We’re here to round up this summer’s best and hottest social media conferences from Boston to San Diego. The speakers range from celebrities to tech industry leaders that know a thing or two about social media. They’re guaranteed to educate you on the latest trends in social and provide an opportunity for you to learn from their successes and failures. Join together with like-minded people who share your love of a good caption.
Get ready to plan for a conference packed with workshops, networking events, and plenty of Snapchats. Hey, why not turn it into a mini-vacation? (We won’t tell your boss).
Date: June 8-9
Location: San Francisco, CA
Price: $289 – 449
FunnyBizz is the only conference of its kind. Their motto “where business meets humor” pushes content marketers to stop writing boring content and embrace their funny bone. This conference will teach you the value of humor in a brand’s voice. Humor helps consumers connect with a brand. Expect to be entertained by stand-up comedians and partake in a discussion of memes and the poop emoji.
Date: June 11-13
Location: Boston, MA
WistiaFest is a unique conference on business video content. Unite with fun-loving, video enthusiasts to learn from the best. Join for a weekend of keynotes talks, breakout sessions, and after hours fun. Speakers include Adam Lisagor Founder of Sandwich Video, Brendan Schwartz Co-Founder and CTO of Wistia, and Glenn Elliott Founder and CEO of Reward Gateway. Plus: This conference promises plenty of oysters and boat rides.
Search Engine Land’s SMX Advanced
Date: June 12-14
Location: Seattle, WA
Price: $199 – 2,995
SMX Advanced focuses on all things SEO and SEM. This data-driven conference is exclusively for experienced search marketers. Keynote speakers include search marketing experts from Google, Uber, Pinterest, Intel, Microsoft, and Merkle. This social media conference stands out from the rest with in-depth workshops discussing Google AdWords, Google Analytics, SEO, and paid search. Plus: The venue is a waterfront conference center with beautiful views of the Olympic Mountains, Elliott Bay, and the Seattle skyline. That is reason enough to attend!
Social Media Week
Date: June 12-16
Location: Los Angeles, Mexico City, Milan
Price: $759 – 2,749 (prices increase 6/2)
Cities all over the globe hold a Social Media Week jam-packed with panels of marketers and social media influencers. L.A.’s upcoming SMW has an impressive lineup of speakers you won’t want to miss. Hear from the Joe Perez Co-Founder of TasteMade, Matt Thomson CPO of Bitly, Kelly Osborn television personality, and Shabnam Mogharabi CEO of SoulPancake. The global theme for their 2017 conferences is “Language and the Machine: Algorithms and the Future of Communication.”
Date: June 19-23
Location: Chicago, IL
Price: $0 – 450
This tech and startup conference is a sure hit with insights on the latest technology innovations and startup mentorships. Listen to pitches from companies and learn about various business models. Get ahead of the competition by updating your social strategy to fit with up-and-coming technology. Plus: The Explorer pass is FREE and includes community events and Best Place to Work Showcase. This pass is great for entrepreneurs with startups or looking to join ventures.
Growth Marketing Conference
Date: June 28-29
Location: San Francisco, CA
Price: $499 – 1,299
Network and receive hands-on training from the industry’s top growth and marketing experts. A few of this year’s keynote speakers include Maria Pergolino VP of Marketing at Apttus, David Ewart Head of Digital Marketing at Oracle, Alexandra Mack Head of Marketing at CrunchBase, and Martijn Scheijbeler Growth & SEO at Postmates. The sessions focus on CRM, big data, predictive analytics, content marketing, and sales automation. Past attendees admired the connections they made that lead to future collaborations.
Date: August 3-5
Location: Salt Lake City, UT
Price: $25 – 299
CVX Live is a creator viewer experience conference that targets social media influencers. This is probably one of the few conferences that you will see children and teenagers excited to attend. Creators and instructors that will be speaking include top Instagrammers and YouTubers Sadie Robertson, Grant Thompson, Pranksters in Love, and The Ballinger Family. Whether you are looking to work with a creator or become one yourself; meet creators, learn industry secrets, and enjoy a constant stream of entertainment. At the end a prize will be awarded to the 2017 Next Big YouTuber.
Content Marketing World
Date: September 5-8
Location: Cleveland, Ohio
Price: $595 – 2,995 (prices increase 6/3)
Learn from the best and brightest content marketers and network with professionals from around the globe. Their goal is to inspire you to become the best content marketer you can be. These seminars cover strategy, writing, metrics, and integration. Speakers include Shira Abel CEO at Hunter & Bard, Carlos Abler Content Strategy at 3M, Jay Acunzo creator and host of Unthinkable, and Stacy Adams Head of Marketing at GoAnimate. Plus: Every Tuesday on Twitter, @CMIContent hosts a forum to discuss content marketing topics using #CMWorld.
Date: September 25-28
Location: Boston, Massachusetts
Price: $399 – 1,899
If there is one social media conference you must attend, INBOUND is it. The lineup for this year’s featured speakers include Michelle Obama, the Editor-in-Chief of Teen Vogue, Co-Founder of Refinery29, and Author of best-selling book “Eat, Pray, Love”. Past attendees rave about their experience and promise it is worth the price. They were able to implement the valuable ideas into their business. INBOUND even has a letter template on their website on how to convince your boss to let you attend, but we think they won’t need much convincing.
Social Media Strategies Summit
Date: October 17-19
Location: New York, NY
Price: $1,199 – 1,399
Okay technically not during the summer, but we couldn’t leave this one out. Travel to the Big Apple for SMSS to gain insights on revenue-driven social media strategies. Keynote speakers include Ross Martin EVP Marketing Strategy & Engagement at Viacom, Aniko DeLaney Global Head of Corporate Marketing at BNY Mellon, and Stacey Jaffe VP Digital Content at Teach For America. There’s a reason why SMSS is the “#1 Social Media Marketing Event for Senior-Level Corporate Professionals”. This conference is no fluff that leaves you with practical takeaways you can act on right away.