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Procurement and social media . . . is it a pairing made in heaven or the other place?
In this month's Point - Counterpoint discussion, Kelly Barner and Jon Hansen talk about the impact that social media has (and ultimately will) have on our profession.
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This Monday is a brand new episode of Graphic Policy Radio, the show that mixes comics and politics. For this episode we're welcoming first time guest Karama Horne, aka "the blerdgurl" to talk comics and more!
Karama Horne (a.k.a. - “the blerdgurl”) is a freelance commercial video editor by day and comic book reading, anime watching, TV live tweeting, K-Pop listening, blog writing, superhero geek gurl by night. On a mission to shine a light on both characters and sequential artists of color, she provides commentary, reviews and interviews on her popular tumblr and official website theblerdgurl.com.
One of her most popular posts, “25 Reasons Why You’re Not Making Money at Comic Cons” went viral in 2015 and received over 23K pageviews in 3 days. She has been quoted on popular media sites like Comics Alliance, Comic Book Resources and The Beat. Her writing has been featured on Black Girl Nerds, The Mary Sue and PeepGame Comix.
When Karama’s not writing or editing, she’s fixing up her century old brownstone in the Bedford Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn that she shares with her two cats who plot her demise daily. You can find the blerdgurl on twitter, facebook, instagram and tumblr.
Today Buyers Meeting Point welcomes Michael Hinkley, an intern at Source One Management Services, as our guest. The Source One Management Services team plays an active part in the guest blogging scene on Buyers Meeting Point. Every month, they send me a submission and we work together to tweak it until it is ready to run.
In September, they sent me a very interesting post on the role of forecasting and planning in procurement. You can read it on Buyers Meeting Point if you’re interested. The only thing is, there was no author listed. When I asked who had written the post, they told me it was from one of their interns and given all of the discussion on the rise of Millennials in the workplace, and the anticipated changes in procurement in general, I thought to myself, this is someone I have to meet.
Michael Hinkley is a student at the University of Chicago majoring in Economics. In his role at Source One, Hinkley is a valued extension of the consulting team, working closely with analysts and project leads to support strategy execution. He is adept at conducting thorough cross-category research of commodities, suppliers, and markets. He also assists in the facilitation of the sourcing process through data analytics and RFP execution. Prior to his role at Source One, Hinkley was a Finance Intern at Green Flash Brewing Co. where he supported accounting processes for the company including analyzing the progress of various supply chain functions and monitoring the profitability of different brands, package sizes, and distributors.
You can read Michael's post on Buyers Meeting Point: Techniques for Accurately and Efficiently Forecasting Demand
Today Buyers Meeting Point welcomes two guests from Wake Forest University: Dr. Jim Narus and Dr. Michelle Steward. They have been conducting research into the role of social media in procurement since this summer and have some results to share with us.
In this conversation, they share some of the results and conclusions from their research, including:
Some of the trends being seen in the B2C 'customer journey' are relevant to B2B customers as well.
Procurement is spending more time using technology at the beginning and end of the process - supplier evaluation and management - than during the middle of the process.
Leading procurement adopters of digital technology are most likely to be new or in tech-savvy industries.
Dr. Jim Narus serves as a Research Fellow at the Institute for the Study of Business Markets at Pennsylvania State University. Professor Narus is involved in a variety of international marketing research projects and also regularly teaches abroad. He has worked as a marketing professor at Wake Forest University since January 1988.
Dr. Michelle Steward is an Associate Professor at the School of Business at Wake Forest University. Her research interests center on issues involving role management and the coordination of internal working relationships, and how each drive superior performance in business-to-business markets.
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This Monday is a brand new episode of Graphic Policy Radio and joining us are the team behind the webcomic Bash Back. The comic is described as "a story of the Queer Mafia" from the minds and creativity of writers Kelsey Hercs and Lawrence Gullo and artist Fyodor Pavlov. The webcomic is updated each Monday.
After thousands of years of bloodshed, torment, and ridicule, now is the time to take what is ours. Bash Back comic is a cathartic, hyper-violent, contemporary queer revenge fantasy.
Kelsey Hercs is a playwright and performer based in New York City. Bash Back is her first foray into writing for comics, and she is thrilled that this project is the one she's cutting her comic-writing teeth on.
Russian emigre Fyodor Pavlov is a freelance illustrator, comic artist and smut peddler. In print, Pavlov’s work can be found in Sherlock Holmes Mystery Magazine, The Ouroboros Cycle, Queerotica: A Comics Anthology, and more. His latest comics foray is the art of Bash Back. Together with his husband and creative partner Lawrence Gullo, he co-directs Dr. Sketchy's NYC, throws costume parties and raises a very spoiled cat.
Lawrence Gullo - Writer, colorist, and graphic design for Bash Back. Artist and performance artist. Speaker on transgender issues.
We want to hear your questions. Tweet them to us @graphicpolicy.
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Faith is the first comic to star a plus-sized superhero! Graphic Policy Radio welcomes special guest, writer Jody Houser who is part of the team at Valiant Comics bringing Faith to life in one of the year's most anticipated comics.
Jody Houser earned her MFA in Creative Writing at Emerson College in Boston, where she completed her master's thesis in screenwriting and was a winner of the Rod Parker Fellowship for Playwriting.
