Social media marketing is constantly evolving — with new platforms, new algorithms and new techniques influencing how marketers reach their audience. And with its innovative nature, it’s important that professionals constantly stay ahead of the game — that’s where social media marketing events come in.
Social media conferences, workshops and summits are a great place to learn about the ever-evolving fate of social media, campaigns that have gone viral, techniques that have been effective and more. Ninety-one percent of marketers want to learn the most effective social media marketing tactics — and you should be one of them.
These events bring together some of the biggest and brightest minds in the fields of social media marketing and digital marketing as a whole. Learn from experts, share with colleagues and unearth groundbreaking new technologies that will vastly transform how brands use social media marketing going forward.
The industry is jam-packed with events that can help you revolutionize your marketing tactics and transcend the boring for the creative and exceptional, so we’ve gathered up a list of the best events hitting the scene this fall to help you up your social media game.
Whether you want to improve your professional career and take your brand to the next level, these social media events are sure to get you there.
The 15 Best Social Media Marketing Events To Attend This Fall
Content Marketing World: Cleveland, Ohio — September 4-7
Just because this event is dedicated to content marketing, doesn’t mean your social media marketing strategy won’t get a much-needed refresh. Social media starts with content after all. So learning the ins and outs of content marketing can help your brand create better content, encouraging your users to interact more organically. Leave this conference with a new perspective on how to create and market content, as well as how to better use social media to take your brand's social media marketing up a notch.
Content Marketing World is 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. We want to inspire you to create your own epic content marketing and network with some of the brightest in the business! We want to help you build your team and your personal skills.
Inbound: Boston, Massachusetts — September 4-7
Inbound is a marketing conference dedicated to all things inbound marketing. Brunch up your social media, content marketing and networking skills in this four-day event that will leave you with a host of new and updated social media marketing skills. You’ll leave this event with new insight, new experiences and a new perspective on how to tackle your social media marketing initiatives to get your brand the exposure it deserves.
INBOUND is a community of people who are passionate about marketing, selling, and delighting customers in an inbound way. Our annual event and year-round media platform inspire and educate hundreds of thousands of people so that they—and their businesses—can grow better. We believe that we’re all people first, and that empathy and humanity are at the core of doing business. We bring together speakers who are passionate not just about improving the bottom line, but also about building a brighter, kinder, and more inclusive future. INBOUND is hosted with love by HubSpot, and we’re proud to bring together a community of industry professionals that come together to learn, get inspired, and grow better together.
Fincon: Orlando, Florida — September 26-29
FinCon is a conference dedicated to financial marketing, advertising and business initiatives. But just because it’s geared towards a specific niche, doesn’t mean there isn’t something for everyone to learn. Gain tailored knowledge that is vital to you and your business at this dedicated conference that’ll see some of the biggest minds in the field converge. Collaborate with peers, learn from experts and gain exposure to a large variety of brands and businesses. FinCon is a great resource for marketing and advertising professionals in the field of finance because the initiatives they tackle are tailor-made for brands in this specific industry. Get a leg up on the competition and learn what it takes to take your social media marketing initiates from good to great.
FinCon is a Conference. FinCon is a Community. As a company, our mission is to help financial influencers and brands create better content, reach their audience, and make more money. We aim to do that through our annual event & expo, regional meetups, online community, and online education. Why? Our vision: we see a future where the world is changed for the better because our thousands of community members and attendees expose hundreds of millions of people to the life-changing ideas of financial freedom and independence. Collaborate with other influencers who share your passion for making personal finance personal. Go from online to real time at our live events, including the annual conference, local meet-ups, and specialty events. Learn from compelling content, including the Money & Media podcast, blog posts, and online courses.
Advertising Week New York: New York, New York — October 1-4
Don’t let the name fool you — this advertising event is perfect for social media marketers too. Join forces with some of the biggest minds in the marketing and advertising industry to learn what’s hot in the field. Stay up to date on growing trends and learn what the experts have been perfecting their whole careers. Gain valuable insights and get hands-on experience alongside some excited marketing-savvy professionals. This is a great conference for networking and learning a few helpful tips of the trade. This event will give you a well-rounded experience, making your future marketing efforts soar.
Advertising Week is a worldwide gathering of marketing, advertising, technology and brand professionals. From daytime seminars and workshops featuring some of the industry’s brightest minds to organized networking and world-class entertainment, Advertising Week is a one-of-a-kind experience. Featuring top industry leaders, stars of the entertainment world and inspiring entrepreneurs, Advertising Week’s thought leadership program is designed to give professionals at any level career enhancing insights, deep-dives into the industry’s most important topics and actionable learnings to bring back to the office.
