Why attend a social media conference?
It goes without saying that social media is always changing. There is no better way to tap into the collective wisdom of experts than by attending social media conferences where you can:
- learn from subject matter experts, such as well-known bloggers, authors, and speakers, in the field
- network with other corporate practitioners to compare notes on best practices
- discover new social media tools that might help you do more with less
Which are the best social media conferences to attend in 2019?
Rather than create a comprehensive list of all of the social media conferences that exist, I provide you my annual list of conferences that I have vetted from either presenting at, attending, or knowing first-hand of the experiences from others who have attended. Social media conferences with a strong track record obviously are featured in this list, but I also went out of my way to add new and promising events to the list, especially some user conferences that aren’t specifically focused on, but will include a great deal of information about, social media.
If you want to keep your finger on the pulse of social media, these are the must-attend social media conferences in 2019! Social media conferences are presented in chronological order for your convenience.
The Social Shake-Up – May 6-8, 2019 – Atlanta, Georgia
The Social Shake-Up Show on May 6-8, 2019 in Atlanta is the premier social media conference where Shakers will overthrow the status quo and redefine what social media means for their business, brand and future.
Confirmed speakers include:
- James Chong, Senior Manager of Social Customer Engagement, TOMS
- Brandi Boatner, Social and Influencer Communications Lead, Global Markets, IBM
- Carmen Shirkey Collins, Senior Social Media & Talent Brand Lead, Cisco
- Miri Rodriguez, Storyteller, Microsoft
- Allen Plummer, Head of Editorial and Creative Operations, Vanguard
MozCon – July 15-17, 2019 – Seattle, Washington
Sponsored by arguably one of the largest online marketing firms in the world, Moz, this is THE conference you will want to attend if you are a more advanced digital marketer and you manage more than just social media. Learn about the latest trends in the world of search engine optimization, social media marketing, content marketing, branding, conversion rate optimization, search engine marketing, among others. Get to know their exceptional speakers. Learn about their actionable tactics. Grab those tasty snacks. This is a fun-filled event you wouldn’t want to miss. Speakers have yet to be announced but rest assured it will be an all-star cast!
INBOUND – September 3-6, 2019 – Boston, Massachusetts
In the past INBOUND has had names like Michelle Obama, John Cena, Beth Comstock, Brené Brown, and Shonda Rhimes on the keynote stage. In 2019, more keynoters will inspire you with their visions for the future of marketing, sales, and business.
INBOUND 2018 featured almost 300 breakout sessions from some of the biggest names and brightest minds in sales and marketing. INBOUND 2018 was packed with dozens of new tactics to take your business to the next level—and 2019 will be too.
There’s more to INBOUND than just great content—it’s also a lot of fun! How could it not be with amazing entertainment (like Tiffany Haddish in 2017 and 2 Dope Queens in 2018), happy hours and parties, and food truck lunches. INBOUND isn’t just 24,000+ fellow attendees: it’s 24,000+ of your new best friends.
Speakers have yet to be confirmed – we’ll publish an update once they are!
Content Marketing World – September 3-6, 2019 – Cleveland, Ohio
Content Marketing World continues to be the largest content marketing event on the planet and thus deserves mention as one of the top social media conferences to attend. It’s the one event where you can learn and network with the best and the brightest in the content marketing industry.
You will leave with all the materials you need to take a content marketing strategy back to your team – and – to implement a content marketing plan that will grow your business and inspire your audience.
The speakers for 2019 have yet to be announced, so make sure to check back here often for updates!
Social Fresh – November 13-15, 2019 – Orlando, Florida
Social Fresh is a social media conference that will feature a plethora of tactical social media training focused for brands, and always actionable. As an attendee you will catch up on the latest industry trends while also updating your content creation process, social ad tactics, and social video strategy.. Learn from industry expert speakers, including executives from Bacardi, NBC, LinkedIn, Facebook, UPS, Peloton, and more.
Confirmed speakers for Social Fresh include
- Adrian Parker, VP of Marketing, Bacardi
- Megan Toth – Sr. Social Media Lead, NBC Universal
- Akili Ferrill – Global Marketing Solutions Media & Entertainment, Facebook
- Amber Naslund – Sr. Content Marketing Evangelist, LinkedIn
- Kate Winick – Director of Social Media, Peloton