21 Must-Attend Digital Marketing Conferences In 2017

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Get your business skills at the ready for our definitive list of digital marketing conferences taking place this year.

The future of digital marketing is exciting — but as many people know, it’s changing fast. Attending a world-class conference can equip you with the skills and knowledge you need to tackle your existing digital marketing challenges or help you score that new business deal or promotion you’re after next.  This list of the 21 best digital marketing conferences in 2017, will help you stay on top of trends, understand market developments and build authentic influencer networks with like-minded people.

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Whether you’re planning a business trip to discover the latest insider marketing info or you’re using some vacation time to sneak in a little work, this list will help you decide which ones will get you ahead in the digital business game. So what are you waiting for? Plan your next digital marketing conference trip today.

Check out the list here:

 

May 2-4: Collision Conference

May 3-4: Social Media Camp

May 10-12: Connect 2017

May 31-June 1: Traction

June 6-9: Internet Retailer Conference and Exhibition

June 7-9: Confab Central

June 13-14: Savage Marketing

June 13-14: Intrigue Summit

June 14-15 Affiliate World Europe

June 14-16: Social West

June 15-16: Ungagged

June 21-22: Digital Marketing for Financial Services Summit

July 11-14: iGaming Super Show

July 20: Grow Commerce

July 29-30: ProBlogger Evolve

Sept. 12-14: Retail Global

Sept. 18: LSA Place Conference

Sept. 25-26: Marketing Catalyzers

Oct. 2-4: Digital Analytics Hub

Nov. 13-15: DX Summit 2017

Nov. 29-30: Open Mobile Summit

1. May 2-4: Collision Conference – New Orleans, USA

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Dates: May 2-4

Type: Technology

 

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What’s it about?

According to Forbes, Collision is, “the best technology conference on the planet.” It was created by the expert team behind Web Summit, a popular tech conference that has been running since 2009.

In the past two years, Collision has grown to almost 20,000 attendees from more than 100 countries and features more than 4,500 companies. This year’s attendees include CEOs of the world’s fastest growing startups (and the world’s largest companies) alongside other investors and media experts.

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Who’s there? This year’s conference boasts; Alexis Ohanian, Co-Founder of forum site Reddit, Jessica Alba, founder of the Honest Company, and Wyclef Jean, musician and philanthropist. 

2. May 3-4: Social Media Camp – Victoria, Canada

 

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Dates: May 3-4

Type: Social Media

 

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What’s it about?

Social Media Camp is Canada’s largest social media conference, held in Victoria, British Columbia. This year’s conference marks the eighth anniversary of the event. In addition to social media and marketing discussions, there will be sessions and tips based on online ethics, maintaining a work-life balance, and security on social media.

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This year, Social Media Camp has offered a $50 discount on any live event ticket to FlightNetwork.com readers. To benefit, all you have to do is enter the discount code “FLIGHTNETWORK” at the registration page once you have selected your ticket.

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Who’s there?

This year (to help attendees make the most of the conference) Social Media Camp has arranged #SMCamp coaches, who are social media professionals in various industries that help attendees determine what sessions to attend according to their goals and business needs. #SMCamp coaches also help answer any questions attendees have after any sessions during the conference.

3. May 10-12: Connect 2017 – Denver, USA

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Dates: May 10-12 Type: Customer Experience Marketing

 

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What’s it about? Connect ’17brings together hundreds of marketing and customer-focused professionals to explore the future of customer experience marketing.

Connect is a single-track conference, and this year, it has sessions geared towards how to create exceptional customer experiences online, with featured attendees including Ticketmaster and PWC. 

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Who’s there?

This year’s speakers also include: Tod Szewczyk VP, Director of Emerging Technology and Innovation at Leo Burnett, Ali Reza Manouchehri CEO at Zoomph, and Pamela Herrmann, Chief Storyteller at CREATE Buzz. 

4. May 31-June 1: Traction – Vancouver, Canada

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Dates: May 31-June 1

Type:  Product, growth and customer experience Marketing Conference

 

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What’s it about? The Traction Conference in Vancouver has been featured in Forbes, The Huffington Post, Tech.co and Inc.

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The customer experience marketing conference brings leaders from the fastest growing companies around the world to share their business growth secrets and teach others how to get, keep and grow customers and revenue.

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Who’s there?

This year’s speakers include; the President of Atlassian, the Founder of AppDynamics, the CEO of CreditKarma, the CEO of Trello, the Head of Growth at LinkedIn, the Head of Business at Asana, the Head of Product at Twilio, the Head of Growth at SurveyMonkey, the Head of Growth at Eventbrite, the CEO of Moz and many others.

5. June 6-9: Internet Retailer Conference and Exhibition – Chicago, USA

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Dates: June 6-9

Type: Online Retail, E-commerce

 

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What’s it about?

