The Top 38 Influencer Marketing Conferences To Attend

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The Top 38 Conferences For Opportunities in Influencer Marketing

There are dozens of marketing conferences and conventions, but some are decidedly more beneficial than others. With panels, workshops, Q&A’s, discussions, keynote speeches, special sessions, meet-ups, and presentations, conventions with a specific focus on influencers and online creators can be a great way to build relationships, improve tactics, gain insight, and get a better understanding of the influencer marketing industry as a whole.

Each convention focuses on different aspects of influencer marketing. Types of creators, content, brands, exhibitors, and presentations vary from convention to convention, but there are a few standout events that provide the best opportunities and information in influencer marketing. Here are the best influencer marketing conferences and related convetions to attend.

1. VidCon

One of the primary conventions for YouTubers, VidCon is the perfect place to learn about current trends and the latest developments in influencer spaces. It’s not limited to YouTube, either. VidCon industry events cover a wide variety of topics, from building a Snapchat audience to telling branded stories in virtual reality.

VidCon takes place in Anaheim, CA, and hosts a variety of events, panels, discussions, meet-ups, workshops, and addresses. Brands, creators, and fans all come together for this one-of-a-kind event.

  • Date: June 21-24, 2017
  • Location: Anaheim, CA

2. BeautyCon

Taking place in New York, Los Angeles, and London, BeautyCon is considered the ultimate destination for fashion and beauty marketers and influencers alike. It’s the perfect place to gain new insight into the industry, meet talent, and forge partnerships, and its singular focus on beauty and fashion means that information and events are tailored and relevant.

BeautyCon is home to panels, tutorials, events, shows, and meet-ups.

  • Date: Various dates
  • Location: New York, Los Angeles, and London

3. Playlist Live

Playlist Live is held in Orlando, FL, and is one of the biggest events for online creators. Much of Playlist Live focuses on influencers meeting one another and strengthening their business practices through discussions, Q&A’s, panels, and workshops. There’s also a deep social component to Playlist Live, as it’s one of the best opportunities creators have to meet and develop partnerships.

Playlist Live is also noted for its festive environment. There are shows and parties happening outside of the panels and workshops, which makes it a prime opportunity for influencers to capitalize on the atmosphere of the event itself in order to drive engagement.

  • Date: May 5-7
  • Location: Orlando, FL

4. TwitchCon

Twitch may not be the first platform that comes to mind for influencer marketing, but given its place of importance in the gaming community, it’s important not to discount Twitch. Drawing 9.7 million daily active users, it’s a veritable powerhouse in livestreaming. TwitchCon is an opportunity for creators, brands, industry partners, and fans to interact face-to-face, which is particularly beneficial for influencers and marketers looking to get a better understanding of the dynamic that drives Twitch.

TwitchCon includes sessions and events and is designed to be a major opportunity for networking and partnership development.

  • Date: October 2017
  • Location: Long Beach, CA

5. SXSW Interactive

South by Southwest (SXSW) has grown immensely in the 30 years since the first festival. Spanning film, music, and interactive media, SXSW is a huge opportunity for marketers and influencers to immerse themselves in the cutting edge of art, popular culture, and creative progress. Interactive focuses on technology and emerging media, making it the perfect opportunity for brands and creators to connect through advertising and content creation discussions.

SXSW takes place every year in Austin, TX, and includes panels, keynote speakers, Q&A’s and large live events and gatherings. Because the film, music, and interactive portions of the festival overlap or run concurrently, there are unprecedented opportunities to interact with intersecting pieces of culture, technology, and audience development.

  • Date: March 9-18, 2018
  • Location: Austin, TX

6. CES

The International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) takes place in Las Vegas, NV, annually and is a trade show focused on consumer electronics. One of the largest gatherings of brands, creative talent, and advertisers, CES has a massive show floor but is also known for its keynote addresses and sessions during the conference.

CES also provides an opportunity for brands to show off their latest wares and make face-to-face connections with personalities that may have access to and a profound connection with their core and sought after demographics.

