2014 Chicago Digital Marketing Conferences You Can’t Miss

We tend to go to alot of conferneces that are out of state; like Pubcon in Vegas, Mozcon in Seattle, or SMX West Advanced in Seattle, but there are a ton of great Chicago conferences that shouldn’t be missed – that are right in our own backyard.



WordCamps are casual, locally-organized conferences covering everything related to WordPress, the free and open source personal publishing software that powers over 25 million sites on the web.

When: June 13-15, 2014
Where: University Center in downtown Chicago
City: Chicago, IL.
Focus: WordPress
Price: $600-$2200
Website: Register Here


  • Aaron Holbrook, presenting Introduction to IDEs and Debugging
  • Aaron Jorbin, presenting Color Theory for Web Developers
  • Alison Barrett, presenting Wireframing Essentials
  • Andrew Nacin, presenting Choosing and customizing WordPress themes (no code required!)
  • Becky Davis, presenting Project Management or How to Herd Cats
  • Ben Lobaugh, presenting From Zero to WordPress Hero
  • Brennen Byrne, presenting passwords: The Weakest Link in WordPress Security
  • Brent Shepherd, presenting Develop Very Mild Superpowers with Git
  • Brian Busche, presenting Do Big Things With A Small Team
  • Chris Lema, presenting Are you ready to learn a bit about Pricing
  • Dan Beil, presenting How NOT to develop (With WordPress)
  • George Stephanis, presenting Moving your Plugin to GitHub: Trials, Tribulations, and Testing
  • Gloria Antonelli, presenting Information Architecture Strategy Session
  • Gregory Cornelius, presenting Taking Your JavaScript Further
  • Heather Acton, presenting Introduction to Custom Theming
  • Hilary Fosdal, presenting No Regrets Web Design
  • Ian Wilson, presenting Understanding WordPress Filters and Actions
  • Jamie Sanchez, presenting Admin as a User Experience: The Quest for Simplicity
  • Jesse Friedman, presenting UX Real-Time Site Personalization
  • Joe Casabona, presenting Responsive Design with WordPress
  • Joe Dolson, presenting Accessibility Ready: Theming for a larger audience
  • So many more…

Conversion Conference


Conversion Conference is a community of innovative data-driven marketers who have created the web’s biggest success stories.

When: June 17-19, 2014
Where: McCormick Place West
City: Chicago, IL.
Focus: CRO
Price: $700-$2000
Website: Register Here


  • Charles Nicholls, Chief Strategy Officer, SeeWhy
  • Tim Ash, CEO, SiteTuners

BlogWell Chicago


BlogWell features 8 great case studies on the best social media programs at large corporations. This event is all about how big brands use social media. No agencies, no startups — just big companies sharing what they’ve learned.

When: July 18, 2014
City: Chicago, IL.
Focus: Blogging
Price: $250
Website: Register Here


  • Lisa Zimmer, Digital & Consumer Outreach Specialist, and Sonal Mehta, Digital Media Specialist – Learn how MillerCoors simultaneously manages big-picture corporate and grassroots brand messaging in social media.
  • Greg Gerik, Social Media Leader, /Transform – Learn how 3M leverages their collaborative culture to drive social business.
  • Renee Horne, Director of Digital and Social Media Engagement – Learn how FedEx is making social media work for business, culture, and reputation.
  • Michele Wingate, Social Media Manager – Learn how American Family Insurance became an early adopter of Pinterest and made it a key part of their social media strategy.
  • Sherri Maxson, Director of Digital Marketing & Social Media, and Jessica Masterson, Social Media Manager – Learn how U.S. Cellular builds relationships by empowering their network of passionate store associates and local advocates.
  • Lauren Vargas, Community Management Strategist – Learn how Aetna is using community management to succeed in a heavily-regulated industry.
  • Tyler Bahl, Brand Engagement & Media Manager, and Angela Scibelli, Brand Engagement Coordinator – Learn how Reebok consolidated their platforms and got fit for social.
  • Beth Reilly, Digital and Social Marketing Lead – Learn how Kraft Foods is experimenting in the social TV space.

Inbound Marketing Summit


Inbound Marketing Summit is simply the premiere event for enterprise CMOs, business leaders, agency executives and their teams to learn and leverage digital, mobile and social media marketing.

