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The 20 Best Marketing Conferences in 2013

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One of my first orders of business in any new year is to figure out which conferences I will attend as part of my personal development plan. With that in mind, I asked my social media connections “what are the best marketing conferences?”

The list of the best marketing conferences I compiled is based on the feedback I received from dozens of people so if I missed any, please let me know and add it to the comments below.

One of the things that stuck out for me right away is the diversity. There are events covering just about every topic in marketing today: social media, online marketing, search engine marketing, inbound marketing, branding, marketing leadership, content marketing, direct marketing, business marketing and more.

In full disclosure, I am speaking at a few of these and have identified those where I have been confirmed. So if you are attending these particular events, please look me up and come say hello. I can’t wait to meet you #IRL .

20 Best Marketing Conferences 2013

Social Media Strategies Conference February 5-7 in Las Vegas, NV, Chicago in April and New York in June (I’m speaking in NYC)

Online Marketing Summit February 11-13 in San Diego, CA and Fall, 2013 in New York, NY

Marketing Sherpa E-Mail Summit February 19-22 in Las Vegas, NV

SXSW Interactive March 8-12 in Austin, TX (the film and music festivals continue through the 17th)

Search Engine Strategies (SES) March 25-28 in New York, NY and September 10-14 in San Francisco, CA

Inbound Marketing Summit April 3-4 in New York, NY

Ad:Tech Digital Marketing Conference April 9-10 in San Francisco

Forrester Forum for Marketing Leadership April 18-19 in Los Angeles, CA

DemandCon April in San Francisco, CA and October in Boston, MA

B2B Content2Conversion April 22-23 in New York, NY

iStrategy Global Digital & Social Media Conference April 23 -24 in Miami, FL

Sirius Decisions 2013 May 8-10 in San Diego, CA

Business Marketing Association May 29-31 in Chicago, IL

Confab Content Strategy conference June 3-5 in Minneapolis, MN (Speaking)

Content Marketing World 2013 Sept 9-12 in Cleveland, OH (Speaking confirmation is pending)

Brand ManageCamp Sept 16-17 in Las Vegas, NV

ANA: Master of Marketing Conference October 3-6 in Phoenix, AZ (many recommended this, but it says registration is closed.)

MarketingProfs B2B Marketing Forum October 10-11 in Boston, MA

Direct Marketing Association October 12-17 in Chicago, IL

Pivot Conference October 15-16 in New York, NY

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