Top Influencer Marketing Conferences to Attend

Influencer marketing is growing in popularity all of the time. We recently wrote about why we believe that influencer marketing is the new content king and have presented numerous other articles over the last year about the influencer marketing phenomenon.

Yet, to many people, influencer marketing is still a new idea. Brands now realize the importance of influencer marketing to their campaigns, but many have yet to learn how to go about engaging in it. So what’s a great way for people to expand their influencer marketing knowledge? To come together and hear from the experts at a conference.

The Influencer Marketing Hub is proud to put together the Inaugural Influencer Marketing Hub Conference in London on September 28th.

Of course, not everybody can be in London at that time, so we thought it would be useful to provide you with a list of conferences that could be of use to those interested in influencer marketing that are scheduled for the remainder of 2017. Although there are a few specialist influencer marketing conferences, like our own, most of these are more general conferences or expos that should be of value to those wanting to participate in influencer marketing.


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Specialist Influencer Marketing Conferences


Inaugural Influencer Marketing Hub Conference

London, UK
Sep 28, 2017

As our name suggests, we are the hub of everything influencer marketing related. We make a point of keeping you informed on all aspects of the influencer marketing industry.

Therefore we have pulled together some of the biggest names in the industry to London for our Inaugural Influencer Marketing Hub Conference on September 28th.

Although we have yet to finalize our speaking roster and schedule you can look forward to hearing from a wide range of people who can truly call themselves influencer marketing experts. These range from platform developers to brands who successfully use influencer marketing. These influencer marketing experts will share their secrets with you on how to take influencer marketing to the next level.

The Influencer Marketing Hub Conference will have something valuable for anybody who has any involvement with influencer marketing - whether you be a seasoned brand already influencer marketing, a business thinking about beginning your first campaign, a social media superstar wanting to capitalise on your loyal following, or a micro influencer who knows a lot about a narrow niche. There’s still time to pre-register. We look forward to seeing you in London on September 28th.


Influence THIS

Toronto ON, Canada
May 17, 2017

This conference is coming up very shortly, so if you are interested in attending you will need to make your mind up soon. It provides an opportunity to connect with Canada’s top marketers, agencies, influencer networks, and creators.

The program for the day includes sessions on:

  • The Whole Digital Enchilada
  • The State of the Influencer Economy
  • Know Thy Customer
  • How to Use Influencer Marketing to Market Your Entertainment Properties
  • Face-to-face Meetings
  • Influencing Brand Canada at Home and Abroad
  • An Audience-Led Approach to Content Development
  • Influencer Marketing in Quebec
  • What Does a Next Generation Content Company Look Like?
  • Roadmapping Your Brand’s Story in a Complex Multi-Channel Universe
  • Face-to-face Meetings
  • ROI: Return on Influence
  • Amplify Yourself!
  • Your Brain on Influencer
  • Beauty is the Eye of the Beholder
  • Futureproofing Your Organization
  • From the Basement to the Boardroom

Influencer Marketing Days Conference

New York NY, USA
Sep 25 - 26, 2017

Influencer Marketing Days is a conference dedicated to all things influencer marketing. It targets both marketers and those responsible for company influencer marketing campaigns. The inaugural Influencer Marketing Days conference was held in New York in November 2016. This was obviously a success as they will hold their second conference in September 2017.

They have not yet made their agenda or speaking list public yet, however, if they follow the same pattern as the 2016 conference there should be a wide variety of sessions, covering the full gamut of influencer marketing issues. In 2016 they covered topics ranging from How to Win Influencers to Identifying Your Influencers to How to Establish Yourself as an Industry Expert.


Other Conferences With an Influencer Marketing Interest


BeautyCon Festival

New York NY, USA / Los Angeles CA, USA
May 20, 2017 (NY) / Aug 12 - 13, 2017 (LA)

While on the surface these may appear odd conferences to appear on an influencer marketing list, they are highly relevant for those businesses who work in the beauty niche. The BeautyCon Festivals are the ideal place for brands and influencers to meet up.

