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Ranking of 35 Best SEO, Content & Social Media Conferences in 2014

It’s that time of the year again, when you start putting a plan together of which conferences you will attend throughout the coming months.  If, that is, you made enough of a business case to get the funding from your boss. Let me help you decide what to put on your list in 2014.

I complied  your number one resource of 35 of the best SEO, content marketing and social media conferences around the country.

I built the list below because I wanted to create a central resource for you to quickly and easily see all the upcoming inbound marketing conferences and make it easy to plan and organize your conference schedule.

The list is not objective. It is based on my experience, the feedback I hear from others, the roster of speakers, and location (I live in New York).

Ranking criteria:

1) Quality of content and speakers

My favorite speakers include Gary Vaynerchuk (author of Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook), Rand Fishkin (author of Inbound Marketing & SEO), and Kristina Halvorson (author of Content Strategy for the Web). So, Mozcon, Confab and Internet Summit are among the top conferences on my list. I also love learning from the founders of start-ups and entrepreneurs, so you will see events such as SXSW Interactive, Internet Summit and Internet Week.

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2) Networking

I love to network, and some conferences have more networking value than others. For example, I had a lot of fun at NMX in Las Vegas this year because bloggers and podcasters are great to connect with. Some of the smaller conferences, such as SearchLove, stand out for networking because of the more intimate setting.

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3) Location

When you plan your conference schedule you always think about travel to cool places. Can it get any better than Pubcon in New Orleans this year? I am also excited to go to Austin for SXSW Interactive and Seattle for Mozcon.

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4). Collaboration

You need to get immersed in the start-up world for opportunities to do cool things with smart people who have a lot of drive. The two conferences that stand out in 2014 are SXSW Interactive in Austin and Internet Week in NY. If you are a blogger looking for content, go to NMX where you can find a blogger to interview on any imaginable subject.

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5) Fun

Plan your conference schedule to connect with people who have similar passions and are fun to be around. The Internet Summit in Raleigh was the most fun experience for me in 2013. I made tons of new friends. Mozcon is also legendary for fun – if you are new to it just follow the hashtag #MozCrawl.

 

6) Speaking Opportunities

I always look for opportunities to land cool speaking gigs that can get me a free pass to conferences. Attending the conferences where you would like to be speaker allows you the opportunity to introduce yourself to the organizers and speakers, who may then refer you.

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7) Business Development

Bringing new business is part of my job description at Lowe Profero.  Last year, SMX East was a hit for me in terms of business development. It resulted in winning a million dollar marketing budget account. If you are looking to meet clients, go to SMX.  This year, I am planning to be at SMX West.

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8) Value

Price is an obvious consideration for everyone. In my view, the Internet Summit tops the list in terms of the optimum value for your dollars.  For $295 you get keynotes with speakers like Gary Vaynerchuk, Alexis Ohanian, and Duane Forrester. The conference ticket came with one of the best after-parties I’ve been to with Coolio rocking the mic. 

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35 SEO, Content & Social Media Conferences to Attend in 2014

The below list of inbound marketing conferences covers a wide range of topics ranging from SEO, Social Media Marketing, Conversion Rate Optimization, Content Marketing, Blogging, Monetization, Paid Search, Digital Media, Technology, UX, etc. The ranking includes four buckets, in which the events are sorted by date. The Diamond bucket represents my ideal annual conference schedule in 2014. However, I plan to be at as many of the 35 events as I can, either as an attendee or as a speaker. They are all great conferences.

If you know of a worthwhile event on the topic of SEO, content marketing or social media that is not on the list, please submit it in the comments section. Enjoy!
 


