It is that time of the year again! The excitement is starting to drop, and plans are being put in motion. It’s time to mark the calendar because of specific goals. Those who attend know that conferences play a vital role in career development. To that end, we have compiled a list of conferences in which you may be interested. This compilation covers events happening all-year-long. So you can plan for the entire year from just this article.

The events we have put together are focused on social media. Social media events are gatherings where you can learn about new and existing trends. These trends are in social media marketing and branding. These events are helpful to entrepreneurs and developers. We believe these are the best social media conferences and events.

20 Best Social Media Conferences & Events

We have provided vital information on some social media conferences happening this year. In our opinion, these conferences are some of the most impactful. In the following list, you will find that there’s at least one conference for every month. We hope that it will help you decide which is best for you to attend. Here is the list of the top social media marketing conferences for 2020.

#1 NamesCon Global 2020 - January

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  • Date: January 29 - February 1, 2020
  • Location: Austin, Texas
  • Price Range: $699 - $999
  • Main Speakers: Aman Bhutani
  • Website: NamesCon Global 2020

Main Speakers: Main Speakers, Kate Buckley, Richard Merdinger, Akram Atallah, Rolf Larsen, Mac Nagaswami

NamesCon Global is the largest annual domain-industry conference. It attracts professionals from around the globe. Attendees will experience compelling keynotes, informative panels, and hands-on workshops. Industry experts would lead these. Domains are the structure with which the Internet is built. How they are created, purchased and maintained has changed quickly. The story of the change is in itself a beauty. But much more, how to gain from development is a vital topic.

NamesCon Global

This conference targets all who are involved in domains. Its audience includes domain name investors and start-ups. It also includes affiliate marketing companies, parking companies, and financial service providers. It doesn't exclude web hosting companies, attorneys, and brand managers.

#2 Social Media Week - February

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  • Date: February 26 - 28, 2020
  • Location: Austin, Texas
  • Price Range: $275
  • Main Speakers: Curt Maly
  • Website: Social Media Week

Main Speakers: Curt Maly, Marcus Murphy, Swish Goswami, Re Perez, Rhonda Britten, Jaime Masters

The Austin, Texas edition is a three-day event. It brings industry leaders to share practical insight and tactical advice. The fields covered at the event concern both Social Media and digital marketing. There is another edition in Lagos, Nigeria in the same month.

This event targets a multi-type audience. Anyone who is involved in social media will find a useful session. They may include innovators, senior marketers and branders, and entrepreneurs. Digital executives and professionals, web & mobile strategists also qualify. There is something for designers and web project managers, business leaders, business developers. Agency executives, their teams and anyone else in the digital community are welcome. All will learn and leverage digital, mobile, and social media marketing.

#3 Social Media Marketing World - March

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  • Date: March 1-3, 2020
  • Location: San Diego,California
  • Price Range: $697-$1,697
  • Main Speakers: Mari Smith
  • Website: Social Media Marketing World

Main Speakers: Mari Smith, Jay Baer, Amy Poterfield, Michael Stelzner, Mark W. Schaefer.

Social Media Marketing World 2020 will be networking heaven like it is every year. You’ll make new friends and meet your online friends in real life. You will also take advantage of excellent opportunities.

Like the past six years, there will be opportunities network in a variety of ways. They include parties, during the sessions or workshops and networking breaks. For more introverted people, there is an out space to stay away from the crowd. They may decide to buy a virtual ticket. This way, they attend from the comfort of their homes.

This is one of the social media events specially designed for digital marketers. It is famed to bring all the most sought-after moderators. Facebook is the most extensive social media network around the globe. Between Twitter and Instagram, nearly all digitally active persons can be reached. This event focuses on these media. So, it follows that those who stand to gain the most are those who actively use these platforms.

