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7 Must-Attend SEO Conferences on the Horizon








In a perpetually evolving industry, driven by shifting algorithms, technological advancements, new user expectations, and competitor content, search engine optimization demands us to remain up to date with the latest trends and optimal techniques.

One of the best ways to stay on top of what’s going on is to attend SEO conferences—both virtual and in-person. They are a great opportunity to obtain fresh insights, expand your professional network, boost your brand exposure, and even get to practice your skills and knowledge.

Let’s have a look at some of the upcoming SEO conferences for 2023/2024.

State of Search Digital Marketing Conference 2023

When?November 13 · 8 am – November 14 · 5 pm CST
Where?Grapevine, Texas, USA
Venue?Grapevine Convention Center, 1209 S Main St.
How much are the tickets?$197 for virtual attendance$397 for in-person attendance
Refund policyUp to 30 days before the event

For 12 consecutive years, the State of Search Digital Marketing Conference has been the go-to platform for speakers worldwide and a global magnet for attendees. State of Search continues to be an unmissable event, drawing professionals from every corner of the globe.

Here, you’ll gain actionable insights and strategies spanning from novice to expert levels, propelling your online marketing endeavors to new heights—whether you’re in-house, part of an agency, or a solo practitioner.

What makes the State of Search Conference worth attending is the opportunity it creates for professional SEO networking. It gives you a chance to connect with experts such as Wil Reynolds, Greg Gifford, Duane Forrester, Eric Enge, Barry Schwartz, and many more.

By attending you will be able to engage in insightful Q&A sessions, and even have your website reviewed by top professionals.

This year the conference is back to its in-person format that was put on hold during the COVID-19 pandemic. However, the sessions are also available via streaming, eliminating the need for a commute.

Also, when purchasing a ticket for this year’s State of Search, you gain one-year access to recorded sessions by world-class speakers on topics such as Agency Growth, Enterprise and eCommerce, SEO, PPC, Analytics, and Social Media Marketing.

DMO Advanced

When?October 24-26th 2023, PDT
Where?Napa Valley, California, USA
Venue?Napa Valley Marriott (discounted room rate is $319 per night + taxes)
How much are the tickets?$ 1,999 – attendee ticket$ 499 – social pass (for your +1 to participate in social events related to the conference).$ 2,999 – attendee ticket and hotel package (3 nights)The price includes breakfast & lunch on 2 days and a 4-course dinner at a local winery on night 1.
Refund policy90+ Days Out: Full Refund60+ Days Out: 50% Refund30+ Days Out: 25% RefundLess than 30 Days Out: No RefundsAll refunds come with a $100 cancellation fee

If you’re an experienced digital marketer seeking insights from industry leaders, networking with peers, and experiencing a unique event, DMO Advanced is tailor-made for you!

DMO stands for Digital Marketers Organization, which is an educational community that fosters personal & professional growth in the digital marketing space. Their conference is one of the most important events in the SEO industry this year. It has a limited audience of just 100 attendees, so better hurry up and book your tickets in advance!

The upcoming DMO Advanced is set to feature over 20 professional SEO experts as keynote speakers, who will seek to inspire the participants with their success stories. The conference will cover a wide range of topics, including advanced SEO skills, market trends, content creation, and content marketing strategies, with a strong focus on knowledge sharing and mentorship.

The list of confirmed speakers includes, among others:

  • Lily Ray – Sr. Director, SEO & Organic Amsive Digital,
  • Patrick Stox – Technical SEO, & Brand Ambassador at Ahrefs,
  • Atiba de Souza – CEO at Client Attraction Pros,
  • Casey Markee – Founder of Media Wyse,
  • Christopher Levy – SEO Director at Digitally,
  • Tom Shapiro – CEO at Stratabeat, Inc.

The conference is designed to offer interactive activities such as presentations, workshops, Q&A sessions, and panel discussions, facilitating direct interactions between mentors and mentees. There is nothing more valuable than direct engagement with the best experts in the field, is there?

Last but not least, the goal of the DMO Advanced Conference is to promote the skillful utilization of advanced SEO tools and technologies, in line with the evolving landscape of artificial intelligence. Experts will discuss the tools and techniques they have employed to achieve success in their businesses.

Chiang Mai SEO Conference 2023

When?6-10 November, 2023, 3:30 PM (GMT+7)
Where?Chiang Mai, Thailand
Venue?Le Meridien (Chiang Mai Marriott)
How much are the tickets?from $397 – SOLD OUT
Refund policyTickets are non-refundable due to visa restrictions, but transferable.

