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Want to see what others are doing on Procurious?

Open your eyes – now it’s easier than ever to see what’s happening on your online business network.

We’ve been doing a lot of work behind the scenes at Procurious HQ this week…

Choose between two network feeds

 

Your new timeline

Pay a visit to your ‘Community’ tab and you might notice something has changed… We now provide you with a choice of viewing modes; ‘Whole Network’ or ‘My Network’.

We’ve made the changes (in-part) to allow you to see the richness of the network, and remind you of the activity going on around you. So now you can see when your contacts ask and answer questions, or when they share and reply to a post.

If you want to keep an eye on everything happening on Procurious, the Whole Network view is for you. Unlike the My Network option, you will see every interaction in ‘almost’ real-time.

Both views also include useful notifications about the people your contacts are adding to their networks.

You can switch between the two at will, so see which view you prefer!

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Get connected

Along with the updates we announced in our previous blog post, it’s now easier than ever to make connections across the Procurious network. Remind yourself of these here.

Today you’ll also see a new ‘Get connected’ area towards the right of your view (note: not on the ‘Learning’ or ‘Blog’ pages). This is a place where we suggest other Procurious members we think you should add to your network. Should you wish to search for some more, you can either refresh your browser window, or click the additional link to ‘view more’.

See what else is happening

But we’re not done yet… Journey beyond Get Connected and you will find a showcase of all the other cool things that are happening on Procurious.

As you can see we’ve chosen to highlight a selection of new blog postings, training videos, discussion topics, and forthcoming events.

We hope you’ll agree that these are powerful and worthwhile changes to the network. As ever we value your feedback, so feel free to comment below or email us at info@procurious.com

Follow us on Twitter to keep updated, and hear about the new features winging their way to the network first.

If you could ask just ONE question…

What would it be?

The ‘Discussions’ area on Procurious is buzzing with inquisitive minds. So if you could ask just one question to your fellow members, what would it be?

Struggling? Here’s some inspiration:

Lisa Malone asks – ‘Which are the biggest Procurement teams in the UK and Europe?’

Alexandra Goffey wants to know – ‘Do you negotiate KPIs into contracts pre or post award?’

While Jack Slade poses – ‘What’s your favourite buying story?’

You can even consult the Procurious community for help with your studies – just like Alejandro Santos. Go and give him some love!

The Procurious Discussions page

Where can I find it?

Discussions is one of the tabs on the Procurious navigation bar. Alternatively, you can catch a preview of the latest posts from your ‘Community’ page – just scroll halfway down and it’ll be on the right.

Getting to know the Discussions page

The Discussions default view will list all questions by date asked. You can alter this by using the ‘Sort by’ drop-down menu.

Want to hone in on a certain topic? You can also specify which questions you see by selecting a topic in the ‘Show questions in…’ menu.

Asking a new question on Procurious.com

To pose a question, just start tapping away in this long box. Yes, that one right there.

Don’t worry about the ‘Add more details’ field, this is entirely optional. But you’ll be prompted to select a topic/subtopic for categorising purposes.

When done, just hit the green button to ‘Post’.

How to follow a discussion on Procurious

If you’re wanting to keep track of more than a few different questions, click the ‘Follow’ button found on the question’s page.

You can view your specially-curated collection by selecting the ‘Following’ tab on the main Discussions page.

That’s as hard as it gets… Very soon you’ll be firing off answers and coming up with thoughtful head scratchers like the best of them!

Sharing your discussion

Once you’ve submitted your question, you could always just sit back and wait for the Procurious community to reply… But why not share your discussion with your contacts, or even further afield on social media?

Share a discussion on Procurious

To share a Procurious discussion: click the ‘Share’ command, and select from Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, or Google+.

How to build your Procurious network quickly and easily

Build your network on Procurious.com

Visit Procurious.com today and you might notice something new… We’ve introduced a number of big changes that will both help you build your network – and grow Procurious in the same breath.

