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The Top Five: Sales, Tech & Marketing Conferences

Each winter and fall, business cards and expense accounts go into overdrive as sales, tech and marketing professionals hit the conference circuit. Beginning in January with the Consumer Electronics Show, which celebrated its 50th anniversary this year, and ending in San Francisco with the near total chaos of Dreamforce, the number of sales conferences seemingly doubles each year, with more than a hundred scheduled for 2018 alone. But with exorbitant ticket prices and, for most, limited time for travel, choosing the best conferences can be a challenge. Don’t worry—we’ve got you covered. The Modern Sale teamed up with Collective[i] to present The Top Five Sales, Tech & Marketing Conferences.

 

CES

When: January
Locale: Las Vegas
Launched: 1967
Attendance: 180,000
Reason to go: With two million square feet of space, attendees and exhibitors can easily get lost in the shuffle. But with the right strategy, it can be a make-or-break moment for entrepreneurs—and an ideal setting for networking and deal making.
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SaaStr

When: February
Locale: San Francisco
Launched: 2012
Attendance: 10,000
Reason to go: SaaStr is to enterprise software what Comic Con is to comic books and entertainment. With thousands of founders and entrepreneurs lining up each year to talk seed funding, scaling, managing and purchasing, it’s a can’t-miss event.
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Revenue Summit

When: March
Locale: San Francisco
Launched: 2017
Attendance: 2,000
Reason to go: Sales professionals and marketers convened for the Summit in March to talk sales-and-marketing alignment, Account-based marketing strategies and, of course, revenue. But with influencers like Justin Shriber of Linkedin and Mark Cranney of Andreessen Horowitz at the dais, this conference has ambition to match.
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Inbound

When: September
Locale: Boston
Launched: 2010
Attendance: 21,000
Reason to go: Some have called it a tech conference disguised as a sales conference, and others insist organizer HubSpot long ago turned its back on the sales and marketing professionals that supported it from the beginning. But with speakers like comedian Aziz Ansari, Michelle Obama and Alec Baldwin, you can forgive the event a little for growing out of its skin—and stick around for the free-for-all networking.
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Dreamforce

When: November
Locale: San Francisco
Launched: 2003
Attendance: 171,000
Reason to go: Late-night concerts by U2, one-of-a-kind spectacles and headline-worthy tech industry announcements all make up for the chaotic wall-to-wall crowds that swallow San Francisco whole for four days each fall.
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