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The Best Social Media Conferences to Attend in the US

The Best Social Media Conferences to Attend in the US

As a social media professional, one of the hardest (and most interesting) aspects of the job is to keep up with the ever-changing industry landscape: new players, new technology, new algorithms… A great way to do so, as well as to meet like-minded marketers and PR pros, is to attend a couple of social media conferences every year. Here’s a selection of the best US social media events to help you plan 2019. 

As a social media professional, one of the hardest (and most interesting) aspects of the job is to keep up with the ever-changing industry landscape: new players, new technology, new algorithms… One of the best ways to do so and to meet like-minded marketers and PR pros is to social media conferences and events all over the United States! 

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Tip: the earlier you plan which events you want to attend in 2019, the cheaper you’ll pay for your tickets, transportation and hotels!

Is your favorite social media event missing from our list? Please add a comment at the end of the article.

Social Media Strategies Summit - Must-attend event for senior-level marketers

Where: Anaheim, Chicago, New York City

When: 4 events throughout the year

Ticket price range: From $1399

Social Media Strategies Summit’s agenda

Just look at the confirmed speakers for the first Social Media Strategies Summit of the year in Anaheim! They’re the marketing decision makers for big brands such as Netflix, Pandora, Playstation, Microsoft and Pinterest. How cool would it be to meet them in person?

This is a great event for senior marketers who want to network and take their social media strategy to the next level.

SMX West - Search Marketing Expo

When: January 30-31, 2019

Where: San Jose, CA

Ticket price range: From $499

Who should go: SEO specialists, search marketing professionals, marketing analytics managers

SMW West’s agenda

Speakers include Marco Lenoci (Strategic Partnerships Manager at Google) and Christi Olson (Head of Evangelism at Microsoft). Also make sure you don’t miss the presentation by Marketingland of the results of its Agencies Survey.

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Digital Summit - Phoenix

When: February 11-12, 2019

Where: Phoenix, AZ

Ticket price range: From $295

Digital Summit’s agenda

Converge 2019

When: February 19-22, 2019

Where: Scottsdale, AZ

Ticket price range: From $500

Who should go: higher education professionals specialized in digital marketing, communications, PR, social media, influencer marketing

Converge 2019’s agenda

B2B Marketing Exchange

When: February 25-27, 2019

Where: Scottsdale, AZ

Ticket price range: From $895

Who should go: B2B copywriters, marketers and strategists

B2B Marketing Exchange’s agenda

Digital Summit - Seattle

When: February 26-27, 2019

Where: Seattle, WA

Ticket price range: From $295

Digital Summit Seattle’s agenda

PubCon - Florida

When: March 5-7, 2019

Where: Fort Lauderdale, FL

Ticket price range: From $499

PubCon’s agenda

Social Media Marketing World - The Marketers’ Mecca

When: March 20-23, 2019

Where: San Diego, CA

Tickets price range: From $297 to $1597

Will Talkwalker be there: YES!

SMMW’s agenda

Messenger bots, video marketing, Facebook analytics - the greatest names of social media marketing will be there to give you insights on all the facets of the business in this conference organized by Social Media Examiner. This is your chance to meet the people you’ve been faithfully following on social and to learn from their expertise, from Mari Smith to Michael Stelzner, Christopher Penn, Jay Baer, Ann Handley and Andy Crestodina.

Pssstt: we asked several of the speakers about their social media predictions for 2019!

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PR Week Awards - One-day event to celebrate the best in PR

When: March 21, 2019

Where: New York City, NY

Ticket price range: From $650

Will Talkwalker be there: YES!

Gartner Marketing Symposium/Xpo 2019 - A Must for Marketing Leaders

When: April 29 - May 1

Where: San Diego, CA

Ticket price range: From $3500 ($3250 for the public sector)

Gartner Marketing Symposium's agenda

Forrester's Consumer Marketing Forum

When: April 1-3, 2019

Where: New York, NY

Ticket price range: From $1750

Forrester’s Consumer Marketing Forum’s agenda

MarTech West - An event to review and expand your marketing tech stack

When: April 3-5, 2019

Where: San Jose, CA

Ticket price range: From $0 to $1995

MarTech West’s agenda

As marketers and PR professionals, we all depend on a pretty significant tech stack, from Salesforce to Google Analytics, Hootsuite, Talkwalker and Marketo. This event is organized by Scott Brinker and describes itself as a "vendor-agnostic" conference. This is your chance to learn about technologies that will allow you to automate your processes and improve results.

