Apr 11 2012

Imagine an eCommerce Conference in Las Vegas

Magento Imagine Conference 2012As the fourth week of April approaches, Blue Acorn is doing everything that an eCommerce agency is supposed to do before an industry conference in Las Vegas: confirming flight and hotel reservations, restocking our business cards, watching The Hangover, double-checking our presentation materials, and planning for a stellar pool party!

This year’s Imagine eCommerce Conference will include invaluable networking opportunities, eight Keynotes and fifteen Breakout Sessions, the latter of which will be broken down into two tracks: a Technology Track and a Business Track. There will also be four opportunities to take the Magento Developer Certification test at a discounted rate during the conference. The intent of Magento is to make this a conference for anyone involved in what they have deemed “the eCommerce ecosystem.” If you’re reading this blog article, that likely means you.

Our Fearless Leader Takes The Stage… Again

After giving a well-received presentation on A Technical Overview of Magento at last year’s Innovate Conference, our Founder & CEO, Kevin Eichelberger, will be taking the stage again at this year’s Imagine eCommerce Conference to lead Tuesday’s 2:50pm Business Track Breakout Session where he will be joined by Mike Wodtke, eCommerce Director for Blu Dot, and Eric Best, CEO of Mercent. The three will be discussing how online retailers can improve their business through Conversion Optimization. Kevin and the other panelists have been helping online retailers realize revenue growth through these tactics for years – so you won’t want to miss this one!

The Pre-Imagine Pool Party

M Resort Pool, Las VegasLast year, several members (ourselves included) of the Magento Community organized and sponsored a pre-conference event dubbed “Pre-Innovate” – which set the standard for future events to come.  We’re proud to participate once again this year with a Pre-Imagine Pool Party to take place at the M Resort pool from 2-5pm on Sunday, April 22. If you’re going to be in town the day before the conference, this will be a great time to connect with the community in a fun, informal gathering.

While dubbed “sponsors” – you won’t find a sales pitch, signage, presentations, or any sort of marketing or sales-spin to the event.  This is a purely community-driven event, with sponsors’ contributions going towards the good of the community.  We’re happy to be just one of several sponsors for this event, including: WebShopApps, bmbleb, Roy Rubin, Magecasts, ebizmarts, RED LIGHT BLINKING, and Nexcess. Thanks to all of you! We’d also like to give a special thanks to the main coordinators of this event, Kimberly Thomas and Sherrie Rohde. You’ll be able to keep up with all of the event chatter via Twitter with the #PreImagine hashtag. Please RSVP via Eventbrite and reach out if you’d like to participate in sponsoring the event.

Where To Find Us

We will be sending four members of our team to this year’s Imagine Conference: Founder & CEO – Kevin Eichelberger, COO – Toby Hemmerling, Client Services Consultant – Jake Phillips, and Systems Architect – Luis Tineo. If you’d like to schedule a meeting with any of them, please email your request to magento@blueacorn.com. We are getting booked up fairly quickly, but please shoot us an email and we’ll be sure to fit you in.   We’re all about relationships and enjoy talking eCommerce and Magento with as many clients, partners, and retailers as we can.

We’ll follow up this post with a post-Imagine report – with the slide deck and video of Kevin’s session. Until then, I’d like to leave you with some words of wisdom from one of my favorite American Airlines pilots who told the entire plane, “Remember folks, what happens in Vegas doesn’t necessarily stay in Vegas.”

Stay classy my friends.

Blue Acorn

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