2020 Best Conferences for Marketing Professionals

The best way to stay on the leading edge is to learn from peers and experts. Attending conferences and tradeshows offers the forum to do just that.

To help you find just the right conferences that fit your 2020 calendar, I found this super-comprehensive list from MarketingTerms.com (which I used as a base and embellished it with some additional conferences for this list). Visit their website for the most recent updates.

In addition, I’ve listed some other sources at the end of this article. Highlighted ahead of each month are my top pick of the month.

Feel free to share your top picks as well. Click on any of the grids below and it will take you to the Google Sheet with the most current listings.

Look forward to seeing you at one or more of these conferences in the coming year!

Click on the monthly grids to view the Google Sheet for up to date changes.


If your SEO strategy looks the same as it did a few years ago, then it’s time for a reboot. Take your organization’s SEO results to the next level by furthering your knowledge on the latest tactics, strategies and trends that will move your website up the list of search results. This intermediate level, two-day deep-dive training will cover case studies, best practices and hands-on exercises designed to help you gain momentum around ranking, clicks, traffic and conversions. You’ll leave with new insights and an actionable 6-12 month plan customized to your organization.


#B2BMX is the must-attend event for B2B sales or marketing practitioners at the forefront of implementing cutting edge tactics and technologies. #B2BMX brings together six tracks for over 100 sessions covering topics such as ABM, Content, Demand Gen, Digital Strategy, Channel Marketing, and Sales Enablement.

MARCH 2020

Social Media Marketing World 2020 takes place in beautiful San Diego, California from Sunday, March 1 to Tuesday, March 3, 2020—at the San Diego Convention Center.

Why Attend?

Improve your marketing know-how as pros train you in 16 topical tracks, including Facebook ads strategy, Instagram marketing, content marketing, video marketing, analytics, local business marketing, and much more.

Rather than guessing what you should or shouldn’t do with your marketing—which can slow you down and mean lost opportunities—you’ll be able to fast-track your marketing success and focus on hitting your big goals in 2020. You’ll discover cutting edge techniques that work from marketers who’ve gone before you and who have achieved proven results.

APRIL 2020

The Midwest Digital Marketing Conference is the largest digital marketing conference in the Midwest.

  • Rated a Top Marketing Conference to Check Out in 2019 by Forbes.
  • In 2019, we set attendance records with nearly 2,000 marketers.
  • The 2020 conference will feature over 100 speakers including Google, LinkedIn, GoDaddy, Johnson & Johnson, Adobe, Purina and more.
  • Choose from over 80 sessions across nine tracks: Data, Digital, Social Media, Creative, E-commerce, Innovation, Academic, Tech and Entrepreneurship.
  • Take a deep dive into a specific digital marketing topic in one or more of our 9 intensive workshops.

MAY 2020

Why does Confab sell out every year? See for yourself in 2020. From UX to storytelling, accessibility to structure, Confab brings together those who are committed to making content more useful and usable. Come find your people at Confab.

JUNE 2020

DigiMarCon West 2020 Digital Marketing Conference & Exhibition will take place June 10th to 11th, 2020 at the luxurious Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel in Los Angeles, California.

It’s the one digital marketing event you can’t afford to miss! Whether your goal is to reinforce customer loyalty, improve lead generation, increase sales, or drive stronger consumer engagement, DigiMarCon West 2020’s agenda will help attendees enhance their marketing efforts. Sessions will focus on building traffic, expanding brand awareness, improving customer service and gaining insight into today’s latest digital tools.

JULY 2020

MozCon is a three-day, one-track journey into the deepest realms of search marketing. Connect with an incredible community of experts and uncover tactical advice from industry-leading practitioners in the vast world of SEO, mobile, conversion optimization, local search, and more. Plus: free swag, fist bumps, and Roger hugs don’t hurt either.


INBOUND is an annual experience uniting super curious, question-asking professionals with big-name and break-out industry thinkers, high-octane events, and boundless education sessions.

250+ speakers are reshaping the future and will help you pump change-fueled adrenaline into everything you touch. The comedy shows and happy hours whisk away the always-on, daily grind of regular work life. Interactive forums build community.

These four August days are for you—the product manager, the creative marketer, the start-up founder. Those who want more than the cookie-cutter learning and development noise and who yearn for an explosion of positive energy, sharing, and clear, empowered ways to move forward at work.

Step into INBOUND. Get out of your everyday. Learn. Connect. Then return to work with your fire stoked and reignited.


Connect to Convert is where marketing mavens meet business development professionals. Whether you’re looking for a best practice martech solution, best practices for leveraging customer data or to build your network, our session rooms, and exhibit floor is the place to be. Attendees range from C-Suite level executives to managers, all of who are focused on modern marketing to build out leads and retain them.


This is the one event where you can learn from the best in the content marketing community and spend four days with our #CMWorld community. Return back to your company with materials and knowledge you need to take a content marketing strategy back to your team and to implement a content marketing plan that will grow your business and inspire your audience.

Over 125 sessions and workshops presented by the leading brand marketers and experts from around the world are customized to you, our attendees. We have tracks covering every aspect of content marketing so your agenda can be built for YOU.


MarketingProfs B2B Forum is more than just a quirky (not-so-little) conference. It’s 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. (Plus, creative networking, shenanigans, and marketers-after-dark antics.) With approximately 1,000 attendees, it’s still intimate enough that you’ll surely see some of your favorite marketing pals, but big enough that you’ll find more than enough smarts to help you go the distance.


An Event Apart San Francisco is a three-day conference with 17 sessions and an intense focus on digital design, UX, content, code, and more, giving you deep insights into where we are now and where things are going next.





Judi Radice Hays is a Digital Marketing Strategist and published Author with three decades of experience working with Ad Agencies, Fortune 500 Companies, and membership-based Trade Industry Associations. Through her strategic guidance and pinpoint targeting approach, her clients develop a clear voice in their social media outreach, become thought leaders in their industry, and engage and convert their audiences. How can you improve your online presence? Direct message me to schedule a virtual coffee.