6 Must-Attend Brand Conferences Happening in 2018

As a branding professional, it’s essential to stay up-to-date with industry trends. A great way to do this is to attend conferences and summits that enhance your skills, help build your network, and provide quality learning opportunities. With so many branding and marketing conferences out there, it can be overwhelming to choose which ones to spend your money on.


To help you out, we’ve curated  a list of 6 can’t-miss brand and marketing conferences happening in North America 2018.


1. The Gathering

Need an excuse for a weekend getaway to the Canadian Rockies? The Gathering might be the perfect conference for you. The Gathering brings some the world’s most coveted cult brands together for a weekend of learning and networking in Banff, Alberta. This conference unites like-minded brand lovers and leaders, while providing  attendees with insights into the strategies of the most sought-after brands in the world. This year, some of the speakers featured at The Gathering include the Co-Founder and CEO of Reddit and the Head of Global Marketing at Coca-Cola.

Where: Banff, Alberta, Canada

When: February 21 – 23, 2018

Ticket Price: $1,099 Summit Pass (nearly sold out)

Buy Tickets Here: http://www.cultgathering.com/




2. Brand Marketing Summit

Talk about bang for your buck! The 2018 Brand Marketing Summit combines 3 conferences into one, featuring discussions of personalization, content and storytelling, and marketing attribution. The Brand Marketing Summit brings together senior marketing officers from the globe’s best brands to speak and teach attendees about their marketing strategies. Some speakers at the 2018 Brand Marketing Summit include the Chief Marketing Officer at National Geographic and the Chief Marketing Officer of Global Brands at Levi Strauss & Co.

Where: San Francisco, California, USA

When: May 30 – 31, 2018

Ticket Price: $1645 (Economy) - $2045 (Executive)

Buy Tickets Here: http://events.incite-group.com/west/




Are you looking to learn from some of the biggest disruptors in brand and design? FUSE celebrates the game-changing techniques of iconic start-up companies who are shifting the way consumers experience brand and design. Some speakers of FUSE 2018 include the Co-Founder and Co-CEO of Warby Parker, and the Director of Brand & Creative at HelloFresh.

Where: New York City, New York, USA

When: April 9 – 11, 2018

Ticket Price: $2495 (2 Day Main Conference) - $3295 (3 Day All Access)

Buy Tickets Here: https://marketing.knect365.com/fuse/




4. Brand Strategy Innovation Summit


The 2018 Brand Strategy Innovation Summit focuses on the challenges and opportunities that branding and marketing professionals face today. This summit features an array of notable speakers including the Head of Brand Strategy at Google, Director of Brand Marketing at Tinder, Head of Brand Marketing at Instagram, and the Associate Director of Brand Marketing at Spotify.

Where: TBD

When: TBD

Ticket Price: $600 (On Demand Pass) - $2495 (All Access Pass)

For more information email: dmarshall@theiegroup.com


5. Unbounce Call to Action Conference

The Unbounce Call to Action Conference congregates the best minds in digital marketing, letting attendees in on a week of exclusive marketing content. The list of speakers for the 2018 conference is not yet available; but, in the past, Unbounce has played host to many talented marketing professionals including Edmonton’s own President of Kick Point, Dana DiTomaso.  


Where: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

When: August 27 – 29, 2018

Ticket Price: $299 (must buy a minimum of two tickets)

Buy Tickets Here: https://calltoactionconference.unbounce.com/recap-2017/


6. 2018 ANA Brand Masters Conference


The Association of National Advertisers (ANA) Brand Masters Conference is a must-attend in 2018! The 2018 conference features talks from marketing leaders such as the CMO of Ancestry.com and the Founder and CEO of S’well, who will share with attendees their approaches to effective, results-driven brand marketing.

Where: Dana Point, California, USA

When: March 26 – 28, 2018

Ticket Price: $1045 (ANA) – $1465 (Non Member)

Buy Tickets Here: http://www.ana.net/conference/show/id/BIC-MAR18

Did we miss any exciting conferences happening in 2018 relating to brand, communications, and marketing? Let us know in the comments below!