Marketing content conferences

Make 2016 the year you learn something new to advance your career. This global list of content conferences and marketing events could give you the hands-on learning you need to make it happen. In addition to content marketing and content strategy, we’ve compiled the dates, times and locations for digital marketing, search marketing, social media, user experience, mobile, Web design, technical communications, IT and other conferences.

From Portland to Prague and Las Vegas to London, there are content conferences and marketing events all over the world and during almost every month of 2016. May and October are two of the biggest months, so get your proposal ready and make a case to your management to send you to one.

Two Rivers Marketing sends employees to dozens of conferences and events each year to help us stay up to date and informed about the latest practices, trends and topics. It’s educational and beneficial to our agency and clients, and it’s also fun for us to attend and get away from work for a few days.

We’ll update our mega-list of content marketing conferences again in late spring, so send me an email at the address at the end of the post if you’d like to add your conference to the list.

 

2016 Content Conferences

February

Feb. 1 – 2, 2016 — Agile Content Conference 2016; London, England; learn practices to help teams work together on content, including content techniques inspired by agile development methods like user stories and pair writing, user research techniques to help colleagues understand user needs and facilitation techniques to build trust in content workshops

 

Feb. 4 – 5, 2016 — Search Engine Strategies (SES); Miami; “Putting the User First: Excelling in the New Era of Search Marketing”; join the industry’s top practitioners, and learn how to thrive in this new customer-centric landscape

 

Feb. 9 – 11, 2016 — ConveyUX 2016; Seattle; event for user experience professionals that features three full days of education and networking

 

Feb. 9 – 11, 2016 — Social Media Strategies Summit; Las Vegas; fuel your social media strategy through compelling content, customer experience, brand storytelling, advocacy and technology

 

Feb. 9 – 12, 2016 — Webstock; Wellington, New Zealand; a lively conference that attracts some of the biggest and most interesting new names in digital to New Zealand

 

Feb. 11 – 13, 2016 — XML Prague; Czech Republic; a conference on markup languages and data on the Web featuring topics such as Web markup, semantic visions and reality, publishing for the 21st century, XML technologies and big data, and the state of the SML union

 

Feb. 15 – 17, 2016 — B2B Content 2 Conversions; Scottsdale, Arizona; focused on driving conversions through content for B2B businesses

 

Feb. 17 – 19, 2016 — Mobile Trends Conference; Krakow, Poland; Poland’s biggest IT conference dedicated to mobile solutions and technologies offers more than 30 lectures across three days

 

Feb. 20, 2016 — World IA Day; held in 71 cities in 35 countries; a one-day, annual celebration focused on the practice and education of information architecture; these events bring together a diverse community including information architects, user experience designers, content strategists, product managers, developers, scholars and students; check the website for an event near you

 

Feb. 24, 2016 — ContentTECH; held virtually; a free one-day event dedicated to content marketing technology that features six technology-focused webinars

 

Feb. 25 – 26, 2016 —TC World and Tekom; Bangalore, India; this conference offers premium content from the world of technical communication by bringing together international speakers selected by independent tekom (European Association for Technical Communication) committees

 

March

March 1 – 3, 2016 — SMX West: Silicon Valley; San Jose, California; with over 60 sessions, clinics and keynotes, you’ll discover topics tailored for your needs — whether you’re into SEO or SEM, and whether you’re an advanced search marketer or a beginner just learning the ropes

 

March TBD, 2016 — Search Engine Strategies (SES); Miami; you’ll hear about SEO and paid search tactics and learn how to measure campaign successes

 

March 7 – 9, 2016 — Intelligent Content Conference; Las Vegas; annual gathering of content professionals to learn about the topics, standards, methods and technologies used today to enable intelligent content solutions

 

March 7 – 10, 2016 — SXSWeek; Austin, Texas; for content marketers who are interested in content strategy, technology and multimedia

 

March 10 – 11, 2016 — inOrbit 2016: Inbound Marketing Conference; Ljubljana, Slovenia; dubbed the biggest inbound conference in Europe, this two-day event covers a broad range of topics from content marketing, search engine optimization, performance advertising, digital analytics, social media, email marketing, e-commerce and conversion rate optimization, plus it’s in Slovenia!

