This year’s eCommerce Expo took place on the 2nd and 3rd of October at London’s Olympia and reports a massive 86% of the floor space already re-booked for next year. In a repeat of 2011’s success the show saw around 6000 industry buyers visit across the two days.
eCommerce Expo showed that the industry is thriving with a huge 35% growth in terms of overall size and a 26% increase in pure stand space alone since the 2011 event, proving that it is still the UK’s leading and biggest event dedicated to online selling strategy and implementation; delivering serious buyers to a whole host of industry leading and innovative exhibitors.
Exhibitor and visitor feedback echoed this positivity with Karen Dunne-Squire from The Fulfilling Station saying “We’re delighted with the quality of the delegates. We’ve won 20 new clients and made 45 good leads. This is our first exhibition and we came along as we have launched a new product. Having all fulfilment companies in one place was a genius idea.”
Roger Wilcocks, Director of Screen Pages said “We love eCommerce Expo and have already confirmed our presence for 2013. The quality and quantity of visitors is excellent and it’s always a pleasure to discuss best practice eCommerce with a packed out seminar room. It’s also a great way to catch up with clients and partners to encourage long term business development. On a final note, we’ve always found the eCommerce Expo team to be extremely helpful and supportive.”
Repeating this sentiment, John Courtney, Executive Chairman of Strategy Internet Marketing said “Yet again another great Expo, the footfall was good and we even had queues at times for our Pay On Results SEO! Needless to say, we have already booked a bigger stand for next year.”
Tim Johnson, Director of Visualsoft eCommerce also said “The eCommerce Expo 2012 at Olympia was hugely successful for Visualsoft, both in terms of brand awareness and new business enquiries. As conference speakers and sponsors of the event we found it gave great exposure before, during and after the show.”
Visitors also praised the free education programme which was at capacity for every session:“
This show is really well organised. It’s our first time here and the team has had to split up as there’s so much to see.” Maria Gerbayo, Newshore Partners.
“It’s a very good variety of exhibitors here. We came for SEO, logistics and to see what’s new on the ecommerce scene.” Jonathan Specktor, Ariver of Design.
“I loved it. I got a really good insight and learned a lot from the two days. I heard some really good speakers, especially Jonathan Wall (from Shop Direct Group).” Michael Beardsell, Zen Web Solutions.
“Excellent event with fantastic speakers” Matthew Reddington, Chase Paymentech.
“The sessions have been useful. The one I just attended was with Screen Pages and was a good one. I have also discovered useful exhibitors while at the show.” Andrew Rogers, Urban Surfer.“
I came to eCommerce Expo because I need to keep up with new ideas all the time – this is where i know I can find them” Leonardo Carillo, MPTSNET.
“I came here today to find out about payments and I got just what I need from the PayPal keynote. Their invoicing product is great!” Kamraan Rashid, Krazycopy.com.
The free to attend keynote programme included speakers from leading brands including Tesco, PayPal and Dell while specialists from IMRG, Venda and Shop Direct Group also contributed to the packed line-up.
Developments to the visitor experience were also well received with the launch of a new mobile app created to assist in planning your day. The QR code directing people to the app download link was scanned more than 250 times.