The Internet Retailer Conference & Exhibition (IRCE) is a conference full of industry experts and unparalleled content, including an exhibit hall featuring the latest and greatest solution providers, and a community designed for networking.

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Who’s there? 

This year’s speakers include: Rick Backus of CPC Strategy, Adam Brown of Gorilla Group, Barbara Corcoran of Shark Tank, Marta Dalton of Coca-Cola, Joseph Gustafson of AmericanEagle.com, and numerous other experts from some of the world’s largest companies.

 

6. June 7-9: Confab Central – Minneapolis, USA

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Dates: June 7-9

Type: Content Strategy Marketing

 

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What’s it about? Confab Central is a three-day event: one optional day of pre-conference workshops on June 7, followed by two days of keynotes and breakout sessions.  Confab is best suited to those working in UX, marketing, or communications, and is a worthwhile event, whether you’re looking to get a grounding in these disciplines, or hoping to stay on top of what’s next in the world of digital content.

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Who’s there?

This year’s keynote speakers are LeVar Burton and Ann Handley and you can view the full program and event details here:  http://confabevents.com/events/central-2017

7. June 13-14: Savage Marketing – Theater de Meervaart, Amsterdam

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Dates: June 13-14

Type: Customer Experience Marketing

 

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What’s it about? 

Savage Marketing 2017 is hitting Amsterdam in June for the second year running. The event will gather 500 marketers from 200+ companies to cover issues related to this year’s theme: “Intelligent Marketing Redefined”.

Savage Marketing is an event for digital teams from various sectors and the conference covers SEO, Mobile, Social, Content Marketing and more. The event will also feature four parallel streams, encouraging companies to learn best practices across the different streams of marketing.

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Who’s there?

This year’s event panel of speakers draws from leaders across numerous industries and presentations are based on case studies, so it’s a chance to learn how companies implemented successful marketing strategies, what metrics and technology they used, and what lessons they’ve learned.Those who want to attend, speak or exhibit should email: saida@savagemarketing.io

8. June 13-14: Intrigue Summit – San Francisco, USA

 

 

Dates: June 13-14

Type: Digital & Content Marketing

 

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What’s it about? Intrigue Summit focuses on creating new and intriguing content, through bringing in experienced speakers from San Francisco and beyond.

Attendees can enjoy a vibrant atmosphere of learning through events that are intimate and tailor-made. The delegates benefit from minimal restriction to access all areas, which makes networking easier and more effective.

Who’s there?

This conference is an interactive and global annual marketing and advertising event that’s suitable for client side marketers, global brand advertisers, advertising technology providers, digital agencies, online publishers and media professionals. This year’s speakers include Eric Edge, Chris Lane, Ana Pedros, and other huge names in online marketing.

9. June 14-15: Affiliate World Europe – Berlin, Germany

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Dates: June 14-15

Type: Affiliate marketing

 

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What’s it about?

Affiliate World Europe is the world’s largest super affiliate conference. It is an offline meeting point for online marketers, where the elites of the affiliate industry are gathered together to learn from industry leaders and network with the best minds around. 

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Who’s there?

This year’s featured speakers include the CEO and founder of A4D Jason Akatiff, the author of Ca$hvertising Drew Eric Whitman, founder of Lumitact Trey Lewellen, the CEO of New Media Services Martin Eyking, the global sales representative for LayBag Steven Kuhn and numerous other industry experts.

10. June 14-16: Social West – Calgary, Canada

 

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Dates: June 14-16

Type: Digital Marketing

 

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What’s it about? SocialWest runs from June 14 to 16, in Calgary, Alberta, and is one of Canada’s largest digital marketing conferences. This year, SocialWest 2017 features more than 30 speakers and experts from across the country in conferences that span two and a half days.

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Who’s there?

SocialWest covers social media and digital marketing, attracting social media managers, communications & marketing professionals, digital marketers, PR officials, CMOs, VPs of marketing, and other industry professionals. This year’s event features speakers from Twitter, Google Canada, Canadland, Shopify, Chatalaine, TD, WestJet, BMO and more.

11. June 15-16: Ungagged – London, UK

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Dates: June 15-16

Type: Customer Experience Marketing

 

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What’s it About?

Geared towards agencies and individuals, Ungagged is a full-stack digital marketing event that covers the entire SEO spectrum, from social media trends to affiliate advertising opportunities. Covering the latest digital marketing developments, Ungagged’s experts focus on achieving results through new ways of thinking.

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Who’s there? Held annually in Las Vegas and London since 2014, Ungagged assembles the industry’s foremost digital marketing professionals and thought leaders. Speakers are encouraged to reject conventional industry thinking and talks often provide unique alternatives to familiar session formats.

