Standout Email Marketing Conferences [2017-2018]

Over the last ten years, email marketing has consistently generated the highest return on investment for digital marketers.

According to Campaign Monitor, every dollar spent on email marketing generates about $38 ROI.

Even more shockingly, marketing research firm McKinsey & Company released a study in 2014 showing that email marketing was 40x more effective at acquiring new customers than Facebook and Twitter.

Needless to say, email marketing is far from dead. Stay on top of the latest trends and best practices, and you’ll be poised to dominate in 2018.


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Here are some amazing email marketing conferences to help you along. While many of these have already passed for 2017, you have 2018 sessions to plan for!


Dotmailer Summit

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TBA for 2018

London, U.K.

Dotmailer’s inaugural summit was in March of 2017 and showcased an amazing lineup featuring Rory Sutherland from Ogilvy, double Olympic Gold Medalist James Cracknell OBE, and Dr. Dave Chaffey of Smart Insights. While details for 2018 are yet to be announced, this fast-paced conference is one to keep tabs on if you are looking to learn about every facet of email marketing from seasoned professionals.

Intelligent Email Gathering

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Date and location TBD for Spring 2018

The Intelligent Email Gathering conference is a unique event hosted by Brightwave that focuses on email marketing trends and innovations in the industry. Session topics for 2017 included customer journeys, what makes a really good email, driving email engagement, subscriber acquisition, big data and security considerations, and diversity. Speakers for 2017 included Eric Lepetit of Nest, Seth Weisfeld from Pinterest,  and Tara Clark from Zillow. Speakers for the 2018 date are yet to be announced.


Marketing United

marketing united email marketing confernce

April 9-11, 2018

Nashville, TN

In 2017 over 900 marketers attended this conference that included speakers such as design legend Aaron Draplin, Scott Stratten of Unmarketing, and Ann Handley of Marketing Profs. Highlights for 2017 can be found on their website and they’re gearing up for another awesome event in 2018 where attendees can learn from industry leaders, network, and share ideas.


Email Innovations Summit

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May 16-17, 2018

Las Vegas, NV

The Email Innovations Summit (EIS) is partnered with Only Influencers which is email marketing’s oldest and most trusted community. EIS is designed to share knowledge regarding the latest advancements in email marketing including trends, strategies, and data-driven subject lines to increase engagement. This fast-paced conference will also feature a pitch session where early adopters can view over 20 beta and emerging technologies in under an hour.

An added bonus to this jam-packed conference is that every attendee will receive a 6-month membership to Only Influencers. Only Influencers Membership grants access to a community of 500+ experts and leading thinkers in the email marketing industry.


Email Marketing Day

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Date and Location TBA for 2018

Email Marketing Day is a great conference to attend if you are looking to get actionable marketing education and tips from industry experts.  This conference is set up with a customer-centric approach in mind for email marketing that allows attendees to hear inspirational stories, and learn how to measure digital marketing success.  Session topics in 2017 included trends in email marketing, content marketing in ecommerce, consumer communications, B2B email, and holistic testing.


Litmus Live


Date and Location TBA for 2018

Litmus Live, formerly the Email Design Conference, focuses on bringing together the best and smartest email professionals in the world for two days of fast-paced workshops, talks, and networking. Anyone is welcome to attend with sessions that range from data-driven email design, and lifecycle campaign planning, to cross-channel strategies, and tools to automate email development. Litmus Live aims to teach designers, developers, strategists, and marketers how to create emails that look good, perform, and engage.


Inbox Awesome

inbox awesome email marketing conference

November 9, 2017


Inbox Awesome is a unique conference that focuses on topics such as how feeds can thrive and protect your business, automating messages, who is reading your emails, community building through messages, and how to gain influence. Previous speakers include Naveen Selvadurai of Foursquare, Millie Tran of BuzzFeed, and Eli Pariser of Upworthy. An added bonus is that there will be a “flying buffet,” live music, and special performances (yet to be announced).


The Advanced Email Conference

advanced email conference

November 16, 2017

London, U.K.

Although the website is not yet live for the 2017 conference date, the Advanced Email Conference is widely touted as being full of good ideas and knowledge for professionals.  Their mission is to create a conference which is personal, full of quality, and an absolute value for the time and money an attendee invests.


MarketingSherpa Summit

marketing sherpa summit 2018

May 8-9, 2018

Las Vegas, NV

MarketingSherpa is a conference for email marketers with a strong focus on how-to details and strategies for measurable and fast digital marketing success. Now in its twelfth year, this conference includes certification workshops in email messaging and landing page optimization, over 50 roundtable sessions, one-on-one coaching clinics, and of course amazing parties where individuals can network and connect with peers.


Bronto Email Summit

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Date and Location TBA for 2018

Bronto Email Summit is the place to be for email marketers that are looking to learn from industry experts, entrepreneurs, and agency execs through interactive talks, breakout sessions, and networking.  Topics for 2017 included how to make the most of the symmetrical marketing, invite systems, social listening, customer engagement, and customer friendly site searches. Attendees can take in the awesome views of the Vegas strip while they enjoy catered meals, exhibitions, The Golden Bronto Awards ceremony, and get a professional headshot taken.


Email Evolution Conference

email evolution conference 2018

April 4-6, 2018

New Orleans, LA

The Email Evolution Conference is for mid-to-senior level marketers who are looking for marketing solutions that they can apply immediately.  This conference is a good choice whether you are just looking to enhance your overall digital campaign, or if you just want to see what trends can help you stay ahead of the curve. This conference has exclusive content, leading experts, the latest technologies, and exclusive networking that makes it well worth the trip.


Email Insider Summit – Europe

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June 25-28, 2017

Barcelona, SP

This year, Email Insider Summit will focus on email automation and the shift from being a “nice to have strategy” to a “must-have strategy.” Speakers will discuss sophisticated strategy techniques, good technology, and how a human touch can deliver a higher ROI.

Other topics up for discussion include personalization, deliverability, database management, and acquisition across borders. Afternoons and evenings will be filled with networking, awesome dining experiences, and cocktail parties with top executives.

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