If you want to learn more about digital marketing or network with fellow digital marketers, then attending a digital marketing conference is the perfect way to expand both your marketing network and knowledge.
And with digital marketing trends and even social media algorithms changing left and right, events like these are the place to ensure you’re up to date.
But even if you are eager to engage in discussions around all things social media for two days, it can still be a challenge to decide which upcoming social media conferences you should attend.
Well, stress no more.
We’ve done our homework and collected a list of the best social media and digital marketing conferences and events in 2019.
This guide to the must-attend digital marketing conferences of 2019 includes the dates and locations for each conference.
If you want to develop tangible skills and hear how other digital marketers are tackling the same challenges you are—changing algorithms, rising ad costs, declining organic reach—then Spark is the digital marketing conference for you. With an impressive lineup of A-list brands and speakers, this digital marketing conference is dedicated to helping you become a better marketer. This year, some of the speakers include Sam Parker of LinkedIn, Matthew Risley of MTV International, and Jerri Helms of HarperCollins.
More sessions, more speakers, and more opportunities!
Our must-attend digital marketing conference is back, bigger and bolder than last year 💥#Spark19
— Falcon.io (@FalconIO) July 30, 2019
Date: November 14, 2019
Location: Copenhagen, Denmark
2. Content Marketing World
One of the largest midwest digital marketing conferences, Content Marketing World is a congregation of around 4,000 marketers discussing their one true passion: Content. With over 120 sessions, Content Marketing World covers a broad range of content marketing areas, such as content marketing strategies to SEO optimization.
We are just a few weeks away from #CMWorld, the largest content marketing event on the planet. 👥 Join over 4,000 industry pros for a week of sessions, workshops, and networking.
— Content Marketing Institute (@CMIContent) August 1, 2019
Date: September 3-6, 2019
Location: Cleveland, Ohio
(If you’re interested in this digital marketing event, check out the interview we conducted with Joe Pulizzi, the founder of the Content Marketing Institute).
This marketing conference focuses on star power; bringing in inspirational keynote speakers like Michelle Obama in 2017. And although this isn’t a dedicated social media conference and the speakers aren’t all marketers, there is still plenty to learn about marketing or sales at INBOUND.
And this year, Elizabeth Gilbert – author of the bestselling “Eat, Pray, Love” and the critically acclaimed “Big Magic”, a book on ‘living a life that is driven more strongly by curiosity than by fear’, will be speaking at Inbound, so make sure to at least check her Twitter out even if you don’t check out this event.
Check out their recap of last year’s conference to get an idea of what’s in store.
Date: September 3-6, 2019
Location: Boston, Massachusetts
Every year more than 40,000 people travel to Germany for dmexco, one of the biggest digital marketing conferences in the world. Part trade show, part conference, dmexco requires some serious planning for attendees looking to see and do it all. (Hint: It’s impossible).
And for only €179, the conference is a bargain given the big names it manages to attract, like Sheryl Sandberg, whose presentation in 2017 was a highlight of the conference.
Date: September 11-12, 2019
Location: Cologne, Germany
Note: A large number of the presentations at dmexco are in German.
This two-day conference is designed for marketers “charged with breaking down silos and assembling marketing technology stacks that deliver exceptional results.” And when you look at the event’s agenda you can really tell that MarTech® is a conference created by marketers for marketers.
Searching for practical, real-world answers to your marketing operations and technology challenges? Look no further than #MarTechConf in Boston, September 16-18! Register right here: https://t.co/aHzMGDzLv5
— MarTech Conference (@MarTechConf) July 31, 2019
Date: September 16-18, 2019
Location: Boston, Massachusetts
6. Web Summit
This conference claims to be the “best technology conference on the planet,” and as every marketer today knows, you couldn’t do your job without having a well-rounded understanding of tech in all its forms. Some of the main speakers at Web Summit include: Brad Smith of Microsoft, Devin Wenig of eBay, and Alicia Tillman of SAP.
Check out the trailer for the conference below.
Date: November 4-7, 2019
Location: Lisbon, Portugal
If you are working within SaaS, then you may want to consider attending G2’s first-ever conference, Reach. This event is specifically designed for those that market or sell software, and they have already lined up marketing heavy-hitters Niel Patel, Eric Yuan (Zoom), and Meghan Keany Anderson (HubSpot).
— G2 (@G2dotcom) August 6, 2019
Date: September 11, 2019
Location: Chicago, Illinois
To see how users say our social media suite stacks up against our competitors, download the free 2019 Enterprise Grid Social Media Management Report from G2.
8. Growth Marketing Conference 2019
Attracting some big-name Silicon Valley marketers and product managers, Growth Marketing Conference allows you to feel as if you’re part of the area’s famous tech scene (even if it’s only for two days). This digital marketing conference promises to teach you “actionable, no-nonsense growth strategies and tactics that drive rapid, cost-effective, and sustainable revenue and user growth.” This year, the speakers include growth marketers from Google, Shopify, IBM, Microsoft, and Uber.
Global #GrowthMarketingConf welcomes Tara-Nicholle Nelson (@taranicholle) former chief marketer at MyFitnessPal where she (in 2 yrs) grew co. from 45 to 120M users & turned a $18M Series A to acquisition by Under Armour ($475M).
— Growth Marketing Conf (@growthmktconf) July 16, 2019
Date: December 10-11, 2019
Location: San Francisco, California
9. Social Fresh
Any good conference offers a balance of inspiring presentations and valuable networking, and Social Fresh is no different. The “longest running social media conference” aims to give attendees an updated overview of the industry through a series of case-based presentations.
Date: November 13-15, 2019
Location: Winter Park, Florida
10. CMX Summit
Do you consider yourself to be a community builder? Well, if you are a community manager or an experienced leader, then CMX Summit could be for you. The hands-on event offers attendees a series of workshops that enable more active learning.
Thrilled to officially announce CMX Summit 2019! 🎉 We will have 1k community professionals come together to see speakers like @kimballscott, @jdulski and many more! Read the full announcement and see where to get tickets here: https://t.co/r8wviVFOA2 pic.twitter.com/4K8ilheHvQ
— CMX (@CMX) March 26, 2019
Date: September 5-6, 2019
Location: Redwood City, California
And if you are already planning on attending some social media conferences in 2020, here is one you might be interested in….
Bonus: Social Media Marketing World
You know it is a good social media conference when influencers like Jay Baer, Mari Smith and Neal Schaffer are excited to attend (not only present at) the event every year. Past attendees have described the Social Media Marketing World as a sort of “reunion,” with many attendees coming back year after year. This friendly atmosphere makes this San Diego digital marketing conference a wonderful place for social media marketers looking to connect with other passionate social media lovers.
Date: March 1-3, 2020
Location: San Diego, California
5 Quick Tips on How to Make the Most Out of a Social Media Conference
- Write down at least three things you found interesting from each presentation
- Don’t be afraid to ask questions during a presentation
- Say hello to each speaker after their presentation and connect with them via social media
- Allocate time to attend the event’s networking sessions or after-party
- Send a follow-up note to anyone interesting you spoke with at the conference
No matter whether you are attending one of the conferences on the list above or any of the other hundreds of others going on each year, you’re sure to learn something or make an interesting new connection. So go ahead, get out there!
And if you are interested in joining us at Spark on November 14, super early bird tickets are on sale now until August 23rd.