On the heels of a record setting April SPOTLIGHT contest that saw the winning vote placed with seconds to go, May’s contest sports 9 new contenders. And there’s a lot at stake as the winner has more exposure on Supplier-Connection than ever.
Besides the GET CONNECTED page & a link on the Home Page, the winner’s profile shows up on EVERY landing page after a user login. Check out my login page (notice my Application is 100% Complete – more on that below):
Voting for the May 2012 SPOTLIGHT Contest has ended.
The Supplier Spotlight Monthly SBE contest is sponsored by Supplier-Connection – An initiative of major US companies committed to spending more with US-based small businesses.
Please make sure to read the entries by clicking on the links on the right side of the blog before you vote here:
May 15th Webinar – 2:00PM Eastern
“The Fundamentals of Strategic Sourcing” led by IBM
Twitter Event Hashtag: #SCW1
On May 3rd every Supplier-Connection registered SBE received an email invitation to join us for the May 15th webinar. A reminder email is scheduled to be sent out by EOB Friday, May 11th. For the webinar’s agenda please click here.
Who should attend: Registered SBEs who sell to Large Companies and want a better understanding of Purchasing/Procurement trends and how they affect their company.
Mark your calendar for these scheduled webinars:
May 22nd, 2:00PM EDT: The Fundamentals of Strategic Sourcing (Part 2), led by IBM
June 5th, 2:00PM EDT: How to Use Facebook to Drive Business Development, led by Facebook
A Brief Site Registration Statistical Review
I was checking out the site activity this week and thought I’d mention some alarming statistics:
53% of SBEs who registered have never filled out the Supplier Application: They are Not Visible to Buyers
2% of SBEs who signed up, never activated their registration: They are Not Visible to Buyers
The corporate Buyers of the 17 members (a new company just signed up, announcing next week!), controlling $Billions in spending do not even know 55% of the SBEs who heard about the initiative and took the action to sign up even exist! In other words: because they never filled out the application, when a Buyer does a search for a new SBE supplier they will never be included, they will never be contacted, the will never get an opportunity to win new business.
A Lotto commercial in NY comes to mind: You gotta be in it to win it!
How many of the 55% are even aware there’s an application and they’re not even being considered for new opportunities? If you are one of the 1,800+ invisible SBEs contact the Supplier-Connection Help Desk and get started ASAP! For help you can email: firstname.lastname@example.org, or call them at (877) 808-6510 (M-F, 8:30 am – 8:30 pm EDT).
Don’t delay. The application takes 25 minutes if you’re organized, 45 minutes if you’re not! A small price to pay for big potential!
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As always, the company with the most votes gets promoted on the Supplier-Connection web portal for the month of June.
Voting ends Monday evening, May 28th at 8:00PM EDT! Last month’s voting went down to the wire as we even broke site visitation records—check back often to see what happens this month!
Remember, running an SBE is a journey… you don’t have to do it alone!
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Read About April’s Contest Winner: Island Pro Digital
To submit an entry in The Supplier Spotlight contest you need to be a registered member of the Supplier-Connection initiative with a completed registration. Registration is FREE. For more information you can watch this 1.5 minute video or read more on the Supplier-Connection portal.