Top Conferences to Attend in 2019

So many conferences, so little time to decide, right? How do you wade through the extensive list of marketing, creative and technology conferences to figure out which to attend?

If you listened to our most recent webinar, you know that professional development is important, both for you and for your organization. And what develops a profession more than a conference? As we always do this time of year, we’ve mapped out our annual list of conferences to attend in 2019. So, call your travel agent, turn on your out-of-office and stock up on motion sickness pills, you’re going on a trip (did someone say cruise?)!

(PS. The ones outlined below are ones we’ll be attending – come see us!)

Digital Summit Phoenix

February 11-12, 2019 | Phoenix, AZ

Why Attend: This summit is on everyone’s list of events to attend in 2019 because it brings in brilliant speakers to discuss Marketing Strategies, UX & Design, Email, Search, Mobile, Video, SEO and so much more. If Phoenix isn’t ideal for you, Digital Summits can be found throughout the year in other locations. Here’s a Letter to Your Boss to help seal the deal if they need convincing.

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NN/g's UX Conference

February 24 – March 1, 2019 | 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. Full-day courses allow you to really absorb and understand the subject matter. You also have the opportunity to get UX certified: attend 5 classes, pass 5 exams, get your certification! LA not your scene? UX Conferences will also be held in London and DC in the spring.

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SXSW Design Conference 2019

March 8-13, 2019 | Austin, TX

Why Attend: You’ve heard of the SXSW Music Festival, right? This is the Design Track of the conference that 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. Extra credit for taking the time to check out a new music genre. Keep Austin weird.

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Social Media Marketing World

March 20-22, 2019 | 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 one-stop shop for all the best insider secrets, latest developments and tools that will help you become a social marketing master.

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Marketing Nation Summit

March 24-28, 2019 | Las Vegas, NV

Why Attend: Vegas, baby! This conference, brought to you by Marketo, is definitely one of our favorites, and this year joins the Adobe Summit in Las Vegas. You’ll hear from the best and brightest minds in the digital transformation of marketing, advertising, IT, services and beyond. Joining the conference with the Adobe Summit gives you, the attendee, the opportunity to engage not only with other members of the Marketing Nation community, but also with over 15,000 of Adobe’s passionate and loyal customers—many of them passionate marketers like you—and expand your network of customers who are driving the entire discipline of marketing forward together. Attending the Adobe Summit bash (one of the industry’s largest and most glamorous events) may make this the most fun conference this year.

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Search Marketing Expo (SMX)

2019 | Various

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. Fluent in search engine marketing? Attend the SMX Advanced conference in Seattle in June. You’ll find others who speak your expert lingo. Newbies can attend SMX in multiple locations throughout the year like Munich, London, Paris or NYC. (And if you choose Paris, please take us!)

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Becker’s Hospital Review 10th Annual Meeting

April 1-4, 2019 | Chicago, IL

Why Attend: With over 4,200 attendees from hospitals and health systems across the country, this exclusive conference allows for strategic discussions around opportunities for the industry. Plus, check out the keynotes for this year’s conference: Bill Clinton, Founder of the Clinton Foundation (and, of course, the 42nd President of the USA), George W. Bush (you know, the 43rd President of the USA) and Katie Couric (storied news anchor, producer and documentarian)!

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MarTech

April 3-5, 2019 | San Jose, CA

Why Attend: Marketing, Technology and Management are blended together in a way that the individual topics can’t cover alone. This conference is for senior-level hybrid marketing professionals who are both marketing- and tech-savvy and looking to explore a broad range of marketing technology issues and ideas. MarTech hosts two conferences this year, one in San Jose in the spring and one in Boston in the fall.

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SmashingConf

April 16-17, 2019 | San Francisco, CA

Why Attend: This conference is small and well-curated, with hands-on, interactive workshops focused on front-end and UX, but covers everything web. (Enough hyphenated words to get you excited?) The atmosphere is engaging and fun. If your boss needs convincing, they’ve created a Letter for the Boss Template for you. SmashingConf offers a few conferences throughout the year, so if San Francisco isn’t your bag, how does Toronto sound?

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Midwest Digital Marketing Conference

April 16-18, 2019 | St. Louis, MO

Why Attend: MDMC is the largest conference of its kind in the Midwest. Last year’s conference set attendance records and featured over 130 speakers from BuzzFeed, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Under Armour, LinkedIn, HubSpot, Google, Yahoo, Nielsen and more. Digital marketing evolves so quickly that staying up-to-date on trends and technology is crucial. And isn’t the Gateway Arch on your bucket list of US things to see? Now’s the time.

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Health IT Marketing & PR Conference

April 17-19, 2019 | Boston, MA

Why Attend: Do you spend your life marketing to physicians, practice managers and hospital executives? Over the three days of the HITMC 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. Plus, you’ll have the opportunity to network with other Health IT marketers in a uniquely collaborative and sharing environment.

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HOW Marketing Live

April 30-May 1, 2019 | Boston, MA

Why Attend: HOW Design Live (see below) is partnering with the American Marketing Association for this first HOW Marketing Live in Boston to strengthen the collaboration between marketers and designers. If you love the HOW Design Live conference, be a part of this inaugural program and learn how designers and marketers can combine their strengths to better serve their clients.

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HOW Design Live

May 7-10, 2019 | Chicago, IL

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.”

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99U Conference 2019

May 8-10, 2019 | New York, NY

Why Attend: The 11th Annual 99U Conference is a one-of-a-kind live experience that inspires creative professionals to bring their ideas to life, shape the future of the industry and take control of our tomorrow. Conference speakers offer pragmatic, real-world insights that transcend creative sectors.

