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Whether you lean more toward the sales or content side of digital marketing, make your own go-to list of the best 2020 marketing conferences. We’ve rounded up 20 of the biggest events for content marketing, SEO, video, social and more — with cost breakdowns and recommended attendees for each.

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 2020 to help you strategize your conference schedule, with dates and prices (when available). (And, in between the events you choose to attend, consider some of the best content marketing courses for professionals.)

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PubCon Florida

SPECIAL NOTE: PubCon Florida 2020 has been postponed. Read this letter from Brett Tabke, Founder of Pubcon Inc.

Date: Mar. 24-26, 2020

Location: Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Cost: Various passes $399–$1299

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.

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

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Adobe Summit – The Digital Experience

SPECIAL NOTE: Adobe announced they are canceling the live event in Las Vegas this year and will make the 2020 summit an online event.

Date: Mar. 29 – Apr. 2, 2020

Location: Las Vegas, Nevada

Cost: Range of options from $200 (Guest Social Pass) to $1,895 (Full Conference Pass); $200 advance pricing discount available until Jan. 31, 2020.

Sponsor: Adobe

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Description: Walk away with platform-agnostic insights in marketing, advertising, IT, and client services, diving deep into concepts such as marketing automation, innovation, digital transformation. The conference includes over 400 sessions and a dozen content tracks.

Great for: Marketers, customer engagement representatives, and advertising executives


Top 2020 digital marketing conference in Las Vegas

LeadsCon Las Vegas

Special Note: LeadsCon has been postponed until later in the year. Please check their website for updates.

Date: TBD (was originally planned for Mar. 30 – Apr. 1, 2020)

Location: Las Vegas, Nevada

Cost: $1,075 and up; group discounts available

Host: Access Intelligence

Description: Self-billed as the “world’s largest event for the lead generation community,” LeadsCon draws more than 2,500 attendees with a focus on lead gen and performance marketing. The conference includes networking events, keynotes, workshops, breakout sessions, and an exhibit hall.

Great for: Marketers, content marketers, lead buyers/sellers, and advertising executives


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MarTech West

Special Note: MarTech West 2020 has been cancelled. Read more information.

Date: Apr. 15-17, 2020

Location: San Jose, California

Cost: 2020 All Access One Day passes start at $1,100. All Access Pass stars at $1,595. Workshop Only passes start at $489. Prices vary based on when you purchase them: They go up on February 16 and up again on March 22.

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


New York Conferences

C3 Conference

Special Note From Conductor:

Due to concerns around the coronavirus (COVID-19), we have decided to cancel the in-person element of C3, scheduled for May 12-13 in NYC. Instead, we will host a virtual keynote. 

Join us on Tuesday, May 12 from 12PM- 2PM EST to hear CEO Seth Besmertnik, VP of Digital Strategies Pat Reinhart, and other guest stars share:  

     Trends we’re seeing that will define the future of search and content marketing  
     New technology, unveiled exclusively at the digital event 
     The SEO tactics to win in 2020 and beyond     
     Plus, a few special surprises and giveaways

Date: May 12-13, 2020

Location: New York, New York

Cost: $799 and up, depending on when you register

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. C3 2020 is billed as “The Global Organic Marketing Conference.”

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


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Confab – The Content Strategy Conference

Special Note: Confab canceled the in-person event. They will host an online event instead. Read more information.

Date: May 18-20, 2020

Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota

Cost: Passes range from $895 to $2,695, depending on when you purchase them. Last year Confab sold out early.

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


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Special note: VidCon 2020 is canceled.

Date: June 17-20, 2020

Location: Anaheim, California

Cost: Tickets range from $90-$600.

Sponsor: VidCon

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 and workshops run the gamut of video tips for family vloggers to YouTube ad strategies.

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


SEO conference in Seattle


Special note: As of March 26, MozCon is still planned to go on as scheduled in July. Please check their site for further updates.

Date: July 6-8, 2020

Location: Seattle, Washington

Cost: $999-$1,699; Moz subscribers pay $500 less than general admission non-subscribers

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

New York Conferences

CommerceNext 2020

Special note: As of March 26, CommerceNext 2020 is still planned to go on as scheduled in July. Please check their site for further updates.

Date: July 28-29, 2020

Location: New York, NY

Cost: $795. To attend, you have to apply for invites, which are “limited and not guaranteed.”

Sponsor: CommerceNext

Description: CommerceNext focuses on marketing for retail and e-commerce, from direct-to-consumer (DTC) startups to traditional big-box sellers. Expect around 1,200 attendees with 100+ speakers and 30+ breakout sessions. Previous speakers have included leaders from Purple, Macy’s, Walmart, and Bonobos.

Great for: C-suite, directors, and managers in marketing for retail and e-commerce.


