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The Ultimate List of Marketing Conferences: Summer 2018 to Spring 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 in the second half of 2018 and into 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 Mid 2019

VidCon

Best Content Marketing Conferences 2018 - VidCon - Anaheim, Calif.

Date: June 20-23, 2018

Location: Anaheim, California

Cost: $100 – $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

 

MozCon

Best Content Marketing Conferences for SEO 2018 - MOZCON - Seattle, Wash.

Date: July 9-11, 2018

Location: Seattle, Washington

Cost: $849 (member rate) – $1,349 (Early bird rate)

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

 

The Content Experience

Best Content Marketing Conferences 2018 - Content Experience - Toronto

Date: August 21-22, 2018

Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Cost: $399 – $850

Sponsor: Uberflip

Description: The Content Experience 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

 

Brand Marketers Insider Summit

Date: August 19-22, 2018

Location: Squaw Creek, Utah

Cost: $2,395 and up

Sponsor: MediaPost

Description: MediaPost’s Brand Marketers Insiders 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

 

Content Marketing World 

Marketing Conference 2018

Date: September 4-7, 2018

Location: Cleveland, Ohio

Cost: $1,495 and up

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

 

Inbound

Best Content Marketing Conferences 2018 - Inbound - Boston

Date: September 4-7, 2018

Location: Boston, Massachusetts

Cost: $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 21,000 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)

 

Marketing Health – The Conference

Date: September 27, 2018

Location: New York, New York

Cost: $595 – 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

 


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FinCon

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Date: September 26–29, 2018

Location: Orlando, Florida

Cost: $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

 

Advertising Week

Marketing Conference 2018

Date: Octoober 1-4, 2018

Location: New York, New York

Cost: TBD

Sponsor: Advertising Week

Description: Marking its 15th year, 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.

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

 

PubCon

Marketing Conference 2018

Date: October 16-18, 2018

Location: Las Vegas, Nevada

Cost: $549 – $1,699

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, neuromarketing, content marketing and more. Beyond the breakouts, attendees can enjoy keynote speakers each morning of the conference, which is different from other conferences.

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

 

Incite Brand Marketing Summit NYC

Date: October 24-25, 2018

Location: New York, New York

Cost: $1500 – $2700

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

 

MarketingProfs B2B Forum

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Date: November 13-16, 2018

Location: San Francisco, California

Cost: $1,095 – $2,095

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

Converge 2019

Date: February 19-22, 2019

Location: Atlanta, Georgia

Price: Not listed

Sponsor: Converge Consulting

Description: Converge is the digital marketing conference for education marketers. The three-day conference unites CMOs, deans, enrollment leaders, recruiters, and marketing strategiests 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

 

B2B Marketing Exchange

Date: Feb. 25-27, 2019

Location: Scottsdale, Arizona

Price: Not listed

Sponsor: Demand Gen Report

Description: At B2B Marketing Exchange, expect a great lineup of workshops and case studies, with more than 85 sessions spanning six tracks. The conference also includes an awards ceremony: “The Killer Content Awards” for outstanding business-to-business marketers and campaigns.

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

 

The Revenue Summit

Date: February/March 2019 (TBA)

Location: San Francisco, California

Cost: $299

Sponsor: Sales Hacker

Description: Learn how your sales and marketing teams can work together to leverage the most actionable (and proven) strategies to scale revenue through technology, automation and efficient processes. The agenda includes topics on both inbound and outbound processes, as well as leadership-driven sessions and keynotes. Hear from executives and experts from top tech companies, such as Zendesk, Google, Facebook, or G2 crowd.

Great for: VPS of marketing/sales, demand generation marketers, sales development and account executives, sales ops and enablement leaders.

 

C3

Date: March 2019 (TBA)

Location: New York, New York

Cost: $599 – $1,199

Sponsor: Conductor

Description: For years, Conductor has put on this multi-faceted conference in the Big Apple. Choose from agenda tracks based on your expertise — strategic SEO, content marketing intelligence, and digital marketing leaders from 40-plus speakers (tons of brand marketing executives from companies like Microsoft, GoDaddy, Aetna and Sealed Air) who reveal the secret to more conversions and engagement through digital marketing, SEO and content.

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

 

SMX West

Date: March 2019 (TBA)

Location: San Jose, California

Cost: $399 – $2,095

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.

Great for: SEOs, SEMs, marketing analytics pros

 

Intelligent Content Conference (ICC)

Best Conferences for Content Marketing 2018 - Intelligent Content Conference

Date: March 2019 (TBA)

Location: Las Vegas, Nevada

Cost: $1,395

Sponsor: Content Marketing Institute

Description: This conference teaches you how to operationalize content marketing plans for your business. “Sessions will lean toward larger enterprises and those companies that want to bring structure to their content marketing with process and technology,” notes the ICC website. Speakers at ICC zero in on content creation, distribution, and other content strategies to cut brand content from the clutter. 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: brand marketers, content strategists, content marketers (all levels), and authors

 

LeadsCon 2019

Date: March 4-6, 2019

Location: Las Vegas, Nevada

Price: $795 and up

Sponsor: Access Intelligence

Description: If finding, nurturing and converting quality leads are essential to your business’s growth and success, then LeadsCon is your conference. Nudge your competition out of the way with helpful tips and tricks gleaned from LeadsCon. Each year, this conference is hosted in Las Vegas and nearly 3,000 marketers come together to learn here.

Great for: SEOs, conversion optimizers, entrepreneurs, affiliate marketers, and social media marketers

 

Social Media Marketing World

Best Social Media Conferences 2018 - Social Media Marketing World - San Diego

Date: March 20-22, 2019

Location: San Diego, California

Cost: $197 – $1,127

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. Beyond that, social media marketing experts are commonplace at this conference. You’ll see big names including Guy Kawasaki, Jay Baer, Ann Handley, Amy Porterfield and Kim Garst.

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

 

MarTech West

Date: April 3-5, 2019

Location: San Jose, California

Cost: Not listed

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.

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

 

Confab Central

Date: April 24-26, 2019

Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota

Cost: $1,095 and up

Sponsor: Brain Traffic

Description: Minneapolis doesn’t sound so bad in the spring, right? Join thousands of eager attendees at ConFab Central at this useful conference packed with tips. 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

 

The Marketing Nation Summit

Date: Oct. 21-24, 2019

Location: San Francisco, California

Cost: $250 – $1,195

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

 

 

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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