The Best Marketing Conferences of 2018

Editor’s Note: The 2022 version is here so check out the Best Marketing Trade Shows for 2023.

Network, learn, discover. The best marketing events are where we grow in our field and get our dose of marketing inspiration. There were dozens of fantastic marketing conferences last year.

Whether you attended some and are planning your event schedule for 2018 or you are excited about trying your first one, make sure you put one or more of the leading industry events on your calendar.

And if you’re looking for the best marketing speakers for your event in 2018, check out Huffington Post’s Top Business Speakers To Hire and See in 2018. Or Entrepreneur’s more recent post on top inspirational speakers (in both I am so honored to be featured!)

Here’s a full list of the best marketing conferences for 2018. These are the industry meccas where the greatest minds in digital, martech, content and inbound marketing convene. You don’t want to miss out.

(Need help in activating your internal thought leaders to tell better stories? Contact me today.)

February 2018

Event: Content Marketing Summit Asia

Date: February 15-16, 2018

Location: Delhi, India

Content Marketing Summit, as the name suggests, is a premier event where some of the greatest minds in Asia, savvy brands, renowned publishers, innovative technology enablers and leading practitioners from across the world come together to explore the exciting world of content marketing.

Event: B2B Marketing Exchange

Date: February 19-21, 2018

Location: Scottsdale, AZ

This is a core event for B2B marketing, covering the current issues in B2B, including Demand Generation, Messaging Frameworks, AI and Audience Centricity. Is there yoga in the morning? You bet.

What are past attendees saying?

–John Coe, B2B Marketing – “The event maintained a high level of content and speakers throughout, and I’m sure everyone walked away with ‘things to do differently tomorrow.’”

Event: Traffic & Conversions Summit 2018

Date: February 26-28, 2018

Location: San Diego, CA

A leading digital marketing conference, you’ll learn everything from how to take advantage of evolving traffic channels to the complex formula behind a powerful, conversion-optimized landing page.

–Megan LeBlanc, Harper Collins – “Traffic and Conversion has been mindblowing. You’re constantly learning something new.”

Event: Social Media Marketing World

Date: Feb 28-March 2, 2018

Location: San Diego, CA

This is one of the biggest conferences of the year, with about 5,000 attendees. Honing in on the latest developments in social media and looking at the direction it’s going in, this is a worthwhile event for both marketers who specialize in social media as well as for content creators. A top networking event as well, you can connect early on the conference’s social media pages.

March 2018

Event: IBM Think Conference

Date: March 19-22, 2018

Location: Las Vegas, NV

Learn from the brilliant minds behind everything from blockchain, AI, data, and cloud to IT infrastructure, IoT, security, and beyond.

(Note: I will be there as one of IBM’s “Futurists” so come and say hello!)

Event: Intelligent Content Conference

Date: March 20-22, 2018

Location: Las Vegas, NV

For content creators and marketing managers, this is the in-depth annual conference on content marketing strategy. From personas to new technology, the conversation is happening in Las Vegas.

Event: Skyword’s Storynomics

Date: March 22, 2018 (as well as 2 dates in April, 1 in June and more to come.)

Location: Los Angeles, CA

Using story to express your brand, connect with consumers, and drive growth is the qualitative transformation in marketing smart brands are paying attention to. Learn the art of the craft and how to apply it to your business – and to entertain without interrupting. Storynomics will also take place in Washington DC and New York City in April.

Event: Adobe Summit

Date: March 25-29, 2018

Location: Las Vegas, NV

Customer experience. It’s the beginning and end of modern marketing. The Adobe Summit is a conference with more than 250 sessions and labs in everything from Content & Experience Management to Personalization, all geared towards teaching attendees how to lead and work within an experience-driven organization.

April 2018

Event: Emma’s Marketing United

Date: April 9-11, 2018

Location: Nashville, TN

The event will take place at the Country Music Hall of Fame in downtown Nashville. You get three days of inspiring, hands-on content from the smartest minds in marketing in a city that’s synonymous with having fun. We can pretty much guarantee you’ll leave with at least one mind-blowing, career-changing, unparalleled moment of your own.

(Note: My good friend and amazing speaker Jay Acunzo will be speaking there. I may just show up as well!)

Event: Clever Content Conference

Date: April 11-12, 2018

Location: Copenhagen, Denmark

This Scandinavian conference is a fascinating summit of video producers, storytellers, AI and VR innovators and more. It’s a great event for getting a lot of different perspectives.

Event: AI Marketing Summit

Date: April 11-13, 2018

Location: Santa Barbara, CA

This year’s Digiday AI Marketing Summit may be one of the most important marketing events of 2018 because of its focus on unfolding marketing technology applications. AI is being used in more ways than most of us are aware of already. Find out what innovative brands are doing and what’s going on with AI and the marketing industry in the next couple years.

