Social media, social media, social media....the drone has been relentless for the last few years, certainly since 2008 when the Election season brought even more resources to social media, and I think the penny dropped for many marketers.
For the last four years I've been writing my post on next year's social media & on-line community conferences. This year took more work than last, there are more conference, double the number from the previous year. Though I'm sure I missed a number of conferences from later in the year in 2011, I do think the numbers are a good gauge of the industry. There was a big drop in conferences last year, here are the # of conferences for the last four years from my blog posts:
While social media has gone mainstream, I think a sign of the integration of social media into marketing in general are the growing number of specialist conferences about social media. My favorite specialist conferences included Social Media in the Pharmaceutical Industry, Inside SocialApps 2012, Social Media for the public sector, and Fitness and Health Bloggers Conference.
And my personal favorite, I think it has something to do with the kittens.... BlogPaws 2012 - Pet Blogging and Social Media Conference.
Please use this post to plan your itinerary or 2012 speaker submissions.
Below is my list of social media and community events for 2012, if you see a conference I've missed let me know, also if you noticed a twitter account that partners with a conference ping me at @johncass and I'll add the account to the post.
List of Online Community & Social Media related conferences for 2012
- Jan Using Social Media to Communicate (UCISA), January 18, 2012, Birmingham, UK.
- Qualitative Online 360: 2nd Annual conference, 18-19 January 2012, Milan, Italy.
- Altitude Design Summit, January, 18-21, 2012, Salt Lake City. @altsummit
- Inbound Marketing Summit, January 22-23, 2012, New York City. @ IMS_Conference Emerging Media Conference, January 23-26, 2012, San Francisco, CA. @wappow
- Beyond Enterprise 2.0, January, 24-25, 2012, Amsterdam. @kgsglobal
- Social Media in the Pharmaceutical Industry, January, 24-25, 2012, Copthorne Tara Hotel, London, UK.
- iStrategy, January 31 - Feburary 1, 2012, San Francisco, CA. @iStratBuzz
- Advanced Social Media Strategies, January 31 - February 01, 2012, Marriott Bloor Yorkville, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
- DomainFest Global 2012, January 31 - February 2, 2012, Santa Monica, CA. @domainfest
- Feb SoCon12: So Connected, February 2-3, 2012, Atlanta, GA. #socon12 @
- Online Marketing Summit 2012, February 6-10, 2012. Hilton San Diego Bayfront, San Diego, CA. #OMS12 @omsummit
- Enterprise 2.0 Summit, February 7-8, 2012. Cercle National des Armees, Paris. #e20s @enterprise20
- Social Media Strategies Summit, February 7-9, 2012, Las Vegas, Nevada. @GSMIonline
- Inside SocialApps 2012, February 8-9, 2012, San Francisco, CA.
- Socal Media Week, February 13-17, 2012. London, Hong Kong, Miami, New York, Paris, Rome, San Francisco, Sao Paulo, Singapore, Tokyo, Toronto, Washington DC. @socialmediaweek
- 5th Annual Social Media for PR and Corporate Communications Conference, February 14-16, 2012. MGM Grand Hotel, Las Vegas, NV. #ragansocmed
- 4th Annual Gravity Summit Social Media Marketing Conference at UCLA, February 22, 2012. @gravitysummit
- CROWDSOURCE 2012: The Mass Collaboration & Distributed Work Executive Summit, February, 22-23, 2012, Miami, FL.
- BlissDom 2012, February 23-25, 2012, Nashvile, TN.
- DesignBloggers Conference, February 26-28, 2012, Los Angeles, CA. @designblogconf
- 2012 Summit on Customer Engagement, February 28-29, 2012, San Mateo, CA.
- March Social Learning Conference, March 1, 2012, London, Uk. @slconf
- ThinkVisibility, March 3, 2012, Leeds, UK.
- 9th Annual 2012 Media Summit, March 7-8, 2012, New York City, NY.
- FT Digital Media Conference 2012, March 7-8, 2012, London, UK.