 

March 10 – 11, 2016 — Content Marketing Institute: Executive Forum; Las Vegas; exclusive meeting of 50 global senior-level marketers in the discipline of content marketing; the event includes presentations from top marketing practitioners and thought leaders about what senior-level marketers need to know

 

March 11 – 15, 2016 — SXSW Interactive; Austin, Texas; offers the unique convergence of music, independent films and emerging technologies

 

March 14 – 16, 2016 — An Event Apart; Nashville, Tennessee; an intensely educational learning session for passionate practitioners of standards-based Web design; if you care about code as well as content, usability as well as design, this conference is for you

 

March 16 – 17, 2016 — Digital Marketing Innovation Summit; New York City; learn from industry leaders and exchange ideas, innovate your digital marketing and watch all presentation videos post-summit

 

March 16 – 17, 2016 — Search Engine Strategies (SES); Jakarta, Indonesia; “Getting Tactical with Digital: Mastering customer acquisition and retention through social media”; an action-packed, educationally focused one-day multi-stream conference covering the very latest tips, tricks and tools to help you increase your marketing effectiveness and ROI

 

March 17 – 18, 2016 — SMW Munich; Munich, Germany; with over 60 sessions, clinics and keynotes, you’ll discover topics tailored for your needs – whether you’re into SEO or SEM, and whether you’re an advanced search marketer or a beginner just learning the ropes

 

March 17 – 19, 2016 — Social Media Marketing World; San Diego; the world’s largest social media marketing conference; by attending you’ll make connections with 100+ of the world’s top social media pros and discover amazing ideas that’ll transform your social media marketing

 

March 20 – 24, 2016 — Adobe Summit; Las Vegas; connects more than 5,000 digital marketers to learn about the latest trends and tools, and how to get better, more quantifiable results from digital marketing programs

 

April

April 4 – 6, 2016 — An Event Apart; Seattle; an intensely educational learning session for passionate practitioners of standards-based Web design; if you care about code as well as content, usability as well as design, this conference is for you

 

April 7, 2016 — WebVisions NYC; a full day of workshops followed by a series of talks in the evening

 

April 10 – 17, 2016 — Digimarcon Cruise; Houston; the only digital marketing conference that takes place on a cruise ship: Learn the latest innovative technologies and best practices and gain insights from successful digital marketing campaigns

 

April 10 – 12, 2016 — MadWorld 2016; San Diego; the premier conference for technical writers, documentation managers and content strategists

 

April 11 – 13, 2016 — Search Engine Strategies (SES); New York City; “Creating the Ultimate Customer Experience: Inspire, acquire, convert and retain; leading the discussion across digital marketing, digital transformation and beyond,” this year marks the 17th annual event in New York, providing you with the most advanced practical theory and innovative strategy in the industry

 

April 13 – 14, 2016 — Now What? Conference; Sioux Falls, South Dakota; two days of talks and workshops about how to maintain and improve your website

 

April 15, 2016 — TCeurope Colloquium 2016; Porto, Portugal; an event for technical communicators in Europe featuring information delivery, emerging technologies and methods for engaging users

 

April 16 – 21, 2016 — NAB Show; Las Vegas; huge event that brings together people from broadcast, digital media, film, entertainment, telecom, post-production, education, houses of worship, advertising, military/government, retail, security, sports, IT and more to learn about next-generation content

 

April 17 – 19, 2016 — Social Media Marketing World; San Diego; the largest social media conference in the world designed to inspire and empower you with social media marketing ideas

 

April 18 – 20, 2016 – Marketing United; Nashville, Tennessee; join world-class experts and marketing innovators for inspiring stories and creative ideas, all at the Country Music Hall of Fame.

