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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 2020. 

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 2020, 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.

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

Industry Preview - New York City: 2 days focused on the next 12 months in marketing technology

  • Where: New York City
  • When: January 28-29th
  • Ticket price range: from $2,495 to $3,495

Featured Speakers at Industry Preview include Mark Read of WPP, Valerie Jarett of the Obama Administration, and Kelly Ayotte, former Senator of New Hampshire.

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

  • Where: San Francisco, Chicago
  • When: 3 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 San Francisco! They’re the marketing decision makers for brands such as Microsoft, Airbnb, Walmart and Dollar Shave Club. 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: February 19 & 20, 2020
  • Where: San Jose, CA
  • Ticket price range: From $499
  • Who should go: SEO specialists, search marketing professionals, marketing analytics managers

SMW West’s agenda

When it comes to search engine optimization and marketing, we all could stand to learn something. It’s an industry that changes so frequently and so subtly that coming away from an expo like this with just one actionable tip can be enough to justify the ticket price. Plus, major brands like Amex, Unilever and even Google attend.

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B2B Marketing Exchange - Scottsdale, AZ

  • When: February 24-26, 2020
  • Where: Phoenix, AZ
  • Ticket price range: From $895

B2B Marketing Exchange’s agenda

Who should go: B2B copywriters, marketers and strategists.

Social Media Marketing World - The marketers’ Mecca

  • When: March 1-3, 2020
  • 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 in social media marketing will be there to give you insights on all 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 and to learn from their expertise, from Mari Smith to Michael Stelzner, Christopher Penn, Jay Baer, Ann Handley and Andy Crestodina.

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

  • When: March 19, 2020
  • Where: New York City, NY
  • Ticket price range: From $650

One evening to celebrate the best in social media, PR, and digital advertising.

PubCon - Florida

  • When: March 25-26, 2020
  • Where: Fort Lauderdale, FL
  • Ticket price range: From $499

PubCon’s agenda

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Marketing Analytics and Data Science - West Conference

  • When: March 31- April 2nd, 2020
  • Where: San Francisco, CA
  • Ticket price range: From $1895

Marketing Analytics and Data Science Conference’s agenda

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

  • When: April 15-17, 2020
  • 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.

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Content Marketing Conference

  • When: April 21 - 23rd, 2020
  • Where: Boston, MA
  • Ticket price range: From $349 to $1249

Content Marketing Conference’s ticket prices

Social Media Week - New York

  • When: May 5th - 7th, 2020
  • Where: New York, NY
  • Ticket price range: From $639

Last year’s agenda

MadCon NYC

  • When: May 12-13, 2020
  • Where: Brooklyn, NY
  • Ticket price range: from $100

MadCon in NYC is a brand new event this year: it promises to bring some pizzazz and a whole bunch of knowledge-sharing to one of NYC’s hippest neighborhoods.

Digital Marketing World Forum - London Global Series

  • When: May 28-29th, 2020
  • Where: London, UK
  • Tickets price range: From £595

Okay fine, this one's not even in North America, but with a global outlook, and the same amount of flying time from New York as the West Coast, you shouldn't discount it just because it's across the pond.

Gartner Marketing Symposium/Xpo 2020 - A must for marketing leaders

  • When: June 1-3, 2020
  • Where: San Diego, CA
  • Ticket price range: From $3500 ($3250 for the public sector)

Gartner Marketing Symposium's agenda

Social Media Week - A great event to attend in Los Angeles

  • When: June 17-18, 2020
  • Where: Los Angeles, CA
  • Ticket price range: From $639

Social Media Week Los Angeles - they say LA has the highest percentage of influencers in the world, but as this tweet makes clear, they’re not the only one who attend.

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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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