and we were commiserating about how we would miss seeing each other at eBay Live! that year…and we decided right there on the air that we would meet in Vegas with our husbands and just have fun. Well, the phones rang off the hook. People wanted to go with us. It was about the time we were celebrating our eBay Radio anniversary (June).
So eBetsy chipped in $1,500 and I chipped in my credit card, and we got an event room in Vegas and said “Well, if we are the only ones that show up…so be it…we will play guitars, sing…and have fun just the four of us.” Before you could blink an eye, we had sponsors and 145 attendees, including 14 eBay executives who held a Town Hall right during the event. EBay even filmed our attendees for their “I Am eBay” promotion. It was amazing.
Since then, we have had an eBay Radio Party & Conference each year in June. It’s small — usually about 150 people — and intimate, and it gets you up close and personal with leading eBay and ecommerce experts as well as your fellow sellers, so you’re learning from the very best. We make sure the hotel rooms are under $100. We have speakers all day for two days who address various aspects of running a successful business on eBay…and we party in between, celebrating the anniversary of eBay Radio. If you would like to learn more, sign up for “Lee’s List” by sending email with your email address, name, and eBay user ID to [email protected], and we will put you on the mailing list for eBay Radio Party & Conference updates. We’d love to see you there!
We heard the same gratifying accolade from our speakers–_our sponsors–_and you, our attendees at this year’s third annual eBay Radio Party & Conference: “It’s the best one yet!”
EBay Radio’s 8th anniversary was celebrated in true Las Vegas style as only eBayers can celebrate. The festivities commenced on Tuesday night with an informal meet ‘n’ greet the Flamingo’s lobby bar — no, scratch that, the festivities continued at the meet ‘n’greet.
The party really started Tuesday afternoon, when the OSI Rock Stars and other intrepid volunteers gathered in eBetsy’s posh suite for the annual Stuffing of the Goody Bags. This detail-oriented event invariably takes on a mysterious and marvelous life of its own wherein every goody bag ends up containing one of everything–_it’s very zen. However, this year we also had the logistical expertise of new Voicemarketing team member Donna Freher-Lyons to keep us on task and on track.
Donna had already proved herself indispensable in the planning stages of this year’s ERP–_but being dropped into a room that’s wall-to-wall with an ongoing reunion of eBay buddies chatting, hugging, and laughing while simultaneously going around in interlocking circles dropping goodies into goody bags has got to be a unique trial by fire! Special thanks to Debbie and Bill Wieder (thebookkiosk), who volunteered themselves as quality control inspectors and meticulously reviewed the contents of all 150 bags.
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The meet ‘n’ greet was its usual happily chaotic carousal, with the best door prizes ever! Many, many thanks to JCharles (jessydup), Bev England (videotown), and all who contributed whose names escape me at the moment. If you’ll please remind me who you are, I’ll gladly add your names here; as you can see by the date of this post, I am blogging this year’s ERP considerably after the fact, so I’m a titch hazy on certain details.
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Day one of the conference began at the crack of dawn (that’s 8:55 Las Vegas time) with the Presentation of the Mascot: a wooden flamingo named Virginia in honor of Flamingo founder Bugsy Siegel’s famously log-legged girl friend. Virginia was hand carved and painted in Bali; purchased on eBay and shipped to Cailfornia; then gently sedated for her trek across the desert to Sin City. Virginia was destined for more adventures before the party was over–_
Speed eBaying had everyone revved by the time Certified eBay Stores Designer Debbie Levitt took over the podium to reveal Mind-Blowing, Do-Them-Yourself Secret Weapons for Wildly Effective eBay Listings. A networking break and the first of two live eBay Radio broadcasts from the conference took us till lunchtime, when everyone scattered to meet up with the speaker or sponsor of their choice for a little face time.
After lunch, OSI Rock Stars visionaire Janelle Elms schooled us well in the art of Marketing Your eBay Store. Then came the undisputed hit of the day: the Kabbage Cash or Crash 500. It was a tough act to follow, but nationally acclaimed small -business attorney Cliff Ennico and Easy Auction Photography author Cindy Shebley proved themselves up to the challenge as they gave us Tax & Legal Answers for Your Business on eBay and taught us the tricks of Better Photography for Your Business on eBay respectively. As co-authors of The eBay Marketing Bible, they signed that and their other books during the intervening networking break.
Then tragedy struck: Virginia was mysteriously decapitated!
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NEXT: THE ADVENTURES OF DAY TWO–_CAN VIRGINIA BE SAVED???
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Your Chance to Learn from the Best.
eBay Experts, Bestselling Authors, Ecommerce Gurus, and More.
eBay Radio Party & Conference 2011
June 22-23 — Flamingo Las Vegas
Two full days of learning to grow and improve your business on eBay…especially how to achieve and maintain Top Rated Seller status.
Your favorite eBay experts, authors, and ecommerce gurus…with fresh new topics to educate and inspire you–_plus networking–_fun–_and your chance to be on the radio, with live broadcasts both days.
Reunite with old friends and make new ones at our seller-to-seller conference. Come party with Griff and Lee as we celebrate the 8th anniversary of eBay Radio!
Learn. Meet. Enjoy. For details and to register, just click on the party logo.
Lee and John stayed at the Flamingo in Las Vegas over the weekend of April 15th to celebrate their 35th wedding anniversary. For a preview of what to expect at the 2011 eBay Radio Party & Conference, June 22-23 at the Flamingo, check out these pictures Lee took: