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In-Person & Hybrid Learning: Autumn B2B Marketing Conferences to Elevate & Inform Your Strategy

Posted on Aug 25th, 2021
Written by Lane Ellis
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    What are some of the top autumn B2B marketing conferences that will take place both in-person and in hybrid fashion?

    As we move ever closer to 2022, more physical marketing events are on tap than were available last year, although most either offer a hybrid online option or are still entirely digital experiences.

    To help you sort out the B2B marketing conference options available this fall through the end of the year, we’ve compiled our latest list of the top B2B marketing events to elevate and inform your business strategy.

    Marketing conferences undoubtedly offer a wealth of benefits to marketers seeking new learning, networking opportunities, and the latest industry research and insight to increase brand awareness, but finding events that match your business and B2B marketing needs can be a challenge.

    Over the past decade the number of conferences has skyrocketed, making it harder than ever to hone in on the ones that can best help build your business, boost your networking opportunities, and offer the most relevant new industry education from top speakers, especially in world of B2B marketing.

    For autumn 2021 we’ve gathered together events that place an emphasis on B2B marketing in all its facets, and are happy to present them here,in chronological order. All events are virtual except where noted.

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    Let’s sit back and dig in to our collection of the top B2B marketing-related conferences and events taking place in the lead-up to 2022.

    Autumn B2B Marketing Conferences to Elevate & Inform Your Strategy


    Marketing Artificial Intelligence Conference — #MAICON21
    When: September 13-14, 2021
    Where: Virtual
    Theme: Marketing Artificial Intelligence
    About: All-virtual for 2021, the Marketing Artificial Intelligence Conference (MAICON) focuses on the successful use of AI in marketing, with a lineup of top speakers to be announced, along the lines of last year’s keynotes from Microsoft and Salesforce.

    SaaStr Annual 2021 — #SaaStr
    When: September 27-29, 2021
    Where: Hybrid virtual and San Francisco, CA
    Theme: Software as a Service (SaaS)
    About: SaaStr Annual 2021 offers a cloud-focused business event bringing together B2B founders, executives and investors for the largest non-vendor SaaS conference, including speakers such as last year’s presenters from Adobe, Slack, Google Cloud, and Intuit. For this year the event touts “100% Vaccinated, Outside / Open Air,” with over 500 networking sessions.

    Content Marketing World — #CMWorld
    When: September 28 – October 1, 2021
    Where: Cleveland, OH. and virtual
    Theme: Content Marketing
    About: The theme for 2021’s Content Marketing World conference is connections, and the planned hybrid event is set to explore the best in content marketing to grow your business and inspire your audience, featuring top speakers including The Tilt founder Joe Pulizzi, MarketingProfs chief content officer Ann Handley, and our own CEO and co-founder Lee Odden, who will be presenting “How B2B Content Marketers Can Dominate in Search: Be the Best Answer.”


    Forbes Under 30 Summit — #ForbesUnder30
    When: October 11-12, 2021
    Theme: Young Leaders
    About: The all-virtual 2021 Forbes Under 30 Summit focuses on young leaders, bringing together top under-30 leaders, founders and creators in technology, finance, philanthropy and other fields, with a lineup of speakers to be announced similar to past speakers including Nobel prize winner Malala Yousafzai.

    Reuters Events’ Strategic Marketing 2021 — #ReutersEvents
    When: October 12-14, 2021
    Theme: Marketing
    About: Reuters Events’ Strategic Marketing 2021 virtual event explores the move beyond marketing and the future of consumer-brand relationships, featuring an array of top strategic marketing speakers including Microsoft CMO Chris Capossela, Mastercard chief marketing and communications officer Raja Rajamannar, and others.

    INBOUND 2021 — #INBOUND2021
    When: October 12-14, 2021
    Theme: Marketing & Sales
    About: INBOUND presents a digital experience for 2021, with some of the biggest names and brightest minds in sales and marketing and other industries, and offers speakers from firms including HubSpot co-founders Brian Halligan and Dharmest Shah, Intuit CEO Sasan Goodarzi, Adobe CPO Scott Belsky, along with featured speaker Oprah Winfrey.

    MarketingProfs B2B Forum — #MPB2B
    When: October 13-14, 2021
    Theme: B2B Marketing & Sales
    About: Presenting an all-digital experience for 2021, MarketingProfs B2B Forum offers more than 35 sessions and leading speakers including B2B technology marketing consultant Pam Didner, MarketingProfs chief content officer Ann Handley, and our CEO and co-founder Lee Odden, who will present “The State of B2B Influencer Marketing.”

    Advertising Week New York — #AWNewYork
    When: October 18-21, 2021
    Where: New York City and virtual
    Theme: Marketing & Sales
    About: For 2021 a hybrid Advertising Week New York event will serve as a worldwide gathering of marketing, advertising, technology and brand professionals, offering major speakers including Amazon vice president of global brand and marketing Claudine Cheever, IBM Watson Advertising head of product marketing Lauren Lee and others.

