Sometimes— oftentimes, really— you have to spend money to make money with your business. One of the best ways to get a return on your investment is through attending conferences and other events, if you find the conference that's the best fit for your niche and skill level, and you take the best advantage of your time. Done right, you'll leave with the knowledge to take your business to the next level, the inspiration and enthusiasm to imagine the possibilities and follow through with an action plan, and the connections to support you as you go.
This is especially true of the world of social media and digital entrepreneurship, where the landscape is always changing and the algorithms forever updating. It's absolutely critical to keep your finger on the pulse as this arena evolves and expands, to keep up with the competition and reap the greatest benefits for your online business.
To help you decide what conferences might be best for you, we've listed all the blogging and social media conferences we could get our hot little hands on. Whether your specialty is in DIY, finance, podcasting, parenting, SEO or anything else under the sun, there's something for everyone here!
2019 Blogging and Social Media Conferences
Southern C Summit February 6-8 Sea Island, Georgia
The Southern C Summit is limited to only 300 attendees; its past topics include social media strategy, branding and marketing, PR, working with influencers, best practices for websites and newsletters, work-life balance, partnerships and collaborations, and more. It has featured editors from many popular publications, from Better Homes & Gardens to Real Simple to Southern Living and is tailored to offer passionate entrepreneurs, creatives and business owners an opportunity to connect and collaborate with top names in media, branding and blogging.
Mad Diva Concierge She.E.O. Bosses Brunch February 16th Las Vegas, Nevada
“Bosses That Brunch Together Bloom Together!” The She.E.O Bosses Brunch brings business owners and entrepreneurs, male and female, from all different walks of life and ethnic backgrounds together with other aspiring business entrepreneurs for brand exposure, brand awareness and insight on starting and running a successful brand and business. Network, share business ideas, leave with valuable information and promote their brands.
Dad 2.0 Summit February 21-23 San Antonio, Texas
The Dad 2.0 Summit celebrates the commercial power of dads online. Its programming follows specific tracks: Entrepreneurship & Influence, Social Media & Marketing, and Fatherhood & Family. Learn the tools and tactics used by influential bloggers to create high-quality content, build personal brands, and develop business ideas while connecting with the most influential dads, media, and marketers online today.
WorkbenchCon February 21-23 Atlanta, Georgia
Ignite your gears at WorkbenchCon, a 2.5-day conference for the influencer, DIYer and business person in you. Try hands-on demos, learn new techniques using massive equipment, and attend engaging sessions to hone your skills in video production, pinning, and more.
Design Influencers Conference February 24-26 Atlanta, Georgia
The Design Influencers Conference, formerly the Design Bloggers Conference, is the only conference specifically for interior design influencers and interior designers actively using or interested in learning about social media and digital content marketing in the interior design industry. Attendees include influencers using content to build their businesses and personal brands, brands leveraging the web and blogger networks, and any design professional seeking to learn more about using social and other digital content for branding, connecting, or ecommerce.
Playlist Live March 1-3 Orlando, Florida
Playlist Live was created by AKT Enterprises, which is an Orlando-based entertainment merchandising company that got their start by printing merch for bands and businesses in the early 2000s. The three-day event is an unforgettable experience where online creators and their biggest supporters come together in one place. Non-stop interactive activities, including amazing stage performances, will be going on throughout the entire weekend.
PubCon March 5-7 Fort Lauderdale, Florida
The longest running search engine marketing conference, Pubcon started out as a fun conference in a London pub (hence the name). Today they offer in-depth advanced educational sessions for digital marketing, from search and social to affiliates, with over 100 speakers who cover everything from link building to psychographic targeting presenting at this “spring break” conference.
Podfest March 7-9 Orlando, Florida
Whether you’re just starting out and want to launch your podcast, or want to discover the latest, cutting-edge and data-driven success strategies for growing your audience,, you can discover the latest in all things podcasting and new media at Podfest, the “World's #1 Rated Podcast Conference & Trade Show.” Look forward to speakers and workshops that spark new and innovative ideas in creativity, content creation, audience growth, monetization and more; all-new VidFest event breakout sessions; networking and fun.
Social Media Marketing World March 20-22 San Diego, California
Social Media Marketing World is a one-stop-shop for everything you need to know about social media. This mega-conference by Social Media Examiner hosts 7,000 marketers and influencers, learning business-building ideas from over 100 of the world’s top pros who specialize in marketing with Facebook, Instagram, Messenger bots, live video, social strategy, content marketing, analytics, video creation, YouTube for business, LinkedIn, Twitter, Pinterest, Snapchat, and more.