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ContentTECH Summit

Special note: ContentTECH Summit was rescheduled to August. The previous dates were Apr. 20-22, 2020.

Date:  August 10-12, 2020

Location: San Diego, California

Cost: Main Conference passes range from $1,299- $1,699.

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. The schedule includes workshops, conference sessions, and networking events in addition to an expo hall.

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


Biggest 2020 Marketing Conference in Boston


Date: August 18-21, 2020

Location: Boston, Massachusetts

Cost: Various passes: $199-$2,199 (significant early bird discounts end January 15)

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)


Content Marekting Conferences in Toronto

CONEX – The Content Experience

Date: 2020 TBD; last occurred Aug. 20-22, 2019

Location: Royal Conservatory of Music, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Cost: TBA; previous tickets started at $899

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. Join best-selling author and emcee Jay Baer and 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


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Date: September 30 – October 3, 2019

Location: Long Beach, CA

Cost:  Rates start at $247

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


Marketing Conferences in New York

Youth Marketing Strategy NYC 

Date: October 13-14, 2020

Location: Industry City in Brooklyn, New York

Cost: TBA, but you sign up now for email updates. Previous prices: $1,000+ Full Price; $600+ Group Pass (5+)

Sponsor: Voxburner

Description: Going on its sixth year, YMS NYC has grown steam for marketers focused on the next generation of consumers. Move over, millennials. It’s all about Gen Z, now. YMS has included speakers from  Instagram, Tinder, Starbucks, Live Nation, Nike, Twitter, NPR, Disney and scores of up-and-coming brands. The agenda also follows four tracks: College Marketing, Influencer Marketing, Retail & E-Commerce Marketing, and Innovation

Great for: Content marketers, social media practitioners, CMOs, and all marketing levels and capacities targeting the youth demographic


Marketing Conferences in New York

Advertising Week

Date: October 5-8, 2020

Location: New York, New York

Cost: Previously: $299-$1,869 for 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. View the highlight reel from 2018’s event. #AWNewYork

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


2020 marketer conferences in Las Vegas

PubCon Pro Las Vegas

Date: TBA. Last occurred Oct. 7-10, 2019

Location: Las Vegas, Nevada

Cost: $375+

Sponsor: PubCon

Description: Pubcon bills its second conference of the year as a “full stack marketing conference.” They will host their popular Masters Group Workshops on October 7. Expect main stage speakers, education sessions (for SEO, PPC, content marketing et al.), site clinics (where audience members can submit their marketing examples to experts for review), and Pubcon Labs (where attendees can get on-site advice from participating speakers).

Great for: SEOs, webmasters, content marketers


2020 Content Marketing World in Cleveland, Ohio

Content Marketing World 

Date: October 13-16, 2020

Location: Cleveland, Ohio

Cost: All-Access Passes start at $1,999; Main Conference passes start at $1,599; Summit or Industry Forum passes start at $599. Prices vary depending on when you purchase your passes.

Sponsor: Content Marketing Institute

Description: Content Marketing World promises to be one of the largest content marketing conferences of 2020. 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. Plus, the annual Content Marketing Awards.

Great for: Brand content marketers, content marketing tools companies

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Best marketing and creative conferences in New York, 2020

Incite Group Brand Marketing & Digital Summit

Date: TBA; Last occurred Oct. 21-22, 2019

Location: New York, New York

Cost: Previously $1,895 and up; discounts available for groups (4+)

Description: The Brand Marketing & Digital 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


2020 San Francisco Marketing Conferences

MarketingProfs B2B Forum

Date: Nov. 3-6, 2020.

Location: San Francisco, CA

Cost: $795 and up

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.

And don’t forget Ann Handley. She’s the Chief Content Officer and mastermind behind MarketingProfs, perhaps the most respected content marketer in the business. Expect excellence!

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


Top 2020 marketing conference for SEO and SEM in San Jose, California

SMX West

Date: 2021 TBA. Last occurred Feb. 19-20, 2020,

Location: San Jose, California

Cost: Prices vary for a range of passes, workshops, and boot camps. Previous range of rates: $299-$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

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B2B Marketing Exchange

Date: 2021 TBA. Last occurred Feb. 24-26, 2020

Location: Hyatt Regency, Scottsdale, Arizona

Price: Previous prices started at: $895 One-Day Pass, $1,295 Standard Pass, $1,495 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. Previous speakers have included leaders from Google, Siemens, DemandGen, 3M, Oracle, et al. #B2BMX

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

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Social Media Marketing World

Date: 2021 TBD. Last occurred March 1-3, 2020.

Location: San Diego, California

Cost: Previous prices: $297 – $1,697 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. Previous speakers have included 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


What to look for in 2020 marketing conferences

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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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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