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The Top 2018 and 2019 Conferences

Across the United States, there are dozens of conferences for those in the marketing, branding, social media, and graphic design industries. With so many options, it can become overwhelming.

Why Attend a Conference?

There are many reasons why people attend conferences. Attending a conference can help renew your excitement about the work that you perform. You can meet current and past colleagues and online acquaintances in person. In a digital world, there is still something compelling about meeting your contact in person.

Most importantly, attending enables you to stay relevant within your industry. Every industry is dynamically and rapidly changing, and it is harder to keep up with it all. Most conferences provide courses, keynotes, and workshops to help you learn new and relevant thing within your industry.

There are so many conferences to choose from each year, and whatever your specialty is marketing, branding or graphic design, we’ve listed some of the best conferences to attend for later months of 2018 and 2019.

Marketing Conferences

Incite Group Marketing Summit: West
Date: May 30-31, 2019
Location: Hyatt Regency Burlingame in San Francisco, California.
Website: https://events.incite-group.com/west

Learn from today’s top marketing leaders from over 60 innovative brands laying out the future map of marketing and how it must change. Companies include popular brands such as Levi’s, Mattel, Lyfy, Clorox, Twitter, Zulily, and more.  Know your customers better and how to engage more deeply and how to market with further accuracy. Storytelling and Content: Learn how to create less content that’s more relevant to your audience. Take the next step in content marketing.

Marketing Prof’s B2B Marketing Forum 
Date: November 13-16
Location: San Francisco in San Francisco, California.
Website: http://mpb2b.marketingprofs.com

The Marketing Prof’s B2B Marketing Form brings together leaders, innovators, and hardworking people to gather and learn about the latest in successful B2B marketing. Keynote speakers include Gopi Kallayil, Kevin Carroll, Margaret Molloy, and more. This forum gives the opportunity for creative networking.

PubCon (2018 & 2019 Dates)
Date: October 16-18, 2018
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada at the Las Vegas Convention Center.
Website: https://www.pubcon.com
Date: March 5-7, 2019
Location: Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Forbes has named PubCon as a must-attend conference and an Inc. top conference for growing your business. A social media and SEO conference, PubCon also covers a vast range of marketing topics such as SEM, email, content, and so much more. The conference features the industry’s leading businesses and startups, sponsors, and keynotes for digital marketing, social media, search engines, and online advertising. This dominant conference will give attendees a glimpse into the future of technology. Key speakers include; Adam Proehl, Ashley Ward, Brett Tabke, Erin Everhart, Greg Gifford, and more.

Internet Summit: Digital Marketing Conference
Date: November 14-15, 2018
Location: Raleigh Convention Center in Raleigh, North Carolina.
Website: InternetSummit.com

The Internet Summit is a conference that takes place throughout the US. Cities including Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Philidelphia, Seattle, Tampa, and more. This marketing conference features more than 50 speakers including Liza Dunning, Ben Morss, Jenny Hooks, Mike Huber, and more. This Digital Marketing Conference focuses on Content Marketing, Digital Strategies, Design/UX, Startups, Analytics, Search, Social Media, Emerging Technologies, and Email Marketing. You can choose from a variety of speakers, keynotes, and workshops throughout the day.

Branding Conferences

Brand New Conference (2018 & 2019 Dates)
Date: Sept 13-14, 2018
Location: Sept 13-14, New York City
Date: October 17-18, 2019
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
Website: https://www.underconsideration.com/brandnewconference

The Brand New Conference focuses on brand identity and the development of corporate projects by some of today’s most dynamic and prominent professionals from throughout the world. Each day, there will be eight sessions covering a variety of topics by participating speakers. Once you’ve absorbed all the information, it’s time to attend the after-party for attendees, non-conference attendees, and friends of those attending located at the M1-5 Bar & Lounge.

Brand Manage Camp
Date and Location: Sept. 25-26, 2018
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada.
Website: https://brandmanagecamp.com

Brand Manage Camp provides insights, tools, and inspiration to take your brand to the next level. Learn from the best speakers including Andres Davis, Blake Morgan, Jeffrey Rohrs, and more. This conference is perfect for those in the following industries: Advertising, Media, Strategy, Innovation, Content, Insights, Customer Behavior, Leadership, Metrics, and more. Take a look at the agenda here.

Graphic Design Conferences

HOW Design Live 
Date: May 7-10, 2019
Location: Chicago, Illinois.
Website: HowDesignLive.com

HOW Design Live 2019 enables you to refuel your passion along with providing creative inspiration to advance and achieve knowledge in your career. It continues to be one of the largest conference of designers, creative professionals in the world. By attending, you’ll have the opportunity to network with industry-leading businesses, industry peers and the brightest and best speakers

American Institute of Graphic Arts Design Conference (AIGA Design Conference)
Date: April 4-6, 2019
Location: Pasadena, California
Website: https://designconference.aiga.org

The American Institute of Graphic Arts is hosting this conference. It’s the largest and the oldest professional membership organization for design. This is an important conference for all design professionals; housing thousand of attendees and featuring more than 100 speakers, the AIGA Design Conference gives attendees unlimited chances for inspiration and networking and networking. Take a look at the schedule here.

SXSW
Date: March 8-17, 2019
Location: Austin, TX
Website: https://www.sxsw.com

Enjoy 10 days of learning, networking, discovery among the most creative individuals across film, music industries, and interactive. Listen to various speakers including Jason Blum, Susan Fowler, Bjarke Ingels, and more that will discuss ideas that shape our future. Attend meetups, lounges & parties and online networking. Join thousands for unparalleled discovery, inspiration, and networking at SXSW 2019.

99U Conference
Date: May 8-20, 2019
Location: Manhattan, New York
Website: https://conference.99u.com

This three-day conference provides insightful presentations, workshops, and networking events. Learn from today’s industry leaders and explore new ideas around teamwork, productivity, leadership, and more while sharpening your skills. It’s geared towards anyone in a creative field that wants to put ideas into actions. Previous speakers include Debbie Millman, Anil Dash, Seth Godin, Kimberly Bryant, and more.

Before you decide on attending, make sure you have done your research. Conferences are an investment and can provide valuable benefits for you and your business.

If you’re going to grow, you must meet new people, go new places, and change your routines. – Nick Boothman