eBay Live 2008 Chicago To Do List – Are you ready?

ebay live Speakers, Seth Godin, Jay Berkowitz

eBay Live 2008 in Chicago is just around the corner - Next week eBay and eCommerce buyers, merchants, software and solutions vendors, marketplace merchants, media and of course the normal crowd or crazed eBay fans will be making their way to McCormick center.

What will you be looking for at this, the last eBay Live, possibly ever?

  • News of more changes at eBay? - Rumors abound with possible shocking announcements on the horizon at eBay. Will these changes be announced next week?
  • New Connections? - Are you looking for networking contacts in your niche or related to your business? eBay Live will provide a great opportunity to meet new people and forge long standing relationships with them.
  • Reconnections? - Meet with people who normally only appear in your email or on the telephone.
  • Technology? - Looking for new cutting edge technologies to help your business? Software, Hardware, Shipping Systems or....? Find it on the solutions floor.
  • Ideas? Ideas abound at conventions like this... open up and ask your questions of the merchants and experts and in turn share insights with them. Learning can never end in this or any other business.

Preparations

Are you ready? Prior to arriving at McCormick Center in Chicago I suggest taking a look at the eBay Live 2008 exhibitors list.

Make a list of must see vendors and then make sub lists of questions you want to ask these vendors. Bring your questions list with you - in the rush of the crowd and the flow of the convention traffic sometimes it is difficult to remember who you wanted to see and what you wanted to learn. Crib notes are no problem here.

Here are the vendors I plan on visiting (no particular order):

  • Liquidation.com - They email me constantly. I need to see more than I do on the site.
  • ChannelAdvisor - Always happy to meet with Scot Wingo & Team.
  • ConsignmentPal - You may even find me working the booth for an hour or two. Check out this free and exciting directory of consignment sellers (Trading Assistants & B&M Consignment Shops)
  • eSupplyStore.com - New to me, but discount shipping materials are always of interest.
  • Frooition Ltd. - The number one provider of eBay stores designs in the World. iBusinessLogic.com (my company) is a partner with Frooition and one of the first US providers and designers for Frooition Stores software technology. I will be spending a lot of time in this booth and our latest eBay store design.

Annie's Costumes will be on display in the Frooition booth in addition to being a part of Jay BerkoJay Berkowitzwitz's Ten Golden Rules of Internet Marketing speech, scheduled to follow John Donahoe's keynote. Jay is releasing his new Ten Golden Rules of Internet Marketing book very soon and I understand if you look for it in the eBay store at eBay live, you may just find a copy fresh off the presses. Jay has been an inspiration for me with his iTunes podcast (also titled Ten Golden Rules) and I appreciate his help with bringing the message of eBay stores design to his audience and clients. Annie's Costumes is a Ten Golden Rules client.

If your looking for Scott Pooler at eBay Live, Frooition's booth would be a great place to start.

  • Infopia - I am personally interested in learning more about the new Infopia Transact platform. Infopia seems to have added some new and interesting features to their multi-channel. CEO Bjorn Espenes and Ryan Bott should be available to get me up to speed...
  • inkFrog, Inc. I want to ask inkFrog about BuyitSellit.com and the plan for the future of this free online shopping cart and webstore.
  • Terapeak - Stopping in to give kudos for their redesign and simpler interface.
  • Vzaar - Adding video to our Frooition template designs with Vzarr holds great interest for some of our clients. I want to meet the nice people from the U.K. who have made this exciting technology available.

I am sure the list above has missed your top choices and several must see exhibitors for everyone. (USPS, Endicia, Kompolt, Genco and more)...

I will also be spending a lot of time with eBay and Beyond Basics to Business and the Internet Auction News Radio guys, Dave White and Sparky Felix, helping them with the hours of live Internet talk radio broadcasts they have planned from the solutions floor of eBay Live. Catch up with myself, Dave or Sparky if you would like to sit down for an interview on the shows which will be rebroadcast on a continuous loop 24 hours a day on LIve365 and also be offered as podcasts on iTunes.

PESA/ECMTA will have a huge pavilion at eBay Live to follow up on the success of eCommerce Summit and provide a place for PESA/ECMTA members to get together and meet once again. New or prospective members are also welcome. Stop by and say hello, meet a member and see if this great trade organization is a good resource for your business to grow and prosper.

