Content marketing conferences: they’re a great way to get more in sync with your colleagues, meet an extensive network of interesting people, and learn new skills. Plus, you’ll head home feeling motivated and inspired, which is an excellent side effect! If you’re searching for a few top-quality content marketing conferences to attend this year, here are several of our favorites:
1. Social Media Marketing World
When: March 1-3, 2020
Where: San Diego, CA
“Discover the best social media marketing techniques from the world’s top experts.”
Social Media Marketing World is a well-known conference that serves as a meeting space for top experts from top platforms. Sharpen your content marketing skills, enjoy talks from keynote speakers from Facebook, Youtube, Instagram, and LinkedIn, and connect with some of the top social gurus in the modern content marketing world. If you only go to one conference this year, Social Media Marketing World is a great one to choose.
When: March 13-22, 2020
Where: Austin, TX
If you’re tempted to say SXSW isn’t a content marketing conference, think again. The fact is, SXSW is an everything conference. The South by Southwest Conference & Festivals “celebrate the convergence of the interactive, film, and music industries.”
If you attend this conference, you can see live shows by your favorite brands. You’ll also enjoy lectures on things like experiential storytelling, media, professional development, and changes to the tech industry. This year’s keynote speakers include former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, VP of AWS Sandy Carter, and Noam Chomsky, Laureate Professor of Linguistics and Agnese Nelms Haury Chair in Environment and Social Justice at the University of Arizona.
3. Traffic & Conversion Summit
When: March 31-April 2, 2020
Where: San Diego, CA
Traffic & Conversion Summit 2020 is an excellent option for digital retailers and advertisers, content and conversational marketers, and growth hackers. Specializing in “tested, proven tactics,” this conference provides lots of actionable insights you can take home with you and employ right away.
Featuring 80 speakers, more than 10,000 attendees, and upwards of 100 sessions, this event is like seven separate conferences all in one. At the 2020 session, enjoy lectures by keynote speakers like Rachel Bell, Founder of Online Coach University, Ryan Deiss, CEO & Co-Founder of DigitalMarketer, and Kristen Bryant, Strategic Partnerships at Wistia.
4. ContentTECH Summit
When: April 20-22, 2020
Where: San Diego, CA
ContentTECH Summit is a great opportunity for content marketing specialists to learn new technologies, discover innovative new processes, and stay on the cutting edge of their industry, as it develops.
If you’re looking for a conference that will help you master content tech and strategy, ContentTECH is an excellent option. Topics covered include core content concepts, the future of content marketing, content management and measurement, and more. While the speaker list for 2020 has yet to be released, keynote speakers from 2019 included Henry Rollins and Content Marketing Institute’s Robert Rose.
When: April 15-17, 2020
Where: San Jose, CA
We’ve mentioned MarTech before, and that’s because it’s such a fantastic conference for all aspects of marketing. Programed by famed ChiefMartec Founder Scott Brinker, MarTech Conference takes a deep dive into technology, marketing, management, and – yes – content topics.
If you’re an experienced marketer looking for ways to advance your use of content and technology, this is a great conference to attend. 2020 speakers include Helen Abramova, Marketing Technology Lead at Verizon Business Group, Erin Alemdar, Senior Digital Strategist at Whereoware, and Tony Byrne, Founder of the Real Story Group.
6. Digiday Publishing Summit
When: March 25-27, 2020
Where: Vail, CO
The Digiday Publishing Summit offers three days of expert insights, new connections, and cutting-edge topics, including a focus on programmatic concerns, revenue, and product. Ideal for content publishers looking for ways to keep pace with the internal and external pressures of the current content marketing world, the Digiday Publishing Summit is an excellent place to learn to drive new business and master new tech.
2020 keynote speakers include Kat Downs, VP of Product & Design at the Washington Post, Nina Gould, Chief Product Officer at Forbes, and Ryan Pauley, CRO of VOX Media.
7. Content Marketing Conference
When: April 21-23, 2020
Where: Boston, MA
This year represents the 6th annual Content Marketing Conference in Boston. Ideal for pros who want to “fortify your smartitude and humanize your brand,” this conference boasts more than 70 speakers, 50 sessions, ten workshops, ten keynotes, and ten different tracks.
Varied enough to be interesting for even senior-level marketers, but comprehensive enough to serve as an excellent starting point for new marketers, Content Marketing Conference is the largest single gathering of content marketing professionals on the East Coast. Attend to enjoy topics like content strategy, tools, comedy marketing, and more.
8. DigiMarCon Midwest
When: June 17-18, 2020
Where: Chicago, IL
If you’re looking to up your content marketing game, DigiMarCon Midwest is an excellent conference to attend. Taking place in the bustling heart of downtown Chicago, DigiMarCon Midwest caters to marketers who want to reinforce customer loyalty, bolster lead gen, peak sales, or drive stronger engagement.
Topics include digital strategy, social media and content marketing, sustainable growth strategies, programmatic advertising, and more. 2020 speakers include Robert Rose of The Content Advisory, Christi Olson from Microsoft, and Rand Fishkin of SparkToro and, formerly, Moz.
When: July 6-18, 2020
Where: Seattle, WA
Speaking of Moz, MozCon is an SEO/content conference held in beautiful Seattle, WA. If you’ve ever felt like you’re investing in content only to have your material buried in search results, MozCon is here for you.
Offering an opportunity to connect with a comprehensive community of experts, MozCon provides real-world, tactical advice for people. This conference is also particularly applicable to people in the worlds of SEO, mobile, conversion optimization, local search, and more. Speakers for the 2020 session include Brian Dean, Britney Muller, Alexis Sanders, and more.
When: TBA (September 3-6, 2019)
Where: Boston, MA
Hosted by HubSpot, INBOUND is one of our favorite conferences in the inbound/content marketing space. Established in 2012, INBOUND has expanded to about 24,000 attendees, which makes it one of the fastest-growing business events in the world.
Regardless of what your marketing role may be, INBOUND is another fantastic conference to attend. This conference also promises one of the best off-time experiences. Enjoy nightly parties and interactive sessions to keep attendees engaged and excited.
Tracks at this conference range from advertising, analytics, and alignment, to artificial intelligence, branding, content, and email. While the 2020 speaker list has yet to be released, 2019 speakers included best-selling author Elizabeth Gilbert, Sal Khan, CEO & Founder of Khan Academy, and Sallie Krawcheck, CEO and Co-Founder of Ellevest.
Improve Your Skills With the Best Content Marketing Conferences of 2020
Content marketing is a dynamic field that changes rapidly. Fortunately, you can stay on the cutting-edge of the industry by attending leading content marketing conferences in 2020. Learn about new tools and tech, how to continue crafting impactful, authentic content for this year and beyond, and more. These ten conferences are a great place to start.