6 Reasons You Should Attend Social Media Marketing World in San Diego (or Virtually) Feb. 28 – Mar 2, 2018

UPDATE: Save $100 on Virtual Tickets. Ends Friday, March 17th

Social Media World Marketing Summit in San Diego California

Discover the best social media marketing techniques from the world’s top experts!


Join 3,000 fellow marketers at the mega-conference designed to inspire and empower you with social media marketing ideas—brought to you by Social Media Examiner.

In this article I’ll share six unique reasons why attending Social Media Marketing World will likely be the best marketing conference you’ve ever experienced, all supported by people who’ve actually been there.

What Is Social Media Marketing World?

Michael Stelzner, the founder of Social Media Examiner, was frustrated by the lack of quality speakers and face-to-face engagement at other conferences, so in 2013 he decided to start his own. Each year the conference has grown by 50%.


Michael combined speaker recruitment (meaning every speaker is heavily vetted) with structured networking. Attendees have praised the experience. Lisa McManus said, “Outstanding job—this is one of the most well-executed, high-class conferences I have attended.

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Michael Stelzner interacting with attendees.
Social Media Marketing World is the world’s largest social media marketing conference. By attending, you’ll make connections with more than 100 of the world’s top social media pros (plus 2500 of your peers from more than 40 countries) and you’ll discover amazing ideas that’ll transform your social media marketing.

The event takes place in San Diego, California March 22-24, 2017

Check out these six reasons why you should attend Social Media Marketing World, backed by the strong endorsement of attendees.

Here is a link to learn more about the event: Social Media Marketing World!

#1: Enhance Your Professional Development

Are you looking to improve your social media marketing skills? Need to beef up your knowledge of a specific social network? Does proving ROI seem out of reach?

“The sessions provided actual usable knowledge, not a sales pitch or high-level fluff. That’s so unusual to find in a conference and is extraordinarily valuable,” said Holly Chessman.

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Attendees soak in knowledge during a session.

Social Media Marketing World provides more than 100 expert-led sessions across seven tracks:

  • Social Tactics Track: Find out the best and newest ways to market your business with social media. Pick up actionable tips to improve your marketing with Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Google+, Instagram, Pinterest, visual marketing and SlideShare.
  • Social Strategy Track: Discover new strategies that will draw ideal customers to your business. You’ll soak in sessions on social strategy, the psychology of social media and much more.
  • Content Marketing Track: See how successful bloggers, podcasters and YouTubers build and maintain content that their customers love to share. You’ll discover how to leverage content to sell, how to move people to action and tips for excelling at blogging, podcasting and video marketing.
  • Measurement Track: Discover how leading experts track, measure and analyze what really works with social media. You’ll finally be able to prove your social activities are working and find better ways to measure and calculate ROI.
  • Corporate Social Track: Pick up actionable ways to deal with crisis management, employee advocacy, customer service and real-time marketing. You’ll understand how your peers manage the unique demands of the corporate world, while pushing the envelope with social media marketing.
  • Small Biz Social Track: See how small businesses generate leads and sell with social media. You’ll also find out how your peers manage social media and the creative methods they use to grow.
  • Social Future Track: Glance into the future as marketing pros show you how to employ mobile marketing and other emerging opportunities. You’ll discover the latest research and trends that could propel your business past the competition.

“I have pages and pages of notes with strong takeaways to put in place from the excellent speakers,” said Alexandra Briggs.

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An attendee writes down ideas gained during a session.

“The knowledge I gained will make the event pay for itself! I will BEG my boss to send me back next year,” explained Julie Lowe.

Come to Social Media Marketing World for unparalleled professional development.

Here is a link to learn more about the event: Social Media Marketing World!

#2: Absorb Relevant and Actionable Content

Whether you’re looking for strategic knowledge or in-the-trenches tactics, you’ll find what you need to at Social Media Marketing World.

Ekaterina Walter explained, “Content, content, content. Mike [Stelzner] always picks the best of the best and he knows and stays on top of the trends. If you want to know and not be behind, but be ahead, this is the conference to come to.”


Quality speakers are recruited to deliver engaging and relevant content.

“The quality of the content and speakers was a huge draw. They gave practical tips that I can implement in my everyday work—not high-level theory,” said Ashley Levesque.

I appreciate that the sessions dove into more advanced content, rather than basic or 101 material,” said Madeline Kronfeld.

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Implement what you learn to see results in your business.

“All of the sessions I attended were full of specific, useful content—NOT generic advice or mid-level admins giving their case studies (which I often see),” said Lindsay Nyquist.

Not only do you get more than 100 sessions to choose from, you’re also provided video recordings and downloadable MP3 audio files for further study. This means you can listen to the sessions you missed or revisit your favorites. You won’t have to clone yourself or worry about which session to choose!

“The sessions I went to were very relevant to me. I’m excited to go back and visit the ones I missed out on. It’s a good thing when you have trouble deciding which tracks to go see, since they all seemed sooo good,” said Katrena McGrigor.

Here is a link to learn more about the event: Social Media Marketing World!

#3: Make Valuable In-Person Connections With Your Peers

When asked about Social Media Marketing World, Ted Ruben said, “It’s kind of like stepping into your Facebook page.”

Social Media Marketing World brings the “social” in social media to life.

