July 26, 2018
Today at 1:30pm Pacific Time, I will have produced and co-hosted my last live radio broadcast for eBay Inc.: eBay Radio #733 (from eBay Open 2018 at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, NV) plus 511 Ask Griff & Lee shows. It’s been a privilege over the last 15 years to watch you all become pioneers of ecommerce.
In that time, many of you transitioned from being hobby sellers to embracing entrepreneurialism. You’ve done a great job. I will miss hearing your voices as you call into the shows as well as seeing you at eBay events.
Today, I’d like to recognize the folks who made eBay Radio possible each week, our Voicemarketing team: Betsie Bolger, Donna Freher-Lyons, Burt Lo, and Frank Ceasar. Voicemarketing is a family business; my husband John Sell and I will miss the eBay community, and so will my daughters Melissa Mirabal Demille, Elisa Mirabal, and Jennifer Goldman.
I thank eBay Inc. for allowing me the opportunity to end my full-time broadcast career with this wonderful project. I know I’ll lose some of you as I transition my newsletter into a socio-political blog, but I hope your lives are filled with joy and a great bottom line. I will miss you!
Once again, today’s tip is aimed at those of you attending eBay Open 2018 at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, but it applies to your business in general as well. Let it be a guiding principle.
When you get home from Vegas, pick out the 3 best things you learned. Test the first one, and see how it works for you. Then test the second one, and finally the third one. Keep it simple, or you won’t know which element is having what effect on your business.
My tip for today is tailored to eBay Open 2018 attendees, but it applies to those of you at home as well. Two words: Pace yourself. Today and tomorrow and the day after that are going to be a whirlwind of education, networking, and seller celebration.
You’ll be pulling out all the stops to have the best possible time and get the most out of your Open experience here at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, but please don’t pull them all out at once. A 3-day conference is a marathon, not a sprint!
Just remember to wear comfy shoes, stay hydrated, and replenish your stash of business cards every night or in the morning before you head to the convention space. Above all, enjoy this time with your eBay tribe. See you at the Brooklyn Bowl!
Making the most of eBay Open 2018! Our guest is Patty Whitlock, known on eBay as Top Rated Seller theshoppingmom2!
Our guests for eBay Radio Show #730 for July 17, 2018, are:
This is the very last live broadcast of eBay Radio’s Ask Griff & Lee! Lee shared useful info about making a plan for your business in case of a natural disaster, starting with insurance. eBay has teamed up with American Family Insurance; AmFam offers protection to ecommerce businesses not only for your inventory, but even for lost sales revenue. Find out more at connect.AmFamBusinessInsurance.com.
Krista, Apple Valley CA (lilmissdisney), asked for a listing dish of item number 302531801141 and earned a score of 5 tureens, thereby winning an eBay Radio dish towel signed by Griff and Lee! eBay’s Jessie Babiarz, Senior Manager, Seller Events, popped in with an update on eBay Open 2018, coming up July 24-26 at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas.
Jessie Babiarz, eBay’s Senior Manager, Seller Events, stayed on to continue chatting with Griff and Lee about eBay Open 2018, July 24-26 at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, including how to follow along from home if you’re not attending in person. eBetsy, Dallas TX, called in to tell Jessie why eBay-branded socks are a longstanding tradition. Tom, Pittsburgh PA (pa_dutch_auctions), called to congratulate Lee on her upcoming retirement.
Griff and Lee shared upcoming meetups from the eBay Radio Seller Events Calendar, located under Seller Resources in the eBay Radio archives. Click on the event’s title to see all the details. To submit your sellers group meetup or other event, go to eBayRadio.com; click on “PAST EPISODES” in blue text; then click on “SUBMIT AN EVENT” in the upper right-hand corner of any archives page.
Griff gave an overview of today’s show and introduced the eBay Radio News with Lee Mirabal. Stories include voting through July 18 in the 2018 eBay SHINE Awards; eBay Open 2018; an unusual and humorous item pulled from eBay UK; and more. Lee and Griff discussed the Markdown Manager update.
Getting organized for eBay OPEN 2018! Our guest is Diva Dawn Ralston, known on eBay as Top Rated Seller divadawnlv; founder of Declutter with Diva Dawn; and Director of Camp Clutter B Gone.