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Top Marketing Conferences in 2020

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NOTE: This has been edited on 3/24/2020 to provide COVID-19 updates 

By now, 91 percent of B2B companies use some form of content marketing and a full 56 percent consider themselves “very committed,” according to the Content Marketing Institute. That explains why industry movers and shakers are offering an increasing number of content marketing conferences aimed at helping them make the most of its possibilities.

While the scope of such events has become difficult to track, here’s a list of some upcoming conferences that could help your organization with future strategies. (Note our omission of the formerly ubiquitous SXSW, which has become so diverse in attempting to cover the worlds of film, culture, music and technology that many marketers are seeking more targeted events.)

Digital marketing

Digital Summit Series

Date: All 9 of the events are now pushed back into the second half of 2020 due to Coronavirus

Location: 15+ cities across the U.S. including Minneapolis, Los Angeles, Washington D.C., Chicago & more

Host: Digital Summit

Why attend: More than 20,000 people attend the Digital Summit series spanning several cities. 2018 featured more in-depth sessions and workshops on digital trends. NYC’s Summit in April, 2020, will feature Seth Godin, Ja Rule and experts from Reddit, NPR, CNN and more. View all Digital Summit event locations here.

Adobe Summit

Date: Now a virtual event on Mar. 31, 2020

Host: Adobe

Location: Virtual

Why attend: Get the latest insights and trends for brand and digital experiences, B2B marketing and more. This year’s speakers include thought leaders from companies such as Adobe, Amazon, Charles Schwab, Hootsuite and Activision.

Advanced Search Summit

Date: April 22-24, 2020

Location: Napa Valley, California

Why attend: This two-track conference is dedicated to sharing insights on the latest and most cutting edge marketing trends to over 250 attendees. Along with speeches given by leaders from PayPal, Sears, MOZ, Netflix and more, this event also includes plenty of networking opportunities throughout the week. (This includes a masquerade party inside a Tuscan castle!)

The Incite Marketing Summit

Date: Postponed due to Coronavirus

Location: San Diego

Host: Incite Group by Reuters Events

Why attend: Bringing together 300+ CMOs and marketing strategists from the world’s most recognizable brands, the Incite Marketing Summit is 2020’s meeting of the marketing elite. This is a holistic cross-industry, cross-discipline approach to purpose-driven, data-backed marketing driven by innovation.

Digital Growth Unleashed

Date: June 1-3, 2020

Host: Rising Media Ltd. and SiteTuners

Location: Las Vegas

Why attend: About 1,000 attendees discover how to attract the right audience, align business models with the user experience, optimize the lifetime value of client relationships and get up to speed on the latest marketing technology.

Marketing Evolution Experience

Date: June 1-4, 2020

Location: Las Vegas

Host: Rising Media

Why attend: “Multiply your skills with the latest thinking, newest developments, and most current examples of data enriched marketing. Whether you are an analyst or one who relies on analytics to excel in marketing, MEE is here to help YOU evolve as a professional. Peers and experts clarify how digital analytics, customer insight, and artificial intelligence are at work in marketing.” 2019 featured speakers include Rand Fishkin of Spark Toro and Andy Crestodina of Orbit Media, among others.

DigiMarCon West

Date: June 10-11, 2020

Location: Los Angeles

Host: DigiMarCon

Why attend: This year’s sessions focus on building traffic, expanding brand awareness, improving customer service and gaining insight into today’s latest digital tools. Master class sessions at the event include topics on AI & Programmatic Advertising, Brand Storytelling and Chatbots.

MozCon

Date: July 6-8, 2020

Location: Seattle, Washington

Host: Moz

Why attend: One-track conference full of “forward-thinking, tactical sessions in SEO, growth marketing, the mobile landscape, analytics, content marketing and more” from the company that dominates in helping businesses boost their search rankings with innovative tools and thought leadership.

LeadsCon’s Connect to Convert

Date: September 16-18, 2020

Location: Boston

Host: Access Intelligence

Why attend: “The world’s largest performance marketing conference and exposition” with over 30 sessions and over 1,000 attendees. 2020’s theme is “Road Mapping the Modern Marketing Landscape.”