#4 Marketing Show North - March

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  • Date: March 11 - 12, 2020
  • Location: Manchester, UK
  • Price Range: Free
  • Main Speakers: Imtiaz Adam
  • Website: Marketing Show North

Main Speakers: Imtiaz Adam, Noha Amin, Namrata Murlidhar Anand, Kiran Bains, Nick Band, Georgia Barry, Liam Bateman, Caroline Beesley, Jon Bezalel, Nigel Bridges, Andy Burton, Sean Connell

This social media conference was initially named Prolific North. As Prolific North, it has had three successful events. In its fourth edition, it has been renamed Marketing Show North.

Marketing Show North will provide representatives with real-time experience and learning. This will be in digital innovation, marketing platforms, marketing technologies, and sales Innovation. Immersive technologies, branding, experiential, content, and engagement are also part of the mix. Printing innovation, broadcast, and visual content, advertising, and media will be covered.

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This social media event will explore all aspects of the rapidly evolving marketing mix. This will include marketing technologies to changes in sales and customer engagement technique. It is most useful for those looking to make the most of the North’s estimated social media marketing budget. This category will include brand managers and marketing companies. Executives in charge of marketing units will gain much in this conference.

Another class of professional targeted is salespersons. There will be something for them in the show. Overall, anyone involved in the business of social media is encouraged to come and rub minds at the show.

#5 Midwest Digital Marketing Conference - April

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  • Date: April 8-10, 2020
  • Location: St Louis, Missouri
  • Price Range: $199-$349
  • Main Speakers: Brent Adams
  • Website: Midwest Digital Marketing

Main Speakers: Mike Allton, Kasim Aslam, Ashley Aubuchon-Arcand

The MDMC is the largest digital marketing conference in the Midwest. In 2018, it set attendance records with nearly 2,000 marketers and friends. There were over 130 experts including BuzzFeed, Pandora, Instagram, and FB. Twitter, Refinery29, Pinterest, GoDaddy, Under Armour, LinkedIn were also present. HubSpot, Google, Yahoo, Nielsen and more graced the podium.

Digital marketing is fast growing so are its training and events. MDMC is one of such events tailored for digital marketers. Without much ado, MDMC directly addresses digital marketing trends. The conference focuses its discussion on the Midwest terrain. So, if you are a social media expert looking to do business in the Midwest, this is for you. Other enthusiasts and executives from anywhere are also invited. They will get to learn a few things that may apply to other parts of the globe. The universe, after all, is a global village.

#6 International Conference on Social Media Marketing - April

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  • Date: April 23-24, 2020
  • Location: London, UK
  • Price Range: EUR 100-450
  • Main Speakers: No official release yet
  • Website: International Conference

Social media marketing techniques have advanced in the last decade in developed nations. Social media marketing has also been introduced in emerging economies. All these trends have researchers struggling to keep up with the pace of evolution. Their main focus is the impact on all branches of marketing. It spans brand building to its influence in shaping consumer perceptions and communications. This conference aims to provide a global platform for practicing and academic researchers. The platform will allow them to share their latest research, ideas, and survey reports. The theory and practices regarding all aspects of SM marketing is their focus.

This social media marketing conference has a real global feel. It intends to look at marketing techniques in developed nations. It also will consider the introduction of social media marketing in emerging economies. This evolution also has significant consequences for marketing as a whole. It affects branding, communication and client perception. The event format is exciting, allowing for a lively discussion. Between digital marketers and researchers, exciting ideas will be formed and explored.

#7 Social Media Strategies Summit - April

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  • Date: April 28 - 30, 2020
  • Location: Chicago, Illinois
  • Price Range: $1,894 - $2,494
  • Main Speakers: Miri Rodriguez
  • Website: Social Media Strategies

Main Speakers: Jason Burns, Amber Naslund, Jason R. Dailey, Lauren Powell

The Social Media Strategies Summit is the must-attend event for marketers. This 3-day event features hands-on through workshops and talks. It focuses on brand case studies, how-to tutorials, and best practices.

