eBay Open 2016 – Vegas Here I Come!

eBay Open 2016I’m leaving first thing tomorrow morning to drive to Vegas for another eBay event. I attended my first eBay Live event in Denver, CO, May 2012 and it changed the way I looked at my little hobby business selling on eBay. I quickly learned that with a few minor adjustments, some hard work and dedication, I could make this into a full blown, full time, income producing business! And I have.

I’m super pumped up to be able to meet in person so many of the people I’ve worked with on the various eBay support teams. I love helping out and being able to provide feedback based on my experience and needs. eBay totally rocks!

If you can’t make it this year, plan on it the next time around. While there’s a ton of fun happening, there’s also a great deal of learning going on and even more networking.

It’s late, I need to ship and pack and I’ve got a million things to get done in the next 3 hours. I plan on posting at least one blog while I’m in Vegas so in the mean time, here are a few of my favorite things from past eBay events.

If you’re going to be in Vegas, post a comment and be sure to say hi!  I’d love to meet any blog readers that will be in Vegas.

eBay Radio June 2012. Great event that allows networking on a smaller scale. This year eBay and joined up with eBay Radio and they are doing the Vegas event together.

eBay Radio June 2012. Great event that allows networking on a smaller scale. This year eBay and joined up with eBay Radio and they are doing the Vegas event together.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I drug my mom to this event...mostly so she could understand what it was I was doing and to spark an interest in her selling online as well.

I talked my mom into going to eBay Radio with me…mostly so she could understand what it was I was doing and to spark an interest in her selling online as well.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

eBay President Devin Wenig at the We Are eBay 20 Year Celebration - September 2016, San Jose, CA

eBay President Devin Wenig at the We Are eBay 20 Year Celebration – September 2016, San Jose, CA #DevinWeniglistenstosellers

 

Some of the awesome eBay swag we got in our registration bags. The big surprise for all of us was a $100 eBay gift card. It was like getting our registration fees back! #eBayRocks

Some of the awesome eBay swag we got in our registration bags. The big surprise for all of us was a $100 eBay gift card. It was like getting our registration fees back! #eBayRocks

 

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The food is TOP NOTCH! This was the most delicious desert EVER! All the food is provided in the registration fee and eBay did not skimp! #foodtodiefor

 

Networking...I can't say it enough, you go to these things to NETWORK! This is a pic of the name badge of an eBay Employee. I had a question and an idea and somebody lead me to Scot. He was in line getting his lunch and we stood and chatted for about 15 minutes before we found a seat and continued our conversation . Scot is a Senior Development Manager and after about 20-30 minutes of chatting I apologized for keeping him from eating his lunch. When he responded "I can eat anytime, this is far more interesting" I knew I was talking to the right person! Our conversations continued over email and Scot helped put me in touch with several different teams that work with sellers. It has been an AWESOME connection to have. #networkingmatters

Networking…I can’t say it enough, you go to these things to NETWORK! This is a pic of the name badge of an eBay Employee. I had a question and an idea and somebody lead me to Scot. He was in line getting his lunch and we stood and chatted for about 15 minutes before we found a seat and continued our conversation. Scot is a Senior Development Manager and after about 20-30 minutes of chatting I apologized for keeping him from eating his lunch. When he responded “I can eat anytime, this is far more interesting” I knew I was talking to the right person! Our conversations continued over email and Scot helped put me in touch with several different teams that work with sellers. It has been an AWESOME connection to have. #networkingmatters

 

These events are always fun to meet up with all our eBay Online 'Stranger Friends'. This is just a small number of members from Jason T. Smith's Facebook Group, The Thrifting Board that I help admin. It's fun to hang and talk shop with people who are just as passionate about selling on eBay as you are. #networkingfacetofaceisfun

These events are always fun to meet up with all our eBay Online ‘Stranger Friends’. This is just a small number of members from Jason T. Smith’s Facebook Group, The Thrifting Board that I help admin. It’s fun to hang and talk shop with people who are just as passionate about selling on eBay as you are. #networkingfacetofaceisfun

 

eBay knows how to throw a PARTY! I've been to several of eBay events and when they say Thursday night is party night, they are not kidding! I can't put my hands on the pics I took, but one of the stages had an artist there with drop clothes everywhere, a canvas on a rotating easel, buckets of paint and he went to town! It was fascinating to watch and this was one of paintings. eBay Founder Pierre Omidyar. #networkingisntallwork

eBay knows how to throw a PARTY! I’ve been to several of eBay events and when they say Thursday night is party night, they are not kidding! I can’t put my hands on the pics I took, but one of the stages had an artist with drop cloths everywhere, a canvas on a rotating easel, buckets of paint and he went to town! It was fascinating to watch and this was one of the artist’s paintings. eBay Founder Pierre Omidyar. #networkingisntallwork

 

I've said it before, this is one of my all time favorite eBay photos. eBay then and now. Founder Pierre Omidyer and current President and CEO, Devin Wenig, #networkingprovidesamazingopportunities

I’ve said it before, this is one of my all time favorite eBay photos. eBay Then and Now. Founder Pierre Omidyer and current President and CEO, Devin Wenig. #networkingprovidesamazingopportunities

Life in Sherwood Forest

Sherwood ForestI was downloading pictures from my cell phone to my desktop and realized how many different pictures I’ve taken of the new place but I haven’t taken the time to write about this phase of my journey.

