One of the most valuable resources in your career is the experience of other SEO professionals.
You’ve probably heard the expression “the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.”
Learning how others have excelled, brainstorming solutions together, and discussing various strategies strengthens each person and increases overall success.
You can achieve all of this at relevant conferences – a huge plus for SEO pros.
SEO conferences and summits are a great place to learn about the latest strategies, tips, and trends in the industry.
The most effective conferences are a source of inspiration, and you come away invigorated with new ideas and tools.
But conferences aren’t just a chance to learn about products, services, and techniques.
They’re a terrific opportunity to network with people who have different levels of expertise and knowledge to share.
For many, the best part about conferences is the ability to connect (or reconnect) with other SEO professionals.
That’s why this global pandemic has been especially hard.
Between travel restrictions, stay-at-home mandates, and quarantines, people haven’t been able to gather in person as we once could.
Luckily, through some creative problem solving and the help of amazing technology, organizations are doing their best to continue business as usual.
Virtual events have allowed people to gather safely and still benefit from the numerous educational and networking opportunities that conferences provide.
Whether you’re looking to connect with people online or in person, here’s a list of the best SEO conferences you won’t want to miss in 2021-2022.
Best Upcoming Virtual SEO Conferences
Even though it may not be possible to gather in person, there are lots of benefits to virtual events.
Free of cost-prohibitive travel and accommodations, online events attract a global audience that otherwise may not have been able to attend.
It also allows organizations to include industry experts and keynote speakers who, under regular circumstances, may not have been in the budget.
These virtual SEO conferences provide some fantastic educational opportunities for marketing professionals.
Speakers: Martin Splitt, Lily Ray, Wil Reynolds, Amy Bishop, Loren Baker, Mari Smith, Brent Csutoras +
About: Our own online summit for SEO and digital marketing professionals covering the latest trends in SEO, social media, PPC and content marketing, with top industry speakers and Advanced Master Classes.
The event features a virtual expo hall with special offers from sponsors and one-to-one video networking.
All content from eSummit is available on-demand until the next event.
Cost: From $350
March 16-17, 2021
Speakers: Kim Davis, Scott Brinker, Nancy Duarte +
About: At this conference, senior-level and hybrid professionals share ideas and innovation around marketing, management, and technology.
By attending, you’ll gain a deeper understanding of marketing technologies and how to effectively incorporate them into your marketing strategies.
Sessions led by industry experts will dive into evolving customer behavior and what that means for marketers and their operations.
With several workshops available for purchase, you’re able to build a training schedule that meets your specific needs.
March 17-18, 2021
Speakers: Tom Anthony, Nina Baumann, Alexander Bellin +
About: Learn cutting-edge tactics from top experts around the world who deliver hands-on content to inspire you with new ideas.
Enjoy a deep look into SEO, PPC, content, UX, data and analytics, and more to help you tackle everyday search marketing challenges for a successful strategy.
Cost: €199- €695
April 7, 2021
About: Whether you work for an agency, are in-house at a large brand, or manage enterprise accounts, LocalU is a full-day local search conference for internet marketing professionals.
Guest speakers will share new, up-to-date information, and search forums will provide the chance to network with other SEO experts.
Enjoy an action-packed day full of research findings, pro tips, and Q&A opportunities.
Cost: $99 virtual admission (Scholarships available for those needing support.)
April 20-21, 2021
Speakers: Daymond John, Seth Besmertik +
About: People and businesses have had to pivot in the face of change this past year, and Conductor’s 10th annual event is no different.
The virtual SEO and marketing conference focuses on evolving marketing strategies to meet changing needs.
Attendees will connect with other marketers facing the same obstacles, learn tactics to engage customers through search, and shift marketing methods to meet evolving trends.
April 27-29, 2021
Speakers: Amol Anand, Cristinel Anastasoaie, Stephanie Bannos, Sue Beckett, Ian Bell +
About: This three-day conference teaches best practices and new techniques for creating a better customer experience.
Hundreds of industry experts will help you expand your skills and provide the tools you need to create exceptional experiences that build customer loyalty and drive business growth.
Summit breakouts, training workshops, and live chat capabilities will give you opportunities to learn, network, and connect with like-minded thought leaders.
May 3-5, 2021
Speakers: Seth Godin, Craig Clemens, Marisha Lakhiani, Sir Martin Sorrell +
About: For three days, you’ll enjoy discussions and workshops about SEO/SMM, media buying, lead generation, advertising, and content development.
Live Q&A opportunities provide the chance to chat with the brightest minds in advertising.
