Roni Romo

The 5 Must-Attend Events For Planners in 2018

GettyImages-498565457-608x400.jpg Whether you’re an event manager, planner, or someone with an interest in the events industry, there is a conference out there for you. Of course, it’s easy for anyone to look up a list of events for 2018, but the key is to find those that suit your needs. Nowadays, organizers promise to have everything you’re looking for at their event, but more often than not that’s just not the case. With this ever-changing industry and the high-demand from planners, one event won’t be enough to cover all your bases.

The list below showcases a variety of events; everything from conferences to tradeshows geared toward presenting you with strong networking opportunities, to education tracks for event planners and B2B marketers, as well as revealing the latest in event management software. Even if you just want to travel, engage with like-minded people, and keep up-to-date with new trends you can have your bags packed and ready to go to attend our top five events for 2018:

  1. techsytalk LIVE
    Location: New York, New York – Convene
    Date: April 20
    “Boredom is a crime that should be punishable by endlessly long registration lines…” If there were ever an event that lets you know of its health phobia of death by boredom right on its website, this is the one. Uniquely for planners, by planners, techsytalk LIVE focuses on showcasing new event technology, innovative industry speakers, and lots of hands-on workshops to help you gain the best insight. Want to address the major problems that planners struggle with daily while also networking with high-caliber hustling planners? Don’t miss out on this one.
  2. Experiential Marketing Summit
    Location: San Francisco, California – Marriott Marquis
    Date: May 14-16
    EMS, produced by eventmarketer, is one of the largest marketing training conferences, with big-name companies such as Microsoft, Pepsi, Twitter, American Express and many others in attendance. This event is geared toward hosting training sessions, such as explorations into Gen Z or trends in event experience design to keep you on the cutting edge of marketing practices. If you’re looking to develop strong marketing skills by gathering a year’s worth of insights and ideas in just a few days, then this is the event for you.
  3. GBTA Convention
    Location: San Diego, California – San Diego Convention Center
    Date: August 11-15
    With over 9,000+ members, the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) is the world’s premier business travel and meetings organization, so who better than to provide the platform for corporate travel professionals to meet and engage. With the business travel industry evolving at an unprecedented rate, GBTA Convention allows innovators to introduce new products and technologies at the world’s largest corporate travel event helping to forever alter the business travel landscape.
  4. IMEX America
    Location: Las Vegas, Nevada – Sands Expo
    Date: October 16-18
    Still regarded as the must-attend industry event for business professionals, IMEX America is much more than just a tradeshow focusing on professional events, seminars, meetings, and incentive travel. Balancing the “who’s-who” of 3,200+ exhibitors with powerful education tracks tailored to your learning preferences truly helps IMEX Group stand out from the rest. Whether you want to tap into event tech, polish your professional skills, spark your imagination at a ground-breaking keynote or simply connect with your peers, their unique and free program has you covered.
  5. MarketingProfs B2B Marketing Forum
    Location: San Francisco, California – Marriott Marquis
    Dates: November 13-16
    Don’t suffer from FOMO and go to the place where leaders, innovators and people who make things happen gather to learn about the latest in B2B marketing by sharing their secrets to success. Lead by their fabulous Program Advisory Committee (PAC), their agenda covers the what’s new, what’s hot, and what’s really important to leading marketers to help them invest in their teams. Dedicated to demandgen and content marketing, this event will present you with the chance to speak with and get demos from lead technology providers helping to bridge that gap and create a winning marketing strategy.

There you have it – Our top five 2018 events will keep you learning new marketing strategies and meeting other marketers all year. So start planning, packing and booking those flights because your calendar is going to be full!

Are you attending any of these events this year? If so, let us know in the comments or let us know which ones we missed!

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This Post was Written by Roni Romo

Roni joined etouches in the summer of 2016 as an Event Marketing Coordinator. Her focus and responsibility is on executing etouches global event program to help drive leads and brand awareness for the business.

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