Click on the monthly grids to view the Google Sheet for the most up-to-date listings.
The one thing that is constant about the internet and digital marketing is that it is constantly changing. 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 2018 calendar, I’ve searched the internet and have found this super comprehensive list from MarketingTerms.com. 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!
JANUARY 2018 – top pick
Highlights of Affiliate Summit West
Let’s head to Vegas to kick off the year. During January 7-9, 2018, more than 6,000 digital marketers will gather in Las Vegas for the performance marketing industry’s premier global event, Affiliate Summit West 2018. These high-level decision makers are comprised of online publishers, bloggers, media owners, traffic sources, advertisers, global brands, networks, technology firms, agencies, and other solution providers.
Full Schedule of Marketing Conferences for January
FEBRUARY 2018 – top pick
Highlights of Social Media Marketing World 2018
Join 5,000 fellow marketers and creators at the mega-conference designed to empower you with business-building ideas—brought to you by Social Media Examiner.
Social Media Marketing World is the place where you’ll find the best insider secrets, the latest developments, tools that will help you grow your business, and where you’ll become a social marketing master.
Besides, what’s not to love about gorgeous San Diego in February!? And…I’m thrilled ot share that I decided to make the investment and will be attending #SMMW18 for the first time this year!
Full Schedule of Marketing Conferences for February
MARCH 2018 – top pick
Highlights of SXSW 2018
Okay, I’m a bit biased here because I lived in ATX for many years and attended several “South Bys”, I would be remiss if I did not recommend this one. South By Southwest dedicates itself to helping creative people achieve their goals. Founded in 1987 in Austin, Texas, SXSW is best known for its conference and festivals that celebrate the convergence of the interactive, film, and music industries. The 2007 South By Southwest (@sxsw) Interactive conference saw a huge explosion of Twitter usage. More than 60,000 Tweets were sent per day at the event. The rest is history.
Full Schedule of Marketing Conferences for March
APRIL 2018 – top pick
Highlights of Social Media Week NYC
I’ve attended previous SMWNYC’s and so this is my pick for April. It also helps that I live in NYC! This year, Social Media Week New York (#SMWNYC) celebrates its 10th annual conference in 2018. To mark the occasion, organizers Crowdcentric Media are launching a new global edition of the conference which will now take place in New York City during the week of April 24-27 (The event was previously held in February).
Full Schedule of Marketing Conferences for April
MAY 2018 – top pick
Highlights of Content Marketing Conference
Content Marketing Conference (CMC) sold out last year, delivering a remarkable “superpower” experience that shook the content marketing ground for all 400+ attendees. CMC will continue its focus on the latest tactics and techniques to grow your business organically— the content marketing way. And this year’s theme invites a deeper understanding of the art of content creation, and the science of marketing performance. There will also be hard-core tactical sessions, deep-dive workshops, and first-class entertainment (Comedy Marketing Conference) and venues that inspire networking in mysterious ways.
Full Schedule of Marketing Conferences for May
JUNE 2018 – top pick
Highlights of DigiMarCon
If you want to be successful in digital marketing, you can’t miss DigiMarCon Midwest 2018! This conference showcases the most audacious and thought-provoking speakers in the digital marketing industry, providing attendees with emerging strategies, the latest innovative technologies, best practices, and insights from successful digital marketing campaigns. Whether it’s building customer loyalty, increasing sales, improving lead generation, or driving greater consumer engagement, the DigiMarCon Midwest 2018 program has been specifically designed to help attendees develop their audience. Attendees will learn how to build traffic, create brand awareness, improve customer service and develop better use of digital tools internally to drive more productive business outcomes.
Full Schedule of Marketing Conferences for June
JULY 2018 – top pick
Highlights of MozCon
MozCon is a must-attend digital marketing conference if you are looking for exceptional speakers and actionable tactics. Over three days, attendees participate in one track of forward-thinking sessions centering on SEO, brand development, CRO, mobile, analytics, customer experience, social, content marketing, and more.
Full Schedule of Marketing Conferences for July
AUGUST 2018 – top pick
Highlights of Digital Summit
Digital Summit is a series of conferences that will be held in 18 cities around the USA during 2018. I picked this conference because I’ve never been and because there are several cities (Boston, Minneapolis, Tampa and DC) to choose from this month. As an attendee, I’m excited to join hundreds of Digital executives, senior marketers, entrepreneurs, web strategists, bloggers, and investors at this Digital Summit Series for expert content on opportunities and trends created by the latest in web innovation. And Ann Handley might be here too!
Full Schedule of Marketing Conferences for August
SEPTEMBER 2018 – top picks (it’s a tie)
There are two must-see conferences planned on the same exact dates for September. The trusted coin-toss will have to reveal the one I choose. How about you – how will you decide?
Highlights of Content Marketing World
An event that draws “the best and the brightest in the content marketing industry,” Content Marketing World 2018 is the largest content event. Attendees will leave with a solid strategy that positions them to implement a plan for growing your business and connecting with your audience in new and innovative ways. Experience more than 120 sessions and workshops with leading brand marketers from around the globe and get new ideas for strategy, integration, measurement, and more.
Highlights of Inbound2018 (from Hubspot)
INBOUND’s purpose is to provide the inspiration, education, and connections you need to grow and transform your business. In September 2018, the conference will host thousands of professionals from almost every industry imaginable and from all corners of the globe at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center.
Through inspiring keynotes, innovative talks, educational breakouts, hands-on lessons, and tons of networking, you will learn how the INBOUND experience, and especially our content, is truly remarkable.
Full Schedule of Marketing Conferences for September
OCTOBER 2018 – top pick
Highlights of Seattle Interactive 2018
Seattle Interactive spotlights disruptive ideas and emerging technology. Cutting-edge businesses and cultural beacons from around the world attend SIC to share their work and build critical connections. SIC features keynote speakers, master classes and dynamic networking events. Content covers marketing, strategic development, media, communications, UX/UI, design and culture.
Full Schedule of Marketing Conferences for October
NOVEMBER 2018 – top pick
Highlights of B2B 2018 Marketing Forum
B2B Marketing Forum (from the folks that bring us Marketing Profs) is more than just a quirky (not-so-little) conference. It’s the place where the leaders, the innovators, the people who make things happen, gather to learn about the latest in B2B marketing, fill their knowledge gaps, and share the secrets to their success. This is the first time the event will be on the West Coast. Besides, I love any event featuring Ann Handley, undoubtedly the world’s first Chief Content Officer!
Full Schedule of Marketing Conferences for November
With only one conference on the schedule, it’s too soon to have a top pick. Stay tuned!
Full Schedule of Marketing Conferences for December
The most recent conference schedule updates are available here.
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