Following a two-year break, the highly anticipated Chiang Mai SEO Conference makes its comeback, bringing together an annual assembly of more than 800 SEO entrepreneurs, agency proprietors, and super-affiliates. The event is organized by Matt Diggity from Diggity Marketing who has called in 15 great speakers such as:

  • Kasra Dash. Workshop host for “Revive Your Website: Mastering the Art of Website Recovery”
  • Julie Adams. Distinguished speaker in the “How To Become a High Earning Affiliate By Working Less” workshop
  • James Norquay. Revealing exclusive growth strategies for Affiliate SEOs in the “7 Figure+ Affiliate Growth Secrets” workshop
  • Jacob Kettner. A seasoned SEO expert presenting “Building a 7-Figure Agency: Lessons I Wish I Knew Sooner”

The Chiang Mai SEO conference is a must-attend event for professionals in the field. Expert insights from leading SEO professionals, networking opportunities, and practical workshops provide invaluable learning and growth. Real-world case studies and insights into the Southeast Asian market offer actionable takeaways. Plus, you can gain exposure to the latest SEO tools and technologies.

Beyond professional development, the conference offers inspiration, career growth, and a chance to connect with a supportive SEO community. Set in the stunning backdrop of Chiang Mai, it’s an ideal opportunity to refresh and refocus, both personally and professionally. Not sure where to stay? Plan your accommodation in advance following the tips from the organizers.

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Barbados SEO

When?Nov. 15–17, 2023, 8AM (GMT-4)
Where?St. John, Barbados
Venue?Clifton Hall Great House
How much are the tickets?$500 – CARICOM VIP 3-day Ticket$250 – 2-day Ticket REGULAR$750 – VIP 3-day Ticket REGULAR$150 – CARICOM Resident 2-day ticket$20 – Session Video Access OnlyHotel + flight packages available
Refund policyTickets are non-refundable but can be transferred to a different attendee with previous notice.

Barbados SEO is the Caribbean’s first digital marketing conference. It allows both for in-person attendance and session video access, making it convenient for those unable to travel.

The event is organized by MOG Media Inc.—an International SEO agency with experience in helping companies scale up their SEO for success—and it will be hosted at Clifton Hall Great House, a historic establishment with roots dating back to the 17th Century.

The keynote speakers at BBSEO are:

  • Aleyda Solis – a renowned International SEO consultant who offers personalized, strategic SEO guidance through her boutique consultancy, Orainti, catering to diverse businesses worldwide. Aleyda is recognized as the European Search Personality of the Year (2018) and listed among the 10 Most Influential SEO Experts of 2022 by List Wire. She’s been featured in Forbes, Entrepreneur, and HubSpot, showcasing her expertise.
  • Marty Weintraub – the entrepreneurial force behind AIMCLEAR®, an award-winning integrated marketing agency that’s secured 27 US Search Awards, including seven for Best Integrated Agency. With a diverse portfolio featuring Airbnb, Uber, and PayPal, Marty is a recognized PPC expert and author.

During the event, you will also have a chance to meet other big names in the SEO industry: Will Barnes, Apurva Bose, Zachary Chehalis, Greg Gifford, Jenny Halasz, Luke Hay, Cindy Krum, etc.

Never been to Barbados before? Make sure to check the Travel Guide that the organizers have prepared as it is packed with useful information for first-time visitors. If you want to save on accommodation, remember that the O2 Beach Club & Spa is the official luxury hotel partner for BarbadosSEO 2023!

Brighton SEO (the US edition)

When?Nov. 9 & 10, 2023, 8:15 AM (PDT)
Where?San Diego, USA
Venue?Manchester Grand Hyatt
How much are the tickets?from $475Free ticket ballot is already closed
Refund policyFull refund for cancellations within 7 days of confirmed bookingTicket transfer is possible

Brighton SEO is a search marketing conference and series of training courses held in the UK (April 2023) and the US (November 2023), which gathers some of the best speakers in the SEO world. The event includes two days of conference talks and one day of workshops.

The talk section will be divided into a series of focused 20-minute talks from such expert speakers as:

The full agenda of the talks is available here.

The Brighton SEO conference is also a perfect opportunity to enhance your expertise in a particular area of search marketing. The organizers have curated comprehensive, hands-on training courses and workshops in analytics, PPC, and SEO, providing valuable opportunities for skill development.

Here’s the list of the available training:

  • Link building through content
  • Local SEO & Google business profile
  • PPC (advanced)
  • Technical on-page SEO (advanced)
  • GA4 reporting, analysis, and activation

The enrollment fee for each of these courses is currently $1050.

International Search Summit

When?Nov. 16, 2023, 9:30 AM (GMT+2)
Where?Barcelona, Spain
Venue?World Trade Center Barcelona
How much are the tickets?$275 – regular ticket (group discounts available)
Refund policyFull refund for cancellations within 10 days before the event.Tickets are transferable.

The Barcelona International Search Summit stands as the singular event exclusively focused on the realm of international search marketing, addressing its unique issues and complexities. It is organized by Webcertain, a company that provides international digital marketing services, specializing in helping businesses expand their online presence and reach global audiences.

Over the course of a full day, three sets of events will be held, allowing participants to learn new strategies, techniques, and valuable perspectives to enhance their global online presence and connect with a worldwide audience. Any doubts will be then answered in ample Q&A sessions. To make it accessible to international attendees, the entire conference will be conducted in English.

