The benefits of a marketing conference

If you want to network with lots of like-minded people, acquire tons of new leads and discover some of the latest marketing trends, there are few better places to be than a marketing conference.

 

Conferences, often the epicentre of the marketing hive mind, provide a unique avenue for learning and improvement that the four walls of your office might not be able to supply.

 

There’s a lot to be said for taking a break from your day-to-day routine and embracing the change of pace that a conference brings.

Which conference is best for you?

There is a huge selection of conferences out there, so we’ve identified 50 of the best marketing conferences to attend in 2020.

 

We’ve included information about when each conference is on, where it’s hosted and who’ll be speaking at it, so you can make an informed decision when deciding which one you’ll attend.

 

The conferences in this list cover a wide variety of themes, including branding, SEO, social media marketing, affiliate marketing, content marketing and performance marketing.

 

All of the conferences have a track record of putting on an event that leaves attendees eager to come back for more.

January-February

Affiliate Summit West

To kick off 2020, head to the Affiliate Summit West in Las Vegas to meet some of the world’s best affiliate marketers. It’s a great opportunity to connect with like-minded individuals and find exciting new opportunities for your business.

 

There is a Meet Market that will have over 6000 attendees and this will provide you with a chance to acquire countless new leads.

 

There will also be an expansive Exhibit Hall where you can establish new connections and hold meetings with clients. You can book your own exhibit booth on the Affiliate Summit West website, where there’s a variety of pricing plans available.

 

There will be over 75 speakers at January’s conference, which will include some of the biggest names in affiliate marketing. Some of the previous speakers at Affiliate Summit West were marketing heavyweights Ryan Deiss, Neil Patel and Waleed Al-Atraqchi.

 

The event will be held at the Paris Las Vegas hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada and you can reserve your room at the hotel on the conference’s website. Early bookers will be entitled to a discounted rate.

Speaker session at Affiliate Summit West

Dates: 27-29 Jan 2020

Location: Las Vegas, U.S.A

Website: https://www.affiliatesummit.com/west

Social Media: https://www.facebook.com/AffiliateSummit/

SEO Day

SEO Day is one of Europe’s top SEO conferences, with attendees coming from near and far to find out about the latest developments in the world of SEO. It gives marketers a fantastic opportunity to meet with some of the world’s foremost SEO experts.

 

It doesn’t matter if you are new to SEO, an experienced practitioner or bonafide master of the craft, there is something for everyone who attends this event.

 

Some of the event’s past speakers have included Backlinko founder and SEO guru Brian Dean and Concept Interest CEO Thomas Rosenstand.

 

This year SEO Day will see Fili Wiese from SearchBrothers talk about algorithmic updates and penalties and Search Metrics’ Marcus Tober speaking on the subject of ‘Why SEOs think more about product managers and vice versa’.

 

SEO Day will be held at the Comwell hotel in Kolding, a picturesque seaport in the heart of Denmark.

Speaker at SEO Day

Dates: 29 Jan 2020

Location: Kolding, Denmark

Website: https://seoday.dk/

HUBDAY Future of Retail and E-commerce

HUBDAY is a marketing conference that aims to pinpoint where retail and e-commerce is headed. There’s a lot to learn for marketers who want to make sure that their strategies are equipped to handle any changes in the global marketing landscape.

 

The day’s events will feature 1000 decision makers in a variety of industries and 30 workshops that focus on a mixture of themes.

 

It runs from 08:30 in the morning to 17:00 in the evening at the Maison de la Mutualité in Paris, which in itself is a futuristic looking conference centre.

 

Some of the speakers at last years HUBDAY included Skoda’s Head of Marketing Paul Barrocas and the Director General of Booking.com in France, Vanessa Heydorff. Tickets for the conference are on sale from between €600-900.

Audience at Hubday Conference

Dates: 30 Jan 2020

Location: Paris, France

Website: https://conferences.hubinstitute.com/future-of-retail-ecommerce/

Friends of Search

The world of online search is a vast, ever-changing landscape that can be difficult to keep on top of. At Friends of Search, search experts from all over the world will share their knowledge and help you stay ahead of the game.

 

There will also be 2 prestigious Friends of Search awards handed out for the first time in the event’s history, including Best SEA Case and Best SEO Case. The winning cases will get their own podium at the 2020 conference.

 

Speakers at this year’s conference are Brian Geddis, the co-founder of AdAlysis, Rik van der Kooi, the Corporate Vice President of Microsoft Advertising and Bastian Grimm, the CEO and co-founder of Peak Ace AG.

 

Ticket prices for Friends of Search range from €372.43 for an Early Bird pass to €756.24 for the all inclusive Combi ticket. You can pick up these tickets right now on their website.

Dates: 4 Feb 2020

Location: Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Website: https://friendsofsearch.nl/

Pubcon

In what will be its 20th year, Pubcon is still one of the leading search and optimisation conferences around.

 

At Pubcon, you’re guaranteed to get a ton of valuable information from a plethora of fascinating speakers. Last year’s speakers included marketing specialist Guy Kawasaki, Webmaster Trends Analyst at Google, Gary Illyes and SEO Manager for ESPN, Maria Kane.

 

Some of the topics discussed at Pubcon usually centre around SEO, content marketing, local search advertising, search marketing and organic social media.

 

Pubcon is a superb choice of conference for digital marketers who operate in search, social media or affiliate marketing. You’ll come out of it with some great ideas for an informed, updated and flexible strategy that can work on all kinds of platforms.

