Highlights From ECF Stay 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 High Gun, took pictures with smiling eCommerce entrepreneurs. With that good swagger and smirk I might have sworn Tom Cruise will need to have taken a break from filming Mission Unattainable 8 to schmooze on the Opening Get together for eCommerceFuel Stay.

Tom Cruise Impersonator at ECF Live Opening Party

Final week over 300 eCommerce Gas 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.

If you happen to’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 Stay offers its visitors 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 Neighborhood to Life

Not like 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 classes, and workshops at eCommerceFuel Stay. 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 must drive myself to speak to a couple new individuals, earlier than dashing 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 group has taken the stress out of socializing by assembling a number of actions that make you are feeling comfortable within the eCommerceFuel neighborhood.

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

For dinner on the second night time, we had been grouped with completely 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 different – 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 type meals allowed us to actually 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 out there, attendees might take the chance to learn to surf, get pleasure from 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 prospect to get to know each other as our information taught us about San Diego’s sea life. We noticed the ocean caves and received the magical expertise of watching wild seals swim round us. As we made our approach again to the seashore, most of our fellow tour attendees received a refreshing dip within the Pacific when their kayaks tipped over. Our vessel was one in all 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 Folks

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

Aircraft Carrier Party

Credit score to our member Seth Haber for this picture

Along with the Tom Cruise impersonator, we received a tour of the plane service, 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 occasion with mezcal tastings, a margarita shaking lesson, and an excellent previous whack on the piñata.

At that occasion, 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 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 aim of the entire social occasions we provide at ECF Stay. It’s onerous to actually study an individual by way of textual content (even for these of us who performed our earliest relationships through AOL Prompt 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 occasion passed off 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 received to discover the museum unfettered by the guilt of taking on 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 sport 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 classes aimed to supply simply that.

Stage at ECF Live

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

For me, the important thing takeaway was that pricing needs to be a thought-about choice – 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 typically make more cash by rising costs by 5%. They might 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 worry. Meet along with your group 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 it’s best to use in your advertising.

Breakout Periods For Particular Areas of Curiosity

In addition to the 4 keynotes classes everybody on the convention attended, there have been 12 breakout classes starting from optimizing your Google PMax advertisements to a narrative about how shedding 85% of workers really 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 speak about his entrepreneurial journey and the way specializing in fewer initiatives led him to be extra worthwhile in every.

I additionally realized so much from Sean McGinnis’ speak about each Conversion Price Optimization (CRO) method he used to save lots of KURU Footwear. A few of his methods had been apparent, like rising the font measurement on cellular so individuals can learn the copy. However he additionally revealed his extra superior methods, like an e-mail advertising group 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 classes jam packed their dialogue with actual world particulars. You possibly can study extra about conversion charge optimization (or another subject) from somebody who really carried out modifications and shared their outcomes, fairly 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

Generally you simply want one other entrepreneur to reiterate some extent. You recognize it’s best to observe a selected technique however you haven’t succeeded so far.

Whereas my kayaking group was using again to the convention in our bus, a couple of attendees satisfied one other visitor to present 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 stated:

“This bus trip again paid for the entire occasion”

Our keynotes and breakout classes 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

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 Stay subsequent 12 months. By no means worry, our occasions group is right here! The 2024 dates are already set, and the placement determined – The Massive Simple itself, New Orleans!

ECF Live New Orleans

There’ll be events, adventures, keynotes, and breakout classes similar to we had in 2023. ECF Stay is the best solution 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 sort of software program or SaaS chances are 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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