A scene from last year’s DemoFall (by Rob Lee on Flickr)
Guide to events & conferences for the coming month
We’re heading full-on into conference season again, now that summer is fast receding. Here’s our roundup of social media, tech and marketing conferences and events for the month of September. Lots of great gatherings on tap.
For the full year, see our full Calendar of 2011 social media, tech and marketing conferences. And Socialbrite has our calendar of nonprofit and social change events for the month.
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.
|Social Media World Forum – Asia||Sept. 1-2||Singapore|
|Look for two days of interactive and engaging sessions featuring leading key figure keynotes, brand case studies, topical Q&A and debates, an exhibition hall, workshops and networking.|
|Content Marketing World||Sept. 6-8||Cleveland|
|Learn how to transform your marketing department into a storytelling factory, engaging your prospects and customers in all the right channels with the right messages – including social, mobile, email, online and even print and in-person strategies. Email me for a $200 discount code.|
|DEMOfall||Sept. 12-13||Santa Clara, Calif.|
|The fall edition of the august tech innovation conference.|
|TechCrunch Disrupt||Sept. 12-14||San Francisco|
|Disrupt SF promises “more hackers, more startups, more special guests, speakers and judges, more disruptive companies and products, more giveaways, more after parties and more fun.”|
|SMX East||Sept. 13-15||New York|
|SMX East features three days of sessions, keynotes and access to the leading vendors in search marketing. Sessions will cover a wide range of search engine marketing topics: SEO, paid search advertising, analytics, local, mobile and more.|
|Social Media Summit||Sept. 14||Harrisburg, Penn.|
|The summit brings together a diverse group of speakers to examine the far-reaching impact of social networks on politics, parenting, entrepreneurship, training and education, world affairs and the local news. This event is ideal for parents, budding journalists, corporate leaders, advocates, nonprofit groups, military personnel, HR directors and managers, business owners, college students and others who wish to think about the impact of social media beyond marketing and brand building.|
|National Association of Government Webmasters||Sept. 14-16||Cincinnati|
|While focused on government web professionals, anyone can attend this ninth annual conference.|
|SOBCon Northwest||Sept. 16-18||Portland, Ore.|
|SOBCon is coming to the Pacific Northwest. Liz Strauss and Terry “Starbucker” St. Marie will be connecting businesses to the planet and the people who live on it as they about business models that work for profit and for social good. SOBCon NW will have the same “Models & Masterminds” format featured in the Chicago SOBCon, with 6 work sessions, 4 interviews, 4 special presentations, and a half-day non-profit “give back” event.|
|Strata||Sept. 19-21||New York|
|The inaugural O’Reilly Strata Conference brought a sold-out audience face to face with the people, tools and technologies that are the mastering the challenges of Big Data. It’s here, and it changes everything. From lean startups to global corporations, smart companies know that the future of business comes from harnessing big data. Look for insights, vigorous discussion and cutting-edge perspective.|
|Directional Media Strategies||Sept. 20-22||Denver|
|Directional Media Strategies is BIA/Kelsey’s annual conference dedicated to the future of the Yellow Pages industry. Sessions drill deeply into the drivers of the Yellow Pages business in the future with a focus on the building blocks of a diversified operation.|
|Online News Association||Sept. 23-25||Boston|
|ONA is the annual gathering of new media movers and shakers, journalists and online news managers.|
|Search and Social Woot! Hawaii||Sept. 26-29||Kauai, Hawaii|
|Whether you are an avid search marketing or social media marketing rock star; an executive looking to improve your business, or a member of an agency, the Woot! will provide you with the strategies, how to’s and know-how around search marketing and social media marketing.|
|Block by Block: Community News Summit||Sept. 29-Oct. 1||Chicago|
|Join co-hosts Michele McLellan and Jay Rosen for a lively and informative gathering of online community news entrepreneurs. Share your best practices, progress and challenges with fellow local news pioneers and learn from their experiences. The Block by Block summit agenda is built based on what online community news publishers most want to learn about at the conference and what expertise they can contribute. Revenue and community engagement are the chief focuses.|
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