It's not every day that you walk into a room and find yourself amongst the most innovative thinkers, brightest minds, and top professionals in social media and social media management. In fact, there are really only a few specific times each year where these types of incredible opportunities to learn, grow, and network in the social media community exist.
Fortunately for you, we took today to look ahead and organize all of the social media events and social media conferences in 2018 into one, easy "must-attend" list.
If you're a social media manager, strategist, blogger or podcaster, then there's a very good chance this list of social media conferences will come in handy. Without further ado, here are the nine must-attend social media events and conferences in 2018.
Featured Event of 2018: Social Fresh
Dates: December 5-7, 2018
Location: Winter Park, FL
While it's certainly worth considering every single event on this list, Social Fresh is at the top of ours (and should be at the top of yours) for good reason. Their speaker panel is next to none, including social media directors and executives from IBM, Duke University, BET and Loews Hotel, and their ticket options are ridiculously low-priced compared to other events of the same caliber this year. We could also mention that this conference low-key doubles as a winter vacation to one of the coolest towns in Florida (if you've ever been to Winter Park, you know). If there's one conference you go to this year, this is it.
For tickets and more information, check out the Social Fresh 2018 website.
Dates: February 28 - March 2, 2018
Location: San Diego, California
At 5000 attendees, Social Media Marketing World 2018 is touted as the “world’s largest social media marketing conference.” You’ll get to meet the social media industry’s top pros and creators, as well as shake hands and get acquainted with thousands of social media marketers, bloggers, live show hosts, vloggers, and podcasters. Do we need to mention that this event is hosted in a sunny and beautiful area known as San Diego Bay? Probably not, you've already bought your ticket.
For tickets and more information, check out the Social Media Marking World website.
Dates: April 17, 2018
Location: New York, New York
Spredfast hosts the best conferences in social media by uniquely combining interactive workshops, world-class thought leadership sessions, and unsurpassed networking opportunities. The one-day event featured over 10 speakers last year, including Sally Kohn from CNN, Rob King from ESPN and Sarah Personette from Facebook. You can expect see us at this one.
For tickets and more information, check out the Smart Social NYC website.
Dates: April 2018 (Exact Dates TBD)
Location: Chicago, Illinois
One of the best social media event series in the world, Social Media Strategies Summits will be arriving Chicago in April 2018. Attendees will have access to case studies, awesome speakers, packed workshops, and more. As Sam Gach, Social Media Manager at Kellogg, puts it: “The best social conference I’ve attended.” Enough said.
For tickets and more information, check out the Social Media Strategies Summit: Chicago website.
Dates: April 24-27, 2018
Location: New York, New York
Social Media Week New York asserts itself as "one of the world’s premier conferences for professionals at the intersection of media, marketing, and technology." This year, #SMWNYC will be hosting its 10th annual conference and to celebrate the occasion, organizers Crowdcentric Media is expanding and launching "a new global edition of the conference" to take place in New York City. We're already in the neighborhood, so expect to see us there.
For tickets and more information, check out the Social Media Week: New York website.
Dates: May 2-3, 2018
Location: Victoria, B.C.
Social Media Camp is Canada’s largest social media conference year-in and year-out. The event offers "attendees the chance to network with a spectrum of professionals and pros within their renowned coaching program designed to help you walk away with new ideas and a plan of action." We hear May is a beautiful time of year to check out our neighbor to the north and the robust list of attendees at Social Media Camp has put this social media conference on our list of must-attend events in 2018.
For tickets and more information, check out the Social Media Camp website.
Dates: May 2-4, 2018
Location: Boston, Massachusetts
Can't make it to Canada for Social Media Camp? No worries. The Content Marketing Conference is a very insightful social media conference that features over 30 amazing speakers and 11 keynotes from a diverse panel of social media professionals. This Boston-based conference allows attendees to learn about a wide array of useful tactics, growth hacks, and techniques currently being utilized by the pros in social media.
For tickets and more information, check out the Content Marketing Conference website.
Dates: May 7-9, 2018
Location: Atlanta, Georgia
The Social Shake-Up conference has a unique and all-encompassing focus on “your business, your brand, your future.” This year's keynote speakers will include Jasmine Atherton of Airbnb, Matt Prince of Taco Bell and more. Attendees can also expect to brush shoulders and shake hands with a large number of companies planning on being present, such as Samsung, CNN, Ogilvy & Mather, evite, and more. Definitely worth a trip down south in 2018.
For tickets and more information, check out the Social Shake-Up website.
Dates: June 5, 2018
Location: London, England
Spredfast hosts the best conferences in social media by uniquely combining interactive workshops, world-class thought leadership sessions, and unsurpassed networking opportunities. The day-long event in London draws 250+ of EMEA's leading social and digital marketers. Last year's speakers included Helen Lawrence from Twitter and Sarah Swanson from the NFL.
For tickets and more information, check out the Smart Social London website.
Dates: November 5-7, 2018
Location: Austin, Texas
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. The three-day event hosts over 700 employes and 19 keynote speakers. Expect to hear from brands like Facebook, Airbnb, Bumble and more. Leave Austin inspired by a deepened understanding of how social can play a role in your most complex business opportunities.
For tickets and more information, check out the Smart Social Summit website.