Attending conferences is a great way to network with content marketing professionals from all over the country while learning from the best in the business. These 14 conferences are happening all over the US and throughout the rest of the year, it’s only a matter of picking which one is right for you.
1. Social Slam
A few of this year’s speakers include John Jantsch of Duct Tape Marketing, Xan Pearson of the Chicago Bulls & Chicago White Sox, Jeff Bullas and Pam Moore.
Not only do you get to hear from Amy Carr, Executive Editor of Time Out Chicago and Sosti Ropaitis, Director of Digital & Social Media for McDonald’s (among other speakers), you also get to attend an exclusive networking event in the VIP Bleacher Suite at Wrigley Field during the Chicago Cubs/Milwaukee Brewers series.
New York City
Whichever part of the content life cycle you’re looking to improve on, there’s a session for you, from the Role of Curation in Content Marketing to Calculating Content’s Role in the Revenue Cycle. Speakers include Joe Pulizzi from Content Marketing Institute and Michael Brenner from SAP.
4. 2013 Content Marketing Strategies Conference
Choose which sessions you want to attend by topic. Content Creation 10:50 – 11:35, SEO is 1:15 – 2:15, you get the idea.
No matter who you work for, CMSExpo welcomes you. Businesses, non-profits, education and government units can all learn from this conference. With pages and pages of speakers at the conference, it would be impossible to put a dent in naming them. From Digitas to WordPress anyone can learn something.
6. ConFab Minneapolis
“Confab Minneapolis: Come for the lakes, stay for the cakes. (And, you know, the content strategy.)” With a slogan like that, how can you miss this conference?
Brought to you by SEOmoz, Speakers include Rand Fishkin, Avinash Kaushik of Google, Dharmesh Shah of HubSpot and Annie Cushing of Annielytics.
“The world’s largest gathering of inbound marketers,” this is a four day conference chock-full of great speakers, demos and parties.
The keynote speakers are Jay Baer of The New Revolution and Jonathan Mildenhall from Coca-Cola. The question isn’t if you should attend this conference, it’s when should you buy your ticket.
There are SES conferences all over the world, from Shanghai to Berlin. Even if you can’t fly across the world to attend on in person, try one online. Go to learn about link building, paid search, optimization, e-commerce, analytics, big data and integrated marketing.
Speakers include Scott Stratten of Unmarketing, Todd Henry of Accidental Creative, David Meerman Scott of Real-Time Marketing & PR and that’s just before noon on the first day. Both days of this conference are packed with can’t-miss names and topics.
12. Pivot Conference
New York City
Speakers include Ellen McGirt, Senior Writer of Fast Company, Vanessa SainDieguez, Director of Social Media Planning & Integration of Hilton Worldwide, Shaifali Puri, Executive Director of Scientists Without Borders, Shane Steele, Twitter’s Head of Global Sales Marketing and too many more to list.
“Engagement is the journey, loyalty is the destination.” This conference is split between workshops and speaking engagements by companies that have included Southwest Airlines and Wyndham Hotel Group, RIM and Sears Holding Group in the past.
14. SMX Social Media Marketing
This one is still in the planning stages as it’s eight months away, but if 2013 was anything like 2012, it’s a can’t-miss event. Created by the editors at Search Engine Land and Marketing Land, last year’s conference had keynote speakers from Twitter and Google+ about taking risks without spamming.
Which conference is on your must-do list? Which ever you choose, all 14 of these 2013 conferences are sure to be huge opportunities for networking and rubbing elbows with some of the industry experts.