Where to Find Top Atlanta Marketers to Network and to Hire

I’ve been inspired by my previous post to compile a list of online and offline groups and events, where you can network with talented Atlanta digital marketers. Whether you are looking to expand your local connections, find new Atlanta marketing job opportunities, or hire a local Atlanta digital marketing consultant, these are the places you will need to check out.

Note: if you are a local business owner or an Atlanta organization looking to hire Atlanta digital marketing experts, you will find this post helpful. It outlines a few things you should know about the state of Atlanta digital marketing space.

Atlanta Digital Marketing Associations

AMA Atlanta (American Marketing Association Atlanta Chapter)

This association is well known in the marketing community of Atlanta. They organize regular lunches and networking events for members and non-members alike and host annual AMY Awards in ATL. Normally, there is a fee for attending their events, and association members get decent discounts. In addition, if you are a GA student involved with AMA Atlanta on your campus, you can get free membership for a limited amount of time (I am not entirely sure re the details, so I recommend contacting AMA Atlanta directly with questions).

A couple of years ago I recorded this video during on of AMA Atlanta’s signature luncheons at Villa Christina. This should give you an idea of the events’ flow and atmosphere.

Managing Millennials: Reverse Mentoring – AMA Atlanta Signature Luncheon

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Atlanta Interactive Marketing Association

This association is also well known among Atlanta digital marketers. Similarly, it features a number of events and get togethers, and there is a membership fee to join the association. Their annual Celebrate ATL event is about celebrating the city and the great digital work that is produced here.

I’ve personally never attended AIMA events and am not an association member. But from following their content and presence, I would say that they are more focused on digital than AMA Atlanta.

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Atlanta Digital Marketing Events

Digital Summit Atlanta

This conference is likely the largest digital marketing event in Atlanta attracting a huge amount of marketers and featuring A-list speakers and workshops annually. So far I’ve not been disappointed by the event quality, learning, and networking opportunities. My favorite part about the workshops is the availability of speakers to answer any questions you might have. A few times I asked for advice re a very specific client situation and was able to get excellent feedback and ideas. I was also able to personally connect with some of the most famous digital marketers in the USA at Digital Summit Atlanta by simply taking initiative and making the first step towards a conversation.

But first and foremost, when you are investing into a ticket (and tickets are not cheap at all), you are investing into the quality of knowledge you are able to acquire. Unlike many other conferences, Digital Summit Atlanta offers practical quick tips and examples with every session that I find incredibly helpful. Here is an example of actionable insights.

How to Generate Hundreds of Content Ideas – Arnie Kuenn, CEO, Vertical Measures

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Atlanta CMO Breakfast

If you don’t mind super early mornings, you may enjoy Atlanta CMO Breakfast. This event features speakers leading marketing initiatives in some of the largest companies in the city like Coca-Cola, Home Depot, AT&T, Delta, UPS, IHG, etc. In the past, CMO Breakfast also had speakers from Waffle House, Beam Suntory, Norwegian Cruise Line, and a few other interesting organizations.

It’s a smaller event taking place several times a year (every few months), and the atmosphere is definitely very networking-friendly. Atlanta CMO Breakfast is hosted by Agency Spotter.

By Invitation Only Atlanta Groups for Marketing Executives

How to Add Atlanta Marketing Events and Groups to this Post

I will continue updating this post to ensure accuracy of information and to have the complete list of Atlanta marketing networking opportunities and events. If you would like to add something to this list, or if you have questions about the list above, contact me any time.

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