Early bird pricing still available for technology conference
November 14, 2012,
According to conference host Penny Schneck, this year's theme, Online Goes Mobile, underscores the growing importance that online technologies continue to play across all sectors of the home furnishings arena.
"When one considers that four out of five consumers use smartphones to shop and that 64% of consumers with smartphones make purchases after seeing a mobile ad, it's clear that our industry needs to understand and embrace the new technologies that are rewriting the rule book at retail," Schneck said.
With that objective in mind, Ron Gordon, vice president of technology for Micro D, will kick off the conference with a presentation titled Prepare Your Website for Smartphone Users! With more than 280 million smartphones in use within the Americas, Gordon will share the most important factors to make a website attractive and highly useful when accessed from a smart phone.
Steve Bryant, president of Right Mind Media, will provide ideas, skills and behaviors designed to help attendees convert iShoppers into iCustomers.
Industry veteran Brad Cates, senior vice president of Natuzzi Group, will share how Natuzzi is successfully utilizing mobile tools, interactive kiosks and web advertising to distinguish itself from the competition while driving sales.
Mark Grondin, senior vice president at Shopatron, a company that enables e-commerce for merchant websites, believes the theme for the future of retail is "no boundaries." During his presentation, Grondin will discuss the need for a strong mobile strategy and will also discuss trends in mobile usage, flexible fulfillment and how companies are using the new technology to boost the bottom line.
Showrooming, the practice where consumers shop a brick and- mortar retail store then buy from a rival's website, has become one of the most challenging issues facing independent retailers today. In his presentation, Turn the Worldwide Web into Your Local Store Web, Andy Bernstein, president of FurnitureDealer.net, will share a variety of strategies currently working for brick-and mortar retailers to minimize challenges from showrooming.
To help attendees leave with new ideas, Tara Dikos, vice president of sales for Whereoware, will reveal five surprising gift and home furnishings industry trends designed to shed new light on how specialty retailers interact with vendors. The presentation, will also equip attendees to take advantage of those trends and apply them to their businesses.
The wrap up panel, Sales Case Studies from Real Retailers, will allow attendees to hear from key retailers such as Ash-Marie Evans of Atlanta-based Authenteak and online retailer Jeffrey Humphrey, RealDeals.net, who have embraced the power of online to build brand awareness and to drive customers into the store.
"It's been said that if you take just one good idea away from any conference, your time and money have been well spent," Schneck said, adding, "but with an early-bird rate of $99, good until Oct.15, which includes lunch, a conference binder and ample time for networking, this is an unbeatable bargain."
After Oct. 16, the cost to register is $189. To register online, visit http://homeaccentstoday.com/techcon. For additional information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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