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25 best Social Media conferences in 2019

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25 best Social Media conferences in 2019

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It’s a commonly known fact that global conferences have numerous advantages. Attending a big industry event not only offers you a wide range of inspiration and knowledge but it’s also a great opportunity to network. Conferences can equip attendees in new skills, business contacts and increase their awareness of new industry trends. However, with the multitude of events that take place every year around the world, it’s hard to decide which one will fit your needs. Social Media area is constantly changing due to its rapid development. To have your finger on a pulse of the latest news and solutions, the best way is to participate in the best Social Media conferences that will cover the topic. We gathered a list of 25 best social media conferences you don’t want to miss out on.

Social Media conferences in 2019 

With the end of 2018, we naturally seek to find out what will 2019 have for us. It will surely bring an immensity of conferences, events, and summits concerning Social Media and related topics. The area is, without a doubt, a wide one and covers topics that may concern not only those working in marketing departments. Among participants, you can find marketers, leaders, Social Media enthusiasts and influencers, business developers and so on.

Attending Social Media congress gives an insight into the Social Media marketing trends that can affect the whole companies’ strategies. Keeping an eye on the most important gatherings of the Social Media specialist is the key to stay up-to-date with innovations. To help you save the dates, this article highlights the list of the 25 best Social Media conferences in 2019.

Is it really worth to go to Social Media conferences? The main benefits of attending the summits

There are not two conferences that will give the same results and benefits. Summits often differ in terms of the topics covered, participants’ profile or the organizational aspects. To get the most out of it, it’s important to attend only events that fit your needs and offer the information you’re interested in. When chosen wisely, attendance at the conferences offers a lot!

Meeting with the best minds

Big conferences, such as Social Media Week London, gather thousands of people interested in Social Media. Global summits expose you to the influence of the fresh ideas and views of the industry greatest minds. The atmosphere of sharing the experiences and knowledge with each other helps to make new contacts, so why not use it. This way, you can not only learn a few new things but also, you widen your links.

Renowned speakers are the first major advantage of attending Social Media summits. They share revolutionary ideas and can inspire you and your team to act. High quality of the lectures delivers knowledge and the latest trends. This can later be incorporated in your company’s Social Media strategy. Also, just the presence of the Social Media gurus and access to the news, statistics, and knowledge can boost your team’s morale.

Another factor that works in favor of the best Social Media conferences is the networking. It’s not only about how many gurus you have on the agenda, but it’s also about the whole attendees’ community. During these events, you get a great opportunity to exchange your ideas, cumulate inspiration and interact with other enthusiasts. This way you expand your knowledge and can meet with potential cooperators and clients.

Keeping up with Social Media marketing trends

With the specialist on the board, conferences offer you a great deal of knowledge. During lectures, you get to know the latest trends in the Social Media activities.

Attending Social Media events help you to stay in touch with the ever-changing industry. Following the tendencies using your analytical tools can give you an insight into the trends but there’s nothing like real-life examples of what’s going on. During the conferences, you’re provided with professional statistics and comments of how to use the knowledge in your everyday Social Media activities.

Also, participating in the global Social Media summits can contribute to the improvements in your company’s Social Media strategy. With all of the knowledge comes the awareness. Therefore, it’s more likely that you’ll discover faults in your activities and ideas on how to fix them if you regularly attend industry events. Knowing this, I can say that attending the best Social Media conferences can help you make your actions even more effective and broaden your horizon when it comes to social media strategy for your organization.

Top 25 Social Media conferences to attend in 2019

January

Intrigue Summit

When: 30 January 2019

Where: New York City, NY, USA

What’s it all about?

Intrigue Summit is a meeting of digital marketing specialists. The event takes place in New York City and may be surprising in its form. Why? The first thing you should notice is that Intrigue gathers over 200 speakers. Sounds impossible to fit all of them in the one-day agenda, right? Organizers found a solution to solve this problem. The summit is based entirely on the Q&A sessions moderated by one or multiple subject matter experts. Before the sessions, there’s a quick keynote part after which the audience takes the stage. With the questions from the public, the event covers areas such as:

  • Social Media,
  • branding and design,
  • content marketing, SEO and SEM,
  • mobile and video marketing
  • marketing automation, analysis and ROI.

February

Digital Summit Phoenix

When: 11 – 12 February 2019

Where: Phoenix, AZ, USA

What’s it all about?

One of the many Digital Summits that take place across the United States. Organizers prepared a multitude of lectures, workshops and networking sessions. You’ll surely learn about useful ideas that will later contribute to your company’s marketing strategies. Among the lecturers you’ll find the key players from top social media companies such as LinkedIn or Pinterest.

