Calendars at the Ready
From our own State of Search to Podcast Movement, the DFW area played host to some incredible digital marketing conferences in 2014. Several of you attended PubCon, SXSW, and many others. 2015 promises to be another great year of informative, interesting, and fun conferences.
Why Should You Attend a Conference?
- Educational presentations by industry experts
- Informative keynote speakers
- Networking with your peers
- Let’s not forget the parties!
Get out your calendars or fire up your favorite app and mark the dates for these upcoming local and national conferences.
February 10-12, 2015
Las Vegas, NV
When you are at a Las Vegas conference with social media marketers what happens in Vegas doesn’t necessarily stay in Vegas! This year’s summit promises a speaker lineup including practitioners from major corporations like Western Union, MGM Resorts International, Walmart and Citrix. These are not just people who “talk social”, but VPs, Directors, and Managers who work in the trenches every day.
February 27, 2015
Search Engine Marketing Professionals of Portland (SEMpdx) will host the SearchFest digital marketing conference. Google’s Tim Reis will deliver the opening keynote presentation. The agenda also includes 16 sessions featuring speakers such as Rand Fishkin, Rae Hoffman, and Bill Hartzer. Read more about it on our blog post SearchFest 2015: Portland’s Digital Marketing Conference.
Save $75 with discount code DFWSEM.
March 3-5, 2015
San Jose, CA
Search Marketing Expo (SMX) focuses on all aspects of search marketing both organic and paid, SEO, social, and mobile. Presented by the team behind Search Engine Land, the multi-track agenda will feature more than 60 sessions devoted to search marketing. Sessions include keynotes, workshops, and Search Marketing Boot Camp.
March 11-13, 2015
Near Austin, TX
“This is going to be the best optimization event you’ve attended” the organizers declare as they promise to take you through the whole optimization process. Conversion XL covers big picture design, data gathering, analysis, and testing.
All speakers are genuine conversion optimization practitioners. No dreamy pie-in-the-sky types. Brian Massey of Conversion Sciences, Peep Laja of ConversionXL, and Oli Gardner of Unbounce lead the roster of insightful people ready to tell you exactly how they get results.
Location isn’t shabby either. The beautiful Horseshoe Bay Marriott is about an hour northeast of Austin. The venue is secluded and private. The perfect destination for distraction free discussions and relationship building. If you’re flying in from out of town the conference team provides transportation to the venue.
March 13 – 17, 2015
Austin’s South by Southwest Interactive is one conference you won’t want to miss. “South by” is more than a social media and technology conference. It is equal parts education, networking, and partying.
The event will feature sessions, keynotes, and panel discussions from national and local industry leaders such as Gary Vaynerchuk, Brian Solis in conversation with comedian Russell Brand, Eric Ries, Tim Ferriss, Malcolm Gladwell, and Phil Libin.
March 25 – 27, 2015
San Diego, CA
More than 2500 people are expected to attend Social Media Marketing World this year. Hosted by Social Media Examiner, you can expect to network with industry leaders and learn valuable new ways to use social media in your business.
Tracks include social strategy and tactics, content marketing, analytics, corporate and small business social, and the future of social media marketing. The agenda will feature more than 100 sessions by some of the biggest names in social media.
Speakers will include Guy Kawasaki, Mari Smith, Chris Brogan, Jay Baer, Ann Handley, Michael Stelzner, Joe Pulizzi, Darren Rowse, and John Jantsch.
To top it all, there will be an opening night party on an aircraft carrier and a social beach networking party!
March 30 – April 1, 2015
New York City
Formerly known as SES Conference & Expo, this 3 day digital marketing conference starts with a full day of in-depth training workshops. Along with the keynote address by Tim Goudie of Coca-Cola Company, you will hear interesting presentations by marketing experts from Yahoo, Home Depot, Cisco, Hilton, and others.
The event will be held in the heart of New York City at the New York Marriott Marquis on Broadway. ClickZ will also provide great opportunities for networking with a Newcomers Meetup, a meet & greet with the speakers, and a cocktail reception.
April 20, 2015
Pubcon Austin is a day-long multi-track conference with sessions focusing on social media, online marketing and search insights.
The kickoff keynote will see SiteTuners CEO Tim Ash return to the Pubcon stage. Tim’s last keynote appearance at Pubcon was standing room only, so you’ll definitely want to catch him in Austin.
Pubcon Austin is sure to be one of the highlights on the conference calendar for 2015 and you will find more detail in this DFWSEM blog Digital Marketing Education and Good Times at Pubcon Austin.
April 27-29, 2015
Hero Conf is the largest digital advertising conference in the USA. Actually, it is the largest in the world. The event has a global reputation for bringing together the biggest names and brightest minds in online advertising every year. Everyone is here for the same reason. It’s all about discovering tactics and strategies, understanding the state of play, and delving into the future of pay-per-click advertising.
Hero Conf is more than just sessions. It is a human-to-human platform for innovative ideas, creative discussions, and making connections in the world of PPC. With an attendee-to-speaker ratio of just 7:1, you know you will have unbeatable access to the 65 real-world PPC experts featured on the speaker list.
