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Top digital marketing events in South Africa

Top digital marketing events in South Africa

Looking to gain more knowledge about new trends and insights in the industry? Look no further than this comprehensive guide.

Whether you’re the new kid on the digital marketing block or a veteran on the lookout for new tips and tricks to up your game, attending events is a surefire way to keep up.

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Why attend digital marketing events?

There’s more than one answer I can give to this question. And I might even miss a few because attending digital marketing events can really pay off on multiple levels.

For instance, you can:

  • Get inspired by the latest digital marketing industry trends, insights and campaigns

  • Meet like-minded individuals and exchange digital marketing best practices (and contacts!)

  • Showcase your company’s unique offering in the digital marketing space through sponsorship/exhibiting

  • Share niche digital marketing expertise through a keynote or panel discussion

  • Discover new tools and solutions that can help you optimise your company's marketing performance

  • Expand your digital marketing industry knowledge by learning from experts about skills that don’t necessarily sit in your wheelhouse

  • Spend face-to-face time with clients or prospects if you’re on the lead generation side of a business

  • Build your own brand name by giving a talk or simply putting yourself out there during networking or break-out sessions

  • Assess whether the digital marketing industry is for you - does it pique your interest? Does it excite you? These are the crucial moments that can help you make a judgement as you’ll get to see all the industry has to offer at various levels and across various sectors. It can be hard to judge that at a desk (where you will inevitably find yourself in your career journey)

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Your ultimate guide to digital marketing events in South Africa

Now about these events...let’s get down to business!

GfK Insights Event – Rethinking ROI

A panel of GfK experts and industry peers examine proven ways to leverage insights and evaluate, optimise and innovate your marketing tactics with confidence to win customers and drive sales.

Where: Bryanston, Johannesburg, South Africa

When: August 14, 2019

Price: Free!

The IAB Insight Event Series

The Interactive Advertising Bureau serves to empower the media & marketing industry to thrive in a digital economy. They do this through a connected culture that provides accessible access to experts and expertise, enabling you to make better digital decisions with smart, motivating and actionable insights.

Where: South Africa

When: ongoing series. Upcoming dates include August 16, Sept 5 and Oct 10, 2019.

Price: Free!

CMO Summit

This one day conference promises to challenge conventional thinking and provide opportunities to learn from respected CMOs and CX trailblazers. Recommended for CX professionals, senior marketing managers, and CMOs looking to prepare for a digital future and explore the latest marketing trends.

Where: Johannesburg, South Africa

When: September 3, 2019

Price: free if you register online, R200 if you purchase tickets at the door

Digital Customer Experience Conference - DCX Con

Aimed at professionals dealing with customer engagement in the digital realm, the conference highlights challenges, opportunities and the latest developments when it comes to digital channels and customer relationship management. Digital Customer Experience Conference – DCX Con 2019 boasts an impressive speaker panel - experts in the digital marketing space across all industries – including representation from One Loyalty Rewards, Devprox, Clientele, Edcon, IQbusiness, Experian and many more.

Where: Johannesburg, South Africa

When: 4-5 September, 2019

Modern Marketing Expo

The Modern Marketing Expo is a holistic, adaptive methodology that connects brands with real customers and drives business results by blending strategy, creative, technology, and analysis.

Where: Johannesburg, South Africa

When: 11-13 September 2019

Price: Free!

Customer 360 Africa

This event will investigate ways in which organisations are currently succeeding within their entire customer experience through the presentation of actual case studies. Get a 360 degree view of your client that can assist you with everything from deciding what to implement all the way through to measurement.

Where: Cape Town, South Africa

When: 17-19 September 2019

Price: starts at R6,995

WOW - ThePowerofSAInfluencers

This full day conference promises to unleash insights about the new holy grail of advertising, influencer referrals. Some topics they will explore include influencer guidelines in South Africa, managing influencers from beginning to end, optimizing target market reach and influence through micro-influencers, and much more…

Where: Sandton, Johannesburg, South Africa

When: Oct 10, 2019

Price: R5,500

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ShopperInsights

Now in its 6th year, Shopper Insights has a track record of leaving attendees with insights and ideas that inspire their marketing activities from niche growth segments and technology innovation to professional integrated engagement strategies, their speakers have everything covered.

Where: Sandton, Johannesburg, South Africa

When: Oct 11, 2019

Price: R5,500

Advertising Week Africa

Advertising Week Africa is Advertising Week’s sixth global edition held in Johannesburg, South Africa. #AWAfrica will bring industry professionals together throughout the African nation for a week of thoughtful conversations with leaders from the marketing, advertising, technology and creative spaces. During the week, expect wide ranging discuss on where the industry has been, where it’s going and what trends, challenges and opportunities are shaping today’s global industry.

Advertising Week crosses the globe with events in New York, London, Tokyo, Mexico City, and Sydney.

Where: Johannesburg, South Africa

When: Oct 28-31, 2019

Price: starts at R1,300

Digital Marketing Conference & Exhibition (Digimarcon) South Africa

Whether your goal is to reinforce customer loyalty, improve lead generation, increase sales, or drive stronger consumer engagement, DigiMarCon South Africa 2019’s agenda will help attendees enhance their marketing efforts. Sessions will focus on building traffic, expanding brand awareness, improving customer service and gaining insight into today’s latest digital tools.

Where: Rosebank, Johannesburg South Africa

When: Oct 30-31, 2019

Price: early bird prices start at R2,950

DigiMarcon World Online; Live and On Demand

Attended by over 10,000 Digital Marketing Professionals, this 3-day online digital marketing event promises to be one of the biggest in the world. Sessions will focus on building traffic, expanding brand awareness, improving customer service and gaining insight into today’s latest digital tools.

Where: online

When: Nov 19-21, 2019

Price: early bird prices start at $197

Digital Transformation Congress

Digital Transformation Congress 2020 will explore the strategic trends and technologies that are driving digital transformation and shaping the future of IT and business.The congress will bring together hundreds of senior executives to discuss emerging technology trends such as AI, IoT, blockchain, GDPR, IT security, 5G and robotics, and how they impact business operations.

Where: Sandton, Johannesburg, South Africa

When: July 29-30, 2020

Price: early bird prices start at R4,450

Women in Tech Africa

Hear and learn from the most successful women in tech sharing powerful testimonies, cutting-edge knowledge, and redefining how we view and address the future of gender and diversity to create ultimate competitive advantage.

Where: Cape Town, South Africa

When: 2020 dates TBA

Price: $150

Media & Entertainment Technology Trade Show Africa

Mediatech Africa, organised by Sun Circle Exhibitions and Reed Exhibitions, is a biennial advanced media and entertainment technology trade show held in Johannesburg, South Africa. The expo showcases new technologies and services from industry leaders in AV system integration and communications; live entertainment technology; television and broadcast; animation and film; studio and production, DJ and pro-audio equipment.

Where: Johannesburg, South Africa

When: 2020 dates TBA

Price: free

Customer Experience Management Africa Summit

The CEM Africa summit is committed to building a strong community among Africa’s growing number of CX professionals. Featuring top heads of customer experience, client services, operations, and technology who explore key industry topics, the CEM Africa Summit brings you the latest developments in a rapidly evolving industry with a topical agenda that focuses on improving your organisation’s CX initiatives to result in increased customer acquisition, customer loyalty, and revenue.

Where: Johannesburg, South Africa

When: 2020 dates TBA

Price: free

Did I miss any great digital marketing events in South Africa? Leave a comment below!

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