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15 CMO Conferences You Should Attend in 2023

For chief marketing officers (CMOs), it's essential to keep up with the rapid changes in the field and improve their skills for consistent success.

Conferences and summits are one of the best ways of staying up to date on the new trends and connecting with your fellow professionals and vendors.

Here is a list of events and conferences on tap for 2023. The majority of them occur on yearly basis, so don't feel bad if you miss this one, there is always an opportunity to attend in the future.

  1. DigiMarCon | Multiple dates, multiple locations

DigiMarCon is a Digital Marketing, Media and Advertising Conference & Exhibition for Business and Marketing Professionals held at more than 40 locations worldwide year after year. This event is available online or in-person, and is jam packed with digital marketing latest trends, innovative and practical solutions, strategy and networking, as well as next generation of technology & innovation; Internet, Mobile, AdTech, MarTech & SaaS Technology. Check out their website to see the next event available nearest to you!

2. Gartner Marketing Symposium/Xpo | May 22-24, 2023 | Denver, CO

Gartner's Marketing Symposium/Xpo™ is designed for CMOs and marketing leaders. During this event, they will have an opportunity to learn how to spark new ways of thinking by meeting Gartner experts and marketing leader peers. At the conference, there are a variety of topics that will help kick-start conversations, from building a high functioning marketing team and delivering impact via customer experience to navigating shifts to optimize for brand value and unlocking the value of data.

3. ANA Masters of Marketing Conference | October 24-27, 2023 | Orlando, FL

ANA Masters of Marketing Conference is a hybrid event that will focus on the creative thinking and inspirational strategies in the field of marketing. The CMO leaders with share how they meet and exceed their customer needs, drive growth, and inspire change. Three days filled with networking, events, and inspiring stories of success from C-suite leaders from P&G, United Airlines, Ford, and many more!

4. Reuters Events: Strategic Marketing | May 8-9, 2023 | San Diego, CA

This conference is a yearly occurrence, where 250+ senior leaders come together to help brands create a new marketing roadmap to leverage digital touchpoints, encourage innovative campaigns, and lay foundation for deeper B2C relationships. Some of the speakers include CMOs from Nike, The North Face, Chipotle, San Diego Padres and Grindr.

5. OnConferences | April 24-25, 2023 | Virtual

ONCON is an annual summit targeting top executives in the ten different aspects of a successful business. There are tracks for the job functions like CMO, CHRO, General Counsel, CISO, CFO, and more. Participants will have access to all tracks if there is a crossover of responsibilities or interests. There is a cap of a 100 attendees for each track, so make sure to book your spot in advance if this summit sparks your interest.

6. MozCon | August 7-9, 2023 | Seattle, WA

MozCon is a yearly event that the organizers describe as a "summer camp for marketers". Three days of networking and expert sessions delivered by C-suite leaders in SEO, search engine marketing, conversion optimization, growth marketing, various research, and more. The lineup of speakers includes CMOs, directors and founders from companies like Moz, Uber and Wix to name a few.

7. Traction Conference | September 2023 | Virtual

Traction Conferences are online events happening throughout the year. The main focus for 2023 covers start-up marketing leadership, growth marketing and lead gen revenue generation. All speaker sessions are recorded and can be watched on-demand on the Traction website. Some of the past presenters include leaders from Lucidchart, Smartsheet, and SurveyMonkey. We recommend checking the site regularly for the upcoming events, since they add them every couple of months.

8. Adobe DITAWORLD | Date TBD | Virtual

Adobe DITAWORLD will have its eighth annual event sometime in 2023, though the date hasn't been announced yet. While the conference itself focuses on DITA©, Adobe FrameMaker, Adobe’s DITA CCMS for Adobe Experience Manager, and Adobe RoboHelp, the content and marketing professionals from all over will have an opportunity to get inspired through a variety of topics presented by the top leaders and practitioners in the field. The recording of last year's DITAWORLD is easily available through your Adobe account on the website.

9. ICAMM | January 30-31 | New York, NY

The focus of the yearly ICAMM conference is on affiliate marketing and management. It is organized by the International Research Conference, a federated organization that aims to bring together scholars and marketing leaders for talks within the conference program. If you want to get a more scientific approach to marketing, this is an event for you!

10. DMO Advanced | March 28-30, 2023 | Napa Valley, CA

DMO's flagship event provides newer CMOs with an access to exceptional industry experts, large agencies, and in-house digital marketers to collaborate on solving business-critical challenges. The focus industry for 2023 is e-commerce and the line of speakers includes CMOs and executives from Ahrefs, MobileMoxie and Clearscope.

11. BrandSmart | April 27, 2023 | Chicago, IL

BrandSmart 2023 will be structured as 10+ TED Talk-style presentations featuring leaders from all over the world. They will be talking about the cornerstones of brand resilience, discuss the most recent trends and innovations, give out the BrandSmart Awards, and let professionals network in a uniquely styled format. Featured speakers include executives from Edelman, American Dental Association and SiriusXM & Pandora.

12. Product Marketing Summit | May 24-25, 2023 | Las Vegas, NV

In May 2023, Product Marketing Summit will descend on Las Vegas. They are gathering product marketers from the world’s largest companies and most exciting startups to share product marketing success stories, experiences and challenges of those positioned at the intersection of product, marketing & sales. Previous speakers include CMOs from Microsoft, Kantata, and Lyft.

13. Social Media Marketing World | March 13-15, 2023 | San Diego, CA

Social Media Marketing World is created to bring thousands of the world’s most experienced marketers together for the yearly conference. Practitioners will share business-building ideas that can be further put to work for the business optimization. Social Media Marketing World focuses on four primary areas of social marketing: organic social marketing, paid social, social strategy, and content marketing.

14. SEMpdx Engage Conference | August 11, 2023 | Portland, OR

Engage Marketing Conference is a two-day digital marketing conference featuring informative learning tracks and panel sessions designed to provide expert insight into the latest strategies and technological advancements in digital marketing, social media, content, UX/design, creative, advertising, SEO, paid media, and more! The annual marketing conference is about education and experience. Engage marketing conference attendees will qualify for 25 Professional Development Units as Online Search Marketing Professionals.

15. Digital Marketing Europe | March 28-29, 2023 | Virtual

Digital Marketing Europe is a virtual 2-day experience including inspiring sessions and keynotes, panel discussions, networking opportunities and much more. It is an opportunity for global experts at any level to participate, network, and advance in their careers. The line of speakers includes CMOs and executives from Marketing at Heart, Way Boutique, and Digitaloft.

So that's our take on the 15 CMO Conferences You should attend in 2023. For some suggestions check out our 9 CMO Summits you should attend in 2023. Would you add anything to this list? Leave your suggestions in the comments below!

By Francois Marchand

I’m Francois Marchand, content strategist and editor. I've worked in marketing, journalism, and communications for 20 years. I've been in charge of creating and managing content at Postmedia, Vancouver Film School, and Unbounce. I love helping business leaders, content creators, and marketers of all stripes grow their skillsets and knowledge base to stay ahead of the competition.

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