Last week, 1500 developers and merchants from 45 countries descended upon the M Resort in Las Vegas for the 2013 Imagine eCommerce conference to network and share their ecommerce ideas, innovations and best practices around the Magento Platform. Here’s a recap of the most memorable moments and takeaways.
Day One focused on how Magento is driving quality in the marketplace and how developers and technology partners can achieve further ecosystem success. The day concluded with sessions on best practice search engine optimization techniques and a networking “BarCamp” event for developers to learn about a myriad of Magento topics in short, rapid-fire presentations. Among the most popular topic “tracks” were “Developing Magento Apps using the Mobile SDK,” “Previewing Extensibility in Magento 2” and an “Open Forum” with Magento Chief Technology Officer, Matthew Mengerink.
Day Two kicked events into high gear, with keynotes from eBay Inc. Chief Executive Officer John Donahoe, Magento Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer Roy Rubin, Jeff Jordan of Andreessen Horowitz and Magento Chief Technology Officer, Matthew Mengerink.
Roy Rubin was the day’s first main speaker. He addressed Magento’s amazing year of growth for both the platform, as well as for the customers and ecosystem worldwide. He also spoke to the conference theme — “The Art of Commerce” — and inspired the audience by conveying to them that they are the artists, and with the Magento tools available, they have the continued ability to create something powerful and unique.
Rubin was followed by John Donahoe, whose keynote focused on how technology is “obliterating” the lines between online and offline, calling it all “connected commerce.” In this commerce revolution, he said, the individual is at the center and the consumer is in charge. Jeff Jordan, meanwhile, spoke to existing trends in the ecommerce market, like the physical retailer disadvantage and show-rooming 2.0, and Matthew Mengerink closed out the morning keynotes with a discussion on how to push the boundaries of how we think about things and how the commerce of today no longer marries yesterday’s principles.
Afternoon breakout sessions from the technology and business tracks were standing room only, and included topics ranging from “Creating Successful Magento ERP Integrations,” “SEO/SEM Trends for 2013” and “Where, Why, and How of Responsive Web Design.” In particular, Roy Rubin highlighted how Magento is leveraging the power of eBay Inc. to create an even brighter future and that moving forward, “this will translate into more benefits for merchants.”
Day Two concluded with a keynote by Sharon Meers, Magento’s Head of Enterprise Strategy, who took to the stage to share Magento’s tremendous success within the fashion industry. She kicked off the segment with a discussion of how Magento Enterprise Edition has become the platform of choice for many of the world’s most prestigious brands and concluded with a live, fashion runway showdown with 14 models showcasing the latest looks from Magento customers Custo Barcelona, Erin Fetherston, Missguided, Nanette Lepore, Paul Smith, Rebecca Minkoff and Zadig & Voltaire.
Jimmy Duvall, Head of Product for Magento, introduced the Magento Enterprise 1.13 release and spoke to how the release was designed to enable large and growing merchants to scale more effectively and support even greater numbers of visitors and buyers to their core eCommerce sites, while streamlining their back-end operations.
PayPal Chief Technology Officer James Barrese also addressed the crowd on Day Three and announced that two new PayPal extensions – “order ahead” and “in-aisle selling” – would immediately be available on Magento Connect.
Closing out the morning session was “Freakanomics” co-author Steven Levitt, who captivated the audience with his anecdotes and stories. His most poignant messages were that people don’t spend enough time thinking about ideas, and that we often overlook even the most obvious ones. Further, he exclaimed that we can make up for the low quantity of ideas by the high quality of ideas. Even one or two breakthrough ideas per year from each of us can help bring about great change, he said.
For more detailed write-ups and recaps of the Magento conference, be sure to check out the Imagine website and stay tuned for more photos and videos from the event.
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We are excited to announce the Imagine 2013 Breakout Session speakers and topics! The speakers were carefully chosen based on their expertise in the most crucial aspects of eCommerce. This year, we will have three different tracks: Technology Track, Strategic Marketing Track, and a Business Solution Track. No matter what your area of focus, there’s always something that will meet your needs. For a closer look at the speakers, please take a look at the Imagine 2013 Breakout Speaker page.
