Major e-commerce events in the Nordics

e-commerce eventsSince many of Twingly’s clients are major online retailers we have a given interest in everything that has to do with e-commerce. One of the best ways to stay in the loop about the latest e-commerce trends and to meet industry experts as well as potential partners are events and conferences. As a service for our readers we compiled the following list of major e-commerce events in the Nordic countries. It’s very likely that we forgot an important event for the sector, feel free to let us know in the comments.

Note that we also included a few events that already took place for 2013, because we expect them to happen again in 2014.

Online Marketing & E-handel
Stockholm, March 13 – 14 2013

Webbdagarna
Stockholm, March 6 – 7 2013
Luleå, May 30 2013
Gothenburg, September 26 – 27 2013
Malmö, October 26 2013
Växjö, December 4 2013
webbdagarna.se

Future Retail
Stockholm, April 17 – 18 2013
abilitypartner.se/future-retail-2013.aspx

Scandinavian E-Business Camp
Gothenburg, May 23 – 24 2013
www.jetshop.se/sebc

Nordic eCommerce Summit
Stockholm, May 30 2013
nordicecommerceknowledge.com/summit

Load
Oslo, September 19 2013
bring.no/load/forside

Ehandelsforum
Gothenburg, September 2013
More info tba on e-handelsbloggen.nu

E-handelskonferencen og Messe
Copenhagen, October 10 2013
hfdih.dk/events/konferencer/2013/okt/e-handelskonferencen-og-messe-2013

Distandshandelsdagen
Date & location for 2013 tba
svenskdistanshandel.se/events-2/distanshandelsdagen

Emeet
Stockholm, date for 2013 tba
www.emeet.se

Photo: Flickr/ inUse Consulting; CC BY 2.0 

“Visiting a fair leads to new contacts – exactly like social media”

Stockholmsmässan is one of the world’s leading and most flexible organisers of meetings and fairs – and a Twingly partner. On any of it’s event-specific websites (e..g Formex), the company has embedded the Twingly Blogwatch widget which links to blog articles discussing the industry or topic relevant for the fair. Petra Rudberg is Digital Media Manager at Stockholmsmässan. We asked her a couple of questions about the importance of social media for public fairs and their upcoming platform relaunch.

Tell us about your experience with the Twingly Blogstream widget so far. What where your toughts when you decided to implement it into your websites?
Twingly offers us the chance to include our fairs visitors’ experience on our website. Fairs center around personal encounters and bloggers are generally good at describing those. We can give you lots of reasons on our site why you should come to one of our events, but many people prefer to hear objective opinions.

How important is feedback from the blogosphere for Stockholmsmässan?
Very important. We are following blogs within every topical sector where we run a fair. There is a lot of conversation surrounding any topic or industry we are covering with our events. Reading what bloggers say gives us inspiration and ideas how to develop and improve our fairs. In fact, bloggers are as important to us as traditional journalists and media, and we regularly invite bloggers to our events, giving them the same attention as we give to other media representatives. Bloggers are welcome to both our events and our press meetings.

Your websites are very appealing from a visual standpoint. Now you are in the process of creating a new concept for all your event-specific sites. Could you explain to our readers what the main goal and improvement will be?
Thanks, we are glad to hear that. The visual aspects have a high priority for us. The main goal with our sites is to give visitors an impression, a hunch what to expect at the event. People coming to one of our sites want to know who the exhibitors and participating organisations are, and what kind of products or services they offer. With the upcoming relaunch, we will put exhibitors into the spotlight. Another measure is to make our sites more interactive. Twingly Blogstream helps us with that, but we also plan to integrate closely with Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. The ideal situation is that everybody – visitors, exhibitors, journalists and bloggers can have a dialogue via our site.

Today, all your websites seem to be based on a similar template, but still look differently. Will you stick to that approach?
Yes. We run many different fairs with varying needs and context. Some cover physical goods (like Stockholm Furniture Fair), others services or knowledge. All have different requirements, hence we want to make sure they get a web presence which suits their needs and target group. With our new platform there will be even more ways to adjust and customize a specific event website.

In what way will you integrate Twingly into the new concept?
The Twingly widget will have a high visibility as it already has today. We hope we can show you parts of the new design in the beginning of December.

What are for you the most exciting trends within social media?
I’m glad that the initial social media hype has calmed down a bit. It’s not a competition about who has the most followers. The most important benefit is that we can have a conversation with people – like in our case with those interested in our events. I also find the mobile world pretty exciting, and how this brings social media to every aspect of people’s live. At Stockholmsmässan we are currently creating apps for our events. Visiting a fair is a social experience which often leads to a lot of new contacts – exactly like social media.

