*This post was updated on 12/4/2018.
Those who follow the internet retail industry are well-aware of the potential marketplace Amazon presents to both high-volume vendors and first-time business owners.
While there are many ways–including webinars, blogs, news sites, and peer forums to stay educated on the latest issues and concerns for Amazon sellers–the sheer amount of information and sources can be difficult to parse.
Conferences are an essential way for vendors to stay up to date on the latest trends and gain mastery of the techniques necessary to refine their strategies and expand their sales.
While the Amazon conferences in 2018 are mostly over, we have a lot to look forward to in 2019.
Here are the best Amazon seller conferences to attend:
When: March 17-19, 2019
Where: Las Vegas, Nevada
What sets the Prosper Show apart is that it’s one of the few ecommerce conferences that is exclusive to Amazon vendors. Billed as a “continuing education conference for established Amazon sellers,” the content is curated for those with intermediate or advanced experience.
Aimed at online sellers seeking to improve their business on Amazon, this conference features several ex-Amazon leaders and CEOs/General Managers from leading Amazon marketplace solution providers using workshops and seminars to help sellers learn how to build better online businesses.
The point, according to organizers, is to lead with education first, while also providing sellers with access to dozens of leading solution/service providers in the Amazon ecosystem.
When: TBA for 2019 (rumors say January)
Where: Brooklyn, NY
This exclusive smaller annual event hosts around 600 Amazon vendors, and keeps growing. The meetup includes a workshop for private labelers with a focus on optimizing current listings and promoting new product launches.
The event also hosts a number of featured speakers. Past discussions include how to analyze and optimize costs and the difference between selling a product and building a brand.
Event information for 2019 has yet to be posted, but you can now get access to the 2018 recordings.
When: May 15-17, 2019
Where: Miami, Florida
If you’re sick of conferences where you have to jump around and give high fives every morning, you’ll find this one refreshing. The Sellers Summit markets itself as “not your ordinary feel-good event” and is instead a “curriculum based experience.” The workshop is designed to operate on two main tracks: one for novices and one for pros.
The former will help fledgling businesses to identify potential sourcing vendors and develop a blueprint to scale their business. The latter will focus on advanced techniques such as search engine optimization (SEO), pay-per-click advertising (PPC), conversion optimization, and copywriting.
The event also features an exclusive mastermind meeting comprised only of sellers making over $250,000 a year. This will allow business owners to learn from and network with other successful entrepreneurs.
When: June 25-28, 2019
Where: Chicago, Illinois
The Internet Retailer Conference and Exhibition (IRCE) is among the largest events of its kind. Open to businesses of all sizes and on a host of platforms, it attracts thousands of industry experts, exhibitors, and vendors each year.
Still, IRCE is an excellent option for Amazon vendors. Past conferences have included panels and advanced workshops on Amazon listing tactics, how to best utilize fulfillment by Amazon (FBA), and whether to operate as a first or third-party seller on the platform.
IRCE also offers introductory tutorials for those business owners just wading into the world of Amazon.
When: July 19th-20th 2019
Where: Minneapolis, Minnesota
This still-growing ecommerce event is partnering with Amazon’s Self Service Performance Advertising (SSPA) team, inclusive of Amazon Marketing Services (AMS) for vendors and sponsored products (SP) for sellers.
This conference helps Amazon vendors to understand the rules of selling and provides them with new strategies to grow their businesses. This event brings together a host of expert speakers and is open to novice and experienced sellers alike.
Midwest E-Com promises great learning and networking opportunities, and you can get updates via their Facebook group.
When: June 21-23, 2019
Where: Las Vegas, Nevada
SellerCon (formerly the “Amazing Seller Summit”) is one of the most well-known events in the space. It’s put on by the folks at Amazing, an Amazon learning hub for sellers.
Not only have they had heavyweight speakers such as Richard Branso, founder of the Virgin Group and Brian Smith, the founder of Uggs, but also successful Amazon sellers and consultants. This conference is well known for its avoidance of hype and inspirational talks. Attendees use words like “easy-to-follow strategies” and “practical,” which mean’s you’ll come away with tactics you can implement tomorrow.
Accelerate is the largest day-long workshop for advanced e-commerce brands & retailers focused on learning practical, up-to-date and actionable strategies that actually work. The thing that sets this conference apart is that it’s created by pro sellers and sponsored by Skubana, a leader in the multi-channel inventory management space.
Join real high-volume multi-channel brands to discuss current problems they face and share their secrets to optimize and automate a well-oiled selling machine. In response to feedback from last year’s workshop, the team is putting on more panels, more hack-working sessions and more interactive sessions.
When: March 3-6, 2019
Where: Las Vegas, Nevada
Featuring speakers from Nordstrom, Barney’s, DHL, Crate and Barrel, Pinterest, eBay, Walmart, & Amazon – ShopTalk is a must-attend for any retailer or merchant — online or not. More than 8,000 people from 3,000 companies are expected to attend this four-day event, which takes place at the Venetian hotel and casino in Vegas. Topics covered will include checkout and payment experiences, fulfillment, logistics, company culture and more.
When: April 3-4, 2019 (pre-registration available)
Where: NEC Birmingham (UK)
About the conferences: The conference focused on the full eCommerce experience. The sessions include Digital Payments Theatre; Omnichannel Experience Workshops and more. Speakers include experts from Monetate, Ingenico Group, Klarna and Bringo. It is free to attend, just register with the website.
10. Imagine 2019
When: May 13-15, 2019
Where: Las Vegas, Nevada
Hosted by Magento (and featuring speakers from Magento, Forrester, PayPal, Amazon, Pittsburgh Steelers) this conference is one of the most popular ecommerce platforms in the world — it doesn’t get more ecommerce-focused than this.
With more than 150 speakers and 100 unique sessions, it’s as comprehensive as they come. Over 3,000 attendees from 50 different countries will have the opportunity to learn about mobile development, payments, email marketing, data insights and more. There will even be Magento certification exams on site.
When: March 28-30, 2019
Where: Prague, Czech Republic
Over 200 successful Private Label Amazon sellers in attendance. A small, selected group of international speakers will be sharing their expertise at the 2-Day European Seller Conference. With a limited space for attendees, this is a rare opportunity you don’t want to miss. Meet, network and gain more knowledge from other Amazon sellers in March 2019 in Prague.
Join KEVIN KING on March 30th for an exclusive and advanced one-day Amazon training in Prague. Once you experience Kevin’s training, you’ll realize just how powerful it is. Pick up marketing secrets, growth hacks and advanced tools used by the man himself to create his multi-million-dollar Amazon business.
This workshop requires a purchase of a separate ticket.
This list is just a starting point.
As the volume of Amazon vendors continues to grow, there will undoubtedly be more new fantastic conferences and workshops for sellers announced over the coming months.
We’ll be sure to update this page as more events arise and details are made more concrete–and if you’re looking for something on a smaller scale closer to home, be sure to check out the top Amazon seller Meetup groups near you.