Learning To Fly: How Angry Birds Reached the Heights of Store Performance
Fabrizio Branca, Lead Magento Developer, AOE media Inc.
The Importance of Fully Managed Hosting for Magento Enterprise
Greg Strelzoff, Chief Executive Officer, Zerolag
Data Isolation and Merchandizing in a Single Magento Instance
Host and Boast: Best Practices for Magento Hosting
Chris Wells, Chief Executive Officer, Nexcess
Happy Together: Creating Successful Magento ERP Integrations
David Alger, Chief Technology Officer/Lead Engineer, Classy Llama
Mobile First: Responsive Design for eCommerce (a follow up to the 2012 session)
Brendan Falkowski, Founder, Gravity Department
The Future of Magento Extensibility
Strategic Marketing Track
Traffic Jam: Going Beyond Search Engines
Responsiveness Design: Where, Why and How
The Search Continues: SEO/SEM Trends for 2013
“The Conversion Surgeon”
Chris Goward, Chief Executive Officer, Wider Funnel
Act Now: 10 Tips for Boosting Revenue
Brands to Beat: Brand Building in an Omni Channel World
Business Solution Track
Growing Strong: How Start-Ups and SMBs Grow with Magento Enterprise
The Consumerization of Corporate Commerce
Enabling Commerce Everywhere
Big Data: This Time It’s Personal
Magento – Your Passport to Global Growth
It’s Time to Automate Magento’s Payment Fraud Prevention Capabilities: Ground Breaking Technologies and Best Practices
Greg Wooten, Chief Executive Officer, SecureBuy, a SignatureLink, Inc. company
As you join hundreds of successful merchants, Magento partners, and energetic developers at Imagine 2013 in less than 3 weeks, take the opportunity to get the training you need to ensure your success with Magento.
The Magento U team is offering two classroom courses for Imagine attendees on April 11 & 12. Whether you’re a business owner looking to better manage your online store or an advanced developer looking to hone your expertise, join us immediately after the conference to learn from Magento experts.
About Magento U:
Magento U helps eCommerce professionals – merchants, developers, designers, and systems integrators – get the tools, expertise, and best practices they need to maximize the value of their Magento deployments. Courses are designed by a team of Magento experts and professional instructors, and combine both lecture and lab exercises to increase learning and retention.
See Magento’s Partner Pavilion for the first time at Internet Retailing Expo on March 20-21!
Internet Retailing Expo is the only opportunity in the UK to blend marketing with technology, logistics with customer facing design, mobile with instore experience – the full range of skills and capabilities to sell in the multichannel era. You’ll see the latest solutions and hear the most strategic thinking available in the retail sector.
At Magento’s Partner Pavilion, speak with our team members and partners to find out how Magento can help you grow sales and profitability while increasing brand awareness and direct customer engagement. You will have an opportunity to meet our our Solution, Industry and Hosting partners who provide a variety of solutions to grow your online business. Come see why the world’s leading brands choose Magento as their eCommerce platform!
Don’t miss this chance to join our drawing for a free seat in our Managing your Magento Store ($1,850 value) Training course!
Magento Partner Pavilion
Partners Exhibiting at Internet Retailing Expo
Stop by Magento’s Partner Pavilion and be sure to visit all of our Magento Partners around the show.
Thanks to the enthusiastic response from the Magento Ecosystem, we have sold out of registrations for the third year in a row!
While we are thrilled to make this announcement, we are also aware that some of you missed out on your opportunity to secu…
We are excited to announce our stellar lineup of guest keynote speakers for Imagine 2013! They are all masters of their art and leaders in their industries. They will offer the Imagine audience a range of fresh perspectives on topics both within and beyond commerce. In addition to our guest keynote speakers, you can be sure that the Magento leadership team will be there in full force!