Adobe Summit March 24-28 Las Vegas, Nevada
Billed as “The Digital Experience Conference,” the Adobe Summit is built on the idea that experience is good business: it can set you apart and increase revenue growth, customer retention rates, and customer lifetime value. See what’s ahead for the future experience marketing and how you can get there, hear from top brands that are creating breakthrough experiences, find out how to use data and design together to create memorable experiences for your customers.
Alt Summit March 24-29 Palm Springs, California
2019 marks 10 years and 15 sold-out events for Alt Summit, a conference for creative entrepreneurs and stylish social media influencers, and they're doubling the time frame with six days of content, tripling the size to 2000+ attendees, and quadrupling the locations with classes and sponsor spaces at four Palm Springs hotspots. They’re calling it Alt Oasis, and it's a great place to talk shop with passionate creatives at all skill levels.
Chief Digital Office Summit April New York City
The CDO Summit addresses the challenges and opportunities arising from big data, the cloud, digital disruption, and social and mobile media for those who are tasked with mastering the strategies and tactics to achieve and surpass your digital business objectives. These gatherings include the best digital strategists and practitioners on earth, in intimate, collegial, and supportive environments designed to encourage networking, learning, and knowledge-sharing.
Confab April 23–26 Minneapolis, Minnesota
Brought to you by the content strategy agency Brain Traffic, Confab is an event for people who care about making content better (and you don’t have to be a content strategist to attend). The program covers various areas related to content strategy, including analytics and performance, user experience design, workflows and stakeholders, content design for AI and bots, editorial assignments and calendars, and hiring and staff management.
Mom 2.0 Summit April 24-26 Austin, Texas
Over 900 influencers, content creators, bloggers, women entrepreneurs, and marketers will compare notes, discuss ideas, and forecast what’s next for women online and in the marketplace at Mom 2.0. The summit features educational programs, social gatherings, inspiration and communications, through events, video, newsletters, blogs and a variety of social media.
(Mom 2.0 is sold out, but you can still get on the waitlist!)
Social Media Week April 30-May 2 New York City
Social Media Week brings together marketing, media and technology professionals from more than 50 countries. The 2019 theme is STORIES: With Great Influence Comes Great Responsibility. This theme drives home the need for meaningful action at this critical moment in the evolution of social media, and invites creators, journalists, marketers and technologists to embrace responsibility and tell stories that leave a lasting impression of the people who consume them, to help shape a more positive future for our industry.
Everything Food Conference May 1-4 Layton, Utah
Everything Food Conference was founded in 2015 by Kami Kilgore from No Diets Allowed for food online content creators, bloggers, and influencers of all skill levels. At Everything Food, you will attend impactful and applicable presentations, network with future partners and strong brands, and socialize with old and new friends.
Women in Travel Summit May 3-5 Portland, Maine
The Women in Travel Summit by Wanderful is the premier event for women travel influencers and industry members. Their goal is to help more women find their voice in the online travel world by providing attendees with the tools, connections, and resources they need to become better travel bloggers and influencers, and to equip great brands with partnerships that can help them enhance their digital presence and meet their business goals. Expect a fusion of hands-on, applicable workshops and networking designed to inspire and empower.
Create & Cultivate Conference May 4 New York City
Create & Cultivate is a one-day conference dedicated to the #sidehustle life, the ever changing digital landscape, and entrepreneurship: a one-stop shop for the millennial creative business woman, even those with full-time jobs looking for more. The day is structured around two tracks: Track One is focused around entrepreneurship, advancing your career and growing your brand, and Track Two's content is geared toward social media, marketing and content creation.
Brand Marketing Summit West May 30 – 31 San Francisco, California
Join a cross industry selection of experts and over 350 marketing leaders for this three-day conference as they discuss the future of marketing, understanding and personalizing customer journeys, emotive creative and engaging storytelling, and impactful influencer marketing and innovative social content.
#WeAllGrow Summit May 30-June 1 Long Beach, California
#WeAllGrow Summit is back for its fifth year, standing strong in their mission of elevating the voices and stories of Latinas via the power of community. The 2019 theme is “We Are CHANGEMAKERS” to celebrate the power of Latinas as the driving force in this country. This event open to anyone, regardless of gender identity, ethnicity, cultural background or level of experience.
BlogHouse June 6-9 Scottsdale, Arizona
BlogHouse is a nearly all-inclusive small travel blogging retreat with typically 20 attendees maximum. You must apply and all attendees are hand-picked. that so many travel bloggers want to attend! This experience is three-day opportunity advanced beginners (not brand new) to intermediate bloggers to work and learn in a small group environment with experienced mentors on a large variety of topics through workshops, panels, networking, masterminds, and valuable one-on-one mentoring and advice.
