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14 Must-Attend Business Events and Conferences for 2013

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There are a ton of great business events and conferences to attend (and sponsor) every year, and 2013 is no exception. We recently shared 10 Awesome Events Every Entrepreneur Should Know, and we’ve got 14 more to attend in 2013, and one for 2014!

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OMS – Online Marketing Summit (Multiple events/locations)
February 11-13, 2013
San Diego, CA
Attendees: 1,200

What OMS says: “Online Marketing Summit (OMS) connects marketers with the knowledge, experts and technologies that are transforming digital marketing and business as we know it.

This interactive symposium empowers marketing professionals of all levels with actionable information via expert led educational sessions and collaborative engagement with peers, thought leaders and providers that are driving the industry forward.”

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14 Must Attend Business Events and Conferences for 2013 image etail 300x162 eTail West
February 25-28, 2013
Palm Desert, CA
Attendees: 2,000

What eTail says: “Launched in 1999, eTail is the premier online and multi-channel retail conference dedicated to supporting the growth of the retail industry by facilitating high-level networking opportunities and providing leading industry knowledge.

Every year, eTail brings together 2000+ senior-level eCommerce and marketing professionals from cross-industry, including, but not limited to; Apparel, Accessories, Sporting Goods, Beauty, Consumer Electronics, Hard and Soft Goods, Home Furnishings, Books, Music, Luxury, Travel, Office Products, Department Stores and more to find solutions for their top challenges.”

14 Must Attend Business Events and Conferences for 2013 image sxsw 2013 e1357679092281 300x240SXSW – South by Southwest (Interactive)
March 8-12, 2013
Austin, TX
Attendees: 15,000

Recommended by our resident Evangelist, Rob Zazueta
What Rob says: “It’s the event where I meet the leaders in the industry, just by waiting in line for the bathroom. There are amazing sessions discussing both cutting edge and well-tested ideas that cut across all aspects of marketing, technology, productivity and more. Plus, the trade show is where I find the hits I hear about for the rest of the year.”

What SXSW says: “Scheduled March 8-12, the 2013 SXSW® Interactive Festival will feature five days of compelling presentations from the brightest minds in emerging technology, scores of exciting networking events hosted by industry leaders, the SXSW Trade Show and an unbeatable lineup of special programs showcasing the best new digital works, video games and innovative ideas the international community has to offer. Join us for the most energetic, inspiring and creative event of the year.”

14 Must Attend Business Events and Conferences for 2013 image Inbound MArketing Summit e1357754195676Inbound Marketing Summit (Multiple events/locations)
April 3-4, 2013
New York, NY
Attendees: 1,000

What IMS says: “Inbound Marketing Summit (IMS) is the one event that brings together enterprise CMOs, business leaders, agency execs and their teams, awesome keynotes, expert panels, plus solutions providers and their tools, all in a dynamic, community-based setting. Learn about the latest in social strategy and branding, content marketing, online video, Social CRM, mobile payments and more. And explore how to turn your plans into action with exclusive demos, showcases and the multimedia experience you expect from The Pulse. Come join the marketing revolution April 3-4, 2013 at the Altman Building in New York City.”

eMarketing Conference14 Must Attend Business Events and Conferences for 2013 image email marketing e1357673073162
April 9-10, 2013
San Francisco, CA

What eMarketing says: “With over 35 expert speakers and 33 sessions (all on one floor), you will leave energized and ready, with relevant, actionable new processes, techniques, ideas, and a bunch of new meaningful contacts. You can design your own conference around dedicated topics on Social, eMail, Search and Mobile marketing. Sessions are highly interactive and our speakers, panelists, moderators and attendees attend most social networking events at the conference.”

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WaHB – Work at Home Business Expo (Multiple Events/Locations)
April 20-21, 2013
San Diego, CA
Attendees: 1,500

What WaHB Expo says: “WaHB Expo is focused on the Work at Home and Home Based Business industry. It provides a forum that brings together the providers of home based business models and services, with the very people considering a home based business for their own professional future, as well as those with already established home based businesses looking for the resources to grow and support them.”

Internet Retailer Conference and Exhibition14 Must Attend Business Events and Conferences for 2013 image Internet Retailer Conference and Exhibition e1357673567639
June 4-7, 2013
Chicago, IL
Attendees: 9,500

What the conference says: “Even if you’ve attended IRCE in the past, this year’s show will truly be breaking barriers of its own, in terms of content that includes more workshops, main conference session tracks and a greatly expanded roster of 220 expert speakers, fully 20% more than last year’s show.”

