Highlights From ECF Reside 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 images with smiling eCommerce entrepreneurs. With that good swagger and smirk I may have sworn Tom Cruise will need to have taken a break from filming Mission Unattainable 8 to schmooze on the Opening Celebration for eCommerceFuel Reside.

Tom Cruise Impersonator at ECF Live Opening Party

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

If you happen to’ve spent any time within the eCommerce area, then you realize there’s a veritable glut of networking and informational occasions for on-line entrepreneurs. However solely eCommerceFuel Reside offers its company the chance to mingle with the cream of the crop. By making this a personal occasion for probably the most profitable enterprise homeowners in our already-vetted neighborhood, we assure every particular person within the corridor is a peer with high tier data and expertise of their area.


Bringing an On-line Group to Life

Not like most enterprise occasions, eCommerceFuel Reside 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 Reside. However these operate extra as a leaping off level for attendees who need 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 need to drive myself to speak to a couple new folks, earlier than speeding 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 workforce has taken the stress out of socializing by assembling a bunch of actions that make you are feeling comfy within the eCommerceFuel neighborhood.

Previous to the fabulous plane provider 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 comparable pursuits.

For dinner on the second evening, we had 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 assorted – 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. 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 dwell provided an enormous block of time devoted to adventures. Among the many quite a few choices obtainable, attendees may 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 hardly ever see referred to as to me, and I selected to go on the kayaking tour.

The 2-person kayaks gave my paddling companion, 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 acquired 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 acquired 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 Reside. 💪

Kayaking Adventure in the Water

Events Promote Assembly Teams of Folks

Each evening is a celebration at ECF Reside! 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 evening get together.

Aircraft Carrier Party

Credit score to our member Seth Haber for this photograph

Along with the Tom Cruise impersonator, we acquired a tour of the plane provider, 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 previous 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 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 further consideration to her phrases of knowledge within the discussion board any further.

And that’s the purpose of the entire social occasions we provide at ECF Reside. It’s exhausting to essentially study an individual by textual content (even for these of us who carried out our earliest relationships through AOL Immediate 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 befell 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 acquired 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 need 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 probably the most.

For me, the important thing takeaway was that pricing ought to be a thought-about 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 if you do the mathematics on net-profit, you may see that companies usually make more cash by growing costs by 5%. They could 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 based mostly on worry. Meet together 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 learn how to use the client 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

Apart from the 4 keynotes periods everybody on the convention attended, there have been 12 breakout periods starting from optimizing your Google PMax advertisements to a narrative about how dropping 85% of staff truly saved somebody’s enterprise. The preferred session was a workshop about getting began with Generative AI know-how 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 tasks led him to be extra worthwhile in every.

I additionally realized lots from Sean McGinnis’ discuss each Conversion Price Optimization (CRO) approach he used to save lots of KURU Footwear. A few of his methods had been apparent, like growing the font measurement on cell so folks can learn the copy. However he additionally revealed his extra superior strategies, 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 may be taught extra about conversion price optimization (or another matter) from somebody who truly applied modifications 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 observe.

Downtime Lets You Marinate on Good Enterprise Concepts

Generally you simply want one other entrepreneur to reiterate a degree. You understand you need to comply with a particular technique however you haven’t succeeded up to now.

Whereas my kayaking group was driving again to the convention in our bus, just a few attendees satisfied one other visitor to present e-mail advertising one other go.

He had had poor luck with e-mail advertising previously, however about quarter-hour into his dialog together with his fellow entrepreneurs, he mentioned:

“This bus journey again paid for the entire occasion”

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

ECF Reside 2024

If you happen to’ve gotten this far, you’re in all probability itching to seek out out how one can be a part of eCommerceFuel Reside subsequent yr. By no means worry, our occasions workforce is right here! The 2024 dates are already set, and the situation determined – The Large Straightforward itself, New Orleans!

ECF Live New Orleans

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

However keep in mind, ECF Reside is a personal occasion, open solely to eCommerceFuel members. If you wish to attend subsequent yr, take part in our personal neighborhood of 7-figure and bigger retailer homeowners, browse our evaluation listing with over 20,000 evaluations on each sort of software program or SaaS it’s possible you’ll be contemplating for your online business, and attend a regional ECF meetup apply to grow to be a member of eCommerceFuel as we speak.

Patrick Rauland

Publish 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 isn’t in entrance of a display he loves to color tiny toy miniatures.

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