2018 Digital Marketing Event Guide

Continuing our annual series listing digital marketing and SEO conferences and events taking place in the UK, we’re back with a look at what’s in store for 2018.

Our list contains the latest information on digital marketing events set to return in 2018, along with some new additions to the list of events taking place in the year ahead.

Where possible, we’ve included details on the dates, location and ticket prices/how to register for tickets for the events listed, along with links to where you can find more information. Basically, everything you need to start planning your year of events to attend to keep up with all of the latest developments and trends in digital marketing and SEO!

Prolific North Live

Prolific North Live claims to be the biggest marketing expo in the UK outside of London. With an audience featuring senior figures from digital, broadcasting, PR, marketing, web design, development, publishing and advertising, there is something for everyone. Exhibitors already planned for 2018 include recognisable names including the BBC, channel 4, Bing, AO and more. On top of the wide range of exhibitors, the exhibition also features tech innovation demonstrations, workshops and seminars covering a full range of marketing and advertising topics, with speakers including representatives from Paddy Power Betfair and Hull UK City of Culture.

Where?: Eventcity, Phoenix Way, Off Barton Dock Road, Urmston, Manchester, M41 7TB, UK

When?: 28th February – 1st March 2018

What time does it start?: TBC

Price?: Free

Marketing Week Live

Marketing Week Live (or MWLive as it’s sometimes referred to) is run in conjunction between Marketing Week and Econsultancy and aims to focus on marketing issues that matter right now to marketers. With a mix of interactive exhibition floor, a programme of expert speaker sessions and various networking opportunities the event aims to cover everything marketing – from brand storytelling, data & analytics to social content creation, programmatic and mobile.

Where?: Olympia West, 14 Blythe Road, London, W14 UK

When?: 7th March – 8th March 2018

What time does it start?: 8th March: 9am – 5:30pm & 9th March: 9:30am – 5pm

Price?: Free

CDO Summit London

The CDO Summit focuses around the challenges and opportunities of big data, the cloud, digital disruption, and social and mobile media. The event is targeted at senior digital professionals and data and marketing technologists but covers topics relevant to anyone working in marketing.

Where?: TBC

When?: 28th March 2018

What time does it start?: TBC

Price?: TBC

Digital in Kent

Digital in Kent is a one-day conference offering expert speakers covering a range of topics on digital and social media marketing. Ideal for businesses of any size and level of experience, the event offers hands on opportunities to learn from speakers and digital marketing experts present.

Where?: Conference at Mercure Maidstone, Great Danes Hotel, Kent, UK

When?: 27th April 2018

What time does it start?: 9am – 4:30pm

Price?: £47.00


One of the UK’s largest conferences on search and SEO, BrightonSEO continues to grow on an annual basis with 3,500 people attending the last event. Members from our own SEO team attend the event each year and we consider it a must for anyone in the SEO industry. The event offers not only an insight into the latest trends and developments in the world of search, but also plenty of practical, actionable advice. On top of this, with such a large turnout, the event offers many excellent networking opportunities.

The event always has a great line-up of speakers (our own Emily McLaren spoke last year on the topic of site migrations which you can read more about here) and there are also a range of training workshops running on the day before the conference on topics including advanced Google Analytics training, Digital PR, on-site, local and international SEO and more.

Where?: Brighton Centre, Brighton, BN1 2GR, UK

When?: 27th April 2018

What time does it start?: doors open 9:00am – 6:00pm

Price?: Free (limited availability) / from £100 / Training Tickets from £500+

SMX London

SMX London (or Search Marketing Expo) offers the chance to immerse yourself in two days of SEO, SEM and online marketing talks and workshops full of practical tips and techniques to improve your search marketing efforts. Speakers confirmed for 2018 include the likes of Google, Vodafone and IBM. Meanwhile the workshops planned cover topics such as advanced AdWords training and international search.

Where?: etc.venues, 155 Bishopsgate, London, UK

When?: 22nd May – 23rd May 2018

What time does it start?: 22nd May: 8:00am – 6:30pm & 23rd May: 8:00am – 5:00pm

Price?: from £695 to £1,495 (depending on package and when you book)

Social Day

Social Day is an event created for those who already understand social media marketing, filling the gap between the many beginner-level events out there and the one or two sessions at wider marketing events. Focussed on providing genuine insights for those working in social media, the event offers a mix of talks from speakers working in social and excellent networking opportunities over the 3 days of the event.

Where?: Congress Centre, 28 Great Russell Street, London, WC1B 3LS, UK

When?: 30th May – 1st June 2018

What time does it start?: TBC

Price?: from £250+ to £450+ depending on when you book

The Content Marketing Academy

The Content Marketing Academy (or CMA Live as it’s also referred to) aims to showcase everything that content marketing has to offer, helping provide a better understanding or what it is, how it works, the business benefits it offers and how you can make content marketing work in the context of your own business. Taking place in Scotland’s capital, Edinburgh, the event already has some great speakers lined up for 2018, including New York Times bestselling author Chris Brogan.