One of the most popular asks has been invites by email – before, you were limited to just approaching those on LinkedIn (not ideal). We’re pleased to announce that you are now able to invite your colleagues and peers directly via email. Plus we’ve added the ability to sort and filter your LinkedIn contacts.

To get started, just click the big green ‘Build Your Network’ button – you can find this in the same place, across every page on the site.

Let’s run through the tools on offer:

Search LinkedIn on Procurious

Filter your LinkedIn contacts

‘Invite via LinkedIn’ works just as before – only this time you are able to search on the fly and filter people with just a couple of key presses.

Note: any contacts already a part of your Procurious network are easily identified by a green Procurious icon.

Below the search area you are able to customize a message to send to the contacts you wish to invite.

Invite contacts to Procurious by email

Invite via email

We expect this to be a popular addition to the site!

Click the ‘Invite by email’ button to begin writing a message to those contacts not on LinkedIn. Just enter your friend’s email address in the box specified (remembering to separate each one with a comma). Hit ‘Send invitations’ when done.

Filter your contacts

More powerful networking 

The Build Your Network page has also had a overhaul.

Now you are able to view the entire Procurious network, and filter members by country, industry, and category.

When you find a member you want to add to your network, click ‘Add to network’, then sit back and wait for them to accept.

Share a personal invite

If you don’t want to use any of the aforementioned invitation methods then why not send a personalized link to Procurious instead?

Just copy the link provided and share it via a method of your choosing (Twitter, Facebook, G+, personal email etc.)

One final thing…

We’ve tinkered around with member profiles – now when visiting a profile, the first thing you will see is the ‘My story’ page.  So we encourage you to fill this out and allow other members to learn a bit more about you.

Follow @Procurious_ on Twitter
Like Procurious on Facebook
Add us on Google+

Spend Matters hits the nail on the head

When it comes to procurement, Peter Smith is a man who knows what he’s talking about.

The Managing Director and Editor of Spend Matters UK/Europe is among the profession’s top influencers so I was particularly delighted to read his review of Procurious.

The assessment was balanced and overall, very positive: “Procurious is a well put together, professional and attractive site, with some people behind it who clearly know the procurement world pretty well”.

In questioning whether the niche environment of Procurious will offer members value beyond that of broader networking platforms such as LinkedIn, Peter hits the nail on the head.

While social networks such as LinkedIn or Twitter offer scale and reach, they tend to be noisy, overcrowded and the content often lacks relevance for procurement. If you were looking for genuine career guidance, LinkedIn can rarely offer the in-depth answers needed.

As Procurious continues to evolve (We are currently in a soft launch phase – the full site will be launched in September 2014), we believe the key differentiator from other broad networking platforms will be the ability to connect and learn directly from people operating in the same industry or managing the same categories.

The quality and level of Q&A activity in the ‘Discussions’ section of Procurious, as compared with many of the stagnant discussion groups on LinkedIn, seems to confirm our belief that people feel more inclined to seek advice and share in a highly specialized and credible environment.

While Procurious is by no means the first niche vertical network out there – Oil Pro, set up to cater to professionals in the Oil and Gas sector, has attracted over 50,000 users in just 7 months – it offers procurement the opportunity to take a real leadership position within the business: Demonstrating how social media can redefine the way modern professionals work, connect and collaborate.

Just this week, TechCrunch featured an article on the rise of social professional networks – read it here.  I’m extremely proud that Procurement, via Procurious, is at the leading edge of this trend.

Procurious just might be a game-changer for Procurement because despite the undisputed progress made internally, frustrating and dated misconceptions persist externally. It doesn’t help that as a community, procurement professionals are still largely disconnected.

By coming together on Procurious, we can support the next generation of procurement leaders and empower them to change the face of the profession from the inside out.