The summit is a great place to improve your skills. The areas in focus are social media, digital marketing, and communications. Attendees will learn from a mix of experienced in-house practitioners. They will work with top agencies to get a complete view of what it takes to execute a successful plan. They will also build a content strategy. This strategy will be sustainable, scalable and drives business growth.

This event has marketers at its heart. Attendees get to leverage practical, tangible strategies. This differentiates their brand in a crowded marketplace. Strategically integrate social media tools to run more effective, engaging campaigns.

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They will meet other organizations with similar challenges. By so doing, learn how they are overcoming them and more. This conference provides lots of opportunities to network, so take advantage of it! They will listen to real-life case studies. And also get practical insights into thinking out of the box. Thus, they will generate fresh, winning ideas for social campaigns and communications.

#8 Social Media Camp - May

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  • Date: May 5 - 7, 2020
  • Location: Victoria,British Columbia, Canada
  • Price Range: -
  • Main Speakers: Jillian Harris
  • Website: Social Media Camp

Main Speakers: Mark Cohon, Nicole Smith, Philip Shaw. Darian Kovacs, Danielle Wiebe , Mindy Crawford, Shay Merritt, Dr. Ed Osburn, and more

This event is tagged “Canada’s largest social media conference.” The unique thing about them is the significant number of delegates they attract. Representatives come from everywhere and all sectors of the economy. The event covers social media marketing. It does this under the following headings: communications, sales, crowdsourcing. It also includes e-learning, digital marketing, content marketing, e-mail marketing, and inbound marketing. It is not only a “marketing” conference. It looks at the cultural impacts of social media. It considers its effects on politics, and its security and safety implications.

Held in multiple locations throughout the year, the social media camp is for anybody. Those already involved in digital branding and marketing stand to benefit the most. While the invitation is thrown open to all, “humanitarians” will be most thrilled. This event aims at empathizing with producers, marketers, and users of technological products. Hence, its attendees must be those ready to feel the impact of social media on the general public. This is the culture of the event and its distinctive feature.

#9 Social Media Week - May

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  • Date: May 5 - 7, 2020
  • Location: New York, New York
  • Price Range: $719-1,999
  • Main Speakers: Rishad Tobaccowala
  • Website: Social Media Week

Social Media Week Conference brings together marketing, media, and technology professionals. These social media experts come from various countries. They come with a curiosity and passion for new ideas, innovations, and emerging trends.

Social Media Week New York Speakers

This year, the event plans to have over 300 professionals throughout the week. This event holds in different cities all over the world. In case you miss the one in Austin Texas, you can plan for this one.

This event is for those looking to break into the social media marketing scene. It is also for those seeking to brush up their skills before the next big client. For a whole week and with over 300 experts, everybody is welcome! So, if you are already in the business of social media and need fresh insight, this festival will get you started. Newbies and beginners can find amazing, groundbreaking sessions at this event too.

#10 Digital Marketing Summit - May

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  • Date: May 5 - 7, 2020
  • Location: Tampa, Florida
  • Price Range: $275-$995
  • Main Speakers: Dave Isbitski
  • Website: Digital Marketing

Main Speakers: Ja Rule, Christi Olson, Ursula Ringham. Dan Devone, James Clark, Susan Cylenica, Obele Brown West, Lauren Teague

Digital Marketing Summit Speakers

Digital Summit Tampa is one of the Digital Summit series. Attendees are those driving growth and success of their company’s digital marketing. These people are also crucial to influencing the future of the digital economy. They come from a wide variety of companies and organizations. These include national brands, CPG, agencies, service providers. It also includes technology pioneers, B2B providers, associations & nonprofits, startups, and much more.

