Another year, another extensive list of marketing, creative and technology conferences to attend. As you probably already know, attending conferences is a great way to get ahead in your career, network with others and immerse yourself in learning. Because we love this stuff, we’ve mapped out our annual list of conferences you should be attending in 2018. So, call your travel agent, set up your frequent flyer program and turn on your out-of-office, you’re going on a trip!
(PS. The ones outlined below are ones we’ll be attending – come see us!)
NN/g's UX Conference
February 25 – March 2, 2018 | Los Angeles, CA
Why Attend: In this 7-day intensive training, learn systematic methods for creative solutions to any UX design challenge as well as innovative trends that impact the user experience. You also have the opportunity to get UX certified: attend 5 classes, pass 5 exams, get your certification!
Social Media Marketing World
February 28 – March 2, 2018 | San Diego, CA
Why Attend: If your job is to manage social media marketing, but you’re struggling to keep up with the ever-changing nature of it, this event is for you. Social Media Marketing World is the place where you’ll find the best insider secrets, latest developments and tools that will help you become a social marketing master.
SXSW Design Conference 2018
March 9-13, 2018 | Austin, TX
Why Attend: This design conference examines the field’s evolving responsibilities and disruptive opportunities in our increasingly frenetic world. Designers, artists and creatives of all disciplines will gain inspiration and understanding of design’s potential.
Search Marketing Expo (SMX)
March 13-15, 2018 | San Jose, CA
Why Attend: If you’re obsessed with SEO or SEM, you won’t want to miss Search Marketing Expo. As the leading event for SEO and SEM professionals since 2007, it provides attendees actionable tactics to become top-ranked marketers. This conference is offered multiple times and places throughout the year. If you choose Paris, please take us!
Midwest Digital Marketing Conference
March 27-28, 2018 | St. Louis, MO
Why Attend: Last year, this conference grew to a 2-day event and featured over 60 speakers from BuzzFeed, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Under Armour, LinkedIn, HubSpot, Google, Yahoo, Nielsen and more. With all that great content in a smaller setting, you’ll be sure to get the hands-on attention and education you need to excel at your job.
March 28-30, 2018 | Louisville, KY
Why Attend: PaLOUsa is a multi-day software development conference designed to cover all aspects of software development regardless of technology stack. The conference schedule features presentations from well-known professionals in the software development community and offers a chance for attendees to see leading software development companies show off their latest wares.
Health IT Marketing & PR Conference
April 4-6, 2018 | New Orleans, LA
Why Attend: Over the three days of the conference, you’ll have an opportunity to learn the latest in content marketing, marketing automation, event marketing, healthcare PR, branding, media relations and much, much, more.
Marketing United 2018
April 9-11, 2018 | Nashville, TN
Why Attend: It’s in Nashville, y’all! What else can we say about this one? You’ll 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.
Becker’s Hospital Review 9th Annual Meeting
April 11-14, 2018 | Chicago, IL
Why Attend: With over 3,000 attendees from hospitals and health systems across the country, this exclusive conference allows for strategic discussions around opportunities for the industry. Plus, keynotes for this year’s conference include Bill Clinton, Founder of the Clinton Foundation (and, of course, the 42nd President of the USA) and George W. Bush (you know, the 43rd President of the USA).
April 17-18, 2018 | San Francisco, CA
Why Attend: “Featuring front-end ingredients, UX recipes and nothing but practical beats from the hidden corners of the web”, these practical, real-life techniques and recipes are able to be implemented in your job straight away! (Is it just us or are you now a little hungry after reading this?) They offer a few conferences throughout the year, so if San Francisco isn’t your bag, how does London sound?
April 23-25, 2018 | San Jose, CA
Why Attend: Since Marketing and Technology are two of our three pillars, this one is a no-brainer. This conference is for senior-level, hybrid professionals who are both marketing- and tech-savvy and looking to explore a broad range of marketing technology issues and ideas. MarTech, again, will host two conferences this year, one in San Jose in the spring and one in Boston in the fall.
Marketing Nation Summit
April 29 – May 2, 2018 | San Francisco, CA
Why Attend: This conference, brought to you by Marketo, is definitely one of our favorites. You’ll hear from the best and brightest minds in the digital transformation of marketing, advertising, IT, services and beyond. And, if you’re a fan of marketing automation, you can strengthen your Marketo knowledge by attending University Day. This action-packed day offers workshops, demos and presentations by Marketo experts as well as allows you to get certified as a Marketo Specialist or Certified Expert.
