15 Marketing Conferences You Shouldn’t Miss

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15 Marketing Conferences You Shouldn’t Miss

Marketing conferences play a big role keeping you updated with the latest trends, tips, and strategies in the industry. Plus, they are a fantastic way connect with peers and potential clients.

The online marketing industry is a fairly small circle. This makes conferences a great way to create and foster mutually beneficial relationships.

15 Can't Miss Marketing Conferences of 2016

That said, Search Engine Journal has narrowed the list down to 15 marketing conferences you can’t miss this year.

Pubcon Las Vegas 2016

Pubcon is the premier search marketing expo. It features multi-track event, as well as a full day of their Pubcon Masters Group for search and social media training (optional). The event will be keynoted by the industry’s leading experts, and exhibitors will be from top businesses, startups, and sponsors involved in social media, digital marketing, search engines, and online advertising.

Pubcon Las Vegas will take place on October 11-13 at the Las Vegas Convention Center.


MozCon is three days of progressive and actionable sessions in SEO, social media, content marketing, CRO, analytics, and more. Attendees will get advice in areas ranging from community building to data-driven decisions in your marketing strategy. Aside from high-quality, you can also get cool Moz swag and a hug from Moz’s friendly robot—Robert.

MozCon will take place on September 12-14 at Washington State Convention Center.

SMX and SMX Advanced 2016

Search Marketing Expo has helped SEO and SEM professionals since 2007 by giving actionable tactics. SMX is happening in London (May), Paris (June), New York (September), and in Israel (November).

SMX Advanced, an event designed for experienced search marketers, will take place on June 22-23 in Seattle, Washington.

Digital Summit 2016

Digital Summit is designed to provide thought leadership and practical solutions to boost your customer strategies. Sessions and topics will include millennial marketing, growth hacking, UX design, and more. This event gives you the opportunity to learn straight from the world’s digital industry experts.

Digital Summit is happening in several location in the United States this year.

SEJ Summit 2016

This year’s SEJ Summit will provide actionable marketing education for SEOs by SEOs. It features a single track of keynote-style presentations by industry experts tailored for search marketers. The event will also have over three hours of high-quality networking opportunities.

SEJ Summit will take place in Santa Monica (April 13), Chicago (June 23), and New York (November 2).

Content Marketing World

Content Marketing World allows you to network and learn from the brightest minds in the content marketing industry. It will feature 80 sessions presented by industry leaders from all over the word! The sessions will cover topics like strategy, integration, measurement, and more that you can bring back to your team to build an epic content marketing plan for your business.

Content Marketing World will be on September 6-9 at FirstMerit Convention Center of Cleveland.

Digital Commerce Summit

Organized by Digital Commerce Institute, the Digital Commerce Summit is an educational event for people who create and sell digital products and services. This event will cover digital product and service creation, as well as the latest and cutting edge techniques in marketing, sales, and product launch.

The Digital Commerce Summit will be on October 13 and 14 at the Paramount Theatre in Denver

Confab Conference 2016

Confab events are the leading conferences for content strategists. They are designed to tackle unique content challenges, provide content strategy workshops, and learn the latest trends, tips, and best practices in content strategy.

Presented by Brain Traffic, the event will feature Confab Central in Minneapolis (May 18-20), Confab Intensive in Seattle (September 19-21), and Confab Higher Ed in Philadelphia (November 16-18).

SearchLove Conference 2016

SearchLove is a two-day event that brings together some of the online marketing industry’s movers and shakers. Powered by Distilled, the conference lets you stay up-to-date with the latest in search, analytics, content creation, website optimization, paid promotions, and more.

This year’s SearchLove Conference will happen in Boston (May 3-4) and London (October 17-18).

Social Media Marketing World

Social Media Marketing World is organized by Social Media Examiner. It is designed to inspire and empower social media marketers with the ideas and techniques from the world’s top experts. Dubbed as “world’s largest social media marketing conference,” attending the event will allow you to connect with 1oo+ social media pros and over 3,000 of your industry peers.

Social Media Marketing World will take place at the San Diego Convention Center on April 17-19.

State of Search

This vibrant conference for digital marketers is presented by the Dallas/Fort Worth Search Engine Marketing Association. State of Search aims to provide actionable digital marketing smarts whether you work as an in-house pro, with an agency, or for your business.

State of Search 2016 will be on November 14-15 at Life in Deep Ellum in Dallas, TX.


InboundCon is Canada’s premier marketing conference. The event will feature different sessions covering SEO, link building, digital marketing, and more.

This year’s InboundCon is set to take place on October 6, while the venue is yet to be announced.

Hero Conf PPC Conference

This “unapologetically PPC conference series” promises a day filled with the most actionable takeaways in PPC. It also comes in with an in-depth session and low speaker to audience ratio to accommodate exclusive networking access. Plus, it will feature unique night entertainment and extras.

Hero Conf PPC Conference will happen in Philadelphia (April 25-27) and London (October 24-26).

eMetrics Summit 2016

eMetrics Summit is an event dedicated to digital analytics and marketing optimization. It covers the impact of data and technology in marketing, as well as business results garnered through data analysis and technology adoption.

This year’s eMetrics Summit will take place in San Francisco, Chicago, and New York in the US; and in London, Berlin, and Milan in Europe.

An Event Apart 2016

An Event Apart deals with designers and developers, covering topics from information architecture, user experience, and more. This conference series provides a fun environment for those who want to improve their skills and build connections.

An Event Apart will happen in Seattle (April 4-6), Boston (May 16-18), Washington DC (July 25-27), Chicago (August 29-31), Orlando (October 3-5), and San Francisco (October 31 – November 2).

What other marketing conferences are you planning to attend this year to stay ahead of the game?

Want even more events? We also have a regularly updated calendar of marketing events too!

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Aki Libo-on

Aki Libo-on

Aki is a content strategist, marketing consultant, and former assistant editor of SEJ. When not at work, she is busy ... [Read full bio]