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May 2-4: Collision Conference

May 3-4: Social Media Camp

May 10-12: Connect 2017

May 31-June 1: Traction

June 6-9: Internet Retailer Conference and Exhibition

June 7-9: Confab Central

June 13-14: Savage Marketing

June 13-14: Intrigue Summit

June 14-15 Affiliate World Europe

June 14-16: Social West

June 15-16: Ungagged

June 21-22: Digital Marketing for Financial Services Summit

July 11-14: iGaming Super Show

July 20: Grow Commerce

July 29-30: ProBlogger Evolve

Sept. 12-14: Retail Global

Sept. 18: LSA Place Conference

Sept. 25-26: Marketing Catalyzers

Oct. 2-4: Digital Analytics Hub

Nov. 13-15: DX Summit 2017

Nov. 29-30: Open Mobile Summit

12. June 21-22: Digital Marketing for Financial Services Summit – Toronto, Canada

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Dates: June 21-22

Type: Financial Servicing Marketing

 

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What’s it about?

The Digital Marketing for Financial Services Summit is the largest gathering of financial digital marketers in Canada and is suitable for financial institutions and their leaders, looking for the tools to elevate their digital strategy and build business.

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Expect strategies on how to: engage customers while still respecting regulations and privacy laws, tips on how to win and retain clients, how to adopt creative strategies from disruptors and innovators in finance and talks on how to overcome the unique challenges marketers face in financial services.

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Who’s there?

Speakers include: Maja Neable VP of Digital and Channel Marketing for BMO Financial Group and Amy Rubenovitch, the Vice President and head of Client Marketing and Strategy for RBC Capital Markets, among others. Attendees are encouraged to follow the summit on Twitter: @DMFinancialServ.

13. July 11-14: iGaming Super Show, Amsterdam

Dates: July 11-14

Type: Gaming Marketing

 

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What’s it about?

iGaming Business  offers more than 100 speakers, 150 sponsors and exhibitors, and seven conferences in one location, including an IMGL Masterclass, SBC Betting forum and the Amsterdam Affiliate Conference.

iGaming Business is also running tailored networking events throughout the show, including Bingo networking drinks and the iGaming Executive Conference dinner. The event is launching a new event in collaboration with SBC and is currently working closely with them to create the SBC Betting Forum too.

iGaming Business boasts more than 4,300 delegates and is free to attend for all delegates.

Who’s there?

This year’s event will feature more than 100 industry experts.

14. July 20: Grow Commerce – New York City

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Dates: July 20

Type: E-Commerce

 

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What’s it about?

Grow Commerce is one-day conference for retailers focused on mastering customer acquisition and retention, hosted in NYC on July 20. The invite-only event is capped at 350 people (last year’s event sold out), and both retailers and brands can apply for a limited number  of complimentary passes.

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Attendees will be given a chance to network and there will be roundtable sessions where they can collaborate with retailers to ask questions on industry trends and offer relevant solutions to current issues.

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Who’s there?

One of the 2017 sessions at this year’s summit includes a keynote speech from Dana Telsey, CEO and Chief Research Officer of Telsey Advisory Group (TAG). And other speakers include executives from Target, David Yurman, Adidas, Wayfair, Tumi, Century21 and more.

 

15. July 29-30: ProBlogger Evolve – Brisbane and Melbourne, Australia

 

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Dates: July 29-30, 5-6 August

Type: Blogging

 

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What’s it about?

In its eighth iteration, ProBlogger’s 2017 event is focused on helping bloggers find a business model that works for them. ProBlogger evolve Conference + Mastermind will explore; innovative content, engagement, traffic and conversion strategies and the monetisation models powering profitable blogs.

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Who’s there?

Australian ProBlogger and Digital Photography School founder Darren Rowse is running the annual ProBlogger Training Event and has done since 2010. He will be teaching active and aspiring bloggers how to blog and make money blogging.

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Darren Rowse will be joined by international blogging experts Pat Flynn of Smart Passive Income and Jadah Sellner, co-founder of Simple Green Smoothies, along with SuperFast Business Founder James Schramko and Kelly Exeter of A Life Less Frantic, to leave bloggers with take-away, actionable tactics so they can evolve their blogs into profitable businesses.

 

16. Sept. 12-14: Retail Global – Las Vegas, USA

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Dates: September 12-14

Type: E-Commerce Marketing

 

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What’s it about?

Retail Global are running their 11th annual conference and exhibition in Australia in May, and will be heading to Las Vegas, USA this September 12-14, 2017. Retail Global is the longest running eCommerce exhibition in Australia and this year will mark the third year in the U.S.

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Who’s there?

The conference delivers leading content on marketplaces, featuring executives from Amazon, eBay and Alibaba as well as multiple content streams operating at the same time. The conference is accessible for every level, from start-ups right through to professional/established retailers and the event also offers networking opportunities, a pool party in Las Vegas and, a charity auction to raise funds for Retail Orphan Initiative (ROI).

