March 1, 2011

Social media, tech & marketing events: March

TED 2011
TED is happening right now in Long Beach, Calif. (Photo By Andrew-Hyde)

JD LasicaHere’s our roundup of social media, tech and marketing conferences and events for March — the first packed month of the year.

For the full year, see our full Calendar of 2011 social media, tech and marketing conferences. We’ve also published a roundup of nonprofit and social change conferences and events for the month and for the year on our sister site, Socialbrite.

Hope to see you at some of these! If you know of other must-attend events, please share by posting the info in the comments at the bottom.

Conference Date Place
DEMO Spring Feb. 27-Mar 1 Palm Desert, Calif.
At DEMO Spring, investors and potential partners can get a close-up look at the latest trend-setting technologies. It’s not just a place for face time but for eyes-on-the-product time. demo-spring
Enterprise Connect Feb. 28-Mar 3 Orlando, Fla.
The program focuses on the themes of Mobility, Unified Communications, SIP and SIP Trunking, The Cloud and Virtualization, Video and Collaboration, Planning and Implementing IP Telephony, The Social Enterprise and Managing Technology, Costs and People..
TED Feb. 28-Mar 4 Long Beach, Calif.
TED will assemble a cast of characters capable of stirring the imagination, with explorers, storytellers, photographers, scientific pioneers, visionaries and provocateurs from all parts of the globe. TED2011
Search Congress and Webcongress March 1-4 Barcelona
Search Congress will take place March 2, with workshops March 3, followed by WebCongress. Where Search Congress focuses solely on search marketing on the Web, Webcongress focuses on every latest online trend on the web: social search, video marketing and lots more.
Social Media Strategies for Travel North America March 2-3 San Francisco
Social Media Strategies for Travel North America is the world’s leading social media conference solely dedicated to the travel industry. This event is the No.1 meeting place for those working in social media in travel. Ensure you get the real low-down on how travel companies are capitalizing on the converging worlds of social media, mobile and location.
Innovative e-Marketing March 2-3 Barcelona
This cross-industry event helps uncover the secrets to success from the most experienced e-marketers in the world. Learn how to put ideas into practice in the form of social networking activities, brainstorming sessions, talking circles, keynote case studies and insightful presentations. Use promo code EMK11/006 when registering to save 10%.
paidContent March 3 New York
Senior business executives from across the content industry come together at The Times Center in New York to discuss making digital content pay without pinning it all on advertising. paidContent2011
Local Online Advertising March 3-4 New York
This conference is designed for executives responsible for developing, managing, marketing and selling online advertising at the local level and for anyone interested in driving value for their mobile operations.
Digital Media and Learning March 3-5 Long Beach, Calif.
The Digital Media and Learning Conference is an annual gathering of scholars and practitioners in the field, focused on fostering interdisciplinary and participatory dialog and linking theory, empirical study, policy and practice. Katie Salen width=
Cloud Connect March 7-10 Silicon Valley, Calif.
Cloud Connect is the one event that brings together cloud customers and cloud operators who are looking to accelerate their cloud strategy while driving growth and innovation. Register for a free Expo Pass or to Save $100 with Priority Code CNXACC19 at cloud connect
PubCon South March 8-9 Austin, Texas
A slate of dozens of conference panel discussions and diverse multiple topic tracks will combine with top keynotes, sessions, industry exhibitors, training programs and a lineup of networking events. pubcon
Enterprise Social 2.0 March 8-9 Brussels
This upcoming event will be focusing on driving consumer engagement, business efficiency and CRM through social media. Enterprise Social 20
SMX West March 8-10 San Jose, Calif.
Participate in your choice of more than 60 sessions on search engine optimization, paid search advertising, social media marketing, local and mobile search, landing page conversions and more. Whether you are a beginner or SEM expert, you work at (or with) an agency or manage search marketing in house, SMX West has programming to fit your needs.
Media Summit March 9-10 New York
Hundreds of the country’s top media, entertainment and technology executives are expected to attend this gathering to discuss broadband, wireless, advertising, TV, film, cable, satellite, publishing, news and other media.
Signal Austin March 10 Austin, Texas
Signal: Austin is the second event in a series of one-day summits hosted by Federated Media and John Battelle for a community of brand marketers, technologists, digital and creatives shops, entrepreneurs, content curators, media and entertainment executives. The summit will feature case studies, conversations, panel discussions and fun interludes, and the speakers will represent the innovative ideas and solutions that help brands, people and campaigns reach engaged audiences.