 

February’s event in Austin is one of the three Pubcon conferences that will take place throughout the year, with the others being held in Las Vegas and Florida.

Audience at PubCon Conference

Dates: 6 Feb 2020

Location: Austin, U.S.A

Website: https://www.pubcon.com/

SMX West

San Jose will become the Mecca of search on the week of the 19th of February as SMX West comes to town.

 

If SEO or SEM is your specialty, SMX West is a conference that will appear to be almost custom made for you.

 

Attendees will get a ton of value from the large selection of search marketing sessions that will be led by experts in the field. They’ll talk on a variety of subjects, including traffic growth, lead generation and SEO tactics.

 

The conference is known for being very up to date on the latest marketing trends and it regularly helps to give marketers new ideas and strategies that they can test out in the year ahead.

 

You’ll have a fantastic opportunity to network with a range of prospective clients, partners and employees.

 

Super Early Bird tickets are now available from $1495 to $1699 until December 21st.

Audience members at SMX West

Dates: 19-20 February 2020

Location: San Jose, U.S.A

Website: https://marketinglandevents.com/smx/west/

The Gathering

The Gathering, which celebrates some of the world’s most cult-like brands, is not your typical marketing conference.

 

There are unique ‘Inner Sanctums’, where a select group of attendees listen to talks with marketing trailblazers and can ask them whatever questions come to mind.

 

Some of the speakers at 2020’s conference will include Geoff Cotrill – Senior Vice President of Strategic Marketing at Coca-Cola, Alex Bodman – VP, Global Executive Creative Director at Spotify, Rachel Ferdinando – Senior VP and Chief Marketing Officer at Doritos and Jane Hwang – Brand Director at Skittles.

 

The event is held in the picturesque alpine town of Banff in south-west Canada. When you’ve finished spending the day at the conference, there are lots of outdoor activities you can take part in.

 

You can get early bird tickets now on The Gathering website that start at $1499 for a Cult Devotee ticket and $3399 for a Cult Illuminati ticket.

Dates: 19-21 February 2020

Location: Banff, Canada

Website: https://cultgathering.com/

Social Media: https://www.linkedin.com/company/cult-gathering

B2B Marketing Exchange

If you’re working in B2B sales or marketing, the B2B Marketing Exchange is an event you don’t want to miss out on.

 

You’ll hear a range of stories from fellow marketing pros and get valuable tips that you can implement in your own work. Speakers at the event will include Oracle director Kelvin Gee, Head of Global Account Based Marketing at SAP Danny Nail and author of ‘The Accidental Creative’ Todd Henry.

 

There will be over 100 sessions over the 3 days, including case studies, labs, workshops and panels.

 

The B2B Marketing Exchange also has its own awards series, the Killer Content awards, which identify companies that are embracing new rules of engagement and turning them into cutting-edge campaigns.

 

The conference will be held at the stunning Hyatt Regency resort in Scottsdale, Arizona and passes to attend are now on sale from $895 to $1495.

Dates: 24-26 February 2020

Location: Scottsdale, U.S.A

Website: https://b2bmarketing.exchange/

March-April

Social Media Marketing World

If social media marketing is your thing, then there’s nowhere better to be than Social Media Marketing World.

 

Some of the world’s foremost social media experts will be speaking at the event, including Mari Smith, Jasmine Star, Jay Baer, Mark Schaefer and Molly Pittman.

 

The conference is hosted by eminent social media marketing site socialmediaexaminer.com. They’re known for their in-depth annual industry report, insightful articles and weekly podcast.

 

It’s super easy to network at this event as it’s not only social by name, but by nature too. You can easily have lots of really informative conversations with some of the best social media marketers in the world.

 

There are Virtual, Community, Marketer and All-Access passes available and prices range from $697 to $1697.

Dates: 1-3 March 2020

Location: San Diego, U.S.A

Website: https://www.socialmediaexaminer.com/smmworld/

SaaStr Annual

15000 people will descend upon the San Jose Convention Centre in March to attend one of the world’s best marketing conferences.

 

If you want to scale up and grow your SaaS business, this conference might put you in touch with the best people to make that happen.

 

Not only can you make great connections at the 3 day event, but can also come away with funding through the Meet-A-VC program.

 

You can catch some really interesting speakers at SaaStr, such as Github COO Erica Brescia, Shopify CTO Jean-Michel Lemieux and Box CEO Aaron Levie.

 

There are a variety of tickets for the event available from between $1399 and $1495.37.

SaaStr Networking Opportunities

Dates: 10-12 March 2020

Location: San Jose, U.S.A

Website: https://www.saastrannual.com/

X4

X4, hosted by Qualtrics, is an experience management summit where visionaries gather to share their stories behind their product and branding successes.

 

Keynote speeches at X4 usually boast A-list names. This year Ellen DeGeneres and Michelle Obama will be speaking, while last year saw none other than President Barack Obama, Sir Richard Branson and Oprah Winfrey take to the stage.

 

There will also be some fantastic breakout sessions from speakers such as Uber’s Head of Research and Insights Ana Rocca, SVP Marketing – Head of Brand for Hulu Patrizio Spagnoletto and Google Apps’ Director of Product Design Chloe Gottleib.

 

After you’ve finished a busy day of networking and learning, there are plenty of ways to let your hair down, including watching rap battles and dance offs.

 

Tickets for the conference are now available from between $1399 and $1749.

X4 Audience with headsets

Dates: 10-13 March 2020

Location: Salt Lake City, U.S.A

Website: https://www.qualtrics.com/x4summit/

SXSW

SXSW, or South by Southwest, is comprised of a collection of festivals and conferences based around a wide variety of topics.

