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The Ultimate List of Marketing Conferences Through 2019

Consider this scenario: You are super stoked to attend an upcoming marketing conference. You buy a plane ticket, spend $2,000 on a conference ticket, and another $1,000 on a hotel. But when you get there, the conference sucks. Your mood is deflated as you have to endure three days in a sub-zero conference room learning things you already mastered five years ago.

It happens… There are dozens of marketing conferences to choose from each year, but not all have the same caliber, audience or takeaways. Whatever your specialty, we’ve created this handy guide of some of the best marketing conferences and events throughout 2019 to help you strategize your conference schedule. (And, in between the events you choose to attend, consider some of the best content marketing courses for professionals.)

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Best marketing and content marketing conferences through 2019

Top marketing conference for SEO and SEM in San Jose, Calif., 2018 - 2019

SMX West

Date: Jan. 30-31, 2019

Location: San Jose, California

Cost: Prices vary for a range of passes, workshops, and boot camps. Super Early Bird Rates through Nov. 17, 2018: $299-$2,195. Early Bird Rates Nov. 18 – Dec. 22, 2018: $549-$2495. Last Chance Rates Dec. 22, 2018 – Jan. 29, 2019: $699-$2,795.

Sponsor: Search Engine Land

Description: SMX West unites the brightest minds in SEO and SEM. Hosted by Search Engine Land, the conference the sessions are “fast-paced, Q&A-packed, always informative, and don’t stop to cover the basics,” notes Huffington Post. Stay tuned for an up-to-date agenda, with advanced SEO and SEM classes including an SEO bootcamp and AdWords training.

Great for: SEOs, SEMs, marketing analytics pros

 

Best conference for digital and education marketers in Atlanta, Georgia - 2018 -2019

Converge 2019

Date: Feb. 19-22, 2019

Location: Atlanta, Georgia

Price: $985 Conference Pass; $500 Workshop Pass

Sponsor: Converge Consulting

Description: It’s all about dot-edu. Converge is a digital marketing conference for marketers in higher education. The three-day conference unites CMOs, deans, enrollment leaders, recruiters, and marketing strategists whose goal is to market to students. The Atlanta-based conference includes deep-dive workshops, keynotes and breakout sessions focused on education and digital marketing.

Great for: Higher education marketers

 

Best B2B marketing conference in greater Phoenix and Scottsdale, 2018 - 2019

B2B Marketing Exchange

Date: Feb. 25-27, 2019

Location: Scottsdale, Arizona

Price: Early Bird Rates available through Jan. 15, 2019: $895 One-Day Pass; $1,295 Standard Pass; $1,495 All-Access Pass. Standard Rates: $1,095 One-Day Pass; $1,795 Standard Pass; $1,995 All-Access Pass.

Sponsor: B2B Marketing Exchange

Description: At B2B Marketing Exchange, expect a great lineup of workshops and case studies, with more than 100 speakers and 70 sessions spanning six tracks. The conference also includes an awards ceremony: “The Killer Content Awards” (aka, The Finnys) for outstanding business-to-business marketers and campaigns. The 2019 lineup includes speakers from Google, Siemens, DemandGen, 3M, Oracle, et al. #B2BMX

Great for: B2B marketers, CMOs, B2B freelance writers, and B2B strategists

 

2018 summer 2019 spring freelance creative conference

Brand Marketers Insider Summit

Date: Mar. 4-7, 2019

Location: Austin, Texas

Cost: $2,895 and up; price goes up after Feb. 2, 2019

Sponsor: MediaPost

Description: MediaPost’s Brand Marketers Insider Summit features keynotes, case studies, and panels from some of the best minds in the marketing industry. Topics include marketing strategies in a globalized economy, cross-channel marketing, media, creative, data and attribution. The summit has a different theme on each day, making it easy for attendees to gain actionable takeaways from specific marketing disciplines.

Great for: Brand marketers, content marketers, marketing analytics managers

 

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PubCon Florida

Date: Mar. 5-7, 2019

Location: Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Cost: $299–$1249

Sponsor: PubCon

Description: PubCon unites SEO nerds from around the globe in this three-day conference. The conference features deep dives in search and social media marketing education, including the best practices of mobile SEO, AdWords, marketing automation, content marketing and more. Beyond the breakouts, attendees can enjoy keynote speakers each morning of the conference, which is different from other conferences. PubCon will host its Masters Group Workshops on March 5, the day before the conference officially kicks off.

