30 August 2008

RocketPlace Day Passes Now Available

Have you checked out our RocketPlace session schedule, and decided you want to go but can't make the whole event? We now have day passes available!

Beginner Track: Either Wednesday or Thursday is $130 each. Just use discount code wedonly or thuonly when registering to let us know which day you're coming, and get your day pass rate.

Advanced Track: Either Wednesday alone or Thursday alone is $129 per day. Friday alone is $99 for the day. Just use discount code wedonly, thuonly, or frionly when registering to let us know which day you're coming, and get your day pass rate.

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29 August 2008

RocketPlace Attendee Gets $50/nt @ The Rio!

One of our attendees just called and said she JUST called the Rio to book her rooms, and they gave her $50/night.

You read that right! How did she get it?

She didn't mention the conference. You can't or they give you the "Conference Attendee" rate of $129/night. Boo.

She had a Total Rewards card, which covers The Rio as well as all of the sister hotels: Harrah's, Caesar's, Horseshoe, Bally's, Flamingo, Imperial Palace, Paris, and Showboat.

So if you have one of those cards (even if you can't find it) and have ever played in those casinos, call The Rio and ask for the rate for Total Rewards players.

And come to RocketPlace!

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Growing With eBay's Changes and Holiday Selling

Hi from Debbie at As Was! We know that with the holiday season coming, many eBay sellers have lots of concerns... concerns about eBay's changes, holiday season selling, your profitability, or competing in the current eBay marketplace.

Our RocketPlace conference is coming in just two weeks (Sept 10-12, 2008) at The Rio in Las Vegas, which makes us the safest bet in Vegas. How much would your sales have to improve for that to have been worth it? A Spring Rocketplace attendee saved $500 month from what he learned from just ONE of our speakers. RocketPlace quickly pays for itself.

Save $35 off registration with discount code ASWASBLOG!

Our event is aimed at giving PowerSellers the newest and best techniques, strategies, and tools to compete, grow, and work with eBay's changes. Newer eBay sellers will learn the roadmap to success. Everybody gets to write off a trip to Vegas!

Highlights of RocketPlace: Fall 2008 include:

  • Separate Beginner and Advanced/PowerSeller educational track. Our average PowerSeller attendee is gold, nearly Platinum. Yes, even bigger PowerSellers can learn something new! :)
  • Star speakers including Todd Lutwak, Senior Director of Seller Development at eBay; Marsha Collier, author of eBay For Dummies; Jane Judd, Senior Manager of Customer Loyalty at Zappos.com; and Jay Berkowitz of Ten Golden Rules.
  • Meet ProPay, the PayPal alternative that combines the best of a merchant account with the best of online payments.
  • Affordable! The Rio has dropped hotel rates for our upcoming RocketPlace conference to $90/night plus tax, and JetBlue gave us a discount code that'll get you 5% off your JetBlue airfares.
  • nTAG wireless interactive "badges" for easier and more fun networking.
  • Speakers are scam-free experts! No hard sells or pushing you into a "system."

Whether you're a seller, consigner, educator, past client, current client, or future client, we know that RocketPlace is a fun event where every seller will learn and grow. Come learn what you need to know to boost and improve your sales, work more efficiently, and navigate eBay's ever-flowing changes. RocketPlace is right around the corner! Learn more at http://www.rocketplace.com.

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24 August 2008

Vote for As Was - Most Innovative Business!

http://www.startupnation.com/homebased100/contestant/827/index.php

Enough said. Please vote if you like us. :)

Thanks!

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14 August 2008

JetBlue Offers 5% Discount to RocketPlace Attendees



JetBlue wants you to take 5% off your flights for our event!
Here's what you need to know:

  • Fly from any city to Las Vegas (LAS).
  • Depart on 8, 9, or 10 Sept, and return on 12, 13, or 14 Sept. Sorry, any other dates won't work with our discount code!
  • Book at JetBlue's special conventions page.
  • Use discount code rocketplace2 to get your 5% off discount.

Learn more about RocketPlace or register now!

Did you already book on JetBlue and your flights match these parameters? Call them to get your discount. 1-888-JETBLUE (538-2583), option 4

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12 August 2008

RocketPlace Announces September 2008 Speakers

RocketPlace Announces September 2008 Speakers

 

RocketPlace, the premier conference for new eBay sellers and PowerSellers, is proud to announce our speakers for our September 2008 event at The Rio All-Suites Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada. The full schedule of sessions can be found at http://www.rocketplace.com/agenda.shtml.

