March 1, 2013

Social media, tech & marketing events: March 2013

In the blogger lounge at a recent SXSW Interactive (Photo by JD Lasica).

Guide to the month’s best conferences & events

JD LasicaIf you work in social media, marketing or tech, it’s a big, big month for conferences. Among those on tap: LAUNCH (I’ll be there), South by Southwest, SMX West (I was told, no thanks), OnMedia NYC, Social Media World Forum – Europe, Confab London, SES New York and many more (wish I could be at all of these).

How about you? Which ones will you be attending?

For the full year, see our full Calendar of 2013 social media, tech and marketing conferences. And our sister site Socialbrite has our calendar of nonprofit and social change events for March.

What did I miss — any gotta-attend events? Please share in the comments.

Conference Date Place
MX: Managing Experience March 3-4 San Francisco
MX is a conference for people who take a leadership role in guiding better experiences into the world. Learn from real-world examples and discover new approaches that can help you lead your organization toward investing in, or improving your customer experience on the Web, mobile and beyond. Babak Fortuntanpour
F2C: Freedom to Connect March 4-5 Washington, DC
F2C: Freedom to Connect is designed to bring under-represented people and issues into the nation’s capital based on federal policy discussions. F2C revolves around three central topics: an open infrastructure owned or controlled by and responsive to the community, a publicly specified set of Internet protocols open to all and the use of the Internet to promote democratic governance. Jim Baller
Local Online Advertising March 4-5 New York
The Borrell Local Online Advertising Conference will help you identify how to capture the most in your market by bringing the best and brightest to the stage. Warren Webster
Front End of Innovation EMEA March 4-6 Copenhagen
This is the first and only event to solve industry challenges in real time. Front End of Innovation EMEA provides new ways to deliver value through innovation by connecting through content. This is the one event for best-in-class presentations from multi-national leaders. George Buckley
Launch Festival March 4-6 San Francisco
The 2013 Launch Festival is the best place to launch your company and learn about building great startups. will be there. launch
Media Summit March 5-6 New York
Media Summit brings together an international set of speakers tackling the latest in media, advertising, television, broadband, social media, mobile, cable and satellite, publishing, radio, magazines, news media, motion pictures and marketing. media summit
CeBIT March 5-9 Hannover, Germany
CeBIT is the world’s largest trade fair showcasing digital IT and telecommunications solutions for home and work environments. The key target groups are users from industry, the wholesale/retail sector, skilled trades, banks, the services sector, government agencies, science and all users passionate about technology. Gary Kovacs
SXSW March 8-17 Austin, Texas
The South by Southwest Conferences & Festivals offer the unique convergence of original music, independent films and emerging technologies. Fostering creative and professional growth alike, SXSW is the premier destination for discovery. SXSW
Search Marketing Expo – SMX West March 11-13 San Jose, Calif.
Attend SMX West for the exceptional content, invaluable connections and essential conveniences. Participate in your choice of more than 50 sessions on search engine optimization (SEO), paid search advertising (PPC), social media marketing, local and mobile search, landing page conversions and more. SMX events take place this year in Israel on Jan. 6, in Toronto on March 20-21, in Sydney on April 3-4, in Seattle on June 11-12, in New York on Oct. 1-3 and in Las Vegas in December.

