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Connecting Byron – people, places, passions

August 26, 2011

We’ve been busy these last few weeks, putting the finishing touches on plans to launch the Connect Byron social commerce platform. Over the last few days, we’ve been meeting with great local supporters like Dean Powers, Melitta Firth, and others, who have been great in their support for what we think is going to galvanise the local community online. Local supporters like these guys have an acute understanding of the important issues for people and their communities in the shire, and their input has already made such a big difference.

Jim May, Senior Product Manager for CE, has been lucky enough thanks to Dean to chat to a bunch of local businesses in the last few days, to better understand their needs around how they manage their customers, how they grow their customer base, and what the opportunities are with a community centred social commerce platform that manages a lot of these things for them, without huge cost.

The feedback has been great. Francesca from Summer Hills Bed & Breakfast even took to the social media airwaves yesterday with this post (below), which is great to hear. Thanks for your support Francesca, and also Kurt from Go Sea Kayak was fantastic too, giving us valuable insight.

Next week, a team of data collectors will be visiting Byron Bay, Bangalow, Mullumbimby and Lennox Head. The lovely Anna, Rachel and Geoff will be dropping in on businesses and community groups to write descriptions of each organisation, take photos and make sure we have the right details about each organisation – opening hours, special deals,  events, menus and so on, so they can be uploaded into the platform before we launch in November.

Don’t worry – anything we put up on the site, owners and managers of businesses and groups can change themselves once we go live – but this way, we have a thriving community of relevant local information from day 1, when people will start using the platform to manage their group memberships, collect payments, and communicate with customers. And all just in time for the summer rush.

So if you see some friendly folk taking pictures of your shopfront next week – say hello! They’re there to help.

The real power of Community Engine is found in its ability to connect groups to their members, businesses to their customers, and most importantly – people to their interests and passions.

If you’re in and around the Byron Shire and want to know more about the Connect Byron program drop us a line at

One Comment
  1. Hi John, Loved meeting with Jim, Leah and Deano. It’s important to be canvassing community feedback, and I’m happy to be part of the process.
    SummerHills Retreat Byron Bay

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