The year 2014 is going to be amazing for social media events. Already we are seeing announcements for some major conferences that are attracting a lot of attention. The six on this list are all major series that always manage to feature the best speakers, the greatest networking opportunities, and the most up to date information on the industry.
If you are looking to attend an event that will really help you in your professional life, this list is for you.
Where and When: April 24 – 27; San Diego, California
Looking for something a bit more exclusive than most events? This conference is open only to SVN members (active), affiliates, and prospective membership. Though if you are a former member you can renew membership prior to registration and are welcome to attend. Speakers will include Walter Robb, Bernie Glassman, Maxine Bedat, Soraya Darabi, Gary Hirshberg, Kat Taylor, Neil Grimmer, Fred Miller and Judith Katz. They provide special rates for attending family of active members, so feel free to bring someone along!
Where and When: April 23 – 24; Sioux Falls, South Dakota
The Now What? Series is fairly new, and so is not as well known as many of the others currently on the circuit. But it is a major event that has attracted some of the biggest industry names as speakers and workshop holders. Tickets will be on sale December 13, which is the day they will release the planned schedule and agenda. Sign up early for workshops, as they fill up fast.
Where and When: March 31 – April 2; Seattle, Washington
Jeffrey Zeldman and Eric Meyer are two legends in the design world, as some of the first to revolutionize it. They came up with this unique conference that tries to avoid many of the pitfalls of other series. For example, it only has one track so you don’t have to jump through a confusing schedule. They also don’t force any networking events, instead ending the sessions early enough to allow you to get together one on one with whoever you like.
4. IA Summit
Where and When: March 26 – 30; San Diego, California
The IA Summit has been around for the last fifteen years, and they have maintained a high level of quality that has kept them at the top of most lists since the very first event. If you are interested in Information Architecture, and you want to hear from industry experts about genuine trends and projects to come, this is the perfect conference to attend. The 2014 theme will be The Path Ahead, and looks at the future framework of the web, social media, and more.
5. #SMX West
Where and When: March 11 – 13; San Jose, California
It isn’t always easy to find the proper balance between offering a whole lot, and not making things hard on your attendees. SMX is the series that comes closest to finding the correct mixture of both. There are a lot of tracks and workshops, but they are held in a more convenient way than most. There are networking events, but they are made to allow you to pop in when you feel like it rather than risk missing it. But what sets SMX apart is the high number of brands that attend looking for direct networking opportunities. Most are there looking for new affiliates and partners.
Where and When: New York City, New York; May 2014
We don’t have that many details about this conference yet, but I thought we should have it on the list. It is one of the most anticipated conferences of the year, as they skipped a 2013 event. This actually maintains quality, allowing for a much bigger summit this time around. Dozens of speakers from the biggest brands in multiple industries will be represented, and the sessions will be focused on social media integration, branding, engagement, and other topics like mobile web, social TV and social CRM, among many others. This is an event you don’t want to miss, so check back to find out more as the details are released and be sure to attend. If you prefer to stay closer to the venue, search for hotels in Manhattan at NewYorkHotels.org or have a look the local hotels that they suggest.
Another good option to look into is Social Media Strategies Summit!
Do you know of any good events happening in 2014 in the social media industry? We would love to hear about them, so leave us a comment.