Great for: SEOs, webmasters, podcasters, bloggers, content marketers, and social media marketers

 

ultimate marketing conferences summer 2018 spring 2019

Social Media Marketing World

Date: Mar. 20-22, 2019

Location: San Diego, California

Cost: $297 – $1,597 for four levels of tickets (including the Virtual level where non-attendees can watch recorded videos of the sessions)

Sponsor: Social Media Examiner

Description: Social Media Marketing World is the “it” conference for those tasked with social media marketing at an organization. Each year, the social media online publication Social Media Examiner hosts a show-stopping conference in sunny San Diego. Five thousand marketers join the conference each year to learn business-building strategies in 120+ social media marketing and creator training sessions.

Sessions are conveniently broken down by category: corporate social, content marketing, social strategy, measurement and analytics, video marketing, live video, and social tactics for Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat and LinkedIn. Speakers for 2019 include Jay Baer and Ann Handley, among a squad of industry experts in leading social platforms.

Great for: Content amplifiers, social media managers and directors, community managers, vloggers, and bloggers

 

ultimate marketing conferences summer 2018 spring 2019

MarTech West

Date: April 3-5, 2019

Location: San Jose, California

Cost: Not listed (like MarTech East, expect some all-access passes to exceed $2,000)

Sponsor: Third Door Media

Description: MarTech West is part of an international conference series for senior-level and hybrid professionals, where they cross-pollinate ideas and innovation across marketing, technology and management. The conference promises attendees a greater understanding in the breadth of marketing technologies and how businesses can successfully integrate them into their marketing strategy and operations. Who can you expect to see there? Brands in previous attendance have included 3M, Hallmark, Best Buy, Clorox, Dun & Bradstreet, HP and more. More than 100 exhibitors are expected.

Great for: Senior-level marketers, marketing tech executives, creative technologists, data scientists, and digital strategists

 

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ContentTECH Summit

Date: Apr. 8-10, 2019

Location: San Diego, California

Cost: First Chance Rates through Dec. 14, 2018: $1,099-$1,799. Super Early Bird Rates Dec. 15, 2018 – Jan. 11, 2019: $1,199-$1,899. Early Bird Rates Jan. 12 – Feb. 15, 2019: $1,299 – $1,999. Regular Rates Feb. 16 – Apr. 7, 2019: $1,399-$2,099.

Sponsor: Content Marketing Institute

Description: Formerly the Intelligent Content Conference (ICC), the ContentTECH Summit will teach you how to operationalize content marketing plans for your business. As part of the rebranding of the ICC conference, the new summit will focus more heavily on how to use martech and your technology stack to better measure, optimize, and manage content across your enterprise.

Expect to hear from content strategy leaders, content marketing namesakes, authors, and other prolific content practitioners. (Content Marketing Institute recently acquired this conference, so it’s sure to be a worthy investment.)

Great for: C-level,VPs, brand marketers, content strategists, content marketers (all levels), and authors

 

ultimate marketing conferences summer 2018 spring 2019

Confab

Date: April 24-26, 2019

Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota

Cost: Early-bird rates through Dec. 21, 2018: $695 – $1,595. Standard rates Dec. 22, 2018 – Mar. 1, 2019: $895 – $1,895. Last Call rates Mar. 2 – Apr. 12, 2019: $995 – $1,995.

Sponsor: Brain Traffic

Description: Minneapolis doesn’t sound so bad in the spring, right? Join thousands of eager attendees at Confab, organized and hosted by Brain Traffic (the brainchild of CEO and Founder Kristina Halvorson. Attendees can find breakout sessions from 101-type content to the advanced sessions focused on content architecture, creating in-house content efficiency, and content design.

Great for: Content librarians, content strategists, project managers, and user experience professionals

 

2018 summer 2019 spring freelance creative conference

The Marketing Nation Summit

Date: Apr. 29 – May 2, 2019

Location: San Francisco, California

Cost: TBA

Sponsor: Marketo

Description: Whether you are a Marketo user or not, attendees of Marketing Nation Summit walk away with platform-agnostic insights in marketing, advertising, IT, and client services, diving deep into concepts such as marketing operations, innovation, digital transformation and advertising. If you are a Marketo user, this conference is incredibly suitable for you, as it offers breakout sessions on how to optimize the use of Marketo’s tools and functionalities.

