Top 5 Marketing Conferences in 2013 You Won’t Want to Miss

Jan 4, 2013   //   by Sarah Brooks   //   internet marketing, SEO Blog  //  26 Comments

Top 5 Marketing Conferences in 2013 You Wont Want to Miss - SEM Group Pic 1Whether you run a business, work in marketing, or just want to gain knowledge about business and marketing in general, attending a marketing conference should be on your top list of things to do in 2013. Marketing conferences allow you to gain comprehensive knowledge about growing your business and staying current with trends related to marketing.

With the end of 2012 approaching, now is the appropriate time to see which conferences will best suit your needs so you can start booking those trips and preparing for the year to come. You owe it to yourself and your business to attend a marketing conference next year.

Here is a list of five top marketing conferences you won’t want to miss in 2013:

The Content Marketing Strategies Conference – Berkeley, CA – May 8-9, 2013

If you’re a small business owner, this is the conference for you. Hosted by, this event specifically helps small businesses gain understanding on the role content marketing has in demand generation, sales, and SEO. You’ll be guaranteed to leave the conference with an action plan to jumpstart your content marketing in 2013.

Guest speakers include the following companies: SAS, Cisco, Intel, ServiceMax, Kelly Services, and more. They will share their experience with content marketing – including strategies, successes, and failures. This event was sold out last year, so get your tickets early, as this will change the way you market in the future.

iStrategy 2013 – Miami, FL – April 23-24, 2013

No matter what your business specializes in, iStrategy is where it’s at. It’s a conference all about transforming your digital strategy to meet the needs of today’s online demands – SEO, SEM, social, mobile, community, and commerce. The future of digital marketing will be discussed by the country’s most prestige digital marketers, online experts, and social media gurus. Takeaways from iStrategy will include improved customer engagement, developed marketing campaigns with authenticity and significance, and a high-performing, integrated marketing system that will forever change your organization. The conference also includes networking opportunities, guest speakers, and workshops.

Hawaii International Conference on Business – Honolulu, HI – May 23-26, 2013

This is Hawaii’s 13th Annual International Conference on Business, and it keeps getting better and better. Held on the island of Oahu at Waikiki Beach Marriot Resort and Spa, this will be the gathering place for academicians and business professionals from all over the world. The main focus of this conference is to learn from each other.

Last year, over 200 participants attended representing more than 27 countries. You’ll meet and interact with those both inside and outside your own area of expertise, and gain insight as to what others are doing all across the world.

Pivot Conference: From Social Brands to Social Media – New York City, NY – October 15-16, 2013

Pivot Conference is much more than your average social media conference. It’s a conference where not only do the speakers influence the audience, but the audience influences the speakers. You’ll learn from and with each other. At Pivot 2013, you’ll learn how to influence choices and become a trusted resource, what constitutes a successful organization, meet the leaders of brand initiatives at the leading edge of Social Business, and interact with celebrities, geniuses, and billionaires.

Note: Pivot is an invitation-only conference for senior executives. If this describes you, request an invite on Pivot 2013’s website.

SMX West – San Jose, CA – March 11-13, 2013

This is an all-encompassing conference for everyone – whether you own a business, work for a Fortune 500 company, are an experienced internet marketer, or are just diving into the world of internet marketing. As an attendee, you choose which conferences and seminars you want to attend. There are more than 50 sessions on search engine optimization, paid search advertising, social media marketing, local and mobile search, and landing page conversions. Since you can’t attend more than one conference at a time, they’re all uploaded so you can review ones you attended and see ones you missed out on.

Purchase the All Access pass to get all of the conference sessions, keynotes, access to the tradeshow floor, in-person networking activities, online networking activities, parties, and more. If you still want more after the conference is over, attend an in-depth workshop on March 14th on search and internet marketing topics to learn even more. SMX West is so compelling you’ll leave wanting to implement the strategies before you’ve even arrived back home.

