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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?