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Healthcare Marketing & Physician Strategies Summit

May 21-23, 2019 | Chicago, IL

Why Attend: According to them, this is THE place where actionable strategies and solutions are shared by over 800 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. And Chicago in May is glorious!

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Kentico Roadshow

2019 | Various

Why Attend: Open to all, the Kentico Roadshows showcase Kentico EMS and Kentico Cloud, giving you a greater technical understanding of both platforms. The 2019 calendar isn’t yet published, but be on the lookout mid-year. Best part is that these events are free and at a location nearest you!

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DEVintersection

June 10-13, 2019 | Orlando, FL

Why Attend: This exciting event, now in its fifth year, brings your favorite Microsoft leaders, engineers and industry experts together to educate, network and share their expertise with you. And you get to stay at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort – what could go wrong when you leave a bunch of developers alone in a room with a bunch of swans and dolphins?!

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DigiMarCon Orlando 2019

July 7-14, 2019 | Orlando, FL (and the Bahamas, Mexico and Honduras)

Why Attend: A digital marketing conference at sea? Ship, yeah! Grab your bestie and take a cruise while learning to leverage digital, mobile, and social media marketing. Sessions here will focus on building traffic, expanding brand awareness, improving customer service and gaining insight into today’s latest digital tools. More of a landlubber? Attend any of the other DigiMarCon events throughout the year in different (land-based) locations.

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MozCon

July 15-17, 2019 | Seattle, WA

Why Attend: More #fistbump opportunities to be had this year at MozCon! MozCon offers forward-thinking, actionable sessions in SEO, brand development, CRO, the mobile landscape, analytics, customer experience, social and content marketing and more. You’ll even be able to hug their robot, Roger. Who doesn’t want to hug a robot?

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An Event Apart

July 29-31, 2019 | Washington, DC

Why Attend: An Event Apart Washington DC is a three-day conference with 17 sessions and an intense focus on digital design, UX, content, code and everything else you can think of within the digital marketing landscape. If the end of July in DC (think sticky) doesn’t thrill you, this conference will also be taking place in Chicago, Denver and San Francisco later in the year.

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INBOUND 2019

September 3-4, 2019 | Boston, MA

Why Attend: INBOUND's purpose is to help you grow your organization via inbound marketing and provides the inspiration, education and connections you need to transform your business. Attend this conference and make over 24,000 new BFFs, including some of the best keynotes in the conference circuit.

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CMWorld

September 3-6, 2019 | Cleveland, OH

Why Attend: Every year, we partner with this event; every year, we learn something new… or at least eat something new that’s orange. While they’re still planning this year’s networking events, last year’s included a kickoff party at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, morning Fun Runs and Yoga and skee-ball during network breaks. Not to mention, Cleveland Rocks! (We may or may not be biased on this one. You be the judge.)

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Society for Healthcare Strategy & Market Development (SHSMD)

September 8-11, 2019 | Nashville, TN

Why Attend: This 4-day event (5, if you count the preconference events) is the largest healthcare systems conference of the year, bringing together health system communications and marketing experts from around the country. Connect here with your peers to stay ahead of the quickly-changing world of healthcare consumers. Say hi to our our very own Tom Hileman, who will be a speaker! (¬ Shameless plug.)

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Sitecore Symposium 2019

October, 2019 | 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. This conference has been likened to having VIP seats to a rock show. Who doesn’t want those? Information for the symposium hasn’t been posted yet, but take a look at this YouTube video for last year’s teaser.

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MarketingProfs' B2B Marketing Forum

October 16-18, 2019 | Washington DC

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?

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Adobe Max

November 2-6, 2019 | 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. Another Convince Your Boss letter boasts, “MAX is the annual gathering of more than 14,000 graphic, web, and multi-disciplinary designers; creative and art directors; film, video, and motion graphics pros; photographers; and creative leaders.” Get. On. It.

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The world of marketing has changed drastically in the last decade. With the window to the world at their fingertips, buyers are empowered to proactively find products and services to meet their needs before ever talking to you. Do you know if your marketing programs are working? Are your prospects finding the content they need to make informed decisions? In the following article, we identify 5 signs your company is ready for marketing automation.

The world of marketing has changed drastically in the last decade. With the window to the world at their fingertips, buyers are empowered to proactively find products and services to meet their needs before ever talking to you. Do you know if your marketing programs are working? Are your prospects finding the content they need to make informed decisions? In the following article, we identify 5 signs your company is ready for marketing automation.

The world of marketing has changed drastically in the last decade. With the window to the world at their fingertips, buyers are empowered to proactively find products and services to meet their needs before ever talking to you. Do you know if your marketing programs are working? Are your prospects finding the content they need to make informed decisions? In the following article, we identify 5 signs your company is ready for marketing automation.

The world of marketing has changed drastically in the last decade. With the window to the world at their fingertips, buyers are empowered to proactively find products and services to meet their needs before ever talking to you. Do you know if your marketing programs are working? Are your prospects finding the content they need to make informed decisions? In the following article, we identify 5 signs your company is ready for marketing automation.

Bottom Full Width Text. The world of marketing has changed drastically in the last decade. With the window to the world at their fingertips, buyers are empowered to proactively find products and services to meet their needs before ever talking to you. Do you know if your marketing programs are working? Are your prospects finding the content they need to make informed decisions? In the following article, we identify 5 signs your company is ready for marketing automation.