Engage Conference is a two-day digital marketing conference, presenting multiple informative learning tracks and panel sessions designed to provide expert insight into the latest strategies and technological advancements in digital marketing, including social media, content, UX/design, creative, advertising, SEO and paid media.

Get ready for two days of learning, featuring 2 tracks offering 4 sessions each — that’s 16 sessions to choose from throughout the conference.

Our devout attendees and speakers will tell you that Engage is “one of the most important regional thought leadership events in the country” and that each year’s agenda is “forward-thinking and relevant”. In addition to the world class programming, we place an emphasis on creating opportunities for speakers and attendees to meet, ask questions, and make important connections. We do all this for a just a fraction of what you would spend elsewhere.

Who’s Speaking?

Top Keynotes Confirmed

  • Marcus Harvey – Portland Gear/Portland Diamond Project
  • Susan Wenograd – susanwenograd.com

The full speaker list will have some of the biggest names in almost every niche of search and social media marketing. They’ll all be at Engage Conference to present on everything from tried-and-true best practice fundamentals in technical and on-page SEO to bleeding edge techniques in mobile search, social media, and link building. We’ll soon be posting the entore fantastic speaker line-up for Engage 2021!

Top Presenters Confirmed

  • Tim Resnik
  • Ruth Burr-Reedy
  • Navah Hopkins
  • Mellissa Jensen
  • Marcus Harvey
  • Leslie To
  • Kirk Williams


  • Justin Briggs
  • Jon Henshaw
  • Jamie Alberico
  • Carolyn Shelby
  • Ashley Ward
  • Arsen Rabinovich
  • Akvile DeFazio

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Why Attend Engage?

Intimate Networking

SEMpdx is proud of the reputation that Engage Conference has developed not only for the consistent quality of the presentations and speakers, but the high level of discussion among attendees during breaks and networking opportunities. Meet some of the most passionate search marketers in the country, share techniques, and expand your referral and client networks.

The night before the conference, we always have a get together for attendees and speakers, and in 2019 we had a Pub Crawl as well as an after party.

Extensive Q&A

We’ve taken attendee feedback from previous years’ events into account about expanding the length of each session and minimizing transition time between rooms. Each session now features a minimum of 15 minutes of question-and-answer time so you can help move the panel to discuss the topics that YOU want to hear about.

One-Third the Price of Other Top Conferences

As a not-for-profit organization, SEMpdx is all about reaching as many marketers and business owners as we can, and for that reason we’re able to keep Engage Conference ticket prices low. Even if you’re coming into Portland from out of town, you can almost certainly book a round-trip flight to Portland, two-night hotel stay, AND attend Engage Conference just for the price of admission to one of the other leading SEO conferences. While our one-day event does not allow for the full breadth of multi-day events like SMX, it’s often the perfect fit for the budgets and timelines of small companies.

Sponsorship Opportunities

We hope you consider becoming a sponsorship partner as Engage (conference formerly known as SearchFest) celebrates its 13th year in 2021. We have a number of opportunities available, but they are going quickly. Check out what you receive for your sponsorship on our Engage Sponsorships page. Contact SEMpdx’s Engage Sponsorships Team for more information about becoming a sponsor!

ASL Interpreters

Do you know someone that requires an American Sign Language (ASL) interpreter?  We were the first internet marketing conference to make them available for attendees at no charge.

Be sure to request an interpreter BEFORE YOU ARRIVE.  Make sure to check the box “yes” for ASL Interpreter when you register, and one will be provided.

2021 Two-Day Conference Tickets Available Now:

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