 

April 18 – 21, 2016 — New Media Expo; Las Vegas; join 98,000 bloggers, podcasters, Web TV creators, traditional radio and TV broadcasters, producers, celebrities, media executives and social media marketers to learn the latest about electronic media

 

April 18 – 19, 2016 —TC World and Tekom; Shanghai, China; this conference offers premium content from the world of technical communication by bringing together international speakers selected by independent tekom committees

 

April 20 – 22, 2016 — Digital Media Europe; Vienna, Austria; the only truly European conference on digital revenue

 

April 26 – 28, 2016 — Social Media Strategies Summit; Chicago; fuel your social media strategy through compelling content, customer experience, brand storytelling, advocacy and technology

 

April 28 – 29, 2016 — Intra.NET Reloaded 2016; Berlin, Germany; join the biggest intranet and enterprise social networking event where more than 250+ decision makers in communications, business and technology from global corporates gather to exchange on challenges and opportunities to create tomorrow’s digital workplace

 

May

May 3 – 4, 2016 — SearchLove Conference; Boston; a two-day event bringing together some of the world’s leading thinkers in online marketing; get up to speed on the latest in search, analytics, content creation, optimizing your website, paid promotions and more

 

May 3 – 5, 2016 — J. Boye; Philadelphia; Web and intranet conference for Web managers, Web project managers and intranet managers; themes include leadership and strategy, standards and technology, intranet and digital workplace, content and communications, and personalization and relevance

 

May 4 – 8, 2016 — IA Summit; Atlanta; a community gathering of information architects, content publishers, and all who design information spaces to share stories, improve skills, and make content easier for everyone to find and share

 

May 5 – 6, 2016 — 99U; New York City; this conference shifts the focus from idea generation to idea execution and brings together creative visionaries and leading researchers to share insights on how ideas are brought to life

 

May 11 – 12, 2016 — Ad Tech; Los Angeles; where marketing, technology and media communities come together to find the right solution providers, network and stay abreast of trends

 

May 11 – 12, 2016 — Adobe Digital Marketing Summit EMEA; London, England; deep insights, focused learning, endless networking: Join Europe’s largest digital marketing conference and learn how you can combine creativity, content and data to create compelling experiences for your customers

 

May 11 – 12, 2016 — AMPlify: The Employee Advocacy Conference; Waltham, Massachusetts; the world’s first and only event addressing the unique challenges associated with employee advocacy and partner engagement; brings together social media marketing professionals and Gaggle managers to learn and discuss how to engage employees and stakeholders in your company’s online marketing efforts

 

May 11 – 14, 2016 — Digital Strategy Conference and Workshops; Vancouver, British Columbia; become better informed, better educated and better prepared to meet your customers’ needs

 

May 15 – 18, 2016 — Technical Communication Summit 2016; Anaheim, California; offers 80 sessions covering all aspects of technical writing, editing, project management and publication

 

May 16 – 18, 2016 — An Event Apart; Boston; an intensely educational learning session for passionate practitioners of standards-based Web design; if you care about code as well as content, usability as well as design, this conference is for you

 

May 17 – 19, 2016 — Gartner Digital Marketing Conference; San Diego; created for senior executives as the premier outlet for learning the latest digital marketing trends; you will leave with actionable insights and key strategies derived from independent and objective research

 

May 18 – 19, 2016 — SMX London; London, England; immerse yourself in three days of SEO, SEM and online marketing sessions, and you’re guaranteed to leave with practical tips and techniques to immediately improve your search marketing efforts; SMX also has strategic sessions to help you with what’s coming over the horizon

 

May 18 – 20, 2016 — UX London 2016; London, England; this conference brings engaging industry leaders from around the world to present a combination of inspirational talks and lively, hands-on workshops

 

May 18 – 20, 2016 — Confab Central; Minneapolis; join 650 content strategy enthusiasts — from newbies to old-timers — for three days of workshops and sessions (Author’s note: Two Rivers Marketing always sends a team to this event. It’s a great intro to content strategy.)

