Chicago – Digital Marketing City Guide

Welcome to the big list of everything related to digital marketing in Chicago.
Events, organizations, meetups, agencies, salaries, jobs, education and news.

Conferences

The big recurring digital marketing related events.

Digital Summit: Chicago – large, affordable two-day digital marketing event with great speakers.
Social Media Strategies Summit – a leading national event for senior-level marketing professionals.
Retail X | IRCE | GlobalShop – Summer – for retailing in an integrated age, blending online and offline.
B2B Online – Spring – leading eCommerce & digital marketing event for manufacturers & distributors.
Content Jam – Fall – Chicago’s largest content marketing conferences, 500+ attendees.
WordCamp Chicago – Spring – Chicago’s biggest event covering everything WordPress.

For more events, see the big list – www.marketingterms.com/conferences/

Organizations

Traditional organization for all types of marketing.

Chicago Interactive Marketing Association – vibrant group with monthly meetings & outings.
AMA Chicago – monthly events and periodic themed conferences.
ANA Business Marketing Chicago – regular professional events.

Meetup Groups

Curation of the most relevant, most active groups.

Chicago Content Strategy – regular meetings with large crowds.
Chicago Area eBay and eCommerce Sellers – regular meetings with large crowds.
Small Business Digital Marketing – regular events on a variety of topics.
Digital Marketing Topics & Trends – regular events on a variety of topics.
Chicago Marketing Meetup – regular events with a focus on analytics.
Big Data & Analytics Meetup, Chicago – regular networking events.
Chicago WordPress Community Meetup – monthly meetings in the city.
WordPress Naperville – monthly meetings in the SW.
Barrington WordPress Meetup Group – monthly meetings in the NW.

Need more? Search the most active business groups

Agencies

Agencies with interesting sites, skills, employees, etc.

Orbit Media Studios – digital agency co-founded by Andy Crestodina, a major contributor to the digital marketing industry. Started in 2001, Orbit Media Studios has design & developed over 2000 websites.

Solid Digital – provides UI/UX design, web design & dev, digital growth & strategic planning, and more.

Comrade Agency – provides web, design, web development and digital marketing.

Salaries

There are many salary sources, but these are among the most notable.

Salary.com <– pre-filled search for “Digital Marketing Manager” in Chicago, Illinois
Includes easy customization of basic factors and easy navigation to related jobs.
note: in our analysis, Indeed was often near the midpoint of salary estimates

PayScale <– pre-filled search for “Digital Marketing Manager” salaries in Chicago, Illinois
Includes detailed pay components and ranges, plus the option for a personalized report.
note: in our analysis, PayScale is on the low side of salary estimates

Indeed <– pre-filled search for “Digital Marketer” salaries in Chicago, IL
Does not offer much information until you get personalized salary insights.
note: in our analysis, Indeed was often near the midpoint of salary estimates

Robert Half <– scroll down to the Salary Calculator and go through a lot of drop-downs.
Not detailed, but is notable for being consistently on the high side of salary estimates.

Jobs

Maximize search coverage with a minimum of sites:

LinkedIn – Digital Marketing Jobs – huge, must-search source of jobs.
note: click “All filters” for Job Type, Salary, Benefits, Industry, and more.

Indeed – Digital Marketing Jobs – important job search engine.

Google – Digital Marketing Jobs – aggregates many smaller sources.

Internships

Find most of the available internships in a few steps:

Chegg“Digital Marketing” Internships – huge amount of internships in the Chicago area, although not all of them are digital marketing. After the first listings, the internships tend to be more general marketing.

IndeedDigital Marketing Internships – advanced search query just for digital marketing internships.
note: if you want to change the search parameters, make sure to re-select the “internships” drop-down.

GoogleDigital Marketing Internships – instead of searching a lot of other job boards and company sites, find many of them aggregated here in Google’s job search engine.

Education

Focusing on the degrees and courses offered in-person:

DePaul UniversityCertificate Programs
options:

  • Content Marketing Strategy
  • Digital Marketing Fundamentals
  • Digital Marketing Strategy
  • Mobile Marketing
  • Practical Internet Marketing
  • Social Media Marketing
  • Search Engine Marketing

News

Local news on digital, marketing, startups and business:

Chicago Business Journal – general business news for the Chicago area, some behind a paywall.
Built In Chicago – Chicago startup and tech news.

More

For more cities, visit: www.marketingterms.com/local/