#11 The Social Shake-Up - May

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  • Date: May 12 - 14, 2020
  • Location: Atlanta, Georgia
  • Price Range: $1,145-$2,295
  • Main Speakers: James Gregson
  • Website: The Social Shake-Up

Main Speakers:Leah Feygin, Amber Mac, Emmy Berlind, Brian Fanzo, Tim Degner, Brandi Boatner, Carmen Collins, Elianne Ramos, Kristin Thomas, Dwayna Haley, Danica Kombol, Kimberly Buffington, Amanda Coffee, Brandon Butler, Adriana Arvizo, King Williams, Miri Rodriguez, Ashley Sasnett, Kelly Stone, Elizabeth Sorrell, Sierra Barter, Ash-Marie Duvernois, Tina Starkey, Benjamin Rudolph.

The Social Shake Up Speakers

An experienced team organized the Social Shake-Up. The team has more than 30 years of conference programming under their belt. Their partners also know the social media like the back of their palms. They have narrowed down the topics to the most critical ones facing digital leaders.

The event will have interactive sessions, case studies, panel discussions, fireside chats, clinics. They will focus on Social Strategy, Integrated Comms, Customer Experience, Video, Monitoring. Also, Data, FB, Snapchat, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn, Content Marketing will be in view. Mobile, Podcasting, Blogging, Social Good, and Visual Storytelling will be in sight. Attention will be on Paid Social, Organic Social, Online Communities, and Crisis Management. Talent Retention, Customer Mapping, SEO, Measurement, and Social Commerce will be covered.

The Social Shake-up is an event of glamour. It has the purpose of bringing the most influential social media experts together. It throws an immodest invitation out to “movers” and “shakers.” These people are from marketing firms and the industry at large. If you consider yourself influential in the digital marketing sphere, buy a ticket. Not everybody falls in this category, however. If you are not but want to seat at a table with some idols, this event is for you. There is much networking to be done at this conference.

#12 SocialWest - June

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  • Date: June 3 - 5, 2020
  • Location: Calgary, Canada
  • Price Range: CAD 596.19
  • Main Speakers: Susan Charles
  • Website: SocialWest

SocialWest is an exciting multi-day conference. It was developed for those working in communications, marketing, and social media professions.

Attendees experience sessions, panels and workshops lead by the industry's foremost experts. Throughout SocialWest, the experts will share the elements of successful strategies. These strategies will be relevant for both big and small businesses. SocialWest will be an essential educational conference. It is for social media and marketing professionals of all levels.

#13 DigiMarCon Midwest - June

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  • Date: June 17 - 18, 2020
  • Location: Chicago, Ilinois
  • Price Range: $197-$997
  • Main Speakers: Robert Rose
  • Website: DigiMarCon Midwest

Main Speakers: Christi Olson, Rand Fishkin, Simon Kelly, Elizma Nolte, Jason Falls, Juntae DeLane, Asma Shabab, Joe Nguyen, Laura-Ann Mitchell, Dan Devone, Clare Trafankowska, and more

DigiMarCon Midwest 2020 Conference showcases the most audacious and thought-provoking orators. Thus, it provides attendees with emerging strategies and the latest innovative technologies. It will cover best practices and insights from successful digital marketing campaigns. It will cover building customer loyalty, increasing sales, and improving lead generation. The program has been specifically designed to help attendees develop their audience. Attendees will learn how to build traffic and create brand awareness. You will also learn to improve customer service and promote better use of digital tools. This knowledge will be used to drive more productive business outcomes internally.

DigiMarCon Midwest Speakers

This event is for Innovators, senior marketers and branders, and entrepreneurs. Digital executives and professionals, web & mobile strategists are also in view. There is something for designers and web project managers, business leaders business developers. Agency executives, their teams and anyone else in the digital community are welcome. All will learn and leverage digital, mobile, and social media marketing.

