The 10 Hottest Digital Media Events This Summer
This summer is heating up with some great digital media events around the world. From next week’s Digital Publishing Innovation Summit in London to content marketing conferences in September, these events cover the latest insights and strategies in digital video, storytelling, branded content, and much more. Don’t miss out on the action — get your tickets and see why you should attend them below:
1. Digital Publishing Innovation Summit: June 26–27, 2018
Location: London, UK
Reasons to go: DigiPub is a two-day conference filled with presentations, workshops, and research to improve your digital media strategy. This year’s speakers include digital media heads from Hearst, BBC, Quartz, The Economist, and more. You can expect to learn about how to grow digital revenues through ecommerce, paywalls, and branded content — all while making valuable connections with other senior media executives and marketers.
2. 2018 ANA Digital & Social Media Conference: July 25–27, 2018
Location: Rancho Palos Verdes, CA
Reasons to go: @ANA’s ninth annual conference will cover topics, such as augmented reality, influencer marketing, social media, and content marketing. Speakers include top CMOs and execs from The Hershey Company, MillerCoors, Under Armour, IBM, T-Mobile, Airbnb, and more. Join in important industry discussions and connect with other marketers over the three-day conference, and get actionable insights into digital and social media strategies.
3. Digital Summit Philadelphia: July 31-August 1, 2018
Location: Philadelphia, PA
Reasons to go: Digital Summit Philadelphia features over 50 sessions and workshops taught by industry experts from Netflix, Microsoft, LinkedIn, and more. Workshops cover everything from conquering the customer journey with content marketing to mastering video content for unique audiences. Some summit passes come with access to the presentation decks and on-demand content, that you can take back to your office after it’s over.
4. Digiday Content Marketing Summit: August 6–8, 2018
Location: Vail, CO
Reasons to go: Digiday’s Content Marketing Summit in Colorado focuses on how modern brands are evolving to face new challenges in producing and distributing content. Digiday’s summit includes opportunities for one-on-one meetings with executives, networking events, informative presentations, and more. Their speakers this year include executives, such as the Global Social Media & Digital Strategist for Intel, the Brand Director of Heineken USA, and the Executive Creative Director of Marriott International.
5. CONEX: August 20–22, 2018
Location: Toronto, Canada
Reasons to go: Hosted by Uberflip, a content experience platform, Conex: The Content Experience is a three-day conference with speaker sessions, networking opportunities, and hands-on training. Speakers include executives from Salesforce, Convince & Convert, DocuSign, Five Foxes Group, and more. Attendees will learn about the latest trends, tech, and methodologies in content marketing and digital media.
6. Visa Pour L’Image, Professional Week: September 3–8, 2018
Location: Perpignan, France
Reasons to go: The International Festival of Photojournalism hosts screenings, exhibitions, conferences, meetings, and their Pro Week, which features media agencies from around the world. If you work in digital media and photojournalism, this festival is a great way to stay up-to-date on the latest technology and trends in the industry.
7. Content Marketing World: September 4–7, 2018
Location: Cleveland, OH
Reasons to go: CMWorld is one of the largest content marketing conferences, featuring over 120 sessions and workshops on strategy, storytelling, ROI, demand generation, AI, and more. Keynote speakers include actress and producer, Tina Fey, along with Amber Guild, the President of T Brand Studio at The New York Times, and Jane Weedon, the Director of Business Development at Twitch. With so many sessions, you can choose from a number of tracks to follow, such as “Future Trends,” “Visual Storytelling” or “Content Distribution/Promotion.” The conference is in its eighth year and will bring in over 3,600 marketing professionals from 60 different countries.
8. Digiday Brand Leaders Japan: September 11–12, 2018
Location: Kyoto, Japan
Reasons to go: Another Digiday Summit, this event is focused on how modern brands tell stories in the digital age. Past attendees include executives from Canon, McDonald's, Nestlé, and more. Like all Digiday events, it will provide plenty of time for networking and learning.
9. DMEXCO: September 12–13, 2018
Location: Koelnmesse, Germany
Cost: On sale July 2
Reasons to go: The huge digital marketing exposition and conference will bring in 570 speakers, 1,000 exhibitors, and over 40,000 visitors from 105 countries. At the event, you will have many opportunities for networking, experiencing the newest trends and technology, and learning about a broad range of topics from media and marketing to business and the future. Conference speakers include executives from HQ Trivia, BBC Global News, MediaLink, and more. You will also be able to choose from over 100 seminars to attend, as well as work labs and speaker forums.
10. Digital & Content Marketing Summit: September 13–14, 2018
Location: San Francisco, CA
Reasons to go: The summit will explore topics, such as VR, digital storytelling and the future of marketing, integrating content marketing efforts with overall marketing strategy, appropriate metrics for each stage of the buyer’s journey, and more. Featured speakers include heads from tech industry giants and start-ups, including Uber, Amazon, Tinder, and Ebay.
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By D. Simone Kovacs, Storyhunter Editor