Indeed both the New York and Los Angeles festivals recognize this and make it easy for these meet-ups to occur. Visitors who buy the Social Package receive access to the Social Lounge, which is specifically designed for these influencer meetups. The list of items you are allowed to bring with you includes letters to your favorite influencers. As well as the meetups in the Social Lounge, those in the beauty niche can enjoy panels, tutorials, events and shows.


The Social Shake-Up

Atlanta GA, USA
May 22 - 24, 2017

The Social Shake-Up describes itself as being the premier social media conference which will “... redefine what social media means for your business, your brand, your future”. These are lofty aims indeed. Obviously, this covers a much wider field than just influencer marketing and targets all digital, social, marketing, PR, and communications professionals who want innovative ways to incorporate social media into their overall business strategy.

Influencer marketing has not been forgotten, however, with many of the sessions highly relevant. These include:

  • Snapchat Content Strategies that Hook Audiences and Make Them Care
  • How to Take Your Twitter Strategy from Meh to Wow!
  • Innovating on Instagram
  • Paid Social Strategies that Won’t Break the Bank
  • Leveraging YouTube to Maximize User Engagement, and
  • Everything You’ve Wanted to Know About Influencers

Corporate Social Media Summit

New York NY, USA
Jun 15 - 16, 2017

The Corporate Social Media Summit is well established and it is returning this year for the 8th time. As its name suggests, it is highly supported by business with many senior corporate leaders expected to attend.

The 2017 summit focuses on the pillars of social success. These include:

  • Personalization
  • Integration
  • Scalability
  • Customer understanding
  • Captivation
  • Loyalty

This year they are trying a more interactive format, with a number of roundtable and scenario-based sessions. One of the case studies that will be studied is entitled “Key Influencers: How Dell’s Long-Term Approach is Creating Mutual Value for Their Brand and Community”, led by Dell’s Konnie Alexander-Brown, Head of Corporate Social & Influencer Relations.


VidCon

Anaheim CA, USA / Melbourne VIC, Australia
Jun 21 - 24, 2017 (USA) / Sep 9 - 10, 2017 (Aus)

VidCon aims to have something for everybody who has an interest in online video, from video creators, to YouTube influencers to brands who work with influencers, to everyday viewers of the videos. At the time of writing the agenda is yet to be made public, but there will undoubtedly be sessions highly relevant to those involved in video influencer marketing. It will be the ideal place to mix and mingle with video influencers. There are already many top content creators confirmed as attending.

They hold what they call a VidCon Meet & Greet Lottery to help set up meet and greets most fairly for those who are Community and Industry attendees. It is not a lottery in the sense of a gambling ticket - you don't have to pay any extra to participate. You get the chance to send through a list of those you most want to meet and greet. A computer then sets up the most optimal meet and greet lists based on everybody's wishes. Note, however, that you will have to be in quick to be part of this. Meet and Greet Lottery registration closes on May 16.


BlogHer 17

Orlando FL, USA
Jun 22 - 24, 2017

The BlogHer Conference is expected to be a major place for women who are into digital marketing to meet up, bringing together influencers, content creators, brands, and marketers.

It will provide an excellent opportunity for women to connect, whether it be with some of the most important female bloggers, inspirational speakers, social media experts or simply women who love reading interesting and informative content. BlogHer claims that their conferences are the world’s largest conferences for women online content creators, and the brands, media, and fans who want to connect with them.


Digiday Content Marketing Summit

Vail CO, USA
Aug 14 - 16, 2017

Influencer marketing and content marketing are very much connected. In many ways, influencer marketing is one of the key distribution strategies of content marketing. The focus of the Digiday Content Marketing Summit this year is Where to Go Next - Building Content Marketing for the Future.

