Last week I was invited to San Jose to visit with eBay and find out all about the company and what their current plans are. For me the entire trip was an “Unwrap Attack” of firsts. The day I checked in, I met Kat from Sassy Irish Lassy and Blissfully Domestic. Her first words to me were “shut up” instead of, “Hi, my name is Kat, what’s yours.” I deserved it though, I ruined the surprise of what was in the bag that eBay left at the check in desk for us. Then I asked her if she wanted to go to lunch and we went to a Hispanic restaurant just down a block from the Hotel. There we both had Cheese mole (chocolate mole) enchiladas. After watching seasons of Top Chef, I’ve always wondered if Mole was coffee or chocolate or could be both. Well, now I know that it can at least be chocolate and it is TO DIE FOR!
That night we had dinner with a few people from eBay at a Sushi Bar. I’ve never had real sushi before so check that off as two firsts in less than 24 hours. We all socialized and ate until we couldn’t eat anymore. Overall, I would have to say that I am not a Sushi person after all.
The next day we were shipped off to eBay for a day full of meetings in a conference room. We received an awesome lesson on SEO from Dennis Goedegebuure, which deserves a post in itself. But for now I’ll give you three big tips..
1) Do not link to the words “Click Here”
2) Use tags and categories
3) Stumbleupon can be a very close and dear friend
After meeting with Dennis we met with Annie Lescroart head of eBay green. That too deserved it’s own post and I was so excited about it that I wrote about the eBay green box a few days ago. We then met with Andy Palmer and learned about eBay’s group gifts. eBay’s group gifts are one of the easiest ways to group give. To group gift with eBay you need an eBay account and a paypal account. You sign on to eBay and pick out something to give. Decide how much you want everyone to pay and invite others to share in the expense. You can invite people using e-mail, facebook, or twitter. Just remember if you use facebook and twitter it’s no longer a private matter. But if I was getting a gift for my grandmother who is not on-line at all then it would still be a secret. If you are not able to get enough people to go in on the gift all you have to do is cancel it and then all money is refunded to the people that did participate. Easy Peasy!
To further explain eBay’s Group Gifts, it is a new social shopping tool, eBay Group Gifts. eBay Group Gifts allows you to find gifts for family and friends through Facebook. All you have to do is invite them via Facebook or email to contribute to the cost of the gift via PayPal (credit/debit card included) and it’s ready to go. eBay will even suggest items for your friend that has everything based on their interests on their Facebook page.
It’s an entirely new way to shop. It is simple, intuitive and lets you use the power of your own network of friends and family to give bigger, better gifts. After all, Group Gifting is more than something savvy shoppers face at the holidays; it’s a way to get the right gift all year long.
The highlight of the event of course was meeting Samantha Bee and watching all of the “Unwrap Attack” Commercials. I was laughing so hard I wanted to cry. Samantha Bee Causes an Upwrap Attack.
Of course then we had the opportunity to film a mini commercial for our own sites. I can’t wait to see how it turned out. I was wearing the same color that they were using as a back screen and had to change shirts. Between that and having to remember lines I was next to hyperventilating when it was my turn. So while I was trying to regain a regular breathing I realized I was not smiling the whole time we filmed my little spot with Samantha Bee. I’m hoping the whole thing turns out to look funny and not painful. LOL.
An Unwrap Attack is when you find the most perfect gift for someone in your life and you surprise them with it and Ebay is the location to find anything under the sun. The eBay Unwrap Attack Creator on Facebook allows you to see your loved ones have an Unwrap Attack before the holidays. Upload a photo, choose a gift from eBay, and watch how they react when receiving that just-right gift
The eBay Love to Give web destination is a hub that hosts all of Samantha Bee’s eBay webisodes and a gallery of consumer-created "unwrap attack" videos that will showcase some of the most hilarious and heartwarming gift giving and receiving moments captured on video – moments of pure emotion when people receive the “just-right” gift. There will be 6 webisodes total. To date, the following Samantha Bee videos are available for you to enjoy, laugh to and share.
In accordance to the FTC Guidelines and WOMMA Code of Ethics, I am disclosing that my time, travel and accommodations have been compensated by eBay for my participation in the Love to Give campaign. Although I have a material connection to eBay, any publicly stated opinions of eBay remain my own.