Must-Attend Ecommerce Conferences in 2019

Conferences provide a great opportunity for networking, discovering new products, and learning about the latest technologies, trends and strategies to advance your business.

And if you’re an online retailer or merchant? Those opportunities abound — at least come 2019.

You see, when it comes ecommerce conferences, 2019’s chock full of them.

You’ll find them everywhere from Vegas and L.A. to Atlanta and even Fort Lauderdale, Florida. So no matter where your business is located, there’s a change to learn, grow and expand in the coming months.

Here are some of the top ecommerce conferences 2019 has in store:
 

The Best Ecommerce Conferences in 2019

 

1. eCommerce Innovation Summit

 

 
When: March 20-21, 2019

Where: San Francisco, California

Featuring speakers from: Ebay, Le Tote, Gap, Macy’s, Conde Nast

With the tagline “Optimizing your ecommerce strategy,” the Innovation Summit is designed with online head honchos in mind — those making the decisions (both strategic and financial) that drive America’s biggest online businesses forward. Sessions will cover topics like SEO, payments, branding, data science, content marketing, AI and more.

 

2. B2B Online

 

When: May 14-16, 2019

Where: Chicago, Illinois
Featuring speakers from: HP, Siemens, Dell

B2B Online is designed for executives in the manufacturing and distribution arms of online retail  — those in charge of marketing, ecommerce strategy and more. The conference aims to bring executives together “to develop the tools they need to power innovative, future-looking omni-channel experiences.”
 

3. Imagine 2019

 

When: May 13-15, 2019

Where: Las Vegas, Nevada

Featuring speakers from: Magento, Forrester, PayPal, Amazon, Pittsburgh Steelers

Hosted by Magento — one of the most popular ecommerce platforms in the world — it doesn’t get more ecommerce-focused than this. With more than 150 speakers and 100 unique sessions, it’s as comprehensive as they come. Over 3,000 attendees from 50 different countries will have the opportunity to learn about mobile development, payments, email marketing, data insights and more. There will even be Magento certification exams on site.

 

4. Traffic & Conversion Summit

 

When:
February 25-27, 2019

Where: San Diego, California

Featured speakers: J.J. Virgin, Frank Kern, Jeff Walker

If you want more sales from your website, digital advertising or social media efforts, the Traffic and Conversion Summit is a great place to start. Last year’s event saw more than 5,000 attendees from 53 countries.

Not too much about this year’s event has been announced yet (we’ve still got quite a few months to go), but it’s one of the largest conferences in the country, so expect it to be equally as well attended this year.

 

5. NRF Big Show

 

 
When: January 13-15, 2019

Where: New York City, New York
Featuring speakers from: Alibaba, Kroger, Lowes, Recode, Nordstrom, Disney

With more than 37,000 attendees, 16,000 retailers and 700 exhibitors, it doesn’t get any bigger than the National Retail Federation’s Big Show. One of the biggest featured speakers this time around is Michael Evans of Alibaba.

He’ll talk about growing a global brand, entering emerging market and tapping consumer insights. Some of the other topics on the agenda include diversity and inclusion, data science, innovation, Millennials, brick and mortar strategies and more.

 

6. eTail West

 

 
When: February 19-22, 2019

Where: Palm Springs, California

Featuring speakers from: Kohl’s, Zazzle, Stitch Fix, DSW, Nordstrom

With more than 3,000 attendees and speakers from dozens of the nation’s hottest retailers, eTail is one of the premier networking events for those in the ecommerce industry.

As its brochure claims, “With disruptive content, unique session formats and a focus on retail tech, eTail is designed to help you achieve omnichannel excellence and drive profits.” Session topics include globalization, customer acquisition, conversion optimization, AI, customer engagement, social media, digital marketing and more.

 

7. ShopTalk

 


When:
March 3-6, 2019

Where: Las Vegas, Nevada

Featuring speakers from: Nordstrom, Barney’s, DHL, Crate and Barrel, Pinterest, eBay, Walmart

Dubbed “Retail’s Best Show,” ShopTalk is a must-attend for any retailer or merchant — online or not. More than 8,000 people from 3,000 companies are expected to attend this four-day event, which takes place at the Venetian hotel and casino in Vegas. Topics covered will include checkout and payment experiences, fulfillment, logistics, company culture and more.
 

8. The Social Shake-up

 


 
When: May 7-9, 2018

Where: Atlanta, Georgia

Featuring speakers from: TOMS, Facebook, IBM, LEGO, Twitter

Looking to leverage social media better or turn more social followers into customers? Then The Social Shake-up might be for you. Here are just a few of the topics to be covered: SEO, crisis management, Instagram marketing, analytics, Twitter branding, social storytelling and brand evangelism. There’s even an awards ceremony, networking events and associated webinars.

This is by no means a definitive 2019 ecommerce conference list, but rather, a few that stood out to us. Considering the list of annual conferences is so immense, and many for the second half of the year have yet to be announced, we’ll be sure to update it with any others we may have forgotten or later come across.

Want more information about the top ecommerce conferences 2019 and beyond? Email tara@cpcstrategy.com.

About the AuthorTara graduated from the University of New Hampshire with a B.S. in Journalism / Business. Her passion for creative publishing and quality reporting landed her work opportunities at several companies in Massachusetts, New York and California. She is a leading voice behind CPC Strategy’s Blog. See all posts by this author here.