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MEGA Group Announces Erik Qualman as Keynote, Renowned Expert on Digital Leadership, Reputation and Disruptive Innovation

Qualman to take the stage, sign copies of Pulitzer Prize nominated book at MEGA’s national convention in August

GERMANTOWN, Tenn., July 11, 2016 - MEGA Group USA, a buying group partner of Retailer Web Services (RWS), recently announced via Twitter that Erik Qualman, a renowned expert on digital leadership and reputation, will give the keynote address at its national convention in August. Through his entertaining, motivational and engaging style, Qualman will present the latest "socialnomics" insights on how social media has transformed business, particularly how retailers can maximize their businesses through best practices in online reputation management.

Following Qualman’s presentation, there will be a signing of his latest book and Pulitzer Prize nominated work, "What Happens in Vegas Stays on YouTube." The MEGA 2016 Fall National Convention will take place Aug. 21-24 at the Omni Hotel and Music City Center in Nashville with Qualman’s keynote presentation on Aug. 23.

"Erik Qualman is a digital visionary, a trusted advisor to global companies on how to use digital for their success," said Rick Bellows, president of MEGA Group USA. "Inviting Erik as our special guest at the fall convention is a testament to our commitment to our member retailers to remain on the forefront of technology. It’s all about what we can do in this ever-evolving digital age to help our members stay in business—and thrive."

MEGA Group USA has a history of providing the latest in web marketing solutions to its members. In 2006, through a partnership with Retailer Web Services (RWS), MEGA purchased unique domain names and launched individual, next-generation websites for all of its members. More MEGA members participated in the beta testing of WebFronts Level 4—the latest version of RWS’s turnkey digital marketing software developed specifically for independent durable goods retailers—than retailers of any other buying group. As a result, MEGA members helped shape powerful features such as enhanced end-to-end security, prospect and customer profiling, and sophisticated marketing automation features.

Level 4 ended beta and was officially launched this spring; it’s proving exciting results for MEGA members. During the July 4th holiday, 16 individual turnkey promotions were available for MEGA members to feature on their Level 4 WebFronts.This resulted in 1.9 million impressions, 1,429 rebate form downloads and more than 3,000 phone calls directly from consumers’ mobile sites.

About MEGA Group USA
MEGA Group USA, the leader in web marketing, is a 1,700 member (3,200 store front) national home furnishings buying group of independent appliance, furniture, mattress, electronics, and seasonal and outdoor retailers. MEGA Group provides effective, practical and cutting-edge resources dedicated to the success of each member retailer. Services include group vendor programs, custom advertising and marketing services, online resources, consulting, store merchandising, and technology aimed at driving floor traffic, sales and profits, and enhancing operating efficiencies. To learn more about MEGA, visit www.megagroupusa.com.

About Retailer Web Services
Founded in 2006, Retailer Web Services (RWS) is a Scottsdale, Ariz.-based provider of proprietary e-commerce, web design and other high-performance software solutions to help independent retailers achieve success. A champion of independent retailers, RWS is an authoritative source on durable goods product data and consumer purchasing habits. RE:THiNK: 11 surprising things you should do now to win retail customers in the digital age (RWS, 2015) provides actionable advice grounded in the way consumers shop for durable goods. RWS serves more than 2,000 independent durable goods retailers across North America. For more information, visit www.retailerwebservices.com.