Procurious – our views on new procurement social media offering

Last week we covered CorporateBrainz, a new social media type website for procurement people. The other recent launch in a somewhat similar vein is Procurious, which according to its own words, is

“ an online business network for a new generation of procurement professionals. It’s a hub for them to advance their career, develop skills and expand their professional network. Procurious is unique as it bridges the gap between networking, thought leadership and technical information – no other online platform can do all three”.

The site looks good and professional. But I was puzzled why many of the individuals featured (such as the pictures on the home page showing, in the main, unfeasibly attractive young people), and the stories in the blog section, have an Australian feel. But now I’ve joined the Procurious network, more is visible and you can discover that the founder and Chair of Procurious is Tania Seary, who has worked in the US and UK, but then built procurement consulting and recruitment firms in Australia. She's now moved to London and started Procurious. So there is an Aussie link there, and indeed some of the people pictured are employees of her firms in Australia.

Anyway, there are four elements to the site. You can’t see anything more than the headlines unless you join, but they are:

  • Networking - a LinkedIn type capability, allowing users to build their cv, link with each other and so on. Looks good, but not yet at any sort of critical mass of course in terms of members.
  • Online Learning is a series of on-line videos, free to view, which I suspect come from Seary’s other firms, with Aussie presenters. They seem to be fairly high level, but OK in terms of content although I started mentally arguing with their description of direct and indirect spend characteristics. I also had some problems with playback quality.
  • Events is a directory of “all” procurement related events from around the world – a bold claim and far from accurate at the moment, but in time it could be useful. Indeed, it’s a good idea, one we’ve talked about here at Spend Matters but frankly just haven’t got round to doing.
  • Finally, discussions is a ‘knowledge repository’ where professionals can ask and answer questions. Pretty standard discussion format, you can pose questions and people respond. There are a few discussions there at the moment, nothing startling or particularly different but all sensible stuff.

So there’s a big overlap with LinkedIn here. Will procurement people feel more comfortable mingling with each other rather than the wider world of LinkedIn? That’s the big question which will determine the success or otherwise of Procurious. There are of course plenty of specific procurement groups on LinkedIn anyway already, although they tend to get polluted with random sales people and the like. Maybe there is a role for a site that is more clearly just for procurement people. But do people have time to maintain a presence on both LinkedIn and Procurious? As well as Twitter, Facebook and all the other social media type options that are around?

I don’t know. But Procurious is a well put together, professional and attractive site, with some people behind it who clearly know the procurement world pretty well. I wouldn’t invest my last penny in it, but equally I wouldn’t bet against it at the moment either. Early days, so we’ll see how it develops.

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  1. b+t:

    Seens to me you can’t see what the site has to offer until you register and log in. Which is a big fat fail.

  2. Jason Busch:

    I would bet against it … if you build it they will come won’t work without significant and constant shepherding on a targeted social site. My views, not Spend Matters! I hope they succeed, mind you!

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