 

The main SXSW conference gives marketers an opportunity to network with their peers in a completely unique environment.

 

It’s the longest conference on this list, highlighting its extensive, diverse range of events and speakers.

 

You will have the chance to network with creatives and marketers in lots of different industries, opening new and exciting opportunities for your business.

 

Some of the speakers at the advertising and brand experience event will include Own Your Data Co-Founder Brittnay Kaiser, Manager of Advertising at Facebook Neha Bhargava and Creative Director of Hinge Molly Fedick.

 

A Platinum Badge, which gives you access to all events at SXSW currently costs $1350 on the conference site.

SXSW Conference Astronaut

Dates: 13-22 March 2020

Location: Austin, U.S.A

Website: https://www.sxsw.com/

Get Stacked

Get Stacked is a B2B Marketing Technology Conference that aims to inform B2B marketers about the technology they need to help them become successful and then stay at the top.

 

The Martech Awards 2020 will be handed out at the conference and the winners will showcase some of the most effective uses of marketing technology during the year.

 

Some of the speakers at last year’s event included Redgate CMO Ben Rees and TMF Director of Campaign Marketing Kate Duffy. Speakers for this year’s event will be announced soon, so watch this space.

 

The expertise on B2B martech on show at Get Stack really is second to none, so if that’s your niche, this is the conference that you’ll want to go to.

 

In addition to the valuable insights from speakers, there will also be highly-beneficial training and development programs at the conference.

At the moment, you can get a 1 day pass for £499 and a 2 day pass for £1098.

Get Stacked Audience View

Dates: 19 March 2020

Location: London, England

Website: http://b2bmarketing.get-stacked.net/

inOrbit20

As one of Europe’s top gatherings for digital, e-commerce and marketing experts, inOrbit is the perfect conference for topping up your network and your marketing knowledge.

 

Speakers at inOrbit20 will include Director of Content at Intercom John Collins, SEO Manager at IKEA Arnoldo Cabrera and CEO of Blitzmetrics Dennis Yu.

 

Situated on the idyllic Slovenian coastline, inOrbit20 will have over 800 attendees and 50+ speakers from all around the world.

 

The conference has continued to grow every year since its creation and this year promises to be bigger and better than ever.

 

There will be workshops that will cover areas such as Local SEO, Facebook Advertising, B2B Content Marketing and Digital Strategy.

 

Tickets are now on sale on the inOrbit20 website for €240, €340 and €790.

Dates: 19-20 March 2020

Location: Portorož, Slovenia

Website: https://www.inorbit.si/

Adobe Summit

The Adobe Summit in Las Vegas brings together “leaders in marketing automation, analytics, advertising and commerce.”

 

Speakers for 2020 haven’t been announced yet, but 2019 featured some great keynotes from Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, Best Buy CEO Hubert Joly and Drew Brees of the New Orleans Saints.

 

The Adobe Summit is essentially 2 conferences in 1, as it will also include Marketo’s former standalone event The Marketing Nation Summit.

 

Some of the topics that sessions at the Summit have covered in the past include Content and Asset Management, Analytics and Customer Journey, B2B Marketing and Account-Based Experiences and Digital Trends and Innovation.

 

A full conference pass is now available at an early bird rate of $1695, increasing to $1895 and then $2095.

Dates: 29 March-2 April 2020

Location: Las Vegas, U.S.A

Website: https://summit.adobe.com/na/

Traffic and Conversion Summit

Boasting over 10000 attendees, 80 speakers and 108 sessions, the Traffic and Conversion Summit weighs in as one of the world’s biggest marketing conferences.

 

It keeps pace with the ever-changing landscape of digital marketing, informing attendees exactly what they need to do to stay ahead of the game.

 

There will be marketers, business owners and entrepreneurs from all kinds of industries at the conference, so there will be ample opportunity to do some networking.

 

There are 7 tracks at the Traffic and Conversion Summit: Big Ideas, Agencies Only, Digital Retailers, Digital Advertisers, Content Marketers, Conversational Marketers and Growth Hackers.

 

No matter what your marketing niche is, you’ll find something for you at this event. You can get an All-Access Pass for $1295 and and a VIP Pass for $1995.

Traffic and Conversion Summit Audience

Dates: 31 March-2 April 2020

Location: San Diego, U.S.A

Website: https://trafficandconversionsummit.com/

Digital Sales and Marketing World

The Digital Sales and Marketing World is built for teams, so no matter if you’re a marketing, sales or leadership team, there will be lots to take away from this conference.

 

Marketing teams will learn about the latest strategies and tactics and advanced ways to create great content. They’ll even find out how to align their entire organisation around their marketing activities.

 

Day 1 will see role-specific summits that are catered for content managers, marketing strategists and videographers, while Day 2 has industry-specific summits for manufacturing, marketing, retail and financial services.

 

If you think you have what it takes to speak at the conference, then there’s great news for you. You can actually apply to speak at the event and potentially get your message across to 1000s of marketing professionals.

 

There is a Community Pass available for $399, an All-Access Pass for $799 and VIP Experience for $1099. These all be purchased on the Digital Sales and Marketing World website.

Digital Sales and Marketing World Hall

Dates: 5-7 April 2020

Location: Hartford, U.S.A

Website: https://www.digitalsalesandmarketingworld.com/

Conversion XL

Conversion XL is one of the best conferences there is for marketers who focus on optimization and experimentation.

