Highlights From ECF Stay 2023

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

Tom Cruise Impersonator at ECF Live Opening Party

Final week over 300 eCommerce Gasoline members gathered in San Diego for eCommerceFuel Stay. With an unique visitor restricted to enterprise homeowners who deliver in additional than seven figures, that is the highest occasion of the 12 months for lots of the eCommerce entrepreneurs who attend.

In case you’ve spent any time within the eCommerce house, then you realize there’s a veritable glut of networking and informational occasions for on-line entrepreneurs. However solely eCommerceFuel Stay offers its friends the chance to mingle with the cream of the crop. By making this a non-public 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 Group to Life

In contrast to most enterprise occasions, eCommerceFuel Stay prioritizes deep connections, with the aim of bringing our digital neighborhood collectively in actual life. Sure, we provide keynote audio system, breakout periods, and workshops at eCommerceFuel Stay. However these operate 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 may have taken me to Timbuktu. At most of these occasions, I’d must drive myself to speak to a couple new folks, earlier than speeding again to my resort 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 workforce has taken the stress out of socializing by assembling a number of actions that make you are feeling comfy within the eCommerceFuel neighborhood.

Previous to the fabulous plane provider opening social gathering, they provided a brand new member dinner. Then, for lunch on the primary day, they created an assigned seating chart that grouped collectively friends with comparable pursuits.

For dinner on the second night time, we had been grouped with totally different attendees, however nonetheless discovered lots 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 Alternate, and their luxurious tapas model meals allowed us to really share our meal collectively, passing plates such as you would at grandma’s desk. In fact 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 reside provided an enormous block of time devoted to adventures. Among the many quite a few choices out there, attendees may take the chance to discover ways to surf, take pleasure in a meals tour of San Diego, sail in a regatta, go on safari, or kayak by way of sea caves.

My state is landlocked, so the lure of the ocean I so hardly ever see known as to me, and I selected to go on the kayaking tour.

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

Kayaking Adventure in the Water

Events Promote Assembly Teams of Individuals

Each night time is a celebration at ECF Stay! Actually. The occasions workforce crafted a uniquely festive expertise for every night of the convention. I already gushed in regards to the Prime Gun themed opening night time social gathering.

Aircraft Carrier Party

Credit score to our member Seth Haber for this picture

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

Tuesday night time we had a Cantina themed social gathering with mezcal tastings, a margarita shaking lesson, and outdated whack on the piñata.

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

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

Childrens Museum Closing Party

The closing social gathering came about on the Kids’s Museum. Don’t fear, the kids had been all gone. However when the children are away, the adults get to play! We obtained to discover the museum unfettered by the guilt of taking over an exercise that was meant for tiny people. We went again to our childhoods, using down the slide and taking one another out in a pleasant recreation of laser tag.

Enterprise Takeaways

In fact 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 ought to be a thought of resolution – strategic and calculated. Most retailer homeowners are too scared to boost costs. They suppose 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 once you do the maths on net-profit, you’ll be able to see that companies typically make more cash by rising costs by 5%. They could lose as much as 8% in quantity, however their web revenue nonetheless will increase by 7%.

Price VS Volume Change

Takeaway: Don’t set your costs based mostly on concern. Meet along with your workforce 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 use the shopper voice in advertising. If a buyer unboxes your product and says, “That is the Tesla of mattresses” that’s precisely what you need to use in your advertising.

Breakout Periods For Particular Areas of Curiosity

In addition to 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 workers really saved somebody’s enterprise. The preferred 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 realized loads from Sean McGinnis’ discuss each Conversion Fee Optimization (CRO) approach he used to avoid wasting KURU Footwear. A few of his methods had been apparent, like rising the font dimension on cellular so folks can learn the copy. However he additionally revealed his extra superior methods, like an e mail advertising workforce that sends emails 5 days per 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 be taught extra about conversion price optimization (or another matter) from somebody who really carried out adjustments and shared their outcomes, relatively than studying a listicle of concepts that would possibly work from somebody who hasn’t put any of that info into observe.

Downtime Lets You Marinate on Good Enterprise Concepts

Typically you simply want one other entrepreneur to reiterate a degree. You realize you need to observe a particular technique however you haven’t succeeded to date.

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

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

“This bus trip again paid for the entire occasion”

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

ECF Stay 2024

In case you’ve gotten this far, you’re most likely itching to seek out out how one can be a part of eCommerceFuel Stay subsequent 12 months. By no means concern, our occasions workforce is right here! The 2024 dates are already set, and the situation determined – The Huge Simple itself, New Orleans!

ECF Live New Orleans

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

However keep in mind, ECF Stay is a non-public occasion, open solely to eCommerceFuel members. If you wish to attend subsequent 12 months, take part in our non-public neighborhood of 7-figure and bigger retailer homeowners, browse our assessment listing with over 20,000 critiques on each type of software program or SaaS it’s possible you’ll be contemplating for your online business, and attend a regional ECF meetup apply to develop into a member of eCommerceFuel as we speak.

Patrick Rauland

Put up by Patrick Rauland

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

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