When: August
City: Chicago, IL.
Focus: Inbound Marketing
Price: $399
Website: Register Here

Speakers: TBD

An Event Apart


An Event Apart Chicago is an intensely educational learning session for passionate practitioners of standards-based web design. If you care about code as well as content, usability as well as design, An Event Apart is the conference you’ve been waiting for.

When: August 25-27, 2014
City: Chicago, IL.
Focus: Web Design
Price: $600-$1400
Website: Register Here


  • Jeffrey Zeldman, Founder, Happy Cog and A List Apart
  • Kate Kiefer Lee, Writer & Editor, MailChimp
  • Brad Frost, Mobile Web Strategist and Front End Designer
  • Luke Wroblewski, CEO & Co-Founder of Input Factory Inc.
  • Josh Clark, Principal, Global Moxie
  • Jared Spool, Founder, User Interface Engineering
  • Jeremy Keith, Maker Of Websites
  • Jon Hicks, author Icons: The Icon Handbook
  • Jenny Lam, Co-Founder, Jackson Fish Market
  • Erika Hall, Co-founder, Mule Design Studio
  • Mike Monteiro, Design Director, Mule Design
  • Scott Berkun, Author, The Year Without Pants
  • Luke Wroblewski, CEO & Co-Founder of Input Factory Inc.

Conversion that Win


This conference is all about preparing you and your company to deliver remarkable customer conversations. This starts with marketing creating a compelling story that convinces your prospects to change, and then choose you; and then equipping your salespeople to deliver that story and articulate your value to the market.

When: September 24-26, 2014
Where: Swissotel Chicago
City: Chicago, IL.
Focus: Conversions
Price: $600-$800
Website: Register Here


  • Dan Ariely, the groundbreaking behavioral economist, TED-star and author of “Predictably Irrational” – will prove why your (and your customers’) decision-making process isn’t nearly as rational as you think.
  • Dr. Zakary Tormala, Stanford Business School professor, experimental social psychologist, and expert on persuasion and influence in decision-making. His research sheds light on the factors and processes that cause attitudes, beliefs and behaviors to change.

ClickZ Chicago


Join the industry’s leading eCommerce and direct marketing experts in Chicago, home of catalog marketing.

When: November 3-6, 2014
City: Chicago, IL.
Focus: SEO, Social and PPC
Price: $800-$2700
Website: Register Here

Expert Speakers: TBD

Content Jam


Content Jam is a one-day conference on October 2, 2014. Experts in content strategy and creation, SEO, analytics, promotion, and marketing automation will share their smartest tools and techniques. You’ll learn how to create, manage, promote, share, and measure your content marketing efforts.

When: October 2, 2014
Where: Columbia College Chicago
City: Chicago, IL.
Focus: SEO, Content Strategy, Analytics, Promotion, Marketing
Price: TBD
Website: Register Here

Expert Speakers:

  • Andy Crestodina, Web Strategist and Co-Founder of Orbit Media Studios
  • Jill Pollack, Owner, StoryStudio Chicago
  • Tim Frick, Principal, Mightybytes
  • Jill Salzman, President, The Founding Moms
  • Gini Dietrich, Founder/CEO, Arment Dietrich
  • Ian Belknap, Founder, WRITE CLUB
  • Mana Ionescu, Founder, LightSpanDigital
  • Brad Farris, Principal, Anchor Advisors
  • Keidra Chaney, Founder/Editor, The Learned Fangirl
  • Marti Konstant, Founder, Konstant Change
  • James Ellis, Director of Digital Strategy, FLIRT Communications, LLC
  • Susan Silver, President, Argentum Strategy Group
  • Deana Goldasich, CEO, Well Planned Web
  • Jodi Navta, VP Marketing and Communications, Coyote
  • Sean McGinnis, Digital Marketing Director, Sears Parts Direct
  • Keith Ecker, Writer. Educator. Performer.
  • Luvvie Ajayi, Writer and Digital Strategist, Awesomely Luvvie
  • Kate Eyler-Werve, Project Manager, Mightybytes
  • Steve Susina, Director of Demand Generation for Crain Communications / Business Insurance

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