Summer is the perfect for taking a well deserved vacation from your day job. As a part-time entrepreneur, your vacation time may be an opportunity to do more than just get away from the 9-5 grind. Many Employedpreneurs wisely set aside some of their “vacation” time to attend networking events and conferences.
Here are a five social media conferences happening this summer that are worth checking out if you can:
June 30: Mashable’s “Social Media Day”
(Meet Ups in 414 Cities, at time of this writing)
Described As: “We launched the event in 2010 as a way to recognize the digital revolution happening right before our eyes. We invite you to join fellow social media enthusiasts by hosting or attending a Social Media Day Meetup in your area.”
July 26: Social Mix in Toronto, Canada
Described As: “Learn how to harness the power of social media marketing for your business. What it means to engage, share and build relationships. And why ‘one on one’ relationship building with consumers is crucial to your success.”
Cost: Early Bird to June 18 is $150. After that, it’s $299.
Speakers: Gary Vaynerchuk, Amber Mac, Geoff Livingston, Danny Brown and Gini Dietrich
August 2-4: BlogHer in New York, New York
Described As: “BlogHer’s 8th Annual Conference is headed back to New York City in 2012. Thousands of bloggers will come together to connect, learn and inspire.”
Cost: $79 – $598
Speakers: A huge list including Adria Richards, Alex Asher Sears, Andrew Wilder, Carol Cain, Cecily Kellogg, Jennifer Armstrong, Laura Galloway, Lynette Young, Melanie Edwards and more.
August 21 – 22: Social Media Strategies Summit
Described As: “Whether your organization is just starting out or in the forefront of social media, Social Media Strategies Conference will take your social strategy to the next level. Through hands-on workshops, case studies and keynotes, our Denver conference will provide attendees with emerging strategies, tactics and the top do’s and don’ts of social media marketing.”
Cost: $395 – $1690 (non-profits get in for less)
Speakers: Representatives from Boston Market, NCAA, Sports Authority, Warner Home Video and other companies providing social media expertise.
Sept 4-6: Content Marketing World in Columbus, Ohio
Described As: “Content Marketing World is the largest gathering of content marketing professionals in the world. Our 2011 event brought together over 600 marketing professionals from 18 different countries.”
Cost: $1295 – $1690
Speakers: Sam Sebastian (Google), Mitch Joel and Jack Hanna. Representatives from Kraft, Sears Intel and more. Other featured speakers include Brian Clark, Lee Odden and Michael Stelzner.
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