As of Monday 2nd March, I became Market Dojo’s first official employee and the very next day, my knowledge and skills were put to the test as I awoke to my alarm at 4am for my journey to eWorld!
Market Dojo has attended nine eWorlds to date, however this was my very first visit to the exhibition. Coming from a marketing background with little experience of the Procurement industry, I found the day incredibly insightful, extremely beneficial and as I wandered round the stands, chatting to various suppliers/competitors/partners, everyone was really friendly and keen to teach me about the ins and outs of the world of Procurement.
As we made our way from Westminster tube to the conference, I was introduced to Mr Peter Smith from Spend Matters, whom we later got a chance to show our new Lot Matrix to, and we carried on our merry way to the conference. Upon arrival, we were greeted with a free gammon roll (many thanks to the eWorldteam), a cup of coffee and began to load our stand up with our promotional material. We shared our stand with one of our partners, the consultancy firmBaker Wanless, and I met one of the consultants, the lovely Angela Olszewska.
A fantastic stream of people passed by the stand as we were situated next to the entrance. As a result, we were never at a loss for people to speak to, demo to and just generally chat to about our love of e-sourcing and e-auctions!
I attended a talk by Tania Seary of Procurious about the benefits of Social Media to the Procurement world and watched her handle some pretty tough questioning from a few fellow listeners which opened up an interesting debate.
As far as conferences and trade shows go, I have attended a few in my time in various sectors of business and this BY FAR has been one of the most dynamic, welcoming and (most importantly) successful that I have experienced.