Every person, company, small business and brand has at some point jumped on the social media train by now. Whether their endeavors have been successful or failed to launch, social media is here to stay and you better get used to it. Social media is more than a status update, sharing of pictures and video, recommending items or brands to friends, and engaging with customers. There is a science and art to social media, its called strategy.
Think of social media as a road map to your end goal whether you use it for business or personal, you want to establish presence, authority and market research to help you be a better “online face” to your brand. Each year around the world, hundreds if not thousands of social media events take place to educate attendees on how to use social media, trends, research, and future changes.
Here is a guide to social media events in early 2013 that you do not want to miss.
The Social Media Conference will be held in Las Vegas, NV January 16-18 at Harrah’s Hotel & Casino . The two day conference is still finalizing speakers and its agenda but it will probably be packed with information to propel your your social media forward.
Social Media in the Pharmaceutical Industry will take place in London January 23-24. Pharmaceutical marketing, let alone social media marketing, can be a difficult task but if you have the extra funds to learn from the best, cross the pond for this two day event.
The Social Media Strategies Summit 2013 February 5-7 will be held this year in Las Vegas, NV. This summit has a little something for everyone. Public Relations professionals can sit on a workshop with Glen Selig, Founder of PRNEWS Channel, to learn how to build an effective social media press release; learn customer acquisition through social media lessons from David Barrett, Founder/CEO of Expensify; or if you work for a large enterprise, learn how to integrate social channels for your company with teachings by Derek Van Nostron, VP of Digital Marketing at CNN. If you have the budget, go to Vegas but whatever happens in Vegas will not stay in Vegas this time as you must apply what you learned and teach your colleagues.
6th Annual Social Media for PR and Corporate Communications Conference taking place February 6-8 will take place at the Walt Disney World Resort. This conference is for public relations and communications professionals that are expanding their roles as social media strategist to effectively set up a company’s brand through social networking. Social media is increasingly important to PR and communications people and if you are ahead of the curve, attend the event.
BlogWell 2013 BlogWell is a one day conference that helps smaller to mid size brands learn how big brands are currently doing social media. The first event in 2013 will take place February 13 in Dallas, TX and New York and San Francisco later in the year.
#SMW 2013 is coming back for its third year February 18-22 in Copenhagen, Doha, Hamburg, Lagos, Miami, Milan, New York, Paris, Singapore, Tokyo, and Washington DC. Presented by Nokia, this week-long event is a culmination of on site and offsite workshops and panels hosted by some of the worlds leading companies and people that know social media more than they know themselves. This events gives attendees the opportunity to hobnob with those that can help sky-rocket your social media in your field or industry. Don’t miss out on this opportunity if #SMW is coming to your city.
Social Media for Nonprofits-New York City will be held March 7 and is a great one day conference for executive directors, founders, development professionals, marketers, bloggers and media, board members, volunteers, and nonprofit consultants. Some of the key takeaways include fundraising in a social age, platforms and resources for social media marketing, social measurement and analysis, and networking with key panelist.
SXSW Interactive 2013 is probably one of the top conference and networking events in the world. SXSW takes place March 8-17 but the interactive part takes place March8-12 in Austin, TX. Attended by thousand innovators, entrepreneurs, investors, social media strategist, big brands, startups, businesses around the globe, this is where you need to be to learn the latest trends in the interactive world. If you’re a startup, visit the Startup Village, attend Startup Accelator events, experience demos and pitches, and network with investors.
Social Media Tulsa Conference 2013 will take place March 21-22 in Tulsa, OK. The event promises great keynote speeches, networking, case study sessions, and presentations by top professionals from around the country. If you never been to Tulsa and looking to expand your social media strategy roadmap, attend the conference.
BlissDom Conference ’13 will be held in Grapevine, TX at the Gaylord Texan Hotel March 21-23. Typically a conference for women, this is a great opportunity to keep up to date with the latest trends in blogging, social media, public relations, and offers premium networking opportunities.