Something we look forward to most as digital marketers is the ability to connect with other pros in the industry, hear new ideas, learn tips and insights, and see where the industry is headed. Digital marketing conferences around the country and beyond are the perfect way to stay connected and advance your career by expanding your knowledge.
Which Conferences are Worth Your Time and Money — and Which are Still Happening in Light of COVID-19? Here’s the Scoop
With the outbreak of COVID-19, many of 2020’s digital marketing conferences are going virtual to ensure attendee safety. You can still learn and connect online, from the comfort of your own home.
Some that are scheduled for later in the year still have plans for in-person meetups as organizers monitor coronavirus developments. Check out these 14 conferences for the rest of 2020 to mark on your calendar.
14 of the Best Digital Marketing Conferences in 2020 Still Happening During COVID-19
Date: May 18-20, 2020
Ticket prices: $995 – 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 their virtual conference. 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. Stay up to date here.
Digital Growth Unleashed
Date: June 1-3, 2020
Focus: Digital, SEO and conversion rate optimization
Ticket prices: Tickets range from $397 for a half-day workshop to $1,280 for a 2-day conference ticket, 1 workshop, plus recordings. Details.
Digital Growth Unleashed teaches attendees how to attract the optimal audience, align business models with user experience and boost the value of client relationships. More than 20 digital marketing experts from around the world share their knowledge. Speakers at the 2020 virtual conference include Jill Grozalsky of Sitecore, Hazjier Pourkhalkhali of Optimizely and Josh Blankenship of TopSpot.
Date: June 2, 2020
Focus: SEO, digital, content marketing
Ticket prices: Free – register here.
The SEJ eSummit is a free virtual conference covering strategies and topics related to SEO, content marketing, social media and pay-per-click advertising. The conference also provides video networking opportunities and a virtual expo hall with products, services and special offers. Speakers include Jay Baer of Convince & Convert, Ann Handley of MarketingProfs and Martin Splitt from Google.
Date: June 23-24, 2020
Ticket prices: Free – register here.
SMX Next is a free virtual SEO conference headed up by one of the leading authorities on SEO, Search Engine Land. Hear from Search Engine Land’s SEO editor Barry Schwartz, editor-in-chief Ginny Marvin, contributing editor Greg Sterling and associate editor George Nguyen. Learn actionable SEO and search engine marketing strategies to increase traffic leads and sales. The conference features more than 40 sessions from SEO leaders who will touch on search campaign tools, how AI is affecting search engines and the latest in Google algorithms and products.
Date: July 14-15, 2020
Ticket prices: $129 – details
MozCon Virtual may be online, but it still presents opportunities to connect. The virtual conference includes discussion groups and a live session Q&A with speakers. Learn about SEO, mobile, growth, analytics, content and beyond. The breakdown of 2020’s speakers provides a window into what should be an awesome conference. Including a strong line-up of savvy digital marketers, founders, CEOs and more, these will be can’t-miss presentations. You’ll get full access to the MozCon video recordings of the conference to revisit later, too.
Date: September 1, 2020
Ticket prices: Watch the first day for free on a live-stream, or explore unlimited access of recordings and Master Classes, with tickets up to $499. Details.
The GrowthHackers Conference is typically held in San Francisco, but in 2020, the event is going all-virtual. The conference is focused on pushing the boundaries of growth innovation, with helpful tips for growth-stage startups to large public corporations. This year’s speakers include Nancy Hensley from IBM, Hila Qu from Gitlab and Rachid Harrassi from StubHub. Take away insights as successful growth managers share what they’ve learned and strategies they’ve used.
Date: September 15-16, 2020
Location: Las Vegas, NV
Ticket prices: The earlier you register, the better your pricing on Brand ManageCamp. Register by May 29 to grab a ticket at $1,895 ($800 in savings.) Details.