The ISS is a must-go event for every marketer who wishes to:

  • expand their knowledge on internationally focused SEO topics,
  • acquire a set of new tactics for expanding their SEO and SEM strategies,
  • learn technical insights on how to position a brand in international markets.

The conference has already received confirmation from nearly 40 speakers, with a still-open list to apply to speak. Among them, you’ll be able to get to know:

  • Azeem Ahmad from Azeem Digital, an award-winning digital marketer and international conference speaker, who boasts years of industry experience spanning SEO, PPC, Social Media, Programmatic, and Display. He is also the host of the highly-rated global podcast “Azeem Digital Asks” and has served as a judge at prestigious search awards worldwide, including the European and US Search Awards.
  • Olga Andrienko, the VP of brand marketing at Semrush – a prominent marketing figure, who played a pivotal role in driving Semrush’s user base to its current 10 million users. She is a featured speaker at major marketing conferences and the Head Judge at Content and Social Media Awards in both the USA and Europe.
  • Kayleigh Dibble, Performance Marketing Specialist at Hotjar, with a keen focus on search and localization.
  • Gary Illyes, a Webmaster Trends Analyst at Google, is dedicated to creating a better search experience for users by helping webmasters create more user-friendly websites.

Interested in attending? Keep in mind that all tickets include refreshment breaks and lunch, pre-and post-event networking drinks, as well as 6-month premium access to Webcertain’s self-learning platform.

SMX Munich

When?March 12-13, 2024, 9:30 AM (GMT+2)
Where?Munich, Germany
Venue?International Congress Center
How much are the tickets?from €550 + 19% VAT
Refund policyNo refund availableTickets can be transferred with the prior authorization of the organizers.In case of potential new COVID-19 restrictions, the event will be held virtually.

SMX is the most established conference series entirely devoted to search marketing and how search fits into the marketing mix. If you are interested in those topics, make sure to book your tickets in advance! SMX in Munich promises to be a large-scale event with:

  • 1200 attendees
  • 80+ speakers
  • 60+ sessions
  • 6 different tracks to follow

The full agenda of the event is already available and it includes talks in English and German, such as:

  • “E-E-A-T in the real world: let’s talk requirements, effort and outcome” by Cindy Crum, the CEO of MobileMoxie,
  • “Implementation and use of the latest AI-powered tools: a practical guide” –  by Bastian Grimm, the CEO of Peak Ace,
  • Search beyond the engine: unleashing the power of TikTok SEO – by Kineta Kelsall, the founder of School of Social,
  • “Success stories from PPC experts who didn’t listen to Google” – by Anu Adegbola, the founder of PPC Live UK.

Networking holds immense importance for conference attendees, and the SMX organizers understand this well. To foster connections, they have planned the following gatherings:

  • Inhouse SEO Meeting: a great opportunity to exchange ideas and share questions and experiences with other Inhouse marketers;
  • SEM Pub Quiz: a fun event scheduled for the evening before the main conference. The quiz topics will cover PPC, SEO, and the entire online marketing scene;
  • SMX After Dark: a relaxing get-together on March 12th at 7:30 PM at Park Café Munchen.

If you are interested in attending, please take into account the associated charges and/or any attendance restrictions.

How to make the most out of a conference

Making the most of a conference requires strategic planning and a proactive approach. Here are some tips to help you maximize your conference experience:

Before the Conference:

  • Research: Familiarize yourself with the conference agenda, speakers, and topics. Identify sessions and speakers relevant to your interests and goals.
  • Set clear goals: Determine what you want to achieve at the conference. Are you looking to network, gain knowledge, or seek potential business opportunities?
  • Prepare an elevator pitch: Craft a concise introduction about yourself and your objectives for easy networking.

During the Conference:

  • Engage actively: Attend sessions, ask questions, and participate in discussions. Don’t hesitate to share your insights or experiences.
  • Network strategically: Connect with both experts and peers in your field. Use social media, exchange contact information, and follow up after the event.
  • Take notes: Document key takeaways, contacts made, and action items. This will help you remember and apply what you’ve learned.

After the Conference:

  • Follow up: Reach out to the people you met, and continue the conversations. LinkedIn or email can be great tools for this.
  • Implement learnings: Apply the knowledge and insights gained from the conference to your work or projects.
  • Share insights: Share what you’ve learned with your colleagues and industry peers, reinforcing your expertise.

By being well-prepared, actively engaged, and fostering meaningful connections, you can ensure that a conference becomes a valuable and transformative experience.

For SEO specialists, attending international conferences is more than a choice; it’s an opportunity to thrive in an ever-evolving field. These gatherings offer a rich tapestry of insights, networking, and cutting-edge strategies that transcend borders.By participating, you position yourself at the forefront of global SEO trends and expand your professional horizons. So, seize the chance to learn, connect, and lead in the international SEO arena – your expertise knows no boundaries. Join the global conversation and elevate your SEO journey today.

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