Looking to break into the social media marketing scene? Or maybe you're a social media manager looking to brush up your skills before taking on your next big client? Get ahead of the curve, and attend a social media event or conference in the new year.
Social media events and conferences let you learn new skills, network with other social media professionals, and get your name in front of new clients and companies.
One of the best things about attending conferences is the chance to see some of the friends and contacts you’ve “met” online in a real-world setting. It’s great to build those relationships you’ve been nurturing into something more tangible.
And since the field is growing so quickly, chances are there's a social media conference right in your city.
But what conferences are worth attending?
Good thing you asked, because in this article, we'll show you all of the best North American social media conferences for 2020.
Let's check 'em out!
Dates: Next up - New York, May 5-7. Otherwise, different for each location, but the events happen from October 2019 to June 2020
Locations: New York, Los Angeles, Austin, Mexico City, Toronto, and many other locations across the globe.
Social Media Week is a global event that brings three-days of awesome keynote speakers and networking to professionals across the globe. You'll learn a ton of great tips and insights about social media management.
There are a bunch of these conferences, and each one has different speakers and dates, so check out the Social Media Week event site to find your location and details.
Dates: October 2019 - October 2020
Locations: Boston, Raleigh, Irving, Phoenix, LA, Seattle, New York, Tampa, Kansas, Atlanta, Houston, Portland, Austin, Denver, Minneapolis, Philadelphia, Washington, Detroit, Chicago, Miami, Charlotte, Nashville, Salt Lake City
Digital Summit is a social media and digital marketing focused event that travels the United States, drawing a small army of speakers and attendees wherever they go. They touch on everything from social media marketing to data analytics. Even better, the diverse group of speakers come from well-known startups and Fortune 500 companies alike.
Speakers this year vary from location to location, and include well-known brands like AirBnB, Coca Cola, Instagram, Microsoft, Google, Disney, and others.
Learn all things digital at Digital Summit.
Dates: Next up - San Francisco, February 4-6, then Chicago, April 28-30
Location: Chicago and San Francisco
Social Media Strategies Summit is a conference geared towards senior-level marketing professionals. Here, you'll learn the nuts and bolts of social media and digital marketing, and the conference promises three jam-packed days worth of case studies, deep-dives, and how-to sessions on all things social media.
In past years, we've seen marketers from LinkedIn, Grubhub, WeWork, and other tech giants take the stage. This year, there are speakers from Walmart, Dollar Shave Club, AirBnB, Microsoft, and more.
For tickets and more info, check out their website!
Dates: March 1-2, 2020
Location: San Diego, California
Put on by one of our favorite social media blogs—Social Media Examiner—Social Media Marketing World is a social media event aimed at teaching the basics of all things social media. Those new to the scene will learn the basics of social media growth and marketing, and more experienced marketers can freshen up their skills and learn new techniques.
This year's speaker list includes expert speakers tackling the industry’s biggest platforms.
For tickets to Social Media Marketing World event, check out their website.
Dates: April 8-10, 2020
Location: St. Louis, MO
Entering its seventh year, the Midwest Digital Marketing Conference—or MDMC—is aiming to be the premier digital marketing and social media conference for the midwest. The conference is hosted by the University of Missouri St. Louis School of Business and has hosted some of the biggest names in social media.
The speaker list has an emphasis on academics, consultants, and entrepreneurs, so there's a good mix of options to learn from depending on your needs.
Dates: May 7-8, 2020
Location: Victoria, Canada
Miss the good 'ole days of summer camp? Social Media Camp is just what you're looking for!
The conference is based in beautiful Victoria, British Columbia and is the largest social media conference in Canada. During Social Media Camp, you're paired with a coach who will help you walk away with new ideas and a plan of action on how to improve your organization's social media.
Ready for social media camp? Check out their site for more info!
Dates: May 12-14, 2020
Location: Atlanta, GA
The Social Shake-Up is one of the most well-known social media conferences, and for a good reason: the conference covers a diverse range of topics over a quick, two-day period. Each session dives deep and discusses advanced topics in social media marketing, so even the most skilled marketer will learn something new.
This year, you'll see talks from marketing professionals at huge brands like IBM, Microsoft, Paypal, and more.
Get more information on The Social Shake-Up's 2020 website.
Dates: June, 2020
Location: Calgary, Alberta, Canada
SocialWest is going into its fifth year, and its growth shows no signs of stopping. Last year, there were tons of people from across Canada who attended the conference to see talks on advanced topics in social media, like AI and mobile video.
This year, we’re looking forward to speakers from Twitter. Facebook, LinkedIn, Article, and McDonald's at the event.
Don't miss out—get more info about SocialWest on their website!
Dates: June 27-28 2020
Location: Chicago, IL (and various other cities)
Next year, the esteemed DigiMarCon is once again coming to your city! This year's event will not only cover social media marketing, but will also include talks on content marketing, SEO, and growth hacking to keep you at the top of your game. Plus, you get to see Chicago in the summer!
In past years, DigiMarCon Chicago has hosted huge names in social media. We've seen speakers from TrackMaven, Conagra Brands, and Coudbakers take stage, so we're excited to see what 2020 has in store for the conference!
Swing by DigiMarCon Chicago's website for tickets and more info.
Date: June 12, 2020
Location: Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Don't have three days to dedicate to a social media conference? Social Media Day: Halifax is a day-long event dedicated to social media and digital marketing. The event focuses on teaching social media marketers tangible skills that they can bring to the workplace, like how to better optimize Facebook Ads, legal tips, and informational sessions on how to build better marketing funnels.
Past speakers included the heads of some of Canada's most prestigious social media marketing firms like Stratigro, Pepperit Marketing, and Twirp Communications. We're excited to see who speaks this year!
Check out Social Media Day: Halifax's website for more info!
Date: July 7-9, 2020
Location: San Diego, CA
ANA's annual Digital & Social Media Conference aims to keep marketers at the top of their game. Over the course of the three-day event, you can expect to cover new and emerging social media topics like chatbots, AI, and even virtual reality.
The conference isn't until July, so there aren’t speaker details yet. However, in past years we saw social media speakers from some of the world's most iconic brands, including Lufthansa Airlines, MasterCard, Yamaha, and even Frito-Lay.
For tickets and more info, head on over to ANA's website.
What conferences will you attend?
And that's it!
Those are the top 11 must-attend social media events and conferences in 2020. In the comments, be sure to let us know what conferences you plan on attending in 2020. For bonus points, tell us what you hope to get out of the events!
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