Looking to break into the social media marketing scene? Or maybe you're a social media manager looking 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.
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 2019.
Let's check 'em out!
Dates: February 20-22, 2019
Location: Austin, Texas
Social Media Week comes to Austin, Texas in late February 2019. Expect three-days of awesome keynote speakers and networking, wherein you'll learn a ton of awesome tips and insights about social media management.
Unfortunately, the speaker list for 2019 is still under wraps‚ so check the conference's website frequently for updates! Not in Austin? Check out Social Media Week events in London, New York, Chicago, or L.A. instead.
Dates: February 26-27, 2019
Location: Seattle, Washington
Digital Summit is a social media and digital marketing focused conference in Seattle. In 2019, there will be over 50 speakers in attendance, discussing 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.
While this year's speaker list isn't yet published, it won't disappoint if it's anything like previous year. In 2018, we saw marketing executives from huge brands like Airbnb, NASDAQ, ESPN, and Slack.
Even Rand Fishkin—one of our top marketers to follow in 2019—was there!
Learn all things digital at Digital Summit Seattle.
Dates: March 20-21, 2019
Location: Anaheim, California
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's lineup will be released in the coming months!
For tickets and more info, check out their website!
Dates: March 20-22, 2019
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 is already coming together. Some notable speakers include Michael Stelzner, Mark Schaefer, Mari Smith, and Ann Handley—all marketers that made our top 33 digital marketers to follow in 2019 list.
For tickets to San Diego's own social media event, check out Social Media World's website.
Dates: April 16-18, 2019
Location: St. Louis, MO
Entering its sixth 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.
This year's speaker list is still TBA, but you can expect a slew of awesome talks on social media strategy, management, and marketing. Past years have seen speakers from Facebook, BuzzFeed, HubSpot, and LinkedIn.
Dates: April 25-26, 2019
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: April 30 - May 2, 2019
Location: New York, NY
Can't make Social Media Week: Austin? Don't fret—instead, swing by our hometown of New York City! In fact, Social Media Week: New York City has the same spirit of the Austin event, but with a different set of speakers and different insights
This year, the event plans to have over 300 speakers over the course of the week-long event. We're still waiting on a finalized list of speakers, but past speakers include the high-ranking marketing professionals from Verizon, Vox Media, and The New York Times.
For more information, check out Social Media Week: NYC's website.
Dates: May 6-8, 2019
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 Twitter, Facebook, Yelp, Southwest Airlines, and more. We're particularly excited for the "Visual Storytelling Essentials for Pinterest, Facebook and Snapchat" talk on creating awesome visual content for up-and-coming platforms.
Get more information on The Social Shake-Up's 2019 website.
Dates: June 12-14, 2019
Location: Calgary, Alberta, Canada
SocialWest is going into its fourth year, and its growth shows no signs of stopping. Last year, over 550 people from across Canada attended the conference to see talks on advanced topics in social media, like AI and mobile video.
We've seen speakers from huge brands like Edelman, Twitter, Google, and Microsoft speak at the event. We're confident that the 2019 conference will bring equally as awesome speakers, so start looking for your flights to Calgary ASAP!
Don't miss out—get more info about SocialWest on their website!
Dates: June 20-21 2019
Location: Chicago, IL
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 2019 has in store for the conference!
Swing by DigiMarCon Chicago's website for tickets and more info.
Date: June 21, 2019
Location: Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Don't have three days to dedicate to a social media conference? No fear: 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.
Some of last year's 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 24-26, 2019
Location: San Diego, CA
ANA's annual Digital & Social Media Conference aims to keep marketers at the top of their game. Over the course od the two-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 the conference hasn't released speaker details yet. However, last year 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 their ANA's website.
What conferences will you attend?
And that's it! Those are the top 12 must-attend social media events and conferences in 2019. In the comments, be sure to let us know what conferences you plan on attending in 2019. For bonus points, tell us what you hope to get out of the events!
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