Hosted by ManageCamp, Inc., Brand ManageCamp strives to deliver world-class learning experiences informed by the company’s expertise in brand and strategy consulting. The conference has in-person or live-streaming options, which both cost the same amount. Those who live-stream will be able to watch live, submit questions and participate in live chat. The live stream also includes bonus features like interviews during breaks and meals. Live-streamers will have access to the live-stream recording for 3 days after the event ends. The event’s updated cancellation policy allows those who register before or on May 29 to cancel for any reason via writing before August 21.
The conference 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 that celebrated 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.”
Date: September 22-23rd, 2020
Ticket prices: TBA, on sale June 1, 2020 (previously purchased passes to be automatically refunded) More details.
As of a May 14, 2020 email announcement, INBOUND has been rescheduled to be an online event. All existing passes are to be automatically cancelled, so if you have already booked, be sure to re-book for the rescheduled event when more details are announced. Those details will include updated rosters of events, speakers and more. INBOUND’s coronavirus updates page will be the place to go for new information.
Hosted by HubSpot, INBOUND is historically a high-caliber conference approaching that party-feel with nearly 25,000 guests from more than 100 countries.
Regardless of how the conference changes to go online, look forward to innovative discussions and presentations related 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.
Date: September 29-October 1, 2020
Location: Vancouver, BC
Focus: Digital marketing with a focus around conversion optimization
Ticket prices: Currently, CTAConf 2020 registration has been paused as event organizers monitor COVID-19 developments. Details.
From Unbounce comes CTAConf 2020, 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 digital businesses of all kinds, from marketing to visual effects. This conference’s affordable price of CA $749 before registration paused (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: Fall 2020
Focus: Digital video
Ticket prices: TBD
Digital marketing encompasses video content. Often, content marketers like bloggers and copywriters, as well as SEO strategists, work directly with video content creators on strategic content plans. VidCon is one of the biggest conferences for all things online video. Content creators and video media influencers share strategies to boost video content creation. This year’s summer event has been canceled due to COVID-19, with an anticipated reschedule to take place fall 2020. Get details.
Date: October 7-8, 2020
Location: Chicago, IL
Focus: Software sales & marketing
Ticket prices: Last year, general admission tickets were $199. Keep checking back for updates on 2020 ticket pricing!
G2 has plans to host 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 on 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
Ticket prices: Early bird pricing is good through July 31 – snag your pass for $649-$2,199, including Virtual Passes at $899. 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. There are 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.
Currently, Content Marketing World’s cancellation policy is that if you cancel on or before August 17, you will be refunded your registration fee minus a 10% processing fee. An updated policy on COVID-19 states if organizers need to reschedule the event, your booking will be rolled over to new dates. If the event is unable to happen within the next 12 months, registrants will be entitled to a full refund.
Date: November 17-19, 2020
Location: Raleigh, NC
Ticket prices: Conference passes start at just $245, with options going up to $645. Details.
While the agenda for 2020 isn’t out yet, 2019’s Internet Summit speakers included Reshma Saujani of Girls Who Code, Beverly Jackson of MGM Resorts International, Rand Fishkin of SparkToro and more. The sessions covered 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. No information regarding COVID-19 accommodations has been released as of May 2020.
Gartner Marketing Symposium/Xpo
Date: December 1-3, 2020
Location: San Diego, CA
Ticket prices: Early bird pricing is $3,625 by October 2. After that, standard pricing is $4,075. Details.
The Gartner Marketing Symposium/Xpo 2020 is geared toward Chief Marketing Officers, other marketing executives and marketing leadership teams. Attendees will learn how to navigate digital marketing changes, use data and insights to transform marketing efforts, and apply the latest marketing research to their companies. Attendees can choose from tracks including leadership and innovation, data and analytics, customer experience, multichannel marketing, and tools and technology. Previously planned for earlier in the year, this digital marketing conference moved to December in an effort to get on the other side of the pandemic. Be sure to check back for updates as the coronavirus situation develops.
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