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Networking and advertising go hand in hand. So, if you're ready to up your advertising game, learn the latest comms frameworks in ad land, and do all the networking, you're in luck.

I've compiled a list of the best advertising conferences to attend this year.

Best Advertising Conferences 2024 Shortlist

It can be very easy to get caught up in the minutiae of your day-to-day, but this shortlist of advertising conferences are a great chance to get out of the weeds, meet other passionate ad folks, and remember why we love the world of advertising and marketing.

  1. DigiMarCon - Multiple dates and locations
  2. 2024 IAB NewFronts 2024 - New York, NY (April-May 2024)
  3. Advertising Week Europe 2024 - London, UK (May 2024)
  4. Programmatic I/O 2024 Las Vegas - Las Vegas, NV (May 2024)
  5. Programmatic Pioneers Summit - London, UK (May 2024)
  6. Affiliate Summit - Multiple dates and locations

Find more details about each conference below.

Best Advertising Conferences Of 2024

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1. DigiMarCon - Multiple dates and locations

DigiMarCon website screenshot
DigiMarCon highlights the company's global conferences and exhibitions for professionals in the digital marketing, media, and advertising industries.
  • Dates: Multiple dates (see table below)
  • Location: Multiple locations (see table below)
  • Pricing: See the registration page for current pricing
  • Website: DigiMarCon
  • Social Media: Facebook | X | LinkedIn

Overview:

DigiMarCon is your go-to conference for the nuts and bolts of digital advertising. You can expect detailed presentations by digital marketing and advertising experts, well-moderated panel discussions on the latest trends on topics such as social media growth strategies, and case studies from successful digital advertising campaigns.

DigiMarCon: Multiple Dates and Locations

LocationsDates
Paradox Hotel Vancouver | Vancouver, Canada April 25-26, 2024
The Westin Seattle Hotel | Seattle, Washington, USAApril 29-30, 2024
Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina Hotel | San Diego, CaliforniaMay 2-3, 2024
JW Marriott Houston by The Galleria Hotel | Houston, TexasMay 13-14, 2024
New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge Hotel | New York City, New YorkMay 16-17, 2024

Why You Should Attend:

The list of speakers they have lined up is more than enough reason to get on the road for one of the several DigiMarCon digital advertising conferences.

Marcus Collins of Wieden + Kennedy, Loni Stark of Adobe, Ellie McPhee of HootSuite, Kabeer Choudhary of M&C Saatchi, and Rand Fishkin of Sparktoro to name a few.

Here's a trailer from the organizer on why you should attend a DigiMarCon advertising conference:

2. 2024 IAB NewFronts 2024 - New York, NY (April-May 2024)

NewFronts 2024 website screenshot
IAB NewFronts is an invite-only event for brand marketers and agency professionals.

Overview:

The rise and rise of generative AI means interactive advertising and video content is in the spotlight. And for good reasons. So, the IAB NewFronts advertising conference is designed to help media and marketing professionals thrive in the digital advertising economy.

If you missed out on 2024's conference, they've got a video on demand option on the event's landing page.

Why You Should Request VOD Access:

The 2024 IAB NewFronts did a great job of exploring the possibilities for the industry. It covered topics such as the future of TV advertising and possibilities advertising professionals could cover around audience engagement, how to harness the power of human connection, how to drive brand marketing ROI no matter the content format, and more.

Here's a trailer for the recently concluded 2024 IAB NewFront's conference:

3. Advertising Week Europe 2024 - London, UK (May 2024)

Advertising Week Europe 2024 website screenshot
Advertising Week Europe is an event targeting professionals and enthusiasts in the advertising industry.

Overview:

Brand activations, insightful speaker sessions, awards, Advertising Week Europe has it all. Think of it as a gathering of some of Europe's best advertising minds. And with 100+ sessions spread out over three days, you are sure to head back to work with your notebook chock full of ideas for your next advertising campaign.

Why You Should Attend:

Advertising Week Europe 2024 will feature five learning tracks; AI, Brands & Marketers, Campaigns & Creativity, Data & Analytics, and Founders & Leaders. Each track also features some of the most brilliant minds in the global advertising industry.

For example, Rory Sutherland, Vice Chairman, Ogilvy UK, and author of Alchemy: The Dark Art and Curious Science of Creating Magic in Brands, Business, and Life will be speaking about branding strategy.

