Highlights From ECF Dwell 2023

I’d by no means skilled something prefer it. I used to be standing inside a actual plane service surrounded by fighter jets whereas Maverick himself, THE Prime Gun, took photographs with smiling eCommerce entrepreneurs. With that excellent swagger and smirk I might have sworn Tom Cruise will need to have taken a break from filming Mission Inconceivable 8 to schmooze on the Opening Social gathering for eCommerceFuel Dwell.

Tom Cruise Impersonator at ECF Live Opening Party

Final week over 300 eCommerce Gasoline members gathered in San Diego for eCommerceFuel Dwell. With an unique visitor restricted to enterprise homeowners who deliver in additional than seven figures, that is the highest occasion of the yr for lots of the eCommerce entrepreneurs who attend.

In case you’ve spent any time within the eCommerce house, then you understand there’s a veritable glut of networking and informational occasions for on-line entrepreneurs. However solely eCommerceFuel Dwell provides its company the chance to mingle with the cream of the crop. By making this a personal occasion for essentially the most profitable enterprise homeowners in our already-vetted neighborhood, we assure every individual within the corridor is a peer with prime tier information and expertise of their subject.


Bringing an On-line Neighborhood to Life

In contrast to most enterprise occasions, eCommerceFuel Dwell prioritizes deep connections, with the purpose of bringing our digital neighborhood collectively in actual life. Sure, we provide keynote audio system, breakout periods, and workshops at eCommerceFuel Dwell. However these perform extra as a leaping off level for attendees who wish to mingle and kind connections with different eCommerce entrepreneurs.

Pleasant for New Connections

In my heyday, I attended so many eCommerce conferences that my frequent flier miles might have taken me to Timbuktu. At most of these occasions, I’d should pressure myself to speak to some new folks, earlier than dashing again to my lodge for a Netflix binge. I’m an extrovert, however even I discover it draining to work together with strangers in an effort to kind new skilled relationships.

However our occasions staff has taken the stress out of socializing by assembling a bunch of actions that make you’re feeling comfy within the eCommerceFuel neighborhood.

Previous to the fabulous plane service opening get together, they provided a brand new member dinner. Then, for lunch on the primary day, they created an assigned seating chart that grouped collectively company with related pursuits.

For dinner on the second evening, we have been grouped with totally different attendees, however nonetheless discovered a lot to speak about as we strolled to the restaurant within the nice San Diego night air. The dialogue was diversified – from baseball guidelines to the landed prices of our merchandise. (Is it higher to make fewer however bigger orders of stock to optimize our cost-of-goods-sold??)

We ate at Kettner Change, and their luxurious tapas type meals allowed us to really share our meal collectively, passing plates such as you would at grandma’s desk. After all the ambiance was a lot hipper than Granny’s, with a DJ and harpist providing fairly the avant garde leisure combo. It was a memorable meal to say the least.

Adventures Promote Particular person Relationships

The second day of eCommerceFuel stay provided an enormous block of time devoted to adventures. Among the many quite a few choices accessible, attendees might take the chance to discover ways to surf, get pleasure from a meals tour of San Diego, sail in a regatta, go on safari, or kayak by sea caves.

My state is landlocked, so the lure of the ocean I so not often see referred to as to me, and I selected to go on the kayaking tour.

The 2-person kayaks gave my paddling associate, Mike, and I the prospect to get to know each other as our information taught us about San Diego’s sea life. We noticed the ocean caves and bought the magical expertise of watching wild seals swim round us. As we made our means again to the seaside, most of our fellow tour attendees bought a refreshing dip within the Pacific when their kayaks tipped over. Our vessel was one in every of solely two that didn’t capsize – so now Mike and I’ve one thing to brag about on the subsequent ECF Dwell. 💪

Kayaking Adventure in the Water

Events Promote Assembly Teams of Folks

Each evening is a celebration at ECF Dwell! Actually. The occasions staff crafted a uniquely festive expertise for every night of the convention. I already gushed concerning the Prime Gun themed opening evening get together.

Aircraft Carrier Party

Credit score to our member Seth Haber for this picture

Along with the Tom Cruise impersonator, we bought a tour of the plane service, and a former (non-impersonator) Navy pilot defined the way it was used throughout struggle and peacetime.

Tuesday evening we had a Cantina themed get together with mezcal tastings, a margarita shaking lesson, and outdated whack on the piñata.

At that get together, I met Lianna Patch and we geeked-out over the communication books we’ve learn and the locations we’ve lived. I’m undecided if our companies will ever overlap, however within the quick time we spent collectively I discovered she was an individual whose recommendation I might belief. I’ll be paying additional consideration to her phrases of knowledge within the discussion board to any extent further.

And that’s the purpose of all the social occasions we provide at ECF Dwell. It’s arduous to essentially find out about an individual by textual content (even for these of us who performed our earliest relationships by way of AOL Instantaneous Messenger). However actual life conversations offer you a strong base on which to construct a rapport that strengthens your on-line interactions.

