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Top South Africa marketing, tech & business events to attend in 2020

Top South Africa marketing, tech & business events to attend in 2020

The best marketing, technology and business events to attend in South Africa are right at your fingertips with this frequently updated list & 2020 calendar of over 60 conferences. Must attend? I think so! 

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 marketing & business events?

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

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

  • Showcase your company’s unique offering through sponsorship/exhibiting

  • Share niche expertise through a keynote or panel discussion

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

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

  • Spend face-to-face time with clients or prospects for lead generation

  • Build your own brand name by giving a talk or networking

  • Assess whether the industry is for you. Does it excite you? These are the crucial moments that can help you make a judgement.

Your ultimate guide to marketing, tech & business events in South Africa

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

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Digital Retail Forum

DRF 2020 will focus on how emerging technology trends will disrupt the retail sector. It will also delve into how to survive by harnessing new tech to improve both Customer Experience and Operational Efficiency.

Where: Gallagher Convention Centre, Johannesburg, South Africa

When: Jan 29, 2020

Digital Marketing Summit

There are many new digital marketing trends and strategies that are evolving in the current high-tech era and businesses now need to use them to succeed in their efforts. This summit helps attendees stay on top of the trends and figure out what is the best for their business today.

Where: Gallagher Convention Centre, Johannesburg, South Africa

When: Feb 20, 2020

Business Day TV SME Summit

This cutting edge conference and exhibition is where South Africa’s leading entrepreneurs and business personalities share their knowledge and insights to help you grow your business and stay ahead of the pack!

Where: The Empire Conference & Events Venue, Johannesburg, South Africa

When: March 5, 2020

Integrated Marketing Communication Conference

Right now, intangible brand assets are worth US$57.3 trillion globally. That’s more than ever before; and it’s A LOT of Rands. But marketing still doesn’t sit with the grown-ups around the Boardroom table.

This conference promises to help attendees work out what it takes to develop marketing that turns up, clocks in, and gets the job done – regardless of industry, brand, and budget. In 15 minute ‘Ted Ex’ format, 20 industry experts will be working hard to share what works. And what doesn’t.

Where: The Galleria, Sandton, Johannesburg, South Africa

When: March 19, 2020

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The Bookmarks 2020

The IAB Bookmark Awards, an IAB SA initiative, celebrates its 12th year of rewarding excellence in digital and recognising the powerful impact interactive has on the overall marketing mix. The Bookmark Awards sets the benchmark for tech, digital and leading edge innovation. The award winning work inspires and educates the industry about the power to build brands through creative and high impact digital executions that deliver measurable results.

Check out the award categories and guidelines here.

Where: The Galleria, Sandton, Johannesburg, South Africa

When: March 19, 2020

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: May 11-14, 2020

Price: starts at R1,300

Social Media Week Durban

In its 2nd year, Social Media Week Durban (#SMWDurban) seeks to bring together professionals with a curiosity and passion for new ideas, innovations and emerging trends in social media. Showcasing some of the latest digital platforms and agencies.

Where: Durban, South Africa

When: June 18-21, 2020

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

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: 9-11 September 2020

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.

Price: Free!

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 marketing events in South Africa? Leave a comment below!

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