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Thousands of PR professionals relied on our list of public relations and marketing conferences for 2015, so we’ve compiled a new list for 2016. If you missed a conference last year that you don’t want to miss again, get ahead of the schedule and mark your calendars with our updated list of 2016 public relations (and some marketing) conferences.

PR News Events

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Digital PR & Marketing Conference – June 6-8, 2016

Location: Ritz-Carlton, Miami, FL

Summary: Join digital communication experts from agencies, leading brands, and nonprofits for three days to learn practical skills that will help you increase your brand’s visibility, expand its reach on social media, and more.


PR Week Events

prweek1. PR Week Awards 2016 – March 17, 2016

Location: Cipriani Wall Street, New York, NY

Summary: PRWeek will award trophies to the best of the best in PR at an annual dinner in New York. This 5 hour event is a great networking opportunity and sells out fast:


2. PR Week Conference 2016 (to be announced, expect somewhere New York, in Sept/Oct 2016)

We’re waiting on more details on the 2016 PR Week Conference, and we will update this post when more information is available.

DMN Events

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Marketing and Tech Innovation Summit 2016 – March 9-10, 2016

Location: Convene, NYC

Summary: A showcase of technology to enhance marketing performance, deployment, engagement, and more.


Ragan Conferences


1. Social Media Conference for PR, Marketing, and Corporate Communications – March 9-11, 2016

Location: Disney’s Yacht Club Resort, Lake Buena Vista, Florida

Summary: Learn how to organize your content and use powerful storytelling to engage audiences and pile up followers, not with theoretical lessons but with actual, practical tips. Also, the conference is at Disney– which is enough of a selling point.


2. The Visual Communications and Infographics Summit for Corporate Communications – Feb 25-26, 2016

Location: Washington, D.C.

Summary: How can infographics and images become a vital part of your content marketing and communications strategy? Learn best practices for engaging your audience with visual storytelling.


3. PR & Media Relations Summit – April 6-8, 2016

Location: New York City

Summary: Best new strategies for maximizing PR results, value, and influence. Tie PR to ROI, improve results, master new content trends (like video), and tips for pitching journalists with these new technologies.


PRSA Conferences


PRSA 2016 International Conference- Oct 23-25 2016

Location: Indianapolis

Summary: The PRSA 2016 International Conference will focus on the evolving techniques, trends and technologies, helping public relations professionals fearlessly take the lead in today’s demanding business environment. Connect with thousands of colleagues and over 150 industry experts from all career levels, sectors, work environments and industries for three days of practical insight and networking.


National Association of Broadcasters

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NAB Show – April 16-21, 2016

Location: Las Vegas, NV

Summary: Attendees from every sector of the industry converge to embrace the new reality of media, and all the cutting-edge technologies that are shattering the boundaries of content.


IABC World Conference


IABC World Conference – June 5-8, 2016

Location: New Orleans, LA

Summary: Come explore new ways of approaching communication with some of the most innovative in-house communications professionals, thinkers and visionary leaders of our time.


SXSW Conferences


South by Southwest (Interactive) SXSW – March 11-20, 2016

Location: Austin, TX

Summary: South by Southwest is a set of film, interactive, and music festivals that began in 1987, and has grown in both scope and size every year.


Destination Marketing Association International


1. Marketing Innovation Summit – March 2-4, 2016

Location: New York, NY

Summary: The Marketing Innovation Summit is a gathering for destination marketers to delve into the concepts, issues and solutions exclusive to destination marketing. Topics include: promoting destinations with a focus on changing consumer behavior, leveraging technology suitable to varied staff and budget sizes, advocating for the destination and proactively managing economic disruptors.


2. Destination Marketing Association International (DMAI) – August 1, 2016

Location: Minneapolis, MN

Summary: DMAI’s annual convention connects marketing and management professionals from inside and outside the industry to discuss current industry research, share their insight and expertise, and of course, endless amounts of networking.


National Council for Marketing and Public Relations


NCMPR National Conference “Gateway to Greatness” – March 13-15, 2016

Location: St. Louis, MO

Summary: Professional development event for community college marketing and public relations individuals. “Gateway to Greatness”-themed for the “Gateway City” location of St. Louis.


National Information Officer’s Association 

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2016 National Information Officer’s Association Conference – Aug 28-31, 2016

Location: Nashville, TN

Summary: Public Information Officers gather each year to improve skills and connect with other PIOs in the industry, develop and maintain relationships with the media, and stay abreast of the latest trends in the rapidly changing communications industry.



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World Media Intelligence Congress 2016 – November 2016

Location: Washington D.C.

Summary: FIBEP’s WMI Congress is a gathering of communications and marketing professionals to meet and share their knowledge and experiences with the latest developments in media monitoring, media intelligence, and reputation management. The congress was moved to D.C. this year to accommodate FIBEP’s many new North American members. Thanks FIBEP!


Arthur W. Page Society

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2016 Page Society Annual Conference – September 11-13, 2016

Location: London

Summary: This year’s annual conference is focused on how CCOs can help their enterprises build meaningful relationships while navigating an increasingly complex and divided world.


Canadian Conferences

World Public Relations Forum – May 29-31, 2016

Location: Toronto

Summary: The World Public Relations Forum is one of the largest assemblies of public relations and communications professionals where individuals can network, discuss and present emerging trends and research findings, innovative products, and overall produce outcomes for the advancement of the profession.