The Ultimate Guide to the Marketo Summit 2018

The Marketo Summit 2018 is right around the corner. Last year, over 6,000 attended in San Francisco and we expect a similar number in 2018.

This is our fourth year in a row putting together this mega 2,500 word guide for our loyal readers. We have spent 30+ hours compiling videos and content so you don’t have to–plus, the team loves do it.

Use this guide to figure out which sessions to attend, where to get the best SWAG and which parties to get your groove on. This year’s theme is The Fearless Marketer so bring your A-game to the event.

We will update as needed with official and unofficial tips. If you have a tip, comment below the post or send an email to

This is a living blog post.  Make sure to bookmark this page as we will be updating it as more information becomes available.

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Which Marketo Summit 2018 Sessions to Attend?

The Marketo Summit is a fantastic opportunity to meet many like-minded marketing professionals and learn new things. If you come out of the event with three actionable items that you can implement, that’s a big win.

There are so many great sessions at the Marketo Summit 2018, it can be very overwhelming. Honestly, it’s like going to a great candy store where everything tastes so good.

Don’t worry, Marketo is recording them all so you can catch up on the ones you missed.

Where do you start?

When I plan for the Marketo Summit, I take a three-step approach. Maybe yours is different but planning in advance is key.

  • The Champs are Fearless. I start with the Marketo Champion sessions where Marketo’s top users show off top tips and tricks. I’ll probably get to 3 or 4 sessions.  If you have time on Monday at 4pm, see RevEngine Marketing’s own Jenn DiMaria speak with Juli James at Skinning Schrodinger’s Cat: Fearless Marketing When You Don’t Know What You Don’t Know.

Tip: Marketo doesn’t make it easy to find these sessions on the Summit website. Most/All Champ sessions are listed under the Marketo Technical & Foundational so that’s a good starting place. For the list, read Janet Dulsky’s 18 Fabulous Summit Sessions From Amazing Marketo Champions & Champion Alumni!

  • What is Important to You? I then fill in most of the remaining slots with a few priority topics. For example, I am really interested in learning about cross-channel marketing trends and analytics. I’ll find a mix of sessions that match to those topics.
  • Take a Leap. I work in a wild card and attend some random session to learn something new that I didn’t expect.

See the Complete Session List

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Party Like it’s 1922

4/18/18 update. We just released the party map and one page overview of all the parties. Check it out here.

Looking to put those boogie shoes on and party like a rockstar? Welcome to party central. Look for a party map shortly to help navigate you to all of the best parties around.

Groove to the tunes of Flo Rida or go to the underground Speakeasy party. Sign up below.

If you see a party missing, send Jenn DiMaria an email. We’ll update ’em as we get ’em.

Sunday, April 29, 2018

Fun Run, Embarcadero

  • What: Get our early for some exercise in the annual event
  • When: TBD

Opening Reception 

  • What: Marketo’s pre-event kickoff
  • When: Sunday, April 29, 2018 – 5:00-7:00 pm
  • Where: The Expo Hall West
  • Sponsor: Marketo
  • Register: No registration required. Conference pass required.

Monday, April 30, 2018

The Speakeasy Experience (Featured Party)

Marketo Summit parties 2018

Why is this featured? Well, we’re helping throw this party in this subterranean hideaway.  From the sponsors that brought you the infamous Ice Party and the Tiki bar experience, the Speakeasy Experience is sure to be an epic Marketo Summit 2018 sequel!

Starting at 9pm, you have plenty of time to grab some dinner or hit a preparty before heading over.

  • What: The Speakeasy Experience
  • When: Monday, April 30, 2018, Starting at 9:00 pm 
  • Where: Local Edition, 691 Market Street, San Francisco
  • Register:  Register Here
  • Sponsors: RevEngine Marketing, Knak, PFL and Lean Data
  • Hashtag: #MarketoSpeakeasy

Roller Disco

  • What: Bringing the 70s to the Marketo Summit 2018
  • When: Monday, April 30, 2018, Starting at 8:00 pm 
  • Where: 44 Jessie St, San Francisco
  • Sponsor: DataFox, bizible, RollWorks
  • Register: Register Here

ABM Jackpot Party

  • What: Bringing the 70s to the Marketo Summit 2018
  • When: Monday, April 30, 2018, 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM
  • Where: Tabletop Tap House (formerly Jillian’s), 175 Fourth Street, San Francisco, CA
  • Sponsor: Radius, Engagio, Sendoso, Certain, Marvel, Certain, Salesforce and Reachforce.
  • Register: Register Here

New Alliances & Bright Ideas Above the City

  • What: Drinks and conversation in a historic SF night spot
  • When: Monday, April 30, 2018, 7:00-???
  • Where: The Battery Club Penthouse, 717 Battery St, San Francisco, CA
  • Sponsor: DemandGen, Certain, Integrate, Uberflip, Synthio, Vidyard, and Mintigo
  • Register: Register Here

