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    Top Growth Marketing Conferences Worth Attending in 2018

    Top Growth Marketing Conferences Worth Attending in 2018

    Attending conferences is one of the best ways to “sharpen the saw” and take your growth marketing game to the next level. Live events provide unique learning and career building opportunities that you just can’t find anywhere else. But with so many options out there, choosing which conferences you should devote your time to can be challenging.

    To help you decide, we have rounded up top conferences in North America and Europe that growth marketers should consider attending in 2018. We selected events with high-caliber speakers, practical and actionable content, excellent networking opportunities, and strong attendee reviews.

    We listed the conferences in chronological order. Most of them offer substantial early bird discounts, so don’t miss your chance and register now.

    Top growth marketing conferences in North America

    GrowthHackers Conference

    Location: San Diego, CA

    Date: February 6, 2018

    Cost to attend: $949 (New Year Pricing) / $1,200 (General Admission)

    GrowthHackers Conference

    The GrowthHackers Conference features leading growth marketing experts who share their insights and experience on what it takes to grow companies today. It is a full day of learning and networking with the top growth practitioners from around the globe.

    This year’s featured speakers include:

    • Sean Ellis, Founder & CEO, GrowthHackers
    • Joanna Lord, CMO, ClassPass
    • Mayur Gupta, VP Growth & Marketing, Spotify
    • Guillaume Cabane, VP Growth, Drift
    • Kady Srinivasan, Global Head of Digital Marketing, Dropbox

    CXL Live

    Location: Austin, TX

    Date: March 28-30, 2018

    Cost to attend: $1,299

    CXL Live

    CXL Live is a must-attend conference for mid to large enterprise growth and optimization professionals. This is an opportunity to learn from carefully vetted practitioners who do the absolute best work in their field.

    This year’s featured speakers include:

    • Hana Abaza, Head of Marketing, Shopify Plus
    • Bangaly Kaba, Growth Lead, Instargram
    • Rachel Sweeney, Product Marketing Manager, Google
    • Naeem Talukdar, Growth Lead, Zapier
    • Yu Guo, Data Science Manager, Airbnb

    MozCon

    Location: Seattle, WA

    Dates: July 9-11, 2018

    Cost to attend: $849 (Early Bird | Moz Subscribers) / $1,349 (Early Bird | General Admission)

    MozCon

    MozCon is a three-day event where speakers share next-level advice on SEO, brand development, CRO, the mobile landscape, analytics, customer experience, social and content marketing, and more.

    Featured speakers at last year’s conference included:

    • Rand Fishkin, Wizard of Moz
    • Matthew Barby, Director of Acquisition, HubSpot
    • Oli Gardner, Co-Founder, Unbounce
    • Stephaine Chang, Director, Performance Marketing, Etsy
    • Ian Lurie, CEO, Portent

    Traction Conference

    Location: Vancouver, Canada

    Dates: August 8-9, 2018

    Cost to attend: CA$388 (Jan Early Bird) / CA$662 (Regular)

    Traction Conference

    Traction Conference brings experts from some of the fastest growing tech companies to share how to get, keep and grow customers and revenue. At this year’s conference, founders and business leaders will share their challenges and learnings from scaling their companies to $10M/ $50M/ $100M+ in revenue, acquisition, and IPO.

    Featured speakers at last year’s conference included:

    • Michael Pryor, CEO, Trello
    • Gina Gotthilf, VP Growth, Duolingo
    • Brian Rothenberg, VP Growth, Eventbrite
    • Zack Onisko, CEO, Dribble
    • Casey Winters, Growth Advisor in Residence, Greylock Partners

    Traction Vancouver 2017 Highlights

    Call To Action Conference

    Location: Vancouver, Canada

    Dates: August 27-29, 2018

    Cost to attend: CA$333 (Early Bird)

    Call To Action Conference

    CTA Conference by Unbounce features world-class marketing experts who cover a wide array of topics, including conversion optimization, email marketing, copywriting, landing pages, PPC, analytics, content marketing, and much more.

    Featured speakers at last year’s conference included:

    • Johnathan Dane, Founder, Klientboost
    • Joel Klettke, Conversion Writer & Owner, Business Casual Copywriting
    • Jessica Best, Director of Data-Driven Marketing, Barkley
    • Mari Smith, Facebook Marketing Expert & Author
    • Scott Stratten, President, UnMarketing

    Here you can review videos and slide decks from last year’s conference.

    Growth Marketing Conference

    Location: San Francisco, CA

    Dates: December 12-13, 2018

    Cost to attend: $462 (Early Bird) / $1,962 (Regular)

    Growth Marketing Conference

    Growth Marketing Conference is your chance to network with 1K+ Fortune 500 executives, high-growth startup founders, and growth marketing pioneers and innovators, while learning battle-tested strategies and tactics for moving your own growth needle.

    Featured speakers at last year’s conference included:

    • Andrew Chen, Supply Growth, Uber
    • Hiten Shah, Co-Founder, Quick Sprout
    • Rachel Hepworth, Head of Growth Marketing, Slack
    • Siqi Chen, VP Growth, Postmates
    • Menaka Shroff, Global Head of Marketing, Devices and Mobility, Google

    Hypergrowth

    Location: Boston, MA

    Date: TBA

    Cost to attend: $499 (2017)

    Hypergrowth

    Hypergrowth is a one-day, one-stage event organized by Drift that brings together leaders who have built brands, sparked movements, and found ways to unlock unprecedented growth.