John Donahoe joined eBay in 2005 and became President and CEO of eBay Inc. in 2008. As CEO, John has led the transformation of eBay from an e-commerce company into a global commerce platform and payments leader. Under John’s leadership, the company’s eBay Marketplaces business has been reinvigorated, PayPal has driven consistently strong growth , and its GSI Commerce business unit is enabling large retailers and brands compete and win in a multichannel commerce world. eBay Inc. also has become a mobile commerce leader, expecting its eBay and PayPal mobile apps to each generate $20 billion of commerce and payments volume in 2012. The company’s Magento business is another way eBay Inc. is driving innovation and enabling commerce as a partner, not a competitor, to retailers and brands of all sizes.
Steven D. Levitt is a tenured professor in the University of Chicago’s economics department and the recipient of the American Economic Association’s prestigious John Bates Clark Medal – given to the country’s best economist under 40. Levitt and Stephen Dubner co-authored Freakonomics and Super Freakonomics, which are among the best-selling and most-discussed economics books ever published. Freakonomics is a cross-media phenomenon, having spawned a documentary feature film and radio show, as well as a popular blog maintained by Levitt and Dubner.
Jeff Jordan is a partner at Andreessen Horowitz and serves on the board of potfolio companies including Airbnb, Belly, Circle, Fab, Lookout and Pinterest. Jeff also oversees the firm’s investments in Fanatics and zulily, and is on the boards of OpenTable, Wealthfront and Zoosk.
Jeff was previously chief executive officer and then executive chairman of OpenTable, where he led the company during a period of accelerated domestic and international growth and oversaw its initial public offering.
John Lunn is the Global Director of the PayPal Developer Network. He has been building payments and anti-fraud systems on the internet for more than 15 years and has advised many successful (and some less successful) start-ups on their payment strategies. Originally a java certified developer and now an all-purpose hacker, John runs PayPal’s Developer Evangelism team. He’s known as one of the most forward-thinking innovators in the world of payments.
Jamie Clarke is an entrepreneur in the business of adventure. As the co-organizer of several Everest expeditions, Clarke oversaw project budgets in excess of $1 million. After being forced to turn back in 1991 and 1994, Clarke finally reached the summit in 1997, and again in 2010 when Clarke led Expedition Hanesbrand. The summit of Everest was just the beginning of his journeys: Clarke continued on to cross Arabia’s Empty Quarter and climb Carztenz Pyramid, completing his quest to climb the Seven Summits. Additionally, he brings his passion for the outdoors online with LiveOutThere.com, a website dedicated to serving people who are just as passionate about the great outdoors.
Visit the Imagine Website for more information about Imagine 2013.
Magento’s Partner Pavilion opens for the first time at Retail Business Technology Expo, London on March 12-13.
Retail Business Technology Expo, Europe’s biggest and fastest growing retail event fills the gap in the UK and European retail technology market to provide retailers with the opportunity to discover the newest and most innovative products and solutions.
Be sure to take this opportunity to speak with Magento’s team members and partners to find the right solution for your online business. We’ll show you how the world’s leading brands use Magento to improve their online experience and drive growth. Don’t miss the chance to meet our Solution, Industry and Hosting partners who can help you boost sales!
Be sure to enter our drawing for a free seat in our Managing your Magento Store ($1,850 value) Training course!
Magento Partner Pavilion
Partners Exhibiting at Retail Business Technology Expo
Stop by Magento’s Partner Pavilion and be sure to visit all of our Magento Partners around the show.
Only 33 more days until Imagine!
One of the many surprises in store for you this year is another chance to win a vacation in paradise! More details will be revealed at the Conference, so register today to ensure your chance to win!
In 2012, Krister Lenman, from Viamo, won a week-long stay at the Four Seasons Resort in Bora Bora. This year, you can win a stay at the Four Seasons Hualalai at Historic Ka’upulehu. Located on the Big Island of Hawaii, you will experience the essence of Hawaiian culture and tradition, with views of the crystal-clear Pacific Ocean, white-sand beach, and 5-star dining options, the resort is the epitome of luxury!
Last year’s game show was a riot and this year will be no exception.
Stop by registration throughout Imagine to enter for your chance to win!
