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10 Events & Conferences to Attend in 2014

Calendar of Events ImageIf 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.

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PUBCON REGIONAL AUSTIN

WHEN: JANUARY 28

WHERE: AUSTIN

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.

Website: http://www.pubcon.com

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APPS WORLD NORTH AMERICA

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.

Website:  www.apps-world.net/northamerica/

 

SOCIAL MEDIA WEEK

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.

Website: socialmediaweek.org/newyork

 

BRAND JOURNALISM FOR CORPORATE COMMUNICATORS

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.

Website: www.ragan.com/rd/YZBJ-MASH14

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SXSW INTERACTIVE

WHEN: MARCH 7 – 16

WHERE: AUSTIN

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.

Website: sxsw.com/interactive

 

EMETRICS SUMMIT

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.

Website: www.emetrics.org/sanfrancisco/2014/

 

SOCIAL NETWORKING CONFERENCE & EXPO

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.

Website: snce.ru/en

 

DIGITAL MARKETING SUPER SUMMIT

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.

Website: digitalmarketingsupersummit.com

 

Social Media Strategies Summit

When: Apr. 29 – May 1

Where: Chicago

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.

Website: socialmediastrategiessummit.com

 

Social Good Summit Austin

When: TBA

Where: Austin

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.

Website: http://socialgoodsummitaustin.org/

 

 



Brian Kendall

Brian is a former journalist turned full-time blogger ... by choice. Brian studied at Angelo State University, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and English. A former editor for the volunteer-run news site Daily Source, Brian began working for Speak Social in 2012. Whether it be blogs, press releases, Wikipedia pages or whatever it is that a brand needs to communicate with, Brian creates original content for his clients. Brian Kendall on Google+ @TheBrianKendall


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