If you haven’t heard about Shoptalk, let us be the first to tell you: you need to be there. March 18-21, ecommerce and retail brands will gather at The Venetian in Las Vegas to, well, talk shop about everything from new technologies impacting retail to the latest trends in consumer behaviors, preferences, and expectations.
Vibes is proud to be the event’s official mobile wallet ticket sponsor. Once you register, you’ll be using our advanced technology to access your ticket, as well as updates on the event. More on that in a moment.
But first, here’s what you should know about this one-of-a-kind conference.
You’ll Be Spoiled for Choice
Each day, the program is divided into several tracks like Product and Merchandising Strategies, Engaging Customer Experiences, and Disruptive Technologies and Pioneering Brands.
Sessions include must-attend topics like:
- Chatbots and the Future of Messaging in Retail
- Mobile Experiences in the Customer Journey
- Delighting Customers Through Personal Interactions
- Innovative Experiential Retail
With more than 300 speakers from around the world — all industry leaders and innovators — attendees will have access to the finest minds in retail and ecommerce.
It’s a Great Opportunity to Network
It’s predicted that there will be more than 7,500 attendees at this year’s Shoptalk, with folks from large established retail brands, as well as startups, tech companies, and investors.
There are several programs baked into Shoptalk to help you connect with the people you’re looking for. If you’re seeking funding, you can be matched to VCs, accelerators, and investors through the Funding Founders Program.
If you’re looking to meet sponsors and exhibitors, check out Techtalks, where more than 400 presenters will showcase technologies and solutions in 6-minute sessions.
And don’t miss the Networking Dinners, exclusive invitation-only events that bring together retailers and brands. Make sure to request an invitation to be considered.
You Might Not Have to Pay to Attend
Shoptalk is offering established retailers and brands complimentary tickets to the event plus up to $750 in travel reimbursement ($1,000 if you stay onsite at the Venetian) as part of its Hosted Retailers & Brands Program. To qualify, you must be responsible for buying or evaluating retail or ecommerce technology or other solutions for your company, and meet a few other requirements.
If you don’t qualify for the complimentary tickets, early bird tickets for Shoptalk are $2,550, and there are ticket and hotel packages available. There are also special discounted rates if you run a startup under two years old.
What Vibes Will Be Up To
In addition to being your access to get into the event with your mobile wallet ticket, we’ll be promoting our campaign to #DropYourWallet. What’s it all about? We’re encouraging brands to move away from outdated loyalty card programs that require those useless plastic cards that no one ever actually carries with them in favor of digitally storing that data through a mobile wallet.
Making the switch can result in a 90% cost savings on what retailers spent on plastic loyalty card programs, and can boost enrollment significantly. Shoppers can join a loyalty program with a quick tap of their phone to the payment terminal. And voila! Retailers get instant access to shoppers’ behavior and preferences, and shoppers get personalized offers via push notification to their phones.
PS. While at the show, if you happen to stumble across a wallet, make sure to take it with you and visit the Vibes booth. We’re giving away a Breville BES870XL Barista Express Espresso Machine, and you might so happen to be the lucky winner!
We’ll be at Shoptalk discussing the benefits (as well as the amazing ROI) of moving loyalty programs to mobile with retailers, so if you attend Shoptalk, be sure to find us!
Shoptalk provides the unique opportunity for you as a retailer to learn from the leading experts in the field, find business opportunities while you network, and find ways to make your business even better this year!
Want to schedule some time to talk 1:1 with one of our team members at Shoptalk? Send us a message!
About the Author
Maria Gianotti is the Director of Demand Generation at Vibes. She's passionate about growth marketing and educating other marketers on the tremendous potential of mobile. Currently, Maria serves on the Board of Directors of the American Marketing Association's San Francisco Chapter as 2019 President-Elect.Follow on Twitter More Content by Maria Gianotti