Marketing Analytics and Data Science Conference

When: April 8-10, 2019

Where: San Francisco, CA

Ticket price range: From $1895

Marketing Analytics and Data Science Conference’s agenda

Content Marketing Conference

When: April 16-19, 2019

Where: Boston, MA

Ticket price range: From $349 to $1249

Content Marketing Conference’s Agenda

Social Media Week - New York

When: April 30 - May 2, 2019

Where: New York, NY

Ticket price range: From $639

Will Talkwalker be there? YES!

I really like the global theme that was chosen this year: the stories we tell on social media, and the responsibility that goes with it. At Talkwalker, we love data stories, such as this case study of a small pizza brand using visual data insights to decide in which city to expand next.

Check out the agenda of the event, and make sure to stop by the Talkwalker booth to meet our yeti mascot.pi

Social Media Shake-Up

When: May 6-8, 2019

Where: Altanta, GA

Ticket price range: From $1095

Social Media Shake-Up’s Agenda

Social Media Week - A Great Event to Attend in Los Angeles

When: June 13-14, 2019

Where: Los Angeles, CA

Ticket price range: From $639

Will Talkwalker be there? YES!

Can’t make it live in Los Angeles? You have the option to subscribe to SMW Insider to stream over 300 hours of talks, presentations and interviews from the New York, London and Los Angeles editions of Social Media Week!

Have a look at the speakers’ list (you might find Talkwalker on there - we're presenting with the Milwaukee Brewers!)

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Content Marketing World

When: September 3-6, 2019

Where: Cleveland, OH

Ticket price range: From $599

Content Marketing World’s agenda

Inbound 2019 - Great networking opportunities for marketers

When: September 3-6, 2019

Where: Boston, MA

Ticket price range: From $49

Inbound 2019’s agenda

Amazing keynote speakers, several activities to attend on top of the usual workshops and conferences, an affordable price tag, a specific program for marketers who attend on their own… I cannot oversell Inbound 2019!

Digital Marketing Bootcamp by General Assembly

When: September 6, 2019

Where: New York, NY

Ticket price range: $349

Maybe you're looking for a classroom setting to update your digital marketing skills?

About the workshop

DMWF North America

When: September 11-12, 2019

Where: New York, NY

Ticket price range: From $429

DMWF North America’s agenda

MarTech East

When: September 16-18, 2019

Where: Boston, MA

Ticket price range: TBD

MarTech East’s agenda

If you couldn’t go to the San Jose edition in April, this is your change on the East Coast.

Marketing Profs B2B Forum

When: October 16-18, 2019

Where: San Francisco, CA

Ticket price range: From $1095

Marketing Profs B2B Forum’s agenda

PRSA International Conference - The Event of the Year for PR Pros

When: October 20-22, 2019

Where: San Diego, CA

Ticket price range: From $1,195

PRSA International Conference’s agenda

Talkwalker trivia: did you know that a Talkwalker team member broke a Guinness Book record at this event in 2018?

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Brand Marketing & Digital Summit

When: October 21-22, 2019

Where: New York, NY

Ticket price range: From $300 (early bird rate)

The organizers of the Brand Marketing Summit have already announced some prestigious speakers for this year's edition, from Muriel Lotto, Global Head of Marketing and Brand at Western Union, to John Shehata, VP Audience Development Strategy at Condé Nast.

Brand Marketing & Digital Summit's agenda

Fuse Digital Marketing 2019

When: November 27-28, 2019

Where: Philadelphia, PA

Ticket price range: Free!

More info about the event

Social Fresh Conference 2019

When: November 14-16, 2019

Where: Winterpark, FL

Ticket price range: From $747

In the words of Carolyn Kopprash, Chief Customer Officer at Buffer: "Social Fresh is a Kick-ass event with a very young but professional spirit." We also met its founder, Jason Keath, at Social Media Marketing World, and we are really looking forward on his keynote speech on "The Case for More Bad Ideas"!

Social Fresh's agenda

Global Growth Marketing Conference

When: December 10-11, 2019

Where: San Francisco, CA

Ticket price range: From $511

Global Growth Marketing Conference’s agenda

FREE Events to Keep in Mind if you can’t attend any of the above

  • Masterclassing: you don’t have a full day to spare at a conference? Check out these digital masterclasses happening in all kinds of US cities (Chicago, Dallas, Atlanta, Minneapolis, etc)

  • Webinars (Talkwalker, Adweek, AdAge, PR Week) are a great way to educate yourselves for free without having to take a day to attend a conference.

  • Virtual events such as the MarketingProfs Virtual Conference, for example. Note that most of the conferences mentioned above sometimes offer live streaming of its top keynotes or workshops or access to conference materials after the event.

Tip: keep an eye on the hashtags of the events that are most relevant to your job - you'll learn a lot and may identify interesting people with whom to connect.

Cover image credit: CC/Flickr/Mari Smith (addition of blog title, Talkwalker logo and blue polygon)

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