30 top conferences to attend in digital marketing, social, AI and mobile in 2017

As we wrap up another great year in 2016, the KeyReply team took a break from working on AI chat bots to look around the Internet for the very best digital conferences that 2017 has to offer. Whether you work for a Fortune 500 company, or are looking for tools to better market to your startup’s users, there’s something for everyone.

30 conferences, 14 cities: 14 in Q1, 8 in Q2, 6 in Q3, and 2 in Q4. To help you get things in order, we made this custom Calendar just for you. Simply add it to your own Google calendar, and voilà — see how all the conferences fit in your schedule next year!

Also, for most of us, there may not be a need to attend all the conferences in the same category, as some tend to be similar. We’ve tried to pick out the representative companies or differentiations so you can choose a few conferences most relevant to you below.

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Without further ado, here’s the list with general ticket prices (as of today).

Marketing, Social, AdTech

Ad Age Martech IQ 2017
Why it’s exciting: Experienced senior executives in online marketing from Spotify, Hilton Worldwide and 1–800-Flowers.com will be speaking.
Link: http://www.adageevents.com/events/martech-iq/event-summary-ddd9693f3e2a423b8c3af02c5b1c8b1e.aspx
Dates: Jan 17, 2017
Location: New York, NY
Price: $699

Social Media Strategies Summit
Why it’s exciting: Learn from social marketing experts from companies like Mozilla, Casper, Universal; connect with speakers during pre-summit workshops.
Link: http://socialmediastrategiessummit.com/
Dates: Feb 7–9, 2017
Location: San Francisco, CA
Price: $1599

Adobe Summit
Why it’s exciting: Top brands like Comcast, Macy’s, Home Depot will attend; 200 sessions across eight tracks — there’s something for everyone.
Link: http://summit.adobe.com/na/
Dates: Mar 19–23, 2017
Location: Las Vegas, NV
Price: $1495

Social Media Marketing World
Why it’s exciting: Over 120+ expert-led sessions and workshops to provide actionable insights (and San Diego is a lovely city in March).
Link: http://www.socialmediaexaminer.com/smmworld/
Dates: Mar 22–24, 2017
Location: San Diego, CA
Price: $1097

Over 1B users are on Facebook Messenger, presenting a huge opportunity for marketers.

Forrester Consumer Marketing 2017
Why it’s exciting: Over 650 leaders in marketing will gather to understand how to tackle the challenge of consumer marketing in 2017.
Link: https://events.forrester.com/ehome/index.php?eventid=197914&
Dates: April 6–7, 2017
Location: New York, NY
Price: $1850

Marketo’s Marketing Nation Summit
Why it’s exciting: It’s Marketo; learn from the brightest in marketing, advertising, IT and beyond.
Link: https://events.marketo.com/summit/2017/overview/
Dates: April 23–26, 2017
Location: San Francisco, CA
Price: $1395

MarTech
Why it’s exciting: One of the best conferences for understanding the marketing technology landscape — Decision makers figure out how to bridge the gap between MarTech innovation and adoption curves.
Link: http://martechconf.com/san-francisco/
Dates: May 9–11, 2017
Location: San Francisco, CA
Price: $59 for expo ticket

Gartner Digital Marketing
Why it’s exciting: Well-defined tracks: Differentiate With a Customer-First Mindset, Orchestrate Multichannel Strategies for Growth, Leverage Technology for Marketing Advantage.
Link: http://www.gartner.com/events/na/digital-marketing
Dates: May 10–12, 2017
Location: San Diego, CA
Price: $2675

Ad:Tech
Why it’s exciting: Explore frontier advertising technology opportunities and meet fellow innovators, futurists and lifelong learners.
Link: http://sandiego.made.ad-tech.com/
Dates: May 10–11, 2017
Location: San Diego, CA
Price: $75 for expo ticket

MozCon
Why it’s exciting: Actionable sessions in SEO, social media, community building, content marketing, brand development, CRO, the mobile landscape, analytics, and more from Moz
Link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/mozcon-2017-tickets-27551791149
Dates: July 17 2017
Location: Seattle, WA
Price: $1350

InboundCon
Why it’s exciting: The #1 digital marketing conference in Toronto, where 300+ digital marketers attend.
Link: http://inboundcon.com/
Dates: Sep, 2017
Location: Toronto, Canada
Price: N/A

Brand ManageCamp
Why it’s exciting: Single track schedule of speakers, all of whom are branding experts; expect to walk away with many campaign ideas.
Link: http://brandmanagecamp.com/
Dates: Sep 26–27, 2017
Location: Las Vegas, NV
Price: $1999

Lead Asia 2017
Why it’s exciting: Asia’s premium event for modern marketers, with over 600 attendees; themes explored will include loyalty, experience, analytics and digital around Asia.
Link: http://www.terrapinn.com/exhibition/lead/index.stm
Dates: Oct 31 — Nov 1, 2017
Location: Suntec, Singapore
Price: $589

Share17
Why it’s exciting: Hosted by BrightEdge as an unique forum to discuss digital marketing transformation for enterprises.
Link: https://share17.events.brightedge.com/
Dates: Nov 13–15, 2017
Location: San Francisco, CA
Price: $899

E-commerce, Retail technology

Etail West
Why it’s exciting: One of the most prominent conferences on e-commerce and retail since 1999 on the west coast of USA; over 1200 retailers attend the conference to share insights and meet one another.
Link: http://etailwest.wbresearch.com/
Dates: Feb 27 — Mar 2, 2017
Location: Palm Springs, CA
Price: $1,599

E-commerce is booming in Asia with Alibaba’s Single day 2016 raking in $17.8 billion in sales within 24 hours.