 

Everyone who attends stays at the same resort that the conference is being held in for the entire weekend, so if battening down the hatches and learning new marketing tactics all weekend is your thing, then you’re in luck.

 

You will get a chance to network with some of the world’s best marketers in the optimization space and forge long-lasting relationships.

 

Speakers are hand-picked practitioners that offer lots of value to anyone listening to what they have to say. Some of the highlights from last year included Ronny Kohavi – Corporate Vice President, Analysis & Experimentation, Cloud & AI at Microsoft, Dave Gerhardt – VP Marketing at Drift and Casandra Campbell – Testing and Experimentation Lead at Shopify.

 

The conference also had a superb selection of expert workshops, including Google Analytics – Getting from Good to Great with Chris Mercer and A/B Testing Mastery with Ton Wesseling.

 

You can get a Conference Only pass for $1799 and a Conference + Workshops Day for $2799. All tickets include a 2 night hotel stay and meals.

Conversion XL Conference Hall

Dates: 5-7 April 2020

Location: Austin, U.S.A

Website: https://conversionxl.com/live/

MarTech Conference

The MarTech Conference is, as the name suggests, an event that’s all about marketing technology.

 

MarTech West takes places on 15-17 April in San Jose, while MarTech East takes place on 6-8 October in Boston.

 

The conference addresses marketing pain points and delves into how martech can be used to alleviate them.

 

Martech vendors will be present at the event, so you’ll have an opportunity to network with them and purchase the latest software.

 

Some of the exhibitors at the conference will include Alyce, Cvent, GetResponse, IBM, MindFire and Percolate.

 

You can register for a free expo pass, while tickets for more comprehensive packages are available from between $489 and $1595.

MarTech Audience Shot

Dates: 15-17 April 2020

Location: San Jose, U.S.A

Website: https://martechconf.com/

Brighton SEO

Twice yearly, some of the world’s best and brightest search marketers gather for Brighton SEO.

 

Industry leaders share their insight and experience with their audiences, providing lots of information you can use to take action.

 

As well as talks on search marketing, you can listen to speakers discuss content marketing and influencer marketing.

 

Some of the speakers will include Hamlet Batista of RankSense, Paul Wood of Indulge Media and Maret Reutelingsperger of Mobe Digital. All attendees will have the chance to pitch to speak at the conference too.

 

Some of the alternative networking opportunities will involve beach cleaning, yoga and pétanque.

 

There are thousands of free balloted tickets for the Friday of the conference available, while regular tickets go on sale for £150, £235 or £600.

Brighton SEO Audience Hall

Dates: 16-17 April 2020

Location: Brighton, England

Website: https://www.brightonseo.com/

ContentTech

At ContentTech, you will be shown how to best use technology to get the most out of content for your business.

 

They aim to help you “create, manage, deliver and scale your enterprise content and provide your customers with better digital experiences.”

 

There are 4 different tracks at the conference: Content Strategy, Core Content Concepts, Future of Content and Content Management and Measurement.

 

Each one is then sub-divided by the type of session (breakout, general and workshop) and the level of the audience (all, intermediate and advanced).

 

You can catch sessions based on building a content strategy, using AI to research content and automating email marketing like a pro.

 

You can get passes of varying degrees of access that range from $1099 to $2399.

ContentTech Speakers on Stage

Dates: 20-22 April 2020

Location: San Diego, U.S.A

Website: https://www.contenttechsummit.com/

B2B Online

Mix with some of the top minds in B2B marketing at the B2B Online conference. There will be over 900+ B2B leaders present who will be more than willing to share their expertise.

 

You will come away from B2B Online with actionable insights about how to grow your business and doing it fast.

 

Speakers at the event will include Dave Grimm – Global Head of Digital User Experience, Marketing & Ecommerce at Illumina, Abhishek Shastry – Director, Product Strategy at Dell and Karen Willand – Global Marketing Director at X-Rite.

 

The event is highly interactive, with lots of structured and unstructured networking activities that will take place over the 3 days.

 

A three day pass for manufacturers and distributors will cost $1299-1699, while a 3 day pass for solution providers will cost $3299.

B2B Online Conference Hall

Dates: 20-22 April 2020

Location: Chicago, U.S.A

Website: https://b2bmarketing.wbresearch.com/

TOPO Summit

The TOPO Summit in San Francisco will have over 2000 attendees, over 65 speakers and over 60 sessions.

 

It provides valuable insights for marketing and sales teams, which they can take action on in their own organisations.

 

There will be 6 tracks at the conference: Customer Experience, Account Based, Sales Development, Sales Effectiveness, Marketing Ops & Tech and Sales Ops $ Tech.

 

Past speakers at the event have included John Koo – VP, Corporate Marketing at Rubrik, Gemma Davies – Director, Global ABM Strategy and Julie Drimmel – VP Global Business Development at Oracle.

 

The workshops and sessions at the event will give you an inside look at what companies like Google, LinkedIn and Adobe are doing to grow their businesses.

 

Passes for the event range from $596.25 to $1395 and they are available now on the TOPO website.

TOPO Summit Conference Speech

Dates: 23-24 April 2020

Location: San Francisco, U.S.A

Website: https://summit.topohq.com/

May-June

SiriusDecisions Summit

The SiriusDecisions Summit regularly attracts a large community of sales, marketing and product innovators.

 

At the conference, you will find out about the latest data-driven best practices research and be the first to witness the unveiling of new innovations across the B2B space.

 

You will be able to learn about new technologies and services that can really make a difference for your business.