We look forward to seeing you at Imagine!
Magento is coming to Internet World in Munich on March 19-20 for the first time with a Magento Partner Pavilion!
Internet World, is one of the largest eCommerce trade fairs, exclusively for the B2B industry with over 8,000 attendees each year. Since 1997, Internet World has been THE event for eCommerce and online marketing professionals and a hub for decision-makers on both the provider and user sides.
Magento’s team members and eight partners will be waiting to meet with you at our Partner Pavilion. Stop by and let us show you why Magento leads the way in eCommerce. You don’t want to miss this opportunity to meet our Solution, Industry and Hosting partners who can help you grow your online business. Come see why Magento is the eCommerce platform trusted by the world’s leading brands!
Magento Partner Pavilion at Booth G 169
Partners Exhibiting at Internet World
Check out Magento’s Partner Pavilion and be sure to visit all of our Magento Partners around the show.
Registration for the 2013 Magento Imagine eCommerce Conference is officially OPEN! Join more than 1500 attendees from 35+ countries to explore The Art of Commerce. If you were with us last year, you know this is an event not to be missed! We look forward to seeing you at this year’s event which is taking place April 8th – 10th at the M Resort in Las Vegas.
Tickets are expected to sell out fast
What’s new for Imagine 2013?
M Resort, Spa and Casino – Rooms available only through registration
What are you waiting for?
Reminder – Call for Speaker Papers
For all the updates on Imagine 2013, follow us on Twitter @MagentoImagine and tweet with hashtag #MagentoImagine.
- The Magento Team
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The eBay Inc. booth was filled with excitement as NRF’s Retail’s Big Show kicked off earlier today. With four eBay companies, including Magento, PayPal, GSI, and eBay Local, in the same booth, it has become a hub for merchants, partners, and prospects to gather to learn about how each company can help grow and strengthen their businesses.
Each company not only has their own kiosk where attendees can learn more about their products and watch demos, but they also have their products displayed and features highlighted through various vignettes within the booth. Magento is highlighted in the Sports vignette, where we are powering the website displayed. There is also a Fashion vignette and a Living Room Vignettes that the attendees had the chance to explore and see the features of GSI, PayPal, and eBay Local.
Are You at NRF?
Stop by our booth this evening, January 14th, for a Magneto-sponsored cocktail reception from 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm. This is your chance to hang out with our team and learn more about Magento! Drinks are limited, but you can guarantee your spot by visiting our booth and picking up your drink ticket.
Additionally, don’t forget to enter the Magento Giveaways! Stop by our booth any time throughout the show to learn about how you can enter to win a brand new iPad mini or a free seat to Magento U’s newest training course! Both giveaways will end at 5:30 pm on January 15th.
For live booth updates, follow @Magento on Twitter, or come visit us and the rest of the eBay family at Booth 265!
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Magento is heading to NYC from January 14th-15th for NRF’s Retail’s Big Show! We will be there in full force, alongside the rest of the eBay family, including GSI, PayPal, and eBay Local. Each business will not only have its own kiosk where you can meet their team members, but will have their products displayed through various vignettes within the booth. Magento will be highlighted in the Sports vignette, where we will be powering the website displayed. Additionally, there will be a Fashion vignette and a Living Room vignette, which will highlight the features of GSI, eBay Local, and PayPal.
This is your chance to meet with team members from all four eCommerce leaders, see firsthand each of the products capabilities, and discuss how we can help drive your future success.
Stop by and visit us at Booth 265!
Visit Our Booth, Grab a Drink, and Win Big!
Finish off the first day at NRF right, and join us in our booth for a cocktail reception! Drinks will be limited, so stop by our booth anytime during day on Monday, January 14th, to get your drink ticket. The reception will be at our booth on January 14th from 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm. This is the perfect time to meet with our team and find out more about Magento!
Additionally, we will be giving away a free seat to Magento’s newest training course, Managing Your Magento Store, as well as a brand new iPad mini at our booth!
Stop by anytime throughout the show to speak with our team and enter for your chance to win! Both giveaways will end at 5:00 pm on January 15th.
