As we wind up the year and look forward to 2014, it’s clear that there are exciting prospects on the horizon. Catalyst is one of the highlights of our year, and we’re already counting down the days until it arrives (104, to be precise).
For those of you who aren’t familiar with Catalyst, it’s an annual e-commerce conference hosted by ChannelAdvisor that brings together industry visionaries and forward-thinking retailers. We’ll discuss current and upcoming industry trends, exchange best practices, learn about new innovations, and participate in expert-led training. We host the event every year in both London and Las Vegas.
Catalyst has become an essential date in the diary of many leading online retailers, and with this year’s event promising to be better than ever before, now is the time to reserve your place. If you’re wondering why you should attend Catalyst Europe, we’ve shortlisted the five top reasons for you to attend.
1. The biggest names in e-commerce
Catalyst draws together the most influential retail leaders from across the industry. Already our agenda includes presentations from industry giants such as Google’s John Gillan, Amazon’s Chris Poad, and Simon Calver, CEO of Mothercare. These experts are shaping the world of online retail and will deliver insightful and forward-looking sessions.
Catalyst also offers genuine networking opportunities with innovative online retailers who are willing to collaborate and share information and insights. The buzz around the venue as ideas and best practices are exchanged is palpable! You really won’t get another opportunity like this all year.
2. An informative and customisable agenda
Our agenda has just been announced, and with three tracks and 16 sessions, we have something for everyone. Ever wondered how to own the Google search page, or how to expand internationally with marketplaces? We’ve got it covered.
Our three tracks have been designed to help you build a conference agenda that’s relevant to your business. Our Foundations Track is crafted for the emerging retailer and will help you lay the groundwork for a strong e-commerce business. The Expansion Track is targeted toward the more established retailer who is looking for ways to expand their e-commerce success, whether that’s through adding new marketplaces, rethinking cross-border trade strategy or cracking the social media code. The Insights Track is more visionary in nature, covering a broad range of industry information and big-picture trends. You can take a look at the full agenda here.
3. Access to the industry’s leading solutions
Catalyst is a hub for industry knowledge and expertise, bringing together an eco-system of solution providers and partners to help you get the most from your business. From tax advisors to translation experts, fulfilment carriers to mobile solutions, these specialists will be on hand to advise and guide you through your e-commerce questions.
We are excited to announce that Hermes, the delivery expert, is the Headline Sponsor of Catalyst Europe 2014. Hermes will be discussing the latest trends in fulfilment, as well as how consumer expectations and attitudes are shifting the way e-tailers operate.
4. The practical and actionable advice
We want you to leave Catalyst Europe equipped with the tools and knowledge to grow your online business. The theme of this year’s conference is ‘E-Commerce. Accelerated.’ — and this is more than just a tagline; it’s our mission. Each event is specially designed to accelerate your business into new markets and help you achieve maximum online success.
Each of our workshop descriptions identifies the three most important points you’ll walk away knowing, making each workshop a valuable resource for your business. Browse our agenda for some of the takeaways you can expect.
5. The new format of the event
We’re shaking up the format of this year’s event and synthesizing the e-commerce education to one day of networking, workshops and keynote sessions. The result is that you’ll get to discuss all the essential e-commerce topics with industry leaders — under one roof and in a single day!
If you’re looking for one more reason to attend Catalyst Europe, our early bird offer is valid until midnight on the 31 December. Book before then to reserve your place at the hottest event in town for just £50! Don’t miss this opportunity to accelerate your e-commerce success.
P.S. If you’re considering going to Catalyst Americas, check out this blog post for all you need to know.