 

Diamond

 
EventCityDatePriceFocus
New Media ExpoLas Vegas, NVJan 4-6$697Blogging & Content Creation
Social Media WeekNew York, NYFeb 17-21$319 – $399Social Media
SXSW InteractiveAustin, TXMar 7-11$795 – $1,295Digital Media, Tech & Content
Pubcon New OrleansNew Orleans, LAMar 18-20$799 – $899Social Media & Optimization
AdTech SFSan Francisco, CAMar 26-27$1,095 – $1,795Digital Media & Tech
Confab CentralMinneapolis, MNMay 7-9$999 – $1,249Content Strategy
MozconSeattle, WAJul 14-16$799 – $1,299SEO
InboundBoston, MASep 15-18$1,199-$1,499Inbound Marketing
Internet SummitRaleigh, NCNov 12-14$295Social, Content & UX

Platinum

 
EventCityDatePriceFocus
Social Media Strategies SummitLas Vegas, NVFeb 4-6$1,795Social Media
SMX WestSan Jose, CAMar 11-13$1,595 – $1,795SEO & Paid Search
Social Media Mktg WorldDallas, TXMar 26-28$997 – $1,197Social Media Marketing
SearchLove BostonBoston, MAApr 9-8$799 – $1,099SEO
Internet WeekNew York, NYMay 19-22$325Digital Media & Tech
Content Marketing WorldCleveland, OHSep 8-11$995 – $1,495Content Marketing
iSummitOrlando, FLOct$149 – $249Digital Media
AdTech NYNew York, NYNov 5-6NADigital Media & Tech
Seattle InteractiveSeattle, WAFallNATech, Digital Media & Design
Dallas Digital SummitDallas, TXFall$295Digita Medial, Tech & Design

Gold

EventCityDatePriceFocus
Affiliate Summit WestLas Vegas, NVJan 12-14$1,249Affiliate Marketing
SearchFestPortland, OR28-Feb$359 – $699SEO & SEM
Adobe SummitSalt Lake City, UTMar 24-28$2,300Digital Marketing & Analytics
BlogherSan Jose, CAJul 24-26$249 – $799Blogging
C3New York, NYSep 16-18$599 – $949SEO & Content Marketing
B2B Marketing ForumBoston, MAOctNAB2B Marketing
SMX EastNew York, NYOct$1,595 – $1,795SEO & Paid Search
SearchLove SDSan Diego, CAFallNASEO

Silver

EventCityDatePriceFocus
Pubcon RegionalAustin, TX28-Jan$249 – $649Social Media & SEO
ClickZ Live NYNew York, NYMar 31-1$1,395 – $2,795Digital Marketing
ClickZ Live SFSan Fran, CAApr 11-14NADigital Marketing
SMX AdvancedSeattle, WAJun 10-11NASEO & Paid Search
Affiliate Summit EastNew York, NYAug 10-12$1,249Affiliate Marketing
Bend WebCAMBend, OregonOct 13-14Creative, SEO & Digital Marketing
ClickZ CHChicago, ILNov 3-6NADigital Marketing

 


 
Which of the conferences have you been to?

Is there any conference I missed but should be on the list?

Let me know your feedback in the comments below.

See you at the next conference! 

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8 Responses to Ranking of 35 Best SEO, Content & Social Media Conferences in 2014

  1. Erica McGillivray January 28, 2014 at 11:24 pm #

    Thanks for reccing MozCon! We’ll see you this July. Cannot wait. :D

  2. DIGIMARCON 2014 February 13, 2014 at 1:16 pm #

    DIGIMARCON 2014 – Digital Marketing Conference – June 23-28, Miami

    Also check out DIGIMARCON 2014, the first ever Digital Marketing Conference aboard a Caribbean Cruise to the Bahamas, departing Miami, Florida. Check out more details at http://www.digimarcon.com

    • DIGIMARCON 2014 March 26, 2014 at 9:57 am #

      DIGIMARCON Digital Marketing Conference is held October 18-23, 2014.

  3. BHW Conference May 7, 2014 at 10:29 am #

    BHW Conference is just a conference that’s predicated on pc protection and has a wide range of people who are considering the data protection skills. You can anticipate yourself to know everything about SEO, and therefore the BHW Conference could guide you with all the information that is required by you, for your company.

  4. NEPA BlogCon August 20, 2014 at 6:05 pm #

    For those in the tri-state area who wouldn’t mind a short drive, there’s always NEPA BlogCon, located in Northeastern Pennsylvania :) We’re a blogging and social media conference designed to connect people of all types and experience levels to bright minds using new media effectively. http://nepablogcon.com/

    • Matthew Capala August 20, 2014 at 6:06 pm #

      It looks like a great conference, thanks for suggesting, do you guys need speakers?

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