She began experimenting with webcomics in 2006 and is the creator behind the webcomic Cupcake POW!, which has updated weekly since 2010 and is currently available on comiXology Submit.
Jody has been a contributing writer to numerous comic anthologies including Womanthology: Heroic and Womanthology: Space from IDW, CMYK: Magenta from Vertigo, and Avengers: No More Bullying from Marvel, as well as Dead Roots and Rise: Comics Against Bullying. Recently, Jody has written Orphan Black for IDW and Agent May for Marvel.
Faith was the break out star of Valiant's Harbinger. A psionically gifted “psiot” she has always aspired to greatness. Now this once-ordinary teenager is taking control of her destiny and becoming the hard-hitting hero she’s always known she can be – complete with a mild-mannered secret identity, unsuspecting colleagues, and a day job as a reporter that routinely throws her into harm’s way! Well, at least she thought it would… When she’s not typing up listicles about cat videos, Faith makes a secret transformation to patrol the night as the City of Angels’ own leading superhero – the sky-soaring Zephyr! But flying solo is going to be tougher than she ever thought.
Tweet us your questions @graphicpolicy.
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It's a new year and that means "best of" lists are flooding the internet as folks say what they think topped 2015. The Graphic Policy Radio team of Brett and Elana this Monday discuss what they think are the best comics and graphic novels of 2015!
Didn't get to read a lot of comics? Wondering what you might have missed? Thinking about where to start in 2016? This is the show for you to get ideas as to some of the comics that topped last year.
We of course want to hear from you too! Tweet us your thoughts @graphicpolicy
Today Buyers Meeting Point welcomes two guests from Wake Forest University: Dr. Jim Narus and Dr. Michelle Steward.
Dr. Jim Narus serves as a Research Fellow at the Institute for the Study of Business Markets at Pennsylvania State University and Dr. Michelle Steward is an Associate Professor at the School of Business at Wake Forest University. Back in December, they both joined me to talk about how the customer journey has changed because of the use of digital tools – and what that means for B2B procurement. Click here to listen to The Influence of the Digital Environment on Decision-making in Procurement on BMP Radio.
In this follow up interview we discuss:
How the inclinations of Baby Boomers, Generation Xers, and Millennials differ with regard to evaluating suppliers
How procurement reacts differently to positive and negative reviews and what difference the source of the review makes
Whether the growing reliance on external supplier feedback had led to a greater willigness on the part of procurement professionals to offer up their own review
Politicians during election periods in their campaigns always promise to do better and offer workable policies upon forming government. However, is this a reality or simply campaign jargon, because the case for Zambia has shown that in an economy solely dependant on a donor funded budget and major industries owned by foreign multi nationals the major questions needing attention is that; What is Zambia's economic policy? Do Zambia's political parties present any economic ideologies to argue their quest for State House? Join our power packed ZBTR round table team.
In this episode, Buyers Meeting Point welcomes Alun Rafique and Anya McKenna, both from Market Dojo, to share how their unique approaching to branding also applies to how procurement should handle today's challenges and opportunities.
For anyone not already familiar with Market Dojo, they are a procurement solution provider, but also a decidedly 'personality-first' company – as evidenced by their creative YouTube videos and branding approach.
You'll want to watch some of their (very) creative YouTube videos after listening to this interview.
Politics, art, history, and the state of the 2016 presidential campaign are the subject of The Halli Casser-Jayne Show, Wednesday, January 13, 3pm ET when joining Halli at her table are cultural historian, Dr. Victoria Coates, senior advisor for foreign policy on Senator Cruz’ 2016 presidential campaign and the author of DAVID’S SLING: A HISTORY OF DEMOCRACY IN TEN WORKS OF ART, and Newsweek magazine’s political editor, Matthew Cooper.
Dr. Victoria Coates received her Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania. She has served as Director of Research in the Office of Donald Rumsfeld. Currently, she is a senior staff member for national security for the United States Senate and the senior advisor for foreign policy on Senator Cruz’ 2016 presidential campaign. She is now the author of a new book DAVID’S SLING: A HISTORY OF DEMOCRACY IN TEN WORKS OF ART in which she explores the synergy between freedom and the highest level of human achievement – and demonstrates how Western values are crucial to the expansion of liberty in our time.
Journalist and veteran White House correspondent, Matthew Cooper is known for his in-depth reporting and analysis from Washington. Mr Cooper has worked for some of America's most prestigious magazines including Time, The New Republic, National Journal and U.S. News & World Report. He wrote for Newsweek in the 1990s and rejoined the re-launched magazine in 2014. He has appeared on "60 Minutes," "Meet the Press," Hardball, The O’Reilly Factor and This Week with George Stephanopoulos.
Today Buyers Meeting Point welcomes Phillip Ideson as our guest. Phil is the Founder and Principal Consultant at ProcureChange, a boutique advisory firm that helps companies turn procurement into a competitive advantage through the use of as-a-service delivery models.
Philip has 15 years of experience driving procurement transformation for leading brands such as Pfizer, Ford, GM and Chiquita. He has worked across the entire procurement value chain, both as a subject matter expert and a leader. Philip has worked on both sides of the outsourcing table, as a buyer and a delivery leader.
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