Finding the time to be out of the office can be near impossible for busy executives and entrepreneurs.  The brutal truth is that we all deal with this quandary.

We know that our business won't succeed unless we get out of the office, to network and learn from experts.  

The marketing world is changing faster than ever before. Racing to stay ahead of the trends can be arduous, and difficult to stay motivated. I get asked all the time about which conferences I attend to stay at the bleeding edge.

Here are 5 special conferences that help entrepreneurs, and executives to learn from the best minds in marketing. 

Seriously, book your travel immediately. 

This Percolate produced event has been called 'TED for Marketers.' Percolate CEO Noah Brier told me that "This year, we're bringing together experts on artificial intelligence, the human genome, global economics, and urbanization, with marketers who are leading through these massive transitions in technology, software, and systems."

The lineup of speakers is pretty phenomenal. Personally I'm most excited to hear from Tim Urban, Creator of Wait But Why. If you don't know Tim, check out his TED talk here. 

You'll also learn how major brands like Unilever, Levi's and Samsung market their products in our ever changing digital landscape. 

Get $200 off the ticket price with this discount code: PERCOSAVE200

MBO is an event you wouldn't expect in Indianapolis. It's a cutting-edge marketing conference that helps you stay on the forefront of trends for the year to come.

Full transparency, I'm excited to deliver the keynote on personal brand building. I'm also impressed by the organizers. It's an intimate setting that allows you to really connect and hear from industry leaders.

Organizers promise to "inspire you to think differently about marketing and your company's problems." 

3. Brand ManageCamp (September 15-16 Las Vegas, NV)

Organizers say that "fresh thinking starts here."  CEO of ManageCamp, Len Herstein has a track record of attracting expert speakers, and he didn't disappoint this year. 

Led by powerhouse speaker Ekaterina Walter, Wall Street Journal bestseller of "Think Like Zuck: The Five Business Secrets of Facebook's Improbably Brilliant CEO Mark Zuckerberg."  

The deep speaker lineup includes social media icons like Chris Brogan and Brian Solis. 

I believe we can all expect sweeping changes in content marketing, and this is the place to find out about all of it. Having Mark Hamill as a keynote speaker may be enough for some to immediately book their flight to this Midwest event. 

While I'm sure it will be thrilling to get a selfie with Luke Skywalker, the real marketers will hang on every word of content marketing heavyweights like Jay Baer, Scott Stratten, Oracle's Tami Cannizzaro, Bryan Kramer, and Joe Pulizzi.

If you're in marketing, you should be at this event. 

The worst part about attending some marketing events can be sales pitch presentations. Martech promises that "MarTech is a vendor-agnostic forum for understanding the breadth of marketing technologies." What a refreshing idea.  

An agenda filled with case studies, marketing technology, analyst coverage, and best practices for marketers this international event is sure to draw the best and the brightest. 

Now it's your turn. What events are you attending in the Fall that we should all know about? Let me know here. 
 

Published on: Aug 17, 2016