    Featured speakers at last year’s conference included:

    • David Cancel, Founder, Drift
    • Mike Volpe, CMO, Cybereason
    • Lauren Vaccarello, VP Marketing, Box
    • Nastia Liukin, Olympic Gold Medalist and Entrepreneur
    • Michael Fitzsimmons, Head of Brand Marketing, WeWork

    Check out this article for a recap of last year’s event.

    Growth Hacking World Forum San Francisco

    Location: San Francisco, CA

    Date:  TBA

    Cost to attend: $395 (2017)

    Growth Hacking World Forum San Francisco

    Growth Hacking World Forum SF is an insightful event that brings together top-notch marketing professionals from the world’s most successful companies.

    Top speakers at last year’s conference included:

    • Ken Rudin, Head of User Growth & Analytics, Google
    • Nazila Alasti, Global Head of Product Marketing, Ebay
    • Pamela Webber, CMO, 99designs
    • Alex Le, VP Product, Reddit
    • Jungwon Byun, Head of Growth, Upstart

    Top growth marketing conferences in Europe

    SMX München

    Location: Munich, Germany

    Date: March 20-21, 2018

    Cost to attend: €1,070 (Early Bird) / €1,370 (Full Price)

    SMX München

    Search Marketing Expo Munich is Europe’s leading event for SEO and SEM professionals, helping thousands of growth marketing practitioners succeed with actionable tactics learned during conference sessions and training workshops.

    This year’s top speakers include:

    • Larry Kim, CEO, Mobile Monkey
    • Greg Gifford, Director of Search, DealerOn
    • Lisa Myers, CEO & Founder, Verve Search
    • Brad Geddes, Co-Founder, AdAlysis
    • Sebastian Benz, Developer Advocate, Google

    Growth Hacking World Forum London

    Location: London, UK

    Date: April 12, 2018

    Cost to attend: £245 (Super Early Bird)

    Growth Hacking World Forum London

    Growth Hacking World Forum creates a platform where leading growth pioneers provide strategic and tactical advice on how to grow and retain your customer base and develop a high-performing growth team within your organization.

    This year’s top speakers include:

    • Olivia Calafat, Head of SMB Online Marketing for EMEA, Google
    • Jon Hall, Chief Growth Officer, Eastman Kodak
    • Tamar Riley, Head of UK Marketing and Growth, Refinery 29
    • Ayumi Nakajima, Growth and Partnerships Lead, Pinterest
    • Erinn Collier, Head of Uber for Business, UK

    In case you are wondering what to expect, check out some of the presentations from last year’s event.

    Hero Conference London

    Location: London, UK

    Dates: October 22-24, 2018

    Cost to attend: £750 (Early Bird) / £1,500 (Regular)

    Hero Conference London

    Hero Conference is the number one event for PPC professionals. Alongside sessions on traditional topics of paid search, social, mobile, CRO, and reporting, at this year’s conference you can expect exciting, actionable, in-depth sessions on attribution, video advertising, Amazon Ads, AI & Machine Learning, and more.

    Expected speakers at this year’s conference include:

    • Laura Collins, Head of Paid Social, Merkle
    • Sayf Sharif, Director of Analytics, Seer
    • Tara West, Senior Paid Search Manager, B&Q
    • Sean Murphy, Paid Media Leader, Red Ventures
    • Lauryan Feijen, Manager Global Digital Advertising, TNT Express

    Conversion Hotel

    Location: Texel Island, Netherlands

    Dates: November 16-18, 2018

    Cost to attend: TBA

    Conversion Hotel

    Conversion Hotel brings together 240 attendees for an awesome weekend that combines lots of conversion, optimization, analytics, UX, storytelling and life knowledge with social time and having fun.

    Top speakers at last year’s conference included:

    • Joost de Schepper, Lead Conversion Optimization, Spotify
    • Matthew Roach, Director of Growth Optimization, Sanoma
    • Ronny Kohavi, General Manager, Analysis and Experimentation, Microsoft
    • Michele Kiss, Senior Partner, Analytics Demystified
    • Craig Sullivan, CEO, Optimal Visit

    Click here for all speaker summaries, slides, and videos from last year’s event.

    Conversion Jam

    Location: Stockholm, Sweden

    Dates: TBD

    Cost to attend: €499 (2017)

    Conversion Jam

    Billed as the world’s largest CRO event with over 700 attendees, it’s a not-to-be-missed forum for growth marketers who want to learn from recognized industry leaders.

    Top speakers at last year’s conference included:

    • Karl Gilis, Head of Marketing, AGConsult
    • Gerry McGovern, Customer Experience Expert
    • Tiffany Da Silva, Former Head of CRO, Shopify
    • Simo Ahava, Growth Partner, Reaktor Ventures
    • Jono Alderson, Principal Consultant, Distilled

    Here you can access presentations from speakers at the last year’s conference.

    Elite Camp

    Location: Tallinn, Estonia

    Dates: TBD

    Cost to attend: €499 (2017)

    Elite Camp

    Elite Camp is held in Estonia every summer and brings together top CRO, growth, and acquisition professionals in Europe. Learn how the best practitioners in the industry are getting results, so you can apply that knowledge in your business.

    Top speakers at last year’s conference included:

    • Morgan Brown, Product Manager, Facebook
    • Sujan Patel, Co-founder, Web Profits
    • Peep Laja, Principal, CXL
    • Raffaela Rein, CEO, CareerFoundry
    • Andre Morys, CEO, Web Arts

    Here you can find a summary of key insights from last year’s speakers.

    Final thoughts

    There are hundreds of marketing conferences taking place each year, and most are filled with recycled fluff and sponsored content. As a growth marketer, you cannot waste time and money. Choose those events where you can learn next-level, actionable marketing tactics from proven experts and where you can meet and build relationships with like-minded peers.