This month’s contest, just like the weather, has been unpredictable. Last month we had the most activity (in votes & views) ever… and although this month ranks as the 7th best ever, was far more modest. A short question: Do you click through on our LinkedIn updates & tweets about the contest? Is that how you usually go about voting?
The Big Winner this month–in a wire-to-wire victory–is… “Give 2 Receive” from Summer Alexander, who is the CEO at Summer Alexander Research. As you can see, her entry held a commanding lead throughout the contest, and I think that’s because it carries substantial weight in an economy like this one: We’ve got to find meaningful & creative ways to not only get from paycheck to paycheck, but to cement new business relationships, too. So think: What are the non-traditional areas you can take your knowledge to–and how can you leverage it to create new business? You can read her entry right here.
This contest is sponsored by Supplier-Connection, an initiative where 20 members have committed to connect U.S.-based SBEs to their supply chains. Registration is open to all U.S. Small Business Enterprises.
NEW POST on The SBE Lifer: “And Now for Today’s Forecast…”
My aim for The SBE Lifer, as they say, is true. I want it to be a place where SBEs can head-off some of the learning curve–where every SBE owner can go to get simply-stated honest advice about the myriad challenges of running an SBE. So please, think of The SBE Lifer not as a series of dispatches, but as a committed resource to helping You.
So with that in mind, read “And Now for Today’s Forecast“, which is all about learning how to develop sober sales forecasts for your SBE.
“Interviews With Experts” on The SBE Lifer
This is still the hottest feature on The SBE Lifer–keep those RTs & Comments coming! But, now that we’ve posted 5 great interviews with leading experts in the Social Media field (like Mike Stelzner, @Tweetsmarter, & Jason Falls), we’re changing focus: The next interviews to premiere will be with experts in procuring Government contracts & Outsourcing–2 areas I know most SBEs are interested in (Do you have any Expert you’d like to see me interview? Let me know!)
So in short: Stay tuned to Interviews With Experts.
Another new feature that’s been getting a lot of good feedback is The SBE Journal where I chronicle my experience running an SBE for the first time since 2008! Check it out and let me know what you think!
Read the latest entry: “It’s Not Personal, It’s Business!“
The Prize for Winning The Supplier Spotlight Monthly Contest:
In exchange for their efforts, Summer Alexander Research has earned the following opportunity to promote their company on Supplier-Connection for the month of April:
– Company logo and links prominently displayed on the Dashboard (New! Check it out now), highlighted under The Supplier Spotlight banner on the Get Connected page, and links to their profile from the Home Page.
– A 200 word description of their business posted beneath their logo
– A link to their website, Facebook page, Twitter account, company blog(s), etc.
– A link to an online sales presentation with audio
– Link(s) to product videos, commercials, and/or their YouTube channel
– Posted links to white papers they might have written
– A link for interested Member Partners or SBE Suppliers to schedule an online sales meeting
– A promotional email gets sent to all registered buyers from the 18-Member Companies
– If Summer Alexander Research can attribute any new customer order to this promotion I’ll follow up by interviewing Summer Alexander, and post the interview on The SBE Lifer blog.
The April 2013 contest starts NOW!
And, by now, you know The Supplier Spotlight contest starts all over again on April 1st. And with 20 Members, 550+ registered Corporate Buyers, a growing number of registered SBEs, along with our daily Social Media campaign driving more SBEs (follow me http://twitter.com/dnagallo) to The Supplier Spotlight blog; you’ll agree Supplier-Connection is where all SBEs who sell B2B should want to be seen.
ACTION ITEM: Look at how you run your business. Review the innovations you’re deploying that have improved your performance. Remember, your entry is not your chance to sell your service, it’s about sharing ways you improve your company’s performance. Write them up and email the best ones to me no later than 8:00PM Eastern April 8th. Send them to firstname.lastname@example.org to qualify for April’s contest. (For details on how The Supplier Spotlight works, click here).
Remember… You can’t advertise on the Supplier-Connection portal for any amount of money.
No. You cannot.
The only thing we’ll accept is your best ideas.
SBEs are a journey… may the best idea win!
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CLICK HERE to go to Supplier Connection: Visit the Get Connected page before Monday, April 1st to read about the winner of last month’s contest: Perfect Resources LLC.
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 a lot more on the Supplier-Connection portal.