Open Mobile & Digital Experience Summit

Date: Nov. 2020

Host: Incite

Location: West Coast, USA

Why attend: The Open Mobile & Digital Experience Summit brings together 400+ Chief Digital, Product and Marketing officers from America’s most powerful and innovative brands to shape how we can create personalized digital and mobile experiences that impact and add value to customers beyond a transaction. More details about the 2020 event to come.

Programmatic Pioneers Summit

Date: Nov. 11-12, 2020

Host: World Business Research

Location: Los Angeles

Why Attend: This two-day conference hosts over 200 heads of programmatic, media, marketing, digital and advertising professionals to network and discuss the future of programmatic advertising. Speakers include leaders from American Express, Google, Dell and Samsung.

 

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Content marketing

Content Marketing Conference

Date: Now a virtual event on Apr. 21, 2020

Location: Virtual

Why attend: The sixth year of CMC will cover “what’s new, what’s next, and what’s essential for content marketing success.” With 14 keynotes, 45 sessions, 9 tracks and 7 workshops, there is a lot to learn. 2019 speakers included Don McMillan of Technically Funny, Sarah Cooper of TheCooperReview.com, Andrew Davis of Monumental Shift, Debra Jasper of Mindset Digital and others.

Confab Central

Date: Now a virtual event from May 18-20, 2020

Location: Virtual

Host: Confab

Why attend: Confab draws more than 600 professionals from around the world who design, create and manage content. “From UX to storytelling, accessibility to structure, Confab brings together those who are committed to making content useful and usable.” (And there’s never a shortage of cake!). Check out highlights from the 2019 event.

Inbound 2020

Date: Aug. 18-21, 2020

Location: Boston

Host: HubSpot

Why attend: 24,000 participants from 100-some countries. “A community of people passionate about marketing, selling, and delighting customers in an inbound way. We bring together speakers who are passionate not just about improving the bottom line, but also about building a brighter, kinder and more inclusive future.”

Content Jam

Date: Sept. 16-17, 2020

Location: Chicago

Host: Orbit Media

Why Attend: With over 500 attendees, this convention shares insights on content strategy, promotion, conversion and analytics. Speakers include Mark Schaefer, Wil Reynolds and Britney Muller.

Content Marketing World

Date: Oct. 13-16, 2020

Location: Cleveland, Ohio

Host: Content Marketing Institute

Why attend: Some 4,000 attendees are offered 120 sessions presented by experts from around the world, covering strategy, storytelling, ROI, demand generation, AI, etc. The 2019 event featured Henry Rollins, as well as Mindy Kaling in a keynote Q&A. Plus, don’t miss the fun networking events like the opening night reception at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Read Brandpoint’s recap of the 2019 CMWorld event here. Don’t miss the fact that the event is no longer in September!

LavaCon Content Strategy Conference

Date: Oct. 25-28, 2020

Location: New Orleans

Host: LavaCon

Why attend: For content strategists, documentation managers and senior content professionals who want to stay ahead of rapidly changing technology and customer demographics while connecting with vendors who can help with content challenges.


Marketing

Pubcon Florida

Date: Postponed due to Coronavirus

Location: Miami, Florida

Why attend: Pubcon is a full stack marketing conference that “will cover everything a marketer needs to know from in-house team building to online marketing strategies to tracking conversions.” Session tracks include influencer marketing, organic SEO, paid ads and “alternative advertising.”

Digital Sales & Marketing World

Date: Now from Nov. 30-Dec. 2, 2020

Location: Hartford, CT

Host: IMPACT Branding & Design

Why Attend: Formally known as IMPACT Live, this conference is “an immersive event for marketers, salespeople, and business leaders looking to drive significant revenue growth for their companies.” This event is directed towards marketers from all types of companies, including B2B, B2C and agencies.

Mirren Live New York

Date: June 2-3, 2020, also offering a new virtual option

Location: New York City

Host: Mirren

Why attend: Mirren Live New York bills itself as one of the most prominent conferences in the agency business. It sells out every year with 400 senior decision-makers taking in 60+ speakers in 30+ sessions over 2 jam-packed days. Focused on driving business growth, management team leads and CEOs join the conference from around the country. This year’s speakers include leaders from NFL, Mastercard, AdWeek and Groupon.