- SXSW Interactive, March 9-13, 2012, Austin, TX. @sxsw
- The Corporate Social Commerce Summit, March 13-14, 2012. Boston, MA. #scomm12
- #smtulsa Conference 2012, March 15-16 2012. Tulsa, OK. @socmediatulsa
DrupalCon, March 19-23, 2012, Denver, CO.
- Social Media for the public sector, March 21-22, 2012. Melbourne Park Function Centre, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
- DGI-CONFERENCE 2012 - EUROPEAN AFTERNOON - Social Media and Web Science:The Web as a Living Space , March 22-23, 2012, Dusseldorf, Germany.
- M2C: What's Next in Marketing, Media & Advertising? March 26-27, 2012, Grand Elysee, France
- Socialmedia WorldForum, March 27-28, 2012, Olympia, London, United Kingdom. @SocialNetworkWF
- Socialize: Monetizing Social Media, March 29-30, 2012, New York, City.
- April Where Conference, April 2-4, 2012, San Francisco, CA. @where20
- Hispanicize, April 11-13, 2012, Miami, FL. @hispanicize
- YouToo Social Media Conference, April 13, 2012. Ohio.
- 9th International Conference on Information Technology : New Generations, April 16-18, 2012, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
- eMetrics Marketing Optimization Summit, Toronto Ontario, April 23-26, 2012 @emetrics
- Social Slam: The Evolution of digital Meida for Business, April 27, 2012, Knoxvile, Tn. @smcknox
- NorthernVoice, Vancouver, BC
- Mom 2.0 Summit, May 3-5, 2012, Key Biscayne, FL. #mom2summit @mom2summit
- European Beer Bloggers Conference: May 18-20 Leeds, UK.
- Social Media Summit, May 23, 2012, Harrisburg, PA.
- Doctors 2.0 & You, May 23-24, 2012, Paris. @doctors20
- June The 6th International AAAI Conference on Weblogs and Social Media, June, 4-8, 2012, Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland. @icwsm
- NXNE Interactive, June 11-17, 2012, Toronto, Canada.
- TBEX '12 - Keystone, CO, June 15-17, 2012 @tbexevents
- Travel Blog Exchange: TBEX '11, June 11-12, New York City, New York.@tbex11
- Enterprise 2.0 Conference, June 18-21, 2012, Hynes Convention Center, Boston. @e2conf
- BlogPaws 2012 - Pet Blogging and Social Media Conference, June 21-23, 2012, Salt Lake City, UT. @BlogPaws
- Type-A Parent Conference '12, June 22-24, 2012. Charlotte, NC.
- Fitness and Health Bloggers Conference, June 22 - 24, 2012, Denver, Colorado. #fhbc12
- Luxury Interative, June 26-27, 2012. Bridgewaters, New York, NY. @luxinteractive
- July Evo 12: Evolution of women in social media, July 12-14, 2012. Park City UT. @evoconf
- Beer Bloggers Conference: July 13-15, Indianapolis.
- August BlogHer 12, BlogHer '12, August 2-4, 2012, New York City.
- Wine Bloggers Conference: August 17-19 in Portland, OR.
- International Food Bloggers Conference: August 24-26 Portland, OR.
- The 2012 International Conference on Advances in Social Networks Analysis and Mining, 26-29 August, 2012, Kadir Has University, Istanbul, Turkey.
- September Medicine 2.0’12: 5th World Congress on Social Media, Mobile Apps, and Internet/Web 2.0 in Medicine, Health & Biomedical Research, 15-16 September, 2012, The Joseph B. Martin Conference Center at Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA.
- October BlogWorld & New Media Expo, October, 2012 Las Vegas, Nevada. @blogworld #bwe12
- BarkWorld Expo, October 25-27, 2012 in Atlanta, GA.
- December Search Marketing Expo conference "SMX Social Media Marketing," 5-6 December, 2012. Las Vegas, NV.
Thanks to the Mashable Intern who asked me if I had a 2012 list of social media & online community conferences available, the question reminded me I needed to put this list together!
If I missed any conferences, let me know, I will add them to the list.