Six Social Media Marketing Conferences to Attend in 2014

Six Social Media Marketing Conferences to Attend in 2014

There are several social media marketing conferences that happen each year. It can be overwhelming to decide on which ones to choose to attend and which ones to skip. Not only that, many of us need to justify to our managers, or to ourselves, why we need to attend.

The truth is, as marketers we need to attend at least one or two awesome conferences for three main reasons:

  1. To educate ourselves and stay on top of trends
  2. To network with like-minded professionals, meet new people and build relationships
  3. To be inspired and gain fresh ideas

Here are six social media marketing conferences where you can do all three.

new media expo

January 4-6, 2014 | Las Vegas, NV
New Media Expo, previously known as BlogWorld, brings together a variety of digital content creators from bloggers to podcasters to web TV and video producers. It’s the only event of its kind, and it is open to content creators from all walks of life. What’s great about this event is that brands, businesses and content creators get to meet face to face through scheduled Speed Networking sessions that last eight minutes. That’s a sweet deal! So what are you waiting for? Join the media revolution, Fandom Marketing will be there. After all, it is a great excuse for a Vegas trip.

social media strategies summit 2014

February 4-6, 2014 | Las Vegas
Social Media Strategies Summit is presented by Global Strategic Management Institute (GSMI). GSMI is focused on creating rich environments where attendees can learn and networking while having a great time. Whether you are a small business or a large corporation, whether your focus is B2C or B2B, this conference provides relevant workshops and over 30 learning sessions at each summit to allow for a personalized experience. Don’t want to hear any sales pitches? You won’t because this conference focuses on education and case studies so you can master your social media marketing skills and reach your goals.

social media marketing world 2014

March 26-28, 2013 | San Diego, CA
A few of our team members had the pleasure of being a part of the very first Social Media Marketing World in 2013. Michael Stelzner and his team of experts at Social Media Examiner raised the bar for social media and marketing conferences across the board. This conference brings the best of the best in social media under one roof in America’s Finest City! You better believe you’ll rub shoulders with the big names and brands in social media and learn the best techniques from the world’s top experts like Mari Smith, Chris Brogan, Jay Baer and Joe Pulizzi.

content marketing world

September 8-11, 2014 | Cleveland, OH
Content Marketing is growing and becoming more relevant to everything we do as marketers, if not everything we do. Content Marketing World is the best conference to attend if you are a content marketer. It’s no wonder why it’s the largest content marketing conference in the world, given that it is hosted by Joe Pulizzi, content marketing evangelist and founder of Content Marketing Institute.

social fresh conference

If you enjoy a more intimate conference setting Social Fresh is the way to go with only 400 attendees at each location. Do you ever feel overwhelmed with a conference agenda? Do you find yourself saying, “These are all great sessions, I wish I could attend them all?” Social Fresh is a single track event so you don’t have to worry about missing a thing. Their claim to fame is that all attendees are in the same room, and all speakers share the same stage. The focus of this conference is to help educate and train businesses to be better through social media. Social Fresh hosts a conference in the West Coast and the East Coast to better accommodate marketers across the nation. Details are still in the works, but you can stay updated on their website.

blogwell 2014

Fandom Marketing co-founders Rob and Melonie have been invited to live blog for this BlogWell over the last two years. It is a great place to be if you want to meet the people behind the biggest brands using social media. BlogWell features case studies on eight of the best social media programs at large corporations. The events are held at various locations and are put on by a community for social media leaders. They are only one day and the cost to attend is very affordable. Visit their website to stay tuned for which brands they’ll be featuring next year, and find out if they’ll be coming to a city near you.

What are some of your favorite social media marketing conferences to attend? Add to the list in comments.

  • John @
    Posted at 00:16h, 05 January Reply

    Nice list of conferences. Thank you.

    • Angela Quisumbing
      Posted at 11:42h, 06 January Reply

      Thanks, John. Will we see you at any of the conferences listed?

      • John @
        Posted at 11:52h, 06 January Reply

        I hope to make it to social media marketing world. San Diego in March sounds nice and there are lots of people there I would like to listen to and meet.

        Keep up the good blogging.

        • Angela Quisumbing
          Posted at 02:38h, 09 January Reply

          Social Media Marketing World is definitely one not to miss. Lots of great content and so many amazing people from all over the world. Our co-founders will be supporting the event again this year. Melonie Gallegos (@Melonie) will be a track moderator and Rob Marlbrough (@downtownrob) a networking ambassador. I just might volunteer again as well. Give us a shout if you make it to San Diego. Thanks for connecting, John.

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