 

There will also be plenty of opportunities to network with some of your fellow attendees in a laid back and friendly environment.

 

Clients of SiriusDecisions can get tickets online for $2395, while non-clients can purchase them for $2495.

On stage at SiriusDecisions Marketing Summit

Dates: 3-6 May 2020

Location: Austin, U.S.A

Website: https://summit.siriusdecisions.com/

Programmatic I/O

If you have your eye on the future of digital marketing, then Programmatic I/O is a conference you won’t want to miss.

 

It takes place twice yearly, in San Francisco and New York, giving digital marketers on both sides of the U.S.A a chance to glimpse where the industry is going.

 

There will be almost 1500 marketing executives present at the conference, all of whom will be ready to make new connections and grow their business.

 

The content is up-to-date with the latest digital marketing trends and relevant for all kinds of niches.

 

The event is held by AdExchanger, a research and publishing provider for data driven marketers.

 

Early bird tickets can be purchased until the 14th of February 2020 and they are available for $1695 on the event website.

Dates: 11-12 May 2020

Location: San Francisco, U.S.A

Website: https://programmatic.io/

OMR Festival

The OMR Festival in Hamburg, Germany is one of Europe’s primary marketing conferences.

 

Digital marketing is the primary focus at the event and some of the speakers present will be some of the most knowledgeable in the industry.

 

There will Matt Lieber from Gimlet Media, Philipp Justus from Google, Bozoma Saint John from Endeavor and Andy Puddicombe from Headspace.

 

There will be a stage where 7000 people can watch CEOs and top decision speakers on the subject of digital marketing. In addition to that, there will be a deep dive stage, masterclasses, guided tours, side events and parties.

 

Some of the exhibitors at the event in the past have included big names such as Google, Facebook and Adobe.

 

All inclusive tickets give you access to the exclusive conference and a guaranteed spot in a masterclass of your choice. They can be purchased now for €499.

Dates: 12-13 May 2020

Location: Hamburg, Germany

Website: https://omr.com/festival2019/en/

Mirren Live

Over 400 agencies and over 60 speakers will gather in New York for a 2 day conference that focuses on agency growth.

 

Speakers at the conference will include Sir Martin Sorrell – Executive Chairman of S4 Capital, Sheila Morin – Senior Director of Cirque Du Soleil and Damian Slattery – Vice President of Fast Company.

 

Some of the world’s top companies will be discussing their strategic plans for the year and innovative tech firms and agencies will be showcasing their latest models.

 

The 6 tracks at the conference will be: The Models of Innovation, The New Competitive Set, Getting in the Door, Organic Revenue Growth, The Rise of Independent Agencies and New Business Operations.

 

Tickets for the 2019 conference all sold out, but 2020 tickets will be on sale very soon.

Stage at Mirren Live Conference

Dates: 14-15 May 2020

Location: New York, U.S.A

Website: https://mirrenlivenewyork.com/

SMX London

SMX is one of the world’s biggest marketing conference series, and the London edition promises to be packed with lots of great sessions on search marketing.

 

By attending this conference, you’ll know exactly what you should be doing and what you should be avoiding.

 

Whether you’re a beginner or a master, into SEO or SEM, there’s something at this conference for you.

 

Workshops will help attendees become more knowledgeable about Google Ads and show them how to best manage their search marketing efforts.

 

If you were lucky enough to attend the 2019 event, you would have been able to see speakers like Rachel Costello – Technical SEO and Content Manager at DeepCrawl and Mark Irvine – Senior Data Scientist at Wordstream.

 

You can register now on the SMX London website for conference passes between £395-1295.

SMX London Audience

Dates: 19-20 May 2020

Location: London, England

Website: https://marketinglandevents.com/smx/london/

Digital Marketing World Forum

Another London event, the Digital Marketing World Forum explores the future of digital marketing technology.

 

This is the global forum, but there are also events being held in Amsterdam, New York and Singapore throughout the year.

 

There will be a huge 300+ speakers at the conference, who will all be keen to share their insights on the latest digital marketing trends.

 

58% of attendees will be director level and above, meaning that you will get to meet lots of key decision makers in the digital marketing sphere.

 

The content tracks of the conference are Content, Influencer & Social Media Marketing, eCommerce UX & CX, Data & Disruptive Tech and Digital Transformation & Strategy.

 

You can get 1 day super early bird tickets for £299 and a 2 day pass for £595.

Stage at Digital Marketing World Forum

Dates: 28-29 May 2020

Location: London, England

Website: https://www.digitalmarketing-conference.com/

Gartner Marketing Symposium/Xpo

The Gartner Marketing Symposium/Xpo will consist of over 1600 marketing executives who are gathering to get insights on marketing strategy at the highest level.

 

It’s hosted by esteemed global research and advisory firm Gartner, who specialise in providing information and advice for companies in a variety of industries.

 

Attendees will get to look at the latest market research and have discussions with the experts behind it.

 

There will be over 100 sessions that will be based on the extensive research that will be on display.

 

Some of the Gartner experts that will be speaking include Christi Eubanks, Andrew Frank, Kate Muhl and Maureen Murphy.

 

Tickets for the Gartner Marketing Symposium/Xpo start at $3625, rising to $4075.

Dates: 1-3 June 2020

Location: San Diego, U.S.A

Website: https://www.gartner.com/en/conferences/na/marketing-symposium-us

GrowthHackers Conference

The GrowthHackers conference is a one day conference for marketers and entrepreneurs who are looking to “push the boundaries on growth and innovation.”

