The Must-Attend Search, Social Media, and Digital Conferences in 2013
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Must-Attend Social, Search, and Digital Conferences in 2013

Being in the digital world means going to plenty of Search, PPC, Social Media, SEO, insert-acronym-here conferences. There are plenty of reasons to go, even some serious ones, not just because you want to escape the office for a week. You can learn a lot at conferences, like where the SEO industry is headed at Pubcon Las Vegas, or how social media helps brands at Social Media Marketing world in San Diego. In addition to learning from the experts, conferences are a great place to collaborate and network with your industry peers. As a result, we’ve compiled a list of what conferences we think are important, so maybe we’ll get to collaborate and network with you!

We’ve already been to New Media Expo (formerly BlogWorld) at the beginning of the year, but it’s only February and there are SO many conferences to attend in 2013. Of the hundreds of digital conferences out there, here are some we are thinking about going to:

Online Marketing Summit Sam Diego 2013

Online Marketing Summit in San Diego – February 11-13

  • Who will be there: digital marketers, social media types, content strategists, web/digital analysts, and bloggers
  • Why you should attend: lots of practical knowledge gets shared at this conference. It’s a good mix of technology and strategy.
  • Learning level: intermediate




South by Southwest Austin SXSWi 2013

South by Southwest in Austin – March 8-17

  • Who will be there: everyone imaginable
  • Why you should attend: it’s the mecca for brand managers, digital agencies, development shops, bloggers, and social media practitioners. You’ll learn a lot, but the focus is on networking.
  • Learning level: beginner

 

Social Media Marketing World San Diego 2013

Social Media Marketing World  in San Diego – April 7-9

  • Who will be there: social media practitioners
  • Why you should attend: social media types tend to converge on this conference, as much as they do BlogWorld and SxSWi. Great for networking.
  • Learning level: beginner




Ad Tech San Francisco 2013

AdTech in San Francisco – April 9-10

  • Who will be there: digital agencies and marketing technologists
  • Why you should attend: if you want to stay ahead on the tech side of marketing, and be relevant to the IT stakeholders within your company/clients, this is for you.
  • Learning level: intermediate

 

Conversion Conference San Francisco 2013

Conversion Conference in San Francisco – April 15-17 (we’ll probably go to the one in Chicago in June)

  • Who will be there: SEOs, UX practitioners, email marketers, data analysts, and usability experts
  • Why you should attend: conversions and attribution modeling are the best ways to demonstrate ROI. If you are the bridge between SEO, social, and web development, then you’ll be in for a treat.
  • Learning level: intermediate to advanced

 

Future of Insights Las Vegas 2013

Future of Insights in Las Vegas – April 29 – May 3

  • Who will be there: tech leaders, digital creatives, graphic designers
  • Why you should attend: it’s our favorite conference. A good blend of tech, inspiration, and practical knowledge for digital creatives. We’ll be there.
  • Learning level: intermediate to advanced

 

99% Conference New York City 2013

99% Conference in New York City – May 2-3

  • Who will be there: visionaries, creatives, and researchers
  • Why you should attend: the amount of creativity and inspiration in this conference is amazing. If you are a leader, especially in the creative space, you’ll probably want to attend.
  • Learning level: intermediate



BiMedia Agency Summit Austin 2013

iMedia Agency Summit in Austin – May 5-8

  • Who will be there: digital agencies, performance display specialists, and marketing technologists
  • Why you should attend: this invitation-only conference has proven to be a great way to get in-depth overviews of the latest vendors and platforms, while also providing unparalleled networking opportunities. iMedia remains one of our favorite conferences.
  • Learning level: intermediate to advanced

 



Search Marketing Expo SMX Advanced Seattle 2013

Search Marketing Expo Advanced in Seattle – June 11-12

  • Who will be there: SEOs, display ad managers, and SEMs
  • Why you should attend: if you are in paid search land, this is a conference that helps you stay on the cutting edge. They have other levels of conferences, but we would be attending the Advanced one in Seattle.
  • Learning level: advanced

 

Conversion Conference Chicago 2013

Conversion Conference in Chicago – June 11-13

  • Who will be there: SEOs, email marketers, web/digital analysts, business intelligence professionals, and usability experts
  • Why you should attend: conversions and attribution modeling are the best ways to demonstrate ROI. If you are the bridge between SEO, social, and web development, then you’ll be in for a treat.
  • Learning level: intermediate to advanced

