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We’re continuing our “5 Best” series with a roundup of top conferences for Amazon FBA sellers at any level: from newbie through advanced.
So why should sellers get out of their comfort zone and leave the kids with their spouse and fly to another state?
Steve Chou, host and creator of The Sellers Summit, was at one point very “anti-conference.” But then his business doubled in the year following his first conference experience, because he formed a mastermind group with people that he met there. Here’s how he describes the shift in his attitude towards conferences in an interview with Scott Voelker:
Way back in the day I was anti-conference. I’m like, “Why would I need to go to a conference when I can just figure out everything on my own or read whatever I need to read online.” It’s the collaboration factor. It’s the networking factor. I didn’t learn this until like a long time but you can’t really grow your business by yourself.
The need for external support is something every entrepreneur must learn. Here are five events with tons of content, resources, and networking opportunities for FBA sellers.
The Prosper Show
Las Vegas, Nevada
March 22-23, 2017
The Prosper Show tops our list because unlike other ecommerce conferences, it is ONLY for Amazon Sellers, and while the content is geared towards intermediate and advanced sellers, the base ticket price is affordable for new sellers as well. Experienced sellers looking for advanced content like “Generating Outside Traffic to Your Amazon Listings” can choose to pay an additional fee for workshops taking place a day before the start of the main event.
Visit Refunds Manager at The Prosper Show: Booth P1!
The biggest bonus is that tons of the speakers were or are employees at Amazon, and they’re bringing their inside knowledge into how to maximize revenue on the platform. One such example is Carina McLeod, an Amazon Vendor manager turned seller and consultant. Catch the full list of speakers here.
The Sellers Summit
Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
May 18-20, 2017
While The Sellers Summit does not cater solely to Amazon FBA sellers, it also does not offer specialized content for platforms outside of Amazon like eBay, Sears and Etsy. It’s only for Amazon selling and private ecommerce, making it the perfect conference for Amazon sellers who are interested in growing their FBA business or potentially launching their own ecommerce store. The conference is aimed at helping sellers increase their sales on Amazon and create high converting ecommerce websites with optimized funnels.
Also, it’s organized a little differently than most conferences. There is a structured workshop format so that sellers are learning a set curriculum. The list of speakers includes many 7- and 8-figure store owners and sellers, and there is also a mastermind session reserved only for sellers doing 250,000 in yearly revenue.
The Sellers’ Conference
March 7-10, 2017
Formerly SCOE, The Sellers’ Conference will appeal to sellers who do want to learn about selling on eBay, Etsy, and Sears in addition to ramping up their FBA business strategies. It’s well known for being catered to beginners, so if you’ve been selling for a few years and are ready for the next level, best to stay away.
The conference site itself describes its target as “busy small business entrepreneurs and family businesses” so if that’s you—if you’re selling on Amazon to supplement or replace your income—then this is the perfect place to cut through the confusion and start implementing strategies that will put your revenue on autopilot.
This conference is happening now, so if you’ve missed it, mark your calendars for early March next year.
Las Vegas, Nevada
September 12-14, 2017
If Retail Global is good enough for Entrepreneur’s top ten ecommerce conferences in 2017, then it’s good enough for our list of events for FBA sellers, because this conference has a good portion of its’ agenda devoted to selling on Amazon.
Here’s a small sampling of Amazon programming:
- Tip and Tricks to Accelerate Your Amazon Sales
- Amazon Global Selling
- Amazon Business: Reach More Sell More
Of course, content on landing page optimization and Facebook advertising applies to sellers as well. In case evening pool parties hosted by Shopify are your thing, then you have that to look forward to too.
Amazon Professional Sellers’ Summit
Los Angeles, California & New York, New York
Any seller who’s been lucky enough to attend one of Feedvisor’s private, invitation-only conferences can attest that the 250 or so attendees are heavy hitters. The Professional Sellers’ Summit is available to the rest of us only in quick little summary articles and YouTube highlights. If you have a 7- or 8-figure Amazon business, now is the time to figure out who you need to rub elbows with to get invited.
Don’t worry, we won’t leave you completely hanging with a recommendation that’s out of reach. Anyone can join Feedvisor’s yearly Amazon Virtual Summit. It just took place last week, but you can sign up and request a replay.
Stepping away from the computer and getting in the presence of other successful sellers and ecommerce businesses is a must. There’s no substitute for flesh-and-blood networking. Which conferences will you attend this year? Let us know in the comments below.
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