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By Judy Luk-Smit November 29, 2017 Reading time: 5 minutes


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The TOP PR and Content Marketing Conferences 2018

PR & Content Marketing Conferences 2018
If you’re in search of PR and content marketing conferences to attend in 2018, 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. Take a look, and hopefully we’ll see you at one of these PR or marketing conferences in 2018.

1. PRWeek Awards

Date: March 15, 2018
Location: New York City, New York
Hashtag: #PRWeekAwards

Now entering its 19th 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. Finalists will be announced for 2018 on December 6, 2017. Only 39 trophies are awarded each year.

2. Intelligent Content Conference (ICC)

Dates: March 20-22, 2018
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
Hashtag: #IntelContent

The second largest annual conference from the Content Marketing Institute, ICC 2018 is the one content strategy event specifically designed for marketing practitioners. Their goal is the movement away from the copy/paste mentality of most marketers, toward a format-free, modular and single-source approach to content creation and distribution. Courses range from beginner to advanced, served to you from leading practitioners, consultants, and authors from around the world. The call for speakers is already closed.

3. Content Marketing Conference

Dates: May 2-4, 2018
Location: Boston, Massachusettes
Hashtag: #CMC18

4. International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) World Conference

Dates: June 3-6, 2018
Location: Montreal, Quebec
Hashtag: #IABC18

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 focuses on “The Communication Crossroads,” emphasizing that the communication profession is uniquely positioned at the crossroads of business, culture, functions, and audience. This year’s conference will explore how to leverage that power in new and innovative ways. The main goal of the world conference is to elevate the careers of IABC members and highlight the global rise of innovation across communications professions. Speakers are selected through a peer-review process and represent communications, a business-crucial part of an organization.

5. Content Marketing World

Dates: September 4-7, 2018
Location: Cleveland, Ohio
Hashtag: #CMWorld

At the world’s leading content marketing conference, Content Marketing World, you can learn and network with the best and the brightest in the content marketing industry. CMWorld, regularly held in Cleveland, is put on by the renowned Content Marketing Institute and new parent company, UBM, in 2018. 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 call for speakers is currently open and ends December 15, 2017.

6. Arthur Page Society Annual Conference

Dates: September 23-25, 2018
Location: Washington, D.C.

The annual conference of 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.

7. Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) International Conference

Dates: October 7-9, 2018
Location: Austin, Texas
Hashtag: #PRSAICON

At the PRSA International Conference, you’ll meet some of the most influential professionals in public relations from around the world, including those that call the Live Music Capital of the World, Austin—this year’s host city—home. PRSA International draws the most industry vendors, including practitioners, in a who’s-who quest to highlight the best strategies, products, and more.

8. Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) Conferences and Training

Date/Location: Varies

Each year, CASE offers more than 220 professional development opportunities for public relations, communications, and fundraising in North America, Europe, Asia, Africa and Australia. Skim the event calendar for conferences geared toward media relations and communications professionals. This year’s opportunities include the Senior Marketing and Communications Conference, The Annual Conference on Marketing and Branding and the Multimedia Workshop.

9. 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. 2018’s conference includes two DigiComm Summits (one in California and one in New York), the Media Relations Conference and the PR Measurement Conference.

10. 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. 2018 events include the “Do-It-All Communicator Conference” in Miami, Florida, the “Measurement for Communicators Conference” in San Diego, California, and the “Social Media Conference for PR, Marketing & Corporate Communications” at Disney World.

BONUS: The New PR Conference

Date/Location: Fall 2018, TBD

The second annual New PR Conference hosted by AirPR promises to provide cutting-edge content on Growth PR and networking with senior communications, PR and content marketing professionals on the best communications technology.

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