#14 ANA Digital & Social Media Conference - July

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  • Date: July 7 – 9, 2020
  • Location: San Diego,California
  • Price Range: -
  • Main Speakers: No official release yet
  • Website: ANA Digital & Social Media

The Association of National Advertiser organizes this conference. It guarantees highly professional lectures and knowledge. It is focused on Social Media and Digital Marketing subject. It will provide practical testimonials on the latest trends, tendencies of the industry. Examples of how to use these will also be demonstrated.

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As the name suggests, this conference is aimed at digital marketers. Social media experts would also find useful collaborations and training here.

#15 Intrigue Summit - August

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  • Date: August, 2020
  • Location: New York, New York
  • Price Range: -
  • Main Speakers: No official release yet
  • Website: Intrigue Summit

Intrigue Summit is a meetup of digital marketing specialists. The summit takes place in New York City. The program line up is quite peculiar. The first thing you should notice is that Intrigue gathers over 200 moderators. At first, it looks impractical for a one-day event. But the organizers have made an impressive structure. The summit is based entirely on the Q&A sessions. The Q&A sessions are those moderated by one or multiple subject matter experts. The summit starts with a quick keynote part. Once this is done, the audience takes the stage.

The target audience of this event is digital marketers. It will cover all critical aspects of the field. The best part is the audience questions are the topics of discussion. The event has been tailored to take a Q&A format. Therefore, those who would rather be listened than preached it would be thrilled. Budding professionals are a very critical chunk of the expected attendance. In short, if you have questions about social media in general and want an expert opinion, hurry along.

#16 Content Marketing World - October

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  • Date: October 13 – 16, 2020
  • Location: Cleveland, Ohio
  • Price Range: $749-$1,999
  • Main Speakers: Mindy Kaling
  • Website: Content Marketing World

Main SpeakersNilla Ali, Henry Rollins, Kathy Button Bell, Tamsen Webster, Joe Pulizzi, Robert Rose, Scott Stratten

Content Marketing World is the one event where you can learn and network with the best in the industry. It will inspire you to create your epic content marketing. It will help you network with some of the brightest in the business! We want to help you build your team and your skills. There will be over 120 sessions and workshops. They will be presented by leading brand marketers and experts from around the globe. They will cover storytelling, ROI, demand generation.

This is for those looking for new perspectives, and new case studies. You will get fresh inspiration and insight into the most important future trends. These will be the most relevant in the content marketing industry. Then you don’t want to miss CMWorld 2020. Any brand that wants to improve and evolve its content marketing prowess will be here.

#17 Social Media Week London - October

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  • Date: October 21 - 22, 2020
  • Location: London, UK
  • Price Range: -
  • Main Speakers: Lindsey Turner
  • Website: Social Media Week London

Main Speakers: Steven Bartlett, Aoife McGuinness, Matthew Breen, Christopher Cox, Claire Hodgson, James Lamon, Sarah Keenaghan

Social Media Week London Speakers

This is an annual conference that gathers Social Media experts from across Europe. They come to discuss the latest Social Media Marketing trends. Topics covered during the event tackle vast areas of Social Marketing. They are a source of knowledge that every social marketer will find useful.

This is the 9th edition of the Social Media Week London. It will bring together professionals with a curiosity and passion for new ideas. Innovations and emerging trends in social media. Over three days they will tackle three prominent sub-themes. They include the YouUniverse, the Social Divide, and AI vs. Humanity.

#13 World Social Marketing Conference - October

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  • Date: October 21-23, 2020
  • Location: Thessaloniki, Greece
  • Price Range: EUR 270-375
  • Main Speakers: Angela Makris
  • Website: World Social Marketing

Main Speakers: Dr Ariadne Kapetanaki, Dr David McElroy, Dr Diogo Veríssimo, Dr Nadina Luca

The mission of World Social Marketing is to act as a vehicle to help build a global movement. This movement is for capturing, spreading and nurturing good practice in Social Marketing. It also deals with a range of associated behavior change disciplines.

