Top Affiliate Conferences to Attend in 2018

Top Affiliate Conferences to Attend in 2018

So many affiliate marketing conferences, so little time!

To help make your affiliate-related conference selection decision a little easier, we’ve put together a comprehensive list of top upcoming industry events.

Also, be sure to check out our Events page to keep track of which events the AP team will be attending/speaking at around the globe in 2018. If you’re planning on attending any of these, let us know. We’d love to meet you in person!


Affiliate Summit West (1/7 – 1/9, Las Vegas, NV) – This three-day conference includes networking with affiliates, affiliate managers, advertisers, OPMs/agencies, solution providers and networks. Plus, dozens of educational sessions covering the latest trends and information from marketing experts. And most importantly, there will be thousands of marketers to meet and do business with at the conference.

NRF Retail’s Big Show (1/14 – 1/16, New York City, NY) – The NRF’s Annual Convention & EXPO earned the nickname “Retail’s BIG Show” years ago and, because the name was so appropriate, it stuck. Today, Retail’s BIG Show is NRF’s flagship industry event held annually in New York City. The three-day event offers unparalleled education, collegial networking, and an enormous EXPO Hall full of technologies and solutions. It’s a one-stop-shopping for industry professionals from around the world.

BlogHer18 Health (1/30 – 1/31, New York City, NY)  – Presented by SheKnows Media, BlogHer conferences are the world’s largest celebration of women content creators across social media, video, photos, and the web. BlogHer18 Health is their first-ever health and wellness influencer event featuring guest speakers, Arianna Huffington and Jillian Michaels. It will be held at the Tribeca 360.

Rakuten Marketing Dealmaker Scottsdale (1/31-2/1, Scottsdale, AZ) – Formerly Symposium West Scottsdale, Dealmaker is the premier gathering place for online performance marketing leaders. Attendees have included hundreds of executives from top companies doing business online, representatives from leading and innovative publisher websites, and online marketers from Rakuten. All of this takes place in the luxurious JW Marriott Scottsdale Camelback Inn Resort & Spa.


Mobile Growth Summit (2/7 – 2/8, San Francisco, CA) – Mobile Growth Summit features the very best collection of Mobile Industry thought leaders from User Acquisition, Monetization, Engagement/Retention, and Data Science & Analytics assembled all year! During this intensive two-day, non-vendor conference, you can learn from, and connect with, other mobile industry professionals like yourself!

Podfest Multimedia Expo (2/8 – 2/10, Orlando, FL) – Hosted at Caribe Royale Resort, Podfest Multimedia Expo is the conference for podcasters, digital influencers and change makers who want to grow their brand and audience and maximize their income.

eTail West (2/26 – 3/1, Palm Springs, CA) – eTail West is your one-stop shop for all things multi-channel and eCommerce; an event where inspiration meets innovation; socializing meets ROI. Experience tons of sessions, interactive learning, guest speakers and keynotes, all in beautiful Palm Springs.


LeadsCon (3/5-3/7, Las Vegas, NV) – LeadsCon, held at the iconic Paris Las Vegas, brings performance marketers and lead gen professionals from across the globe. If finding, nurturing and converting quality leads is essential to your business’s growth and success, then LeadsCon is perfect for you. Nearly 3,000 people rely each year on LeadsCon Las Vegas for unparalleled insights. Key notes, workshop sessions and a large exhibitor hall filled with industry leaders and emerging experts as well as summits for both buyers and sellers provide loads of networking and learning opportunities for all attendees.



MAU (4/24- 4/25, Las Vegas, NV) – The world’s leading mobile acquisition and retention summit returns. This spring over 2000 leaders from top mobile brands will gather at the MGM Grand Las Vegas for two full days of learning and networking in an environment like none other. Attendance is by application only and includes apps and first-party brands as well as vendors providing marketing solutions or services.

Digital Travel Summit (4/30- 5/2, Henderson, NV) – Brought to you by the creators of eTail, Digital Travel Summit is the digital marketing, eCommerce strategy and customer engagement event for travel, hospitality and leisure companies held in the fabulous Green Valley Ranch Resort. With attendance from
over 75 of the industry’s leading brands, speakers for the summit include executives from MGM Resorts International, Korean Air, and Choice Hotels International. Their goal is to help travel executives re-imagine their customer journey through enhanced personalization and delivering better cross-channel experiences for your customers.



Mom 2.0 Summit (5/2 – 5/4, Pasadena, CA) – Mom 2.0 is the premier professional conference and gathering of influencers who create content online and on air in parenting, entertainment, food, politics, business, marketing, technology, social change, travel and design. Every year, women leaders in media and business converge at the Summit to compare notes, discuss ideas, and forecast what’s next for women online and in the marketplace.

Affiliate Management Days (5/16 – 5/17, Las Vegas, NV) – Held at Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, this is the must attend event for marketing managers and everyone responsible for their company’s affiliate marketing strategy, management and operations. Whether you have an existing affiliate program or you are creating a new initiative, AM Days offers you the most valuable insight into how other online retailers are successfully implementing and managing their affiliate programs.

Content Marketing Conference (5/2 – 5/4, Boston, MA) – Content marketing is changing. We’re learning that we don’t need a heavier hammer for success; we need sharper nails. The art of content creation must be mastered to engage customers with high-quality content and valuable information. The science of marketing performance must be perfected in multiple channels, to catch customers orbiting at high speeds. That’s where CMC comes in, showcasing the latest tactics, methodology and technology to take your content marketing to the next level, and way beyond.