 

On the day you will have the opportunity to mingle with marketers from budding startups to large corporations.

 

Speakers will share first-hand knowledge about growing some of the world’s fastest growing companies from the ground up.

 

The conference will be held in the San Francisco Jazz Center, so you’ll also be treated to a fantastic display of music.

 

In just one day, you’ll get tons of actionable growth tactics that you can start working on right away.

 

Tickets for the GrowthHackers conference are available for between $513.62-2,120.42.

Stage at Growth Hackers Conference

Dates: 4 June 2020

Location: San Francisco, U.S.A

Website: https://www.growthhackersconference.com/

Fifteen Seconds Festival

6000 attendees will travel to Graz, Austria in June for what Fifteen Seconds Festival describes as “Europe’s leading anti-conference.”

 

It’s designed for curious minds who never want to stop learning and growing. There will be speakers from a variety of disciplines who will be speaking on a wide range of topics.

 

Some of those speakers will include Google’s UX Lead Hilal Koyuncu, GIPHY CTO Anthony Johnson, BBC Internet Technologist Ben Hammersley and Leadership and Politics Specialist at Harvard John Paul Rollert.

 

There will be a business area, an innovation area and a creative area at the event. All 3 areas are worth visiting for any marketer who attends.

 

Students can get tickets for the event for just €118, while regular tickets go on sale for €358 to €718.80.

Audience at Fifteen Seconds Festival

Dates: 4-5 June 2020

Location: Graz, Austria

Website: https://fifteenseconds.co/festival/

Search Love

Hosted by online marketing agency Distilled in Boston, U.S.A, Search Love brings together some of the world’s best marketers for two days of learning and networking.

 

Some of the speakers at Search Love will be Aja Frost from Hubspot, Kayla Walker from Emcee and Daniel Russell of Go Fish Digital.

 

You will get lots of great insights and actionable tips from top SEO experts who will be sharing their knowledge at the conference.

 

Former attendee and Head of Performance at Know It Morten Bergestad has said that Search Love was the “single most inspirational event” he has ever attended.

 

Some of the focus areas will be local SEO, technical content optimisation and the future of search marketing.

Dates: 7-8 June 2020

Location: Boston, U.S.A

Website: https://www.distilled.net/events/searchlove-boston/

SMX Advanced

SMX Advanced is a conference that’s specifically focused on search marketing training at an elite level.

 

If you’re planning to attend, it’s best you know your stuff before you go, as these sessions will skip the basics and get straight to the advanced strategies.

 

You will have the opportunity to network with some of the best minds in search marketing and the intensive sessions will help inform your future plans.

 

Some of the brands that will be attending SMX include Amazon, American Express, Comcast, Forbes, Microsoft and Philips.

 

Since everyone who attends will be an expert in their field, attendees can pitch to speak at the conference.

Podium at SMX Advanced

Dates: 8-10 June 2020

Location: Seattle, U.S.A

Website: https://marketinglandevents.com/smx/advanced/

DigiMarCon Midwest

If you’re looking for a way to get ahead in digital marketing, then DigiMarCon Midwest is worth checking out.

 

Some of the topics that will be discussed at this year’s event will be digital strategy, web experience management, social media marketing, content marketing and geo-targeting.

 

Speakers at the 2019 event included Christi Olson from Microsoft, Rand Fishkin from Moz and Loni Stark from Adobe.

 

This year will undoubtedly feature another collection of enlightening speakers who will talk about a wide range of subjects.

 

DigiMarCon is the world’s largest marketing conference series, with events in 15 cities across 10 countries.

 

You can get passes of varying access for DigiMarCon Midwest for $197, $397, $897 and $997.

Date: 17-18 June 2020

Location: Chicago, U.S.A

Website: https://digimarconmidwest.com/

Social Media: https://www.facebook.com/digimarcon/

VidCon

VidCon is a conference like no other on this list, because it’s primarily aimed at children and teenagers.

 

It’s a celebration of online videos that helps creators create better content, grow their channel, break into the industry and meet fellow creators.

 

There will be industry, community and creator tracks which will focus on different areas of online video.

 

Wednesday will feature festival performances and a welcome reception, Thursday will have meet & greets and community track panels, Friday will see expo halls and the creator track lounge and on Saturday there will be the VidCon prom.

 

Some of the featured creators at the event will be Matthew Patrick, the Merrell Twins, Rachel Ballinger, Brent Rivera and Ricky Dillon.

 

The 4 day industry track will cost $500, while the 4 day creator track pass comes in at $125. The 4 day community track is $90 and the 4 day chaperone will cost $80.

On stage at VidCon

Dates: 17-20 June 2020

Location: Anaheim, U.S.A

Website: https://vidcon.com/

Ignite

Ignite calls itself the “world’s biggest B2B marketing learning and networking experience”. While that’s a considerable claim, Ignite is certainly up there with some of the best conferences.

 

1500 marketers will be present in London on the 23rd of June to listen to some enlightening talks on B2B marketing.

 

There will be 83 speakers at Ignite across 66 sessions and 8 content streams.

 

These content streams will be strategy, martech, CX, insights, engagement, ABM, leadership and brand.

 

The conference was recommended by entrepreneur.com as one of their ‘Top 10 conferences to attend’ and Ignite was selected by marketinginsidergroup.com as one of the ‘Best Marketing Conferences of 2019’.

 

You can register your interest for Ignite as either a delegate or a speaker on the conference website.