Craft + Commerce Conference June 7-10 Boise, Idaho
Only 400 tickets will be available for the Craft + Commerce Conference by ConvertKit, a place for online creators to come together to build community and learn from the world’s top creators. Not a lot of details available to report so far, but they're putting together a stellar lineup of speakers, keynote talks, workshops and parties for you as Craft + Commerce is going to be even bigger and better than ever in 2019.
Mediavine Conference June 12-14 Chicago, Illinois AND November 6-8 Austin, Texas
So nice, they're doing it twice. Mediavine sold all their 2018 conference tickets in under 60 seconds, so they're doubling the opportunity to attend their intimate (125 tickets) and highly curated experience that we’ve become known for. Also in 2019, ticket sales will be staggered for different time zones and a number of tickets will be reserved for first-time attendees. The Mediavine Conference is aimed at experienced bloggers looking to leverage connections and take their blogs to the next level in sales, marketing, videography and more.
International Food Blogger Conference June 20-23 Juneau, Alaska
Not just oriented towards food bloggers, approximately 250 bloggers, writers, social media gurus, food company representatives, and others will gather at the International Food Blogger Conference in Juneau for four days of content, excursions, fun, and food. The IFBC was the first food blogging conference in the world and is organized by Foodista and Zephyr Conferences.
World Domination Summit June 25-July 1 Portland, Oregon
You only have two more chances to attend Chris Guillebeau's World Domination Summit, which asks the question: How do we live a remarkable life in a conventional world? WDS 2020 will be the 10-year grand finale; 2019 will feature a full week of events, a keynote speaker-filled weekend, and unconventional thinkers, with a shared pursuit of changing the world. All profits go to the WDS Foundation, a 501(c)(3) that provides “Scholarships For Real Life” which empower individuals to pursue their dreams and impact their community.
VidCon July 10-13 Anaheim, California
VidCon US—a Community Festival, Creator Conference, and Industry Summit—turns 10 this year. Choose one of three tracks: Community (celebrate online video with your friends, meet your favorite creators, and have the time of your life), Creator (create better content, grow your channel, break into the industry, and meet fellow creators), or Industry (learn secrets from the experts; build the strategies, insights, and alliances that will bring lasting success to your company).
MozCon July 15-17 Seattle, Washington
Learn next-level tactics on everything from ranking higher in today's evolving search results to making data-driven decisions in your marketing during this three-day, one-track conference from the SEO giant Moz. The weekend promises to be full of forward-thinking, tactical sessions in SEO, growth marketing, the mobile landscape, analytics, content marketing, and more.
Haven Conference July 18-20 Atlanta, Georgia
This DIY, design and lifestyle influencer conference is open to all who are passionate about blogging, DIY and creating beauty in the home for less. Haven brings 350 pro-bloggers together for three days to focus on improving their skills in blogging, decorating, home improvement, photography, writing, social media, brand relationships, book writing, and more.
Podcast Movement August 13-16 Orlando, Florida
Join over 2,500 podcasters and industry professionals at Podcast Movement, three and a half days and nights for active and aspiring podcasters, industry representatives, and podcasting professionals from around the world. With over 100 educational and informative breakout sessions and panels spread across seven tracks (including the Industry Track and the Broadcasters Meet Podcasters Track), Podcast Movement will get you started the right way or help you take things up a notch.
Content Marketing World September 3-6 Cleveland, Ohio
Content Marketing World features over 120 sessions and workshops presented by the leading brand marketers and experts from around the world covering strategy, storytelling, ROI, demand generation, AI, and more. In 2018, more than 3,700 marketers from over 50 countries attended. You'll leave with all the materials you create a content marketing strategy, and to implement a content marketing plan that will grow your business and inspire your audience.
INBOUND September 3-6 Boston, Massachusetts
INBOUND is hosted by HubSpot, and brings together a community 24,000+ strong of people who are passionate about marketing, selling, and delighting customers in an inbound way. INBOUND 2018 featured almost 300 breakout sessions from some of the biggest names in sales and marketing, as well as amazing entertainment (Tiffany Haddish in 2017, 2 Dope Queens in 2018), happy hours and parties, and food truck lunches.