In little more than a month, we’ve registered 1000 members from 48 countries. So the signs are looking good but we’re not about to stop here. To achieve our goal of becoming the global hub for procurement, we need your support.

If you haven’t already done so, we’re asking you to logon or refer a colleague to www.procurious.com – there is no cost to become a member or access any of the online training. We’re hungry for your feedback as to the direction Procurious should take and what value we can provide to you as members.

By coming together and supporting your fellow peers, we will demonstrate the strength and reach of this incredible global community.

Tania

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How to develop your skills in just 5 minutes

Ahead of some fairly-sizeable changes to Procurious next week, we thought we’d take a moment to highlight some of the smaller things that might have passed you by.

Learning resources

Have you seen what’s behind the ‘Learning’ menu?

There are two different types of learning material available on Procurious. Free and paid. You’ll be able to immediately differentiate between the two – as all paid videos will clearly display their price upfront.

However, all paid videos offer a short 30 second sampler (so you can see what you’re getting before you commit).

From the Learning homepage simply select a video of your choosing

Watch training videos on Procurious

Click the ‘Free enrol now’ button to add the selected video to your basket and unlock all the lessons associated with it.

Should you select a paid video instead, you’ll see a ‘Add this class to cart’ button.

If a video is made-up of multiple parts (or lessons), you’ll see the contents of the video in the handy ‘Lesson tree’ to the left of the player.

Discussions on ProcuriousDiscussions

Discussions can be accessed from the ‘Discussions’ button on the main navigation – you’ll also see the latest conversations appear to the right of your ‘Community’ feed too.

We’re working making the hottest topics even more discoverable around the site, but it’s encouraging to see that more and more of you are getting involved!

Twitter

Did you know that we’re also on Twitter?

You can find Procurious tweeting regularly, so head on over and follow @procurious_ for all the latest.

Procurious is like the 2014 World Cup – so is your country represented?

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Procurious truly has World Cup fever…

Here from our crow’s nest at Procurious HQ it’s clear to see that London has gone football crazy. Fever for the FIFA World Cup 2014 is infectious, sweeping the nation, leaving many a hangover in its wake. But it doesn’t just end there… It’s traversing oceans, hot-footing over deserts, grappling-up mountains and more.

We’d be foolish if we didn’t liken Procurious to this major global event… although wholly different in context, we are quietly spreading our membership far and wide, and making headlines for all the right reasons.

After a star-turn in Supply Management, we’re happy to report that Procurious has enjoyed a surge in sign-ups (that’s over 250 new members) – so thanks to all who’ve hopped onboard of late.

Read the Supply Management article

Procurious goes global – 83 countries in 36 days

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Click on the infographic to view full size.

We tasked our design wizards to come up with something that perfectly charts Procurious’ global reach – and we think this infographic speaks volumes about our growth to-date.

Please feel free to share this across social media (whether that be Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, or even here on Procurious).

That’s not all – over the next week we will be running profiles on selected members of the community to show just how “rich” and global Procurious is becoming.

How did you get into procurement? Tell us your story

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Make that little guy happy… fill-out your profile

Here at Procurious we believe procurement has an image problem. As a profession it’s been saddled with ‘uncool’ and outdated stereotypes – the time has now come for us to join forces and become more collectively valued.

This is where you come in… Your Procurious profile is the place to show-off your wares to the world, so why not flesh it out and tell your story!

Let other Procurious members know about your journey; was it a straightforward career path, or did you take some wild turns along the way?

Check out what some of our members have already revealed in the Generation Procurement blog series:

Tony Huang
Jason Ng
Georgina Portelli

Let us know if you would like to be profiled and featured on Procurious for all to see!

Fleshing out your ‘My Story’ page

Your ‘My Story’ page is where the magic happens.  Just click on your profile picture, and hit the ‘Edit profile’ button (or locate the drop-down menu). So no matter where you are on the site, you can update your profile with ease.

Edit profile

From here you are able to detail professional information such as your function, industry details, level of responsibility, and procurement system used.