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  • All the five events are great but I can join only in Hawaii International Conference on Business – Honolulu, HI – May 23-26, 2013 due to travel problems.

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  • abhishek says:

    been to a couple of them last year and they were simply enlightening….these conferences provide a very good platform to gain knowledge and meet like minded people….

  • Tom says:

    I will be attending the Content Marketing Strategies Conference. I’m never tired of listening what others have to say.

  • Steve says:

    All of them look like great conferences. Do they stream the information from all of these conferences online??

  • Purnima says:

    I have never been to any marketing conference since I have dived into the blogging world . All of them seem enlightening so would try to make to one of them .

  • Jane R. Ward says:

    Last month i have attended a conference on was a nice experience and i am learning and searching about marketing and online marketing strategy.Above article is helpful and i also like this what iswhat is marketing and sale

  • I have never attended content marketing conference but after knowing the names of the top five conferences, which will be conducted in 2013, I will try to attend at least one as I enjoy it. I do not get tired of listening what other people say. All the five places are superb.

  • Ross Taylor

    The Google Engage program is hosting an event in Mountain View, CA at the Google Plex this coming Thursday with Guy Kawasaki. I RSVP’d but don’t know if I’ve got a seat yet, but they’ll be doing a G+ hangout as well. Check it out if you’re a member of the engage program.

  • Jason

    I like The Content Marketing Strategies Conference. Love to get a free ticket and participate in it. Hope that I improve my social marketing skills by listening to the conference.

  • Adam Connell

    Sarah, I’m gutted – I can’t make any of these.

    I’m based in the UK so it would be quite difficult.

    I think SES London is on soon so I’ll try to get to that!

  • All of them look like great conferences. These conferences provide a very good platform to gain knowledge and meet like minded people….

  • Bojan says:

    Thank you for this list and dates.
    Unfortunately, I have to travel over 6000 miles to get to some of these conferences.

  • Arianne says:

    All of these look like great events, but are all US based. I’m based outside US and a few of interested persons I know also are. Attending conferences though can be really helpful for planning and marketing strategies. This will be useful to many.

  • Praveen Soni

    Hello Sarah,
    Hope you are in great health. I really enjoyed your post. I think the content marketing strategy is best for me.
    Thanks for sharing 🙂

  • Iain Duigan says:

    Some of them are streamed, but I guess it depends on the organisers. To answer a previous question.

    I’ll be attending the conference in Hawaii as a special birthday treat and I can pretend to be working at the same time 🙂

  • I like The Content Marketing Strategies Conference. Above article is helpful and i also like this ”what is marketing and sale.” Thanks to share it.

  • Ellie says:

    Do you know of any in the UK or Europe at least? The States are a little far to travel for me…

  • Jamy Hoster

    Hawaii is one of the top leading company right now and growing very fast I have worked with them in a project they have there own style of working which are different from EU or other side companies but still they are great going company.

  • Mary says:

    Don’t miss BlueGlassX 2013 in LA! Held on May 21st and May 22nd, join 175 other internet marketers in a 175 person intimate setting. Attend this one track conference with sessions from mobile, to SEO, to content marketing.

  • Ryan Key

    SMX looks exciting, would love to attend at least one of these conferences in my lifetime. Love that San Jose area.

  • markincense says:

    These are a bit far from me and may be I can not access them but I hope as you have write the information I will have this information from your blogs. Thank you for sharing this information.

  • Kamran says:


    Sarah you have done the great work i really great good knowledge about the marketing tips which are use mostly. keep it up and update us more with good knowledge.


  • Mont says:

    This is awesome! Thank you for sharing such interesting and informative post. This is very well written

  • Juliana Marcello says:

    It is really nice to know more strategies that will help you become better in Marketing. Everyone really needs to know more about content marketing or Internet marketing if they want to succeed in the business industry. A lot of small businesses and startup companies like Branded Bridge Line are successful because of good and effective marketing.

  • And not a single one near me! Would love to make it down to Hawaii for one of these!