For niches on the cutting edge of technology, things tend to get more interesting and exciting every day, and this is very true of the internet marketing sector. With 2013 upon us, all of the latest techniques and technologies are here to experience, and there is no better way to get into the swing of all things new then by joining your colleagues at one of the many great meetups and conferences on the schedule for the next 12 months.

If staying ahead and the competition and utilizing every possible tool at your disposal is in your game plan for 2013, check out any one of these four high-profile internet marketing events to come:

1. Performance Marketing Summit

Performance Marketing Summit

Offering a high-profile, yet intimate platform for connecting with colleagues and improving your business plan, the Performance Marketing Summit aims to be a one-stop-shop for affiliate marketers of all varieties, offering a series of quick and to-the-point talks to a single room of a maximum of 200 participants. These conversation starters lead to involved and lively discussion among everyone in attendance, serving as a vehicle for good, intuitive learning that can be utilized the moment you find yourself back at your desk.

When and Where: Pay a visit to the Big Apple itself, New York, New York on March 12, 2013, for this year’s iteration of the Performance Marketing Summit.

2. SES New York 2013

SES New York 2013

One of the leading events for modern marketers to be held anywhere in the world, this year’s SES Conference aims to provide a full-fledged education in what it means to build a brand, product, or service. Focusing deeply on the technological aspect of marketing that most of us utilize on a daily basis, SES will touch on the techniques of both now and tomorrow, helping you to take search engines and social media platforms for all they’re worth!

When and Where: If you want to take in the cutting edge SES conference, you’ll need to head to New York City from March 25-28, 2013, paying a visit to the New York Marriott Marquis – reserve your room at that hotel at!

3. World Social Marketing Conference

World Social Marketing Conference

Step your internet marketing game up a notch with the World Social Marketing Conference, set for a date in Toronto after a wildly successful edition in Dublin, Ireland last year! Featuring nearly 100 presenters, keynote offerers, and honorary guests, there’s no better place to be for hands on wisdom and vision from some of the world’s most effective and successful marketers, giving you a perfect dose of know-how and inspiration to be used at will once you head back to your office.

When and Where: Mark off April 21-23, 2013 on your calendar as the few days that you’ll be spending in Canada’s largest city, Toronto, Ontario, in order to take in this year’s World Social Marketing Conference.

4. Social Media Strategies Summit

Social Media Strategies Summit

Being an effective marketer in 2013 means being social media savvy, and that is exactly the focus of the Social Media Strategies Summit. Utilizing case studies of big brands and actual success stories, this event promotes the learning of skills and techniques that can be implemented in real life in order to achieve real results, ensuring that every minute spent is well worth your time and money.

Besides all it has to offer in content, SMSS is also exceptionally popular, bringing you together with the best and brightest of your peers in the marketing world, and padding your contact list with untold value for the future!

When and Where: Hit up the Windy City of Chicago, Illinois, from April 23-24, 2013 in order to visit SMSS 2013 and all of the marketing goodness that it has to offer. The Summit is a great excuse to get travel inspired and go to Chicago!

Make sure to also come to local SEO events in 2013. What are your 2013 travel plans?