The 10 Best PR & Content Marketing Conferences to Attend in 2019



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PR and content marketing are rapidly evolving with new access to data and insights, new methods of measurement and more channels to reach your audience than ever. Staying on top of the latest trends, technologies and strategies is paramount. Attending conferences can not only be an effective way to sharpen your skills, but can provide you with lots of networking with other PR and marketing pros navigating our evolving industry.

If you’re in search of PR and marketing conferences to attend in 2019, AirPR has pulled together a definitive list of the best and the brightest. Whether you’re looking to submit a proposal to speak, nominate a colleague’s work for an award, or attend a conference to sharpen your skills, this curated round-up of events will help.

International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) World Conference

Dates: June 9-12, 2019

Location: Vancouver, British Columbia

Hashtag: #IABC19

The IABC World Conference is a long-standing, global professional development event that typically draws 1,000 to 1,200 attendees from around the world. The theme for this year’s conference is “Think Forward” and provides and an eye toward the latest trends, solutions and ideas. The 2019 conference will explore new challenges and opportunities facing the communication profession.

Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) International Conference

Dates: October 20-22, 2019

Location: San Diego, California

Hashtag: #PRSAICON

At the PRSA International Conference, attendees are able to choose from a wide range of programs spotlighting the latest in public relations and communications strategies and tactics and enjoy opportunities to enhance their personal and professional network while connecting with some of the world’s most influential companies and organizations. Attendees can meet other communication and public relations colleagues along with over 150 industry experts from all career levels, sectors, work environments and industries during three days of practical insight and idea sharing.

Content Marketing World

Dates: September 3-6, 2019

Location: Cleveland, Ohio

Hashtag: #CMWorld

Content Marketing World is the leading event where attendees can learn and network with the best and the brightest in the content marketing industry. You will leave with all the materials you need to take a content marketing strategy back to your team – and – to implement a content marketing plan that will grow your business and inspire your audience. The conference features over 120 sessions and workshops presented by the leading brand marketers and experts from around the world covering strategy, storytelling, ROI, demand generation, AI, and more.

ContentTECH Summit

Dates: April 8-10, 2019

Location: San Diego, California

Hashtag: #ContentTECH

Formerly the Intelligent Content Conference, this year’s ContentTECH Summit’s mission is “to show how the effective use of technology and better processes can help your strategic efforts to create, manage, deliver and scale your enterprise content and provide your customers with better digital experiences.” Attendees can learn how new technologies and innovative processes are fundamentally changing what our work will look like in the next two to five years. Featured speakers include actor, writer and musician Henry Rollins, LinkedIn’s Head of Global Content Marketing Megan Golden, and Content Marketing Institute’s Chief Strategy Advisor Robert Rose.

Arthur Page Society Annual Conference

Dates: September 15-17, 2019

Location: Boston, Massachusetts

The annual conference for the Arthur Page Society brings together a professional association for senior public relations and corporate communications executives. It’s a great event built to enrich and strengthen PR professionals—while providing great networking opportunities.

PRWeek Awards

Date: March 21, 2018

Location: New York City, New York

Hashtag: #PRWeekAwards

Now entering its 20th year, the PRWeek Awards are one of PR’s most prestigious events. This awards event celebrates the best of the best corporate, agency, nonprofit, and education teams, and the work they produced during the entry period.

PR News Conferences

Dates/Locations: Varies

With several events throughout the year, PR News addresses a senior-level public relations and marketing audience. Most conferences focus on media relations, crisis communications, social media, and measurement, plus a well-known awards show. 2019 Conferences include the Crisis Management Conference in Miami in February, the PR Measurement Conference in April in Washington, D.C., and the Social Shake-up in May in Atlanta

Content Marketing Conference

Dates: April 16-19, 2019

Location: Boston, Massachusetts

Hashtag: #CMC19

With over 70 speakers, 50 sessions and a dozen workshops, the fifth annual Content Marketing Conference focuses on what’s new, what’s next, and what’s essential for content marketing success.

Confab, The Content Strategy Conference

Dates: April 23-26, 2019

Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota

Hashtag: #Confab2019

Confab is “an event for people who care about making content better, in their organizations and for their clients.” This year’s program spans several areas related to content strategy, including analytics and performance, user experience design, workflows and stakeholders, content design for AI and bots, editorial assignments and calendars, and hiring and staff management.

Ragan Conferences
Date/Location: Varies

Ragan Communications’ events are fun and informative with dynamic speakers. These events cover a wide array of specializations, from how to measure internal communications to effective brand journalism strategies. 2019 events include the PR and Media Relations Conference at PayPal in New York City in March and the Social Media Conference at Walt Disney World in May.