CMX Summit: Portland, Oregon — October 1-3
CMX Summit wants to drive growth. It wants to foster a community of success and passion, building professionals that are dedicated to creating successful endeavors through comprehensive marketing strategies. This summit teaches professionals how to build up their own communities and create a brand identity that directly affects its customers and compels them to interact. Interaction is key — especially online. This conference aims to make those interactions more organic, more impactful and more worthwhile.
Our mission at CMX is to help professional community builders thrive. We a see a world that’s growing increasingly lonely despite being more connected than ever before in history. As a result, people are in desperate need of *real* community. This is driving how we interact with each other online and off and and how our society is evolving. This also affects how people interact with businesses and organizations. Today, people are looking for more than just products from businesses… they’re looking for a sense of shared identity and belonging. They want to contribute and be a part of something they care about. This has led to more and more companies hiring community teams to grow, engage and activate their communities of customers, employees, partners and users. And it has led to the growth of what we call the community industry: a new profession that’s gCaption
MarTech: Boston, Massachusetts — October 1-3
Are your marketing savvy and tech savvy? Then MarTech is the perfect hybrid conference for you. This marketing event is being hosted for three days this year in Boston, and it joining together some of the most innovative minds in the industry, fusing these two passions together to create a comprehensive and tech-focused marketing strategy to help better your brand digital marketing strategy. And what’s digital marketing without social media — this conference aims to give attendees a well-rounded and complete experience that will put them on the right path to digital marketing and social media success. To excel at social media, it’s important to stay at the top of your game. This conference does that by creating an atmosphere of innovating and excitement that can’t be ignored.
Join us at MarTech, the go-to conference series for senior-level, hybrid professionals who are both marketing and tech-savvy. Marketing technologists, creative technologists, growth hackers, data scientists, and digital strategists are all welcome, integral parts to this thriving community. Together we’ll explore a broad range of important marketing technology issues and ideas while going deep in the content of each presentation. No fluff. No hidden agendas. No sales pitches. Period. We are proud to deliver a vendor-agnostic forum for understanding the breadth of marketing technologies and how organizations can effectively integrate them into their marketing strategy and operations. Come to one of our shows for an inspiring, cross-pollinating experience that transcends the traditional boundaries between marketing and technology, and encourages creative collaboration across the organization.
Brandemoniom: Cincinnati, Ohio — October 2-5
This innovative conference is more than just social media. It’s a festival that fosters creativity, innovation and passion. It’s a conference dedicated to all things brand and branding. It connects brand from across the world to bounce ideas and learn new techniques. Branding is important — it’s how consumers recognize you and keep you alive. It’s important for establishing trust and cohesive brand identity. Without good branding, brands will fail. And branding needs to be consistent across all platforms — including social media. This conference will happily steer you and your brand in the right social media direction.
Brandemonium is an innovative conference and festival featuring brands of all shapes and sizes. The conference is about the evolution and future of branding, but the festival actually shows it. Brandemonium is a platform for agencies and brands to bring their most creative ideas to life and engage the public.
LeadsCon: Boston, Massachusetts — October 3-5
Get down and dirty at LeadsCon — the conference that helps brands drive leads and eventually sales. Get hands-on experience through workshops and panels, learn from real-life situations and scenarios and find out the best paths to conversions for you and your business. Social media has an impact on leads, and this conference will help you harness that power to create a strategy that sells.
LeadsCon’s Connect to Convert is the lead industry’s only roll-up-your-sleeves educational conference and exposition dedicated entirely to the most effective and emerging sectors of the lead generation industry: Calls, Clicks, Search and Shares. With dedicated b-to-c and b-to-b content designed around each section of the sales cycle, LeadsCon’s Connect to Convert will arm you with the critical intelligence you need to succeed in 2018 and beyond. Those who want to network and conduct business with the top executives and companies in digital marketing. Attend to understand the ever evolving landscape of vertical media and marketing to get more business done at the most important event for Lead Gen and Performance Marketing—anywhere.
Incite Customer Service Summit: New York, New York — October 4-5
Customer service is an integral part of the brand experiences, and a great place to build that trust and authenticity is through social media. Most consumers turn to social media to interact with a brand — whether it’s to say something positive or negative. That’s why this conference is great for social media marketing professionals looking to up their game and give consumers a more well-rounded experience.
The Customer Service Summit 2018 (October 4 & 5th 2018, New York) brings together customer service and social customer care leaders from around the globe to keep ahead of the latest changes, trade best practices and map out the future of service, support and experience. Join 250+ in-house customer service leaders who are ready to collaborate on cutting edge strategies and embrace new technologies.
Content Jam: Chicago, Illinois — October 9-10
Content Jam is a great place for marketers in digital, print and social media marketing to learn, grow and adapt. It’s focused on content, which is perfect for laying down the groundwork for successful marketing and social media strategies that will directly impact your customers, encouraging them to interact with you.
