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7 Best D2C Conferences to Attend in 2020

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 7 best D2C/eCommerce conferences happening in 2020.

Let’s jump right in.

DTC DAY – The Biggest Direct-to-Customer Conference Happening This Year

If I had to attend only one D2C conference happening in 2020, it would have to be DTC DAY West 2020.

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 2020, 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 2020

Many conferences have been rescheduled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. DTC DAY East which was set to happen on May 13 - 14 in New York has been rescheduled to DTC DAY West. 

While some events were postponed, a few were moved online – giving everyone the opportunity to attend from the comfort of their homes.

That being said, here’s a list of the best D2C conferences happening in 2020:

1. DTC DAY West 2020

Date: October 14 – 16

Venue: Hudson Loft (Los Angeles, CA)

Price: Starting at $1,250 (for brands and retailers) and $2,000 (for attendees)

Easily the biggest annual direct-to-consumer event in North America, DTC DAY is all set to host over 524 leading D2C brands in mid-October 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 Thinx, Vita Coco, Bombas, and Fandango, 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)
  • David Wolfe (Co-Founder, Leesa Sleep)
  • Kate Huyett, Chief Marketing Officer, Bombas

If you’re interested in attending DTC DAY West 2020, register now and take advantage of the early-bird discount.

2. Brand Insider Summit D2C

Date: July 26 – 29

Venue: Santa Barbara, CA

Price: $3,295 (for MediaPost members), $3,395 (for non-members), and $3,895 (for 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 July, 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.

3. Grow NY 2020

Date: June 25

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 2020 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 2020, presenting once-a-year networking opportunities that can go a long way in establishing fruitful relationships.

The 1-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 2020 is an invite-only event. If you’re interested, you can apply to attend on this page.

4. Destination:D2C

Date: Multiple

Venue: Online events

Price: Free or TBA

Following its massive success last year, Yotpo’s Destination:D2C is returning in 2020 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 in July.

You can sign up for these online events on their main page and reserve a spot to learn from the best.

5. CommerceNext

Date: July 28 – 29

Venue: Hilton Midtown (New York City, NY)

Price: $795 (for retailers and DTC brands)

With a focus on customer acquisition, CommerceNext is one of the biggest marketing conferences for eCommerce this year.

Attendees will get the opportunity to learn from over 100 seasoned professionals belonging to D2C and technology companies.

The entire expo is split into 50 intense and highly insightful sessions, focusing on topics such as:

  • How brand purpose and storytelling can be a catalyst for growth
  • Elevating customer experience to accelerate marketing
  • Marketing diversification beyond Google and Facebook

And that barely scratches the surface.

To apply to attend, visit this page.

6. Modern Retail Summit

Date: October 14 – 16

Venue: The Scottsdale Resort at McCormick Ranch (Scottsdale, AZ)

Price: $2,595 (Retailer Connect Pass) and $4,495 Retailer Connect Pass+: Super Early Rate

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 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.