Great for: Marketo users, customer engagement representatives, and advertising executives

 

2018 summer 2019 spring freelance creative conference

C3

Date: May 7-8, 2019

Location: New York, New York

Cost: TBA (previously $599–$1,199)

Sponsor: Conductor

Description: For years, Conductor has put on this multi-faceted conference in the Big Apple, bringing together brand leaders from all over the world to connect on marketing insights, SEO, content, and technical innovation. C3 focuses on the humans of marketing and the customers they have an opportunity to impact and help each and every day. Through real stories, workshops, and motivating presentations, attendees leave C3 feeling inspired and with actionable processes to go back to their teams and make a difference. Past speakers have included leaders from brands like Microsoft, Slack, Google, Amazon, and Salesforce.

Great for: SEOs, content marketers, executives, and digital marketing generalists

 

2018 summer 2019 spring freelance creative conference

VidCon

Date: July 10-13, 2019

Location: Anaheim, California

Cost: $90 – $550

Sponsor: NA

Description: As the name implies, VidCon is a conference suited for the video marketing nut. Brands, video marketers, and social icons who have made their mark through online video all connect to meet, greet, and learn the latest in video marketing. Conference sessions run the gamut of video tips for family vloggers to YouTube ad strategies.

Great for: Video marketers, videographers, YouTube influencers and social media influencers

 

Best 2018 summer 2019 spring conferences in Seattle

MozCon

Date: July 15-17, 2019

Location: Seattle, Washington

Cost: $799 (Super Early Bird Moz Subscriber Rate); $1,299 (Super Early Bird General Admission Rate); expect higher rates in 2019

Sponsor: Moz

Description: Moz is an authority on all things SEO and content. Unlike other conferences, this three-day conference has only one track. So if you’re seeking a conference that doesn’t require a ton of decisions, this one is for you. Here you’ll have many opportunities to gain actionable takeaways from sessions that dive into SEO, analytics, content marketing, social media, and customer experience. MozCon speakers range from in-house Mozzers to marketing industry leaders.

Great for: SEOs, content marketers, agency employees (with a specialization in content, SEO and analytics), and marketing consultants

 

Top marketing conferences summer 2018 spring 2019 in Toronto

CONEX – The Content Experience

Date: TBA (last occurred August 21-22, 2018)

Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Cost: TBA (previously $399–$850)

Sponsor: Uberflip

Description: The Content Experience (aka CONEX) connects like-minded practitioners in content marketing, demand generation, and sales to understand and champion the importance content marketing plays in the buyer journey. Here you can expect more than 15 keynote speakers and presenters over the course of two days. The Content Experience offers an immersive environment focused on how customer experiences can drive every stage of the buyer journey.

Great for: Brand marketers, content marketers, and writers

 

ultimate marketing conferences summer 2018 spring 2019

Content Marketing World 

Date: September 3-6, 2019

Location: Cleveland, Ohio

Cost: All-Access Passes start at $1,799; Main Conference passes start at $899; Summit or Industry Forum passes start at $549

Sponsor: Content Marketing Institute

Description: Content Marketing World promises to be one of the largest content marketing events of the year. More than 120 sessions and workshops are presented by the marketers from around the world, covering strategy, integration, measurement and more new ideas. As one of the biggest content marketing conferences, nearly 4,000 brand content marketers attended the conference last year — and this year even more are expected to attend. More brands, breakouts, hands-on labs, networking and CONTENT.

Great for: Brand content marketers, content marketing tools companies

 

Best marketing conferences summer 2018 spring 2019 in Boston

Inbound

Date: September 3-6, 2019

Location: Boston, Massachusetts

Cost: TBA (previously $1,399 and up)

Sponsor: HubSpot

Description: The mega-conference hosted in Boston is the ultimate HubSpot meetup. The conference promises to inspire, educate and connect you with other HubSpot users and marketers, and transform your business. To put this conference into perspective, last year there were more than 24,000 attendees, and they expect even more attendees this year. So if you’re looking for a smaller setting, consider attending a different conference. Nonetheless, you can expect memorable celebrity keynotes, innovative talks from marketing gurus, informative breakouts, and boundless chances to network.

