Monday, January 26, 2009
Randy Gets a Day Job!
Sorry for that title, just couldn't figure out how to lead into this, but I have exciting news, at least for me its exciting.
On Tuesday, January 27, I begin a full-time consulting arrangement with Buy.com as their Merchant Evangelist.
My role with the company will be to reach out to third-party merchants and introduce them to the platform, solicit feedback on what merchants need from the marketplace and work on ways to drive sales to Marketplace sellers.
I will serve as an advocate for merchants within the company on product management and marketplace issues. My goal will be to assist the marketplace team in making the Buy.com marketplace the ideal platform for third-party merchants to sell their wares.
I will not be involved in Buy.com's eBay business. I will have plenty to do working with merchants to maximize their use of the Buy.com platform.
With my background as a third-party merchant with GlacierBayDvd and my years observing and commenting on the ecommerce business at MyBlogutopia, I'm excited about the opportunity to be the voice of the merchant within the company.
In the past, I've blogged about the need for eBay to have an experienced merchant working inside the company, as an advocate for sellers. Well, I am going to get that opportunity at Buy.com, and I'm pumped about it.
As for MyBlogUtopia, I will continue to blog about issues facing 3P merchants in ecommerce. The views and opinions expressed on these pages will be my opinion solely and not that of Buy.com. Of course I will promote the Buy.com marketplace here from time to time, but I'm hoping to develop a specific blog just for those issues.
2009 is going to be an interesting year and online merchants will have lots of options. I'm going to do my part to make sure you know how Buy.com can work for your business.
I look forward to working with many of you and please don't hesitate to reach out to me. I don't have my Buy.com contact info just yet but you can reach me in the meantime at rksmythe at yahoo.
And yes, I will continue to blog about eBay, Amazon and the rest, but I will always try to be fair.
Just my 15%