6 Best D2C Conferences to Attend in 2021
Listening to thought leaders, munching down on hors d'oeuvres, and sipping on that sweet vine – there’s nothing better than attending D2C conferences. However, if you want to scale your network with long-term relationships, you need to pick the right events.
Challenger brands, novel tech, coupled with transforming consumer preferences, are propelling the global eCommerce industry forward.
Businesses around the world – especially D2C brands – need to keep up and embrace the new commerce landscape.
A promising way to stay up-to-date with the latest trends, learn from industry leaders, and pave the way for new business opportunities is to attend D2C conferences.
To help you decide, I’m going to talk about the 6 best D2C/eCommerce conferences happening in 2021.
Let’s jump right in.
DTC DAY – The Largest Direct-to-Customer Conference Happening This Year
If I had to attend only one D2C conference happening in 2021, it would have to be DTC DAY LIVE.
This action-packed, 3-day event will invite founders, CEOs, thought leaders, innovators, and eCommerce enthusiasts from different industries to discuss strategy, shed light on key DTC trends for 2021, share insights, and come up with new ways to thrive in the eCommerce landscape.
Additionally, with almost a thousand attendees set to grace the event, you can’t miss out on all of the networking opportunities.
Whether you own a D2C business, are a digital marketer, or a growth strategist – you have to attend this event.
Top 6 D2C Conferences You Can’t Miss in 2021
Last year, many conferences were delayed and rescheduled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. DTC DAY in-person events are permanently post-posted. However, this year, DTC DAY is launching Direct-to-Consumer Live.
You’ll find that there are a lot of virtual D2C conferences this year. However, there are some full-blown conferences happening in 2021.
That being said, here’s a list of the best D2C conferences happening in 2021:
DTC DAY LIVE 2021
Date: June 9 -11
Location: Online, Attend from anywhere in the world
Price: Starting at $1,000 (for brands and retailers) and $1,500 (for attendees) with Early Bird Pricing
Easily the biggest annual direct-to-consumer event in North America, DTC DAY is all set to host over 100 leading speakers in June this year.
This year’s event will focus on:
- Strategy – in the main session, more than 20 leaders (Founders and CEOs) will share their insider secrets. Attendees will walk away with deep insights about customer acquisition, product, and marketing strategies.
- Growth – in a breakout session, leading names from the D2C world will discuss ways to sustain and scale businesses.
- Sustainability – attendees will celebrate and learn from brands that have built themselves from the ground-up by sticking to ethically-responsible practices.
Business leaders belonging to renowned brands, such as Pepsico, Mondelez, Magic Spoon, and Thinx, to name a few, will make up the speaker lineup.
Attendees will get a wonderful chance to interact, learn, and network from the top names in the D2C world.
Here are some of the renowned experts gracing the event:
- Matt Higgins (Shark on ABC’s Shark Tank, Co-Founder and CEO, RSE Ventures)
- Lori Pantel (CMO, Fandango)
- Joe Megibo, CEO, Purple
- Kate Huyett, Chief Marketing Officer, Bombas
If you’re interested in attending DTC DAY LIVE, Apply to attend here.
1. Brand Insider Summit D2C (Virtual)
Date: May 11 – 12
Price: $495 (for MediaPost members, non-members, and on-site purchases)
Brand Insider Summit D2C is another sought-after annual conference and gathers thought leaders from the leading direct-to-consumer brands under one roof.
Taking place in May, this year’s edition of the 4-day event will focus on riding the growth-wave of D2C and overcoming challenges.
The conference will consist of interactive discussions centered on the next stage of growth for D2C brands, including topics like differentiation, using digital marketing for micro-targeting, Amazon strategy, and much more.
Officials representing brands like Helix, Verizon Wireless, and Harry’s will grace the event to talk growth and share expert tips.
To register for Brand Insider Summit D2C, visit this page.
2. Grow NY 2021
Date: June 22 – 23
Venue: Knockdown Center, Queens (New York City, NY)
Price: Not disclosed (invite-only event)
Grow New York is one of the hottest retail conferences in the US.
With over 600 D2C brands attending the conference, Grow NY 2021 is your chance to learn from the best out there – including founders, influencers, brand marketing gurus, and disruptors, from the likes of Brooklinen, Helix Sleep, VINEBOX, and Mockingbird.
Furthermore, over 1,000 leaders from all over the US will gather in NYC to attend Grow NY 2021, presenting once-a-year networking opportunities that can go a long way in establishing fruitful relationships.
The 2-day event will kick-off with a welcome ceremony, followed by a special session for trailblazers and trendsetters.
This will be followed by conversations, discussions, and workshops before breaking into two lanes:
- Lane-A – a deep-dive into using data for business growth
- Lane-B – insights about crafting cutting-edge content and creating positive customer experiences
Whether you’re a D2C brand-owner, a digital marketing specialist for an online brand, or just someone who’s passionate about the global eCommerce industry, you should definitely attend this event.
To maintain the exclusivity, Grow NY 2021 is an invite-only event. If you’re interested, you can apply to attend on this page.
3. Destination: D2C
Venue: Online and In-Person (Live) Events
Price: Free or TBA
Following its massive success last year, Yotpo’s Destination: D2C is returning in 2021 with a roadshow – a series of online events featuring in-person discussions with leaders in the global eCommerce scene.
To bring you valuable insights and insider-tips from renowned experts, the Destination: D2C team will be traveling all over the US – visiting major hubs like New York, Las Vegas, San Diego, Austin, San Francisco, and Dallas.
These events will kick-off soon, so it’s best to sign up quickly.
You can sign up for these online events on their main page and reserve a spot to learn from the best.
Date: June 2 – 4
Venue: Hilton Midtown (New York City, NY)
Price: $795 (for retailers and DTC brands)
SubSummit is hosted by SUBTA – the Subscription Trade Association. It’s considered to be the world’s largest D2C event with regard to subscriptions. This year, it is presented by FedEx.
The event gives three days of insights and talks from over 100 speakers. You get the chance to develop working connections and relationships with industry experts. Furthermore, you get access to over 40 sessions on a user-friendly web-based platform.
This year, you’ll find featured sessions from Simran Dua, Jay Myers, and more. You can learn from industry experts from companies like Bold, Zuora, The Seattle Times, Business Insider, and more.
It’s safe to say, it’s one of the biggest and most relevant D2C subscription conferences. You can get either register as a merchant or a supplier. The best thing is that you can attend the event for free, but if you pay the premium price, you get access to more stuff.
To apply to attend, fill out this register form.
5. Modern Retail Summit Live
Date: April 21 – 23
Price: $249 (Insights Pass), $1,199 (Connect Pass), and $349 (Upgraded Pass)
Last, but not least, if you’re interested in learning about building customer loyalty and scaling your online business through genius strategies, you have to attend the Modern Retail Summit.
Featuring interactive sessions, activities, and priceless learning, you won’t want to miss this event. You’ll get insights from experts from companies like Nestle, Verizon, Walmart, and more.
You can buy the passes here.
Looking Forward to Meeting You!
Remember – attending these events is a great investment for your career and/or online business.
As a final piece of advice, keep an eye on the websites for these conferences for any updates related to COVID-19.