We had a great day at Garage Sale 2.0 We sold a bunch of stuff (lots of books) and several folks have free books coming to them (a list of titles coming tomorrow morning).
We UStream’d and Twittered the event, which was a lot of fun. Five people from three different states inquired about various items listed on Flickr. So was Garage Sale 2.0 a success? I think so and here’s why:
- Using Craiglist for the only advertising showed the power of that avenue. We didn’t use the newspaper or signs on the corners.
- Word of Mouth online and offline worked great as several folks either blogged, twittered or used mobile technology to pass the word.
- Several CIB bloggers came by to buy.
- Counting mobile technology, we used these 2.0 tools for the event: Twitter, Typepad, Seesmic, YouTube, Flickr, UStream, Zemanta, Technorati, TwitPic, Craiglist.
So, lessons learned?
- Even though it was a financial success, an ad in the paper and signs on the corner would have added to the totals
- Better planning would have meant better sales. We decided to have the sale late yesterday afternoon.
- If this was held in San Jose or San Diego or Sterling, VA — I’d have sold everything by noon.
Still, I believe that versions of Garage Sale 2.0 could be something some brilliant entreprenuer-type could run with. Live streaming video/audio with bids and inquires from all across the conversphere added quite a dimension to the day. A "media assistant" to run the online stuff would’ve helped.
Thanks to the folks that blogged about the event. You’ll get a list of books to choose from tomorrow.