You’ve just made it back after the holidays and don’t have any plans to be out of the office for the next few months, right? Wrong. Conferences are perfect opportunities for lead generation, idea sharing, and networking. You don’t go for the swag, you go for the business. Start checking airfares and marking your calendars again, here are 14 conferences you should attend in 2014.
Where: New Orleans
When: March 17-20
This year, Pubcon is returning to New Orleans on March 17-20 and speakers include Dr. Robert Cialdini, Tim Ash and Peter Shankman. Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with social and search innovators!
When: March 26- 28
Where: San Diego
Touted as the largest gathering of social media pros, period, Social Media Marketing World brings together more than 2,000 social media professionals and more than 80 experts. Speakers this year include Chris Brogan, Mari Smith, Michael Hyatt, Jay Baer, and John Jantsch. That’s really just a small sampling of the people who you’ll be able to talk with and learn from in San Diego.
Where: New York
When: March 31 – April 1
Formerly SES Conference and Expo, ClickZ Live evolved to match the pace of the digital marketing industry. Now more than search, ClickZ Live covers everything from social media to mobile to display to marketing.
This year’s speakers so far include Thom Craver of Internet Marketing Ninjas, Randi Zuckerberg, and Simon Heseltine of AOL. Between training workshops and networking events you’ll return to work with ideas, connections, and leads.
Social Fresh East has been in Tampa two years running, and has promised to return to the sunshine state this year. Social Fresh keeps it simple: one speaker and one session at a time. It’s ideal for those who don’t want to miss anything. There are many reasons to attend this conference, but the most convincing one is its proximity to CopyPress! If you’re in the area, give us a call – or maybe even say hi to us when you’re there.
Where: New York City
When: May 6 -7
This conference is exactly what it sounds like, from creating content to connections to curation to conversion, C2C covers everything in the content lifecycle. This conference has sessions with round table discussions and case studies to learn from. So whether you learn by talking something out or through examples you’ll want to be in attendance.
Where: San Francisco
When: May 13-14
Keynotes include Bob Stohrer of Yahoo, Ben Huh of Cheezburger Network, and Jeff Greenler of Monster. Incite has topics that are perfect for content creators and marketing or brand managers. Like SES, SMX, and PubCon, Incite has multiple summits throughout the year. If you can’t travel to San Francisco in May, there’s another conference in New York in September.
Where: Dallas, TX
When: June 3 -5
Don’t call it a conference, it’s a way of life. Don’t call them attendees, call them campers. Past speakers have included Ryan Estis, Greg Creed of Taco Bell and Kate Cole of Cinnabon. They specialize in “short-burst ‘TEDx-ish’ presentations” and fun sessions to avoid the long-haul conference feel. Summer brand camp is for marketers who know that their brand is more than just a logo.
Where: Washington D.C.
When: June 5 – 6
This conference by Vocus brings together brand managers, digital marketers, and PR specialists. Last year’s keynote speaker was Arianna Huffington and this year the keynotes will be delivered by actor/director Adrian Grenier and Avinash Kaushik. Do you demand success from your marketing strategy?
When: June 11-12
There are search marketing conferences all across the world during the year, from Seattle to Munich, but the Advanced conference is in Seattle.
Sessions are fast-paced, Q&A-packed, frequently controversial, always informative…and don’t stop to cover the basics. Fluent in search engine marketing? Come to SMX Advanced and engage with others who speak your native language.
I mean, with Danny Sullivan and Chris Sherman as conference co-chairs, how can you go wrong?
When: July 14 -16
Moz has continued to encompass topics outside of the SEO world and its summer conference exemplifies that perfectly. Sessions will cover marketing bases on social media, community building, and content marketing, analytics and mobile.
So far they have Annie Cushing, Dana DiTomaso, Paddy Moogan, Phil Nottingham and Rand Fishkin lined up to speak – just to name a few.
When: September 8 – 11
Content Marketing Institute had more 1,700 marketers from 46 countries attend their conference in 2013, so you can expect 2014 to be even bigger. This year, Oscar-winning actor Kevin Spacey is the closing keynote speaker, along with Andrew Davis of Brandscaping and Julie Fleischer of Kraft. It’s the perfect conference for content creators, marketers, and community managers.
When: September 15- 18
Touted as “The world’s most remarkable business event,” inbound is held annually in Boston. Attendees travel from across the globe to network, learn, and get inspired about inbound marketing. A major benefit of having the conference in the same city, if not conference hall, is that the planning has been honed to a tee, creating a flawless product.
Where: Las Vegas
When: September 18 -19
This year will be the 12th annual Brand ManageCamp, and the conference has quickly grown because of its insightful subjects and impressive speakers. In past years, big names like Scott Straten and Jonah Berger have spoken and Brand ManageCamp. Expect it to keep growing this year.
Where: San Diego:
Created by Distilled, SearchLove is two days of advanced search concepts. Think SMX Advanced but in a tropical location. The main topic is SEO, which this year should be more intriguing than ever. The search universe has changed rapidly in the past year and experts are racing to keep up. Attending conferences like SearchLove is a way to keep your ear to the group and even get ahead of trends.
To create this list, we chose conferences from around the country. You don’t have to be in New York or Seattle to attend one. If you’re financially unable to travel, try searching locally. Networking withing your community in meet-ups or city council lunch-and-learns can also help your company gain leads and improve your staff’s skills.