If we’ve learned anything from past years, it’s that typical January blogs attempting to prognosticate major advancements in the coming year are worthless. The unpredictability of Social Media (who saw Snapchat taking over the world?) and technological advancements makes peeking through a crystal ball impossible; if one wishes to succeed at Social, one must evolve and remain flexible.
Since we have no tarot cards, nor do we claim to be Nostradamus, we will leave the New Year predictions to the amateur bloggers and blowhards. Nonetheless, we can provide your hungry minds with opportunities to learn and stay in the know. If one is truly interested in Social and developing that elusive conversation with fans and influencers, here are ten expos, summits and conferences worth your consideration.
WHEN: JANUARY 28
WHY: A LOCAL AUSTIN EVENT THAT PROVIDES GUEST SPEAKERS FROM THE COMMUNITY WHO ARE DEDICATED TO SOCIAL MEDIA, SEARCH ENGINE OPTIMIZATION, AND SEARCH ENGINE MARKETING, SUPPORTED BY LOCAL SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA GROUPS.
WHEN: FEB. 5 – FEB. 6
WHERE: SAN FRANCISCO
WHY: APPS HAVE BECOME A CORNERSTONE OF ANY NEW MEDIA MARKETING CAMPAIGN. AT THIS CONFERENCE, YOU WILL LEARN ANYTHING AND EVERYTHING ABOUT ONE OF THE FASTEST GROWING INDUSTRIES IN THE WORLD.
WHEN: FEB. 17 – FEB. 21
WHERE: NEW YORK
WHY: TAKING PLACE IN EIGHT DIFFERENT PLACES AROUND THE WORLD ON THE SAME WEEK, THIS MEGA EVENT IS SURE TO PROVIDE THE BEST INFORMATION, IDEAS AND INSPIRATION TO HELP PEOPLE UNDERSTAND HOW TO ACHIEVE MORE IN A HYPER-CONNECTED WORLD.
WHEN: FEB. 18 – FEB. 28
WHERE: WASHINGTON DC (MAIN), AND VARIOUS OTHER CITIES
WHY: WRITING IS THE LYNCHPIN TO SOCIAL MEDIA MARKETING. AT THIS CONFERENCE/WORKSHOP, YOU’LL LEARN TO WRITE CONTENT THAT GRABS EVERY READER’S ATTENTION AND HOLDS IT.
WHEN: MARCH 7 – 16
WHY: YOU MIGHT’VE HEARD OF THIS. A WEEK-LONG CONFERENCE BOASTING BIG SHOTS FROM TOP MEMBERS OF EVERY TECHNOLOGICAL INDUSTRY YOU CAN FATHOM. WORKSHOPS, CASE STUDIES, LECTURES, SPEECHES, PANELS, AND PARTIES.
WHEN: MARCH 16 – MARCH 20
WHERE: SAN FRANCISCO
WHY: “DATA, DATA, DATA” IS THE NEW “LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION.” AT THIS SUMMIT, YOU WILL LEARN GREAT INFORMATION ABOUT GATHERING ANALYTICS IN THIS DATA-DRIVEN WORLD WITH THOUGHT-PROVOKING SPEAKERS AND HANDS-ON WORKSHOPS.
WHEN: MARCH 27 – MARCH 28
WHERE: MOSCOW, RUSSIA
WHY: IT’LL LIKELY STILL BE COLD IN RUSSIA, BUT THIS EXOTIC LOCALE WILL HOST AN EXHIBITION AND CONFERENCE DEDICATED TO THE BUSINESS OF SOCIAL MEDIA. THE EVENT PROMISES TO BE ONE OF THE MAJOR INDUSTRY EVENTS OF THE YEAR.
When: Apr. 1 – Apr. 3
Where: San Diego
Why: This summit brings together some of the brightest and best in marketing and provides a 360 degree view of the digital marketing industry and everything that it entails.
When: Apr. 29 – May 1
Why: The windy city will play host to what’s advertised as the #1 social media summit. The three-day summit will have 30+ sessions and 6 interactive workshops.
Why: Want to learn how to use social to change the world for the better? Social Good Summit Austin combines the brightest local minds in social media to affect positive change.