 

May 18 – 20, 2016 — WebVisions PDX; Portland, Oregon; now in its 16th year, this conference brings together an all-star lineup of speakers including Douglas Rushkoff, Mike Monteiro, Meagan Fisher, Aaron Draplin, Nina Freeman and many more

 

May 19 – 23, 2016 — How Design Live; Atlanta; gathering of creative professionals in all disciplines with a range of experience come to learn about the creative industry

 

May 23, 2016 — The Employee Engagement and Collaboration Shake-Up; Atlanta; a workshop on engaging your employees for advocacy and collaboration held in advance of The Social Shake-Up conference

 

May 24 – 25, 2016 — The Social Shake-Up; Atlanta, Georgia; the best and biggest independent conference for enterprise social and the premier marketing conference for anyone who wants to be on the cutting edge of today’s fast-paced business environment; 35 breakout sessions over two days featuring the best thinkers and top brands having a candid discussion on the future of social business

 

May 24 – 27, 2016 — UXLx: User Experience; Lisbon, Portugal; four days of training and inspiration for UX pros, come to sunny Lisbon for two full-day and 16 half-day workshops to hone up your skills and 11 inspiring talks from thought leaders in the field

 

May 31 – June 3, 2016 — UXPA 2016; Seattle; this is the place to be for learning about best practices for user-centered product development, usability research, product design and real-world case studies

 

June

June TBD, 2016 — B2B Marketer Awards & Conference; New York City; celebrate the achievements of B2B marketers at the inaugural conference

 

June 1 – 2, 2016 — SMX Paris; Paris, France; experts in search marketing exchange ideas to help you influence the industry and create a network

 

June 1 – 2, 2016 — Augmented Reality World Expo; Santa Clara, California; brings together the world’s largest gathering of augmented reality professionals to make the world more interactive

 

June 1 – 3, 2016 — Social Media Strategies Summit; New York City; fuel your social media strategy through compelling content, customer experience, brand storytelling, advocacy and technology

 

June 2 – 3, 2016 — Content Marketing Academy; Edinburgh, Scotland; aimed at helping business owners, marketers and entrepreneurs become better marketers through sharing resources, examples and case studies

 

June 5 – 8, 2016 — PePcon 2016, San Diego; a conference focused on print and e-publishing with insights on e-books, print, iPads/tablets, interactive documents and more

 

June 9 – 10, 2016 — UA Europe; Budapest, Hungary; an annual conference for technical communicators that focuses on software user assistance and online help, it provides a unique update on the latest industry trends, technical developments and best practices in software user assistance

 

June 17, 2016 — UX Lausanne 2016; Lausanne, Switzerland; this conference focuses on how user experience impacts organizations

 

June 21 – 22, 2016 — SMX Advanced: Seattle; Seattle; the only conference designed exclusively for experienced search marketers; sessions are fast-paced, Q&A-packed, always informative and don’t stop to cover the basics

 

June 21 – 22, 2016 — Interop London; London, England; one of the tech events at London Technology Week, this conference will feature IT infrastructure, cloud computing, mobility, cyber security, data-defined business intelligence and software applications

 

June 27 – 29, 2016 — GIANT Conference 2016; Charleston, South Carolina; founded by a collective of designers and user-experience professionals who like to talk about and create rad work

 

July

July 7 – 9, 2016 — WebVisions BCN; Barcelona, Spain; back at the fabulous IED Design School in Barcelona for three days of design, UX, technology and content strategy magic

 

July 25 – 27, 2016 — An Event Apart; Washington, D.C.; an intensely educational learning session for passionate practitioners of standards-based Web design; if you care about code as well as content, usability as well as design, this conference is for you

 