Danny Sullivan
OnMedia NYC March 14-15 New York
OnMedia NYC is where cutting-edge technology CEOs from the back streets of Silicon Valley meet the global advertising and media establishment. This two-and-a-half-day executive event features CEO presentations and high-level debates on which forces are disrupting user behavior and creating new opportunities in the marketing, branding, advertising and public relations industries. OnMediaNYC
Digital Media and Learning Conference March 14-16 Chicago
The Digital Media and Learning Conference is an annual event supported by the MacArthur Foundation and organized by the Digital Media and Learning Research Hub at the UC Humanities Research Institute of UC Irvine. The conference is meant to be an inclusive, international and annual gathering of scholars and practitioners in the field, focused on fostering interdisciplinary and participatory dialogue and linking theory, empirical study, policy and practice. Craig Watkins
American Society for Public Administration March 15-19 New Orleans
This year’s conference theme is Governance and Sustainability: Local Concerns, Global Challenges. The 2013 ASPA conference will address the myriad issues associated with the responsible management and stewardship of our diverse, interrelated resources. The capacity to responsibly sustain our global community has long term environmental, economic, social and governance implications. ASPA
Social Media World Forum – Europe March 18-19 London
The fourth annual SMWF Europe will gather about 1,000 industry professionals who’ll get practical, hands-on guidance from a huge collection of the world’s leading marketing and business minds. This year SMWF includes six conference streams, focusing on the fundamental social media disciplines that our expert industry partners and SMWF community members believe are the key areas of growth and opportunity within the social media space. Tessa Matchett
Social Media & Mobile Strategies for Travel March 18-19 San Francisco
EyeforTravel’s Social Media & Mobile Strategies for Travel (formerly the Social Media Strategies for Travel Conference) is the leading strategic and networking forum for senior Online Travel, Tourism and Hospitality executives working in the areas of social media and mobile. This conference will enable attendees to share best practice strategie, plus hear speaker case studies from the best travel brands in the world. Alyssa Waxenberg
Interactive Local Media East March 18- 20 Boston
BIA/Kelsey’s Interactive Local Media East is the definitive conference on local digital advertising and marketing. The focus will be on the latest developments in search, mobile, social and deals. The mega local show returns with a special East Coast emphasis on the power of media, finance, loyalty and rewards. ILM
Enterprise Connect March 18-21 Orlando, Fla.
Enterprise Connect provides the leading market and thought leaders, comprehensive analysis, in-depth technical sessions and the largest and broadest exhibition. Everything at the event is focused on one overriding goal: To help you make the best decisions possible about migrating, designing and implementing the right communications and collaboration products, services, software and architecture for your enterprise. EC
Cause Conference March 19-20 San Diego
The Cause Conference brings together both for-profit and nonprofit professionals at the largest cause partnership event on the West Coast. This year’s conference focuses on the intersection of purpose and profit and how creating meaningful partnerships leads to sustainable value. Cause Conference
TV Connect March 19-21 London
TV Connect provides a unique opportunity to meet and network with the global connected entertainment community. No other event offers such a unique opportunity to meet such a diverse range of service providers; whether these be broadcasters, telcos, content providers or Over The Top players. Mike LaJoie
Digiday Agency Summit March 19-21 Scottsdale, Ariz.
Digital media has taken agencies by storm. Both large and small shops must constantly evolve in order to stay afloat in the ever-changing environment. At the Digiday Agency Summit, hear from those solving the problems — both old and new– with which agencies today are dealing and how they are working to move the industry forward. digiday
Enterprise 2.0 Summit March 20-21 Paris
The Enterprise 2.0 Summit is an event organized by Kongress Media yearly since 2008. It is set up as a highly interactive gathering of Enterprise 2.0 and social business experts and practioneers in Europe. Its focus is on the intensive exchange of experiences and the practical insights and implications presented. Kellli Carlson-Jagersma
Structure: Data March 20-21 New York
GigaOM’s Structure: Data will explore the technical and business opportunities spurred by the growth of big data, including storage needs, data analysis and the uncovering of new revenue opportunities. Eric Berlow
RootsTech March 21-23 Salt Lake City
RootsTech is an opportunity unlike any other to discover the latest family history tools and techniques, connect with experts to help you in your research and be inspired in the pursuit of your ancestors. Attendees will learn key skills from hands-on workshops and interactive presentations at the beginner, intermediate and advanced level. rootstech
BlissDom March 21-23 Dallas
BlissDom is the premier conference for women who find and express their bliss by publishing online. At BlissDom ’13, the ninth conference, speakers and panels featuring the best blogging, public relations and social media pros will be gathering to mentor new and old friends alike.
BlogH.O.T. March 25-27 Los Angeles
BlogH.O.T. (H.O.T. stands for Hands-On Training) is a unique event for corporate and business bloggers to gain intensive training from the leading blogging experts who will demonstrate their successes and failures, content creation, the business value of blogging, connecting with other bloggers and influencers, ROI measurement, managing the reputation of your brand or company, case studies and more. In this conference you will find the the “best of best” of influential online bloggers and content curators and marketers from Dell, IBM, Eastman Kodak, #Blogchat, HubSpot, Content Marketing Institute, DigitalSherpa and others. CC Chapman
Confab London March 25-27 London
Confab London brings together professionals everywhere who realize the value of content. User experience. Marketing. IT. Business management. This is one big party for content-loving folks who value smart thinking, voracious learning and constant improvement in the workplace and beyond. Ann Handley
SES Conference & Expo March 25-28 New York
SES Conference & Expo provides marketing professionals, brand advertisers, agencies and business leaders with the knowledge and tools needed to traverse the dynamic digital landscape. Designed by industry thought leaders and innovators, our instructional program will meet your needs whatever your experience level. Other SES events include SES London, Feb. 18-21, SES Toronto, June 12-14, SES San Francisco, Sept. 10-14, SES Chicago, Nov. 4-7. Jonathan Allen

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