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The Ultimate List of Marketing Conferences in 2020

Whether you lean more toward the sales or content side of digital marketing, make your own go-to list of the best marketing conferences for 2020. 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 2019 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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Top marketing conference for SEO and SEM in San Jose, California

SMX West

Date: Feb. 19-21, 2020

Location: San Jose, California

Cost: Prices vary for a range of passes, workshops, and boot camps. Last year’s range of rates: $299-$2,795. You can sign up for 2020 updates.

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

Top marketing conferences in Scottsdale and Phoenix

B2B Marketing Exchange

Date: Feb. 24-26, 2020

Location: Hyatt Regency, Scottsdale, Arizona

Price: Through Oct. 1, 2019: $595 One-Day Pass, $795 Standard Pass, $995 All-Access Pass. After Oct. 1: $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. The 2019 lineup included speakers from Google, Siemens, DemandGen, 3M, Oracle, et al. #B2BMX

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


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PubCon Florida

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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Social Media Marketing World

Date: Mar. 1-3, 2020

Location: San Diego, California

Cost: $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. 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

 

Best marketing conferences 2019 Las Vegas

Adobe Summit – The Digital Experience

Date: Mar. 29 – Apr. 1, 2020

Location: Las Vegas, Nevada

Cost: Range of options from $200 to $1,895

Sponsor: Adobe

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 300 sessions and a dozen content tracks.

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

 

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MarTech West

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.

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. 20-22, 2020

Location: San Diego, California

Cost: 2020 prices TBA in fall 2019. Regular Rates have cost $1,399-$2,099. Onsite rates have cost: $1,699-$2,399.

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

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Confab – The Content Strategy Conference

Date: May 17-20, 2020

Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota

Cost: Passes ranges from $895 to $2,695. Last year Confab sold out early. Confab 2020 tickets on on sale October 15, 2019.

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

New York Conferences

C3 Conference

Date: 2020 TBA; last occurred May 6-8, 2019

Location: New York, New York

Cost: TBD. Last year’s full-price ticket was $1,199. Sign up for email updates for C3 2020.

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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VidCon

Date: 2020 TBA; Last occurred July 10-13, 2019

Location: Anaheim, California

Cost: TBA, previous range $115–$650

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

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

Marketing conferences in Seattle

MozCon

Date: July 6-8, 2020

Location: Seattle, Washington

Cost: $799-$1,299 for Super Early Bird rates (ends October 31, 2020)

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

Content Marekting Conferences in Toronto

CONEX – The Content Experience

Date: 2020 TBA; 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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Content Marketing Conferences in Cleveland, Ohio

Content Marketing World 

Date: Last occurred Sept. 3-6, 2019

Location: Cleveland, Ohio

Cost: All-Access Passes start at $2,499 onsite; Main Conference passes are $1,999 onsite; Summit or Industry Forum passes are $749 onsite

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. Plus, the annual Content Marketing Awards.

Great for: Brand content marketers, content marketing tools companies

 

Marketing Conferences in Boston

Inbound

Date: Last occurred Sept. 3-6, 2019

Location: Boston, Massachusetts

Cost: Various passes: $149-$2,199

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)

 

Marketing Conferences in Washington, DC

FinCon

Date: Last occurred Sept. 4-7, 2019

Location: Washington, D.C.

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: TBA; Last occurred Sept. 17-18, 2019

Location: Industry City in Brooklyn, New York

Cost: TBA. 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: Last occurred Sept. 23-26, 2019

Location: New York, New York

Cost: Previously: $299-$1,869 for attendees; or $79 for Digital Delegate 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. 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

 

Best marketing conferences 2019 Las Vegas

PubCon Pro Las Vegas

Date: 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

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

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

 

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

 

 

What to look for in 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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