 

Confirmed speakers include:

 

* Todd Lutwak, Senior Director of Seller Development at eBay, who will be giving the Advanced track keynote as well as a session for the Beginner track.

 

* Marsha Collier, best-selling author of eBay For Dummies and many other For Dummies books, will be giving the Beginner track Keynote.

* Jane Judd, Senior Manager of the Customer Service Loyalty Team at Zappos.com will deliver the closing keynote for the Advanced Track.

* Jay Berkowitz, CEO of Ten Golden Rules, is a seasoned marketing professional with over twenty years of business experience. He has managed marketing departments for Fortune 500 brands: McDonald's and Coca-Cola, and has developed traditional and direct marketing programs for AT&T, Sprint and eDiets.com. Jay was the highest-rated speaker at our Spring 2008 RocketPlace conference, and we welcome him back!

 

* John Lawson of 3rd Power Outlet, David Yaskulka from Blueberry Consulting, Tim Woda from buySAFE, Cindy Litchfield from Cloud Dome, Bodin Suttles from Endicia, Amy Kendall from HammerTap, Jason Guzman from JunctionQuest, Michael Lambert from Merchant Advantage, Brian Gibbs from Refund Retriever, Edward Sayers of RPM Business Group, Phyllis Wischer of SageFire, Adam Morris from Sell Center, Michael Levit from Vendio, Lisa Suttora from WhatDoISell.com, and a variety of the experts at As Was including CEO Debbie Levitt.

 

RocketPlace has one track for beginners looking for the road map for eBay business success. A second track is for PowerSellers looking for tips on how to grow with all of eBay's recent changes as well as how to use the latest techniques, strategies, and tools to improve their eBay businesses. More information is available on http://www.rocketplace.com

 

 

About As Was

 

As Was is a full-service consulting firm specializing in branding, design, sales and marketing strategies, operations management, and training for eBay and online sellers. As Was has been making the world’s marketplace your marketplace since it was founded in April 1995, and has been an eBay Certified Service Provider since August 2004. For more information, please visit www.aswas.com or call 520.204.1935.

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11 August 2008

RocketPlace Conference is Going Green

RocketPlace Conference Is Going Green

The RocketPlace conference is taking extra steps to have less of an environmental impact. The September 2008 event will save trees, water, plastic, and other resources by eliminating wasteful water bottles, conference badges, programs, and notebooks.                                        

Tucson, AZ (PRWEB) August 11, 2008 -- RocketPlace, the premier conference for new eBay sellers and PowerSellers, will be taking steps to make the September 2008 event greener. The first RocketPlace conference in early 2008 offered no bottled water to save on wasted plastic. This time, RocketPlace is going further.

Not only will there be no water bottles, but RocketPlace will also save trees, plastic, and all of that production by eliminating paper badges and the traditional plastic badge holders. RocketPlace will use nTAGs as badges, which are interactive devices whose only disposable part is the sticker with the attendee's name. The unit and lanyard are returned to nTAG, which means nothing for an attendee to throw away after the show.

As the nTAGs store the full conference agenda, RocketPlace will not print a notebook or a traditional event program, opting instead for a small, pocket-sized guide to sponsors and exhibitors printed on lightweight, recycled paper. This will also reduce energy and resources needed for printing and transportation. As nTAGs help attendees exchange contact information that is later retrieved from a portal website, this also means fewer business cards being handed out (or thrown out).

RocketPlace will be printing a simple take-home post card listing our sponsors and exhibitors. Ecoprint.com, a Maryland company, is our chosen vendor, and will be printing on paper that is 100% post-consumer recycled and 100% process chlorine free. Ecoprint has been purchasing their energy from a wind farm since 2003, and boasts being 100% carbon neutral, and zero net greenhouse gas emissions.

"We know that being green is not just a fad, and being green goes well beyond using some recycled paper," explains As Was CEO Debbie Levitt. "No matter what you believe about global warming or climate change, saving trees and water as well as using alternative energy and fewer natural resources are always the best choices. As Was is always innovating, and this time, we're taking the lead in making sure that our event has the least possible negative environmental impact. I wore my Camelback hydration pack around eBay Live, and I shouldn't have been the only one doing that!"

