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Speakers from Google, Microsoft, Finch and Rakuten confirmed for Keynote Theatre at eCommerce Show North


We’re pleased to be able to reveal the four marketing speakers for the Keynote Theatre at eCommerce Show North, which takes place over October 11th and 12th 2017 at EventCity in Manchester.

Across the two days, the Keynote Theatre will feature inspirational talks about all things ecommerce from high-profile brands such as,, Kelloggs, Royal Mail and Virgin Trains.

The themes for the theatre will include ‘Harnessing the Power of eCommerce’, ‘Logistics’, ‘Innovation and the Future of eCommerce’ and ‘Marketing’.

And the four Marketing speakers – together with the topics they will be sharing their expertise on – are as follows:

Bjorn Espenes, CEO at Finch How technology is fixing a broken PPC industry

Norwegian Bjorn is a serial entrepreneur and has founded three successful internet software companies focused on driving profitable online revenues. Bjorn and his co-founder, Eric Maas, started Finch which focuses on doing one thing for their clients: creating profitable business growth. To accomplish this, Finch built a highly-scalable model where programmatic advertising takes centre stage. Headquartered in Salt Lake City, Finch is the 145th fastest growing private company in the US (Inc 500) and the #12th fastest growing software company.

Ann Payne, Agency Development Manager at Google How attribution models are changing the business outcome

Formerly at publishing group Bonnier Corporation and personalised internet radio service Pandora, Ann now works as the Agency Development Manager at Google, based out of San Francisco.

Simon Jacobson, SMB lead UK, Microsoft Search AdvertisingMachine learning and its applications for online advertisers

After spells at Arena Media and Marin Software, Simon has for the past two years led on small businesses for Microsoft Search Advertising.

Vincent Karachira, SVP Rakuten Marketing EUMachine learning, attribution and re-marketing

An entrepreneur and specialist in software and B2B services, Vincent worked as Sales VP on the international development of the first B2B marketplace,, before co-founding and managing ClearValue. He went on to found Next Performance, a world leader in retargeting solutions and artificial intelligence applied to online advertising, which was acquired by Rakuten Marketing last year.

The latest big-name speakers add to a programme that already includes key industry experts from the likes of Rentalcars, AO, Prezzybox, Kellogg’s, Virgin Trains, Park Group, Missguided and Icelolly.

Registration is open and you can secure your place here – we are expecting around 4,000 attendees alongside the 120 exhibiting businesses.

Manchester-based hosting company UKFast is the headline sponsor of the event and CRO specialists Endless Gain, eCommerce website experts Space48, Magento agency Digitl and email marketing automation business dotmailer are all on board as event partners.

Theatre sponsors to have committed to the event so far include business support network Business Growth Hub, international payments company WorldFirst, creative and data-driven digital agency twentysix, B2B marketing specialists SteinIAS and global advertising company Finch.

Here’s a full list of the 80-plus eCommerce companies already involved in eCommerce Show North

The event will feature leading exponents of eCommerce with businesses specialising in the full range of available services and solutions, including platforms, payments, analytics, security, marketing, hosting, backbone, logistics, mobile, hardware and innovation.

There will also be a huge range of industry presentations and specialist businesses talks, conference sessions and seminars.

Find out more

eCommerce Show North will be an unmissable event for all those with a connection to the eCommerce sector, from CEOs, CMOs and MDs to heads of digital, developers and technical managers.

There’s still time to get involved as an exhibitor, sponsor or partner – please contact Martyn Collins on 07764 406873 or by emailing

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