14 Must Attend Business Events and Conferences for 2013 image wds 2013World Domination Summit
July 5-7, 2013
Portland, Organ
Attendees: 1,000

What the World Domination Summit says: “In July 2012, a small army of remarkable people converged on Portland, Oregon for a weekend of strategizing and adventure.”

14 Must Attend Business Events and Conferences for 2013 image Content Marketing World 2013 e1357755030753 300x300Content Marketing World (Multiple events/locations)
September 9-12, 2013
Cleveland, OH
Attendees: 100

What CMW says: “Content Marketing World is the conference for the marketing/PR professional who develops the strategy or handles the execution of content marketing initiatives. This is the person that, in some way, develops or curates valuable, relevant and compelling content through one or multiple channels to attract and retain customers.

This could be content for social media or public relations efforts. It could be content for your corporate magazine. It could be mobile content or applications. It could be a total content marketing strategy for your website and other properties.”

Foodservice Social Media Universe14 Must Attend Business Events and Conferences for 2013 image Foodservice Social Media Universe
September 16-18, 2013
Austin, TX

What FSMU says: “Welcome to the 3rd annual Foodservice Social Media Universe (#FSMU) Conference and Expo. In 2013, we will focus on the technology-driven transformation of the foodservice industry. How social and technology is at the core of app development and customer experience management. We will again, examine best practices for social media execution in the restaurant industry, uncover new strategies, learn new tactics and expand our universe of restaurant + technology providers.”

14 Must Attend Business Events and Conferences for 2013 image ses conference and expo coverageSES – Search Engine Strategies (Multiple Events/Locations)
September 10-13, 2013
San Francisco, CA
Attendees: 3,500

What SES says: “Founded in 1999, SES has become the leading search and social marketing event in the industry. SES is programmed by leading practitioners and industry thought leaders who form the SES Global Advisory Board. The focus is 100% on education with a large sprinkling of networking sessions and events for attendees to share knowledge and experience as well as develop new business relationships.”

Drea14 Must Attend Business Events and Conferences for 2013 image dreamforce 2011 logomforce
November 18-21, 213
San Francisco, CA
Attendees: 50,000

What Dreamforce says: “Dreamforce ‘13 will be here before you know it, and you can sign up to be the first to hear about all the details, including pricing.

In 2012, Dreamforce broke all records, and 2013 is going to be even bigger and better with:

  • All-new keynote speakers and an amazing band for the Dreamforce Gala
  • More than 800 breakout sessions—content for every role!
  • 500+ partners in the Cloud Expo”

Email Insider Summit14 Must Attend Business Events and Conferences for 2013 image emailinsidersummit large
December 2013
Park City, UT
Attendees: 100

What Email Insider says: “Set at the world-class Deer Valley ski resort in Park City, Utah, the Summit will generate discussion about the hottest topics in email marketing, with a focus on offering solutions that can be implemented the day after you get off the slopes. Industry thought-leaders deliver keynote presentations each day, followed by panels heavy with brand marketers – which will explore melding email and social media platforms, capitalizing on Big Data, turning $10K into $1M through budget allocation and much more.”

14 Must Attend Business Events and Conferences for 2013 image SMX Social media marketingSMX Social Media Marketing
December 2013
Las Vegas, CA
Attendees: 700

What SMX says: “Whether you’re managing communities or buying social media advertising, SMX Social Media Marketing is your conference. You’ll be inspired by experts, meet others with your challenges, and leave confident you’ll excel in this fast-paced environment.

SMX Social Media Marketing is a two-day, tactic-rich conference that covers all key issues for getting the most out of social marketing, whether you’re tasked with driving organic traffic, managing paid campaigns, or stewarding your company’s brand with online reputation management and customer service. ”

Keep in Mind for 2014:

NMX – New Media Expo aka Blog World (Usually in January)
Las Vegas, NV

What NMX says: “Join us at New Media Expo (aka BlogWorld), the World’s Largest Conference and Trade Show for Bloggers, Podcasters, Web TV & Video Creators, and Social Business Pros. New Media Expo attracts content creators from across the globe, and it’s also the epicenter of leading ideas in social business with the collocated BusinessNext Social conference! These concurrent events combine to produce a who’s-who line up of content creators, global influencers, niche experts and business icons dedicated to educating you with the latest knowledge, technology and techniques for online success. You’ll learn from latest case studies and the most effective methods these innovators have used in their own businesses and online properties to rise above the rest.”

Which of these business events, conferences and/or festivals do you find useful? Plan on attending any? Let us know!

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