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Earn your way to #siba15! The odds and ends of point building

Posted By Nicki Leone, Wednesday, June 17, 2015
Updated: Thursday, May 21, 2015

Earn your way to #SIBA15.  The 40th Anniversary Discovery Show in Raleigh, NC is going to be a really big show and we want you there.  It’s my dream to get at least one bookseller from every core member.  And I know there are scheduling conflicts and unexpected events and financial concerns and its the financial concerns I want to help you address.

So now we are to the odds & ends of point building.  You get a point every time you or a staff member opens a bulk email.  One way to grow this number is to make sure all of your staff are added to your account with a unique email of their own.  And make sure they log-in regularly so the system knows who they are to count their points.  And then ask them to read their SIBA emails and build points (and they just might hear or learn something useful to being better booksellers).

SIBA maintains a listserve where members can talk to each other.  Post and respond to others here and earn points.  Again, get your staff involved on the listserve and they can earn points as well.  All points are assigned to the core member account.

Nominate, participate, engage, encourage staff to nominate okra picks, book awards, and holiday catalog titles.  All of these earn points for the store.

Take the holiday catalog.  Use the web version on your website.

Send you your press list.

Participate in an easy way to thank your customers for shopping with you via Free Book Stimulus Plan.

The winners of the SIBA Book Awards will be announced on July 4th.  Start thinking about your SIBA Book Award Display Contest entry to bring to the 40th Anniversary Discovery Show.  You’ll earn 5 points and you might win $1000.


·         Open your SIBA email! – 1 point

·         Post to the SIBA members group on Google – 1 point

·         Send SIBA your press list – 10 points

·         Nominate Okra pick – 2 points

·         Nominate a title for the SIBA Book Award – 2 points

·         Take the Holiday Catalog – 5 points

·         Post the web version of the Holiday Catalog – 3 points

·         Recommend titles for the Holiday Catalog – 2 points

·         Participate in the SIBA Book Award Display Contest – 5 points

·         Tell your customers to send in their store receipt for the “Free Book Stimulus Plan – 1 point


There’s a huge potential to earn points here.  Say there are only two of you working in the store.  If you both open all emails from SIBA, post on the listserve daily, each nominate titles for all three possibilities weekly, you will earn nearly 30 points a day.  Add in participation in Free Book Stimulus Plan and that number will climb as your customers learn to participate in that program where you do nothing but accept the kudos!  Earn your way to #SIBA15.

The Reba & Dave Williams Foundation for Literature and the Arts gifted SIBA with money to assist core members in attending the show and rather than just hand the money out, SIBA has created B3! Building Better Booksellers where you can earn points that will get your travel, hotel and all-passes for the upcoming show.  It takes 5000 points to get it all covered. And if you got diligent on June 1, that gives you about 100 days and at 50 points a day, you’d have it all covered.

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