Etail Asia
Why it’s exciting: Leading e-commerce and retail conference in Asia; discover the future of retail in machine learning, AR, VR, IoT and wearables.
Link: http://etailasia.wbresearch.com/
Dates: Mar 7–9, 2017
Location: Marina Bay Sands, Singapore
Price: $1,299

Shoptalk
Why it’s exciting: Next generation commerce event that attracts over 5000 attendees from a good mix of 2000 companies — 44% startups and 56% from established companies. 
Link: http://shoptalk.com/
Dates: March 19–22, 2017
Location: Las Vegas, NV
Price: $850

Etail East
Why it’s exciting: One of the most prominent conferences on e-commerce and retail since 1999 on the east coast of USA; over 900 retailers attend the conference to share insights and meet one another.
Link: http://etaileast.wbresearch.com/
Dates: Aug 14–17, 2017
Location: Boston, MA
Price: $1,599

Customer experience, Customer success, Customer support

Customer SuccessCon West
Why it’s exciting: Speakers will share about the current state of customer success and the roadmap of what lies ahead.
Link: http://www.customersuccessassociation.com/successcon/
Dates: Jan 12, 2017
Location: Oakland, CA
Price: $395

Next Generation Customer Experience
Why it’s exciting: Understand how leading brands like MasterCard, Verizon think about customer experience in 2017. 
Link: http://nextgencx.wbresearch.com/
Dates: Mar 27–29, 2017
Location: Carlsbad, CA
Price: $1999

Call Center Week
Why it’s exciting: One of the largest events in the customer care community; discover the best practices in the industry.
Link: https://www.callcenterweek.com/
Dates: June 26–30, 2017
Location: Las Vegas, NV
Price: $1699

Customer Experience Asia
Why it’s exciting: Over 450 attendees and 50 speakers share the best practices for customer experience in Asia.
Link: https://customerexperienceasia.iqpc.sg/
Dates: Sep 12–14, 2017
Location: Singapore, Singapore
Price: N/A

Mobile, Startup, AI, Hardware

CES 2017
Why it’s exciting: The best of hardware, consumer products and major company launches; many of the important hardware tech launches are done at CES.
Link: https://www.ces.tech/
Dates: Jan 5–8, 2017
Location: Las Vegas, NV
Price: from $250

East Meets West Conference
Why it’s exciting: It’s Hawaii~ Meet attendees from Asia and the US in this great location; agenda includes surfing lessons.
Link: http://eastmeetswest.co/
Dates: Jan 18–20, 2017
Location: Honolulu, HI
Price: $300

SaaStr Annual 2017
Why it’s exciting: Biggest SaaS event of the year — Hear from the management team at Zendesk, Slack and more on building a successful SaaS business.
Link: http://saastrannual.com/
Dates: Feb 7–9, 2017
Location: San Francisco, CA
Price: $950

Mobile World Congress
Why it’s exciting: World’s largest gathering for the mobile industry by GSMA in Barcelona, with more than 100,000 attendees.
Link: https://www.mobileworldcongress.com/
Dates: Feb 27-Mar 2, 2017
Location: Barcelona, Spain
Price: $2317

SXSW
Why it’s exciting: Explore film, interactive media, music festival and technology in the same place; Twitter and Foursquare reportedly launched at this event, so look out for exciting new companies.
Link: https://www.sxsw.com/
Dates: Mar 10–19, 2017
Location: Austin, TX
Price: $1450

TC Disrupt NY
Why it’s exciting: Disrupt gathers the best and brightest entrepreneurs, investors, hackers, and tech fans for on-stage interviews, the Startup Battlefield competition, a 24-hour Hackathon, Startup Alley, Hardware Alley, and After Parties; companies like Viv showcase their first public demos during the event.
Link: https://techcrunch.com/event-info/disrupt-ny-2017/
Dates: May 2017
Location: New York, NY
Price: $2500

O’Reilly AI Conference
Why it’s exciting: The brightest minds in artificial intelligence will gather in New York to share how to implement AI in real world projects. 
Link: http://conferences.oreilly.com/artificial-intelligence/ai-ny
Dates: June 26–29, 2017
Location: New York, NY
Price: N/A

TC Disrupt SF
Why it’s exciting: The Valley edition Disrupt also gathers the best and brightest entrepreneurs, investors, hackers, and tech fans around the world for on-stage interviews, the Startup Battlefield competition, a 24-hour Hackathon, Startup Alley, Hardware Alley, and After Parties; startups like Layer and Hello Alfred launched at Disrupt SF.
Link: https://techcrunch.com/event-info/disrupt-sf-2017/
Dates: Sep 2017
Location: San Francisco, CA
Price: $2500

Compiled table of conference places to be in 2017

Don’t forget, you can add all these events to your schedule quickly with the custom calendar we built: https://keyreply.com/events/ . Go hustle!

Have any additional conferences to add? Drop a description in the above format in the comments and I will include them if they are relevant to any of the categories. Share with your friends and colleagues, let me know how you find the conferences in 2017!

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