Social Media Week

When: 20 – 22 February 2019

Where: Austin, TX, USA

What’s it all about?

Social Media Week Austin is a three-day event which invites the industry leaders, experts, and practitioners to share practical insight and tactical advice. The fields covered at the Social Media Week concern both Social Media and digital marketing. Last year’s edition was rich in professionals willing to share their experiences and tricks on effective social marketing. The lectures covered topics such as tactics of using Social Media platforms, creating a good content, social selling and so on. I’m sure that this year Social Media Week will offer even more for its attendees.

Digital Marketing Summit

When: 26 – 27 February 2019

Where: Seattle, WA, USA

What’s it all about?

The summit, although not entirely focused on the Social Media area, is the place to be in 2019 due to the attractive speakers’ list. Among the lecturers, you can find representatives from the companies such as Facebook, LinkedIn, Slack and many more. Summit provides networking opportunities as well as workshops and highly substantive lectures, and sessions. What is more, by buying adequate ticket attendee gets access to the materials containing the presentation’s audio/video recording. This makes the Digital Marketing Summit very profitable, even for the team members who stayed in the office!

Digital Marketing Innovation Summit

When: 26 – 27 February 2019

Where: New York City, NY USA

What’s it all about?

If you didn’t decide to go to the Summit in Seattle you may want to consider visiting New York instead. Digital Marketing Innovation Summit will focus on the subject of Brand Communication in order to improve customer reach and return. With the help of marketing experts, the event gives you an insight into the importance of implementing a successful Digital Marketing strategy in times of multi-device engagement and the rise of Social Media. The topics covered during the summit are Growth Marketing, Content Marketing, Social Media, personalization, tracking and attribution, audience engagement and so on.

Marketing Show North 2019

When: 27 – 28 February 2019

Where: Manchester, UK

What’s it all about?

It’s the biggest marketing expo event that takes place, comparing to the London events. It owns its place in the list of the best Social Media conferences to over 120 exhibitors and the variety of fields the conference offers. Marketing Show North covers areas such as Social Media marketing, email marketing, advertising and PR, content marketing and many, many more. At the MSN, you’ll be able to attend seminars and lectures in the dedicated area and meet marketing experts. Last year, to lighten up the atmosphere, sponsors prepared “happy hours” networking sessions. This makes the 2019 edition very promising, wouldn’t you agree?

March

ATOMICON

When: 8 March 2019

Where: Newcastle, UK

What’s it all about?

This one-day conference is offering you in-depth practical advice on Digital Marketing. What is more, the lectures and discussions are followed by implementation plans. This way, you will know how to use freshly gained knowledge in your company’s strategies. Topics covered during ATOMICON include:

  • Live Video Confidence
  • Social Media Strategy
  • Webinars
  • Facebook Ads
  • Video Marketing
  • And so on

Social Media Strategies Summit

When: 20 – 21 March 2019

Where: Anaheim, CA, USA

What’s it all about?

It’s another large conference that, preceded by a workshop day, provides skills and information on Social Media matter. Participating in Social Media Strategies Summit you’ll learn nuts and bolts of successful Social Media strategy, how to increase the effectiveness of your current tools and brand promotion in Social Media. Also, you’ll be able to gather a real feedback on your Social Media actions which will help you to improve it. With the workshop part, the conference is a perfect place to be to gain new skills and make new contacts, so save the date!

Social Media Marketing World

When: 20 March – 22 March 2019

Where: San Diego, CA, USA

What’s it all about?

Three-day Social Media marketing conference that gathers over 7000 best online marketers. The gathering is famous for its celebrity speakers. At this point, the sample of agenda include Mari Smith (leading Facebook expert), Tim Schmoyer (leading YouTube expert), Sue B. Zimmerman (Instagram expert), Peg Fitzpatrick (leading Pinterest pro), Viveka von Rosen (top LinkedIn expert), Derral Eves (YouTube authority) or Madalyn Sklar (leading Twitter pro). Not a bad start, right? Organizers point out that the event is perfect for the Social Media marketers who struggle with the ever-changing environment of the Social Media. Definitely, a place to be in 2019!

April

Social Media Camp

When: 25 – 26 April 2019

Where: Victoria, Canada

What’s it all about?

The largest Canada’s Social Media conference. The event tackles a broad spectrum of Social Media aspects. It attracts a big group of delegates edition by edition. The agenda for the 2019 edition is to be published in November, so you have to brace yourself, but looking at the conference’s past, it’s worth to save the date already. Every edition has a different theme, new coaches, so it’s worth to wait and see what the organizers prepared for 2019!