I left my big beautiful home in a master planned community that was selected as the Best Master Planned Community in the state of Arizona four of the 13 years I lived there and ranked in the top five communities since 2003 and moved to a 3600 square foot, not yet completed home on 12.25 neglected acres in a rural part of the county. What was I thinking and why did I move!?

01Well, this home is an investment property my mom and I own. We have been trying to sell it unfinished for several years with no luck. About 18 months ago we decided it would be best to fork up some cash and get the inside habitable…meaning completed enough to get a certificate of occupancy, but not finish it completely. We got a great contractor that did the work on a shoe string budget (and with a generous friends and family discount) and managed to get walls painted, the well house built and well water connected to the house, the kitchen done, one of the three bathrooms 02completed, doors on the bath and bedrooms, flooring, electricity turned on, propane tank hooked up, etc. We just have a few minor things to complete before we have the inspector out for our final inspection. I’m living here full time and enjoying the wonderful 80′ porch, cooler temps, crazy weather and nice summer breezes. My mom comes up from the valley and will spend 2-3 weeks here, heads home for 2-3 weeks and then comes back up. Its a nice and easy three hour drive from point A to point B.

Here are a few of the ‘before’ pics. The wood burning stove and radiant floor heaters are the 07only heating source for the house. My mom was skeptical these two things would be enough, but having lived here during some cold Spring nights, I can say that the two do supply enough heat to warm the house.  It just took a bit of trial and error to figure out how to keep the stove going and we were in business!

 

 

 

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This is the loft that over looks the living room. We put up a pony wall and it makes for a nice space away from all the activities downstairs. I’m using it now to store some eBay inventory and am trying to get it organized…it’s a S-L-O-W process.

 

 

 

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This is a shot just inside he double french doors, that wall will later become the kitchen bar. On the other side is the stove and a whole lotta counter space. It’s a nice spacious kitchen that I think needs an island, but we haven’t put one in yet.

 

 

It’s been quite the Dr. Doolittle adventure as well. When I first moved up here I came home after being gone for a weekend, went to light a fire in the stove and a bird flew out! I managed to catch him and show him the door, but when I went back to the task of lighting a fire, I discovered TWO MORE in the stove! I caught one and let him free but the other got out, flew to the highest window in in the house and was doing his best to avoid capture. My mad bird catching skills kicked in and I managed to get the little guy out the door and back with his buddies.  That happened several more times….we really need to get that screen on the vent.

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More on the adventures of living in Sherwood Forest. To be continued……

 

 

eBay’s Promoted Listings

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Have you checked out eBay’s promoted campaigns? I watched a very quick eBay for Business periscope/FB Live with Griff two weeks ago and created my first campaign while listening to the broadcast. I went back and created 23 more in the next week or so. Takes just a few seconds and generates sooo many impressions and clicks. And in my case sold 12 items to the tune of $360. If you haven’t taken the time to check this out, do yourself a favor and make the time.

UPDATE: Click here to listen to a segment I did on eBay Radio on February 7, 2017. eBay Radio, Show 670, Segment 2, How to Use Promoted Listings and Boost Your Sales!

 

  1. From your Seller Hub Page, click on the MARKETING tab at the top.
  2. Click on PROMOTED LISTINGS.
  3. Click on the blue CREATE A NEW CAMPAIGN button at the bottom of the page.
  4. Click OK on the annoying ‘quick tip’ pop up box that will pop up EVERY.SINGLE.TIME. 🙂
  5. Click on a Store Category along the left side of the page.
  6. A list of eligible listings will appear in the box to the right of the store category list. Not every item will be eligible. At this point, only listings with quantities greater than one (or listings that ever had quantities greater than one) will be eligible and listed.
  7. Click the circle with the check mark at the top of the list to select ALL listings or scroll down and select individual listings. When selected, the circle will turn blue.
  8. Click on SET AD RATE on the right side of the gray bar at the bottom of the page.
  9. Slide the green check mark along the bar to select which ad rate you want. I started all mine out at 5%.
  10. Click on REVIEW on the right side of the gray bar at the bottom of the page.
  11. Highlight the default campaign name “Campaign 1” and enter your personal Campaign name. I named mine based on my store category “Disney”, “American Girl”, “Halloween”, etc. You can set campaign start and stop dates here, but I left mine blank so they start immediately there are no end dates. This can be edited at any time. You can also use the green toggle switch to turn a campaign on or off at any time.
  12. Click on LAUNCH on the right side of the gray bar at the bottom of the page.
  13. Lather, rinse, repeat.

Wasn’t that EASY!?

You don’t pay per click or impression, you pay a percentage WHEN/IF and item sells. What’s the percentage you ask? YOU get to decide….anywhere from 1% to 100%. For my first round of campaigns I chose 5% because I wanted to see how much traffic that would generate. Let me tell you it generates A LOT. I started the bulk of my campaigns eight days ago and I have 285,760 impressions, 4,195 clicks, 12 items sold and $360 in sales generated. I paid $26 in ad fees for all that…what a deal!

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Right now only multiple quantity listings (or listings that were once multiple quantity) are eligible for the campaign but eBay will be rolling out single quantity listings in the future. Programs like this are a massive undertaking and eBay needs to roll them out in stages to make sure everything works well. So far I’m loving how quick and easy it is to set up and how fast I’m generating sales. I also love that we only pay the ad fee IF we sell an item that was promoted. THANK YOU! eBay.

Here’s the link to the Facebook Live post with Griff and Shefali.