The way we consume media has changed rapidly. With social media becoming such a big part of everyday life, it’s no wonder that there is now a plethora of global events dedicated to everything social media.
For digital marketers, there’s no better way to stay on top of digital trends and technology than by attending one of these summits and rub shoulders with your peers and exchange ideas.
We look at 8 Social and Digital Tech conferences around the globe worth visiting in 2018.
1.CES (Las Vegas)
This festival in Las Vegas, Nevada has evolved from a from a small conference that was mainly for electronics and tech fans. It now draws in an array of brands, agencies and tech giants to talk about their products.
This conference has gone from strength to strength with reps from companies such as Google, Facebook and Snapchat in attendance.
See More at http://www.ces.tech/
DMEXCO has been described as a meeting place for media professionals, techies, visionaries and marketing pros. It is a celebration of digital marketing and an amazing conference, that takes place in Cologne, Germany. The event has previously welcomed executives from Facebook, Instagram, Google and Twitter along with guest speakers such as WPP’s CEO Martin Sorrell and Omnicom Digitals CEO Jonathon Nelson. Some believe it to be the top event of the digital year.
See More at https://dmexco.com/
3.Cannes Lions (France)
What started out as an International Advertising Festival has evolved exponentially into what we now call The Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity. The festival runs for seven days and is a celebration of those who work in advertising, creative communications, and other related fields. It is essentially The Oscars for designers, digital marketers and advertising professionals on a global level.
See more at CannesLions.com.
4.Social Media Marketing World (San Diego)
If you ever find yourself in Southern California make sure to attend Social Media Marketing World. Every year the bayfront San Diago Convention Centre becomes a meeting place for thousands of marketers for an inspirational event designed to blow your mind with social media marketing ideas and strategies.
See more here.
5. Rise Conference (Hong Kong)
From the good folks that brought us the Websummit comes the biggest and most highly attended startup conference in Southeast Asia. This annual event in Hong Kong attracts up to 15,000 attendees each year and is only set to get bigger and bigger. The conference also features a night summit after darkess falls upon the streets of Hong Kong
See more https://riseconf.com/
6.Social Media Week (London)
Social Media Week London is a 3 day long event featuring talks, interviews, panel discussions and workshops with industry experts, spread out over 50 individual sessions. These sessions will showcase everything that is social media including but not limited to VR demonstrations and other related social technology. The event is hosted at BFI Southbank and will be spread out across two stages, a 500 person theatre, a workshop lounge and a special guest speaker lounge.
See more at https://socialmediaweek.org/london/
7.Web Summit (Lisbon)
What started as nothing more than a simple idea by Irishmen Paddy Cosgrave, David Kelly and Daire Hickey, has grown to become a huge global meeting of tech minds. Since its founding in Dublin 2010, the yearly attendance has grown from just 500 to over 50,000 people with speakers including big celebrities like Eva Longoria and Bono, to CEOs of the hottest apps and tech companies.
Since 2016, Web Summit now takes place in Lisbon, Portugal.
See more at WebSummit.com.
8. SXSW (Austin, Texas)
South by Southwest, or SXSW as it has now become known, is probably the biggest event on the digital calendar. Originally a music festival, SXSW evolved to becoming a 10-day conglomerate of film, music, interactive media and conferences.
Every year, Austin becomes Mecca for digital marketers, where guests can see the latest and greatest tech, advertising and media innovations.
See more at SXSW.com.