Interact 2019

When: 9 – 10 April 2019

Where: Columbus, OH, USA

What’s it all about?

Interact is a digital marketing conference designed to provide attendees with the knowledge and opportunity to network with each other in a form of a fun-driven conference. This year, the formula changed. What once was a one-day regular conference – now is enriched by an additional day. First-day agenda contains workshops. Participants will be able to choose from a variety of small-group courses. The following day is a conference time, with keynotes, breakout and networking sessions. The proper schedule is yet to be announced, but the form itself is promising!

May

Social Day

When: 1 – 3 May 2019

Where: London, UK

What’s it all about?

The event, created for those who already understand how Social Media work, takes place in London and gathers people working in and around the Social Media marketing. The three-day conference is filled with fills attractive agenda points, full of the lectures covering the hot topics regarding the most popular Social Media issues. Speeches will give you the opportunity to learn more about popular trends, the latest trends, and specifics of Social Media.

The Social Shake-Up

When: 6 – 8 May 2019

Where: Atlanta, GA, USA

What’s it all about?

Social Shake-Up is a conference with 30 years of experience. Over this time, with the help of Social Media professionals, the topics that the event covers were narrowed to the critical points faced by the Social Media Marketers. What makes it one of the best Social Media events to attend in 2019 is that speakers share an example of Social Media success like no other. On the conference, you’ll be able to attend interactive sessions, panel discussions, fireside chats and many more attractions that will tackle crucial aspects of social marketing.

DigiMarCon EAST 2019

When: 10 – 11 May 2019

Where: New York City, NY, USA

What’s it all about?

DigiMarCon is a digital marketing conference and exhibition that is organized annually. It’s known for inviting the most thought-provoking and engaging speakers who provide knowledge about the latest innovative technologies, emerging strategies, best work practices and insights in the most successful digital marketing campaigns. The topics the conference covers include:

  • Content marketing
  • Social Media
  • Customer Engagement,
  • Usability/Design
  • And much more

June

World Social Marketing Conference

When: 4 – 5 June 2019

Where: Edinburgh, UK

What’s it all about?

The conference this year’s edition will take place in Edinburgh and covers the variety of topics concerning Social Media. Its purpose is to provide the ideas on how to implement  good practices in Social Marketing. Also, the event offers knowledge about increasing the efficiency of the Social Media activities. World Social Marketing Conference line-up includes global thought leaders and practitioners. It’s good to book this date and attend the event as it’s bringing together practitioners, academics, policy makers and people connected to the Social Media industry.

Social West 2019

When: 12 – 14 June 2019

Where: Calgary, Canada

What’s it all about?

SocialWest is a multi-day conference tackling the topics of Social Media and Digital Marketing. It’s a place where you can meet those working in communications, Social Media and marketing positions. That’s why, despite the agenda attractions, an event will be a great opportunity to network! When it comes to what the conference offers – it’ll be rich in attendees’ experience sessions, panels, and workshops. All of this provided by the experienced speakers who will share the details of the most successful Social Media and digital strategies!

Social Media Week Lima

When: 19 – 20 June 2019

Where: Lima, OH, USA

What’s it all about?

The event takes place annually with the goal to share the ideas on Social Media marketing. What characterizes it, is that it focuses on the relationship aspect of Social Media. During the conference, you’ll be able to learn how to use relationship management to enhance the online presence. Also, the organizers assure that they’ll present new technologies and trends which attendees will be able to use to boost their Social Media actions. There’ll also be some time to network!

Social Media Day Halifax

When: 21 June 2019

Where: Halifax, Canada

What’s it all about?

Aimed at small businesses and entrepreneurs one-day conference. Its purpose is to mentor the participants in the impact and Social Media roles at companies. The conference is providing practical lectures and discussions. Everything prepared with the professional approach of both organizers and experienced speakers. Definitely worth to consider!

July

International Conference on Social Media Marketing

When: 18 – 19 July 2019

Where: Brunswick, GA, USA

What’s it all about?

Two-day conference which gathers enthusiasts of Social Media Marketing, both academic researchers and practitioners. The purpose of the event is to provide a platform to exchange the latest experiences, share surveys reports and ideas on practical and theoretical aspects of Social Media. With the authors, marketers, industry leaders in one place International Conference on Social Marketing is a place to be and get access to all the dependable information about the trends in the industry.

Digital & Social Media Conference

When: 24 – 26 July 2019

Where: San Diego, CA, USA

What’s it all about?