This conference offers 13 tracks for attendees to learn, engage, and gain actionable insights to improve your own strategies.
May 5-7, 2021
Speakers: Ida Aalen, Maggie Anderson, Vidhika Bansal, Margot Bloomstein +
About: Whether you design, plan, manage, or build content, this event is for you.
Confab is a virtual conference for people who strive to make better content.
From beginning basics to advanced content efficiency and design, SEO professionals are sure to gain useful insight from an agenda of breakout sessions, keynotes, and small-group discussions.
Cost: $995 (sale ends March 26)
June 2-3, 2021
About: Enjoy two days of digital marketing insights, top-level strategic content, networking, and discussion with top worldwide brands.
Senior industry leaders will provide real-world experiences and share the latest strategies and trends in Digital Marketing, like virtual reality, AI, user experience, and mobile application.
While the event will be broadcast virtually, people who feel comfortable are invited to attend in-person in London.
Cost: Available from £75
June 8-10, 2021
Speakers: Sean Amster, Chris Penn, Alan Zweibel +
About: ContentTECH is all about the technology’s impact on the future of business.
Content technology and marketing strategy experts will show how effective technology use and improved processes can benefit the way you manage, create, and deliver your content.
With the understanding you’ll gain from workshops and discussion panels, you’ll learn how to prepare for marketing technology innovations and how to optimize the many opportunities available to you as a marketer.
July 12-14, 2021
About: Industry leaders will share insights and expertise to keep you on top of your marketing game.
Learn how to rank higher in an ever-evolving search landscape and use data to drive your initiatives.
Whether you’re an SEO professional, a marketer, or an executive, this three-day conference will allow you to connect with speakers, staff, and the MozCon community.
October 12-14, 2021
About: SEO software provider HubSpot hosts this huge event that focuses on inbound marketing.
This year it’s being presented as a fully immersive online experience where attendees can learn about everything from SEO to social media.
Details are still in the works for the 2021 event, but past Inbound conferences have offered numerous sessions, certification courses, networking events, and keynotes from well-known public figures.
November 1-2, 2021
About: Presented by the Dallas/Fort Worth Search Engine Marketing Association, this conference grants attendees the opportunity to learn actionable intelligence from world-renowned digital marketing experts.
Beginners and advanced professionals will hear first-hand accounts from actual practitioners who have seen what works and what doesn’t in optimizing your online presence for you and your clients.
November 9-10, 2021
About: AI, machine learning, and new ways to deliver content via social platforms are providing marketers with more options for increasing engagement.
SMX Next looks at next-generation strategies to arm you with emerging tactical approaches for developing an effective SEO plan.
These online sessions will be available live or on-demand, so you can learn at your convenience.
People who attend the entire conference will receive a Certificate of Completion.
November 17-18, 2021
About: The largest digital marketing event in the world, DigiMarCon World will be attended by more than 10,000 digital marketing professionals.
Learn about the latest innovative technologies, gain insight into marketing strategies, and discover best practices to help drive success.
Prepare for your conventional thoughts to be challenged and learn new ways of thinking about the most relevant topics in digital marketing.
Cost: $147 Super Early Bird Rate (sale ends September 10, 2021)
Best In-Person SEO Conferences
As travel bans are lifted and people are more comfortable venturing out, several conferences are resuming in-person meetings in the coming year.
With health and safety a priority for attendees, organizations are offering socially distant meeting spaces and maintaining a high level of venue cleanliness.
For people who prefer to meet face-to-face, here are some in-person SEO conferences that are not to be missed in 2021.
August 5-6, 2021
Location: Portland, Oregon
Speakers: Lauren Teague, Marcus Harvey, Matthew Clyde, Frederick Vallaeys +
About: This two-day digital marketing conference focuses on education and experience.
Educational learning tracks and panel sessions will reveal expert views into the latest strategies and technological advancements in social media, digital marketing, UX, SEO, and more.
Attendees who complete this nonprofit event will qualify for 25 professional development units as Online Search Marketing Professionals.
June 9-11, 2021
Location: Napa Valley, California
Speakers: Joe Sinkwitz, William Sears, Lily Ray, Jacqueline Urick +
About: From engaging discussions to presentations delivered by industry experts, the Advanced Search Summit provides attendees with advanced SEO and SEM tactics.
Learn how to set yourself apart from your competition and connect professionally and personally with some truly one-of-a-kind networking opportunities.
At this year’s summit, safety comes first with touchless registration and personal sanitation kits for registrants.
