Larry Philiips former IMA Board and Ethics Committee member will be live on the eBay & Beyond, Basics to Business Internet Radio Talk show this morning.
Larry is filling in for current President of the Internet Merchants Association – Steve Grossberg, who backed out of the scheduled interview slot.
Larry is expected to tell the members of the IMA and anyone else who is interested and would like to call in, the real story behind the implosion at the IMA last week.
Larry is in a unique position to share with the listening audience what happened behind the scenes at the Internet Merchants Association Board of Directors and Ethics Committee’s closed door sessions. He has promised to share all he can with the people who matter the most to him – the members of the IMA.
Larry Phillips has volunteered to fill in for Steve Grossberg on the eBay and Beyond, Basics to Business Internet Talk Radio Program next Saturday…
Larry Phillips Former IMA Board Member
Larry also will announce a new place for IMA members, former members and anyone else interested in discussing Internet marketing and merchandising to gather and share information.
In a pre-interview email, Larry Phillips gave us the “heads up” on an announcement he will make during the show:
The announcement will be the creation of a discussion forum.
It’s going to be www.internetsellersgroup.com. It’s going to be free, and open to anyone that wants to join, as long as they don’t become a whiner or a nuisance. There will just be moderators to make sure that there’s no profanity, and no major attacks. No officers, no bylaws, nothing like that at all. We’re going to come up with some basic “getting started” guidelines, and from that point forward, all changes to the guidelines will be decided on by the membership. We envision one week polls, and whoever votes, votes. At the end of the week, if it gets more yes’s, it gets implemented. If it gets more no’s, it’s not.
Totally fair, totally member run.The reason we’re going to do this is that we believe there are two benefits to being a member of the IMA – the discussion board and the conference. We don’t want to try and run a conference. Too much work, too much money involved, and it requires an organization. We just want to have a place where people like you and me can congregate, discuss issues of common interest, and provide assistance to each other.
We hope to get vendor types involved, but it’s up to them.We also think it will be a great place for people from PESA and IMA to meet together. It doesn’t replace either organization, but hopefully will have a discussion forum of a lot better quality than either. I think you’ll like it. And if there’s something that you feel needs to be improved, we’re going to make sure the process allows you to bring that to the Forum, we’ll have a discussion, and vote, and the entire active organization will decide whether we should do it or not. So that’s the deal. It should be running within 24 hours, but I’m going to wait until Saturday to announce, although there are already four or five people that know. We figure the total cost will be no more than $20 per month, and we’ll ask for donations. We believe enough members will throw in $5 or $10 every so often to keep it running. That’s it.