Childrens Museum Closing Party

The closing get together came about on the Youngsters’s Museum. Don’t fear, the youngsters have been all gone. However when the youngsters are away, the adults get to play! We bought to discover the museum unfettered by the guilt of taking over an exercise that was supposed for tiny people. We went again to our childhoods, driving down the slide and taking one another out in a pleasant recreation of laser tag.

Enterprise Takeaways

After all the occasion wasn’t all adventures, events, and video games. We additionally wish to give our neighborhood members high quality info, and our keynote periods aimed to supply simply that.

Stage at ECF Live

We had 4 keynotes all through the occasion, however the discuss from Casey Brown about Pricing Technique caught with me essentially the most.

For me, the important thing takeaway was that pricing must be a thought-about determination – strategic and calculated. Most retailer homeowners are too scared to lift costs. They assume if their costs go up, then they’ll lose a considerable amount of quantity, say 16%. However Casey confirmed us that in actuality, most homeowners over-estimate the dangers and quantity will solely lower by 4% .

And if you do the mathematics on net-profit, you may see that companies usually earn more money by rising costs by 5%. They might lose as much as 8% in quantity, however their internet revenue nonetheless will increase by 7%.

Price VS Volume Change

Takeaway: Don’t set your costs primarily based on worry. Meet along with your staff on a weekly, month-to-month, or quarterly foundation to reevaluate your costs.

One other keynote that left an impression was Nik Sharma who understands how one can use the client voice in advertising and marketing. If a buyer unboxes your product and says, “That is the Tesla of mattresses” that’s precisely what it’s best to use in your advertising and marketing.

Breakout Classes For Particular Areas of Curiosity

Moreover the 4 keynotes periods everybody on the convention attended, there have been 12 breakout periods starting from optimizing your Google PMax adverts to a narrative about how dropping 85% of staff truly saved somebody’s enterprise. The most well-liked session was a workshop about getting began with Generative AI expertise utilizing ChatGPT and Midjourney.

Generative AI Workshop

Credit score to our member Alison Smith

For my very own pursuits, I loved Dave Stickland’s discuss his entrepreneurial journey and the way specializing in fewer initiatives led him to be extra worthwhile in every.

I additionally discovered rather a lot from Sean McGinnis’ discuss each Conversion Price Optimization (CRO) method he used to avoid wasting KURU Footwear. A few of his methods have been apparent, like rising the font dimension on cell so folks can learn the copy. However he additionally revealed his extra superior methods, like an e mail advertising and marketing staff that sends emails 5 days every week(!) to particular segments for various functions.

ECF Live Kuru Footwear Free Shipping Slide

Most, if not all, of the audio system in these periods jam packed their dialogue with actual world particulars. You possibly can study extra about conversion price optimization (or some other matter) from somebody who truly carried out adjustments and shared their outcomes, quite than studying a listicle of concepts that may work from somebody who hasn’t put any of that info into apply.

Downtime Lets You Marinate on Good Enterprise Concepts

Typically you simply want one other entrepreneur to reiterate some extent. You already know it’s best to observe a particular technique however you haven’t succeeded up to now.

Whereas my kayaking group was driving again to the convention in our bus, a couple of attendees satisfied one other visitor to provide e mail advertising and marketing one other go.

He had had poor luck with e mail advertising and marketing up to now, however about quarter-hour into his dialog along with his fellow entrepreneurs, he stated:

“This bus experience again paid for the entire occasion”

Our keynotes and breakout periods are an amazing primer, however the true worth of our occasion is within the  enterprise conversations they facilitate along with your ECF friends.

ECF Dwell 2024

In case you’ve gotten this far, you’re most likely itching to search out out how one can be a part of eCommerceFuel Dwell subsequent yr. By no means worry, our occasions staff is right here! The 2024 dates are already set, and the placement determined – The Large Simple itself, New Orleans!

ECF Live New Orleans

There’ll be events, adventures, keynotes, and breakout periods similar to we had in 2023. ECF Dwell is the best solution to combine enterprise enchancment, and social journey for eCommerce entrepreneurs. Be a part of us!

However bear in mind, ECF Dwell is a personal occasion, open solely to eCommerceFuel members. If you wish to attend subsequent yr, take part in our non-public neighborhood of 7-figure and bigger retailer homeowners, browse our overview listing with over 20,000 opinions on each type of software program or SaaS it’s possible you’ll be contemplating for your corporation, and attend a regional ECF meetup apply to change into a member of eCommerceFuel as we speak.

Patrick Rauland

Submit by Patrick Rauland

Patrick loves entrepreneurship and teaches eCommerce, advertising and marketing, and WordPress programs at LinkedIn Studying. He is additionally developed each eCommerce and membership software program. When he isn’t in entrance of a display he loves to color tiny toy miniatures.

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