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MERGE! 2018 Conference Adds a New eCommerce Track Devoted to Subscription Box Businesses

When the annual MERGE! conference returns to Orlando, Florida this summer (September 15-18, 2018 at the Hilton Lake Buena Vista Hotel in Disney Springs, adjacent to the Magic Kingdom)  it will have an all new track that will be of interest to anyone looking to develop a subscription based ecommerce business. These increasingly popular online businesses - known as Subscription Boxes - are attracting scores of entrepreneurs who love the recurring-revenue model. We are even seeing entire conferences devoted to the sector now, including SubSummit that happens to be winding up today in Denver, Colorado.

Merge! Co-Founders Jothan Frakes
and Ray Dillman Neu (at right).

As most of you know by now, MERGE!, launched by domain industry veterans Jothan Frakes and Ray Neu last year, is a multi-faceted conferenc that covers an extraordinarily broad range of internet business topics including Domains, Digital Branding, Website Development, End User Experience, New Business Startups, IP Technology, SEO Design, Security and Hosting to Blockchain,  CryptoCurrency and more - now including Subscription Boxes. 

As a consumer it is quite possible you already use a subscription box service like Dollar Shave Club (shaving products) Birchbox (beauty products) or Coffee.Club (obviously coffee).  As an entrepreneur if you are interested in starting a similar business yourself (or need help improving one you already have), Neu told us, "This conference is for you. It will provide an opportunity to listen to world class Subscription Box speakers and

network with  Subscription Box entrepreneurs. Seminar topics will include Platform Management, Web Design, Packaging, Shipping, Customer Acquisition, Domain Names, Branding and much more. 

Neu added, "Along with the opportunity to mingle and learn from other Subscription Box Entrepreneurs we will be featuring a Keynote Speech by Subbly CEO & Founder Stefan Pretty. Subbly is a popular subscription ecommerce platform and Stefan, who hails form Scotland, is a bootstrapper that has worked closely with subscription box businesses big and small for the last four years. He has great crossover knowledge of starting a business from nothing and making it a success."

"We will be featuring other successful boxes and speakers from that industry (to be named later). It will be a base for the subscription box community to network and learn from one another. Even our other featured speaker, Norman Farrar ((AKA The Amazon Growth Guy), is a subscription box expert. .CLUB will also be involved with their subscruiton-based clubs like Norman's own Soap.club and Bill McClure's Coffee.Club," Neu noted.

Registration for the MERGE! conference is open now and a special spring price of $379 will be available through June 20. It will then rise to $499 through September 1. After that, and at the door, the regular conference rate of $879 will be in effect.

Stefan Pretty
Subbly Founder & CEO

(Posted June 1, 2018)  

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