8 Marketing Conferences You Need to Check out in 2016

If you’re anything like us, often the majority of your time is spent in front of a computer screen. And let’s be honest, sometimes you need to step away to gain a fresh perspective.

Attending a marketing conference is a great opportunity to recharge those creative juices (and unplug from the matrix). You’ll learn about new technology and industry trends, network with fellow marketers, and even score some sweet swag.

Got your calendars ready? Pencil in one (or more) of these eight marketing conferences, all happening this year.

1. South by Southwest Interactive Festival

In March, South by Southwest (SXSW) Interactive Festival returns. Experience five days of panel sessions, hands-on instructional workshops, and one-on-one mentoring with emerging technology leaders. Marketers who are into cutting-edge technologies know there’s no better place to preview futuristic tech.

When: March 11-15, 2016.

Where: Austin, Texas.

2. 4A’s Transformation Conference

Leaders from technology, advertising, media, and marketing converge each year in Miami during 4A’s Transformation conference. Choose from a variety of formats including presentations and chill fireside chats.

When: March 21-24, 2016.

Where: Miami.

3. Affiliate Summit East 2016

The annual three-day event features two tradeshow floors filled with vendors, merchants, etc. Attendees will have the opportunity to connect with affiliate marketing experts who’ll be sharing the latest trends and networking tools.

When: July 31-August 2, 2016.

Where: New York, NY.

4. MozCon

MozCon is the epitome of laid back conferences. Over the course of three days, you’ll chat with speakers, meet robot Roger, and learn a lot. Topics include SEO, brand development, content marketing, and more. And it’s not all work and no play — there’s also a pub crawl (#MozCrawl), tour of the MozPlex, and other fun activities.

When: Sept. 12-14, 2016.

Where: Seattle.

5. AdvertisingWeek

Typically held in the fall, AdvertisingWeek attracts brand, agency, technology, startup, media, and cultural communities. Attendees will hear thought leadership from the industry’s brightest minds as well as engage in special events.

When: Sept. 26-30, 2016.

Where: New York.

6. ANA Masters of Marketing Conference

The Association of National Advertisers (ANA) hosts conferences and seminars throughout the year. If you’re looking for a fall break, considering attending their October conference in Orlando, Florida. Registration isn’t yet open for this event, so be sure to check back for more details.

When: October 19-22, 2016.

Where: Orlando, Florida.

7. ad:tech New York

Global conference ad:tech brings marketing, technology, and media communities together. The two-day conference typically features 30 conferences and four keynotes. Stay tuned for a list of this year’s guest speakers and breakout sessions.

When: Nov. 2-3, 2016.

Where: New York.

8. Inbound 2016

Inbound’s annual conference hosts 10,000+ marketers and sales professionals from around the world. This year’s conference will feature four days of keynotes, hands-on lessons, and educational breakouts. And with diverse guest speakers (last year’s included Chelsea Clinton and Aziz Ansari), attendees are sure to gain insight from a variety of perspectives.

When: Nov. 8-11.

Where: Boston.