The biggest event in the inbound marketing calendar is fast approaching! Inbound 2017 rolls into Boston’s Convention & Exhibition Centre from September 25-28, and will feature the biggest names in the industry, as well as a few inspirational figures you won’t want to miss.
Last year, we had a great (and very informative) time checking out some of the many talks, workshops and demos, not to mention all the meet-and-greets and networking that put us in touch with some innovative agencies, movers and shakers. So too did many other leading inbound marketers we met there.
Given the fact that the US presidential election results were about to come in, we also had a vote that really mattered – on the biggest influencer at Inbound – and you can see the results from 2016 here.
This year, the competition will be just as fierce, with many inbound and marketing deities taking to the stage to deliver keynote or spotlight talks. Of course, HubSpot founders Brian Halligan and Dharmesh Shah will be there to give a keynote speech, but there will be so many other thought-leaders and influential innovators there to take note of and learn from.
One talk we are really looking forward to is from Pixar co-founder Dr Ed Catmull, who will talk about developing a creative culture and harnessing your own creativity (while also allowing us to indulge in our love of his studio’s films).
Samasource CEO Leila Janah will give what should be a thought-provoking talk on the changing face of charity in today’s world, and how we can incorporate it into our 9-5 lives, while there will also be an impressive array of unconventional but just as interesting figures such as tennis legend Billie Jean King.
Wizard Of Moz Rand Fishkin will talk about the invisible giant messing up your marketing – the cognitive biases and cultural pressures that skew our focus on our marketing results. Slack CEO Stewart Butterfield and chief brand officer with Uber Bozoma Saint John have yet to give full details on their talks, but what they have to say will no doubt be extremely interesting, so keep an eye on the Inbound website for updates.
Interestingly, WWE wrestling champion and Massachusetts native John Cena, who will no doubt lay the smack down with his views on using positions of power and influence for good. As the most followed US athlete on Facebook with 44 million fans, and with millions of Twitter and Instagram followers, he knows a lot about being a social media powerhouse and how his position can be used to make a positive difference.
Oh, and did we mention Michelle Obama will also be delivering a keynote speech? That one is not to be missed.
The breakout sessions will provide inspiration and top tips on all things inbound marketing, including one from our very own Clodagh Higgins on running a successful inbound agency. This session will give great insights on creating a great agency culture, how to build a successful approach to retainers, and securing a steady flow of income from the very start with a pre-retainer model right through to the completion of a contract, as well as a tantalising taste of what is to come in her upcoming book. We recommend coming along if you want to find out how you can create a happy and healthy inbound agency that will grow into the future.
With talks and presentations on everything from video marketing to the use of AI and automation, to content creation and email marketing, there is bound to be a topic or three you will want to attend.
It's not all work, work, work though, as there will also be a welcome party, community day events on the opening day (before the official event kicks off), more chances to network and rub shoulders with some 19,000 of your peers, food trucks, happy hours, Club Inbound and Inbound Rocks, featuring Judd Apatow and Tiffany Haddish.
If you have already registered to attend Inbound 2017, we hope to see you there. If you haven’t, why not? Here’s where you can go to sign up. The talks and sessions are already filling up quickly, so now is the time to get into action, get your tickets, and improve your inbound marketing skills while having a whole lot of fun.
If your budget won’t stretch far enough to get you to Boston, not to worry, there are also some great workshops coming up closer to home in Dublin in October. They may not offer the same amount of fun and networking as Inbound 2017, but they will give some very handy tips and lessons on perfecting your inbound strategy.
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