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It's not every day that you walk into a room and find yourself amongst the most innovative thinkers, brightest minds, and top professionals in social media and social media management. In fact, there are really only a few specific times each year where these types of incredible opportunities to learn, grow, and network in the social media community exist. Fortunately for you, we took today to look ahead and organize all of the social media events and conferences in 2018 into one, easy "must-attend" list. If you're a social media manager, strategist, blogger or podcaster, then there's a very good chance this list will come in handy. Without further ado, here are the six must-attend social media conferences in 2018.

Social Media Marketing World 2018

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Dates: February 28 - March 2, 2018

Location: San Diego, California

At 5000 attendees, Social Media Marketing World 2018 is touted as the “world’s largest social media marketing conference.” You’ll get to meet the social media industry’s top pros and creators, as well as shake hands and get acquainted with thousands of social media marketers, bloggers, live show hosts, vloggers, and podcasters. Do we need to mention that this event is hosted in a sunny and beautiful area known as San Diego Bay? Probably not, you've already bought your ticket.

Social Media Strategies Summit: Chicago

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Dates: April 2018 (Exact Dates TBD)

Location: Chicago, Illinois

One of the best social media event series in the world, Social Media Strategies Summits will be arriving Chicago in April 2018. Attendees will have access to case studies, awesome speakers, packed workshops, and more. As Sam Gach, Social Media Manager at Kellogg, puts it: “The best social conference I’ve attended.” Enough said.

Social Media Week: New York

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Dates: April 24-27, 2018

Location: New York, New York

Social Media Week New York asserts itself as "one of the world’s premier conferences for professionals at the intersection of media, marketing, and technology." This year, #SMWNYC will be hosting its 10th annual conference and to celebrate the occasion, organizers Crowdcentric Media is expanding and launching "a new global edition of the conference" to take place in New York City. We're already in the neighborhood, so expect to see us there.

Social Media Camp

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Dates: May 2-3, 2018

Location: Victoria, B.C.

Social Media Camp is Canada’s largest social media conference year-in and year-out. The event offers "attendees the chance to network with a spectrum of professionals and pros within their renowned coaching program designed to help you walk away with new ideas and a plan of action." We hear May is a beautiful time of year to check out our neighbor to the north and the robust list of attendees at Social Media Camp has put this social media conference on our list of must-attend events in 2018.

Content Marketing Conference

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Dates: May 2-4, 2018

Location: Boston, Massachusetts

Can't make it to Canada for Social Media Camp? No worries. The Content Marketing Conference is a very insightful social media conference that features over 30 amazing speakers and 11 keynotes from a diverse panel of social media professionals. This Boston-based conference allows attendees to learn about a wide array of useful tactics, growth hacks, and techniques currently being utilized by the pros in social media.

The Social Shake-Up

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Dates: May 7-9, 2018

Location: Atlanta, Georgia

The Social Shake-Up conference has a unique and all-encompassing focus on “your business, your brand, your future.” This year's keynote speakers will include Jasmine Atherton of Airbnb, Matt Prince of Taco Bell and more. Attendees can also expect to brush shoulders and shake hands with a large number of companies planning on being present, such as Samsung, CNN, Ogilvy & Mather, evite, and more. Definitely worth a trip down south in 2018.