17. Sept. 18: LSA Place Conference – New York City, USA

 

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Dates: September 18

Type: Online Marketing

 

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What’s it about?

The LSA’s (Local Search Association) Place Conference will take place in the Marriott Marquis in NYC on Sept. 18. The conference is a one-day event that covers cross-platform proximity marketing, indoor experiences and location analytics.

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Who’s there?

Expect to be surrounded by multi-location brands, retailers and agency attendees for practical information and real case studies from leading industry names.

Previous participants include: Google, MasterCard, McDonald’s, Kraft Heinz, Foursquare, Philips, U-Haul, Walgreens, Ace Hardware, jetBlue, Facebook, Waze and more.

18. Sept. 25-26: Marketing Catalyzers – Málaga, Spain

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Dates: September 25-26

Type: Digital Marketing

 

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What’s it about?

Marketing Catalyzers is a worldwide convention of marketing and creative industry that’s taking place on Sept. 25 and 26, in Málaga, Spain.

Marketing Catalyzers is composed of discussions on major industry trends, which currently govern digital marketing, across two days, from 9 a.m. to 7p.m. It’s a meeting place for advertisers, advertising agencies, creatives, publishers and entrepreneurs in a space that’s more than 10,000 square meters in size.

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Who’s there?

Expect a stand area, a speed networking area, a forum program and a main stage featuring lectures from leading industry figures from Apple, iMac and more. Attendees can learn about; marketing strategy, how to close new deals to monetize your audience, what it takes to attract new customers, contacting potential partners and making sales grow.

19. Oct. 2-4: Digital Analytics Hub – New Orleans, USA

 

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Dates: Oct 2-4

Type: Digital Analytics

 

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What’s it about?

Talks from Director, VP and SVP level leaders come to exchange knowledge, share experiences (positive and negative, apparently), and discuss the latest innovations in the field, from machine learning, to analytics HR, data science and personalization.

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Each delegate participates in six 90-minute discussions over the two days, and all discussions are moderated by experienced client-side practitioners,  so no vendor sessions disguised as discussions. All meals and networking events are included in the ticket price.

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Who’s there?

The DA Hub is structured around 60 roundtable discussions over two days with senior leaders from brands such as; A&F, Adidas, AMEX, CapitalOne, Comcast, Delta Airlines, EY, FT, Lowe’s, Turner, US Bank, Verizon Wireless, Visa etc.

20. Nov. 13-15: DX SummWestJetit 2017 – Chicago, USA

 

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Dates: Nov 13-15

Type: Digital Experience Marketing

 

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What’s it about?

DX SUMMIT 2017 is the third anniversary of CMSWire’s premier digital customer experience conference from November 13-15 in Chicago, IL.

Set in the Radisson Blu Aqua hotel, the three days of this event feature; interactive workshops, inspiring keynotes and real-life case studies. Additionally, the conference features live music, cocktails and Chicago-themed food experiences.

 

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Who’s there?

The content for this conference is built through the large CMSWire community of practitioners, analysts, technologists and thought-leaders from organizations like EY, Hilton Worldwide, the Chicago Bulls, Dell and Microsoft.

21. Nov. 29-30: Open Mobile Summit – San Francisco, USA

 

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Dates: November 29-30

Type: Mobile Marketing

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What’s it about?

Open Mobile Summit is a brand-focused digital product event in America for Mobile Product, UX/Design and Mobile Marketing Executives, now in its 9th year, this event draws together influential B2C brands, mobile-first companies and app-idols.

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A two-day agenda is designed to solve the key issues facing the mobile industry today and trying to provide a seamless mobile experience for customers, the Open Mobile Summit shows attendees how to push users to convert in-app, optimize the mobile customer journey, improve discovery, inspire stickiness, increase loyalty and ramp up transactions.

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Who’s there?

Attendees will find 90+ mobile trailblazers speaking and 500+ senior digital, mobile, marketing and design leaders from the world’s biggest brands in attendance.

 

 

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May 2-4: Collision Conference

May 3-4: Social Media Camp

May 10-12: Connect 2017

May 31-June 1: Traction

June 6-9: Internet Retailer Conference and Exhibition

June 7-9: Confab Central

June 13-14: Savage Marketing

June 13-14: Intrigue Summit

June 14-15 Affiliate World Europe

June 14-16: Social West

June 15-16: Ungagged

June 21-22: Digital Marketing for Financial Services Summit

July 11-14: iGaming Super Show

July 20: Grow Commerce

July 29-30: ProBlogger Evolve

Sept. 12-14: Retail Global

Sept. 18: LSA Place Conference

Sept. 25-26: Marketing Catalyzers

Oct. 2-4: Digital Analytics Hub

Nov. 13-15: DX Summit 2017

Nov. 29-30: Open Mobile Summit

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