“B” Fearless VIP Party

  • What: Well-crafted cocktails and delicious appetizers
  • When: Monday, April 30, 2018, 7:30-10:00 pm
  • Where: B Restaurant & Bar, 720 Howard St (on top of Moscone Center)
  • Sponsor: Demandbase, Grapevine6, LookbookHQ, Salytics, Pedowitz Group
  • Register: Register Here

VIP Party at Hawthorn

  • What: Crafted cocktails and mixologist
  • When: Monday, April 30, 2018, 7:00-10:00 pm 
  • Where: 46 Geary Street, San Francisco
  • Sponsor: Lattice and Dun & Bradstreet
  • Register: Register Here

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

  • What: ABM: All ‘Bout Margaritas Party
  • When: Tues, May 1, 2018, 6:00-8:00 PM
  • Where: Uno Dos Tacos, 595 Market Street, San Francisco
  • Sponsor: Terminus, BrightFunnel, Uberflip, Sigstr
  • Register: Register Here


  • What: Throw back some cocktails, nibble on some apps & get psyched for Flo Rida.
  • When: Tues, May 1, 2018, 6:30-8:30 PM
  • Where: Novela, 662 Mission Street San Francisco
  • Sponsor: Splash
  • Register: Register Here

Marketing Nation Party w Flo Rida

  • What: The big gala event sponsored by Marketo. From My House to Wild Ones, Flo Rida performs.
  • When: Tuesday, May 1, 2018 from 8:00 PM to 11:30 PM
  • Where: Marketing Nation Party – Moscone South, Hall A/B/C
  • Sponsor:  Marketo
  • Register: No registration required. Conference pass required.

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Lunch with BrightTALK (added 4/24/2018)

  • What: Lunch, drinks & networking to cap off Summit!
  • When: Wednesday, May 2, 2018, 12:00-2:30 pm
  • Where: Press Club – 20 Yerba Buena Lane, SF (behind the Four Seasons)
  • Sponsor: BrightTALK
  • Register: Register Here

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Get the Marketo Summit App

Marketo Summit App

To make the most of your experience download the official Marketo Summit 2018 mobile app today! Just go to the AppStore or Google Play to download.

  • Search in your device’s app store for “Marketing Nation Summit”
  • Download and open the app
  • Tap the Download button under Marketing Nation Summit 2018
  • Enter the password: fearless2018

Want to book your sessions now? Log into the Cvent website (where you registered for Summit) and choose your breakouts. You’ll need your confirmation number, so make sure to dig out those old emails (or you can have it sent to you on the website).

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Score Some 2018 Marketo Summit Discounted Passes

Marketo Summit 2017

No time to dig deep into marketing best practices? Don’t have the budget for a full pass?

Get a Keynote pass to the Expo Hall and both keynote sessions. Of course, if you want the full experience with all meals, breakout sessions, and gala, choose the Full Pass.

Marketo Summit Discount Code: Get $450 Off When You Register

Just use RevEngine Marketing’s Marketo Summit 2018 discount code using Jenn DiMaria’s Summit speaking code: Dimaria450 to get $450 off when you register. Register here.

Otherwise, Marketo is offering several pass options.

  • FULL PASS ($1895) – 4 days of inspiring keynotes, 120+ educational sessions, an expo hall jam-packed with engagement marketing partners, a whole lot of partying, and most importantly, 6,000 members of the Marketing Nation to engage with!
  • 1-Day Pass ($995) – Want to attend for just a day?  Get access to everything going on during that day.
  • KEYNOTE/EXPO/PARTY w Flo Rida ($495) – Just looking for a taste? Come for the keynotes, stay for the expo and daily networking!
  • Social PASS ($TBD) As of April 11, 2018, these passes have not been released yet so check back soon. Last year, this pass ran $99.

Get Social – Real-time Updates

Follow live during the Summit at #MKTGnation. We will also cover the event with live updates, pics and videos at @RevEngineMarket.

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Networking – Make Some Friends


If you are sitting at the table at lunch or waiting in line for a drink, be fearless and ask questions. I find I make the best connections in the most unexpected locations.

  • What is the big thing you are looking to learn this year?
  • How is your company measuring success?
  • Have you had much success with [feature you want to learn about]?
  • Who is your favorite high school teacher? (OK, maybe skip this one.)

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Win Cool Stuff/Get Cool Swag

Digital Pi - Rubik's CubeEverybody loves SWAG. Due to popular demand, we’ve added a SWAG section to this year’s post.

Want to know what cool swag is out there? Check out this article from Thephototeam.