Event: Content Marketing Fast Forward

Date: April 12, 2018

Location: Amsterdam

I really wanted to go this event this year because I know these guys have done an amazing job every year. You should check it out.

Event: The CMO Club Summit

Date: April 18-19, 2018

Location: Marina del Ray, CA

An event designed for CMOs, this conference addresses tough issues CMOs face and dishes up actionable solutions in a positive environment.

–Evan Greene, The Recording Academy – “One of the most effective, engaging networking events of the year. The right executives, the right content, the right conversations, the right relationships!”

Event: MarTech West

Date: April 23-25, 2018

Location: San Jose, CA

This is the conference for marketing managers who are after insights into marketing technology and empowering organizational teams to step into the future with smart strategies and agile methodology.

–Shawn McCallum, Dell – “Excellent presenters that have vast industry knowledge and were very informative, and it’s a fantastic forum to meet and discuss issues and solutions with marketing technologist peers.”

Event: Marketo’s Marketing Nation Summit

Date: April 29-May 3, 2018

Location: San Francisco, CA

Expect riveting talks by industry thought leaders, workshops and demos, with a focus on the digital transformation of marketing. Attendees can participate in Marketo University Day, with tracks suitable for everyone from beginners to seasoned users. Marketing Nation is also well-known for its excellent networking opportunities.

(Note: this is one of the best marketing conferences of the year and I expect to be there as well!)

May 2018

Event:The Content Marketing Conference

Date: May 2-4, 2018

Location: Boston, MA

This event is a mixture of pure science of content marketing performance and art of content creation.

With content marketing industry ever changing, it is vital to master the art of content creation to present your customers with valuable information. On the other hand, the science of must be perfected n various channels to help you get customers orbiting at fast speeds.

The conference will showcase the latest strategies, technology, and methodology to amped up your content marketing.

Event: Sirius Decisions 2018 Summit

Date: May 8-10, 2018

Location: Las Vegas, NV

Sirius Decisions is another B2B focused marketing conference. It’s a comprehensive look at the latest innovations and best practices, offering a wealth of research-based information.

–Anja Neupert, LinkedIn – “Summit provided highly relevant and applicable content, along with great networking opportunities and a fantastic vendor selection in the marketplace.”

Event: DigiMarCon East

Date: May 10-11, 2018

Location: New York City, NY

For staying ahead of what’s going on in digital marketing, the DigiMarCon conferences are invaluable. This year, find out the latest techniques and research in video marketing, SEO, mobile marketing, conversion rate optimization and more. DigiMarCon has events throughout the year all over the world so if you can’t make it to New York, check out their other listings – including a Florida cruise!

Event: B2B Marketing Leaders forum APAC

Date: May 14-16, 2018

Location: Sydney, Australia

If you want to get a sense of what’s going on in Asia and more specifically Australia, the B2B Marketing Leaders Forum APAC is the place you want to be.

Event: Gartner Digital Marketing Conference

Date: May 15-17, 2018

Location: San Diego, CA

This year’s hot topics include the marriage of multichannel and CX, personalization, better marketing measurement and AI’s impact on marketing. This is a great one for actionable, relevant tips for marketing leaders across the board.

June 2018

Event: Content Marketing Academy

Date: June 6-7, 2018

Location: Scotland

According to Ann Handley this one of the best non-US marketing events!

Event: ZoomInfo Growth Acceleration Summit

Date: June 18-20, 2018

Location: Boston, MA

For both marketing and sales professionals in the B2B sector, ZoomInfo’s conference includes brilliant speakers, sessions and workshops, all focused on promoting business growth, as well as plenty of happy hours and other networking events.

–Malcolm Gilvar, The Trade Group – “The event was unbelievable. You come to an event like this expecting to get a nugget or two and I’ve got a notebook full of strategies and tools I want to share with my team.”

(Note: I am speaking at this event and will be joined by some of the best marketing speakers in the business.)

July 2018

Event: MozCon

Date: July 9-11, 2018

Location: Seattle, WA

SEO, content marketing strategies, social media…and lots of snacks. MozCon always puts on a great event and a good show. No matter what level marketer you are, you’ll learn a lot and get inspired as you spend three days in rooms filled with marketing professionals who love what they do.

–Mike Arnesen, UpBuild – “Attending my first MozCon literally changed everything about the way I did marketing. Since then, it’s been the industry event I look forward to most every single year.”

