You might have the question of what is the best way to keep up with the trends in e-commerce marketing? I would vouch for e-commerce conferences as it is the venue where thousands of like-minded professionals, entrepreneurs, top-level executives from across different sectors.
It is a place where you’ll learn about trends that will keep your business afloat. At these conferences, keynotes and sessions are arranged to allow people to network with others in a similar or different sector since networking opportunities are never to be shunned.
Meet well-known brands, know what their CEOs and founders did to stand out from the crowd and learn about cutting edge techniques, technologies, and tactics for exponential growth in the commerce industry.
More than 30 conferences are organized every year across the globe and that is where the confusion of attending which ones might arrive.
Not only is it a good place to learn new things in the industry, but it is also a great place to network with other people as well.
So even if you believe that you know everything or that most of the stuff could be learnt online, the sheer experience of meeting people will not be had from your couch. A great e-commerce conference will not only boost your knowledge but your branding and marketing as well.
Best e-commerce conferences to attend in 2020
Here’s a list of best Ecommerce conferences to attend in 2020 for a wholesome positive experience.
Alibaba E-Commerce Expo
It is one of the largest e-commerce conferences to attend Sydney, Australia. It brings both local and small businesses from Australia and New Zealand with the growing market in China to bridge the gap between the two.
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Panel discussions, sessions are all part of the Expo with hundreds of speakers and sub-events organized by the Chinese conglomerate in Sydney.
Last year, it reported sales of over $245 billion before the Expo was organized which gives a glimpse of its mammoth size.
Talking about its size, more than 147 exhibitors took part in Alibaba E-Commerce Expo 2019 with 13,000+ attendees and 15+ million attendees on a live stream.
Location: Sydney & Melbourne, Australia
Dates: Postponed to March 19-20, 2021
It is a place where trendsetters and professionals arrive for discussing the e-commerce topics on a high-octane event that spans over a few days.
At GrowCommerce, everything from a brand, omnichannel media, direct response marketing, and the art of luring customers and adding leads and sales is discussed on a global scale.
GrowCommerce sees more than 800 brands and 1200+ retail growth experts from across the globe including brands such as Stance, Warby Parker, Aella, Walmart, Joybird, Amazon, Frey, Bombas to name a few.
If you love networking with like-minded people, surely go for GrowCommerce with attendees from across the globe attending the event in Queens, NY.
Location: Queens, New York
Dates: To Be Decided
Another great e-commerce conference that you must consider attending is CommerceNext. The 2-days event brought along more than 90 speakers from different industries including online retail, digital marketing, and customer acquisition among others.
More than 700 people participate in the event that has more than 42 sessions including 11 keynotes. It is a great venue for networking with like-minded people, professionals, and top-level executives from brands like Purple, Poshmark, FTD among others.
CommerceNext is all about acquiring knowledge and insights on various aspects of a business including DTC as well as networking to increase brand image among others.
We all know that this year has been different and so has been the planning to host conferences as well. Since physical events can’t be held, everyone is hosting virtual events and so the CommerceNext was also virtual this year.
While the conference has already taken place, you can find the recorded sessions from this conference from here.
Location: New York, US (Virtual for 2020)
Last year, Klaviyo: BOS organized a 2-days e-commerce event with over 1,000 attendees who participated in its action-packed keynotes and sessions.
Klaviyo: BOS brings industry leaders from across the globe and allows attendees to network with others on one of the most influential e-commerce marketing platforms.
Klaviyo: BOS organizes workshops, 1:1 sessions to the Klaviyo community, and focuses on strategies and tactics to run businesses efficiently making more money than before. What you get at the event is actionable advice to run a business irrespective of the sector for a better outcome.
Location: Boston, MA, United States
Dates: August 26-27, 2020
eCommerce Expo London
The event organized in London, UK as the name suggests, brings 350 speakers on-board catering to the aspects of B2C and B2B marketers and professionals. Gain valuable insights, network with people in the same industries, attend workshops, open sessions, and more.
