To keep up with developments and provide our clients with the latest ecommerce developments we keep going to ecommerce shows around the world. Some are good, and some are plain terrible. You never know until you attend a show of it is good or bad. The issue is: do I attend a conference/exhibition that is full of stands and light on content. Sometimes speaking to the right person on a stand can glean more information than sitting listening to a badly disguised sales pitch by a generic sales person. So how do I determine which conference to attend?
Conferences in their 1st. 2nd. 3rd. year tend to be fresh. Look at the exhibitor list. I would be on the look out for new technology companies. I am not interested in talking or looking at a large Paypal Pavillion with coffee bars. I am more interested in finding the niche innovator who has a unique product that is clever and is going to increase sales for our clients.
Ecommerce shows that have free entry tend to not serve attendees well as their business model is run on signing up exhibitors. They care so little about the attendees they will let nay one attend. We find when we attend these shows the exhibitors tend not to return to exhibit year after year. Paid into events with a speaker ( who tend to be visionaries as opposed to successful business people ) lists published months in advance are a better bet.
January 15 – 17, 2017
This is an annual event in New York where over thirty thousand retailers will gather to experience all things retail – including eCommerce. There are over 300 speakers and lots of chances to network throughout the large exhibition hall.
February 8 -10, 2017
eTailing India Expo is India’s Flagship eCommerce, Retail & Mobile Conference & Exhibition. Here you’ll find objective business information on market trends, technology innovations, competitive practices and people that are shaping the digital space across India.
February 22-23, 2017
Cape town, South Africa
This is Africa’s largest eCommerce and FinTech event. eCommerce Africa will bring together industry thought-leaders who are pioneering change and development in the ecommerce sphere while Money Africa defines how FinTech products are creating a cashless society, facilitating borderless transactions, and encouraging frictionless peer-to-peer financing.
March 6, 2017
Designed for automotive and powersports retailers and branded manufacturers, this special one-day, one-of-a-kind event will take you on a whirlwind journey of the best practices, strategies and actionable insights you need to accelerate your online revenue
March 6 – 8, 2017
Catalyst 2017 offers a once-a-year opportunity to slow down, reconnect with other e-commerce experts and get ahead with tips and tools from the very retailers and branded manufacturers shaping the industry as we know it.
March 7 – 10, 2017
Featured in Forbes as one of the top 11 entrepreneurial conferences in 2016, The Sellers’ Conference is focused on busy small business entrepreneurs and family businesses.
March 8 – 10, 2017
Now in it’s third year, the Summit has grown into a unique boutique event where an intimate group of well-networked ecommerce marketing heads can share their off-radar strategies. The agenda has been thoughtfully designed to encourage this deep peer-to-peer interaction, knowledge-sharing and relationship-building.
March 8 – 9, 2017
This is Canada’s largest digital marketing and retail tech event. Here you’ll find exhibitors with the latest in retail technology and speakers that appeal to a variety of attendees from marketing, retail and advertising.
March 8 – 10, 2017
For over 15 years, MivaCon has brought together a diverse group of Ecommerce store owners, web designers / developers, and Ecommerce industry experts to talk Ecommerce under one roof.
March 19 – 22, 2017
Shoptalk is the nextgen commerce event. It covers the rapid evolution of how consumers discover, shop and buy—from new technologies and business models to changes in consumer preferences and expectations.
April 3 – 5, 2017
Magento Imagine is a grand event bringing together commerce experts from around the world. As a partner we’ll be there to learn about the latest platform developments and solutions. It’s also a chance to network with senior executives, marketers, developers and commerce visionaries.
April 7th 2017
Croke Park Dublin Ireland
A 1 day conference with online retailers, implementors, integrators, logistics and leading ecommerce consultants from Ireland the the UK. This is a conference centric expo with a small number of stands.
April 24-27, 2017
As attendees of last year’s event we found that Bronto Summit is an international conference where marketers come to learn and connect. You’ll walk away with ideas and innovations from sessions with industry leaders, like us…we’ll be presenting a case study on Customer Loyalty. Click here to schedule time with a Demac team member at the Bronto Summit!
April 5 – 6, 2017
IRX is two days of thought-provoking content for 5,000+ visitors to learn, network and discover the latest multichannel retail trends and innovations. Free to attend.
May 15 – 18, 2017
eTail Canada is where retailers come to talk eCommerce. There’s a variety of sessions appealing to retailers from the biggest brands to innovative new startups.
May 30 – 31, 2017
STORE is an annual conference put on by the Retail Council of Canada offering content unique to the retail industry in Canada. You’ll find innovative sessions from the Canadian executives of internationally recognized brands.
June 6 – 9, 2017
The Internet Retailer Conference and Exhibition brings together retailers to form one of the largest eCommerce events in the world. The IRCE appeals to industry professionals across industries and functional areas, from companies of all sizes. Various ticket price points. Aimed solely at eRetailers.
Online Retailer Conference
July 26 – 27, 2017
The largest ecommerce event in the southern hemisphere built around the theme of “Where the Future Meets Retail” showcasing the latest technology led solutions for the online space.
September 12 – 14, 2017
Connecting the world of eCommerce, this is an annual conference and exhibition for eCommerce retailers with a focus on Marketplaces & Cross Border trade.
September 25 – 27, 2017
Shop.org is the annual e-commerce conference for digital retail thinkers and doers! Expect an immersive experience that blends insightful and actionable educational content, an expo floor full of futuristic tech solutions and engaging new ways to expand your professional network.
September 27 – 28, 2017
eCommerce Expo connects buyers and suppliers of ecommerce technology and services through the UK’s largest vendor marketplace. The event covers all aspects of the online transactional process – from marketing, web-platforms and payments through to delivery and customer service. Free to attend.