Marketing conferences are one of the best ways to stay current in this ever-changing industry and a great opportunity to learn from top executives and speakers. These large-scale events serve as platforms for thought leaders and other marketing professionals to connect and exchange ideas while you learn how to stay ahead of the curve.
The inspiration you feel and networking opportunities presented while attending these conferences can provide a renewed sense of motivation and purpose. The investment pays off in the form of valuable knowledge that you can then pass on to your clients and followers.
Unless you have unlimited funds, you probably won’t be able to make all of these conferences. Determining which conference is right for you will depend on what you hope to get out of your experience, so do your research. Many conferences cater to a specific marketing niche.
Whatever you’re looking for, you’ll find it in this collection of the year’s best Texas marketing conferences.
*Organized by date.
February 26-28, 2020
Bringing together marketing, media, and tech professionals from over 50 countries, Social Media Week is designed to empower brands and professionals in the ever-changing field of social media and digital marketing. Each day is packed with keynote speeches, panel sessions, workshops and mentorship sessions followed by nightly happy hours.
March 13-22, 2020
Part conference and part festival, SXSW is one of the biggest gatherings of creative professionals in the world. Each day is packed with live music and performances, visionary speakers from all over and amazing art. You’re sure to leave inspired.
April 5-7, 2020
Held at a Hill Country resort, this three-day optimization and experimentation conference has the perfect balance of work and play. Learn about conversion optimization, online experimentation, digital psychology and analytics from world-class experts — no sales pitches or sponsored speakers — then dance the night away at the resort, exclusively booked for this event.
April 8-9, 2020
A self-proclaimed gathering of digital nerds heads up this event in the heart of downtown Austin. This conference covers PPC alongside the most pressing developments in digital marketing. With 40+ sessions offered, there is sure to be a learning opportunity for all experience-levels.
April 16, 2020
This content-driven event features interactive discussion panels where 350+ Texas-based brands come together to share innovative ideas. This year’s keynote address is from GameStop Chief Customer Officer, Frank Hamlin, in addition to a presentation from GM Financial VP of Marketing, Mark Hernandez. Mix and mingle with like-minded marketing professionals during the dedicated networking time at the end of the conference.
May 3-6, 2020
Summit 2020 brings together the best and brightest leaders in B2B enabling sales, marketing, and product leaders to learn how to energize their business. Hear keynote speakers discuss the latest data-driven strategies while you connect and learn about new agencies, technologies, and services in the marketplace and at the networking event.
May 20-21, 2020
With presentations and expert panels led by a diverse group of digital marketing and sales professionals and info sessions on building traffic, expanding brand awareness, improving customer service and the latest digital tools, Digimarcon is designed to equip you for digital marketing success. The agenda includes plenty of opportunities to build your professional network.
Houston: June 2-4, 2020
Austin: July 16-17, 2020
Dallas: December 7-9, 2020
The Digital Summit is a two-day whirlwind of big-name speakers, workshops and sessions on everything from digital marketing strategies and content to email, search and design. There’s something for everyone!
September 10-11, 2020
Fort Worth, TX
Learn from and connect with graphic and UX designers, illustrators and makers from around the globe at this two-day creative conference. You’ll leave with new resources, ideas and know-how. Speakers include Design Director at Capital One, Aaron Irizarry, Creative Director at C3NYC, Grace Hazelgrove, and many more.
October 26-27, 2020
“Search is just the start” as digital marketing experts share their knowledge on key tactics and industry insights. Presented by the DFW Search Engine Marketing Association, this two-day gathering is crammed with keynotes and breakout sessions, offering the best place to learn from a Who’s Who in What’s What.
These conferences aren’t in Texas, but they’re too good not to mention. Save your airline miles for these special events.
March 29 – April 2, 2020
Las Vegas, NV
This Vegas-worthy extravaganza is completely customizable — choose from hundreds of labs and breakout sessions across ten content tracks (including Advertising, Content & Experience Management and Email & Marketing). Past keynote speakers have included Shantanu Narayen (CEO of Adobe), Satya Nadella (CEO of Microsoft), Drew Brees and Reese Witherspoon.
July 6-8, 2020
Moz is a single-track conference, so you won’t miss any of the exceptional presentations on topics such as SEO, analytics, content marketing and more. Each day wraps up with an exciting evening networking event.
August 18-21, 2020
Join 24,000+ fellow attendees for tons of information-packed breakout sessions, happy hours, food and first-rate entertainment. This year’s speakers haven’t been announced yet, but with previous mainstage speakers such as Michelle Obama, Katie Couric, Dharmesh Shah, Jennifer Garner and Shonda Rhimes, expect them to be good.
October 13-16, 2020
Content marketing’s best and brightest will gather to lead more than 120 sessions and workshops covering storytelling, ROI, demand generation, AI and more. It’s a massive event full of networking opportunities that will change the way you approach content marketing strategy.
If you’ve never attended a marketing conference before, make time for one this year. Not only can the things you’ll learn there be exactly what you need to take your marketing game to the next level, but it can also be really, really fun.