If you’re worried about cancelations, there’s a hassle-free refund policy and registrations can be rolled over to future events.
May 17-18, 2021
Location: Columbus, Ohio
Speakers: Ann Handley, Will Leach, Jessica Best, AJ Wilcox +
About: At this two-day conference, attendees will have the chance to glean valuable insight from industry experts through breakout groups, brainstorming sessions, and interactive workshops.
You’ll learn about sustainable content marketing, how to turn data into a useful tool, and ways to align sales and marketing for continued success.
June 2-3, 2021
Location: Austin, Texas
Speakers: Dan Bennett, Brooke Ramsey, Frederick Vallaeys, Brad Geddes +
About: Hero Conf is a training event that highlights PPC along with pressing issues in the world of digital marketing.
Attendees can choose from 44 sessions, each led by paid media experts that deliver valuable information to all experience levels.
You can expect in-depth discussions about developing content to manage your accounts, stay current on industry trends, and have fun learning about paid media.
August 27, 2021
Location: Salt Lake City, UT
Speakers: David Meerman Scott, Purna Virji, Dan Tyre, Kathleen Booth +
About: Don’t miss out on Utah’s premier digital marketing conference.
Marketers from around the world gather together to learn from industry leaders and local rockstars in SEO, paid search, analytics, social media, and more.
Attendees will learn cutting-edge marketing trends, high-level strategy insights, ask questions, and build relationships with thought leaders and local gurus.
Location: Manchester, UK
About: This conference has developed a reputation for attracting top search marketing experts from a wide range of global brands.
Speakers address latest strategies and techniques while sharing their own success stories.
Discussion topics range from SEO and content marketing to PPC and social media.
Attendees are senior in-house marketing professionals who enjoy inspiring and engaging educational opportunities from world-class industry leaders.
September 2, 2021
Location: Frankfurt, Germany
Speakers: Dan Ariely, André Morys, Simon Dahla, Erin Weigl +
About: This single-day event unites digital marketing enthusiasts with expert speakers who deliver flexible and sustainable digital marketing solutions with a data-driven approach.
Learn from world-class talks and connect with more than 700 marketers to learn and discuss ways to scale your digital growth.
September 6-7, 2021
Location: Ensenada, Mexico
Speakers: Aleyda Solis, Bill Slawski, Casey Markee, Dixon Jones +
About: DeepSEO eliminates the need for attendees to choose between sessions by holding workshops consecutively in the same room.
This way, attendees can gain the insight and expertise of industry leaders and see how to apply those niche experiences to their own area of SEO.
DeepSEO understands the importance of networking and provides lots of opportunities for attendees to rub elbows and build relationships.
November 7-8, 2021
Location: Tel-Aviv, Israel
Speakers: Itay Paz, Matt Bacak, Mike Peters, Anita Gita +
About: Attendees are joined with some of the world’s leading digital and performance marketing professionals, executives, and partners.
You’ll hear from lead generation experts and panelists who use attendee input to develop informative and beneficial workshops and seminars.
Save the Date for These 2022 SEO Conferences
It’s hard to know what the future of travel and meetings looks like.
As a result, most companies haven’t yet finalized their plans for 2022 events and conferences.
However, there are a few that are already on the books, even if they’re still working out the details.
Save the date for these future SEO events.
April 6-7, 2022
Location: Los Angeles, California
Speakers: Paul Bresenden, Chip House, Stephen Gorgey, Nathan Hall, Rose Rippey +
About: Europe’s leading marketing conference is now taking place in California.
As a marketing professional, you’ll gain access to the techniques, tools, and innovations you need to stay current with marketing trends.
With more than 200 educational master classes to attend, you’re sure to come away from this event with fresh ideas, important insights, and a renewed interest in the world of digital marketing.
June 6-7, 2022
Location: Detroit, Michigan
About: This hybrid event allows attendees to gather in person or live stream sessions online.
Either way, you’ll enjoy two jam-packed days of educational workshops teaching marketing best practices, practical solutions, strategy, and trends.
You’ll also have the opportunity to check out the latest in innovations, from the internet and mobile applications to SaaS Technology.
March 14-16, 2022
Location: San Diego, California
About: Social media is constantly changing. This conference helps shed light on current trends and teaches you how to successfully apply the latest techniques.
Thousands of marketers come together for the opportunity to gain actionable tips from more than 100 of the world’s top social media pros.
Gain an in-depth understanding of social advertising, content marketing, social strategy, video marketing, and customer advocacy from experts in Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter, YouTube, and LinkedIn.
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