While Derya Matras, Vice President, UK, Northern Europe, Middle East and Africa, Meta will be speaking about how advertisers can unlock human potential with the power of AI.

Check out the teaser for this year's event:

4. Programmatic I/O 2024 Las Vegas - Las Vegas, NV (May 2024)

Programmatic I/O 2024 Las Vegas website screenshot
Programmatic I/O is an ultimate meeting ground for marketing and advertising professionals seeking to stay ahead in the programmatic advertising landscape.

Overview:

Programmatic I/O is a leading advertising conference for programmatic media advertising in North America. Its a watering hole for the latest programmatic advertising methodologies, trends, and case studies.

Why You Should Attend:

If you are looking to head back to your desk with programmatic tactics you can action right away, or network with some of the brightest minds in the industry, you should be booking your ticket to Programmatic I/O right away.

The 2024 conference also has a great lineup of speakers. Sherine Ebadi, Managing Director of Kroll, Zachary Darkow, Head of Marketing Measurement at The Home Depot, and Rachel Eckerling, SVP, Group Media Solutions at Publicis Media are some of the heavy-hitters who'll be speaking at the conference.

Here's a recap of the 2022 event to give you an idea of the sort of value you get by attending:

5. Programmatic Pioneers Summit - London, UK (May 2024)

Programmatic Pioneers Summit website screenshot
Programmatic Pioneers Summit is an event designed for leaders in programmatic and digital media from Europe's top brands.

Overview:

The Programmatic Pioneers Summit is Europe's largest gathering of programmatic advertising and digital media experts.

Folks who are knee-deep in the work of media buying and programmatic ads gather for two days to share insights and case studies with practical takeaways on:

  • How to build a robust programmatic media strategy
  • Using first-party data
  • AI and the impact on creative ads
  • The use of emerging channels like mobile video, and more.

Why You Should Attend:

Sign up and come learn from folks such as Caroline Reynolds, Chief Digital Officer at mSix & Partners, Sir Martin Sorrell, Founder and Executive Chairman at Media.Monks, Natalia Horvath, Head of Customer Marketing & Omnichannel Development, Global Reserve at Diageo, and more.

Its also a great opportunity to interact with other passionate peers in the industry, and spend time exchanging ideas with the industry's best minds at the small-group interactive roundtables and workshops.

Here's the recap of last year's event:

6. Affiliate Summit - Multiple dates and locations

Affiliate Summit website screenshot
The Affiliate Summit is an event for affiliate marketing professionals, highlighting its role in building partnerships and educating the market.
  • Dates: Multiple dates (see table below)
  • Location: Multiple locations (see table below)
  • Pricing: see the registration page for current pricing
  • Website: Affiliate Summit
  • Social Media: Instagram | Facebook | X | LinkedIn

Overview:

Affiliate Summit is a series of events focused on every aspect of affiliate advertising and marketing. Expect the conference to cover topics such as campaign management, affiliate recruitment, regulatory compliance, and effective strategies for optimizing affiliate practices.

Sessions include presentations, panel discussions, and case studies by industry experts.

Affiliate Summit: Multiple Dates and Locations

LocationsDates
New York Marriott Marquis Times Square | New York City, New YorkJuly 29-30, 2024
Caesars Forum Las Vegas | Las Vegas, Nevada February 3-5, 2025

Why You Should Attend:

This event essential for anyone working in the affiliate advertising and partnerships industry. Be you a content publisher, lead buyer, or media buyer, there's something for you in the agenda.

They've got content and commerce summit sessions, a brand strategy content track, and a lead gen. content track lined up. So if you are looking for a way to cut through the clutter and generate quality leads, head over to their website to sign up.

Here's what to expect at this year's conference:

Decided Which Advertising Conference You Are Headed To Yet?

These conferences are all solid picks. No matter which you end up signing up for, you are sure to connect with like minds, learn valuable insights, and pick one or more actionable strategies and tactics.

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Dozie Anyaegbunam
By Dozie Anyaegbunam

Dozie Anyaegbunam is the Senior Editor of The CMO, digital marketing firepower for SaaS pioneers. He's a marketing strategist with years of experience in Marketing, Communications, Ecommerce, and SEO. And has worked across verticals ranging from software to edu-tech, apparel, and F&B, leading teams at B2B SaaS startups, global multinationals, and the public sector. He’s the Founder & Host of The Newcomer’s Podcast featuring immigrants and their stories of moving to a new country, and he’s currently producing a documentary on the immigrant’s experience.