It’s time to plan your schedule for 2017. If you’ve never attended industry conferences or trade shows for sellers before, you’ve been neglecting a sneaky-good opportunity to grow on Amazon and eBay.
There are two main reasons why Amazon and eBay sellers should go to trade shows: to source and to network. You get opportunities to meet face-to-face with suppliers and source inventory for your business. You can also attend informational sessions and mingle with your peers — building a network of people who can help you answer questions, trade tips with, and get info that might not be shared online.
Below is the rundown on four of the most popular and talked-about trade shows in the Amazon and eBay selling industry. Pack your bags!
Seller’s Conference for Online Entrepreneurs (SCOE)
Dates: March 7-10, 2017
Location: Philadelphia, PA
Cost: $699 if you register before the show, $899 if you register on-site
The Seller’s Conference for Online Entrepreneurs (SCOE) is a well-known conference for Amazon-, eBay-, and other online sellers. In addition to getting information on tools and trends from online selling experts, attendees can speak with exhibitors and learn about new sourcing options. Past informational sessions have covered topics such as maximizing Google Analytics, private label selling, and how to become an e-commerce millionaire. Speakers at next year’s show include executives from ROI Revolution, Tophatter, and eGrowth Partners. The full agenda will be posted on the site, so check back soon.
Affordable Shopping Destination (ASD) Market Week
Dates: March 19-22, 2017; July 30 – August 2, 2017
Location: Las Vegas, NV
Cost: Free if you register before the show, $40 if you register on-site
From the more than 2,000 exhibitor booths to the variety of informational sessions, ASD Market Week is a show that should be on every product sourcing savant’s calendar of trade shows. For sellers , you can get great wholesale prices on a wide variety of products, and when you aren’t sourcing, there are hundreds of educational seminars where sellers can get tips on how to conquer Amazon or scale their eBay selling business.
The trade show, located in the enormous Las Vegas Convention Center, can be overwhelming at first due to the huge amount of exhibitors. With this in mind, we recommend looking at the vendors directory before traveling to plan which booths you’ll visit.
If you pre-register as a qualified buyer, ASD is free to attend. There are also special ASD rates available at nearby hotels.
Dates: May 18-20, 2017
Location: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Cost: Ranges from $699-$1,199
The Sellers Summit is a great fit for both beginners and experienced sellers. It’s really more of an intense two-day workshop than a trade show, offering actionable strategies from e-commerce experts — such as “The Amazing Seller” podcast founder Scott Voelker — to online entrepreneurs. This year it was voted as a top e-commerce conference by Entrepreneur.com.
The 2017 conference will include speakers like the host Steve Chou, Voelker, and Jungle Scout CEO Greg Mercer. The agenda will cover topics such as finding profitable products to sell online, creating email funnels to generate sales on autopilot, and developing a high converting website.
Dates: July 2017
Location: Las Vegas, NV
Cost: $199 per attendee
eBay OPEN took place for the first time in 2016, being branded by eBay as the “seller event of the year.” If you sell on eBay and are looking to grow, this is a must-attend event. You have the opportunity to network at nightly mixers and parties, chat with suppliers, watch and listen to live eBay Radio shows, and attend informational sessions with eBay executives. CEO Devin Wenig and North America SVP Hal Lawton were two of the top executives to lead the event last summer.
Registration for the 2017 event is not yet open, but be sure to keep checking eBay for updates.
Before you travel to these or any other industry conferences, consider these questions. What products are you looking to source? How will you divide your time between sourcing at booths and learning at educational sessions and meetups? What are your networking goals? If you’re active on social media, what is the hashtag for the conference and how can you use it to get in on the conversation while you’re there? Answering these questions before you hit the road is crucial for being able to maximize your time at the shows.
If you have questions, or want to throw out some other great trade shows you’ve attended, post in the comments section below!