Just in time for Black Friday and the holiday sales season, our November Shopify meetup Columbus was on 11/15/2018 at Mikey's Late Night Slice in Downtown Columbus, Ohio. The rain wasn't a hamper on a great turnout.
We would like to extend our thanks to everyone who attended as well as our speakers: Blaire Beckwith, Soumya Shukla, and Todd Frostad - all of whom traveled far and wide to offer insights on how to be prepared for holiday sales.
Also, thank you to our sponsors for their contributions in keeping the meet up growing and doing bigger, better things. We'd like to thank Shopify, .Store Domains, Refersion, Shogun, Mikey's Late Night Slice for the venue and pizza as well as Seventh Sun Brewing for beverages. Also, thanks to Sezzle for providing some extra gifts.
Be sure to mark your calendars for the next meetup. And note that we'll be changing the venue in 2019. Our next meet up will be January 17th, 2019 at 6pm at the Columbus Idea Foundry in Franklinton. We hope to see you there.
Blair Beckwith from Shogun was the first speaker of the night. He came all the way from Ottawa, Canada for his talk Winning and Losing on Black Friday" was a great survey of tips to keep in mind for Black Friday, applicable to any sales season.
Soumya Shukla from Adeptmind AI in Toronto was our second speaker. Her talk on "The many ways AI & Machine Learning is revolutionizing eCommerce" was as engaging as it was insightful.
Coming from Minneapolis, MN, Todd Frostad from Sezzle rounded out the evening's speakers. His talk on "Holiday Selling Success" was a prescient discussion of the upcoming sales season.