You can also let other members view your education history (along with relevant qualifications), and work experience.

Just click inside a text box to add, remove or amend details as you see fit.

If you want to make yourself freely contactable to other Procurious members, why not also fill-out your contact details too? You can specify an email address, phone number, and Skype username.

Get the most out of Procurious

Here on the blog, we post helpful tips and guides on all-things Procurious every week. Here’s some you might have missed:

Add a picture to your profile
Control your notifications
How to use the ‘User list’

And finally… everybody loves an infographic

The Faculty spoke to more than 100 CPOs and Procurement Managers – here’s what they said:

Faculty infographic

Read more here

Come back next week to learn more. Cheers!

Are you a superhero hiding your real identity?

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We’re happy to report that there are over 500 members already signed-up to the site! *As of January 2017 we are 18000+ strong

Here at Procurious.com we believe that procurement has a new face. It’s younger, smarter, more ambitious, more global and more mobile than ever before. This is a place to share your knowledge, grow your network, learn from your peers and make meaningful connections. Surprisingly enough, one of the easiest ways to do this is by adding a picture to your profile.

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Captain America, Ms. Marvel, and Batman are all excellent role-models but you’re not here to fight crime…

Who’s behind the mask?

As much as we’d like to count Batman, Captain America, Ms. Marvel, Arrow, Flash, and Catwoman among our members, hiding your identity from the world (and the Procurious community) won’t have the same effect as it did in the comic books…

We all like to see who we are talking to, add a picture and let other members put a face to the name.

Add a picture

We’ve made it easy as pie to add a picture to your Procurious profile. Let’s take a peek behind the veil, show us your face!

Visit your profile page and click on ‘Edit Profile’ to add your photo.

How to add a photo

You don’t need to worry about uploading the wrong size, Procurious will allow you to crop your image before you save any changes.

Choose a header photo too

If you want to personalise your profile even more, why not make it really stand out by adding a header photo?

Again, the image will be cropped to just the right size (but landscape pictures work better here – think widescreen).

Further reading

And if you missed it, here’s our girl Chantelle Genovezos talking to George Vrakas about all-things Procurious.

Take a read here.

Until next time folks! Matt

Which corner of the world HASN’T Procurious reached?

Every week we aim to bring you a selection of useful updates and tips for getting the most out of Procurious.

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Procurious truly has worldwide appeal!

Our users come from far and wide. Our list of visiting countries reads like the leaderboard for Eurovision – with the obvious exception of Australia…

Our global reach takes in Spain, Italy, Sweden, Slovenia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Turkey, Romania, and more!

Check out an event near you

Events listings on Procurious

Keeping with the worldwide theme, we’ve been adding to our growing ‘Events’ listings.

Clicking on a listing will provide you with an overview of the event, info on confirmed speakers, location details, and other Procurious members who’ve confirmed their attendance.

RSVP to an event on Procurious

From here you can RSVP, leave comments, and visit the official event website to book your place.

What’s more, if you RSVP via the Events page, your contacts will be able to see too. Who knows – they might even join you?

See who's going

We’re always on the lookout for upcoming events, so if we don’t have yours, drop us a line and let us know.

Control your notifications

Profile settings

If you feel like you’re receiving too many email notifications from us, here’s a simple tip to stem the flow of mail.

Head on over to your ‘Settings’ page.

Control your notifications

From here you can choose when Procurious sends you an email. Just un-tick/tick the options as desired – remembering to click ‘Save changes’ when done.

More Procurious tips

So if you missed last week’s update, there’s always time to catch-up. We covered the following:

  • Inviting people to your network
  • The new ‘User list’ feature
  • Adding a profile picture
  • Where to find training videos

Check it out here 

Feature requests?

We’ve opened up a discussion topic to capture your ideas! Let us know what else you’d like to see on Procurious.

Until next week! Matt