10 Social Media Conferences to Attend in 2014

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Debbie Miller
10 Social Media Conferences to Attend in 2014

Attending social media conferences and events serves many functions. Keeping up with the latest trends and continually learning from industry peers and leaders, which is imperative to succeeding in social media marketing. The networking at these kinds of events is always top-notch and so much information can be learned from the exchange of information and ideas.

Novices and beginners alike can gain a ton of inspiration and insight from attending relevant events. Sometimes it’s difficult to hone in on which events out there are the best to attend. Although the year is still young and additional opportunities may surface, here are 10 key social media-focused events currently on the docket this year.

Social Media Strategies Summit

Date: April 29-May 1, 2014
Place: Chicago, IL
Date: June 11-12, 2014
Place: New York, NY
Date: June 18-19, 2014
Place: Amsterdam

Anyone interested in learning from the best should consider this event. Over 4,000 marketers have attended the Social Media Strategies Summit, and 85% of attendees are manager level or higher. At SMSS, attendees make valuable business contacts among marketers facing the same social media and business challenges and learn how to harness the power of social media.

The speakers are handpicked and tasked to provide relevant, real-life insights and best practices into building and maintaining powerful social media plan that aligns with your business strategies. The focus is maintained on education and case studies – you won’t hear any sales pitches.

Speakers include:

  • Maria Poveromo, Senior Director of Social Media, Analyst Relations and Public Relations, Adobe
  • Derek Van Nostran, Vice President, Digital Marketing, CNN
  • Laura Messerschmitt, Vice President of Social Media and Customer Advocacy, GoDaddy
  • Doug Barasch, Senior Director, Digital Marketing, Universal Music Group
  • Rebecca Corliss, Head of Customer Marketing, HubSpot 

Social Media Strategies Summit

Social Media Week

Date: February 17-21, 2014
Place: New York, NY and others concurrently: Bangalore, Barcelona, Copenhagen, Hamburg, Lagos, Milan, Tokyo

Social Media Week is a week of conferences running concurrently around the world. Sessions cover everything from hiring with the help of social recruiting to content marketing and SEO. They take place in several locations around each host city. In 2013, they racked up over 10,000 participants in their events and their global events showcase the emphasis on the hyper-connectivity of the world.

Because of the variety of sessions that are both official and unofficial offered in tandem, Social Media Week is perfect for newbies as it offers a taste of official conference events mixed in with unofficial presentations and meet-ups, which are a component of a lot of larger conferences. Additionally, because of its many locations, it is more accessible to beginners who are looking to cut down on travel costs.


Date: February 19, 2014
Place: Dallas, TX
Date: April 2, 2014
Place: New York, NY
Date: June 2014 (TBD)
Place: Chicago, IL
Date: October 27-29, 2014
Place: Orlando, FL

BlogWell features eight great case studies on the best social media programs at large corporations. You’ll learn how to get started, get past roadblocks, and make your social media program phenomenal — all in one fantastic afternoon for just $250.

This event is all about how big brands use social media. No agencies, no startups — just big companies sharing what they’ve learned. The event is hosted by, the community for social media leaders at the world’s greatest brands.

Brands to be represented at this year’s events include Southwest, AT&T, BMW, Radio Shak, United Health Group, The United Services Automobile Association, Johnson & Johnson, GE, and Michelin.

Social Media Marketing World

Date: March 26-28, 2014
Place: San Diego, CA

Hosted by Social Media Examiner, Social Media Marketing World specializes in providing sessions and keynotes surround social media and its various platforms. Attendees pick from 80+ expert-led sessions covering social media tactics to content creation to social strategy, and will take in practical social media marketing sessions from the world’s top experts and brands in the social space.

Brands presenting include IBM, Wal-Mart, Whole Foods, Cox Communications, Dunkin Donuts, Hershey’s, AMC Theaters, LinkedIn, Boston Celtics, Intuit, Century 21, Autodesk, SAP, Citrix, Marriott, Hilton, Aetna, Experian, Discover, Oracle, Exact Target, Adobe and Kelly Services.

Attendees will have opportunities to make new connections at the opening-night networking party and at extensive structured networking opportunities. Because Social Media Marketing World is geared strictly toward social media, beginners in that niche of digital marketing will find its wide variety of content useful.

Social Media Marketing World 

Social Media World Form: #SMWF Europe

Date: March 31-April 1, 2014
Place: The Brewery, London

#SWMF Europe has become one of the key events on Europe’s social and digital marketing conference calendar. It will return to The Brewery in London to deliver top-level strategic advice and insight directed toward to heads of Social Media & Digital Marketing, CMOs, VPs of Marketing, Brand Managers, SME Marketers, and Social Media Strategists as well as traditional marketers.