Great for: HubSpot users (and non-users), any level of marketer (specialist to C-suite)

 

Best marketing and creative conferences from Summer 2018 to Spring 2019 in New York City

Advertising Week

Date: September 23-26, 2019

Location: New York, New York

Cost: TBA (previously $284-$2,208 for attendees; or $79 Digital Delegate rate for virtual attendees)

Sponsor: Advertising Week

Description: Advertising Week returns with a blend of thought leadership content and engaging special events, with attendees ranging from public relations pros and advertising execs to CMOs and social media advisors. This immersive conference draws from the brand, agency, technology, startup, media and broader creative industries and focuses on key conversations designed to drive business forward and influence the future of advertising. Social networking and Google execs are typically in attendance as well, making it a worthwhile conference to attend.

Expect nearly 100,000 attendees, 1,000+ speakers, 250+ events, and hundreds of registered press. #AWNewYork

View the highlight reel from 2018’s event.

Great for: Advertising execs, startup founders, social media practitioners, CMOs, and all marketing levels and capacities

 

2018 summer 2019 spring freelance creative conference

Marketing Health – The Conference

Date: TBA (last occurred Sept. 27, 2018)

Location: New York, New York

Cost: TBA (previously $595 and up)

Sponsor: MediaPost

Description: Digital channels truly change everything (and everyone) in the health marketing chain. This conference will tackle the subjects healthcare marketers and agencies deal with like programmatic marketing, media buying and planning, community management, social media, and more.

Great for: Healthcare marketers, brand managers, and health freelance writers

 

 

Top marketing conferences from Summer 2018 to Spring 2019 in Orlando

FinCon

Date: TBA (last occurred September 26–29, 2018)

Location: Orlando, Florida

Cost:  TBA (previously $199–$599)

Description: People who attend FinCon are seemingly attendees for life. With a large crop of veteran attendees, this conference is a fan favorite by content producers and writers in the finance and tax industries. While the sessions are basic, this conference is best for networking — especially if you are a freelancer with specific expertise with financial content. Sessions range from social media and podcasting strategies to general content marketing and SEO tips specific, to financial institutions or web properties.

Great for: Podcasters, financial bloggers, freelance writers, vloggers and financial content marketers

 

Top marketing conferences from Summer 2018 to Spring 2019 in Orlando

MarketingProfs B2B Forum

Date: October 15-18, 2019

Location: National Harbor, Maryland

Cost: Starting at $1,995 for All-Access and $1,095 for Conference-Only

Sponsor: MarketingProfs

Description: Many of the conferences available spread their focus so that it applies to both B2B and B2C marketers, but MarketingProfs B2B Forum is one of the few that provides the kind of focus that allows B2B marketers to get a finely tuned experience specifically for them. Of course, the advantage of attending a large conference like the B2B Forum is that many other B2B marketers are also attending and want to connect as much as you do. Go forth and network.

Great for: B2B marketers, content marketers at all levels, and content marketing vendors

 

Best marketing and creative conferences in New York, 2018 - 2019

Incite Brand Marketing Summit NYC

Date: October 21-22, 2019

Location: New York, New York

Cost: TBA (previously $1,500-$2,700)

Description: The Incite Brand Marketing Summit is the most senior meeting for marketing, digital and social media leaders from big brands. The summit is unique in that is focuses on in-house marketers offering a platform for 500+ CMOs and SVP/VPs to discuss how we must deliver impactful interactions that deliver a clear brand purpose and narrative. Be a part of the redefined conversation with speakers confirmed from Target, Mastercard, Budweiser, Adidas, and Qualcomm.

Great for: Marketing, digital and social media leaders from brands

 

What to Look for in a Marketing Conference

Our best advice is this: Research the heck out of conferences before you sign the dotted line. Conferences are an investment and provide innumerate benefits, from networking with new potential clients and professional contacts to brushing up your skills.

*Various early-bird and group discounts apply; check the conference websites for more information. Rates and details were accurate as of the publishing of this post, but could change.

Stay Tuned!

We love reporting on marketing conferences… and will continue to update this article as we get more dates and intel on the conferences. Stay tuned for more updates in a few months!

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About Allie

Allie Freeland is a freelance writer, marketing communications pro, and digital strategist. A tenured member of ClearVoice, she has a passion for efficiency in business. She's also an adjunct professor at University of Kansas and Johnson County Community College. Follow her on Twitter.

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