Hosted by Demand Gen Report in sunny Scottsdale, Arizona, B2B Marketing Exchange promises insights into new ways to develop more visual content and extend the life of existing content so you can create on-demand experiences and allow buyers to self-navigate through their journeys. Sessions focus on both audience-centric and ROI-centric strategies, and speakers this year include Phyllis Davidson of SiriusDecisions; Ericka McCoy of OpenText, and Katie Thornton of Datto, Inc.

This is The Gathering’s fifth year, and it never fails to bring some of the world’s biggest and best brands to the table to discuss what’s important in marketing and what will be important in marketing. This conference is for brand advocates and those who appreciate branding on a whole new level.

High Five is a three-day creative and marketing conference in Raleigh, North Carolina, that past attendees have considered to be the right blend of entertainment, networking, and fun. The event explores integrated marketing strategy, creative collaboration, content marketing, brand strategy, and more. Speakers this year include Aaron Draplin of Draplin Design Co., Amanda Valentine from Project Runway, and best-selling author Jackie Huba.

The largest conversion conference in North America, Traffic & Conversion Summit offers insights on new traffic channels, conversion breakthroughs, selling models, live video, content marketing, and even podcast launch strategies. Speakers to see include DigitalMarketer co-founder and CEO Ryan Deiss; AdHawk CEO Todd Saunders; and LinkedSelling CEO Josh Turner.

As its name might suggest, Baby Bathwater is unlike other networking events. In fact, networking and self-serving selling are highly discouraged here. What do attendees get out of it? Thoroughly vetted company, a breadth of speakers and content, the freedom to attend whichever events they please, and apparently incredible food. Attendees have described the event and its people as no-BS, genuinely helpful, and passionate about changing the world. This year’s speakers include Life is Good co-founder Bert Jacobs; The Buyer Group founder Lisa Buyer; and Mixergy founder Andrew Warner.

With 100 sessions and 2,000 attendees, Midwest Digital Marketing Conference — the largest digital marketing event in the Midwest — offers a variety of speakers and forward-thinking sessions. Speakers include leaders from Twitter, Refinery29, and Venngage.

CIMC is jam-packed with speakers from noted companies and brands such as Facebook, IBM, Visa, Buzzfeed, and Twitter, all ready to discuss the next best thing for marketing, social media, and digital. Last year this event sold out a month beforehand, so make sure you don’t dawdle and book your spot ASAP.

The CMO Club was founded in 2007 by marketing executive Pete Krainik and now has more than 850 members around the world. While the CMO Club hosts private events, it promotes an environment of candor, openness, and collaboration to give senior marketing executives the chance to learn from and network with fellow marketing leaders, share thoughts, and develop enduring relationships within a well-vetted group. I’ve recommended quite a few CMOs to this group, and they’ve greatly appreciated the results that have come from it.

Marketing technologists, creative technologists, growth hackers, data scientists, and digital strategists: This event is for you. MarTech combines leaders and insights from marketing, technology, and management to “cross-pollinate” the best ideas. The event aims to help attendees craft remarkable customer experiences, acquire and implement effective marketing technology stacks, and rethink strategy enabled by marketing technology innovations.

Some of the world’s most progressive marketing leaders come together at these closed-door/no-press forums to share their stories and build relationships. Many strategic partnerships have been launched at these powerful gatherings, which enable an impressive community of CMOs and marketing leaders to elevate their personal and professional influence while establishing long-lasting relationships that have fueled both business and career growth.

Content Marketing Conference brings together attendees from a range of content backgrounds, from decision makers in the C-suite and content managers to individual contributors. Sessions cover the breadth of the content marketing, planning, and distribution process as a whole, including optimization algorithm updates, conversion rate hacks, case studies on performance metrics, and even a track specific to using comedy in content marketing.

Geared toward marketing leadership, this conference offers three days of expert keynote speakers, including executives from Slack, HSBC, Deloitte, IBM, and Cisco. Workshops and learning sessions include building your MarTech stack, analytics, content strategy and ROI, sales and marketing alignment, digital strategy, and customer experience.

If experiential marketing sounds exciting, different, and worth your while, then this conference will probably be one you’ll want to attend. With over 80 sessions, 1,500 marketers, and more than 100 possible partners, this event will be jam-packed with opportunities to learn, experiment, and network to your heart’s content.

Incite Group will be hosting its Brand Marketing Summit in San Francisco this May. This conference is designed for in-house marketers looking to discuss personalization, content and storytelling, social media marketing, and customer insights. CMOs from Levi Strauss & Co, National Geographic, Farmers Insurance, and GE Digital are all confirmed to join 2018’s discussion.

charles kirkland
charles kirkland

Charles is a walking, talking, networking blend of credibility and know-how. Raised in a working class family, he combined a tenacious work ethic and keen sense of curiosity to usher him over one hurdle after another.