Some of the topics that will be covered in sessions are future content marketing technology, think podcasts, chatbots and voice recognition technology, campaigns that have broken through the digital noise, and conveying the ROI of content marketing to key stakeholders.


Gamescom

Cologne, Germany
Aug 22 - 26, 2017

Gaming is clearly a major influencer marketing niche. Gamescom will be particularly suitable for gaming influencers who build audiences on platforms like Twitch. It also a great place to meet brands and marketers in the gaming space.

Gamescom is the leading European trade fair for anyone connected with the gaming culture. The Tuesday is simply for trade visitors and the media (and they do have strict definitions of who they consider to be a trade visitor and that doesn’t include YouTubers or bloggers), however, it is open for everybody from Wednesday, Aug 23rd to Saturday, August 26th. If you are involved in influencer marketing in the gaming sphere or want to be, and you can make it to Germany in August, it should be well worth the visit.


Content Marketing World Conference and Expo

Cleveland OH, USA
Sep 5 - 8, 2017

The Content Marketing World Conference and Expo claims to be the largest content event. Therefore there should be plenty here to interest those interested in influencer marketing. The conference’s aim is to inspire you to do your own epic content marketing. It provides you with numerous networking opportunities.

It has a full agenda with over 120 sessions and workshops. Some of the agenda highlights are:

  • Creating an Influencer Marketing Strategy: A to Z
  • Social Media and Content Creation for B2B
  • How Inventive Video Marketers Spin Stories Into Revenue
  • How to Create a Rock Star Social Media Plan for Your Content Marketing
  • How Enterprises Show Content ROI to Their Executives
  • Creatives and an Unconventional Influencer Strategy That Works
  • Big Brand Influencer Marketing - Trends and Best Practices

The Agents of Change Digital Marketing Conference

Anaheim CA, USA
Sep 15, 2017

The Agents of Change Digital Marketing Conference is now firmly established, with this year’s being the sixth. As its name indicates, this conference celebrates anything and everything that can be considered to be digital marketing. This obviously includes influencer marketing.

It is still early days in terms of setting the agenda, but speakers confirmed to date include Jay Baer, Rich Brooks, Roderick Russell, Madalyn Sklar (whose topic will be Building Your Influence With Twitter Chats), Jodi Flynn, Heather Jackson, Andy Crestodina, and Peg Fitzgerald.


Inbound 2017

Boston MA, USA
Sep 25 - 28, 2017

If you’re stuck on the American side of the Atlantic and can’t make it to our Inaugural Influencer Marketing Hub Conference in late September, you could consider heading to Boston and Inbound 2017. Inbound describes its purpose as to provide the inspiration, education, and connections you need to grow and transform your business. There were more than 19,000 attendees in 2016, so there should be many networking opportunities with influencers in many different spheres.

Keynote speakers already announced are Elizabeth Gilbert and Michelle Obama. Influencer marketing is not specifically mentioned at this point, but both Content and Social Media are (along with many other types of marketing) so there is bound to be something to interest anyone engaged in influencer marketing.


Social Tools Summit

San Jose CA, USA
Oct 18, 2017

The Social Tools Summit focuses on social media best practices and technology. It will showcase the wide variety of social media tools available, how they can be fully leveraged and how businesses can derive ROI from using them.

They are aiming their content at both executives trying to ascertain the ROI of their social media investment, and those responsible for managing budgets and implementing initiatives.


Pubcon

Las Vegas NV, USA
Nov 6 - 9, 2017

Pubcon started out as a fun conference in a London Pub but has expanded over the years. It describes itself as an educational conference and expo for professional digital marketers to help them market and manage commercial websites. This year’s conference will be held in Las Vegas. Although not specifically targeted at influencer marketing there will undoubtedly be relevant material presented, and of course the opportunity to network with the world’s top innovators.

Pubcon will cover a range of topics in social media, digital advertising, and online media. One of its major themes is Social: Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram – Video & Visual.

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