20 Marketing and Public Relations Conferences and Speaker Deadlines for 2021

By Rachel Nicolas

20 Marketing and Public Relations Conferences and Speaker Deadlines for 2021 1

Conferences will look quite different next year, keep in mind in-person events are encouraged to be non-existent, but this isn’t an excuse to forego attending! While we’re crossing our fingers for in-person gatherings to be up and running by late 2021 or early 2022, our industry has done a phenomenal job transitioning to virtual. That being said, we’ve compiled our annual list of which conferences to attend and their speaker deadlines. 

Please note: With regulations and restrictions regarding COVID-19 rapidly changing, make sure to prepare yourself for postponements and cancellations. We recommend signing up for their mailing list to get the most up-to-date notifications! 

B2B Marketing Exchange

February 22-24, 2021, Scottsdale, AZ (As of now, the conference is set to be in-person.)

#B2BMX is the must-attend event for B2B PR or marketing practitioners at the forefront of implementing cutting edge tactics and technologies. There are over 100 sessions covering topics such as content, demand gen, digital strategy, channel marketing and more.

Call for Speakers Deadline: Call for speakers is now open.

Social Media Strategies Summit

February 25-26, 2021, Virtual

Geared towards senior-level marketing professionals, you’ll get an inside look at successful strategies for social media and digital marketing, as well as how-to sessions on all things social media.

Call for Speakers Deadline: Call for speakers is now open.

International Conference on Communications Management and Public Relations

March 11-12, 2021, Miami, FL (As of now, the conference is set to be in-person.)

The conference provides a platform for researchers, practitioners and educators to present and discuss the most recent innovations, trends and concerns, as well as practical challenges encountered and solutions.

Call for Speakers Deadline: Call for speakers is now open.

Marketing Impact Academy Live

March 15-17, 2021, Orange County, CA (As of now, the conference is set to be in-person.)

MIA Live covers everything from email marketing, to list building, lead magnets, product creation and online hosting platforms, live streaming, social media and social media advertising. 

Call for Speakers Deadline: Speaking Submissions Closed.

SXSW Conference

March 16-20, 2021

Featuring a variety of tracks that allow attendees to explore what’s next in the world’s culture, technology and more, SXSW will feature conference keynotes and sessions, screenings, showcases, networking and exhibitions.

Call for Speakers Deadline: Speaking Submissions Closed. 

Listen In Podcasting Conference

March 22, 2021 

Whether you see the potential value of creating your own branded podcast, are looking to advertise on existing podcasts or some combination of the two, Listen In is focused on providing the insight you need to make decisions and move forward in this relatively new medium.

Call for Speakers Deadline: Speaking Submissions Closed.

Digital Marketing World Forum

March 24-25, 2021, Virtual

Enjoy 2 days of top-level strategic content and digital marketing insights, networking and discussion from leading global brands.

Call for Speakers Deadline: Call for speakers is now open.

DigiMarCon New York

April 15-16, 2021, Virtual

The 6th annual DigiMarCon New York uncovers how to thrive and succeed as a marketer in a rapidly evolving digital world. 

Call for Speakers Deadline: Call for speakers is now open. Contact Aaron Polmeer, aaron@digimarcon.com, if you are interested. 

PRSA’s Western District Conference 2021

April 21-23, 2021, Las Vegas, NV (As of now, the conference is set to be in-person.)

The goal of this conference is to provide a continuum of training, networking and advancing the public relations profession. 

Call for Speakers Deadline: Speaking Submissions Closed. Contact Rina Foster at rina.foster@gmail.com to request to be put on the 2022 call for speakers email list.

The Content Strategy Conference

May 5-7, 2021, Virtual

From UX to accessibility, structure to storytelling, Confab brings content strategy to life like no other event. Join smart, curious folks from around the world who care about making content more useful and usable for all. 

Call for Speakers Deadline: Speaking Submissions Closed. Click here to submit a proposal for future consideration.

C3 Conference

May 11-12, 2021, New York, NY (As of now, the conference is set to be in-person.)

The best marketers in the world attend C3 to expand their toolbox and connect with other marketers from every background who face similar challenges and strive for similar goals. 

Call for Speakers Deadline: Call for speakers is now open.

DigiMarCon America

June 9-10, 2021, Virtual

As the premier digital marketing conference in North America, sessions will focus on building traffic, expanding brand awareness, improving customer service and gaining insight into today’s latest digital tools.

Call for Speakers Deadline: Call for speakers is not yet open. Use the Contact Us page to learn more. 

Podfest 2021

June 10-13, 2021, Orlando, FL (As of now, the conference is set to be in-person.)

The conference brings together a community of people who are interested in and passionate about sharing their voice and message with the world through the powerful mediums of audio and video. 

Call for Speakers Deadline: Speaking Submissions Closed.

DigiMarCon West

June 16-17, 2021 Virtual

During the 7th annual DigiMarCon West, discover how to thrive and succeed as a marketer in a rapidly evolving digital world and hear some of the most thought-provoking speakers in digital marketing.

Call for Speakers Deadline: Call for speakers is now open.

DigiMarCon Silicon Valley

June 23-24, 2021, Virtual

Attendees will have two days to learn digital marketing best practices, latest trends, practical solutions, strategy and networking, while also getting a first look at the next generation of technology and innovation.

Call for Speakers Deadline: Call for speakers is now open.

International Association of Business Communicator World Conference

June 2021 (Exact date TBD), Virtual

The IABC World Conference is a long-standing, global professional development event designed for communication practitioners to get the latest trends, solutions and ideas.

Call for Speakers Deadline: Speaking Submissions Closed.

MozCon

July 12-14, 2021, Virtual

MozCon Virtual is back for a second year with an incredible community of experts and industry-leading practitioners to share tactical advice. While the world changes around us, SEO doesn’t stop. Because of this, marketers need to stay sharp to meet their needs.

Call for Speakers Deadline: Speakers are invited and MozCon does not accept pitches for sessions.

Engage Marketing Conference

August 5-6, 2021, Virtual

The two day digital marketing conference features informative learning tracks and panel sessions designed to provide expert insight into the latest strategies and technological advancements in digital marketing, social media, content, SEO, paid media and more!

Call for Speakers Deadline: Speakers were transferred from their cancelled 2020 conference.

INBOUND 2021

September 7-10, 2021, Virtual

INBOUND is an annual experience uniting super curious, question-asking professionals with big-name and break-out industry thinkers, high-octane events and boundless education sessions.

Call for Speakers Deadline: Call for speakers will open in January. 

PRSA’s International Conference 2021

October 17-19, 2021, Orlando, FL (As of now, the conference is set to be in-person.)

ICON is an exciting and exceptional event for professional communicators, educators and students. Theme of this year’s conference will be announced early 2021.

Call for Speakers Deadline: Call for speakers is not yet open. Use the Contact Us page to learn more. 

The silver lining is we’re seeing many conferences incorporating post-COVID-related sessions. Most offer discussions and Q&As to help navigate the “new normal,” as well as tips and trends for the foreseeable future. The world has changed, and we, as marketing and PR professionals, must adapt and learn new strategies to best serve our clients!

Speaking at your first virtual event? Here are several mistakes to avoid! Don’t forget to contact us at info@upraisepr.com for more helpful information.

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