Where?: The Hub, Edinburgh, Scotland

When?: 6th June – 7th June 2018

What time does it start?: TBC

Price?: from £799+

UnGagged London

UnGagged London promises to cover a range of topics including SEO, digital marketing strategy, content marketing, links, social, CRO, reputation management, legal (important in the year of GDPR!) and more over the 2 days of the conference. Speakers offer completely uncensored and unrecorded thoughts and actionable methods, meaning if you want to hear what they have to say and learn the tricks they share, you need to be there in person!

Where?: Grange St. Paul’s Hotel, London, UK

When?: 11th June – 13th June 2018

What time does it start?: 9:30am – 5:00pm

Price?: from £655+

MarketED.Live 2018

MarketED.Live offers a line-up of presenters providing a mix of practical, hands on activities with expert advice and case studies. Speakers and sponsors are chosen to ensure they add genuine value for attendees. The venue for the event is also worth the visit as in 2018 MarketED.Live will take place in the Nottingham Contemporary Art Gallery and attendees will be able to visit the exhibitions at the gallery as part of the ticket.

Where?: Nottingham Contemporary, Nottingham, UK

When?: 25th September 2018

What time does it start?: TBC

Price?: TBC

Technology For Marketing 2018

TFM claims to be the UK’s only exhibition dedicated to marketing technology and offers two days of networking, exhibition and talks from over 100 marketing technology providers. Hear case studies from a variety of innovators, disruptors and a host of top brands including Eurostar, Just Eat and Thomas Cook on how they are applying marketing technology to their businesses.

Where?: Olympia National, Hammersmith Road, Kensington, London, W14 8UX, UK

When?: 26th September - 27th September 2018

What time does it start?: 26th September: 9:30am – 5:00 pm and 27th September: 9:30am – 4:30pm

Price?: Free

Ecommerce Expo

Co-located with Technology For Marketing, Ecommerce Expo has over 150 speakers discussing the future of ecommerce, including brands such as notonthehighstreet.com, The Body Shop and Wickes. Combining speakers with exhibition from over 200 industry leading suppliers, the expo offers a tremendous opportunity for networking with over 7,000 ecommerce professionals expected to be in attendance.

Where?: Olympia National, Hammersmith Road, Kensington, London, W14 8UX, UK

When?: 26th September - 27th September 2018

What time does it start?: 26th September: 9:30am – 5:00 pm and 27th September: 9:30am – 4:30pm

Price?: Free

SearchLove London

SearchLove offers up two full days of expert industry speakers providing actionable insights on a range of search and digital marketing topics. From SEO to analytics, content and paid search, there’s something for everyone working in digital marketing. The event also offers excellent access to speakers between sessions in open networking areas (complete with some excellent coffee and snacks!). Always interesting and with some of the best, most engaging speakers, SearchLove London is a favourite event of the team here at Equator.

Where?: The Brewery, 52 Chiswell Street, London, EC1Y 4SD, UK

When?: 15th October – 16th October 2018

What time does it start?: 15th October: 9:00am – 6:00p, and 16th October: 10:00am – 5:45pm

Price?: from £899+

Digital Strategy Innovation Summit

Gathering some of the world’s most dynamic and senior executives operating in the areas of digital strategy and planning, Digital Strategy Innovation Summit offers two days of talks and networking with 150+ digital leaders. Topics covered at the event include tracking digital behaviours, cybersecurity, strategizing for new digital platforms & technologies, strategic disruption and how to lead your digital team. The speaker list for the event also includes a number of highly recognisable brands, including Facebook, National Geographic and RBS and offers a heavy focus on audience development and engagement.

Where?: TBC

When?: 18th October – 19th October 2018

What time does it start?: TBC

Price?: from £1,195+

Ad:Tech London 2018

Over 5000 brands, agencies and investors attend this yearly event, making it the perfect opportunity to see where your business is at in keeping up with digital marketing trends and also learn and network with other liked-minded brands. Head to the heart of Shoreditch to experience a new content and networking-fuelled format dedicated to performance marketing & tech innovation.

Where?: TBC

When?: TBC

What time does it start?: TBC

Price?: TBC

So there you have it, plenty of events to educate, inspire and excite your digital marketing activity in 2018.

If you have any additional information regarding and of the above conferences and events, or know of an event not listed here you think we should include, feel free to drop us a line.

And in the meantime, if you want to stay up to-date with all of the latest developments and trends in SEO and digital marketing then check out our blog.