Podium at Ignite Marketing Conference

Dates: 23 June 2020

Location: London, England

Website: http://b2bmarketing.b2b-ignite.net/

July-August

MozCon

MozCon, held by SEO kingpins Moz, is easily one of the best marketing conferences in the world.

 

The conference will take place over 3 days and it will extensively cover topics such SEO, conversion, optimisation and local search.

 

You’ll get to hear from knowledgeable speakers such as Andy Crestodina, Britney Muller, Casie Gillette, Dana DiTomaso and Dr. Pete Mayers. More speakers will be announced in the coming months.

 

You will get plenty of opportunities to network with other attendees at social events like the Monday night welcome party and the Partner Hub.

 

Tickets for MozCon are available for either $999 (Moz subscriber rate) or $1499.

Networking at MozCon

Dates: 6-8 July 2020

Location: Seattle, U.S.A

Website: https://moz.com/mozcon

Marketing Artificial Intelligence Conference

AI is still an under utilised ally in the workdays of many marketers, but the Marketing Artificial Intelligence Conference is hoping to change that.

 

The conference will show attendees how they can use AI to drive revenue growth, increase productivity and efficiency and generate greater ROI on marketing spend.

 

Afterwards, you will become far more adept at understanding what AI can offer and educating your team on it.

 

AI is often seen as highly complex, and in many cases that’s correct, but this conference does not require attendees to have a background in analytics, data science or programming to understand and apply what they learn.

 

Speakers at the 2019 included Angela Pham – UX Content Strategist at Facebook, Karen Hao – AI Reporter at MIT Technology Review and Paul Roetzer – Founder at the Marketing AI Institute.

 

The main conference pass costs $999 and the all access pass costs $1499.

Dates: 14-16 July 2020

Location: Cleveland, U.S.A

Website: https://www.marketingaiinstitute.com/events/marketing-artificial-intelligence-conference

Inbound

Inbound is a massive conference that’s held every year by marketing software giants Hubspot.

 

If there’s one organiser who knows a thing or two about marketing, it’s Hubspot, and their unparalleled level of expertise comes to the fore at Inbound.

 

Inbound is loaded with actionable information that you can take home with you and implement into your marketing strategy right away.

 

There will be over 26000 attendees at Inbound, making it one of the best places to meet like-minded marketers and foster new relationships.

 

Last year, there were over 250 sessions at the conference, and this year’s sessions promise to be just as enlightening.

 

There are community passes for $49, all-access passes for $599 or $799 and power passes for $1299.

Networking Hall at Inbound Marketing Conference

Dates: 18-21 August 2020

Location: Boston, U.S.A

Website: https://www.inbound.com/2020

September-October

Growth Marketing SUMMIT

The Growth Marketing Summit is one of Europe’s top marketing conferences and it focuses primarily on the subject of digital growth.

 

Marketers come together to share their knowledge on optimisation and search and discuss where digital marketing is headed.

 

A hand-picked line-up of world class speakers will reveal their secrets for effective optimisation at the conference.

 

These speakers will include Dan Arley, André Morys, Erin Weigl, Sandra Wu and Els Aerts.

 

There will be over 700 expert optimisers at the event from over 16 countries. To get your tickets, which are €119 for students, €719 for regular and €1959 for premium, visit the conference website.

Dates: 1 September 2020

Location: Frankfurt, Germany

Website: https://2020.growthmarketingsummit.com/en/

ASEAN Marketing Summit

The ASEAN Marketing Summit is a conference that brings together marketers from South East Asian to share insights, discover new ideas and build networks.

 

The main topic of the event will centre around the increasingly digital nature of consumers in Asia and how marketers can take advantage of the changes.

 

You will have the chance to listen to speakers like the Indonesian Minister for Tourism Arief Yahya, MarkPlus CEO Iwan Setiawan and Founder & Managing Director of GML Group Thailand Monica Singh.

 

The conference will be held in the luxurious Ballroom of the Ritz Carlton Pacific Place in Jakarta, Indonesia.

The prices of tickets for the conference range from between IDR 1,650,000 and IDR 5,500,000.

Dates: 5 September 2020

Location: Jakarta, Indonesia

Website: http://aseanmarketingsummit.com/

DMEXCO

All things digital marketing will be covered in extensive detail at the Digital Marketing Expo and Conference (DMEXCO) in Cologne, Germany.

 

There are over 40,000 visitors and 977 exhibitors from all over the world at this event, and you can join them too. You can easily apply to become a speaker or an exhibitor on the DMEXCO website.

 

The congress stage at the event has the capacity for 1600 people and it will host a range of interesting speakers.

 

There will also be a debate stage, an experience stage, seminars, work labs, a demo arena and future park.

 

If you want to find out about the latest digital marketing trends as early as possible, DMEXCO is the place to be.

 

Tickets are not yet on sale, but you can register for the DMEXCO newsletter and you’ll know the minute they are on sale.

DMEXCO World of Agencies Hall

Dates: 23-24 September 2020

Location: Cologne, Germany

Website: https://dmexco.com/expo/

Technology for Marketing

The future of marketing will revolve more and more around technology that can make it more efficient and effective.

 

That’s why the Technology for Marketing conference in London, England is such an important one to attend.

 

At the conference you will get lots of actionable marketing insights that are backed up by data.

 

Last years speakers at the conference included tech and marketing luminaries such as Tom Goodwin from Zenith, Mel Carson from Delightful Communications and Eleni Sarla from Target Group.

 

Exhibitors can apply to showcase their services at this event and you can register your interest for tickets on the Technology for Marketing website.