FinCon September 4-7 Washington, DC
FinCon is the world’s largest [Fin]ancial [Con]tent Expo for “money mediapreneurs”: digital content creators, influencers and brands who cover all aspects of personal finance and investing. Panels and workshops focus on various topics related to creating, promoting and profiting from money-related content, as well as what’s next in personal finance and investing. Attendees can connect with others in the community and learn how to create better content, reach their audience, and make more money.
Connect and Learn Retreat September 12-15 Lake Harmony, Pennsylvania
A super intimate, relaxed retreat in the Pocono Mountains, the Connect and Learn Retreat brings 12 women bloggers, entrepreneurs and professionals together to network and connect, learning ways to grow their businesses. Throughout the weekend, they will explore best practices for growth and success both in their businesses and their personal lives— while helping others to do the same.
Tastemaker Conference September 19-21 Portland, Oregon
Held in one of the top foodie destinations in the country, Tastemaker Conference is a place where food bloggers don’t just meet, they make. This two-day event for influencers of all levels of experience features multiple classes and workshops taught by experts in the field, an exhibitor hall with over 20 highly-sought after brands sponsoring and attending to specifically connect with food bloggers, awesome networking opportunities, and very importantly, lots of delicious food. Plus, extra bonus: Danielle is speaking here!
CVX Live September 20-21 Provo, Utah
CVX Live is a social media convention for creators, businesses, and social media personalities. To learn about social media and meet your favorite stars on YouTube, Instagram, Musical.ly, SnapChat, Facebook, etc. you'll want to go with the Viewer, Viewer Plus or Viewer Ultimate Pass is exactly what you need. If networking and building an audience for your brand on social media is your goal, then the Industry Pass is what you need for two days of classes, panels, networking luncheons, industry gatherings and more.
Blog Brûlée September 24-26 Smugglers' Notch, Vermont
This invitation only, intimate event is intended for healthy living and registered dietitian bloggers. The agenda is tailored to suggestions from those who apply to attend, including topics like video and photography, brand connections and sponsorships, social media strategies and the business aspects of blogging. The application period for 2019 has closed, so mark your calendars for 2020 if Blog Brûlée speaks to your niche.
Type-A Blogger & Social Media Influencer Conference September 26-28 Alexandria, Virginia
Type-A is known for the business of blogging. The 13th Annual Type-A Blogger & Social Media Influencer Conference is three days of stories, workshops, panels, brands, and new technology solutions just outside of Washington DC. 500 attendees, primarily female entrepreneurs who have built thriving businesses based on their influential blogs and social media presence, will have the opportunity to learn from real people who have built successful businesses by trying and failing.
ShiftCon October 3-5 Atlanta, GA
The purpose of the ShiftCon community is ultimately to change the grocery store one brand at a time. ShiftCon is an eco-wellness conference focusing on food, wellness, health, sustainability and platform growth for influencers of all shades of green, voting with their dollar and every share. Three days of networking, learning about health and wellness, and exploring the expo guide this online influencer community in seeking healthier and more sustainable lives, promoting brands that mirror their values, and helping causes that speak to their soul.
Exposure & Profit October 11-13th Atlanta, Georgia
Exposure & Profit is a content marketing conference hosted by Kelly McCausey of Love People + Make Money for business owners from all different niches who want to publish content they are proud of, for a community they love. Unique to this conference is an overt appeal to both introverts craving a laid back event schedule that gives you time to recharge, and extroverts who love long breaks to engage and meet people.
AdThrive Accelerate Summit October 16-18 Austin, Texas
An exclusive, one-of-a-kind event, the AdThrive Accelerate Summit is for professional bloggers and digital publishers. Expert content, working sessions, and a custom, tailored experience will leave you full of ideas and action steps, inspired to make your content even more compelling, your social media more productive, and your site experience even more engaging and attractive to brands.
Brand Marketing Summit East October 21-22 NYC
The “must-attend event for those charged with improving customer-engagement within marketing, digital and social media,” the Brand Marketing Summit in NYC will deliver a curated, high-level conversation to help you strategize and execute the next steps for your marketing strategy. Globally renowned brands will share how they have reinvented themselves for a new customer and developed data driven strategies for deeper customer knowledge.
EntreLeadership Master Series November 3-7 Nashville Tennessee
EntreLeadership Master Series is an exclusive, four-day, deep-dive event for business owners that takes you deep inside the details of operating and growing a business as you learn from incredible business leaders. In addition to the daily sessions, this series offers world-class food, entertainment, and networking with other business owners and top leaders at Ramsey Solutions.
