Which Conferences are Worth Your Time and Money? We Make It Easy to Choose.
There are still some good conferences taking place to end 2019, but if these last few weeks of 2019 go as fast as the rest of the year did, you’ll have to act fast. Coming into the new year, 2020 offers a bevy of digital marketing conferences focused on digital, content and search. With a broad range of host cities, ticket prices, speakers and overall content, it may be hard to choose which conference is the right pick for you, your budget, your company and your travel abilities.
We’ll give you all the info on thirteen of our favorite conferences, including an overview to help you determine which will provide you the most value, development and fun.
Our Top 13 Digital Marketing Conference Picks
Date: November 13-14, 2019
Location: Raleigh, NC
Ticket Prices: Premium passes are on sale for $545, but hurry! The pricing expires tomorrow night (11/1/19). Details.
A spinoff of Digital Summit (see below), 2019’s Internet Summit speakers include Reshma Saujani of Girls Who Code, Beverly Jackson of MGM Resorts International, Rand Fishkin of SparkToro and more. The sessions will cover everything from email and social to brand storytelling, mobile, UX, analytics and beyond. An affordable option on this list, Internet Summit provides continued learning with access to speaker slides and recordings after the conference and keeps things lively with open bars, swag, concierges, giveaways, meet and greets and straight-up parties.
Date: February 19-20, 2020
Location: San Jose, CA
Ticket Prices: Ticket types range in price, if bought on-site, from $1,197 for the Bootcamp to $2,997 for an All Access + Workshops ticket. Super Early Bird, Early Bird and Last Chance discounts set the Bootcamp range to $399-699 and $2,297-2,797 for the All Access + Workshops. Groups of three or more can also inquire about discounts of 10% or more. Details.
Put on by Search Engine Land and “obsessed with SEO & SEM,” SMX West, or Search Marketing Expo West, attracts marketers with tactics and workshops spread throughout two days in San Jose, CA, at the San Jose McEntry Convention Center. Promising 100% unbiased content, because it’s organized by Search Engine Land, a prominent industry publication, the event isn’t focused on a certain company’s products.
Instead, the event gathers the best insights and tools from speakers and organizers held to elevated standards, covering everything you need to know in search marketing. Solo sessions, panels, roundtables, clinics, Q&As and more unfold in an amenity-rich environment featuring free wifi, full breakfasts and lunches, and scheduled breaks to refuel and recharge.
Date: March 24-25, 2020
Location: Phoenix, AZ
Ticket Prices: Ticket options range from the $245 Conference Pass including just the main conference, all the way up to the $995 Platinum Pass which adds workshops, lunch, Masterclasses, post-event content, VIP lounge access and exclusive opportunities to meet keynote speakers. Group discounts available. Details.
A great place to network with the growing digital community in the Phoenix area, Digital Summit: Phoenix includes nearly 50 digital marketing presentations at a supremely affordable price. In 2019, notable speakers included Scott Dikkers of The Onion, Liza Dunning of Airbnb, Tim Degner of Nike, Noelle LaCharite of Microsoft in addition to others from companies such as Adidas, Time, Southwest Airlines, Cisco and more. Open bars, swag, concierges, meet and greets, giveaways and other exciting elements bring the fun, along with downloadable speaker presentations and recordings (included with your ticket) let you bring home the expertise to use after the conference.
Digital Summit holds numerous conferences throughout the year and the country. If the beautiful Phoenix weather in March doesn’t work with your calendar, check out others in major U.S. cities.
Date: March 24-26, 2020
Location: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Ticket Prices: Early-bird prices range from $599 for a Masters Group Workshops pass to $849 for a Platinum All Access Pass. Prices increase incrementally until the conference date, so last-minute Platinum All Access Passes will cost $1,299 the month leading up to show time. Details.
Held at the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention Center, Pubcon Florida — ”your marketing spring break” — partners with the South Florida Interactive Marketing Association to offer a comprehensive dive into search marketing and optimization from SEO to social media. Masters Workshops (this year focusing on social media campaigns, organic traffic optimization, PPC, content marketing and social ads), expert presentations, networking opportunities, a packed exhibition hall and nightly events keep attendees engaged sunrise to sunset. Past speakers have included thought leaders from Google, Lenovo, Wall Street Journal, Facebook, Adidas, Ford Motor Company, Amnesty International, Turner Broadcasting, Microsoft and a diverse mix of marketing agencies; expect a similar lineup in 2020!