  • Date: January 9-12, 2018
  • Location: Las Vegas, NV

7. Digiday Content Marketing Summit

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Digiday puts on a host of events annually, and its Content Marketing Summit is focused on improving content marketing tactics and looking forward to what’s ahead for brand communication.

  • Date: August 14-16, 2017
  • Location: Vail, CO

8. Social Shake-Up Show

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Focused specifically on reaching audiences through social, The Social Shake-Up Show covers topics on social media networks, SEO, livestreaming and more.

  • Date: May 22-24, 2017
  • Location: Atlanta, GA

9. Content Marketing World

Content Marketing World Conference 2017

Content Marketing World includes workshops, sessions, and panels on the most effective ways to implement and track content marketing efforts.

  • Date: September 5-8, 2017
  • Location: Cleveland, OH

10.  Inbound

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Drawing speakers like Issa Rae (former YouTuber and co-creator/star of HBO’s Insecure), Brit Marling (creator of Netflix’s The OA) and Chef Mario Batali, Inbound brings some big names to the table to discuss sales and marketing through keynotes, sessions, and networking events.

  • Date: September 25-28, 2017
  • Location: Boston, MA

11. Social Media Strategies Summit

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Taking place in various cities throughout the country between April 2017 and February 2018, the Social Media Strategies Summit is a meeting of experts to discuss brand practices and marketing on social media.

  • Date: Various dates
  • Location: Chicago, New York, Boston, and San Francisco

12. Social Media Week

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Convening in cities all over the world (including New York, Los Angeles, and London), Social Media Week covers a range of topics, from issues stemming from fake news to video advertising in social.

  • Date: Various dates
  • Location: Various cities

13. Adobe Summit

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With speakers and presenters like Kate McKinnon and Peyton Manning along with top marketing talents from National Geographic, the NBA, Facebook, and Microsoft, Adobe Summit is one of the biggest marketing conferences around.

  • Date: March 18-22, 2018
  • Location: Las Vegas, NV

14. PubCon

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Covering topics in social media, digital advertising, and online media, PubCon began in London pub in 2000 but has since grown to a major destination for marketers in online advertising.

  • Date: November 6-9, 2017
  • Location: Las Vegas

15. ad:tech

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Though it spans just two days, ad:tech conferences cover a wealth of relevant topics that intersect with influencer marketing, such as Twitch, live video streaming, and Snapchat. It also has a heavy focus on technology’s role in advertising.

  • Date: October 18-19 2017
  • Location: New York City, NY

16. Marketing Nation Summit

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Another conference that draws big names, Marketing Nation Summit is presented by Marketo and will play host to Queen Latifah, James Corden and more to discuss influencer marketing, content marketing and more. Though it covers more than just digital marketing, it’s a destination for some of the biggest creators and brands in marketing.

  • Date: April 23-26, 2017
  • Location: San Francisco, CA

17. Spredfast Summit

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Spredfast covers a wide range of topics, including influencer and celebrity marketing, virtual reality, livestreaming, and storytelling. A multi-media conference, it provides attendees with a number of diverse opportunities for sessions.

  • Date: October 3-5, 2017
  • Location: Austin, TX

18. Influencer Marketing Hub Conference

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2017 will be the first year for the Influencer Marketing Hub conference, but it promises to bring together platforms (like TapInfluence) and brands along with speakers to discuss influencer campaigns and how to elevate them.

  • Date: November 8, 2017
  • Location: London

19. IZEAFest

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IZEAFest includes sessions and events where brands and influencers meet to discuss and forge connections through the specific lens of influencer and content marketing.

  • Date: February 10-11, 2017
  • Location: Kissimmee, FL

20. Digimarcon West

Digimarcon Digital Marketing Conference West 2017

Centered around digital marketing, Digimarcon West covers a wide range of topics in the digital space, including content marketing, analytics, social media, and more.

