This year’s eBay Radio Party & Conference celebrating the 9th anniversary of eBay Radio was a huge success, and I do mean huge! Depite officially being capped at 150, attendance crept all the way up to 189 before the venue put the kibosh on any more changes to the catering order. Held at the Flamingo Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas for the second year in a row, our theme was gangster glamour in homage to mob boss Bugsy Siegel, who built the Flamingo, and his girlfriend, Virginia Hill, for whose long showgirl legs the Flamingo was named.
An informal “mob hangout” the night before the event got the party started early as attendees greeted old friends and met new ones. John “ColderIce” Lawson pumped it up even higher, opening Wedneday’s festivities with the timely topic of optimizing for Mobile Commerce. Presentations by Lynn Dralle and Janelle Elms plus a live eBay Radio broadcast followed before we broke for a delicious free lunch courtesy of event sponsor American Express OPEN. Then Cindy Shebley taught us how to use the new eBay photo guidelines to increase our bottom line before Mike Michalowicz brought down the house with his inspiring Pumpkin Plan for your business on eBay.
Thrifting with the Boys kicked off day two in fine style before the Best eBay Outfits made their annual runway appearance. Debbie Levitt explained how to build your most compelling listing; Marsha Collier gave us some groundbreaking info on social ecommerce; and Griff taught us to know our numbers. At midday, we broke for networking lunches with speakers and sponsors. Networking breaks both days and the traditional poker run kept attendees buzzing and the sponsors mobbed.
Also enlivening day two were the return of our platinum sponsor’s Kabbage Cash or Crash 500 and a hilarious skit by eBay employees before they settled in for some serious Q&A regarding the Top-Rated Seller program, how eBay is protecting sellers, buyer abuse, and more. A second live broadcast went out over the airwaves, too. Especially popular both days with attendees as well as those listening at home were excellent tips from our live audience. Each tipper received a $25 Gift Certificate from our sponsor Bubblefast.
Many thanks to all those who helped make this year’s party and conference the best one yet: our beloved speakers, named above; our beloved sponsors, Kabbage (platinum), American Express Open, Terapeak, Stamps.com, Outright, Dymo-Endicia, eBay, Page Mage, and Bubblefast; and above all you, our beloved listener and attendee, without whom there would be no eBay Radio. We’re already looking forward to next June’s Vegas event, which will be the 5th annual eBay Radio Party & Conference celebrating the 10th anniversary of eBay Radio. Theme? Think 5 & 10!