Advanced Search Summit Napa
Date: April 22-24, 2020
Location: Napa, CA
Ticket Prices: Grab a Super Early Bird VIP Pass for $1249 including entry to the event and the Saturday Wine Experience or a Super Early Bird General Admission for $999. Next level of early bird prices go into effect November 30. If you’re just looking for networking opportunities and some fine varietals, a Social Pass is available for $349, which includes networking at the cocktail hour held at Vista Collina and then dinner at Castello Di Amorosa. Details.
Hosting SEO professionals, digital marketers, social media gurus, executives and large brands in the gorgeous hills of Napa, CA, Advanced Search Summit Napa explores the world of search marketing while showcasing the culture of the region with an available Wine Experience. Combined with the available Social Pass for a plus-one, and this conference starts to really feel like a vacation. Yet, the conference brings top talent, too, with past speakers including individuals from Disney, Intellifluence, Bing, Home Depot, Google and more. You’ll also enjoy stylish hotel digs during the conference with room discounts available.
Date: May 7-8, 2020
Location: New York, NY
Ticket Prices: Tickets haven’t gone on sale just yet, but you can keep checking back here!
Last year, the event was held at the Astor Ballroom within the New York Marriott Marquis (in Times Square!) and with Welcome Reception at the B.B. King Blues Club, DigiMarCon East hosts energetic and innovative speakers throughout two days of digital marketing immersion. Another conference-meets-vacation in the bustling Big Apple (attractions abound), this conference runs the gamut from digital strategy to video marketing, data science to geo-targeting, growth hacking to SEO and beyond. Large brands such as Airbnb, Disney, eBay, Harley-Davidson, Facebook, Starbucks, Samsung and more will be in attendance. Speakers from Outgrow, Herbalife Nutrition, Video Pop, Wyndham Worldwide/RCI and others share the latest insights and big ideas in digital marketing.
Other iterations of the event include DigiMarCon West, Midwest, Cruise, Canada, South, Australia, Europe, Asia Pacific, Middle East, Africa and World.
Date: May 17-20, 2020
Location: Minneapolis, MN
Ticket Prices: Early-bird discounts (through April 24) knock up to $500 off of standard prices. Full-price rates are $1,295 for a One-Day Pass: Intro to Content Strategy (May 17) or Intensive Workshops (May 18), $1,795 for a Two-Day Pass to the Main Conference, $2,195 for a Three-Day Pass to the conference and Intensive Workshops, and $2,695 for a Four-Day All Access Pass. Rooms at the Hyatt Regency are available for a special block rate of $189 per night. Details.
Organized by Brain Traffic, Confab has a strong focus on content strategy and marketing, inviting guests ranging from content strategists to UX designers and beyond to the Hyatt Regency in downtown Minneapolis. Some topics covered include analytics and performance, hiring and staff management, editorial assignments and calendars and everything else you need to be a skilled and valuable content marketer. Beth Dunn of HubSpot, Tracy Playle of Pickle Jar Communications, Andy Welfle of Adobe and Rebekah Baggs of ONWARD are on the list of speakers for this year. With more to be announced. Stay up to date here!
Date: July 6-8, 2020
Location: Seattle, WA
Ticket Prices: Moz subscribers can pick up tickets for $799, while everyone else can nab General Admission tickets for $1,299. Act fast, before the early-bird deals expire and prices go up. Details.
It’s a high-energy experience, one not soon forgotten. You’ll network with like-minded individuals and movers and shakers in the industry while learning about SEO, mobile, growth, analytics, content and beyond. This exciting event takes place at The Washington State Convention Center situated on the iconic Pike Street, less than a mile from Pike Place Market. The breakdown of 2020’s speakers provides a window into what should be an awesome conference. Including a strong lineup of savvy digital marketers, founders, CEOs and more these will be can’t-miss presentations. Combined with swag, evening networking sessions, meals and more, you’ll find plenty to learn at MozCon and have all the videos and slide decks available online to share with your team back home.