    The Influencer Marketing Show — #IMSLONDON21
    When: October 21, 2021
    Where: London, UK. and virtual
    Theme: Influencer Marketing
    About: An in-person event in London, The Influencer Marketing Show offers brands, agencies, content creators and technology platforms a full day on influencer marketing education and strategy, with top speakers to be announced.


    AI Summit Silicon Valley — #AISummit
    When: November 2-4, 2021
    Where: Santa Clara, CA.
    Theme: Artificial Intelligence (AI)
    About: Expected to take place in-personal, the 2021 version of AI Summit Silicon Valley presents all things artificial intelligence for business marketers, and includes leading speakers from AT&T, Xerox, HPE, IBM Services, Microsoft, Google and more.

    B2B Marketing virtual ABM Conference — #B2BMarketingABM
    When: November 2-4, 2021
    Where: London, UK and virtual
    Theme: Account-Based Marketing (ABM) in B2B Marketing
    About: The hybrid 2021 B2B Marketing ABM Conference is aimed at a deep-dive into the world of ABM for B2B marketers, with four content streams and three days of learning on-tap, and speakers from firms such as Autodesk, Dow Jones, Ericsson, and Panasonic.

    DECEMBER / TBD / On-Demand / 2022

    AdExchanger Industry Preview — #IP2021
    When: On-Demand
    Theme: MarTech
    About: For 2021 AdExchanger’s Industry Preview is in podcast form, an annual global forum for marketing technology, focused on what to expect in MarTech this year, with featured speakers from Axios, IBM, Amazon and others.

    The ABM Innovation Summit — #ABMSummit
    When: TBD, 2021
    Theme: Account-Based Marketing (ABM)
    About: The ABM Innovation Summit explores account-based marketing’s role in B2B marketing and sales, with an eye towards the future. Last year’s event featured top speakers from firms including SAP, Salesforce, and Uberflip.

    B2B Marketing Expo — #B2BMarketingExpoUSA
    When: April 6-7, 2022
    Where: Los Angeles, CA.
    Theme: B2B Marketing
    About: One of Europe’s top marketing events will bring its B2B Marketing Expo to California in 2022, expected to offer over 200 sessions, industry awards, and keynotes from top speakers from the American Marketing Association, EMRG, and others.

    Social Media Marketing World — #SMMW22
    When: March 14-16, 2022
    Where: San Diego, CA.
    Theme: Social Media
    About: Social Media Marketing World has postponed its 2021 event and planning for an in-person conference in 2022, with a deep-dive into social media marketing focusing on new ideas and quality networking opportunities, including top presenters.

    Pubcon — #Pubcon
    When: TBD
    Theme: Search & Social
    About: Now in its 21st year, Pubcon explores search and social marketing with a wide variety of subject tracks, often including a pre-conference training day.

    SearchLove 2021 — #SearchLove
    When: March 25-24, 2022
    Where: San Diego, CA. and virtual
    Theme: Search Marketing
    About: SearchLove provides a multi-day event focusing on search marketing for in-house and agency search engine optimizers, business owners, marketing managers and more, featuring top speakers including Moz’ Britney Muller and The Nature Conservancy’s Lindsay Mineo.

    Digital Sales & Marketing World 2021 — #DSMW2021
    When: October 5-6, 2021
    Where: Hartford, CT. and virtual
    Theme: Marketing & Sales
    About: Digital Sales & Marketing World provides a focus on aligning sales, marketing and leadership for digital success, and features top speakers including Vidyard vice president of marketing Tyler Lessard and StoryBrand CEO Donald Miller.

    DigiMarCon Midwest — #DigiMarCon
    When: June 9-10, 2022
    Where: Chicago, IL. and virtual
    Theme: Marketing & Sales
    About: Now pushed out to 2022, the in-person or online DigiMarCon Midwest digital marketing conference offers up emerging strategies, the latest innovative technologies, and best practices to move your business to the next level, featuring top speakers to be announced.

    Email Innovations Summit — #EISConf
    When: June 21-22, 2022
    Where: Las Vegas, NV. and virtual
    Theme: Email Marketing
    About: As its name implies, the Email Innovations Summit focuses on the email aspects of marketing, discussing the cutting edge of email marketing trends and featuring top speakers from leading firms to be announced.

    B2B Sales and Marketing Exchange — #B2BSMX
    When: TBD
    Theme: Marketing & Sales
    About: B2B Sales and Marketing Exchange brings together thought leaders in ABM, revenue marketing and demand generation, including an array of top speakers.

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    We hope you’ve found a number of new and useful virtual and hybrid B2B events to attend this autumn on our list, and that the networking and industry learning you’ll experience from either these conferences or the many others available will help you achieve newfound levels of B2B marketing success in 2022 and beyond.

    At TopRank Marketing we’ve explored the power of events for B2B marketers, especially those who incorporate influencer marketing, in a number of articles, and here are several to help you get the most from your 2021 B2B marketing events: