Bev and Andy Toogood are successful eBay PowerSellers trading as Little Sunflowers as well as running their own website and a retail outlet in Wendover, Buckinghamshire. Yesterday Andy took time out to attend the ChannelAdvisor Insite conference in London and today shared his take on the day with TameBay.
ChannelAdvisor Insite has the stated aim of ‘providing you with the information you need to build the most successful online business and encourage exponential growth’. Whilst I wouldn’t say I came away feeling as though that was achieved in 8 hours yesterday it was a fantastic day with good insight into current trends and the opportunity to network with other sellers sharing experiences and finding solutions to problems with people who have been there before.
My own driver for attending was about trying to keep up-to-date with information in an ever changing e-commerce landscape and with some hope to pick up a few pieces of information that would improve our own offering. Things change so quickly that it’s hard to keep up, even from week to week, and this event certainly provided lots and lots of very good information on what’s going on where with tidbits of information thrown in on how to improve your own online presence.
What impressed me most and has done so in the past with ChannelAdvisor events is that whilst the organization clearly offers solutions for just about everything that is ecommerce they always steer well clear of promoting or even entering into discussion on what they offer as solutions during any of the sessions. This makes the events a pleasure to attend because rather than feeling as though you’re in the middle of a sales pitch it is pure information provision and advisors are always eager to offer advice and assistance whether you are a ChannelAdvisor client or not.
Would I recommend attending? Yes, I would. For Â£49 it’s very good value for money and you definitely won’t regret it.
There are four more opportunities to attend ChannelAdvisor Insite this year in Manchester, Glasgow, Birmingham and Dublin.