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South by Southwest March 11-20 Austin, Texas
South by Southwest offers an amazing gathering of thought leaders in independent music, independent films and emerging technologies. Fostering creative and professional growth alike, SXSW is the premier destination for discovery. The Integrated Media Association Conference will take place March 10 within SXSW. tim street
eMetrics Optimization Summit March 13-18 San Francisco
The summit will help you learn how to turn customer touchpoint data into insight, whether it’s search terms, ad response, web behavior, customer satisfaction, mobile activities, social media attitude or transactions. The eMetrics Marketing Optimization Summit also hits Toronto on April 26-29.
Conversion Conference West March 14-15 San Francisco
Conversion Conference West is a worldwide event series for people who want to get the most out of their online campaigns. This conference is chock-full of the latest learnings and practices from world-class experts. Tom Davenport
Web and New Media Conference March 17-18 Washington, DC
The annual Government Web Managers Conference is the premier networking and educational event of the year for web content managers, web writers and editors, and government employees who contribute content to government websites. More than 500 attendees are expected.
OMMA Global March 17-18 San Francisco
This conference and trade show attracts a large crowd interested in the business of Online Media, Marketing and Advertising.
Interactive Local Media East March 21-23 Boston
BIA/Kelsey conferences are consistently recognized for the quality of their speakers and content. Each BIA/Kelsey event brings together top executives to network and discuss topics of critical importance to their respective industries. Interactive Local Media East
Search Engine Strategies New York March 21-25 New York
Learn about topics such as pay-per-click management, keyword research, SEO, social media, local, mobile, link building, duplicate content, multiple site issues, video optimization, site optimization, usability and more.
Emerging Communications Conference & Awards March 22-24 Burlingame, Calif.
The Emerging Communications Conference & Awards (eComm) was established to provide an independent forum to showcase and accelerate innovation across communications technology and services. Its mission is to ensure an open exchange of vision and ideas in order to positively influence the future of technology-mediated-communications through education, research and events. ecomm
Social Pulse March 23-24 Las Vegas, Nev.
As social media marketing programs mature for America’s largest corporations, the challenge becomes how to leverage these channels to directly contribute to bottom-line revenues. This gathering answers those questions with new case studies from leading corporations and new insights from authors and social marketers. Michael Brito
SF Venture Summit March 24 San Francisco
The conference brings together 300+ thought leaders, financiers, entrepreneurs and MBA students from over 60 countries. Guy Kawasaki is one of the speakers.
mediaXchange March 25-28 Dallas
The Newspaper Association of America’s mediaXchange conference is focused on helping attendees gain expertise, learn from their colleagues’ experience and find products, services and partnerships.
An Event Apart March 28-30 Seattle
An Event Apart is the design conference for people who make websites. Also coming to Boston on May 2-4, Atlanta on June 13-15, Minneapolos on Aug. 8-10 and Washington, DC, on Oct. 24-26.
Web 2.0 Expo March 28-31 San Francisco
Web 2.0 Expo is a conference and tradeshow for everyone who cares about embracing and extending the opportunities created by Web 2.0 technologies. web20expo
Social Media World Forum – Europe March 29-30 London
Two days of interactive & engaging sessions featuring leading key figure keynotes, brand case studies, topical Q&A and debates, exhibition hall, workshops and networking.
Information Architecture Summit Mar 30-Apr 3 Denver
The IA Summit is the premier gathering place for people and ideas in information architecture. Nate Silver will keynote.

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