25 Great Marketing Conferences Happening in 2014

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Even though we’re not far into 2014, there have already been a fair amount of incredible marketing conferences. But, there plenty more conferences coming up this year you should definitely attend. Whether to network with  individuals in your field, exchange ideas, get inspired, or learn all about the latest tech and strategies in marketing, a conference is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to improve both your professional and personal life. That’s not even mentioning the cocktail parties and a little trip away from home for you to enjoy.

If you haven’t thought about making plans to an upcoming marketing conference, here’s your chance with the top 25 events in 2014.

1. Content2Conversation

Date: May 6-7, 2014
Place: New York, NY
Costs: $700
Must Attend Session: ‘Challenger Marketing: Succeeding In Today’s B2B Battleground’ with Brent Adamson.

This is a relatively new conference, it began in 2012, but it’s quickly becoming one of the fastest growing events in the country. In fact, attendance is expected to grow by more than 70% this year. What makes this such an exciting conference to attend is the range of people you’ll have the chance to connect with, such as people from Fortune 100 companies to venture back start-ups. However, the main takeaway from the agenda is being able to try out the latest tech and learn how the best B2B content programs have achieved success.

2. Confab Central

Date: May 7-9, 2014
Place: Minneapolis, MN
Costs: $999 – $1,795
Must Attend Session: ‘Visual Storytelling at GE’ with Katrina Craigwell

Since its debut in 2011, Confab has been a favorite for anyone involved with marketing, business management, or IT who are seeking to learn more about content. The conference has become so-respected that it has sold out the previous two years. Besides mingling with like-minded thinkers and creators, you have the privilege of attending numerous conferences and workshops from some of the leading experts in the field of content strategy.

3. Authority Intensive

Date: May 7-9, 2014
Place: Denver, CO
Costs: $1295
Must Attend Session: Keynote speech from Seth Godin

One of the downfalls of attending a marketing conference is you could get a bit overwhelmed. With all of the sessions and networking, it’s easy to come back home and realize you forgot several key takeaways. Because of this, Authority Intensive divided the conference into four integrated bundles so you can absorb some important marketing techniques.

4. Incite Summit: West

Date: May 13-14, 2014
Place: San Francisco, CA
Costs: $1400
Must Attend Session: ‘Shift From Campaigns to Engaging Stories’ with John Dragoon and Michael Lacorazza

What’s so great about the Incite Summit, besides heading out to the Bay Area for a couple of days, is how collaborative and engaging it is. Instead of just hearing speakers, which is still awesome, attendees can actually debate the future of marketing. And, the conference promises that attendees will go on to use 98% of things that they learned.

5. WistiaFest

Date: May 20-22, 2014
Place: Boston, MA
Costs: $500
Must Attend Session: Keynote speech from Rand Fishkin

If you’re looking to realize the benefits of video marketing, this is the event for you. Besides a day full of panels and discussions, there is another day loaded with workshops – which is great for all of us hands-on learners out there. And, you close out the festivities by enjoying a happy hour at the Wisita office.

6. Integrated Marketing Week

Date: June 3-4, 2014
Place: New York, NY
Costs: $995 – 1,695
Must Attend Session: ‘Talking to Your Customers, One at a Time’ with Alexis Maybank

Here’s a conference where you can learn how to reach your customers through all of the various multimedia channels connecting with 1,500 marketing leaders. Besides mingling with some pretty influential people, you can exchange ideas and become aware of tech and marketing strategies with peers and experts.

7. Reputation Institutes Annual Global Conference

Date: June 3-5, 2014
Place: Miami, FL
Costs: $350-$2495
Must Attend Session: ‘Right Message, Right Channel, Right Stakeholder’ with Paul Hillen, Cargill Peter Horst, and Sanjay Gupta

Reputation is kind of a big deal when it comes to a business. In fact, it can also affect your marketing campaign. And, that’s what this conference is bringing to your attention. By using your values, you can stand out from the competition and create an effective campaign to reach a global marketplace.

8. Summer Brand Camp

Date: June 3-5, 2014
Place: Dallas, TX
Costs: $495
Must Attend Session: ‘QR Codes Kill Kittens’ with Scott Stratten

Now in it’s fifth year, Summer Brand Camp is billed as more of an experience instead of just another conference – what other conference will you attend where there’s a cocktail party in a treehouse? More importantly, you can hang out and learn from some of the more innovative marketing minds out there. And, at under $500, it’s definitely worth attending.

9. CRMC

Date: June 4-6
Place: Chicago, IL
Costs: $600-$2200
Must Attend Session: ‘New Retailing Models’ with Jeffrey Raider

Albert Costill
Albert Costill is a co-founder of evolvor.com and a freelance writer who has written for brands like ForRent.com and Search Engine Journal. When he’s not writing and brainstorming content ideas, this New Jersey native spends his time traveling, blasting music, and keeping his chocolate lab at bay.

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