Every year marketers fan out across the country to attend conferences to expand their knowledge, network with peers and get inspired by new marketing strategies. The stages are full of speakers sharing what worked for them over the past year and keynotes that take a look at what’s to come in the near future. It’s an investment of time and money that can have a tremendous payoff.

2013′s B2B marketing conferences should be no exception to previous years. Expect to see continued innovation in marketing as we strengthen our digital marketing skills with software and services that give us insight and analyze data in actionable ways.

Here are 5.5 B2B Marketing Conferences to consider attending in 2013. Why 5.5 you ask? To get your attention. And because a free virtual conference is more of an honorable mention because we like the folks organizing it.

Digital Marketing World – Content Marketing (MarketingProfs)
February 8, Virtual
http://www.marketingprofs.com/events/24/feb2013

Gartner Portals, Content and Collaboration
April 29 – May 1, San Diego, CA
http://www.gartner.com/technology/summits/na/portals/

Sirius Decisions Summit
May 8-10, San Diego, CA
http://www.siriusdecisions.com/live/home/document.php?dA=HomeConference

Content Marketing World
September 9 – 12, Cleveland, OH
http://contentmarketingworld.com/

Connections – ExactTarget / Pardot
September 17 – 19, Indianapolis, IN
http://conversionconference.com/cce13-home.html

Dreamforce 2013
November 18 – 21, San Francisco, CA
https://www.salesforce.com/form/dreamforce/df13-early.jsp