The amazingness of TEDxAlmedalen 2011


 


 


 


 


 

There are people, places and circumstances that really blows up to an epic climax of inspiration. For me, TEDxAlmedalen was one of those fantastic moments. I’m so happy for everyone that wanted to come and share the amazingness of TEDxAlmedalen 2011.

It was fun, energetic and truly enjoyable. Thanks for coming! And thanks to all of you following the livestream and Twingly Live. The streams are still available, you can see them here. There will be edited and translated video clips published soon but if you understand Swedish, I highly suggest you to see the streams right away. Our speakers were amazing!

* The happy and inspiring Anna Serner (bubbling with energy!)
* The entrepreneurial storyteller Martin Frey
* The fantastic Doer Inga-Britt Ahlenius
* The smart, calm and highly creative but yet still analytical Per Cromwell
* The empathetic and emotional Sara Damber
* The wonderful, inspiring and fascinating Nils Landgren

Thanks to all of you!

Yet still, it was many, many more people involved in making TEDxAlmedalen come true.

* Our humble but rockin’ DJ Löwenhamn.
* AV-Ljud, a major reason for making TEDxAlmedalen 2011 a success.
* Robin, Björn & Petter, our heroes brodcasting the event. Best of the best!
* Hans Wassaether & Niclas Heurlin (+ everyone else) for taking wonderful photos
* Polarbröd that provided us with snacks to the pause.
* Team Greatness PR! Thanks for co-organizing TEDxAlmedalen. We owe the whole Greatness PR team a lot.
* Team Twingly! Without all my great colleagues, there wouldn’t be a TEDxAlmedalen 2011. TEDxAlmedalen is the result of a great teamwork. Thanks to all of you!

But most of all I want to take the opportunity to give a big applause and thanks to Joanna Sundström and Sofie Bachrach from Greatness PR, the two amazing girls that organizing the event together with me from Twingly. To both of you – thanks!

See you next year!

/Anton Johansson
Co-initiator

A handy list of major tech and social media events in Europe

Flickr/LeWEB10, CC licence BY 2.0

The Twingly team enjoys attending tech events and conferences across Europe. Meeting hundreds of great people working with or being interested in the fields of social media, startups and digital culture is the best way to get inspiration, to learn, to collect feedback and to simply have lots of fun.

For our own purpose as well as for you we compiled a list of major startup, tech and social media conferences/events that we either usually travel to, feel that we should attend (but haven’t) or where we know other’s who are enthusiastic about it.

That means this list is probably far from complete (and there might be a slight emphasis on the Nordics). In case you want to recommend an annual major event with focus on the topics mentioned that takes place anywhere in Europe feel free to let us know in the comments.

Please note that some of the events on this list have already taken place for 2011 or won’t happen this year at all. But we figured that this overview could come handy even next year, and those events pausing 2011 might have a huge comeback in 2012.

January
DLD Conference
January, Munich, Germany
Website

February
Lift
Geneva, Switzerland
Website

March
GeeknRolla
London, UK
Website 

Plugg
Brussels, Belgium
Website

Social Media World Forum Europe
London, UK
Website

April
re:publica
Berlin, Germany
Website

SHiFT
Lisbon, Portugal
Website

SIME
Vienna, Austria
Website

The Next Web
Amsterdam, Netherlands
Website

May
GeekGirlMeetup
Stockholm, Sweden
Website (only in Swedish)

Next Conference
Berlin, Germany
Website

SIME
Amsterdam, Netherlands
Website

June
reboot
Copenhagen, Denmark
Website

SIME
Barcelona, Spain
Website

July
TEDGlobal
Edinburgh, Scotland
Website

August
Media Evolution – The Conference
Malmö, Sweden
Website

Sweden Social Web Camp
Tjärö, Sweden
Website (only in Swedish)

September
Arctic15
Helsinki, Finland
Website

PICNIC
Amsterdam, Netherlands
Website

The European Pirate Summit
Cologne, Germany
Website

October
Future of Web Apps Conference
London, UK
Website

SIME
Helsinki, Finland
Website

November
NOAH
London, UK
Website

SIME
Stockholm, Sweden
Website

The TechCrunch Europas
London, UK
(no official event website, coverage on http://eu.techcrunch.com)

December
LeWeb
Paris, France
Website

You can find additional information about most of those events on Lanyrd.