Rakuten Marketing Dealmaker New York (Dates TBD, New York City, NY) – Formerly Symposium East, Rakuten Marketing events are the premier gathering place for online performance marketing leaders. Attendees have included hundreds of executives from top companies doing business online, representatives from leading and innovative publisher websites, and online marketers from Rakuten. The date and location of this year’s event has not yet been announced.

IRCE (6/5 – 6/8, Chicago, IL) – E-Commerce is evolving faster than ever. Blink, and you’ll miss the next big thing. Internet Retailer Conference & Exhibition (IRCE) provides you with a conference full of industry experts and unrivaled agenda content, an exhibit hall filled with the latest and greatest solution providers, and a community made for networking with thousands of like-minded industry peers.

AvantExpo (6/27-6/29, Park City, UT) –  The annual AvantLink user conference will return once more to Park City, Utah, at the beautiful Silver Baron hotel & resort. Attendees will meet face-to-face with AvantLink’s most high-impact and prolific merchants, agencies and affiliates, rising stars and network employees. Networking opportunities are second-to-none paired with network and channel specific education sessions from a variety of industry thought leaders. AvantExpo’s signature feature combines structured networking opportunities with once in a lifetime activities native to the Park City area.

Performance Marketing Summit (5/9, Munich, Germany) – Produced by Affiliate Summit, Performance Marketing Summit is a 1-day conference series for digital marketers, that takes place in various cities, around the world. How do successful companies increase their performance in online marketing – at Google, Bing, Facebook, Amazon & Co.? At the Performance Marketing Summit 2018, acknowledged industry experts will present disruptive market developments and thus provide deep insights into their success stories.



Affiliate Summit East (7/29 – 7/31, New York City, NY) – This three-day conference features two tradeshow floors packed with affiliates, merchants, vendors, networks; multiple tracks of educational sessions covering the latest trends and information from affiliate marketing experts; and networking tools to help you connect with thousands of other attendees before during and after the event.


eTail East (8/6 – 8/9, Boston, MA) –  At this conference for eCommerce and omnichannel innovators, whether it’s an interactive roundtable discussion, case study presentation, panel, or one-on-one Q&A’s, you’ll have the chance to get the solutions you are looking for. You will receive targeted, niche learning opportunities throughout the conference. With the most disruptive content and focus on technology, eTail is designed to help you optimize the profits from your business.



CJ University (9/11-9/14, Santa Barbara, CA) – CJU provides the definitive affiliate networking and education experience. Whether you are looking to create new business opportunities, refresh strategies with long-term partners, develop initiatives for your business, or receive hands-on training from our experts, CJU is the can’t miss event of the year. Plus, you can’t beat the beautiful ocean front location.

Type-A Parent Annual Conference (9/27-9/29, Chicago, IL) – Type-A is the world’s premier community and conference for lifestyle bloggers and micro influencers and the marketers who want to engage them. Join them in Chicago at the historic Drake Hotel for three full days of learning, networking, and meeting brands. You’ll experience motivating stories, intensive workshops, insightful panels, exciting brands, and interesting new technology solutions to help you build your own media empire. Annual Summit – (9/25-9/27, Los Angeles, CA) – The Digital Summit is a 2-1/2 day event specifically for digital and omnichannel retailers. You’ll discover new ideas, get actionable takeaways and build strong relationships with the brightest and most innovative players in the digital retail world.

Influencer Marketing Days – (Date TBD, New York City, NY) – Influencer Marketing Days is a unique conference dedicated to all things influencer marketing. It is the must-attend event both for marketers responsible for their company’s influencer marketing campaigns, and for influencers looking to optimize monetization of their clout. Whether you already run influencer marketing campaigns or you’re investigating ways to leverage this powerful type of marketing, Influencer Marketing Days will equip, educate, and inspire you to make the most of your efforts.

TAP conference by Button – (10/4, New York City, NY) –TAP is a one day conference that brings together the brightest minds in mobile. Attendees learn how the best brands are capturing users’ delight, intent, and attention on mobile and converting browsers into buyers.



DMA’s &THEN – (10/8 – 10/10, Las Vegas, NV) – &THEN brings marketing’s greatest analysts, artists, strategists, copywriters and CEOs together at the world famous MGM Grand Las Vegas. &THEN gives marketers a 360° view of all the very latest and most effective marketing trends and tactics—social, mobile, search, retargeting, email, analytics, cutting-edge mail, and creative. If you’re a data-driven marketer looking to learn best practices, gain actionable insights and meet other like-minded marketers, then you must attend &THEN.

PI Live – (Dates TBD, London, UK) – Over 2,500 international attendees ascend on London from a wide range of demographics across different verticals to participate in this two day conference. Keynotes, speaker sessions, panel discussions, and the exhibition hall all provide tons of learning and networking opportunities for advertisers and media owners (publishers, influencers and affiliates).


Ad:tech (Dates and Location TBA) – ad:tech is a global conference and exhibition where the marketing, technology and media communities come together to share new ways of thinking, build strong partnerships, and define new strategies that will address key industry challenges while driving business forward in an ever-changing marketplace.

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Editor’s Note: In early 2016, we published a similar blog post to this titled, Top 19 Affiliate Marketing Conferences to Attend in 2016 blog post. This post has been completely updated for 2018.