IRCE (Internet Retailer Conference & Exhibition)

Date: June 9-11, 2020

Location: Chicago

Host: Internet Retailer magazine

Why attend: Over 130 sessions covering a range of topics relevant to online commerce. With nearly 600 vendors, come ready to find solutions to help your business succeed in every facet.”This conference and trade show offers you everything your business needs to stay ahead of your competition, in one simple location.” Seth Godin was featured as the 2018 guest speaker.

CX North America

Date: June 16-18, 2020

Location: NYC

Host: Forrester

Why attend: “Join 50 Forrester analysts and 1,500 CX industry leaders for three days of cutting-edge, interactive customer experience programming.” Topics included in this event range from AI to creative and modernization.

Affiliate Summit East

Date: July 27-29, 2020

Location: NYC

Host: Affiliate Summit

Why attend: The performance marketing industry’s premier global event featuring high-level decision makers including online publishers, bloggers, media owners, traffic sources, advertisers, global brands, networks, technology firms, agencies, and other solution providers. Typically more than 6,000 attendees, 70 sessions, 100 expert presenters and 300 exhibitors. Check out Affiliate Summit events in other locations around the globe.

Klaviyo:BOS

Dates: Aug. 26 – 27, 2020

Location: Boston

Why attend: This conference hosts over 600 attendees and is aimed at helping email marketers, entrepreneurs and business leaders grow their brand, create actionable strategies and take their ecommerce marketing to the next level.

Brand ManageCamp

Date: Sept. 15-16, 2020

Location: Las Vegas

Host: ManageCamp

Why attend: Attendees learn about strategy, trends, storytelling, optimization, advertising, content, insights and more to help “take your brand to the next level.” The speakers are best-selling business authors, world-renowned experts, or up-and-coming mavericks, pushing the boundaries in their respective concentrations.

FinCon 2020

Date: Sept. 30 – Oct. 3, 2020

Location: Long Beach, CA

Why attend: This conference states that “our mission is to help financial influencers and brands create better content, reach their audience and make more money.” In 2019, this expo had 2300+ attendees, 200+ speakers and 100+ exhibitors.

Advertising Week

Dates: Oct. 5-8, 2020

Location: New York

Why attend: With over 98,000 attendees, this conference is a must attend for PR professionals, social media strategists and CMOs. Past speakers include Al Gore, Sheryl Sandberg and Arianna Huffington. Don’t miss Gary Vaynerchuck at the 2020 event!

MarketingProfs B2B Marketing Forum

Dates: Nov. 3-6 , 2020

Location: San Francisco

Host: MarketingProfs

Why attend: The “place where leaders, innovators and people who make things happen gather to learn about the latest in B2B marketing and share the secrets to success as well as “belly laughs, creative networking, shenanigans and marketers’ off-the-clock antics.” 2019 keynote speakers included Ann Handley, Jay Baer, Neen James and Kara Swisher.

Forbes CMO Summit

Dates: Nov. 11-13, 2020

Location: Miami, Florida

Host: Forbes

Why attend: “Unique access to the world’s most influential leaders, policy-makers, entrepreneurs, and artists, uniting these global forces to harness their collective knowledge … and address the challenges of today’s complex marketing landscape.” Past speakers include CMOs from Wells Fargo, the NHL, Facebook and Target.

PRNews Media Relations Conference

Dates: Dec. 11, 2020

Location: Washington, D.C.

Host: PRNews

Why attend: This conference is “for communications professionals who need to hear forward-thinking insights on media pitching, measurement, the impact of AI/machine learning on media relations and journalism, influencer relations, social media marketing, and the best media relations tools from leading brands like USA Today, NPR, Accenture, Aflac and D.C. Public Charter School Board.”

Rakuten Optimism

Date: 2020 TBD

Location: San Francisco

Host: Rakuten

Why attend: Rakuten Optimism is a world-class event for digital innovation in e-commerce, marketing, and more! 2019’s event included industry experts and thought leaders like Google Chief Evangelist of Brand Marketing, Gopi Kallayil, Forrester Research Vice President and Principal Analyst, Sucharita Kodali, and Rakuten Americas President, Amit Patel.

