credTen: Top Ten Conferences in Marketing

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Wondering where to go this year to increase your marketing know-how, discover where the industry is heading, and expand your thought leadership? Look no further than our roundup of 10 marketing conferences worth attending in 2018.

#1. B2B Marketing Exchange

February 19-21, Scottsdale

A must-attend for performance marketers managing the complex sales cycles and group buying realities common in B2B industries, B2B Marketing Exchange addresses account strategies, messaging frameworks, demand acceleration, and sales enablement during 85+ sessions in sunny Scottsdale, AZ.

TIckets: $995 for single-day pass, $1,595 for standard, $1,995 for all-access

#2. Social Media Marketing World

February 28-March 2, San Diego

Social Media Examiner’s 3-day gathering of thought leaders is designed for social media marketers, influencers, and content creators including bloggers, video creators, and podcasters. This year’s speakers include former Apple evangelist Guy Kawasaki, Facebook expert Mari Smith, social futurist Brian Solis, Snapchat influencer Shaun McBride, and Instagram expert Sue B. Zimmerman.

Tickets: Range from $697 for virtual access to $1,597 for all-access

#3. RampUp

March 5-6, San Francisco

LiveRamp’s annual martech conference gathers nearly 1,000 executive-level attendees in one place to discuss the challenges and solutions facing the industry today. Speakers include TripAdvisor CMO Barbara Messing, SafeGraph CEO Auren Hoffman, AppNexus CEO Brian O’Kelley, AdRoll founder Aaron Bell, and Target VP of Digital Media Brent Rosso.  

Tickets: Preconference tickets start at $499 and conference tickets start at $799

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#4. Adobe Summit

March 25-29, Las Vegas

With 95% of attendees saying they received practical information and 93% saying the event met or exceeded their expectations, Adobe Summit is a good bet for advertisers, campaign managers, content managers, digital marketers, and publishers who want to learn how to use the latest tools and technologies to build campaigns, manage their advertising, and gain deep data insights.

Tickets: Single registration starts at $1,695; multiple registration, preconference courses and guest social passes are also available

#5. Digiday AI Marketing Summit

April 11-13, Santa Barbara

There’s no shortage of conversations around how AI is set to transform the marketing industry. Digiday’s AI Marketing Summit will dive deep into how marketers can understand and use AI and machine learning. Expect sessions on topics like predictive merchandising, voice assistants, and chatbots, plus a number of afternoon activities and evening networking receptions.

Tickets: Entry-level passes are $2,895 and premium passes are $4,795

#6. Content Marketing World

September 4-7, Cleveland

For all things content marketing and storytelling, head to Cleveland for Content Marketing World, which features more than 120 sessions and workshops presented by leading brand marketers. 2017 featured speakers included GE CMO Linda Boff, and actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt.

Tickets: Main conference starts at $999.


September 4-7, Boston

HubSpot’s INBOUND grew to 21,000+ attendees and 250+ educational sessions last year, and is expected to be even bigger in 2018. INBOUND’s purpose is to provide the inspiration, education, and connections marketers need to grow and transform their business. Past keynote speakers include Michelle Obama, Brené Brown, John Cena, and Arianna Huffington.

Tickets: All-access passes begin at $1,899 and main conference passes begin at $999; other options are available

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#8. MarTech East

October 1-3, Boston

MarTech’s USP is that it’s a tech conference for marketers and a marketing conference for technologists. With tracks for marketing, technology, management, and solutions, the conference aims to help the leaders who recognize the synergies between these disciplines drive change and accelerate convergence within their organizations.  

Tickets: $1,595 for an all-access pass, $59 for Expo+ pass; team rates available

#9. Advertising Week New York

October 1-4, New York

Now in its 15th year, AdWeekNYC brings together leaders from marketing, advertising, technology, and creative spaces for a week of thoughtful conversations around the trends, challenges, and opportunities shaping the industry today. Daytime programming includes seminars, workshops, and leadership breakfasts. Past evening events have included performances by Avicii, Snoop Dogg, and Amy Schumer.

Tickets: 2018 prices not yet available

#10. Internet Summit

November 14-15, Raleigh

Produced by Tech Media Co, which also puts together the Digital Summit Series, Internet Summit features 90+ sessions and workshops to help digital marketers stay ahead of the latest trends and provide practical, game-changing takeaways they can immediately apply to their marketing strategies. 2017 speakers included marketing gurus Seth Godin and Ann Handley, as well as Netflix co-founder Mitch Lowe.

