Merchant Newsletter – July 24, 2013

Dear Merchants,

I hope everyone is having a great week. We’ve got lots of awesome information for you this week, so be sure to take it all in. Thanks to all for making the most of your OpenSky Marketplace experience! Here’s some great information and updates for this week:


  • BUYERS BEST FRIEND-We all know that expanding the reach of your brand is a vital factor in growing your business, and our friends at Buyer’s Best Friend can help you in a key way to develop your wholesale market presence. Read on in the newsletter for more about this amazing business and for a special offer for OpenSky Merchants!



  • POST, POST, POST in the brand new Feed! Monday night we upgraded the Feed with clean designs and a simple user experience. It’s like Twitter, but for Shopping – your Followers can actually BUY! Here’s how it works:
    • It’s Really Simple: You Post, Followers Love your Posts, more Followers see your Posts and Shoppers BUY! Post, Love, See, Buy!
    • The Data is In: Merchants who POST more SELL more- 6X more! And merchants with sales average 2.5x more followers than merchants without sales
    • It’s Time: MAKE A POST NOW!



  • Weekly Community Events- We’re here to help, so take advantage of our weekly merchant outreach events
    • OpenOffice-SPECIAL EDITION: Thursday, July 25th, 3-6PM at our NYC offices (18 West 18th St., btw 5th and 6th Aves., 9th Floor) – We’ll be having drinks and hors d’oeuvres in celebration of our NEW Feed and OpenSky Founder and CEO John Caplan will be giving demonstrations on how to make the most of this awesome tool!
    • OpenDiscussion: Friday, July 26th at 12PM EST. Dial 559-726-1200 and enter access code 106158. This week’s call will focus on customer service and how the OpenSky Customer Love team manages inquiries from members including returns



  • BUYER’S BEST FRIEND As we mentioned above, we’d love to introduce you to Buyer’s Best Friend
    • What is it? Buyer’s Best Friend is the world’s largest catalog of specialty and natural products, with over 125,000 products from 2,200 brands. BBF enables buyers and sellers to connect much more efficiently using their online catalog and ordering system. See what Buyers and Sellers have to say about BBF!
    • How does it work? You can join their catalog for free simply by sending them your wholesale price sheet, product images and a brief description of your product to They’ll create a free basic listing for you, so that 8,500 buyers (and growing!) will be able to find your brand.
      Check out some of the brands they already work with! 
    • Only for OpenSky! BBF also offers Premium Plans for those that really want to jump-start the reach of their business. Join the BBF Premium Plan by July 31st and BBF will give you 20 free units of Smart Sampling, a program where they ship hand-picked samples to their most active buyers and then their reps will follow up to get feedback and orders! OR, you can choose to opt to have one free foot of shelf space at their WFFS Booth in January of 2014 in San Francisco! Not a bad deal, huh?
    • Sign Me Up! Contact to get started, or call 415-375-0439


As always, we’re here to help. Please don’t hesitate to contact us with any needs at

Have an awesome week!

My best,

Will Hunt

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