  • Date: June 14-15, 2017
  • Location: Santa Monica, CA

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21. San Diego Comic-Con

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One of the premiere events in entertainment and media, San Diego Comic-Con is a next-level opportunity for influencers and creators to connect with the biggest brands looking to leverage the power of entertainment and pop culture in marketing.

  • Date: July 20-23, 2017
  • Location: San Diego, CA
22. Ragan Disney

Ragan Disney World social media conference

Taking place at Disney World, Ragan’s social media conference focuses on PR and corporate communications.

  • Date: March 27-29, 2017
  • Location: Orlando, FL
23. Digital Marketing World Forum

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Digital Marketing World Forum covers a wide range of topics, including content marketing and social media marketing, with some focus on influencer marketing and engagement on social platforms.

  • Date: 2017 Dates TBD
  • Location: New York City, NY
24. Content Marketing Conference

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The keynote speeches, sessions, panels and discussions at the Content Marketing Conference focus on improving content marketing tactics through comedy, storytelling, and more.

  • Date: April 11-14, 2017
  • Location: Boston, MA
26. Social Media Camp

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The biggest draw of Social Media Camp is the variety in programming and content, as it focuses not just on marketing tactics, but on the impact of those tactics on a cultural level.

  • Date: May 3-4, 2017
  • Location: Victoria, BC, Canada
27. InfluenceTHIS

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Another Canadian conference, Influence This’ one-day event focuses specifically on influencer partnerships, bringing together influencers, agencies, and brands.

  • Date: May 17, 2017
  • Location: Toronto, ON, Canada
28. Corporate Social Media Summit

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Focused on the way in which brands interact with their audiences through social media, the Corporate Social Media Summit aims to help the world’s biggest brands understand how to inspire loyalty and engagement through social media messaging.

  • Date: June 15-16, 2017
  • Location: New York City, NY
29. GrowCommerce 2017

GrowCommerce Digital Marketing Conference

Centered around developing effective tactics for customer-facing brands, GrowCommerce is a one-day conference that covers a variety of topics in customer acquisition and engagement, including influencer marketing.

  • Date: July 20, 2017
  • Location: New York City, NY
30. eTail 2017

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eTail is primarily retail-focused and includes all manner of marketing-related topics as they pertain to retailers, particularly in the e-commerce space.

  • Date: February 26-March 1, 2018
  • Location: Palm Springs, CA
31. Social Tools Summit

Social Tools Summit social media conference

The Social Tools Summit is all about highlighting and learning how to implement tools, tactics, and best practices in social media marketing.

  • Date: October 26, 2017
  • Location: San Jose, CA
32. #BlogHer17

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A major destination for women in media and digital marketing, the BlogHer conference brings together influencers, marketers, creators, and brands.

  • Date: June 22-24, 2017
  • Location: Orlando, FL
33. Gamescom

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Tailored specifically for gaming influencers who build audiences around games on platforms like Twitch, Gamescom is a favorable pick for brands and marketers in the gaming space.

  • Date: August 22-26, 2017
  • Location: Cologne, Germany
34. Mom 2.0 Summit

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Centered around the intersection of moms and marketers in the online space, Mom 2.0 Summit particularly pertains to topics in parenting, food, politics, entertainment, and more.

  • Date: May 10-12, 2017
  • Location: Orlando, FL
35. New Media Expo

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The New Media Expo is all about examining opportunities in marketing in new and emerging content types, from blogs and podcasts to online video and social media networks.

  • Date: 2017 Details TBD
  • Location: 2017 Details TBD
37. PAX Prime

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PAX conferences take place all over the world and focus on specifically on gaming and the fans, creators, and brands that deal primarily in the gaming space. PAX Prime takes place in Seattle, WA.

  • Date: 2017 Dates TBD
  • Location: Seattle, WA
38. Digital Summit

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Digital Summit is about the intersection of digital media and marketing, covering everything from email marketing tactics to mobile and video marketing strategies.

  • Date: April 4-5, 2017
  • Location: Los Angeles, CA
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