Despite the coronavirus, 2023 has been a very interesting year, to put it mildly. The Olympics, Burning Man, and other major events have been canceled due to the virus.
The lockdown has also affected the conferences we love and know. It seems unlikely that any major conferences will take place this year as lockdown eases.
The big conferences have already shifted from in-person to online virtual events as a result of the changing technology. We can expect virtual conferences to get even better and more valuable as we become more familiar with the technology and what's possible with an online event.
You should add these ten virtual conferences to your calendar as soon as possible for the rest of 2023.
When: 8th July
It's a great opportunity to learn from the top performers and thought leaders in sales and marketing, at SaaSGrowth. You're sure to pick up new skills you can apply in your agency with keynote speakers like Aaron Ross, Nathan Latka, and Jacco vanderKooij.
In the 2023 virtual conference, they'll discuss topics such as 'Optimism for growth during crisis,' 'Developing and coaching your people,' and 'Mental health and performance.'
SaaSGrowth gives you the opportunity to meet VCs, founders, and CEOs, making it a perfect conference to meet new people. Through a truly global perspective, you will discover how others are overcoming the same sales and marketing challenges as you, and growing their businesses in innovative ways.
When: 14th -15th July
It can be hard enough just to keep up with the latest algorithm updates if you deal with SEO (and if your work involves the internet), so you should attend this conference. MozCon is where you need to go if you want to up your game. As an industry leader in providing actionable insights, MozCon has already earned a great reputation for being a top conference, and now you can attend it from the comfort of your own home.
As part of MozCon 2023, you'll learn how to run digital PR campaigns, build global brands, and automate your marketing day-to-day. Besides the talks, there will also be networking opportunities and discussion groups, along with a dedicated MozCon Facebook group.
When: 1st - 2nd September
Price: Live streaming is free on the first day ($499 for masterclass recordings and recordings of the second day)
While growth hacking has been popular for a while, many businesses are suddenly finding themselves in a position where they need to grow quickly in order to survive. From a startup to an established company, everyone wants to make the most of their budget.
When: 2nd - 3rd September 2023
Price: Starts at $310.96
It is the largest SaaS conference in the world, and you'll have the opportunity to hear from some of the industry's most recognizable names in more than 50 live sessions at SaaStr Annual. A variety of thought leaders will be speaking at this year's conference, including Jason Lemkin, Guy Kawasaki, and Mark Roberge.
SaaStr, however, is working hard to recreate its in-person events' engagement. There will be more than 5,000 Braindates, AMAs, mentoring sessions, and 1-on-1 sessions at the virtual conference in 2023, so you can get answers to your most pressing questions. There are plenty of benefits to attending the conference when you consider the breakout sessions and networking happy hours.
When: 7th - 11th September
Price: Tickets start at €39
This year's B2B Rocks Paris edition has moved online and aims to help B2B and SaaS founders, with a promise that there will be "100% no-bullshit." While the Sydney edition has been postponed, the B2B Rocks Paris edition has been rescheduled. A key focus at this year's conference will be on how founders can recover in the current economy.
Participants will learn from 70 experts in 30-minute sessions that provide actionable advice and techniques to implement. Virtual networking activities will also be provided so attendees can network with others.
When: 9th - 10th September
Price: Tickets start at $100 each, with discounts for teams available.
The SaaS conference in Canada is moving online this year, offering live, virtual, and pre-recorded sessions. You know it's going to be insightful when speakers like Rand Fishkin, Hiten Shah, and April Dunford share their insights. The conference aims to help businesses refocus and adapt to the changing landscape.
During the conference, you'll have the chance to ask questions, connect with other professionals, and have a virtual happy hour at the end of each day.
When: 16th - 17th September
Price: Free to register
For marketers who want to enhance their skills, the Digital Marketing World Forum (DMWF) is a fully online conference. Across four conference tracks, there will be live and on-demand sessions on influencer and social media marketing, content and digital brand strategy, digital experience and eCommerce strategy, and data and disruptive technology.
In this conference, senior marketing leaders will present information on how marketers can face the unique and new challenges of 2023. The conference is free, but there is an application process to attend. By the end of the two days, you should have the practical advice and strategies you need to take your marketing campaigns to new heights.
When: 21st - 23rd September
Price: Tickets start at $995
People in software businesses are invited to attend the Business of Software conference so they can hear from top experts and connect with fellow CEOs, founders, and leaders. There will be a wide range of topics covered at the conference over the course of three days, from company culture to growth strategies.
It is evident that the organizers of Business of Software put a lot of thought into making the most of online technology. They've added more interactive sessions with Q&A, exercises, and group breakouts as a way to differentiate themselves from another “Netflix for SaaS entrepreneurs" conference. Aside from getting to know your fellow attendees and participating in the program, they've implemented shorter days and regular breaks in order to prevent Zoom fatigue. Your business will benefit from a list of actionable takeaways at the end of it.
When: 13th - 16th October
Price: Tickets start at $699
A key part of most agencies' marketing is content marketing, but a good strategy is key to getting the results you want. There will be over 100 sessions, workshops, and industry forums at Content Marketing World, so you can learn from the best.
There are also dedicated networking opportunities before, during, and after the event, so you'll have plenty of time to talk with your peers. You'll be able to implement an effective content marketing strategy that engages your audience and grows your business after attending the conference.
When: 2nd - 4th December
Price: $99 for super early bird tickets
Why you should attend: When Forbes calls Web Summit "the best tech conference on the planet," it's time to get excited. You will be able to find new ideas, insights, and strategies to implement by the time you log off with over 100 hours of live-streamed content covering 30+ topics, from robotics to the future of money.
In addition to the conference, you can also attend workshops that will enhance your skills, adding even more value to an already valuable event. Previous speakers have included Al Gore, Arianna Huffington, and Paris Hilton (yes, you read that right).
Although conferences and businesses, in general, have had a difficult start to the year, now is the time to rebuild your business and grow as professionals emerge from the shadow of COVID-19.
Taking advantage of virtual conferences can help you learn new skills, increase your network, and improve your overall strength.