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 High 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 Not possible 8 to schmooze on the Opening Celebration 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 house owners who carry in additional than seven figures, that is the highest occasion of the 12 months for lots of the eCommerce entrepreneurs who attend.

When you’ve spent any time within the eCommerce area, then 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 personal occasion for probably the most profitable enterprise house owners in our already-vetted neighborhood, we assure every particular person within the corridor is a peer with high tier information and expertise of their area.


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 may have taken me to Timbuktu. At most of these occasions, I’d need to drive myself to speak to some new folks, 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 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 occasion, they supplied 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 evening, we had been grouped with totally different attendees, however nonetheless discovered loads 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 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 dwell supplied an enormous block of time devoted to adventures. Among the many quite a few choices out there, attendees may take the chance to learn to surf, take pleasure in a meals tour of San Diego, sail in a regatta, go on safari, or kayak via 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 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 approach 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 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 Individuals

Each evening is a celebration at ECF Stay! Actually. The occasions workforce crafted a uniquely festive expertise for every night of the convention. I already gushed concerning the High Gun themed opening evening occasion.

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 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 occasion with mezcal tastings, a margarita shaking lesson, and a great 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 discovered 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 more.

And that’s the aim of the entire social occasions we provide at ECF Stay. It’s exhausting to actually find out about an individual via textual content (even for these of us who carried out our earliest relationships by way of AOL Prompt Messenger). However actual life conversations provide you with a strong base on which to construct a rapport that strengthens your on-line interactions.

Childrens Museum Closing Party

The closing occasion came about on the Kids’s Museum. Don’t fear, the kids had 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 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 data, and our keynote classes aimed to offer 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 probably the most.

For me, the important thing takeaway was that pricing needs to be a thought-about resolution – strategic and calculated. Most retailer house owners are too scared to boost 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 house owners over-estimate the dangers and quantity will solely lower by 4% .

And whenever you do the maths on net-profit, you possibly can see that companies typically earn more money by growing 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 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 the way to use the shopper 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 Periods For Particular Areas of Curiosity

Moreover 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 dropping 85% of workers really saved somebody’s enterprise. The most well-liked 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 discovered rather a lot from Sean McGinnis’ discuss each Conversion Price Optimization (CRO) approach he used to avoid wasting KURU Footwear. A few of his methods had been apparent, like growing the font dimension on cellular so folks can learn the copy. However he additionally revealed his extra superior methods, like an e mail advertising and marketing workforce 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’ll be able to be taught extra about conversion fee optimization (or some other matter) from somebody who really applied adjustments and shared their outcomes, somewhat than studying a listicle of concepts that may work from somebody who hasn’t put any of that data into apply.

Downtime Lets You Marinate on Good Enterprise Concepts

Generally you simply want one other entrepreneur to reiterate a degree. 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 offer e mail advertising and marketing one other go.

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

“This bus trip again paid for the entire occasion”

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

ECF Stay 2024

When you’ve gotten this far, you’re most likely itching to search out out how one can be a part of eCommerceFuel Stay subsequent 12 months. By no means worry, our occasions workforce is right here! The 2024 dates are already set, and the placement determined – The Massive Straightforward itself, New Orleans!

ECF Live New Orleans

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

However bear in mind, ECF Stay is a personal 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 house owners, browse our overview listing with over 20,000 opinions on each sort of software program or SaaS you might be contemplating for what you are promoting, and attend a regional ECF meetup apply to develop into a member of eCommerceFuel at the moment.

Patrick Rauland

Put up 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 screen he loves to color tiny toy miniatures.

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