The Best Digital Marketing Conferences In The UK (2020 Edition)
Figuring out which are the best digital marketing conferences in the UK to attend is like picking between winning the Euro Millions or having Beyoncé as your best friend. It’s a hard choice to make when all the options you’re faced with are pretty bloody good.
Occasionally some of the primates at Noisy Little Monkey are released into the wild to experience the delights that a digital marketing conference has to offer. This means that we’ve been to a fair number of these kinds of events and we plan to go to plenty more this year. So without further ado...
Here's our list of the best digital marketing conferences in the UK for 2020:
- BrightonSEO (Brighton - 16th & 17th April 2020)
- Digital Gaggle (Bristol - 23rd April 2020)
- SMX London (London - 19th & 20th May 2020)
- Search Love (London - 2020 date TBA)
- Measure Fest (Brighton - 16th April 2020)
- One Question (London - 7th May 2020)
- Measure Camp (Various)
- Paid Social Show (Brighton - 16th April 2020)
- Attention (Bournemouth - 2nd July 2020)
- Search Leeds (Leeds - 2020 date TBA)
1. Brighton SEO - Brighton
This is basically Mecca for any seasoned SEO. Over 3,500 people swarm the Brighton Centre twice a year to attend this conference which is totally free of charge. In terms of content, you can expect six tracks covering topics ranging from links and technical SEO to email marketing and analytics. In between the talks there’s also weird activities to get involved in such as Lego fire walking and tie dye… The next event is planned for 16th and 17th April 2020.
2. Digital Gaggle - Bristol
So this one is organised by us but if we didn’t think it was good we wouldn’t be telling you about it, OK? Digital Gaggle is a biannual half-day conference based in Bristol and created for in-house B2B, professional services and ecommerce marketers. The aim of the day is to give every single delegate some actionable tips on how they can do their digital marketing a little better. Tickets get you lunch, a drink at the after party and maybe even an excellent freebie or two. The next Digital Gaggle will take place on 23rd April 2020.
3. SMX - London
Our Inbound Manager described this event as “pretty dope” so if you’re also the kind of person that describes events as “pretty dope”, you’ll probably like it too. The folks at Search Engine Land power this search marketing conference which takes place over two days in Bishopsgate, London. It’s suitable for beginners and veterans and has loads of different tracks so you can really learn a diverse range of topics. One thing to bear in mind: this conference has a higher price tag than the others we’ve mentioned so far.
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4. Search Love - London
This is a two-day event organised by the guys at Distilled and gets really good reviews from its attendees (seriously, just check out the website for some truly killer quotes). They get awesome speakers too (think Rand Fishkin of Moz and other brands like Google, HubSpot and Wistia and you’ll be on the right track). This event is suited for both agency and in-house marketers and covers content, PR, technical SEO, and mobile so you will learn a lot for the price of your ticket.
5. MeasureFest – Brighton
A one day conference dedicated to web analytics, conversion rate optimisation and business intelligence (anyone know what that is?). It’s organised by the same people who sort out BrightonSEO so you know you’re in for a real treat at this compelling fringe event.
6. One Question - London
This doesn’t fit neatly into the category of the best ‘digital marketing conferences’ in the UK because it’s not reallllllly about digital marketing BUT – and bear with us here – it’s a great event to challenge your way of thinking and get those creative marketing juices flowing. One Question is held in The Ned in London and has been described as the ‘Vanity Fair’ of conferences by IBM’s Jeremy Waite. The premise is that speakers from all different industries gather to tackle one big question from different perspectives. The next event is planned for 7th May 2020. Get it in your diary.
8. Measure Camp – Manchester, Cardiff, Bristol
If you’re a proper digital analytics nerd then Measure Camp is definitely one to attend. Firstly, it’s free. Secondly, it’s an unconference which means that the schedule is undecided until it’s created on the day and the speakers are your fellow attendees. Everyone’s encouraged to lead a session and participate in the talks which makes for a truly collaborative event. If you’re well into data and analytics, Measure Camp events are so worth checking out. You’ll find them in London, Manchester and Cardiff in 2020.
9. Paid Social Show - Brighton
The Mandalorian, Better Call Saul and Kourtney and Kim Take New York - what do they have in common? All great spin-offs. Consider Brighton SEO's Paid Social Show another great addition to that list. As the first purely social media conference to make the cut for our countdown and we think this event is so special because of how specialised it is, helping you make the most of your advertising (and money) on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube. It'll take place over Brighton SEO on 16th April 2020.
10. Attention – Bournemouth
Noisy Little Monkey’s Technical Director has spoken at this event before and loved it. It’s not like those conferences where there’s thousands of people and you get lost in the crowd; there’s a lovely local feel to this event. Speakers at the previous events included Green & Blacks and Bupa and they gave away loads of practical tips and takeaways during their talk. If you’re down south, make your way to Attention on 2nd July 2020.
11. Search Leeds – Leeds
Confession: we sponsored Search Leeds in 2019 BUT this is not just a plug for us. The conference is organised by our pals over at Edit and we can assure you it's a must-attend for those living, working and breathing digital. Plus, it’s free. So we think you should be hearing about it. There’s no sales pitchy talks, just great actionable advice from speakers renowned in the industry for knowing their thing. Their 2020 date is TBA but if you’re based in the top bit of England, it’s worth checking out this year.
Honourable mentions also include Learn Inbound (Dublin – yes we know it’s not part of the UK), DigiMarCon (in London for 2020) aaaaand Something Good (Bristol – more a design conference but good for creative inspo and returning soon).
In the words of those folks over at Looney Tunes, that’s all folks! If there’s an event you think is worthy but isn’t listed above, shout at us on Twitter or Facebook and let us know why it should be included.