 

Inbound Marketing Summit San Francisco 2013

Inbound Marketing Summit in San Francisco – June 18-19

  • Who will be there: SEOs, content strategists, bloggers, and online videographers, and social media practitioners
  • Why you should attend: this is the conference for tactical how-to’s within the inbound marketing world. We’ve been to the last two, and they were relatively informative.
  • Learning level: beginner to intermediate

 





How Design Live San Francisco 2013

HOW Design Live – San Francisco – June 22-26

  • Who will be there: graphic designers and UX/UI practitioners
  • Why you should attend: if you are in the web/creative space, this conference, along with the 99% Conference and the Future of Insights conference, are for you.
  • Learning level: intermediate to advanced

 

Affiliate Summit

Affiliate Summit – Philadelphia – August 18-20

  • Who will be there: affiliate marketers, SEOs, and bloggers
  • Why you should attend: As Chris Brogan said (paraphrased), “Blogworld is for people who write; Affiliate Summit is for people who make money.” Affiliate programs are the best-kept secret for blogging revenue, and thanks to Amazon, are quickly becoming mainstream. If you want to learn how to make money blogging, go to this conference.
  • Learning level: beginning to intermediate



Content Marketing World Cleveland 2013

Content Marketing World in Cleveland (yes, Cleveland) – September 9-12

  • Who will be there: content strategists, copywriters, web editors, bloggers
  • Why you should attend: if it’s going to be in Cleveland, then the draw has to be big. In this case, the speaker list is pretty good, and the agenda is geared towards making you smarter about strategy, if not tactical execution.
  • Learning level: beginner to intermediate

 

Search Engine Strategies SES San Francisco 2013

Search Engine Strategies in San Francisco – Sept 10-13

  • Who will be there: SEOs, display ad managers, SEMs, and social media practitioners
  • Why you should attend: for the paid search industry, this and PubCon are the main conferences to attend.
  • Learning level: intermediate to advanced

 



eMetrics Summit Boston 2013

e-Metrics in Boston – September 29 – Oct 3

  • Who will be there: SEOs, email marketers, web/digital analysts, business intelligence professionals
  • Why you should attend: if you are responsible for big data (or small), this analytics-heavy conference is for you. Measurement is everything for attendees.
  • Learning level: intermediate to advanced

 

PubCon Las Vegas 2013

PubCon in Las Vegas– October 21-25

  • Who will be there: SEOs, display ad managers, and SEMs
  • Why you should attend: for the paid search industry, this is THE conference. Very tactical sessions, and technically deep.
  • Learning level: intermediate to advanced

 

Pivot Conference New York City 2013

Pivot Con in New York City – Oct 15-16

  • Who will be there: social media thought leaders and practitioners; senior level execs for brands and agencies
  • Why you should attend: if you need to hear thought leadership in the Wild West of social media, then this conference should do the trick. Networking will probably be good as well.
  • Learning level: beginner

 

Dreamforce San Francisco 2013

Dreamforce in San Francisco – November 18-21

  • Who will be there: Salesforce users and developers, industry thought leaders, brand marketing managers
  • Why you should attend: this is probably the outlier of all of the conferences, in that it is focused on Salesforce. But with so many developers and brand representatives there, we think the networking will be pretty rich.




Which conferences are you thinking of attending? Are there any that we are missing?

  • ebadrina,
  • February 4, 2013

Comments

  • Brandon Avance, February 5, 2013 at 3:19 pm | Reply

    Thanks for this post! I’ve definitely been looking for a list like this! You guys are yet again, awesome. Rock on!

  • Mary Baum, February 15, 2013 at 8:35 pm | Reply

    Awesome conference list!

    I would like to recommend BlueGlassX as a conference you might like to attend this year. The conference is being held in Marina Del Rey on May 21st and 22nd.There will be advanced digital marketing content and world-class speakers in an intimate 175 person, 1 track setting. This is going to be the best year yet!

    • ebadrina, February 15, 2013 at 8:40 pm | Reply

      Thanks for reading the list, Mary, and thanks for the suggestion! We’ve heard of y’all at BlueGlass; your team has a great reputation. We’ll certainly check out BlueGlassX. Thanks again!

  • Ashmith, June 7, 2013 at 5:46 pm | Reply

    Keep doing these lists, they are very helpful in planning and scheduling conferences. They are also helpful in selecting the right conference, specially for SEO’s.

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