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Your Guide To The Best Conferences Surrounding The World of ecommerce

Staying on top of the latest trends and strategies in the ecommerce industry is a must-do for any business-minded merchant. One way to do that is to read blogs from ecommerce companies (like this one, hey there!) and another is to jump in on a conference or seminar with industry leaders and networking opportunities. With so many amazing events happening this year, we’ve compiled a list of some tech and ecommerce conferences around the world -- giving you an excuse to take a business trip to a dream destination. 

Habit Summit

Location: San Francisco, United States of America 

Date: April 5-6, 2017

Focus: Consumer behaviour

Habit Summit is all about shaking up your routine when it comes to R&D. It's a two day seminar on consumer psychology that aims to help you tap into your customers' (and potential customers') brains. 

What You Get: Expect hands-on workshops, coupled with speakers sharing best practices and learnings in consumer psychology, design, and behavioural science. Plus some dope taco eating opportunities. 

Key Events: 

  • How to Build Habit Forming Products by Nir Eyal, and 
  • How to Design So People Take Action by Susan Weinschenk

UX In The City: Oxford

Location: Oxford, United Kingdom

Date: 20-21 April, 2017 

Focus: User Experience

UX In The City: Oxford is back for a second year, focusing on how to improve your business by starting with your customer. For those that don't know much about UX, this is a great crash-course on improving the way your customers see your business including branding, online interfaces, product development and more. The conference bills itself as "a community-driven, practical user experience conference" with plenty of fresh ideas. 

What You Get: 25 sessions covering UX topics that help you focus on the experience of your customers. And a lot of tea and biscuits. 

Key Events: 

  • Creating a Service Experience From Scratch by Lily Dart, and 
  • How I Sprinkled Magic Dust to Transform a Company by Dan Healy

Now What?

Location: Sioux Falls, United States of America

Date: April 26 – 27, 2017 

Focus: Content Creation

Now What? is back for its fifth year, made especially for merchants and businesses who have a great product but aren't sure how to create the content and text surrounding it. This hands-on conference is for business owners, PR and marketing professionals, or anyone else with a start but who is asking themselves what's next to boost their branding. 

What You Get: Two days of keynote talks and practical workshops, filled with notebook-busting, pencil-scribbling, brain-exploding content". Plus some excellent waterfall selfies. 

Key Events:

  • Getting Started With User-Centred Content by Emileigh Barnes & Kate Garklavs
  • Content Measurement Analytics: Making Positive Change On The Web by Rick Allen. 

From Business To Buttons

Location: Stockholm, Sweden

Date: April 27, 2017

Cost: SEK 5,999 (roughly $700 USD)

Focus: Adding Value to Your Business

Hosted in one of Stockholm's most historic breweries, From Business to Buttons is a conference all about how to make your business stand out. There are plenty of ways to compete within your industry -- whether it be on price, on speed etc. But if you're looking to really make it, you're going to need to add value in a meaningful way. This conference brings together some of the industry authorities on adding value to every aspect of your business. 

What You Get: A full day experience with inspirational speakers, brainstorming sessions and plenty of networking opportunities. Plus a chance to see the world's only preserved 17th century ship in its full glory. 

Key Events:

  • Mike Monteiro’s workshop, “Presenting Work Like Your Life Depends On It,” looks like it will be especially useful.


Location: Chicago, United States of America 

Date: June 6 – 9, 2017 

Focus: E-Commerce Industry

The Internet Retailer Conference & Exhibition (IRCE) is a three day expo with those that have really made it in the online retail game. Vendors that offer marketing, fulfilment, ecommerce platforms (including Shopify), new retail tech and more will be there showing off and helping you find everything you need to step up your business. 

What You Get: A three day conference and expo with speakers and a chance to network with vendors and thousands of other online retailers. Plus opportunities to nosh on a deep dish pizza in the Windy City. 

Key Events:

  • Riding the Wave of B2B E-commerce – For 17 years by Mike Roth and Steve Baruch

Online Retailer Conference

Location: Sydney, Australia 

Date: July 26 – 27, 2017

Focus: Technology in Retail

Online Retailer is the largest ecommerce event in the southern hemisphere, focusing on how we can use the latest in tech to bring retail to the next level. It caters to online businesses of any size -- whether it's just you working from your kitchen or a huge corporate team in the CBD. 

What You Get: A huge expo with speakers, tech suppliers and the chance to meet tons of people at the cutting edge of online retail. Plus the neverending Aussie beach party, even in winter. 

Key Events:

  • The Work/Life Balancing Act by Mark Bunn – learning how to help your team perform at their best while also achieving happiness, good relationships, work enjoyment and a sense of community. 

Shop.Org Retail’s Digital Summit

Location: Los Angeles, United States of America

Date: September 25 – 27, 2017 

Focus: Raising Your Bottom Line Through Innovation

Shop.Org is an annual conference designed around the latest in digital retailers and their needs (that's you!). It's a fairly exclusive event that helps you network and join the conversation around innovation in the retail space. 

What You Get: Educational content, futuristic tech, and plenty of networking opportunities. Plus the chance to say you saw a celeb sitting next to you in a restaurant but such a shame;m they left before you could take a picture of them. 

Ecommerce Expo

Location: London, United Kingdom

Date: September 27 – 28, 2017 

Focus: Everything eCommerce

The eCommerce Expo helps you learn everything about ecommerce: marketing, platforms, payment, logistics & delivery, customer service, cross-border trade and the more general areas of online retail.

What You Get: Two full days of talks, networking, and suppliers and vendors trying to woo you. And the sliiiight chance that The Doctor will appear and save you from an alien apocalypse. Hey if it's going to happen, it will be in London.  

And You're Off!

Building a successful business takes work -- but it can also take you to some pretty cool places. Register for a conference and meet likeminded people with great ideas in your industry. 

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