2019 Midwest Marketing Conferences Guide

Maximize your conference budget for 2019. Here’s a list of Midwest marketing conferences you won’t want to miss.


Midwest Digital Marketing Conference (MDMC)

MDMC is the largest digital marketing conference in the Midwest. Previous speakers have included BuzzFeed, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Refinery29, Under Armour, LinkedIn, and Google. Produced by University of Missouri—St. Louis, the conference is geared toward helping marketers stay ahead of the changing digital marketing landscape.

Date: April 16-18, 2019
Location: St. Louis, MO (St. Louis Union Station)
Ideal Audiences: CMOs, CEOs, business owners, marketing professionals, and marketing students
Cost: Starting at $149 (early-bird price)
Website: https://bestmarketingconference.com/en/

Confab: The Content Strategy Conference

Confab brings together those committed to making content more useful and usable—for their organizations and for their clients. The conference focuses on several areas:

  • Analytics and performance
  • User experience design
  • Workflows and stakeholders
  • Content design for AI and bots
  • Editorial assignments and calendars
  • Hiring and staff management

P.S. you don’t have to be a content strategist to attend.

Date: April 23-26, 2019
Location: Minneapolis, MN (Hyatt Regency Hotel)
Ideal Audiences: Those who design, build, and manage content (content strategists, UX designers, content marketers, writers and editors, technical communicators, and content managers)
Cost: Starting at $895 (through March 1)
Website: https://www.confabevents.com/

Zenith Digital Marketing Conference

#Zenith2019 will bring innovative marketing pros to Duluth to give you the strategies, tactics, and tools to make more money through digital marketing. The conference aims to provide actionable knowledge you can use to sell more, generate valuable leads, boost online engagement, increase social market share, and avoid wasteful online spending.

Date: Thursday, April 25, 2019
Location: Duluth, MN
Ideal Audiences: Marketing professionals of all levels who want to engage in meaningful digital marketing programs
Cost: $149 (non-profit), $249 (chamber member), $299 (non-member); early-bird pricing through 3/31
Website: http://zenithconference.com
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Digital Summit Kansas City

Digital Summit Kansas City is known for providing leading-edge digital media and marketing content, mixed with top-flight networking with internet execs, online marketers, entrepreneurs, and digital strategists. In 2019, there will be more than 55 in-depth sessions and workshops filled with practical takeaways and ideas.

Date: May 15-16, 2019
Location: Overland Park, KS (Overland Park Convention Center)
Ideal Audiences: Digital marketers, business development, executive teams, creative directors, social media marketers, product marketers, content creators, webmasters, UX/UI designers, and anyone who influences the growth and success of their company’s digital marketing
Cost: Starting at $255
Website: https://kansascity.digitalsummit.com/
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MnSearch Summit

During this full-day conference, you’ll learn from industry thought leaders who deliver forward-thinking digital strategies and tactics for marketing and business professionals.

This year’s topics include:

  • SEO
  • PPC
  • Social media
  • Email
  • Content
  • Video
  • Analytics

Date: Friday, June 21, 2019
Location: St. Paul, MN (St. Paul RiverCentre)
Ideal Audiences: Marketers (in-house, in agency, entrepreneurs) of all skill levels
Cost: $299 (before May 31)
Website: https://mnsearch.org/summit/

DigiMarCon Midwest 2019

Showcasing the most audacious and thought provoking speakers in the digital marketing industry, DigitalMarCon Midwest gives attendees emerging strategies, the latest innovative technologies, best practices, and insights from successful campaigns.

Topics include:

  • Content Strategy
  • Web Experience Management
  • Usability/Design
  • Mobile Marketing
  • Custom Engagement
  • Social Media
  • Targeting and Optimization
  • Content Marketing
  • Marketing Automation
  • Analytics and Data

Date: June 20-21, 2019
Location: Chicago, IL (Hyatt Regency McCormick Place)
Ideal Audiences: Innovators, senior marketers and branders, entrepreneurs, digital executives and professionals, web and mobile strategists, designers and web project managers, business leaders, business developers, agency executives and their teams, and anyone else who leverages digital, mobile, and social media marketing (everyone, right?)
Cost: Starting at $397 (early-bird price)
Website: https://digimarconmidwest.com/
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Midwest e-Com Conference

During the sixth-annual Midwest e-Com Conference for sellers by sellers, some of the most respected companies will gather to learn what’s changing in the world of e-commerce. If you sell on Amazon, eBay, Etsy, and other e-commerce platforms, this conference will help you decipher the rules of selling online so you can grow your business.

Date: July 19-20, 2019
Location: Minneapolis, MN (University of St. Thomas, Schulze Grand Atrium)
Ideal Audiences: New and seasoned online sellers
Cost: Starting at $299
Website: http://www.midwestecom.com/
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Ohio Marketing Summit

The Ohio Marketing Summit is a collaboration of regional, national, and international marketing leaders and brands. More than 250 brands come together to share fresh ideas, solve problems, and make meaningful connections during sevel interactive discussion panels, a Q&A with 50+ speakers, and 4+ hours of dedicated networking.

Date: August 13, 2019
Location: Columbus, OH (Hilton Columbus Downtown)
Ideal Audiences: Chief marketing officers, chief brand officers, advertising strategists, social media managers, creative directors, local/regional/national brands
Cost: $160.24
Website: https://www.ohiomarketingsummit.com/
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Content Marketing World

CMWorld is the largest content event. In 2018, nearly 4,000 marketers from more than 50 countries attended, and CMWorld 2019 is expected to be even bigger.

With your conference pass, you get access to 120+ sessions and workshops presented by leading brand marketers and experts. Strategy, storytelling, ROI, demand generation, and AI are just a few of the topics that will be covered. Bonus points if you like the color orange.

Date: September 3-6, 2019
Location: Cleveland, OH (Huntington Convention Center of Cleveland)
Ideal Audiences: Marketing and PR professionals, company leaders and managers, content managers and creators
Cost: Starting at $1,099 (early-bird price)
Website: https://www.contentmarketingworld.com/
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B2SMB Global Conference

The 2019 Global Conference is the B2SMB Institute’s largest event. More than 300 business-to-small-business execs meet to talk about sales and marketing practices, review fresh SMB research and insights, and form new partnerships.

Date: October 2-3, 2019
Location: Chicago, IL (venue TBD)
Ideal Audiences: Professionals who build, market, sell, and support products and services targeted to small businesses
Cost: Starting at $995
Website: https://b2smbi.com/global-conference/

What marketing conferences did you attend in 2018? Are there any we’re missing for 2019? Send us a message and let us know!

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