Top 11 Social Media Conferences of 2016

If you’re a business owner or community manager interested in learning content marketing, or a content creator who wants to improve your craft, you should consider attending one of the top social media conferences this year. Social media conferences are a great place to learn marketing strategies that have been tested and proven in the marketplace, and affords you the the opportunity to meet and learn from the most successful content creators and new media professionals. On top of that, you can make friends and connections that would be harder to make via online channels only. These events bring the virtual world to the real world and can have immense benefits to your business or social craft.

Below, we’ve listed the top 10 social media conferences of 2016.

1. B2B Marketing Forum

B2B Marketing Forum is more than just a quirky (not-so-little) conference. They’re celebrating their 10th year of being the place where the leaders, the innovators, the people who make things happen gather to learn about the latest in B2B marketing and share the secrets to their success.

Topics include brand admiration, content strategy, marketing writing, landing pages, marketing planning, and storytelling—plus a couple more we’ll announce later. Half-day workshops are $495 each or two for $795 per person. Make sure to add one or two to your ticket when registering.

When And Where

Westin Boston Waterfront | October 18–21
Day one is workshop day, days two through four are the conference program.

Pre-Conference Workshops: October 18

2. Content Marketing World 2016

Content Marketing World is the one event where you can learn and network with the best and the brightest in the content marketing industry. You will leave with all the materials you need to take a content marketing strategy back to your team – and – to implement a content marketing plan that will grow your business and inspire your audience. You will see over 80 sessions presented by the leading brand marketers from around the world covering strategy, integration, measurement, and more new ideas than you can shake an orange stick at.

When and Where

September 6-9

Cleveland, Ohio USA
FirstMerit Convention Center of Cleveland

3. Social Fresh 2016

Social Fresh 2016 is a 4-day conference packed with actionable presentations and case studies. As the longest running social marketing conference, we understand that attendees need LESS theory and MORE strategy and execution. We’re dedicated to helping you deliver results through rich session topics and dynamic networking with industry leaders, innovative brands, agencies, and software companies.

When and Where

August 18th – 21st, 2016
Wyndham Grand — Orlando, FL
50 Early Bird Tickets available ($600 savings)


Map out the future of your business with the best in the industry. ICON is where the most successful entrepreneurs in the small business community come together to roll up their sleeves and shape the future of their businesses. Work with experts to develop your strategy, set goals, and implement the campaigns that will blow them away. Get into the biggest annual event in small business, and invest in your most transformative year yet.

When and Where

Price: $499

5. Social Media Marketing World 2016

Social Media Marketing World 2016 is the world’s largest social media marketing conference. By attending, you’ll make connections with 100+ of the world’s top social media pros (plus 3000 of your peers) and you’ll discover amazing ideas that’ll transform your social media marketing. You’ll rub shoulders with the biggest names and brands in social media, soak up countless tips and new strategies and enjoy extensive networking opportunities in San Diego, California.

When and Where

San Diego, California
April 17, 18 and 19, 2016

6. Pubcon

Pubcon, the premier social media and optimization conference, is supported by the industry’s leading businesses, speakers, exhibitors, and sponsors involved in social media, Internet marketing, search engines, and digital advertising, and offers an in-depth look at the future of technology presented by the world’s top speakers in provocative cutting-edge sessions. Pubcon — named a Forbes must-attend conference and an Inc. top conference for growing your business — is one of the biggest and boldest international gatherings of optimization and new media innovators ever assembled.

When and Where

Pubcon will hold its multi-track Las Vegas event on October 10 – 13, 2016 at the Las Vegas Convention Center South Halls in the sunny entertainment capital of the world.

October 10 will feature a full day of our optional Pubcon Masters Group search and social media training, with the official Pubcon Las Vegas 2016 conference taking place on October 11 – 13, and the exhibition hall scheduled to be open on October 11 – 12.

7. TechCrunch Disrupt

TechCrunch Disrupt is the world’s leading authority in debuting revolutionary startups, introducing game-changing technologies, and discussing what’s top of mind for the tech industry’s key innovators. Disrupt gathers the best and brightest entrepreneurs, investors, hackers, and tech fans for on-stage interviews, the Startup Battlefield competition, a 24-hour Hackathon, Startup Alley, Hardware Alley, and After Parties.

When and Where

SEPT 12-14, 2016

8. Dreamforce 2016

Dreamforce ’16 is going to be even bigger and better than ever:

All-new keynote speakers
400+ partners in the Cloud Expo
More than 1,400 breakout sessions with content for every role
The biggest names in music rocking Dreamfest

When and Where

October 4–7, 2016
San Francisco, CA

9. Summit: The Digital Marketing Conference

Adobe’s user conference is an educational event which brings together 5,000 digital marketing leaders to learn and discuss social marketing as well as marketing analytics, campaign management and email marketing, digital experience management, digital advertising, and more. The event will feature a number of speakers, including many from Adobe itself.

When and Where

March 20-24, 2016
Las Vegas, Nevada

10. Social Media Strategies Summit

This #SMSsummit features an agenda full of experts ready to share their secrets to success on social media. Create meaningful brand experiences through storytelling. Optimize your social channels for increased reach and engagement. Learn about emerging trends in influencer engagement, brand advocacy and social commerce. Harness marketing technology to capture social media data and prove ROI.

When and Where

April 26-28, 2016
Wyndham Grand Hotel
Chicago Riverfront

11) Social Media Week

Social Media Week is a leading news platform and worldwide conference that curates and shares the best ideas, innovations and insights into how social media and technology are changing business, society and culture around the world.

When and Where

FEBRUARY 22-26, 2016
Check for locations on the website