We’re tracking all the cool prizes that vendors are giving away at the Marketo Summit. We expect this list to grow as more vendors submit their prizes. For the art of SWAGing (Not a word but sounds good), check out Caroline Ruggiero’s blog from last year Marketing Lessons Learned from a Life of Swag Hoarding.

If you know of any great giveaways and swag, email Jenn DiMaria so she can add to the list.


Which vendor has the best SWAG? We will post as vendors let us know.

If you have to stop by the booth, the listing falls here. Otherwise, check out Other Contests below.

Vendor Giveaway/Prize Updated
Digital Pi Rubik’s Cubes 4/27/2018
TwentyThree Video Marketing Toolkit at booth #704. Register here to pick yours up. 4/27/2018
Mintigo Amazon Echo at booth #401 4/26/2018
Conversica Beats headphones at booth #538 4/26/2018
Terminus + BrightFunnel “I ❤️ ABM” t-shirts 4/18/2018
Etumos Digital Giveaway – Fully tokenized Guided Marketo Landing Page template AND Email 2.0 template 4/17/2018
Bizible Planting trees 4/11/2018

Other Contests

Vendor Prize How Updated
TwentyThree Bang & Olufsen wireless speaker Fill out the 1min. survey form at booth #704 4/27/2018
Bizible, Uberflip, LeadMD, Demandbase, Certain VIP dinner experience at Michelin Star chef Michael Mina’s restaurant, Michael Mina Register Online 4/12/2018
D&B, Lattice VIP experience (Car service, dinner, etc) Register Online 4/11/2018
 FRG Consulting $500 Ritz Carlton Upgrade Register Online  4/9/2018

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Become a Marketo Pro

Marketo Summit
If you are looking for a deeper dive in Marketo training, spend a day at Marketo University to learn the skills and techniques you need to know. Choose to attend an array of courses from three different tracks designed for beginner to advanced level users. University day takes place on Sunday, April 29, 2018.

Already a pro? Consider signing up for the Marketo Certification test.

Preparing for the Marketo Certification Exam (Josh Hill)

More Info

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Who is Speaking at the 2018 Marketo Summit?

Marketo Summit Speakers

If you want a good seat for the keynote, make sure to get to the auditorium at least 30 minutes before. Otherwise, you could find yourself standing.

Overall, who is speaking at the Marketo Summit 2018?

From the celebrity side of things, Jamie Foxx are Lindsey Vonn are leading the Marketo Summit 2018 keynotes this year. As a skier, I’m a big fan of Vonn and her battles to be the best the best skier in the world. If #Fearless is the theme, Marketo nailed in with Vonn who regularly hurls herself down mountains at crazy speeds.

I am dating myself but I loved Foxx’s early work in In Living Color.

On the business front, the usual suspects of Marketo speakers will take the stage. Steve Lucas (CEO Marketo) and Sarah Kennedy (CMO Marketo) will cover the latest Marketo vision.

Available via Live Stream

Like 2017, Marketo will make the 2018 keynotes available on live stream again for this year’s summit. So, in case you can’t make it to San Francisco:

Register Here

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Catching up in San Francisco – Meet Our Team

Most of the team will be in San Francisco Saturday through Wednesday and would love to catch up with any of our readers. Besides the parties and sessions, below are a few places we will definitely be. Stop by and say hello:

  • The Speakeasy Experience Party: RevEngine Marketing is co-hosting this awesome party at the Marketo Summit 2018. Hope to see you there. Register.
  • RevEngine Marketing Booth: The RevEngine Marketing team will be available to answer any questions at the kiosks at the back near the food and the LaunchPoint Lounge. Send me a time to book a meeting.

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Read Other Great Resources!

I will add to the list as new articles are written. Email Jenn DiMaria if you see any I’ve missed.

Things to do in San Fran

What’s a trip to San Fran without exploring some of the sights, dining at some of the great restaurants, and experiencing all that this city has to offer? No need to do much searching, I’ve got you covered on this part.

Mary Rouzer, RevEngine Marketing

Other Travel Resources:

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Learn the Marketing Nation Ecosystem

Marketo is your platform. The partners are the accessories that fuel that platform. Whether your organization needs to plan an event, clean data or manage content, check out the Expo Showcase that is open daily.

Last year, over 100 partners exhibited.  This year, I’ve counted at least 80 logos on the sponsors page including Knak, PFL, Lean Data, BrightTALK, RingLead,and others. RevEngineMarketing will also have a booth so stop on by to say hello.

List of Sponsors

There are so many great sessions at the Marketo Summit 2018, it can be very overwhelming. Honestly, it’s like going to a great candy store where everything tastes so good.

Don’t worry, Marketo is recording them all so you can catch up on the ones you missed.

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