Healthcare Marketing & Physician Strategies Summit
April 30 – May 2, 2018 | Salt Lake City, UT
Why Attend: According to them, this is THE place where actionable strategies and solutions are shared by senior-level marketers and physician relations executives from healthcare organizations nationwide. The Summit offers the ability for attendees to interact with the leaders who guide strategy, marketing, business development, communications, digital efforts, physician relations and sales, steering their organizations into the future.
HOW Design Live
April 30 – May 3, 2018 | Boston, MA
Why Attend: HOW Design Live is one of the largest annual gatherings for creative professionals. Be a part a creative community that embraces every attendee and empowers you to do great things. This conference promises to “change your thinking, radically improve your work and build business and marketing skills essential to your job.”
99U Conference 2018
May 9-11, 2018 | New York, NY
Why Attend: The 99U Conference is a one-of-a-kind live experience that inspires creative professionals to bring their ideas to life and shape the future of the industry. Conference speakers offer pragmatic, real-world insights that transcend creative sectors.
Digital Marketing in Healthcare Summit
May 22-23, 2018 | Philadelphia, PA
Why Attend: Delivering effective marketing strategies for the future of healthcare, this summit offers an interactive platform for those looking to utilize, innovate and develop digital marketing initiatives within the industry that’s ever-changing.
2018 | Various
Why Attend: Open to all, the Kentico Roadshows showcase Kentico EMS and Kentico Cloud, giving you a greater technical understanding of both platforms. While the 2018 calendar isn’t up yet, they’ll be traveling all around the U.S. mid-year. Best part is that these events are free!
July 9-11, 2018 | Seattle, WA
Why Attend: Last year, they boasted snacks; this year, it’s all about the fist bump. MozCon offers forward-thinking, actionable sessions in SEO, brand development, CRO, the mobile landscape, analytics, customer experience, social and content marketing and more. #fistbump
An Event Apart
July 30 – August 1, 2018 | Washington, DC
Why Attend: An Event Apart Washington DC: Special Edition is a three-day conference with 18 sessions and an intense focus on digital design, UX, content, code and everything else you can think of within the digital marketing landscape. They haven’t put together their schedule yet, but you can be assured it’ll be an event apart from the rest (see what we did there?).
UX Week 2018
August 21-24, 2018 | San Francisco, CA
Why Attend: Design professionals from all over the world gather for four days of community, inspiration and skills building. Now in its 15th year, UX Week delivers new tools you can put to use immediately. And because it’s San Francisco in August, bring a sweater… or four. You’ll thank us.
September 4-7, 2018 | Cleveland, OH
Why Attend: They like orange, we like orange. It’s a match made in (RMS) heaven. Learn from some of the biggest and brightest in the content marketing industry about how content strategy, integration, measurement and implementation can help grow your business. Last year, our very own Scott Taylor lost his wallet in spectacular fashion; see what happens this year!
September 4-7, 2018 | Boston, MA
Why Attend: INBOUND's purpose is to provide the inspiration, education and connections you need to grow and transform your business. Attend this conference and make over 19,000 new BFFs, including some of the best keynotes in the conference circuit.
Sitecore Symposium 2018
October 8-11, 2018 | Orlando, FL
Why Attend: Listen to world-class, real-world case studies from some of the biggest brands on the planet and learn all the technical details underneath. Learn about building or evolving the experiences you use to engage with your customers. While their site might not be ready for public viewing, you can get more information by watching this YouTube video.
October 15-17, 2018 | Los Angeles, CA
Why Attend: Come to MAX to get inspired, learn new skills and give your career a boost. MAX is nicknamed the Creativity Conference and is the perfect combination of information and inspiration, practical knowledge and creative magic.
MarketingProfs' B2B Marketing Forum
November 13-16, 2018 | San Francisco, CA
Why Attend: We wish our profs were this fun in college. This conference is “the place where leaders, innovators, and people who make things happen gather to learn about the latest in B2B marketing and share the secrets to success. (Plus belly laughs, creative networking, shenanigans, and marketers-off-the-clock antics.)” See what we mean?