June 25 - 26, 2018 - Morgan Manufacturing - Chicago, IL

Activate your marketing team

Arm your marketing teams with the latest insights from industry leaders at the first ActiveCampaign conference. This two-day event will feature educational talks, idea-sharing, and networking to take your marketing to the next level.

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Ann Handley

Marketing Profs

Nir Eyal

Author, Hooked

Oli Gardner


Laura Atkins

Word to the Wise

John Jantsch

Duct Tape Marketing

Ryan Bonnici

G2 Crowd

Cody Jones


Dave Knox

Author, Predicting the Turn

Elly Moody


Megan Uithoven


Kurt Elster

Senior E-commerce Consultant, Shopify

Obele Brown-West

Weber Shandwick

Daniel Mintz


David Pearson


Michelle Via

iVelocity Marketing

Luke Reynebeau

Sprout Social

Scott Sharp


Melanie Chapman


Jovana Vujnic

Bumper Leads

Mike Rome


John Warwick


Courtney Graham


Chris Davis


Kelly O'Connell


Jason VandeBoom

CEO, ActiveCampaign

Jen Busenbark

VP Product, ActiveCampaign


  • June 24th
  • June 25th
  • June 26th
5:30PM - 8:30PM
Opening Party - Kaiser Tiger
8:00AM - 9:00AM
9:00AM - 9:20AM
Welcome to Activate! - Jason VandeBoom
9:25AM - 10:05AM
Opening Keynote: The Big, Bold, Brave New World of Marketing - Ann Handley
10:10AM - 10:55AM
General Session: Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products - Nir Eyal
10:55AM - 11:15AM
Morning Break
11:15AM - 12:00PM
Activation Session: >>>Click Here<<< to BLAST your mail to the Inbox! - Laura Atkins
Activation Session: Stages of the Customer Journey - John Jantsch
12:00PM - 1:00PM
1:00PM - 1:35PM
General Session: Marketing Automation in Action: Panel Discussion - David Pearson, Scott Sharp, Courtney Graham (moderator)
1:40PM - 2:25PM
General Session: Building Your Best Stack: Panel Discussion - Cody Jones, Daniel Mintz, Kurt Elster, Ryan Bonnici (moderator)
2:25PM - 2:45PM
Afternoon Break
2:45PM - 3:25PM
Activation Session: DIY ABM - Melanie Chapman
Activation Session: Marketing Hacks - Ryan Bonnici
3:30PM - 4:00PM
Activation Session: Customer Success Story: Building a Stack - Cody Jones, John Warwick
Activation Session: Building a Growth Machine - Mike Rome
4:10PM - 5:00PM
ActiveCampaign Product Update and Roadmap - Jen Busenbark
5:00PM - 6:00PM
Happy Hour
6:00PM - 9:00PM
Reception: WAYDOWN at the Ace Hotel
8:00AM - 9:00AM
9:00AM - 9:50AM
General Session: Content Marketing Is Broken and Only Your M.O.M. Can Save You - Oli Gardner
9:55AM - 10:40AM
General Session: Making your own social media megaphone - Megan Uithoven, Elly Moody, Obele Brown-West, Luke Reynebeau (moderator)
10:50AM - 11:30AM
Activation Session: Sales Funnels Made Simple - Carl Taylor
Activation Session: Consistent Growth with Automations - Michelle Via, Jovana Vujnic, Chris Davis, Kelly O'Connell (moderator)
11:30AM - 12:30PM
12:30PM - 1:15PM
General session: Optimizing your ad spend
1:20PM - 2:05PM
General Session: Semantic SEO - Andy Crestodina
2:10PM - 2:50PM
Closing General Session: Predicting the Turn - Dave Knox
2:50PM - 3:00PM
Closing Remarks - Jason VandeBoom

Agenda and sessions subject to change


Join us for our exclusive networking events at some of the must-see venues around Chicago including kicking off Activate at Kaiser Tiger on the 24th!

June 24, 5:30 - 8:30PM

Kicking it off in style on Sunday evening

Kaiser Tiger
1415 Randolph Street
Chicago, IL

June 25, 6:00 - 9:00PM

Networking with a view to end day one

Ace Hotel
311 N Morgan Street
Chicago, IL

Event Pricing

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    Early Bird


    Full conference registration. From now until April 30, 2018.

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    Full conference registration. Begins May 1 until June 24, 2018.

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    Consultant Onboarding


    Full conference registration included with ActiveCampaign Certified Consultant onboarding. Learn More

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Current ActiveCampaign Certified Consultants

Already a Certified Consultant? Connect with your program manager for more details on special pricing.



Activate is the first ActiveCampaign conference. This two-day event will feature a mix of of keynotes, panels and breakout sessions centered around providing actionable insights for your marketing team.

Whether you are a solopreneur trying to get your business going or part of a well-oiled team, you’ll have the opportunity to learn from the best and optimize your marketing to help grow your business.

At Activate, attendees will:

  • Learn from industry experts and come away with a tool kit of smart, actionable strategies on your improving marketing for you to take back to your company.
  • Network with other marketing leaders and technology partners.
  • Gain insights into the latest technology that you can put into place immediately.
  • Peek into the future. Be the first to hear about some of the latest marketing technology you can use.
  • Click here to register now.
  • Early registration pricing of $450 is available for a limited time until April 30th. On May 1, registration prices will increase to $650.
  • If you would like to request a copy of your receipt, have any questions about group registrations, how to cancel your registration, or if you need to send someone in your place, please contact us at events@activecampaign.com.

Attendees will include:

  • ActiveCampaign customers and experts
  • Partners building strong integrations for marketing tech stack
  • Consultants from top marketing agencies
  • Marketers from around the globe


Chicago has two major airports that offer thousands of non-stop flights to the area. Area airports include O’Hare International (ORD), a hub for United and American Airlines, and Midway International Airport (MDW), the hub for Southwest. Both airports offer quick and easy access to the city, via taxi service, ridesharing or public transportation.


  • From O'Hare take the Blue Line towards Forest Park.
  • From Midway take the Orange Line towards the Loop.
  • Morgan MFG is just a short walk from the Morgan Green and Pink line stop.

Read on for more CTA information.

Please note, there is no parking at Morgan MFG so please plan accordingly by taking public transit, cabs, ride share or finding a local garage close to the venue.

Chicago is a city full of hotel options to meet your travel and budget needs. While we do not have an official hotel room block set up for Activate, here are a few of our recommendations:

Ace Hotel Chicago
311 N Morgan St, Chicago - 0.1 miles from Morgan MFG

The Publishing House Bed and Breakfast
108 N May St, Chicago - 0.6 miles from Morgan MFG

The Crowne Plaza Chicago
733 West Madison, Chicago - 0.8 miles from MFG

Kimpton Hotel Allegro
171 W Randolph St, Chicago 1.3 miles from Morgan MFG

Airbnb is also another great option for those looking for a different experience while visiting Chicago. If you want to stay close to Morgan Manufacturing, check out places in the following neighborhoods: West Loop, West Town, The Loop, Bucktown, Wicker Park.

Interested in becoming a sponsor at Activate? Please contact our team at events@activecampaign.com.


About Morgan Manufacturing

Housed in a completely renovated, pre-Chicago Fire building, Morgan Manufacturing is located in the heart of Chicago's West Loop neighborhood, just steps away from Chicago's “Restaurant Row.”

Learn more about Morgan MFG
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