eWorld 30 – Cake, Quizzes and Competitions

Arriving at QEII in London for eWorld Procurement and Supply Summit, armed with a plethora of marketing materials, we set up our stand by the entrance next to the lovely Baker Wanless ladies and began dishing out flyers for our competition to all those that passed.

Although the footfall didn’t seem as large as it did at eWorld in March, we had really engaging conversations with everyone who visited us. It was great to meet you all, thank you for stopping by. If you didn’t get a chance to stop and take a look at our eSourcing solutions, please get in touch for a demo.

Our #BeTheEsourcingHero

campaign went down really well with our giant hero attaining celebrity status as delegates got their pictures taken with the handsome figure!

Per Angusta, another of our partners whom we thoroughly recommend for savings tracking, flew in from France for their first ever eWorld. With French wine and cheese being given away in a prize draw, they weren’t short of visitors either!
Nick and Alun from the Market Dojo team gave a seminar on ‘Strategies to maximise eAuction success’. If you didn’t manage to stop by the stand to pick up a copy of the infographic, you can register on our platform (for free) and download it here.

 

At 3pm we announced the winner of our Lowest Unique Bid Competition. Congratulations to Matt Hird from the University of Lincoln who bagged themselves an iPad Mini and a month’s licence for Market Dojo’s eSourcing software with a winning bid of £0.13.

Once again a huge thanks to the eWorld team for another wonderful event. Despite the unreachable allure of a free bacon roll, we all had a really great day.  And the cake at the end, celebrating the 30th eWorld event went down a treat!

 

 

 

If you didn’t make eWorld, don’t worry, we’ll be at the CIPS event on 8th October.

About: Market Dojo provides accessible eSourcing software. Find out more at www.marketdojo.com

Enter Our Sept 2015 eWorld Competition

It feels like only yesterday we packed up our stand at eWorld in March, but with just 31 days to go until we gather again to hear about the latest innovation and technology in the procurement landscape, it’s time to dust off the old suit and tie for the 30th eWorld conference.

The Market Dojo team will be there in force and lots has happened since we last met at Westminster.

We also had an intern, Alex Mahe, who spent 10 weeks with us and created some really cool new designs. We shall reveal these at the upcoming conference, not to mention SIMdojo, our impending On-boarding tool.

We also decided to shake things up a little by borrowing the newly popular ‘penny bid’ auction concept from the likes of MadBid, DealDash etc. in which the last person to bid wins.
We’re holding a ‘Lowest Unique Bid’ competition via our eSourcing platform in which entrants will be asked to place a bid between £0 and £2 (inclusive).

The lucky winner will have the (uniquely placed) lowest value bid and shall be announced at eWorld, bagging themselves an iPad Mini and a month’s licence for our eSourcing platform.

How to enter:

Prizes:

For full T&Cs visit  our competition page.
Good luck everyone. Look forward to seeing you at eWorld!

About: Market Dojo provides accessible eSourcing software. Find out more at www.marketdojo.com

AND THE WINNER IS…

At eWorld on Tuesday 3rd March, visitors that came to our stand entered their businesses cards into our prize draw to be in with a chance of winning one Market Dojo Licence, encompassing an ENTIRE MONTH of full access to Market Dojo for one user with a value of £500!

At the end of the day, I pulled the lucky card from our jar (as you can see from the video featuring Alun and myself).

And so, our winner is…

…. Zael Prestel from Barclays bank! CONGRATULATIONS Zael! We hope you enjoy using our eSourcing software and can’t wait to see how your first eAuction goes!

If you entered our competition and unfortunately were not succesful, there will be another opportunity to win a license on 22nd September when we return to eWorld. So make sure you pop by the stand and say hello!

About: Market Dojo provides accessible eSourcing software. Find out more at www.marketdojo.com

eWorld March 2015 – A Procurement Rookie’s Perspective

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.

We look forward to following up with all the people we met and bring on eWorld 2015!
About: Market Dojo provides accessible eSourcing software. Find out more atwww.marketdojo.com

Communication with suppliers key to driving innovation

(Editor’s note:  this article was first published by Supply Management and is a review of a seminar given at eWorld Purchasing & Supply by a client of ours, Milla Harloff-Bernyk from Creative Education.)

By understanding suppliers’ needs, teacher training provider Creative Educationhas been able to reduce procurement spend without compromising on quality.

When faced with squeezed budgets as a result of the economic crisis, the firm’s procurement manager Milla Harloff-Bernyk said she used innovation to make sure the company could still offer the same service.

She said she was determined not to drop quality – for example using budget hotels as venues instead of Marriot Hotels – because she knew how much the customers valued the experience.
Harloff-Bernyk told delegates at the eWorld Purchasing & Supply conference in London yesterday she made use of an e-sourcing platform from Market Dojo to free up her team’s time for “human interaction and communication”.

“I believe the data is good, software is brilliant but without adoption it’s not going to happen,” she said. “So that’s why we have used something that suppliers will find very user-friendly and easy to interact with.”

Please read the full article in Supply Management here.

About: Market Dojo provides accessible eSourcing software. Find out more atwww.marketdojo.com

eWorld March 2014 & our little talk!

We recently returned from another fantastic eWorld event in Westminster.  The most noticeable difference for us between this event and previous ones was the absence of Market Dojo co-founder, Alun Rafique.  Alun and his wife Justyna are expecting their first child imminently and so a trip into central London was strictly off the cards, as you can imagine!