Tickets: Conference passes range from $245 for basic access to $995 for VIP access


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credTen: The Best Conferences of 2017

In the past year alone, we secured 768 speaking engagements for clients across multiple industries globally. To kick off 2018 and our newest credTen series on our blog, here’s a look back at the best conferences we secured for clients in 2017, in no particular order:

SaaStr Annual - San Francisco

Jason Lemkin’s SaaStr Annual is the go-to event for players in SaaS. This event brought together CEOs, entrepreneurs, investors and veterans for tangible, non-Google-able lessons that the audience loved. Our clients 6sense, Foundation Capital, TapInfluence, and Expensify had the opportunity to grace the stage in 2017.

In 2018, we’re excited clients from FreshBooks, Canvas Ventures, Ridge Ventures, and Foundation Capital will join the lineup.

RampUp - San Francisco

Over 2,100 attendees flooded The Fairmont Hotel for LiveRamp’s annual conference to listen to the brightest minds in MarTech. With quality content and exciting networking opportunities, a handful of our clients came together to discuss the power of connectivity and data-driven marketing. We are continually impressed by our speakers from Unacast, Reveal Mobile, Kespry, Drawbridge, Legendary Entertainment, SafeGraph, Voicera, Cathay Pacific, Bullpen Capital, and Ridge Ventures.


The FirstMark Driven Series - New York

From Design Driven and Data Driven, to Code Driven and Hardwired, FirstMark Capital’s series of NYC events draws the crème de la crème of tech speakers. In 2017, we had Kespry CEO at Hardwired, MapD and Voicera CEOs at Data Driven, and Steve Vassallo, General Partner at Foundation Capital, at Design Driven.

Mumbrella360 - Sydney

Australia is an emerging market for a number of our clients and Mumbrella360 has been THE event that brings together the entire marketing ecosystem. It’s an extremely well-organized show that our clients like MightyHive and MuteSix highly recommend.

Events by The Hustle -San Francisco

Beer in hand at Pizza & 40s, David Barrett, CEO of Expensify was joined by the founder of The Hustle, Sam Parr, to share the ups and downs of his entrepreneur journey. We’re thrilled to also have our badass women speakers from 500 Startups, LiveRamp, Lightspeed Venture Partners, and Tophatter speaking at The Hustle’s 2X events in 2018.


The Economist Sustainability Summit - Austin

The Economist’s inaugural Sustainability Summit drew more than 200 leading business executives, policy makers, and investors to discuss sustainable development in the face of rapid global change. Senior Editor Matthew Bishop moderated a conversation with our client Philippe Lacamp of Cathay Pacific Airways.

TEDx - Tallaght, Ireland

In the spirit of “ideas worth spreading,” John Beckett, CEO of ChannelSight, spoke about his life-saving kidney transplant and “How to Harness the Power of Your Biggest Challenges.”



Mobile World Congress - Barcelona

With 30+ years under its belt, Mobile World Congress continues to reinvent itself as the global hub for mobile, telecommunications, IoT and more, gathering nearly 108k attendees in 2017. Life360, Boxever, 500 Startups, and Drawbridge spoke to conversational commerce, marketplaces, advertising, and startup trends.

Mobile World Congress Shanghai and its US debut - Americas - are also worth checking out. Shanghai and Americas editions drew nearly 67.5k and 21k visitors respectively in 2017.

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INBOUND - Boston

We can’t say enough great things about INBOUND, where our clients Hawke Media, MightyHive, WiderFunnel and TapInfluence spoke in 2017. To sum it up, we’ll leave it to Erik Huberman, CEO of Hawke Media: “It was great! Enjoyed it, got some business; it was solid.”

Slush - Helsinki and Shanghai

Described by many as “Burning Man meets TED,” Slush has expanded globally from its 20,000-person flagship show in the Arctic Circle to Shanghai, Tokyo, Singapore, and more to come. Our clients Tophatter and 500 Startups spoke on discovery commerce and fundraising globally.


Money20/20 - Las Vegas

Money20/20 brings together the who’s who in payments and financial services. It's the largest event in the finance space, where we placed Ben Black of Akkadian Ventures, David Barrett of Expensify, and Charles Moldow of Foundation Capital in 2017.

In 2018, we’re also excited to continue working with sister events Shoptalk (feat. Hawke Media, Sphero, and Instacart) and HLTH (feat. Enigma Technologies and Ayasdi).

Web Summit - Lisbon

Held annually since 2009, Web Summit has been called "the greatest tech show on earth" and "Davos for geeks," and continues to exceed expectations for our clients each year. From speaking in front of hundreds (sometimes thousands), to private dinners and networking with the likes of Al Gore, we’ve only heard glowing feedback from our clients Unacast, Enigma, Kespry, ChannelSight, and 500 Startups.

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Image from The Independent 

And that’s a wrap for 2017! In 2018, we’ll be doing a number of Top 10 conference roundups, so watch this space for the best events you should attend and/or speak at.

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