Technology for Marketing Conference Speaker

Dates: 30 September- 1 October 2020

Location: London, England

Website: https://www.technologyformarketing.co.uk/

FinCon

FinCon is a unique marketing conference that’s tailor made for financial influencers and brands.

 

According to their site, FinCon helps attendees, “create better content, reach their audience and make more money.”

 

Some of the speakers at FinCon19 included New York Times Best Selling Author Ramit Sethi, CNBC Senior Personal Finance Correspondent Sharon Epperson and Finance Expert Catherine Alford.

 

Registration for FinCon20 opens in early 2020 and it’s bound to be just as value-packed as 2019’s conference.

 

Dates: 30 September- 3 October 2020

Location: Long Beach, U.S.A

Website: https://finconexpo.com/fincon2020/

Festival of Marketing

Join your fellow marketers to learn about where the industry is headed at London’s Festival of Marketing.

 

The headliners at the 2019 included Tesco CEO Dave Lewis, TV Presenter Davina McCall and IAB’s CMO James Chandler.

 

The festival focuses on brand marketing and blends together inspirational sessions and practical application.

 

There are 12 different stages at the conference, which will each hone in on different areas in marketing, including using data, personalisation, influencer marketing and customer experience.

 

Passes for the Festival of Marketing are available now from £495 to £1995.

Dates: 7-8 October 2020

Location: London, England

Website: https://www.festivalofmarketing.com/

Reach

Held for the first time in 2019, Reach is a new conference that’s hosted by peer-to-peer review site G2.

 

One executive who attended the maiden conference said it was the “sexiest conference” they’d ever attended.

 

There were over 500 attendees and 14 sessions at the conference, and 2020 promises to be even bigger. The event will move to the Navy Pier in Chicago and will have room for 2500 people.

 

G2 created an innovative open stage area which ensured that all audience members were close to the speaker.

 

Reach’s goals was to ensure that attendees walked away with tactical strategies that helped them connect better with their customers.

 

Tickets are not yet available, but you can subscribe to Reach’s newsletter on their website.

Ryan from G2 at Reach

Dates: 7-8 October 2020

Location: Chicago, U.S.A

Website: https://reach.g2.com/

Content Marketing World

Content Marketing World will have over 125 sessions and workshops that will feature some of the world’s top brand and content marketers.

 

There will be over 4000 marketers from 60 different countries going to Cleveland for the event, giving you a wealth of networking opportunities.

 

There are a variety of tracks that are custom made for covering every aspect of content marketing in minute detail.

 

Some of the speakers who were at the 2019 conference were Actor and Writer Henry Rollins, Writer Mindy Kaling and Find the Red Thread CEO Tamsin Webster.

 

There are no tickets available for Content Marketing World at the moment, but you can subscribe and get notified on their website.

Dates: 13-16 October 2020

Location: Cleveland, U.S.A

Website: https://www.contentmarketingworld.com/

November-December

MarketingProfs B2B Forum

MarketingProfs B2B Forum is a gathering place for leaders and innovators who want to learn about the latest trends in B2B marketing.

 

Some of the topics that were discussed at the 2019 conference were how to get people talking positively about your company on social media, successfully bringing your products to market and winning Google’s featured snippets.

 

Speakers included Jay Baer of Convince and Convert, Author Neen James and Kara Swisher of Code Conference.

 

Networking opportunities included profs-chella, B2B block party and B2B after dark.

 

Registration for the event opens very soon, so keep your eyes peeled for discounted offers on tickets.

MarketingProfs B2B Forum people

Dates: 3-6 November 2020

Location: San Francisco, U.S.A

Website: http://mpb2b.marketingprofs.com/

Dreamforce

Hosted by SaaS pioneers Salesforce, Dreamforce is generally regarded as one of the biggest conferences in the world.

 

Some of the trails at Dreamforce 19 were based on customers, success, integration, productivity, collaboration and philanthropy.

 

Dreamforce regularly has a superb list of speakers, and 2019 was no different. Taking to the stage were former president Barack Obama, Apple CEO Tim Cook, Actor Emilia Clarke and Gucci CEO Marco Bizzarri.

 

Dreamforce has marketing at its heart, but there’s so much more to sink your teeth into at the conference that it’s worth attending no matter what industry you work in.

 

The 2019 event sold out quickly, so be sure to look out for when tickets for Dreamforce 2020 go on sale.

Dreamforce Audience Smiling

Dates: 9-12 November 2020

Location: San Francisco, U.S.A

Website: https://www.salesforce.com/dreamforce/

Onward20

After the success of Onward19, the 2020 event promises to be a conference that you won’t want to miss out on.

 

Keynote speakers at the conference included Earvin ‘Magic’ Johnson, Seth Meyers, Howard Lerman and Seth Godin.

 

There were 28 breakout sessions, over 100 speakers and over 1200 attendees at the event.

 

Onward20 will focus on the future of search marketing, showing attendees how they can become involved in the changes taking place.

 

Sign up for updates on the Onward20 website to receive more information about ticket sales.

Dates: 16-18 November 2020

Location: New York, U.S.A

Website: http://onward20.com/

The final decision - which conference will you attend?

Now that you’ve read about the 50 best marketing conferences that are taking place in 2020, it’s time to decide which one you want to go to.

 

Some conferences are tailor-made for specific areas of marketing, while others are broader and have a wider sphere of content.

 

Each conference really does have lots to offer and they will all give you something to take away from the experience.

 

So if your boss is dragging their heels on letting you attend, use what you’ve learned here to change their mind!

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