An All-New Spend Matters on Monday, New Zealand’s Lorde

Hi everybody.

You may have seen the following on the Spend Matters US site last week:

Around this time last year, we launched Spend Matters PRO, our premium subscription service. Despite not having a direct sales presence – not to mention with what amounts to word-of-mouth marketing – we managed to sign up over 50 different paid member companies through May 2013. And thanks to some new channel partnerships, that count will number over 250 this July.

It’s all very exciting for us, but there is much, much more to come. We’ve held off on the aggressive push on PRO commercially in large part because it’s taken a long time to truly turn our original vision into a reality.

Here’s the big news: we’re restructuring Spend Matters and Spend Matters PRO into a single site. We’ve spent a lot of time defining our internal content structure, to present useful material in a way that will help you find exactly what you need. And we realized that it didn’t really make sense to have two different sites dedicated to delivering that content. We listened to our readers: it’s time to stop over-complicating things. 

Beyond blending Spend Matters and Spend Matters PRO, new features will include some really cool stuff: an all-new user-friendly content structure to help you find exactly what you're looking for, simplified member levels (read about those here), cheaper pricing (ask and you shall receive!), site forums to interact with your peers and Spend Matters analysts, and LIVE, weekly "Ask the Analyst" webinars for PRO and Plus members.

We're pretty stoked (and tired - getting up a new website is exhausting, right?). But please read about the whole process in detail here if you like, and if you have any questions, comments, or feedback, please don't hesitate to reach out: smoore (at) spendmatters (dot) com.

In music news, I couldn't resist a mention of Lorde, who I first read about on Jezebel earlier this week:

"Lorde (really Ella Yelich-O'Connor), a 16-year-old from New Zealand with great hair and compelling thoughts on materialism, has infiltrated my brain.

"As Ella, she attends a school called Takapuna Grammar School in Belmont, Auckland and deals with her gossipy peers," Pigeons and Planes explains. "As Lorde, she's been working with Universal for the past few years to develop her sound and artistic vision." Is this real life?

Lorde released her first EP, The Love Club, in December (here it is on Spotify). I discovered it last weekend and haven't stopped listening to it since then except when necessary to sleep or pretend I'm interested in other people."

And her stuff really is beautiful:

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