We’ll see in the Big Apple!
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Magento has limited number of speaking slots open for both technical and business track presentations at our upcoming Imagine eCommerce Conference. This is a unique opportunity for influential individuals to present innovative developments and ground breaking approaches via case study or Magento success stories to more than 1,500 eCommerce leaders from the global ecosystem.
Our premiere worldwide conference brings together merchants, partners, and developers in a highly interactive, engaging and exciting environment. We are looking for great speakers who have relevant and compelling topics to speak on and to match various audience segments. Below are a few ideas on topic areas:
Business, Merchandising and Marketing Track Topics:
Development & Technology Track Topics:
Speaking spots are limited and priority will go to early submissions, so apply ASAP here. Final submission closes Tuesday, January 15th.
We look forward to your proposal!
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On November 13th, Magento, once again, took London by storm with the first-ever MagentoLive, held at the Etc. Venues St. Paul. The one-day conference gathered over 500 industry experts, merchants, developers, Magento partners, and community members together to discuss Magento!
Innovation Fuels MagentoLive
Roy Rubin kicked off the event with an opening keynote, where he talked about Magento being not only a technology leader, but an innovation leader. His presentation added to the energy and excitement to the event, which was felt throughout the remainder of the day. John Lunn, EMEA Director of Innovation, PayPal, took to the stage after Roy, where he discussed the future of online and offline payment solutions.
In addition to the keynotes, attendees had the opportunity to attend breakout sessions focusing on a variety of topics, including scaling Magento for their needs, creating dynamic customizations, increasing conversion rates, customer loyalty, and much more. The sessions gave the attendees a deeper look into the innovation surrounding Magento.
Outside of the presentations, the attendees had the chance to meet and mingle with over 25 sponsors exhibiting products and services, as well as with other International attendees from over 20 countries. There was a constant buzz amongst the attendees as they shared their own Magento tips and experiences, and as they looked forward to the legendary After Party—a Magento tradition–held at the local Amber Bar.
If you missed any speaker presentations, be sure to watch them on the MagentoLive UK site.
Thank You for the Success
We would like to thank all of the MagentoLive attendees for making our first event such a success! The energy before, during, and after the event was unforgettable, and we have you to thank.
Additionally, we would like to thank all of our sponsors for your continued support of the Magento ecosystem, which made MagentoLive UK possible!
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We are about to usher in 2013 and with it comes the Imagine eCommerce Conference! The hottest eCommerce event of the year is slated for April 8-10 at the M Resort, Spa and Casino in Las Vegas.
Seem far off? It will be here before you know it and registration even sooner. Registration opens up on Tuesday, January 15 at noon PST, and our limited supply of early bird tickets for $895 will sell out fast.
Mark your calendar now! If you have attended our past sold-out conferences, you know what an amazing three days it is, networking with over a thousand Magento merchants, partners and developers from around the world. If you have not attended in the past, then you definitely don’t want to miss out on what will be our biggest and best event yet.
We will email you the registration link in a few weeks but, in the meantime, watch this blog for more information or check out ImagineeCommerce.com. If you are interested in speaking or sponsorship opportunities, please visit our website.
He pitted his Magento wits against four other conference attendees’ during an Imagine 2012 game show contest, and won a week long stay at the luxurious Four Seasons Hotel in Bora Bora. The prize was courtesy of conference keynote speaker and former Four Seasons president Jim FitzGibbon.
Just a few weeks ago, Lenman and his wife made the 40-hour trip from Sweden to Bora Bora to experience firsthand the service-oriented culture that FitzGibbon spoke about at Imagine 2012.
“Bora Bora is the most beautiful place we have ever been and probably will ever be. The surroundings, the hotel, the staff and the food are flawless,” Lenman wrote to Magento. “It certainly is matching the Magento brand ‘Top class, world class!’ Thanks again, Magento!”
View the video below to see how Lenman won his way to paradise and visit our new video gallery to relive the excitement of Imagine 2012. Then, turn green with envy by checking out photos of his recent sun-drenched fun.