This year, the eCommerce Expo London is going virtual similar to other events. It will on-board 60+ seminars, 25+ hours of content to stream, and more than 50 speakers who will discuss everything from fulfilment to DTC, UX to CRO, omnichannel to the future of e-commerce, and so on.
Dates: September 29 to October 1, 2020
Make It Big
One of the biggest e-commerce conferences to fuel your business’ growth, Make It Big is organized by the e-commerce giant BigCommerce.
Every year, the biggest virtual event takes place over a period of three days where industry and eCommerce experts join hands with professionals with proven strategies, tips, and tactics to fuel business to its ultimate growth.
Get advisable insights with tangible tactics to revive a stalled business. This is an online event for those who don’t want to attend a physical event.
Dates: October 6-8, 2020
Supercharge your knowledge of business and trends around e-commerce marketing at ShopTalk. The event allows thousands of entrepreneurs, business owners, and other personalities to learn about trends in the e-commerce industry, the tactics, and techniques to impose to get better results.
The event brings along hundreds of retail brands as well as brick and mortar businesses. With more than 100 sessions, ShopTalk manages each of the participants from acquiring knowledge, network with others, and bank on the opportunities that may come at the 3-days event.
Dates: October 20-22, 2020
Paris Retail Week
Paris Retail Week is one of the largest e-commerce conferences. It is a 3-day event comprising themes which include B2B, omnichannel commerce, marketing, and so on.
Every year, hundreds of exhibitors and companies participate from all parts of the world with over 200 conferences arranged this year alone. It is attended by over 25,000 professionals and the figures are increasing every year.
The 3-day global event allows top-level executives and CEOs from all sections of the retailing ecosystem to connect with the attendees. Brands like Lacoste, Qatar Airways, Diesel France among others have already participated in past events.
Location: Paris, France
Dates: September 15-17, 2020
E-commerce Operations Summit
The Ecommerce Operations Summit is now an online conference dedicated to operations and logistics which is a crucial part of any e-commerce website.
Thanks to its various seminars and sessions, people have garnered actionable ideas that they can employ to get better results on the business.
The three-day event gives you access to the various workshops, presentations, expert panels, and others. The purpose of the vent is to strengthen the operations aspect of any industry with omnichannel operations, DTC, and fulfilment taking the front seat.
Location: Orlando, Florida (Online for 2020)
Dates: September 9-10, 2020
The Prosper Show
The event particularly focuses on selling stuff on Amazon. The event has more than 1,000 attendees along with 40 speakers including former Amazon experts you’ll need to clear off any queries to help you facelift your marketing strategies on Amazon.
The event does have a wide range of workshops you can attend, presentations, and instructionals on video strategy on Amazon and more. It is designed for Amazon sellers giving them insights and valuable actionable ideas among others.
Location: Las Vegas, US
Date: October 20-24, 2020
If you want to know what big retailers do to earn profits, check out DX3, one of the biggest retailer e-commerce conferences in Canada. Get access to workshops, product
demonstrations, more than 100 international speakers from across the globe.
A few participants of DX3 are McDonald’s, Microsoft, Amazon, and a total of 50 exhibitors allowing people to gain necessary inputs about to run and optimize business models and practice to churn out profiles on sales.
Technically, the DX3 conference does not count as the best e-commerce conference to attend in 2020 but it happens in the first quarter of the year which means you can attend it next year if you register this year so there we go.
Location: Toronto, Canada
Dates: March 2-3, 2021
So here is our list of the best e-commerce conferences to attend in 2020 and many of them can be attended physically while some have resorted to going virtual given the current situation.
It is worth noting, however, that there are a lot of other conferences in the year related to e-commerce which have either been postponed or cancelled this year due to the Coronavirus pandemic.
These events have entry fees that could run upwards of $3,000 and the slots are limited so if you want to attend the event, reserving the seat a few months ago would result is higher chances of getting the tickets to attend the event.