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Must-Attend B2B Marketing Conferences for 2020

The B2B marketing conference scene continues to flourish since I did my last roundup a year ago.  I hope I am not jinxing the trend by commenting on how last year’s top events thrive and new events arrive.  Here’s a lineup of top-quality conferences to add to your 2020 calendar.  A treasure trove of strategy, innovation, ABM, martech, data, AI, eCommerce, social media—the works. 

February 24-26, Scottsdale, B2B Marketing Exchange

The real deal.  Catch great speakers like Lee Odden, Pam Didner and Howard J. Sewell

March 17-18, San Francisco, The ABM Innovation Summit

Organized by Demandbase, at Pier 27, and followed by certification courses on day 2 at the Hyatt Regency.  

March 29-April 2, Las Vegas, Adobe Summit

Perhaps the largest of them all, as Adobe has built a B2B martech powerhouse.  Featuring Mindy Kahling, an apparent new fan of B2B marketers—having also appeared at Content Marketing World in 2019. 

April 15-17, San Jose, Martech West

See Scott Brinker’s persuasive video call for speakers. Martech East runs in Boston, September 6-8.

April 20-22, Chicago, B2B Online

Ecommerce and digital marketing for manufacturers and distributors.  Attracts attendees from around the world.

April 23-24, San Francisco, TOPO Summit

Where sales and marketing teams learn to break down barriers and work together. Organized by thought leader Craig Rosenberg.

May 3-6, Austin, Sirius Decisions 2020 Summit

A strong event made even stronger after Sirius’s purchase by Forrester.

May 12-14, Scottsdale, ANA BMA Masters of Marketing Conference

 The ANA is moving its reincarnated BMA conference from Chicago this year. 

May 27-28, Chicago, B2B Marketing Ignite USA 2020

At last, the event we’ve been waiting for.  UK’s B2B Marketing.net brings its successful annual conference to our shores.  If you’re not already a member of their US online community, suggest you sign up now. 

August 10-12, Boston, B2B Sales and Marketing Exchange

A fruitful merger of three smaller B2B conferences, DemandGen Summit,  FlipMyFunnel and REVTalks, launched in 2019.

August 19-20, Singapore, B2B Marketing Leaders Forum Asia 2020

THE Asian event for B2B marketers, if you can stand the idea of Singapore in August. Part of an Australian organization with additional conferences in Sydney (May 20-21, 2020) and Melbourne.

September 16-18, Boston, Connect to Convert

A division of the giant LeadsCon, with a solid B2B marketing track. 

October 7-8, Chicago, reach 2020

Launched in 2019 by G2Crowd, this one-day conference is all about getting the most value from B2B ratings and reviews sites

October 13-16, Cleveland, Content Marketing World

Still growing, still thriving. 

November 3-6, San Francisco. MarketingProfs B2B Forum

The B2B Forum is on the move again, after years in Boston and a swing by DC in 2019.  

Ruth Stevens

Ruth Stevens

Ruth P. Stevens consults on customer acquisition and retention, for both consumer and business-to-business clients. Ruth serves on the boards of directors of the HIMMS Media Group, and the Business Information Industry Association. She is a trustee of Princeton-In-Asia, past chair of the Business-to-Business Council of the DMA, and past president of the Direct Marketing Club of New York. Ruth was named one of the 100 Most Influential People in Business Marketing by Crain’s BtoB magazine, and one of 20 Women to Watch by the Sales Lead Management Association. She serves as a mentor to fledgling companies at the ERA business accelerator in New York City. Ruth is a guest blogger at AdAge, HBR.org, and Target Marketing Magazine. Her newest book is B2B Data-Driven Marketing: Sources, Uses, Results. She is also the author of Maximizing Lead Generation: The Complete Guide for B2B Marketers, Trade Show and Event Marketing, and co-author of the white paper series “B-to-B Database Marketing.” Ruth is a sought-after speaker and trainer, and has presented to audiences and business schools in Asia, Australia, and Latin America. She has held senior marketing positions at Time Warner, Ziff-Davis, and IBM. She studied marketing management at Harvard Business School, and holds an MBA from Columbia University. Learn more at www.ruthstevens.com.

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