Having to make do with two of us on the stand, quite simply we were overcome by the sheer quantity of great discussions with passing delegates.  For any of you who approached our stand and did not have the chance to talk to us, we apologise profusely!

If it is any consolation, we missed the 2pm cut-off for hot lunches and had to make do with a chicken wrap and fruit salad for nourishment shortly before 3pm!  We’ve learnt our lesson and will ensure we have more colleagues on hand next time.

This year was another first for us as we held our own Innovation Briefing seminar entitled, “From identifying opportunities to realised savings” in conjunction with our client and partner, eQuiddity.   The 30 minute talk covered two major areas of procurement that are poorly defined, specifically:

The seminar, which was held concurrently with other events, was very well attended with all 80 chairs taken and some attendees even standing at the back!  eWorld are excellent at providing detailed feedback from delegates so we look forward to learning from that in due course.

For those of you who couldn’t make it, or if you’d like to own a copy of our presentation, you can download a PDF copy here (please first sign in or sign up to Market Dojo for the link to work).

It’s also great to see that eWorld have taken on board their own feedback and have provided free tea and coffees, which was possibly the most popular event of the day!  The queue snaked past our stand, which provided us a captive audience to engage with.  I hope we made your waiting time fly by!

Thanks again to all of you who came by and we look forward to a repeat event in September.

eWorld – September 2013

Last week saw our now regular outing to the eWorld Purchasing & Supply event in London.

The team in front of our booth

My day at eWorld began with a train journey to London Waterloo and a pleasant walk across Westminster Bridge, past Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament, to the Queen Elizabeth Conference Centre. When I arrived, the venue was a hive of activity as exhibitors unpacked their equipment and prepared for the day ahead. I found my colleagues in our familiar location, at the foot of the stairs to the seminar room.  They had already done most of the setup of our stand and I was just able to help add a few final touches.  Very soon it was time to greet the first delegates of the day.

The day flew past as we spoke to delegates about Market Dojo, and also got some interesting new ideas based on  their priorities and suggestions.

For me, what was particularly striking about this eWorld was how many Market Dojo customers were present. A really nice reminder of how we are growing. It was a great chance to put a face to a few familiar names and also discuss how they were getting on.  It was also really exciting to see the positive reaction we got for the  new things which we have been working on.

Before I knew it, the highly efficient catering team were circulating with drinks indicating that the event was almost over.  Of course, we squeezed every last minute out of our day, even doing a demonstration as the event staff began dismantled the booths around us.

After a quick review, it was time to say goodbye to my colleagues, and head back to Waterloo.
Many thanks to Claire Boffey and her team at Revolution for organising a great event.  Thanks also to everyone who took the time to stop and talk to us at eWorld.

The Market Dojo eWorld Purchasing & Supply experience!

Despite being in existence for only 7 months, we decided to invest in exhibiting in the eWorld show, having recognised it to be the premier event to exhibit for organisations in the e-procurement market after several great recommendations.

Organised by the very personable and accommodating Claire Boffey from Revolution Events, we were fast-tracked at the very last minute for the March 2011 event at the QEII Conference Centre in the heart of London.   Our position was in a great spot sandwiched between two networking areas and adjacent to the buffet area which allowed us to chat with the hungry visitors.  The London Eye and Big Ben provided the fantastic back-drop to our stand.  Setting up in the morning was the greatest challenge, unravelling our pristine banner and laying out the freshly printed brochures, although the highlight was the relief sought after dropping the heavy cargo off my now-disfigured back!  Revolution Events were very helpful in making sure we had all we needed, helping us overcome the usual technical issues of connecting to the wireless internet.   Chatting to our neighbours left and right whilst setting up, we discovered we were in the presence of an ex-Dragon’s Den contestant, which provided a fun start to the day to learn the truth behind the scenes of a smoothly-edited television programme!

Our first visitor popped by shortly after 9am and by 9:30am we had a steady stream of engaging discussions.  We were able to give live demonstrations of the software which proved popular, as did our prize draw for a free e-auction, amongst other prizes.  One thing we did see was the very noticeable ebb and flow of visitors in harmony with popular presentations scheduled throughout the day, which meant that one minute all would be quiet and the next you would have people queuing up to talk with you.  This did become a tricky balance as you didn’t want to cut visitors short or allocate them a later time for fear of appearing rude, yet at the same time you couldn’t keep people waiting either.  Even with the four of us on the stand it did get a little frantic on occasion, but naturally we took this as a great sign of encouragement!  Bizarrely it took us until the afternoon to realise that rather than doing a full live demonstration of the software each time, we would be just as informative by talking visitors through the 2 minute demonstration video that we have on our homepage of the complete e-sourcing process.  I don’t know why it took us so long to think of this.

As the afternoon passed, the visitor numbers began to dwindle, as did the resoluteness in our feet.  We met our final visitor on the dot of 4:30pm whilst those around us were starting to pack up.  Looking back on it, we were quite fortunate for not packing immediately as our visitor had just arrived, saw that we were the only ones still going, and we now have an exciting meeting scheduled with them.  We also have already had a great meeting post-eWorld with one of our neighbouring stands and we have many more meetings lined up as well. It really was a brilliant day for generating numerous opportunities and I highly recommend eWorld to anyone else thinking of taking part, be it presenting a talk or sponsoring a stand.

We were also pleased to announce that the winner of the free e-auction out of our 30 or so entrants was the Alzheimer’s Society.  I hope that this will be of great benefit to them and a very worthy cause it is too.
About:  Market Dojo provides business-to-business e-auction and e-sourcing software.  Find out more at www.marketdojo.com.

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