Join 300 marketers and 16 top-rated speakers for 2 days of insights into content strategy, promotion, conversion and analytics. You will get actionable advice from the leading minds in content marketing and you’ll meet hundreds of marketers and business owners that have the same questions you do. Share ideas and learn from your new professional soulmates. Like your old summer camps, the connections you make at Content Jam last forever.
Social Media Strategies Summit: New York, New York — October 11-12
Do you need social media strategies? Then this is the summit for you. This social media summit is great for professionals looking to transform their own social media strategies and reach out to customers in a way that is engaging and inspiring. Get in-depth advice and guidance on how to use social media more cohesively.
HEAR IT STRAIGHT FROM THE MARKETERS WHO HAVE ATTENDED. We know our community well — which means over the last 6 years we’ve fine-tuned how to build a compelling, relevant agenda that we know you’ll find the most informative and inspirational. This is what our attendees love most about our social media marketing programs.
Incite Brand Marketing Summit: New York, New York — October 24-25
Incite Brand Marketing Summit is a summit for professionals, by professionals. It’s a place where senior marketing heads meet to learn, share experiences and offer insights into the rapidly growing and evolving sphere of digital marketing. This is a great place to gain new knowledge about what works and what doesn’t in the social media world. And it’s a conference that offers a well-rounded digital marketing experience. Speakers and guests are some of the biggest names in marketing and advertising. They’ve changed the game and are continuing to change it going forward. Learn from the best to be your best.
The Most Senior Brand-Focused Marketing, Digital and Social Media Summit is back! Marketing is Dead, Engagement is Alive. As marketers we must deliver impactful interactions that deliver a clear brand purpose and narrative - be a part of the evolving conversation at this year’s Brand Marketing Summit NYC. 500+ attendees across marketing, digital and social media will join forces to reinvent their marketing strategy working towards one common goal… customer engagement.
Smart Social Summit: Austin, Texas — November 5-7
This summit is dedicated to all things social media. Learn from the experts that have paved the way for everyone else, and get insights from big-name professionals from a variety of industries. This is a comprehensive event that will help you establish trust and create an identity that matters to consumers. These speakers have invaluable insights that you can’t afford to miss.
Our largest, 3-day event hosts 800 marketers from the world’s best brands - to connect, learn, and be inspired. Past keynotes include Michelle Obama and Trevor Noah. Smart Social Summit connects the smartest minds in social as we–and you–explore topics like how to show the value of social and build trust with your consumers. Leave Austin inspired by a deepened understanding of how social can play a role in your most complex business opportunities.
EventTech: Las Vegas, Nevada — November 12-14
This is the must-attend event for trendsetting and viral strategies. It’s an event that tackles the major trends in the industry and introduces professionals to new avenues of thought and actionable techniques that can change the face of social media their brand shows the world. Have fun, get innovating and learn from the best. This is a unique conference that’s perfect for any professional looking to try new things and succeed in ways they never thought possible.
LEARN THE LATEST TRENDS. More than 80 classes cover it all—from AR to VR, from activating social media to using wearables, from creating shareable content to designing projected interactives, from mastering mobile to mastering viral videos, Instagram, streaming and more. TEST THE LATEST GEAR. From drones and VR to social walls, Twitter vending machines and selfie apps, augmented reality tools to wearables and heatmapping, wireless beacons to BLE and RFID, wireless chargers to holography, and hundreds of others. B-TO-C AND B-TO-B. EventTech was designed with both b-to-c and b-to-b event marketers in mind. Stick entirely with content that matches your primary focus—or even better, jump out of your bubble and learn from “the other side.”
Forbes CMO Summit: Dana Point, California — November 14-16
CMOS, rejoice. There’s a dedicated conference for you! Establish yourself in the industry and stand out from the competition. This creative merging of minds is a great opportunity for top marketing and advertising professionals to learn from each other, share insights and engage in interactive workshops that will help them address critical issues and lay down a groundwork for future innovation and success. Learn how to better your business, including every aspect of your marketing strategy. This is a great event for networking and growing your initiatives from the ground up.
Champions of Change: CMOs at the Center of Business, Tech and Cultural Innovation. The world’s top marketing leaders from a wide variety of industries join together at Forbes CMO Summit to exchange insights, enhance leadership skills, and address the challenges of today’s complex marketing landscape. ForbesLive leverages unique access to the world’s most influential leaders, policy-makers, entrepreneurs, and artists—uniting these global forces to harness their collective knowledge, address today’s critical issues and discover innovative solutions.
Social Media Marketing Events — Tools For Professional And Brand Growth
Social media marketing is a growing field of marketing, and it’s one that will continue to grow as more technologies come to light. That’s why it’s important to keep learning and growing in the professional world.
Social media events are a great place to start this innovation and learning. And these 15 events are sure to put you on the path to social media success.
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