Organized by the Association of National Advertisers the conference guarantees highly professional lectures and knowledge. Focused on Social Media and Digital Marketing subject, it provides practical testimonials on the latest trends, tendencies of the industry with the examples of how to use it. To get an insight into the agenda of the 2019 edition register on the AMA website. Meanwhile, get a foretaste of what conference can give you by watching a short video from the past edition:

September

Digital Marketing Summit

When: 4 – 5 September

Where: Washington DC, WA, USA

What’s it all about?

Another edition of the Digital Summit that, this time, takes place in Washington DC. If you didn’t find time to be a guest at the Summits earlier in 2019, make sure you’ll get there in September! Washington edition of the conference offers you, besides the variety of discussions and networking session, an opportunity to listen to main social media platforms representatives (Twitter and Facebook included!).

Social media conferences not announced yet (which you can still attend in 2018!)

Now, as 2018 is not over yet, I want to mention some of the best social media conferences that take place at the end of 2018, but it’s good to follow to catch the 2019 edition dates.

Smart Social Summit

When: Fall 2019 (current edition 5-7 November 2018)

Where: Austin, TX, USA

What’s it all about?

Packed with lectures, workshops and discussing panels Smart Social Summit is a practically oriented gathering of the leaders and enthusiasts of Social Marketing. The inspiration is guaranteed as the sessions tackle every area of Social Media – from successful video strategies to user engagement, and so on. Attending the event will give you an opportunity to network and find real-life examples of how to deal with business problems through Social Media. Make sure you get the info for the 2019 edition!

Social Media Week London

When: Fall 2019 (current edition 14-17 November 2018)

Where: London, UK

What’s it all about?

Social Media Week London is an annual conference that gathers Social Media experts from across Europe (and more!) to discuss the latest Social Media Marketing trends. Topics covered during the event tackle vast areas of Social Marketing and are a source of knowledge that every social marketer will find useful. The date for the 2019 edition isn’t known yet, due to the fact that the event current edition takes place in November (you still have the chance to attend it!).

Social Media PR & Comms

When: Fall 2019 (current edition 20 November 2018)

Where: London, UK

What’s it all about?

The event goes through the latest news concerning the most popular Social Media platforms such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and so on. It’s a good place to get a real update on what’s going on with the industry. You’ll surely get the knowledge about the latest Social Media Marketing trends and in the meantime learn how to do Social Marketing from the expert speakers.

Social Fresh 2019

When: Winter 2019 (current edition 5 December 2018)

Where: Winter Park, FL, USA

What’s it all about?

As the name might suggest the event provide its attendees with the most up-to-date and fresh training for the modern Social Media and Digital marketers. The event gathers professional marketers, business owners and executives, so it offers a lot of networking opportunities. If you won’t make it this year – make sure you’re in touch with the news about the 2019 edition.

Do you have a problem with choosing the best Social Media conference for you? There’s help!

It’s not easy to choose events to attend for your team. There comes the struggle of whether the trip will be beneficial for your company or not so much. Will your representatives enjoy the conference? Will they achieve set goals at the event? Those are important questions that make the choosing process even harder. We, at Eventory, decided to provide a tool to support that issue.

To let you choose the right events to participate in, we created Eventory Planning. A platform which provides you with all the important information about the events you’re considering. This way you know whether the prospects you want to meet attend the event or if the topics covered fit your representatives’ interests. Moreover, the system will monitor the ticket price, so you don’t miss out on early birds tickets. Generally speaking, the platform will give you an opportunity to manage your team’s attendance, so it is profitable for your company.

Also, after learning your preferences Eventory Planning will suggest you events you should consider as they seem beneficial for your company – people you would like to talk to would be there and the conferences’ profile fits your target. This will save your time, which you’d have to spend browsing through the Internet. After all, why spend your working hours looking for the events when the technology can do it for you, right?

To sum it up

Conferences that focus on the Social Media areas are important when it comes to your team’s development. They provide the latest updates on Social Media Marketing trends and present the most effective strategies. This way, by attending a Social Media congress, you can find out what to implement in your ongoing actions to make your company’s marketing performance even better.

While looking for the best Social Media conferences, you should consider a couple of things. First, what areas are the most interesting for you? There’s no point in participating in a conference on Social Media platforms when you want to learn new techniques to measure performance. Next, who you want to meet. Choose the event which offers you good networking opportunities. Also, consider the general benefits of the conference. 

Let the events work for you! Choose from the ones tailored to your needs!

Choosing the right events is a complex matter. To avoid wasting your time and money for useless conferences check the recommendations and remember – there’s always a tool that can help you create your marketing strategy!