Event: Ignite (formerly B2B Marketing Summit)

Date: July 10, 2018

Location: London, UK

Considering last year had a Tech Playground specially made for marketing professionals, if you can make it to London this summer, don’t miss this one-day event. Predictive analytics, cognitive marketing, tech stacks and a lot of excitement – and some of the best speakers in the world.

September 2018

Event: Content Marketing World

Date: September 4-7, 2018

Location: Cleveland, OH

Everything content, this is where the greatest minds in content marketing meet every year. With hundreds of speakers, dozens of workshops, and attendees from all over the world, you can gain a lot from this experience.

(Note: I’ll be doing a workshop again this year. This is one of my favorite events of the year. Join us?)

Event: Hubspot’s Inbound

Date: September 4-7, 2018

Location: Boston, MA

With more than 21,000 attendees last year and super star keynote speakers like Brene Brown and Michelle Obama, Inbound is one of the bigger marketing conferences and is definitely geared for the smaller business. I have never been but I know many people have found this event to be worth their time.

–Taryne Thorpe – “Inbound is such a great experience to have all of us marketers in one place. We learn from each other, we network, and we get reassurance on things we already know – and the best part is that we have fun along the way.”

Event: DMexco

Date: September 12-13

Location: Cologne, Germany

Event: BrandManageCamp

Date: September 25-26

Location: Las Vegas, NV

This is one of my favorite events of the year. I attended it the first 3 years when it was in my home town of Philadelphia. And then came back as a speaker in 2016. Great speakers. Great attendees. Amazing folks running this show as well. Definitely check back on their website as they announce this year’s theme, agenda and lineup of speakers.

October 2018

Event: Martech East

Date: October 1-3, 2018

Location: Boston, MA

MarTech’s east coast version, because cultivating marketing technologists is that important.

–Jennifer Gruniger, Dell – “It was great to pull together all of the MarTech unicorns in one room and hear all about the work they are doing. Excellent speakers.”

November 2018

Event: Marketing Profs B2B Forum

Date: November 13-16, 2018

Location: San Francisco, CA

Want relevant marketing info, the type of stuff that will help drive your brand ahead, and a lot of laughs? This is always an inspiring event with thought-provoking speakers and just the right amount of entertainment. Hey, you learn more when you’re in a good mood.

–Anonymous, Financial Sector Marketing Director – “I love this event…I met fantastic marketing professionals, gathered countless tips that I can implement right away, and was inspired by every keynote speaker.”

There are still even more value-driven events for marketers happening all over the world. If you have any to add, let me know in the comments below. The more the merrier for all of us!

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Michael Brenner

Michael Brenner  is a Top CMO, Content Marketing and Digital Marketing Influencer, an international keynote speaker, author of "Mean People Suck" and "The Content Formula" and he is the CEO and Founder of Marketing Insider Group, a leading Content Marketing Agency . He has worked in leadership positions in sales and marketing for global brands like SAP and Nielsen, as well as for thriving startups. Today, Michael helps build successful content marketing programs for leading brands and startups alike. Subscribe here for regular updates.

3 thoughts on “The Best Marketing Conferences of 2018

  1. Thanks Michael for adding our Content Marketing Fast Forward Conference in Amsterdam! Hot from the press … we’re expanding the event to Brussels this year on May 31th! Hope to see lots of your readers there and hope to see you real soon again somewhere on one of the great conferences on your list!

  2. Thanks Michael for adding DigiMarCon to the recommendations.
    We enjoyed your opening keynote recently at our last East Coast event.

    Just listing below our full 2018 DigiMarCon Global Digital Marketing Conference line-up locations and dates.

    – DigiMarCon Cruise 2018 – Orlando, FL – April 22-29, 2018 –
    – DigiMarCon East 2018 – New York, NY – May 10-11, 2018 –
    – DigiMarCon Canada 2018 – Toronto, ON – May 17-18, 2018 –
    – DigiMarCon South 2018 – Houston, TX – June 6-7, 2018 –
    – DigiMarCon West 2018 – Los Angeles, CA – June 13-14, 2018 –
    – DigiMarCon Midwest 2018 – Chicago, IL – June 20-21, 2018 –
    – DigiMarCon Australia & NZ 2018 – Sydney, Australia – August 22-23, 2018 –
    – DigiMarCon Europe & UK 2018 – London, UK – September 5-6, 2018 –
    – DigiMarCon Asia Pacific 2018 – Singapore – September 19-20, 2018 –
    – DigiMarCon Middle East 2018 – Dubai, UAE – October 23-24, 2018 –
    – DigiMarCon Africa 2018 – Johannesburg, South Africa – November 8-9, 2018 –
    – DigiMarCon World 2018 – Online – November 27-29, 2018 –

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