One-on-one Agency Growth workshops provide real opportunities for direct business input from the people you’ve always wished you had on your team. Registration is open now.
April 30 – May 1, 2015
Presented by Distilled, SearchLove is a two-day conference in Boston that will focus on analytics, content creation, and SEO. Former speakers include Oli Gardner (Unbounce), Aaron Weyenberg (TED), Justin Cutroni (Google), and Mike King (iPullRank).
May 13 – 15, 2015
The folks behind Copyblogger will present their 2nd annual Authority Conference. The three day event will be held at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House in Denver, CO. This year the agenda will feature keynote presentations by Daniel Pink, Sally Hogshead, and punk rocker Henry Rollins. Content marketing and social media experts like Danny Sullivan, Ann Handley, and Chris Brogan will speak. Copyblogger’s own Brian Clark, Sonia Simone, and Jerod Morris will also present informative sessions on design, content, traffic, and conversion.
June 2–3, 2015
SMX Advanced is a fast-paced informative event for expert internet marketers who want to learn from the best. Hosted by Search Engine Land and Marketing Land, SMX Advanced’s agenda will feature all day workshops, Q&As, and knowledge packed sessions.
July 9 – 13
Chris Guillebeau, world traveler, author, and the man behind The Art of Non-Conformity blog will put on his 5th annual World Domination Summit in Portland, OR.
Derek Sivers, founder of CDBaby.com, author James Altucher, and award-winning blogger Asha Dornfest are among this year’s speakers.
July is a great month to head to the Pacific Northwest. The week following World Domination Summit, Rand Fishkin will present a three day event filled with sessions on SEO, social media, content marketing, brand development, and mobile.
Rand will be joined by other experts from MOZ and sought after industry speakers. Those already confirmed include Dr Pete Meyers, Cyrus Shepard, Dana DiTomaso, and Wil Reynolds.
Mozcon also has an annual call for Community Speakers. This is your opportunity to pitch your best work for a chance to speak on the Mozcon stage. Watch for the community speaker call early in the year.
July 31- August 2, 2015
Fort Worth, TX
The phenomenal success of NPR’s Serial has brought podcasts and podcasting into the mainstream. Last year, Dallas hosted the first national conference dedicated entirely to podcasting. It was a phenomenal success.
In 2015 Podcast Movement will relocate to Fort Worth’s Omni Hotel. The full agenda has not been announced, but the keynote speaker will be Pat Flynn, from Smart Passive Income.
September 8 – 11
With over 80 sessions presented by well known brand marketing experts, Content Marketing World 2015 is one of the most anticipated events of the year.
Hosted by Content Marketing Institute, the agenda will cover topics related to content strategy, integration, and measurement.
Attendees will hear presentations from Kristina Halvorson, Rand Fishkin, Joe Pulizzi, Robert Rose, Jay Baer, Mitch Joel, Lee Odden, Ann Handley, and John Lee Dumas.
September 10 – 11
San Diego, CA
SearchLove brings together some of the world’s leading thinkers in online marketing for two days of ideas and inspiration in a San Diego resort atmosphere.
The conference is single track and will feature the latest in search, analytics, content creation, branding, paid promotions, and more.
Previous speakers include Will Critchlow, Stephanie Chang, Justin Cutroni, Melanie Spring, Mack Fogelsen, Marshall Simmonds and Rand Fishkin.
September 29 – October 1, 2015
New York City, NY
SMX East returns to New York City with 60 sessions across three days, covering the broad spectrum of search engine marketing. Topics include search engine optimization, content development, paid search, and social media marketing. Pre-conference workshops will take place on September 29.
The agenda will be released at the beginning of June. Pass options include All Access, Bootcamp (for those new to the industry) and the Expo+ limited Free pass.
October 6 -8
Masters Group Training: Oct 5.
Las Vegas, NV
Everyone from CEOs to CMOs and anyone interested in search marketing and social media will want to attend Pubcon Las Vegas 2015. The popular week-long event will feature more than 100 sessions by over 150 industry leaders. Past speakers include Malcolm Gladwell, Matt Cutts, Guy Kawasaki, and David Pogue.
November 16 – 17, 2015
James Loomstein and the committee for the State of Search conference are hard at work on making the 2015 event even better than ever. This year’s State of Search speaker list was widely acknowledged as the best of the year in Search.
Watch for registration information and be sure to grab your tickets early.
Date To Be Determined
Las Vegas, NV
Head to Las Vegas and sync up with some of the smartest minds in social media at the 5th annual SMX Social Media Marketing conference. With a complete focus on the business of social, SMX Social Media Marketing reveals fresh new strategies and tactics from some of the savviest brands and digital marketing agencies out there.
These are people who actually manage earned, owned, and paid social media marketing campaigns across multiple platforms every day. Talk shop with your social media marketing peers and maximize facetime with special guest speakers over refreshment breaks, lunches, and of course, parties!
This is a brief overview of the upcoming conferences for 2015. We will update these events as more information becomes available.
Thanks to Sha Menz for her contribution to this article.
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