The organizers are about increasing the efficiency and effectiveness of social marketing practice. This will span operational and strategic levels. It will also cut across regional, national and international settings. This conference aims to aggregate people trying to make society better. The focus is on those who encourage behavior change in others.

#19 Social Media Strategies - October

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  • Date: October 27-29, 2020
  • Location: New York, New York
  • Price Range: $1,894-$2,494
  • Main Speakers: Bette Ann Schlossberg
  • Website: Social Media Strategies

Social Media Strategies Summit is a platform to learn about real-life case studies. These will provide practical insights that get you thinking out of the box. You will spin fresh, winning ideas for your social campaigns and communications. This event is a chance to participate in hands-on, activity-based workshops. The interactive sessions will help to deep dive into specific topics. You will get to work collaboratively to solve them alongside your peers.

#20 Social Fresh 2020 - November

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  • Date: November 5-6, 2020
  • Location: Orlando, Florida
  • Price Range: $797-$1,297
  • Main Speakers: Katie Richman
  • Website: Social Fresh 2020

This conference was held annually since 2008 and has hosted more than 20 events. Attendance at the meeting includes more than 300 of the Fortune 500 in attendance. This year’s conference is for two days. It is an excellent opportunity to meet up with primary influencers in the media. The conference brings together top digital leaders like Facebook, Microsoft, and many others.

Social Fresh Speakers

Expected participants include digital marketers, salesperson(s), and executive. It also includes agents as well as business owners. It is primarily for anyone who wants to grow an audience. It will also help those who want to find new customers. It will help increase revenue via social media and content marketing.

Best Social Media Conferences & Events of 2020

Name Date Location Price Range
1. NamesCon Global 2020 January 29-February 1, 2020 Austin, Texas $699 – $999
2. Social Media Week February 26-28, 2020 Austin, Texas $556,5
3. Social Media Marketing World March 1-3, 2020 San Diego,California $697-$1,697
4. Marketing Show North March 11-12, 2020 Manchester, UK Free
5. Midwest Digital Marketing Conference April 8-10, 2020 St Louis, Missouri $199-$349
6. International Conference on Social Media Marketing April 23-24, 2020 London, UK €100-€450
7. Social Media Strategies Summit April 28-30, 2020 Chicago, Illinois $1,894-$2,494
8. Social Media Camp May 5-7, 2020 Victoria,British Columbia, Canada
9. Social Media Week May 5-7, 2020 New York, New York $719-1,999
10. Digital Marketing Summit May 5-7, 2020 Tampa, Florida $275-$995
11. The Social Shake-Up May 12-14, 2020 Atlanta, Georgia $1,145-$2,295
12. SocialWest June 3-5, 2020 Calgary, Canada C$596,19
13. DigiMarCon Midwest June 17-18, 2020 Chicago, Illinois $197-$897
14. ANA Digital & Social Media Conference July 7-9, 2020 San Diego,California
15. Intrigue Summit August, 2020 New York, New York
16. Content Marketing World October 13-16, 2020 Cleveland, Ohio $749-$1,999
17. Social Media Week London October 21-22, 2020 London, UK
18. World Social Marketing Conference October 21-23, 2020 Thessaloniki, Greece €270-€375
19. Social Media Strategies October 27-29, 2020 New York, New York $1,894-$2,494
20. Social Fresh November 5-6, 2020 Orlando, Florida $797-$1,297

The Final Word

A lot of insight can be gained just by attending social media conferences. The most attended are social media marketing conferences. These insights can help enhance a company’s strategies. Keeping an eye on the most important events is the key to stay up-to-date with innovations.

Each conference will have its benefits. No two social media events are exactly alike. Summits often differ concerning the topics covered, participants’ profile or the organizational aspects. To get the most out of it, it’s important to attend only events that fit your needs. These events generally offer the information you’re interested in. When chosen wisely, attendance at the conferences offers a lot!

Published: April 26, 2019 | Updated: January 28, 2020
Matt Robinson

Matt Robinson

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