Following feedback from 2013, this year’s event will introduce more debate-type content ensuring that controversial topics are explored in further detail. After great success in 2013, the #SMWF Learning Labs will also return for 2014. Working in groups, delegates will devise a marketing strategy for a client or situation, with industry experts on hand to help drive the creative process.

Speakers include:

  • Adam Field, Social Media lead Western Europe, Nike
  • Blake Cahill, Global Head of Digital & Social Marketing, Royal Philips
  • Shira Feuer, Head of Social Media EMEA, The Walt Disney Company
  • Pierre Woreczek, Chief Brand & Strategy Officer, McDonalds
  • Tim Lion, European Head of Social Media, Sony 

Social Fresh Conference

Date: April 18-19, 2014
Place: Tampa, FL
Date: September 12-13, 2014
Place: San Diego, CA

Social Fresh’s flagship event is a social media conference targeted for marketing professionals. These conferences focus on social media for business results. Instruction, case studies, group discussions and drilling down on topics are the focus of each of these events.

While most specific details haven’t been announced yet, Social Fresh prides themselves for their event’s different structure:  Less than 400 people attend each conference, and they like it that way. It is also a single-track event, so all attendees are in the same room with all speakers on the same stage.

They also don’t do panels: each speaker owns the stage while they are up there, meaning they have to bring it. Each speaker has 30 minutes for their session, not an hour, forcing them to focus on specific topics and drop all the fluff.

OMMA Social

Date: May 20, 2014
Place: New York, NY

At this special two-day OMMA Social event during Advertising Week New York, you’ll dive into the platforms, practices, and trends that are building out the social world. Attendees will hear from the top names in social and online advertising as they share the secrets of connecting with consumers using social media and marketing.

The event will cover emerging social media trends and best practices for online marketing and advertising using social media. Guests will have the chance to network with key social media professionals, brand marketers, and agency representatives and even follow highly specialized sessions on how to use social media sites, how to pick the right social channels, how to pick a social monitoring service, and more.

OMMA is currently still accepting speaker proposals, but past attendees include management from big brands including Bank of America, CBS Interactive, Godiva, MSNBC, Disney, Razorfish, Starcom Mediavest, PepsiCo, and Guinness World Records.


Corporate Social Media Summit

Date: June 16-17, 2014
Place: New York, NY

The Corporate Social Media Summit is the largest and most senior meeting of social media and marketing executives, giving attendees unrivaled insight into how social can drive business growth and competitive advantage.

Guests learn to develop a cohesive internal structure for a unified social media response, maintain meaningful customer conversation to boost brand loyalty, attain a full understanding of customers to humanize responses, and measure and refine each social approach to maximize value and efficiency.

Speakers include:

  • Paula Keve, Chief Communications Officer, Dow Jones & Company
  • Claire M. Burns, Chief Customer Officer, MetLife
  • Bev Thorne, Chief Marketing Officer, Century 21
  • Linda Rutherford, Vice President of Communication and Outreach, Southwest Airlines
  • Elaine Lawson, VP, US Digital Marketing, MasterCard 

Social Shake Up

Date: September 16-17, 2014
Place: Atlanta, GA

Social Shake Up isn’t Social Media 101: this is a celebration of how social media practitioners are creating exciting new ways to connect people within and outside the enterprise – customers, employees, managers, and leaders.

Presented by Social Media Today, this event is an exploration of how we’re shaking up traditional organizations and communication channels to create a brand new form of business: the Social Enterprise. This is a chance for guests to make sure their organizations share in this transformation.

Join the community of communications officers, community managers, creatives, C-Suite executives, content marketers, and creators to help create the next big trends in social business. Speakers have not yet been announced but check the website for more details.


Date: October 15-16, 2014
Place: New York, NY

In 2014, PivotCon will take a page from their own playbook and offer more intimate, focused, and lightweight interactions that also dig deep, year-round. Pivot 2014 turns participants into action officers, transforming their audience into empowered decision-makers of the Social Revolution.

Everything about the event will examine the landscape of problems faced by today’s most active Social Businesses. All events, speakers and research will dissect how the most influential Social Businesses make decisions, and why non-action in these areas could mean failure. These opportunities include:

  • Pop-Up Master Sessions
  • Private VIP Dinners
  • Deep Research w/Social Starts, their early-stage sister investment fund
  • Private Influence Dinners
  • Cocktail Salons & Conversation

The last stop of this exploration is Pivot, an invite-only evening in October for a selective set of 200 brand leaders where they Re-Imagine the Future of Social Business together


Do you have any you’d add to the list? Let us know in the comments!

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Debbie Miller

Debbie Miller

Social Media and Content Marketing Professional | Writer at Social Hospitality

Debbie has been working in digital marketing for 10 years. She is the President of Social Hospitality and writes for ... [Read full bio]