Attendees, speakers, and exhibitors can also do their part in making their RocketPlace experience more eco-friendly, including:

  • Go through airport security with an empty water bottle or Camelback hydration pack. Fill it up at a water fountain once you are through security. You've saved plastic and saved money on buying overpriced bottled water in the airport.
  • Take the most direct flights possible to use less fuel.
  • Use plastic cups more than once, or bring your own water bottle and keep refilling it.
  • Give out fewer brochures. Offer downloads from websites or snipp.com.
  • Don't rent a car! Take a group airport shuttle to and from The Rio All-Suites Hotel in Las Vegas, which has suites for just $90/night during our event.
  • Use the towels in your hotel room for more than one day, and ask housekeeping not to change the linens daily. You don't change the linens daily at home, so why have the hotel use so much water and cleaning agents.

RocketPlace has one track for beginners looking for the road map for eBay business success. A second track is for PowerSellers looking for tips on how to grow with all of eBay's recent changes as well as how to use the latest techniques, strategies, and tools to improve their eBay businesses. More information is available on http://www.rocketplace.com

About As Was
As Was is a full-service consulting firm specializing in branding, design, sales and marketing strategies, operations management, and training for eBay and online sellers. As Was has been making the world's marketplace your marketplace since it was founded in April 1995, and has been an eBay Certified Service Provider since August 2004. For more information, please visit www.aswas.com or call 520.204.1935.

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10 August 2008

Jay Berkowitz' Podcast

Jay Berkowitz of Ten Golden Rules mentioned our upcoming RocketPlace conference in his most recent podcast.

http://www.tengoldenrules.com/podcast/10GoldenRulesPodcast-Episode26.mp3

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04 August 2008

Last Week for Early Bird Reg @ RocketPlace

You're now in the last week to get early bird pricing for our Sept 2008 RocketPlace event. Based on when The Rio needs numbers and info from me, if you register after 8 August, you are not an early bird. :)

http://www.rocketplace.com

RocketPlace is the best conference to attend if you are considering serious eBay selling OR are already a PowerSeller, and want to know the best techniques, strategies, and tools for growth and navigating eBay's changes.

We created RocketPlace before eBay announced the end of eBay University... before the announcement that eBay Live 2009 would be cancelled and not exist. We knew that new and veteran sellers needed a better event more focused on education and networking. Plus, we know that people love getting info from us rather than what some perceive as "the eBay party line." We're hand-picking speakers and exhibitors so that our event is free of scams and hard sells. You will NOT be asked to buy a $5,000 system on the way out. :)

RocketPlace will also have a few highlights that separate it from other events in the eBay industry.

  • We have two tracks so that each type of eBay seller gets information tailored to him or her. Those new to eBay would take our Beginner track. PowerSellers should register for our Advanced track.
     
  • We're using nTAGs as conference badges. They're interactive, wireless devices you wear. When you meet people, it'll break the ice by seeing what you have in common. They can also store contact info for everybody you meet by holding down one button.
     
  • We're going green! Forget biz cards and disposable badges and badge holders thanks to nTAG. No bottles of water (what a waste of plastic). Forget the printed program since nTAG has the agenda built in. Forget printed notebooks. RocketPlace is great for eBay sellers and for the environment. :)
  • Unlike other events, we don't take every opportunity to crap on eBay. That means that new and veteran eBay sellers should be comfy that you'll be in a environment that is supportive to your business goals rather than making you feel like the uncool kid in school.

Hey, register now while the prices are lower!

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03 August 2008

Rio Drops Hotel Rates for Our Conference!

We just heard that The Rio has dropped hotel rates from $129/night to $90/night for the dates of our conference. That should be in just about everybody's budget!

We now estimate that between airfare, hotel and tax, what you might spend eating in Vegas, and our registration fee, most attendees will spend around $1000 to attend our event.

We have ONE speaker who can save you hundreds of dollars per month. One of my clients started using his company, and started saving $500/month.

We know that RocketPlace will quickly pay for itself. And with all the changes going on at eBay, you will want more one-on-one help, education, and consulting to grow with the changes.

Check out http://www.rocketplace.com for all of the details on the dates, speakers, and other cool networking we're planning.

RocketPlace is only six weeks away now, so you'll want to secure your space. The event maxes out at 75 beginners and 275 PowerSellers.

Early bird reg is through Friday 8 August. Get $25 off with code BLOG and another $50 off if you pre-pay for your hotel room during registration!

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