Whether it’s finally connecting face to face with friends you’ve known online, seeing social pros you’ve followed for years or meeting new people who share your interests, you’ll walk away enriched.

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Structured networking is built into Social Media Marketing World.

“You can start to build relationships on the web, but actually getting in the room with other marketers like yourself—that’s where the real learning happens,” said Susan Beebe.

Imagine being surrounded by people who “get” the challenges you’re going through and can celebrate your successes because they know exactly what it took to achieve them.

“I can’t talk about this stuff with people at home. I talk about it for like a minute and they’re bored. But here, I could go all night, and we do! And it’s just amazing. There isn’t another conference like this at all,” said Pat Flynn.

This is a place where you can share your story with people from different industries, marketers from huge corporations to startups and with people from around the world. It’s invigorating!

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Make professional connections that can only happen face to face.

“I didn’t feel like I had anyone to talk to about this stuff before now. You literally changed the course of my career and life. How cool is that?!” said Julie Lowe.

You’ll meet people at Social Media Marketing World who’ll become valuable professional connections and close personal friends. That’s why the networking is such a big deal at this conference.

“I have to say the people attending were the highlight for me. Everyone was open to sharing ideas, tools and experiences,” said Megan Palkert.

Here is a link to learn more about the event: Social Media Marketing World!

#4: Meet the Experts Live and In-Person

Are there any social media marketing celebrities you’d love to meet—people who teach and inspire you?

Social Media Examiner carefully recruits speakers who don’t disappear after their sessions, but instead love to mingle with attendees.

Loved that the speakers weren’t hiding between sessions, but rather were networking and engaging with everyone,” said Brian Fanzo.

“The speakers were very accessible and approachable during the event. They didn’t just run off. You could go up and talk one on one with them. You ran into them in the halls and at networking eventseven the hotel bar,” said Julie Lowe.

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Top social media pros interact with attendees.

“It was exciting to see so many of the people whose advice I read on a daily basis. I have to say I was very impressed,” said Michelle Stute.

High-level social media experts lead every session, every keynote and every panel at Social Media Marketing World. These are pros from the social media industry and marketers from big brands who are getting it right.

“It’s crazy. It’s the who’s who. It’s famous people: authors, speakers, as well as brands,” explained Neal Schaffer.

All the biggest names will be there! Presenters include Guy Kawasaki, Mari Smith, Chris Brogan, Jay Baer, Ann Handley, Michael Stelzner, Michael Hyatt, Laura Fitton, Joe Pulizzi, Mark Schaefer, Cliff Ravenscraft, Nichole Kelly, Ted Rubin, Chalene Johnson, Darren Rowse, Joel Comm, Kim Garst, Martin Shervington, Marcus Sheridan, Gini Dietrich, Pat Flynn, John Jantsch, Andrea Vahl and Brian Clark—just to mention a few!

Michael Hyatt said, “For people who want to network and learn from the best of the best, this is the place to be.”

“This was by far one of the best conferences I’ve ever attended, based on the high level of speakers and sessions,” said Lindsay Nyquist.

“It’s just very, very conducive to networking, so I’ve been able to meet incredible people in between sessions or at lunch, whom most people just dream of meeting. And everybody’s very down to earth,” said Neal Schaffe

#5 Discover the Best and Newest Ways to Deploy and Track Social Tactics

Take in OVER 120 practical, action-oriented social media marketing sessions and workshops from the world’s leading experts—all in beautiful San Diego, California.

Here is a link to learn more about the event: Social Media Marketing World!


#6: Excellent Service

We want Social Media Marketing World to be the best conference you’ve ever attended. Period.


White-shirt staff members are everywhere to serve you.

Got a question or concern? We’re there to help—just look for someone in a white staff t-shirt.

“We’ve all been at those events where you can’t find the registration table, you have no idea where to go… Mike Stelzner will never let that happen. It is so organized and streamlined and most people really appreciate that,” explained Amy Porterfield.

“The staff was SO helpful—excellent and fun. Really looking forward to next year,” said Ashley Levesque.

“I love this! I think that there are so many moving parts that go into an event like this, that these guys have really just gotten it down,” said Ted Rubin.

The attention to detail and quality is amazing and I will continue to recommend Social Media Marketing World as one of a handful of ‘must-attend’ events,” said Lee Odden.

To wrap it up…


See you in March at Social Media Marketing World!

“If someone asked me if they could only go to one conference a year, which would it be? I would say it has to be Social Media Marketing World. Best self-investment you will ever make,” said Matthew David Smith.

“I learned more about social media in those two days than I have in the past two years! It inspired me to do more, and I can’t wait to get started,” said Kim Pekin.

If you’re a social media marketer, this conference is the place to be. You’ll acquire practical knowledge from the best in the field that will help improve your business and your professional development in this industry, where it can be hard to keep up with all the changes.

“If you have two days in the year you can spend for you own internal R&D on social, without a doubt, this is the place,” said Neal Schaffer.

You’ll meet people who speak the language of social media and will become helpful advisors and good friends long after you’ve returned home. And you’ll have a great time.

“What makes a great event obviously is the content, but as a lot of people say, it’s what happens outside of the classroom… And c’mon—it’s like freaking San Diego,” said Marcus Sheridan.

Here is a link to learn more about the event: Social Media Marketing World!


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