Date: August 18-21, 2020
Location: Boston, MA
There offer a few different pass options, but the most popular is the all-access 4-day pass that’s $799 through January 15, 2020. After that, pricing goes up to $1,699. Register here.
Hosted by HubSpot, INBOUND is another high-caliber conference approaching that party-feel with nearly 25,000 guests from more than 100 countries. It’s also got innovative discussions and presentations relating to inbound digital marketing, helping attendees get the most out of growth tactics. Past speakers have included Michelle Obama, Issa Rae and Deepak Chopra, with entertainment from the likes of Trevor Noah and Tiffany Haddish. Immersive environments, Instagrammable vignettes and the Inbound Studio — a media platform for interviews, videos and curated content — add even more reasons to attend.
Date: September 15 – 16, 2020
Location: Las Vegas, NV
The earlier you register, the better your pricing on Brand ManageCamp. Last year if you registered before March 29, tickets were $1,795, a savings of $900. This We’re still waiting for registration to open up for 2020, you can pop on their site and sign up for emails.
Hosted by ManageCamp, Inc., Brand ManageCamp strives to deliver world-class learning experiences informed by the company’s expertise in brand and strategy consulting. Two days in Vegas brings speakers covering every aspect of digital marketing and branding from technology and user behavior to leadership and time management. The 2019 agenda included a cocktail reception at the end of Day 1 celebrates the invigorating experience held at Caesars Palace Hotel & Casino — we’ll see soon what surprises they have planned for 2020. A great choice for those seeking a comprehensive marketing conference that goes beyond the digital experience with a distinct focus on branding, Brand ManageCamp lives up to its motto: “Inspire, Educate. Energize. Repeat.”
Call to Action Conference
Date: September 29 – October 1, 2020 (excuse the 2019 logo above!)
Location: Vancouver, BC
Ticket Prices: Currently, you can purchase two tickets for $600 ($300/each). Details.
From Unbounce comes Call to Action Conference, devoted to content marketing and, you guessed it, calls to action. You can check out videos of 2019’s speakers and even see the slide decks here to get a taste of what’s to come, and decide if this is the conference for you.
Unbounce, headquartered in Canada, brings guests to its home turf in Vancouver, a city worth visiting all on its own and a growing hub of a digital business of all kinds, from marketing to visual effects. This conference’s affordable price (although travel to Canada may be costly; make sure to have your passport up-to-date, too) and world-class location make this a conference not to miss, with plenty to enrich your mind within and outside of the conference.
Date: October 7-8, 2020
Location: Chicago, IL
Focus: Software Sales & Marketing
Last year, general admission tickets were $199. Keep checking back for updates on 2020 ticket pricing!
G2 will be hosting their Reach conference at Navy Pier in Chicago. At last year’s conference they had some incredible speakers including Neil Patel, Steve Galanis of Cameo, Meghan Keaney Anderson of Hubspot, Eric Yuan of Zoom and Ryan Bonnici of G2.
The focus is turning software marketing on its head, not only in a public-facing arena, but from inside your organization as well. Be sure to stick around after the event for cocktails and networking to meet like-minded professionals eager to make waves in the industry.
We’re looking forward to seeing how this one grows!
Content Marketing World
Date: October 13 – 16, 2020
Location: Cleveland, OH
Registration will open up in December. See 2019 pricing to get a general idea and check back for updates. Details.
Billed as “the largest content marketing event,” Content Marketing World 2020 at the Huntington Convention Center of Cleveland is a content marketer’s dream. More than 100 sessions on relevant topics from thought leaders, networking opportunities and presentations educate and inform, while fun happenings such as yoga, arcade games, evening entertainment and happy hours make for a fun and memorable experience alongside coworkers and new contacts. In past years, Content Marketing World has attracted top-talent speakers from companies such as Google Health Systems, Adobe, LinkedIn, Constant Contact, REI, Twitch, The New York Times, Salesforce and many, many more. After the Content Marketing Institute-organized conference, post-show videos are available for purchase online.
And There You Have It!
Thirteen conferences worth your time and money. If you’re attending one, let’s us know! We’d love to meet you there.