B2B Marketing Exchange

Date: 2021 TBD

Location: Scottsdale, Arizona

Host: Demand Gen Report

Why attend: More than 1,000 participants in 2018, with more than 85 workshops and case study sessions. Speakers include the industry’s top marketing professionals including analysts, authors and B2B practitioners from companies like Facebook, BuzzFeed and LinkedIn.

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Social media

Social Media Strategies Summit

Date: Now from Aug. 11-13, 2020

Location: Chicago

Host: GSMI

Why attend: The event features best practices in social media marketing from successful brands. 2020 will feature speakers from companies such as Vitamix and CERN. Past speakers have been from Intel, Ben & Jerry’s and GE Healthcare. The event is also held in San Francisco, Feb. 4-6, 2020; and NYC, Oct. 27-29, 2020.

Social Media Week

Date: Now a virtual event due to Coronavirus

Location: Santa Monica, CA

Host: Social Media Week

Why attend: SMW is “one of the world’s premier conferences and industry news platforms for professionals in media, marketing and technology.” This year’s theme is, “Stories: With Great Influence Comes Great Responsibility.” This theme will spark conversation throughout the week on how brands can take meaningful action to be more truthful and real in their content and communication. Speakers at the LA event include Ira Madison III, Maycie Timpone of Buzzfeed and Will Cady of Reddit.

VidCon

Date: Cancelled due to Coronavirus

Location: Anaheim, California

Host: VidCon

Why attend: The industry track at VidCon will teach “deep insight into how to build sustainable and profitable communities, best practices for using video to sell products and services, and in-depth strategy discussions that will chart the course for the future of online video and media in general.” This year is the tenth anniversary of the convention and features many video influencers, including Matthew Patrick from Game Theory and the Merrell twins.

AMPlify

Date: 2020 TBD

Location: Boston

Host: GaggleAMP

Why attend: Bills itself as “the only marketing event addressing the unique challenges associated with leveraging employees and stakeholders in your digital marketing strategies.”

Social Media Marketing World

Date: Now from Feb. 28 – Mar. 2, 2021

Location: San Diego, California

Host: Social Media Examiner

Why attend: With some 7,000 participants, bills itself as the industry’s largest social media marketing conference. Sponsor is considered the world’s leading online social media magazine for businesses, with more than 1.5 million monthly visitors.


Technology

ContentTECH Summit

Date: Now from Aug. 10-12, 2020

Location: San Diego

Host: Content Marketing Institute

Why attend: Formerly the Intelligent Content Conference, the refresh of this event will help senior marketing executives learn how to enable technology to improve processes to better execute their content strategy. The 2018 event drew 400 participants who learned from leaders representing Amazon, Google, Microsoft, Mayo Clinic, Cisco, Salesforce and others.

SiriusDecisions Technology Exchange

Dates: Now a virtual event on May 4 , 2020

Location: Austin, TX

Host: SiriusDecisions

Why attend: At this annual event, more than 500 people will be updated on data-driven best practices research and new innovations across the B2B space. Breakout sessions with SiriusDecisions analysts cover niche topics and case studies.

MAICON

Date: July 14-16, 2020

Location: Cleveland, Ohio

Host: Marketing Artificial Intelligence Institution

Why attend: AI in marketing is a trend that only is getting larger, but it’s a tactic that many professionals are still struggling to implement. This event is for manager-level and above marketers, and is catered to non-technical audiences. Meaning: if you need to learn about AI, this conference is for you.

MarTech

Date: Oct. 6-8, 2020

Location: Boston

Host: Chief Marketing Technologist

Why attend: Some 2,200 people come to this event that delivers “a vendor-agnostic, graduate-level marketing, technology and management perspective designed to help you succeed in this software-powered marketing world.”

Reach

Date: 2020 TBD

Location: Chicago

Host: G2

Why attend: This is the inaugural year of this one-day-only conference focused on tech sales and digital marketing. Speakers include Neil Patel, Meghan Keaney Anderson of Hubspot and Meredith Kopit Levien of New York Times, as well as leaders from Drift, Whole30 and SalesLoft.


Editor’s note: Would you like your marketing event added to this list? Please only send annual, U.S. events. Send us an email for consideration. This post is regularly updated.

 

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