Blissdom Conference November 14-16 Nashville, Tennessee
BLISSDOM is a conference and, importantly, a community of women who want to take their business and life to the next level, bringing you the information, resources, and community you need to succeed. Tracks are Business + Entrepreneurship, Writing + Speaking, Photography + Video, and Podcasting; you can stay in one track’s classes or mix-and-match classes during the event.
Held in a variety of locations throughout the year, Pinners is both a conference featuring 100+ Pinterest-based classes taught by the best presenters in the nation, and a show with nearly 300 businesses showcasing their worlds of DIY, crafts, cooking, self-improvement, photography, party planning, scrapbooking, holiday, beauty and fashion and more. 2019 dates include:
- March 8-9, Ontario CA
- April 12-13, Atlanta GA
- May 3-4, Minneapolis MN
- September 13-14, Dallas TX
- November 1-2, Salt Lake City, UT
- November 8-9, Scottsdale AZ
Digiday has a number of summits and other events happening worldwide in 2019. In the US:
- Digiday Media Buying Summit, February 20 – 22 in Nashville: everything from how consultancies are approaching the industry to new technologies that will transform media buying over the next decade
- Digiday Hot Topic: Subscriptions & Commerce, February 26 in NYC: top publishers will discuss building new commerce brands, integrating subscriptions into their organizations and getting readers to open their wallets
- Glossy Forum: Modern Marketing, February 28 in NYC: marketers from the fashion, beauty and luxury industries will share how they’re working to stand out in the crowded retail landscape
- Digiday Retail Forum: Direct-to-Consumer, March 21 in NYC: discuss how the direct evolution is quickly changing the face and feel of the industry as customer expectations skyrocket
- Digiday Publishing Summit, March 27-29 in Vail CO: discuss keeping up with the transforming advertising landscape and diversifying revenue
- Glossy Forum: The Beauty Revolution, April 15, NYC: discuss how beauty brands and retailers are rethinking their products and playbooks to be more customer-centric than ever
- Digiday Retail Summit, April 29-May 1, Austin TX: hear from industry executives who are using customer data and technology to drive innovation and improve experiences across the board
- Glossy Summit: Future of Fashion and Luxury, May 20-22, Miami: the biggest fashion and luxury brands meet to address the changing industry landscape
- Digiday Programmatic Marketing Summit, May 29-31, Austin TX: hundreds of leaders from top agencies and brands come together for a candid discussion on the biggest issues facing the industry
The SC Conference is two-day program full of hands-on workshops, panels, networking, food, dancing, photo ops, and lots more. Topics and curriculum are still being developed, so be sure to check back in on this one.
Social Fresh 2018 just wrapped up in December, and details for 2019 haven't yet been released. Keep an eye out for an announcement from Social Fresh Conference, the longest running conference in the social marketing industry. Founder Jason Keath has compared working in social to riding a pony through a bouncy castle; this conference skips the 101 content and covers as much advanced digital marketing topics as they can get to for those who have been along for the ride.
From Dan R Morris and Rachel Marie Martin of the Audience Industries, whose mission is to create meaningful theater experiences that equip and entertain motivated people and business owners with the necessary tools to be relevant and successful in the digital market. To that end, they’ve developed a four event strategy (Pull, Sequoia, Circles, Leverage) that use practical, hands-on examples, strategic marketing plans and in-depth discussions. 2019 schedule coming soon!
Confluence Conference TBA Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Confluence Con is “the coolest conference in the midwest” and one of the best bangs for your buck in the digital marketing conference circuit for anyone who uses the internet to connect with clients and make sales. This conference is for the specialists, the jacks-of-all-trades, the managers, the digital entrepreneurs and small business owners, the marketing departments big and small.
Formerly the Focused Blogging Conference, these bootcamps are 3-day events where a small number of attendees come together with blog strategist Dollie Freeman. They focus on the idea that learning should always be coupled with implementing for the best return on investment. Details for 2019 bootcamps have not yet been released.
Through their fashion and beauty conferences and monthly sessions, SIMPLY brings together fashion, beauty, and entrepreneurial mavens to network, inspire, and learn from one another. These events cover everything from mastering social media to starting a business, while inviting attendees to primp with beauty treatments and shop the hottest fashion, beauty & jewelry brands. 2018 events took place at Dubai, LA, and Fashion Island; details for 2019 are yet to be announced.
#BlogWell Retreats are working retreats for midlife women bloggers learning how to grow their influence and income. With no more than 60 attendees and an emphasis on a laid back vibe and a high priority on work time, these events are cozy and fun. The mornings of each full-day event is spent in sessions, while the afternoon is left unstructured for work, networking, planning, and opportunities to get help from one of the teachers. 2019 dates and locations coming soon.
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