Conferences are a great way to stay up-to-date on industry trends and best practices, create new and exciting partnerships and get hands-on experience with new tools.
Here are 7 of the best ecommerce conferences you should attend in 2019.
1. NRF 2019 (Retail’s BIG Show) – Jan. 13-15, 2019 @ New York, New York
Retail’s BIG Show is the National Retail Federation’s annual event that takes place over three days in New York City. The conference incorporates full-day workshops, lounges, sessions and more. With over 25 sessions, the massive event attracts over 34 thousand industry professionals and retailers of all shapes and sizes.
Attendees can try out best-in-class experiences, forge new partnerships and learn from the industry biggest players. This conference is a must-attend for both aspiring and established movers and shakers of the retail world.
(If you’re attending NRF this year, be sure to RSVP to Hawke Media’s very first Brand Alchemy NYC – an event series for ecommerce leaders that focuses on the components necessary for continued, accelerated brand growth.)
2. eTail West – Feb. 19-22, 2019 @ Palm Springs, Calif.
eTail West brings together the best and brightest from America’s most successful retailers to discuss retail strategies for growth, the future of the industry and more. Put on by Worldwide Business Research, the world’s leading producer of B2B-focused marketing events, eTail West is dedicated to the continued growth and evolution of the retail industry.
This year is its 20th anniversary and will be held at the luxurious JW Marriott resort in Palm Springs, Calif where over 2800 decision makers will gather to share the latest strategies, technologies and best practices of some of the most recognizable brands in America.
3. ShopTalk – March 3-6, 2019 @ Las Vegas, Nevada
ShopTalk has created a fantastic community of digital innovators through fresh and honest conversations around the retail and ecommerce industries. At ShopTalk, attendees will discuss and dissect the continuous transformation of retail, consumer discovery, buyers’ shopping habits and changes in the digital age.
Over four days, established retailers, tech companies, investors and more will learn, collaborate and grow. Plus, we love any excuse to go to Las Vegas!
4. Digital Marketing Innovation Summit – March 26-27, 2019 @ New York, New York
In today’s digital age, it’s more important than ever to stay on top of the latest industry trends. The Digital Marketing Innovation Summit covers any and all topics relating to digital marketing strategy, topics like social media, content marketing, SEO and audience engagement.
Thus far, the announced speakers include the Vice President of Weight Watchers International, President of Combs Enterprises and Group Vice President, Marketing of Inc. Magazine.
5. Imagine 2019 – May 13-15, 2019 @ Las Vegas, Nevada
Imagine 2019 brings together the biggest movers and shakers in ecommerce. Industry leaders, merchants, retailers, agencies and developers all gather for learn more about what it takes to be successful in the ecommerce world.
Magento is one of the biggest ecommerce platforms, so it’s no surprise that their event would be world class. Join the fun through live keynotes, breakout sessions, customer panels and networking opportunities.
6. DigiMarCon West – June 12-13, 2019 @ Los Angeles, Calif.
DigiMarCon West is all about…you guessed it….digital marketing! It showcases thought-provoking and groundbreaking speakers who are all leaders in the digital marketing word. Attendees get a first-hand look at the latest technologies, best practices and insights. They’re able to take home their new knowledge and immediately apply it to their own brands and practices.
Topics covered include content strategy, web experience management, mobile marketing and marketing automation.
7. Hawkefest – October 3, 2019 @ Los Angeles, Calif.
Okay, so we may be a bit biased here but Hawkefest is a seriously incredible day-long “anti-conference” that features the best and brightest in the ecommerce industry. Instead of stuffy expo halls and a pocketful of business cards, Hawkefest is all about having fun while learning and collaborating with other all-star entrepreneurs and executives.
Now in its third year, guests enjoy immersive entertainment, keynotes presentations, panel discussions, workshops and more.
Shayna Zeigen is the Public Relations Coordinator at Hawke Media.