At Elite SEM we get a lot of questions about what shows or conferences we’re attending or which ones we recommend for our clients. We’ve determined what will be the most important Retail and Marketing-related events and conferences in 2017 and decided to share them so you can plan ahead for the year to come. Jot these down and prepare to engage with industry leaders and contemporaries!

*Not a retailer? A few of these are still great for you. Scroll through this post for shows on our radar for 2017!

eTail West

Feb 27 – Mar 02
Palm Springs, CA
Who Attends: Retailers
eTail West began in 1999 to gather together the top minds of America’s most successful retailers for an awesome networking and learning experience. The content of this event is designed to optimize your business profits without superficial strategic takeaways.


March 10-19, 2017
Austin TX
Who Attends: Everyone!
SXSW features a number of practical tracks that allow attendees to learn about upcoming trends regarding entertainment, culture, and technology. This company prides itself in bringing together diverse people and topics to advance knowledge, expand networks, and offset amazing creative projects.

SMX West

March 21-23, 2017
San Jose, CA
Who Attends: Search Marketers
“You’re Obsessed With Search. We Are Too.”
Search marketing continues on as the most powerful form of digital marketing. Search Marketing Expo has been the top conference for SEO & SEM professionals since 2007. It has helped thousands of marketing experts succeed with actionable strategies.

eTail Connect

Apr 5-7, 2017
Orlando, FL
Who Attends: Retail Execs – 1 to 1 meetings
eTail Connect is an interactive, pioneering forum designed for senior retail executives to discuss trends in mobile technology, data analytics, the customer journey, and more. This invitation-only event consists of one-on-one consultative meetings that position executives to embrace relevant, innovative business solutions. Networking among North America’s top 65 most successful and creative retail organizations provides them with substantial insight to drive prosperity in this industry.

Eye For Travel Summit

April 24-25, 2017
San Francisco, CA
Who Attends: Travel Industry Marketers
EyeforTravel San Francisco is an extraordinary, tech-oriented conference. Its mission is to enable you to compete for bookings like a natural-born digital brand and create expertise-driven, inventive distribution partnerships that will provide services travelers want. 2017 will guarantee collaboration between hundreds of relevant stakeholders, in-depth conferences, and an engaging agenda to offset learning and achievement.

MarTech Conference

May 9-11, 2017
San Francisco, CA
Who Attends: Martech Professionals and Digital Marketers
Attending MarTech will help you craft remarkable customer experiences using effective marketing technology stacks, optimize your digital marketing techniques, and more. Help your organization adapt to the fast-paced, ever-changing marketing industry by nurturing multidisciplinary talent among cross-functional teams with transformative practices.


June 6-9, 2017
Chicago, IL
Who Attends: Retailers
“E-Commerce is evolving faster than ever. Blink, and you’ll miss the next big thing.”
Internet Retailer Conference & Exhibition (IRCE) offers you a conference full of industry experts and unrivaled agenda content. Enjoy an exhibit hall filled with the best solution providers. Network with thousands of like-minded industry peers. IRCE 2017 will take place at McCormick Place West.

SEAT Conf: Sports & Entertainment Alliance in Technology

July 16th, 2017
Atlanta, GA
Who Attends: Sports Execs and Digital Marketers
This event was created by Christine Stoffel while she was Vice President of Technology & Strategic Operations for the Phoenix Coyotes. Now, many professional teams attend this event to gain digital marketing insight in sports and entertainment. This conference emphasizes a vision of bringing together industry tech leaders to network & share their projects, strategies, best practices and more.

iMedia Brand Summit

Sept 10-13, 2017
Coronado, CA
Who Attends: Digital Marketers
This summit was created to emphasize the need for balance between the art and science of marketing. Here are some topics covered during the event: brand storytelling, purpose-based marketing, marketing automation, retail and e-commerce trends, and customer loyalty.

Luxury Interactive

Oct 16-18, 2017
New York, NY
Who Attends: Luxury Retail
Luxury Interactive is a conference where e-commerce and digital marketing executives can explore innovative technology to improve their retail experience. Topics discussed during this event include online marketing, digital engagement, customer acquisition, retention strategies, and more – all centered on luxurious brands.

Want to talk about which 2017 shows would be best for you to attend? Email us at [email protected] and we can help guide you through the best shows to help you meet your goals this year.

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