If you're going to eBay Live 2008, come prepared with questions and be open to opportunities. If you're skipping this, the last eBay live...stay tuned to the Trading Assistant Journal and eBay & Beyond Radio for up-to-date reports and news from the conference.

eBay Live Schedule

Daily schedule (times subject to change):

Thursday, June 19, 2008

  • Conference Registration: 7am-7pm
  • Childcare and Teen Camp: 7am-8pm
  • PowerSeller Central: 8am-5pm
  • PowerSeller Orientation: 8am-9am
  • Attendee Orientation: 8am-9am
  • The eBay Shop: 9am-7pm
  • eBay Book Store: 8am-7pm
  • Exhibits and Solutions Center: 9am-5pm
  • Classes, labs, and Live! discussions: 9am-5pm
  • Welcome Party: 5pm-7pm

Friday, June 20, 2008

  • Conference Registration: 8am-6pm
  • Childcare and Teen Camp: 8am-10pm
  • PowerSeller Central: 10am-5pm
  • Keynote Address: 9am-10am
  • Priority Pass Luncheon: 12pm-2pm
  • The eBay Shop: 10am-5pm
  • eBay Book Store: 10am-5pm
  • Exhibits and Solutions Center: 10am-5pm
  • Classes, labs, and Live! discussions: 10:30am-6pm

Saturday, June 21, 2008

  • PowerSeller Breakfast: 8am-9am
  • Conference Registration: 8am-4pm
  • Childcare and Teen Camp: 8am-10pm
  • PowerSeller Central: 9am-4pm
  • The eBay Shop: 9am-9pm (main store location 9am-4pm and Gala shop 6pm-9pm)
  • eBay Book Store: 9am-4pm
  • Exhibits and Solutions Center: 9am-4pm
  • Town Hall: 11am-12pm
  • Classes, labs, and Live! discussions: 9am-5pm
  • Closing Gala: 6pm-9pm

Highlights

  • The Keynote Address—Start your day with free coffee, donuts and the latest eBay news from John Donahoe, CEO of eBay, Inc. and Lorrie Norrington, President of eBay Marketplaces Operations. You'll learn all about eBay's new direction and how it affects you. They'll also recognize the Hall of Fame award-winners with a special ceremony.
  • ASD/AMD Sourcing Pavilion—For the first time, eBay Community members will have direct access to ASD/AMD's legendary wholesale product offering. Be sure to visit the ASD/AMD Sourcing Pavilion and meet face-to-face with over 65 companies that can boost your sales and your bottom line!
  • Special Guest Speakers—Some of the world's biggest companies count on Jay Berkowitz, Jeffrey Gitomer, Seth Godin, and Andy Sernovitz to ignite sales and create a buzz on the Internet. When you attend eBay Live! 2008, they'll teach you how to do it, too.
  • Education—Choose from 120+ classes, labs, and discussions designed to make you a better, more profitable eBay trader. Nine eBay University instructors, including the Dean of eBay Education himself, Jim "Griff" Griffith, will teach you the finer points of making a profit on eBay.
  • Networking Events—get to know other eBay Community members at Networking breaks, lunches, and dinners to build lasting friendships and profitable business relationships.
  • The Closing Gala—Dine, dance, and groove to the sound of this year's special guest star, Chris Isaak. He's acted in movies, starred in his own TV show, and was nominated for two Grammy Awards. His best-known hit, "Wicked Game," reached #2 on Billboard magazine's charts. Don't miss this exclusive performance!

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0 Responses to eBay Live 2008 Chicago To Do List – Are you ready?

  1. janieruth June 15, 2008 at 2:20 pm #

    Great information here on eBay Live in Chicago. If you are going to be at eBay Live, be sure to check out spottherockstar.com and play along with Janelle Elms and her OSI Rock Stars for a chance to win great Prizes!

    janieruth

  2. vzaar Jamie June 16, 2008 at 5:39 am #

    Thanks for the kind plug Scott!

    Here at vzaar HQ we certainly look forward to meeting many of the US sellers who want to take their sales to the next level as well as spending time with the various other players in the eBay space. It should be a productive few days all round.

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