August

Aug. 29 – 31, 2016 — An Event Apart; Chicago; three days of design, code and content; features 18 great speakers and sessions and a Gold Pass experience opportunity, including a complete set of e-books from A Book Apart, an exclusive customized backstage tour of Disney’s Hollywood Studios to learn how imagineers bring innovative ideas from concept to reality and more

 

September

Sept. 6 – 9, 2016 — Content Marketing World Conference and Expo; Cleveland; the one event where you can learn and network with the best and the brightest in the content marketing industry; you will leave with all the materials you need to take a content marketing strategy back to your team and to implement a content marketing plan that will grow your business and inspire your audience

 

Sept. 12 – 14, 2016 — Mozcon; Seattle; the premier inbound marketing conference that focuses on SEO, social media, community building, content marketing, brand development, CRO, the mobile landscape, analytics and more

 

Sept. 14 – 15, 2016 — Content Strategy Innovation Summit; Los Angeles; learn from industry experts and exchange ideas through deep dive discussion sessions; innovate your content strategy after hearing the latest best practices and lessons learnt from leading organizations

 

Sept. 19 – 21, 2016 — Confab Intensive; Seattle; time for some serious hands-on learning, three days of content strategy workshops taught by top industry experts on topics ranging from user experience, content management systems, editorial, workflow and governance

 

Sept. 21 – 23, 2016 — WebVisions CHI; Chicago; excited to have a wunderkind lineup of designers, strategist and technologists that include Aaron Draplin, Jason Fried, Jessica Walsh, Timothy Goodman, Yoni Block, Dan Saffer and a whole lot more

 

Sept. 22 – 24, 2016 — EuroIA 2016; Amsterdam, Netherlands; Europe’s leading information architecture and user experience conference, this unique event brings together veteran information architects, experts from diverse fields practicing information architecture and newcomers to the practice of information architecture and user experience design

 

Sept. 26 – 28, 2016 — Delight 2016; Portland, Oregon; a unique gathering of designers, technologists and businesses that care about creating experiences people love

 

October

Oct. TBD, 2015 — Midwest UX 2016; Louisville, Kentucky; a three-day gathering of the pioneers, developers and creatives driving a thriving Midwest UX community; offers a mix of inspiring talks, hands-on sessions and workshops

 

Oct. 3 – 5, 2016 — An Event Apart; Orlando: Special Edition; an intensely educational learning session for passionate practitioners of standards-based Web design; if you care about code as well as content, usability as well as design, this conference is for you

 

Oct. 4 – 7, 2016 — Dreamforce; San Francisco; at the largest B2B conference in the world, look into the future of B2B, gain new marketing ideas, and hear from keynote speakers representing Salesforce, Microsoft, The Honest Company, YouTube, The Hawn Foundation and many more

 

Oct. 5 – 7, 2016 — AMA Annual Marketing Conference; Orlando, Florida; join more than 450 marketers for a true meeting of the marketing minds, we will keep you on a strategic marketing course with a cadre of marketing experts and world-class thought leaders lighting the way with best and next practices

 

Oct. 5 – 7, 2016 — Content Strategy Forum 2016; Melbourne, Australia; content strategy forum is an open community for people interested in content strategy, at whatever level or scale; more conference details to come

 

Oct. 6, 2016 — Inboundcon 2016; Toronto, Canada; expect to see keynotes, a full stack panel, a fireside chat, and worksheets concentrating on search, social advertising, content marketing, growth hacking, landing pages, inbound marketing, conversion optimization, PPC advertising and digital marketing

 

Oct. 11 – 13, 2016 — Pubcon Las Vegas 2016; Las Vegas; named a Forbes must-attend conference and an Inc. top conference for growing your business — features the industry’s leading businesses, start-ups, speakers, keynotes, exhibitors and sponsors involved in social media, digital marketing, search engines and online advertising

 

Oct. 16 – 18, 2016 — DMA 2016: “&THEN”; Los Angeles; marketers should always leverage data to help inform them about what content they should create; this conference is all about being a data-driven marketer

