Keeping Business within Ecademy borders

Think about the services or goods will you be requiring over the next 6 months and what chance is there of keeping the business within the Ecademy borders rather than from suppliers outside Ecademy?

What would those potential suppliers have to do to make this a more viable option and what could Ecademy do too?




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Richard Evans

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Keeping Business within Ecademy borders

Many if not all professionals on ecademy are submitting themselves to a lot of scrutiny in the very beginning, but after a while those that are up highly on the leader board are probably those that can be more trusted (leader board a good metric from a virtual perspective). If you happen to be one of them. Ecademists then feel that they can approach those close by, or by those that contribute to most (those of you know who you are, nudge, nudge) to either help with business or gain some advice. That's me trying to give a general feel / consensus heading towards a personal perspective what I would do if I needed help. Warmest Regards Richard http://bit.ly/gdNg5Y

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Andrew Priestley

mr-andrewpriestley-117953

Keeping Business within Ecademy borders

Good blog Mike. I had a red wine and I'm not thinking straight but I want to come back with a comment tomorrow.

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Stuart Harris

stuartharris-72577

Vanishingly unlikely

The fact that somebody is on Ecademy says absolutely nothing about their competence, reliability or honesty. Zilch, zippo, nada. There are people here whose opinions I trust, and I may well ask them for recommendations for some of the services I'll be needing in the next six months or so. Structural engineer (domestic) Stone mason / builder (domestic) Electrician Floor layer Decorator - interior and exterior Cleaner

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Carolyn Williams

carolynwilliams-253741

Keeping Business within Ecademy borders

Mike @Many different points of view, many valid too, seems the general consensus so far is to bring more quality suppliers into Ecademy OR, perhaps preferably?, discover ones that are already here? discover ones that are already here? Suggests more offline Events in regions, plus 121's. ;)

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Mike Bailey

mikebailey2-505835

Keeping Business within Ecademy borders

Wow, some fantastic responses here. Totally agree that it shouldn't be expected to use Ecademy members as suppliers etc, IMO it's down to those members to prove their worth, the main way is via sharing content, knowledge, strategies etc, easier for some businesses than others. Many different points of view, many valid too, seems the general consensus so far is to bring more quality suppliers into Ecademy OR, perhaps preferably?, discover ones that are already here?

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Derek Sorensen

dereksorensen-69312

Keeping Business within Ecademy borders

I buy from those who provide great service at a good price. I don't buy from someone just because they are a member of ecademy: that's not what ecademy is about. Ecademy - and any business network - is about finding *advocates*, not customers or suppliers. If you are here to sell, you are in the wrong place.

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Andrew Horder

andrew-horder

Keeping Business within Ecademy borders

What we really need is both trust and excellence, one without the other will just skew the market and reduce value to members. If we have great trust, but the best suppliers are not within the borders of Ecademy, then we would all be buying inferior solutions to keep it in the family. If we have the best suppliers all here, but we have no mechanism for accelerating trust, then we may buy from within Ecademy, but with a degree of nervousness. To make membership of Ecademy synonymous with both trust and excellence will need to be the aim - the hows of that and the implications of that are massive.

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John Paul

johnpaul-94865

Keeping Business within Ecademy borders

My accountant came via Ecademy in 2006, he's still my accountant and does a very good job. On that note, if anyone is looking for an accountant opperating in a mid size firm, please ask and I'll happily recommend him.

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Robert Craven

robert-craven-22343

Keeping Business within Ecademy borders

I wonder how much business takes place here at the moment... 600,000 members spending an average of £100 each? 100 spending £1,000 each? RC

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Phillip Khan-Panni

PKP

Keeping Business within Ecademy borders

One way might be to 'sample'. To find out how good someone is at what they do, you really ought to experience them at first hand. One or two people have been prepared to run low cost seminars, for example, just to demonstrate their skills and knowledge. Of course, that isn't appropriate for all skills, but it could be a start. Ecademy could be the place for people to demonstrate what they can do, either in seminars or in projects. To build trust?

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John Paul

johnpaul-94865

Keeping Business within Ecademy borders

I would never constrain business to a single source - most of what I would require is already within my own professional network.

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Andreas Wiedow

andreas_wiedow

Keeping Business within Ecademy borders

You mean kinda sheep cheap shopping ?

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RealSteveHolmes Fading away soon

cvsage-38854

Keeping Business within Ecademy borders

I have tried but the results were at best mediocre for the "creative" skills I was looking for.

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Andrew Horder

andrew-horder

Keeping Business within Ecademy borders

Only three reasons I would consciously do that: 1) Best suppliers are here based on (a) trust (b) product (c) service, (d) price 2) Special prices for Ecademy members (but still subject to 1(a)(b)(c) above) 3) Genuinely trusted network, with extra redress if dealing with Ecademy member - big risk for Ecademy, would get involved in all sorts of petty (and not so petty) business squabbles. But would help with 1(a). Might not need to be contractual, maybe some kind of verified trader system, meaning disputes cost credibility; nightmare to administer, as I say. Nothing per se wrong with masonic type practices, masons look after each other because there's comeback if things go wrong. That's present to some extent with BNI. It's normal, reasonable and good business to trade as far as possible with people who share our view of the world - but only if we still get great value.

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Carolyn Williams

carolynwilliams-253741

Keeping Business within Ecademy borders

@If the right people are here, you won't need to do anything else for the business to follow. I agree with William here, doing business because the best people are here, as opposed to confining our needs for exclusivity. It's our job to attract the best on to ecademy. Love Lyndon's new platform encouraging members to trade. ;)

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Fred Rutgers

fredrutgers-186363

Keeping Business within Ecademy borders

Should ecademy members not go out of their way to offer the best possible deal to fellow members? Once you serve a few members very well, more will come soon and easy! What an easy way to attract business! Who would not want this?

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Alan Stevens

stevensa-38366

Keeping Business within Ecademy borders

One of the reasons that I'm no longer so active on this platform is that neither my preferred suppliers nor potential customers are here. Having said that, I'm sure that if I'd spent a bit more time on it, there are many great connectors here (William Buist for one). I would never recommend anyone, either as a supplier or potential client for someone else, simply because they belonged the same network as me. That's Masonic. It's also the reason why I could never belong to BNI. I recommend someone because they are the best person I know at what they do. As Ecademy grows, the chance of them being here increases. William's comments are spot-on. Best wishes Alan

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Angus Whitton

anguswhitton-88567

Keeping Business within Ecademy borders

Starting to care about SEO is a good start. Angus

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William Buist

WilliamBuist

Keeping Business within Ecademy borders

Business will flow to the suppliers that provide the best fit with the needs of the client. If that happens to be in Ecademy then that's good, but if it's not the best fit, and a better one exists, then that's who should be appointed. I'd rather see Ecademy becoming the place to do business because the best people were here, not because it was implied that one should 'keep it in the family'. If the right people are here, you won't need to do anything else for the business to follow.

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Peter H. Claes

peterclaes-97717

Keeping Business within Ecademy borders

Totally agree Fred :-) Grtz from belgium Peter

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Phillip Khan-Panni

PKP

Keeping Business within Ecademy

I'm sure you will find it an idea that will feature high on the list when the new Lead Coach scheme takes off. I will certainly be something I would encourage, both through ROSEE and in the new London group. PKP

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Fred Rutgers

fredrutgers-186363

Keeping Business within Ecademy borders

In my view this is what Ecademy is about! Business people helping buinesspeople!

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Lyndon Wood

Lyndon

Keeping Business within Ecademy borders

This is also a feature built into the new platform too. Trading with each other is a big part of who we are and what we will become much stronger with. Lyndon

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