If you work in marketing, events, or the travel industry, you know there are a litany of yearly conferences you can attend. But which ones are worth your time? At which conference can you form intimate connections, while learning about cutting-edge technology? Don’t worry, we have all the answers with our list of the top 10 can’t-miss conferences left in 2018. With conferences every month left in the year, you will surely find one that fits your needs.
Need some tactical sessions in SEO? What about sessions in growth marketing or mobile landscapes? Join MozCon to learn the tools needed to stay current and be a forward thinker. At MozCon you’ll attend actionable marketing presentations focused on inbound marketing. MozCon will also teach you tricks on how to rank higher in internet search results and how to make data-driven decisions to achieve your marketing goal. MozCon is also known for its networking opportunities, so be sure to converse with speakers, Moz staff, and the other industry leaders.
Dates: July 9-11
Location: Seattle, WA
2. Digital Summit Conference SeriesWith 11 upcoming sessions this year, a Digital Summit Conference will likely fit into your busy schedule. Run by TechMedia, the Digital Summit Series regards themselves as the lead producer of the regional digital marketing and startup technology community. The annual conferences are a gathering place for digital marketers and entrepreneurs who wish to learn, connect with peers, and grow their digital marketing presence.
Each conference features learning sessions, workshops, and keynote speakers. You will learn game-changing takeaways from the leaders who are currently making the largest impact on the world’s economy, like Google, Facebook and Amazon. If that isn’t enough, you’ll also learn how to apply your new knowledge to your own projects, while talking to over 2,500 seasoned marketers, strategists, and designers. Through learning sessions and mingling with the speakers or attendees, you’ll leave with inspiration, partnerships or business deals.
Denver: July 17-18
Philadelphia: July 31-August 1
Tampa: August 8-9
Boston: August 15-16
Minneapolis: August 22-23
Washington DC: August 27-28
Detroit: September 12-13
Chicago: September 26-27
Charlotte: October 3-4
Raleigh: November 14-15
Dallas: December 4-5
3. SAECOS: SMF2018
Are you in marketing, MICE (meetings, incentives, conventions or exhibitions), or academics? If so, SMF2018 is your event. This conference started in 2011 as a face-to-face marketing event, but SMF2018 has now grown into an interdisciplinary conference. SMF2018 is focused on gathering leaders, visionaries, and the next generation of thinkers from all around the world. At this year's conference, you will probably learn more about questions than answers, but through this you will learn how to create, grow, engage, and monetize your company.
You should also expect to learn innovative and creative ideas, and game-changing content from more than 80 interdisciplinary speakers. Be sure to connect with the other 400 attendees who come from fields like marketing, events, HR, and technology.
Dates: July 24-25
Location: Victoria Theater & The Art House, Singapore
4. GBTA Convention
For 50 years the GBTA, also known as the Global Business Travel Association, has gathered businesses and travel buyers to discover new technologies. This year, being the world’s largest corporate travel event, GBTA plans to address the ideas and processes experts have designed to cope with the field’s growing changes. Over 7,000 business travel professionals will attend GBTA this August and 400+ companies will exhibit, including etouches (make sure to stop by booth 341 to check out the latest in event technology!). By attending, GBTA you’ll gain knowledge about the latest technologies, practices and develop exclusive networking connections with fellow exhibitors and attendees.
Date: August 11-15
Location: San Diego, California – San Diego Convention Center
Does your business orient itself on meetings, incentives, conventions or exhibitions? Then you can’t miss IncentiveWorks this August. Designed specifically for the MICE business industry, IncentiveWorks provides attendees with the necessary tools to successfully plan and execute meetings, conferences, and events. At IncentiveWorks you will also meet other top planners, suppliers and form invaluable connections. Build your skills and grow your opportunities by accelerating your career this August.
Date: August 14-15, 2018
Location: Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Canada
Inbound is HubSpot’s annual convention that hosts over 21,000 attendees! At Inbound, you will learn futuristic visions of marketing, sales, and business from inspiring keynote speakers. The convention also features 300 educational breakout sessions which focus on new and practical tactics in sales and marketing. Although the convention is run by HubSpot, you don’t have to be a user to attend. Non-users are welcomed and will learn about content marketing, lead information, and sales possibilities.
In addition to this knowledge, you will leave Inbound with pages of concrete, practical tactics and strategies that you can immediately apply to your product or company. Your boss will definitely love that.
Date: September 4-7, 2018
Location: Boston, MA
7. Dreamforce 18
Dreamforce is unlike other digital marketing conferences. Run by Salesforce, Dreamforce is one of the largest nonprofit technology events in the world. Last year’s event raised over $1 million for education charities like Girl Scouts of America and (RED). In addition to giving back, you can attend over 2,700 expert-led sessions to learn about the latest product innovations. There are also certification opportunities and demo training. Dreamforce will provide you with many opportunities to network so you can create connections beyond the conference.
If all that wasn’t enough, attending Dreamforce will increase your ROI. A Dreamforce study collected data from past attendees and found they increase their ROI in sale productivity, customer retention, and employee productivity. Let Dreamforce’s and the world’s most innovative minds inspire and excite you this September.
Date: September 25-28
Location: San Francisco
8. IMEX America
Regarded as the top convention for meeting marketers in the U.S., IMEX America is a trade show where you learn about the latest ideas regarding the meeting market and form new connections. With over 180 educational and networking events and 3,000+ suppliers, you are bound to learn something new about global tourist offices, convention bureaus, event management, and more. Join etouches at the free convention to learn, network, and connect with peers from the global meeting industry.
Date: October 16-18, 2018
Location: Sands Expo, Las Vegas
9. MarketingProfs B2B Marketing Forum
Celebrating their 12th year, B2B marketing is a “not-so-little” premier conference where company leaders, innovators, and attendees gather to learn about the latest in B2B marketing. The conference is small enough that you’ll form intimate connections with your peers, but large enough that you’ll learn what is hot and important. At the B2B Marketing Forum you will learn how to conquer the unique challenges B2B markers face, like bridging the gap between what you know and what you need to know to be the best marketer for your business. Sessions like improving content curation, creating innovative campaigns, or creating successful marketing strategies are specifically focused on closing this gap.
Join us at this premier conference with hundreds of B2B marketers to form connections, and receive invaluable advice from companies like Adobe, Deloitte, Google, and more.
Date: November 13-16
Location: Marriot Marquis, San Francisco
10. CCRA Power Solutions
Are you in the travel industry? Do you want to get connected with products and solutions to power up your travel business? If so, the CCRA Power Solutions event is for you. The CCRA gathers the top suppliers of the travel industry in an intimate environment. You’ll establish actual relationships with industry suppliers, learn about their products, and choose products to secure new business. Join the CCRA to elevate your company, learn how to refresh your business strategy, and problem-solve the issues that face travel agencies today.
Date: December 18
Location: Sheraton Lake Buena Vista, Orlando
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