 

Oct. 16 – 19, 2016 — HigherEdWeb Integrated Marketing Academy; Memphis, Tennessee; intense program offers interactive learning experiences in a small group setting

 

Oct. 17 – 18, 2016 —SearchLove Conference; London, England; a two-day event bringing together some of the world’s leading thinkers in online marketing; get up to speed on the latest in search, analytics, content creation, optimizing your website, paid promotions and more

 

Oct. 18 – 21, 2016 — B2B Marketing Forum 2016; Boston; celebrating its 10th year of being the place where the leaders, innovators and people who make things happen gather to learn about the latest in B2B marketing and share the secrets of their success

 

Oct. 26, 2016 — WebVisions BLN; Berlin, Germany; high-five to Edenspikermann for hosting this event, which includes a full day of workshops followed by a series of talks in the evening; speakers include Nathan Shedroff, Sarah Hall, Yoni Bloch and more

 

Oct. 26 – 29, 2016 — LavaCon Conference; Las Vegas, Nevada; content strategy and user experience conference for documentation managers, content strategists, technical writers, content managers and developers, social media strategists, project managers and user experience managers

 

Oct. 29, 2016 — WebVisions LDN; London, England; Method is opening up its studio to host this event, which includes a full day of workshops followed by a series of talks in the evening, speakers include Nathan Shedroff, Sarah Hall, Yoni Bloch and more

 

Oct. 29 – 30, 2016 — REVOLVE Conference; Charleston, South Carolina; two-day gathering of designers, marketers and entrepreneurs who are influencing what’s next; geared toward advanced Web technologies, content strategy, marketing, design and development

 

Oct. 31 – November 2, 2016 — An Event Apart; San Francisco; an intensely educational learning session for passionate practitioners of standards-based web design; if you care about code as well as content, usability as well as design, this conference is for you

 

November

November 1 – 3, 2016 — J. Boye; Aarhus, Denmark; the global knowledge-sharing community returns to Aarhus for the 12th time for a three-day event covering content strategy to UX to tech trends

 

November 2 – 3, 2016 — Ad Tech; New York City; a conference and exhibition where the marketing, technology and media communities come together to share new ways of thinking, build strong partnerships and define new strategies to address the key industry challenges and opportunities

 

November 7 – 9, 2016 — Velocity; Amsterdam, Netherlands; join engineers, developers and technology leaders who are defining the IT-driven business with topics ranging from Web operations, performance, DevOps, optimization and more

 

November 8 – 10, 2016 — TC World and Tekom; Stuttgart, Germany; this conference offers premium content from the world of technical communication by bringing together international speakers selected by independent tekom committees

 

November 9 – 10, 2016 — Intra.NET Reloaded 2016; London, England; brings together 100+ decision makers from corporate IT, communications and business departments to discuss all things intranet

 

November 14 – 16, 2016 — Confab Higher Ed 2016; Philadelphia; the content challenges facing higher ed are really one-of-a-kind, and that’s why there’s an entire conference dedicated to your community

 

2017 Conferences

Feb. 23 – 24, 2017 —SearchLove Conference; San Diego; a two-day event bringing together some of the world’s leading thinkers in online marketing; get up to speed on the latest in search, analytics, content creation, optimizing your website, paid promotions and more

 

Like what you read? Sign up for our quarterly e-newsletter, The Watermark, to get more insights, industry trends, case studies and news from Two Rivers Marketing straight to your inbox.

 

About Keesia Wirt

Keesia Wirt, content strategist at Two Rivers Marketing, is a self-proclaimed content nerd. With a background in newspaper and magazine journalism, she now helps clients connect with their target audiences by creating relevant, valuable content that they want to read, watch and share with others. Her favorite tools include audience personas, crotchet hooks, whisks and duct tape. If you want to talk content, email her at keesiaw@2rm.com.