Which Conferences are Worth Your Time and Money?
We make it easy to choose.
From coast to coast, 2019 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.
Here we break down 12 of our favorite conferences, including an overview to help you determine which will provide you the most value, development, and fun.
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Our Top 12 Digital Marketing Conference Picks
Date: January 30-31, 2019
Location: San Jose, CA
Ticket Prices: Ticket types range in price (on-site) from $849 for the Bootcamp to $3,095 for an All Access + Workshops ticket. Super Early Bird, Early Bird, and Last Chance discounts bring the Bootcamp range to $399-699 and $2,195-2,795 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, since 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: February 11-12, 2019
Location: Phoenix, AZ
Ticket Prices: Ticket options range from the $254 Conference Pass including just the main conference, all the way up to the $945 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 Phoenix, Digital Summit: Phoenix includes nearly 50 digital marketing presentations at a supremely affordable price. In 2019, notable speakers include 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, and 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 Phoenix isn’t your best option, check out others in major U.S. cities.
Date: March 5-7, 2019
Location: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Ticket Prices: Early-bird prices range from $499 for a basic Networking Badge to $699 for a Platinum All Access Pass. Prices increase incrementally until the conference date (except the Networking Badge), so last-minute Platinum All Access Passes will cost $1,249 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 this year and head here for updates. Additional 2019 conferences by Pubcon take place in Las Vegas and London.
Advanced Search Summit Napa
Date: April 4-5, 2019
Location: Napa, CA
Ticket Prices: Grab a Super Early Bird VIP Pass for $799.99 including entry to the event and the Saturday Wine Experience or a Super Early Bird General Admission for $599.99. If you’re just looking for networking opportunities and some fine varietals, the Saturday Wine Experience can be had for $299.99 and a Social Pass is available for $249.99 for any guests, which includes networking, registration party and Wine Train dinner with unlimited pours. 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: April 23-26, 2019
Location: Minneapolis, MN
Ticket Prices: Early-bird discounts (through April 12) knock up to $500 off of standard prices. Full-price rates are $1,095 for a One-Day Pass: Intro to Content Strategy (April 23) or Intensive Workshops (April 24), $1,595 for a Two-Day Pass to the Main Conference, $2,095 for a Three-Day Pass to the conference and Intensive Workshops, and $2,495 for a Four-Day All Access Pass. Rooms at the Hyatt Regency are available for a special block rate of $149/night (available starting January 1, 2019). 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. Michael Metts of Allstate, Andy Welfe of Adobe, Scott Kubie of Brain Traffic, Tizzy Asher of Expedia and others are speaking, with more to be announced.
Date: May 9-10, 2019
Location: New York, NY
Ticket Prices: DigiMarCon East is unique in offering a Virtual Pass providing online video presentations and slide decks (no master classes) for only $197 for those who can’t make it in person to NYC. Otherwise, a VIP Pass for $997, All Access Pass for $897 and one-day Main Conference Pass for $597 gets you into the exhibition for all the on-site excitement. Prices go up around $150-300 as the show approaches, so purchase early! Details.
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.
Call to Action Conference
Date: June 25-26, 2019
Location: Vancouver, BC
Ticket Prices: Currently, you can purchase two tickets for $600 ($300/each). Details.
From Unbounce comes Call to Action Conference (CTA19), devoted to content marketing and, you guessed it, calls to action. You can check out videos of 2018’s speakers here and even see that year’s slide decks to get a taste of what’s to come, and decide if this is the conference for you. The CTA19 website includes more video content from 2018’s festivities to give you an idea of the comprehensive experience.
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: July 15-17, 2019
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.
In 2018, Digital Current attended MozCon, so you can check out all of our recaps and takeaways in a few blog posts. 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 2018’s speakers provides a window into what’s to come for 2019, including a strong lineup of savvy digital marketers, founders, CEOs and more. 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: September 3-6, 2019
Location: Boston, MA
Ticket Prices: Early-bird pricing through January 15, 2019, offers Community Passes for $299, All-Access passes for $799 and VIP Passes (with exclusive lounge access and front-row seating) for $1,399. Act soon to save $300-800. INBOUND 2019 also offers hotel block discounts and VIP pass holders get exclusive access to the Westin Waterfront. Details.
Which other digital marketing conference includes its own stand-up comedy show? INBOUND 2019 at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center may just be the only one. It’s also got innovative discussions and presentations relating to inbound digital marketing, helping attendees get the most out of growth tactics. Hosted by HubSpot, INBOUND is another high-caliber conference approaching that party-feel with nearly 25,000 guests from more than 100 countries. 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.
Content Marketing World
Date: September 3-6, 2019
Location: Cleveland, OH
Ticket Prices: Not yet released. See 2018 pricing to get a general idea and check back for updates. Details.
Billed as “the largest content marketing event,” Content Marketing World 2019 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.
Date: September 17-18, 2019
Location: Las Vegas, NV
Ticket Prices: The earlier you register, the better your pricing on Brand ManageCamp. Register before March 29, 2019 and pay only $1,795, a savings of $900. Discounted tickets available until August 23, 2019. 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. Two days in Vegas in 2019 brings speakers covering every aspect of digital marketing and branding from technology and user behavior to leadership and time management. A cocktail reception at the end of Day 1 celebrates the invigorating experience held at Caesars Palace Hotel & Casino (find the hotel deals here). 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: November 14-15, 2018 | November 13-14, 2019
Location: Raleigh, NC
Ticket Prices: Attendees save $200 if purchasing before November 2, 2018, with Conference Passes for $345, Plus Passes for $445, Premium Passes for $545 and Platinum Passes for $995. The Platinum level includes Masterclasses, which can otherwise be added to other ticket types for $300, as well as Platinum swag bags and an exclusive backstage keynote meetup. Group and hotel discounts available. Details.
A spinoff of Digital Summit (see above), 2018’s Internet Summit falls on November 14-15, 2018, at the Raleigh Convention Center. Speakers include Dave Isbitski from Amazon, Diamond Ho from Facebook, Caroline Hubbard from LinkedIn, Seth Weisfield from Pinterest, Ben Morss from Google and others from Chipotle, ESPN, Cisco and more. Expect more of the same in 2019 covering everything from email and social to brand storytelling, mobile, UX, analytics and beyond. Another 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.
The following is an e-commerce-specific conference, so while it doesn't technically meet our criteria as a digital, content or search event, we just had to include it in our roundup. You'll see why.
Date: October 3, 2019
Location: Los Angeles, CA (Hollywood)
Ticket Prices: All-access passes start at $300 for early bird rates and increase to $450 closer to the event. Hawkefest requires prospective attendees to first apply for registration access (more details on this policy below). If and when approved, they send you the registration and purchase link. Apply here.
Billed as an anti-conference, Hawkefest focuses on e-commerce with an interesting twist: magic. Not only is the gathering held at the iconic Houdini Estate in the Hollywood Hills, its entertainment roster includes world-class magicians and illusionists. Plus there's an open cocktail bar and gourmet cuisine. Topics covered? Cannabis, crypto-currency, China, subscriptions, juggling, circus shows. Yeah, it's pretty Hollywood. Hawkefest distances itself from the typical in more ways than one. Why do you have to apply to register? Because this isn't a conference hall packed with vendors and job-seekers, it's a meticulously chosen audience of the "most legit e-commerce players in the L.A. scene." For proven e-commerce gurus, VCs, early-stage entrepreneurs and industry experts, Hawkefest is an immersive, entertaining and extremely valuable day spent in Hollywood. If you're looking for e-commerce growth, this is where you need to be.
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.