2013 is around the corner and this means a new season of conferences will about to make their appearance.
With each of these passing conferences, you’re given a golden opportunity to reach out and network with fellow affiliates (while learning a whole slew of valuable strategies to bring back to your business).
Here are eight affiliate conferences you should begin planning for now.
Affiliate Summit has been the premier conference since 2003; its sponsors, speakers, and location (Las Vegas) makes it the perfect event to learn and network. Keynotes for 2013 will be done by Daniel Ruettiger, Julie Clark, and Tim Ash; other items such as sessions, ask the experts, meet & greets, and food will be present. Last year, Affiliate Summit saw over 5,000+ attendees and 2013 is on the path to draw in a larger crowd.
- Where: Caesars Palace Las Vegas
- When: January 13 – 15, 2013
The pricing for the event:
To learn more: Visit the Affiliate Summit website.
SES Conference & Expo
SES Conference & Expo is one of the most renown events that pulls in professionals from around the world. The conference is aimed to cover a wide variety of topics from social media, affiliate marketing, big data, keyword research, and more. Each event under the SES brand creates a unique experience to learn from the best in the business and network with individuals in very lucrative positions within Fortune 500 companies.
When & Where (2013 season):
- London (December 4 – 5)
- New York (March 25 – 28)
- Toronto (June 12 – 14)
- San Francisco (September 10 – 13)
- Shanghai (April 2013)
- Hong Kong (September 2013)
- Berlin (October 2013)
Pricing varies upon location, access, and purchase date but generally it will set you back between $50 – $2,700.
For more information: Visit the SES website.
BlogWorld (New Media Expo)
BlogWorld (now going under the guise of New Media Expo) is the largest conference that caters to bloggers, podcasters, social media enthusiasts, and media creators. Affiliate marketing is greatly improved through content marketing which makes the New Media Expo a great place to network and learn new content marketing techniques and strategies. The drawback for this expo is its smaller scope in topics but it still packs a punch.
- When: January 6 – 8, 2013
- Where: Rio All-Suit Hotel & Casino (Las Vegas, NV)
And the cost …
To learn more: Visit the New Media Expo website.
World Social Marketing (WSM) Conference
The aim of World Social Marketing (WSM) is to improve understanding and best practices in social marketing; the ultimate goal is to increase efficiency and effectiveness of social marketing to understand behavior and modifying it for social good. Goals aside, the event hosts speakers from many different backgrounds (professors, business owners, activists).
Why mention this event when we’re talking about affiliate marketing? Ethics and behavior. If you can understand how people work than you can more readily spread your message; your message must also be ethical. In all, you’ll learn the fundamentals of why people use social media so you can best attune it for your larger goals.
- When: April 21 – 23
- Where: Toronto, Canada
To learn more: Visit the WSM Conference website.
Search Marketing Expo (SMX)
Search Marketing Expo is aimed at delivering the best information and networking potential for those within the search marketing field. The program is by Search Engine Land, a prominent search marketing website, and brings in some of the most important individuals within the field (even Google employees). Affiliate marketers can greatly benefit from the SMX conferences if they want a keen edge on SEO and search advertising; the drawback is it’s generally smaller size.
When & Where:
- Jerusalem (January 6)
- San Jose (March 11 – 13)
- Munich (April 9 – 10)
- Toronto (April)
- London (May)
- Sydney (May)
- Seattle (June)
- Paris (June)
- Melbourne (September)
- New York (October 1 – 3)
Note: Dates marked just as a month do no currently have definitive dates at the time of this writing.
The pricing greatly varies depending on location and packages; here is an example from their Toronto event in 2013:
The learn more: Visit the SMX website.
Barcelona Affiliate Conference
Not to exclude those affiliates in Europe, the Barcelona Affiliate Conference is one of the largest in the area pulling in over 1,600 attendees last year. The conference comes packed with discussion panels, speakers, and opportunities to network with fellow marketers. If the 2013 edition of the conference acts the same as the one in 2012, you can expect four days of events and learning. The only drawback to this conference is that it’s aimed toward gambling affiliates but, if you know your affiliate marketing, you’ll realize that gambling provides an additional edge when marketing the industry which can give you major insights about your niche and industry that are less restricted.
- When: N/A (Though early October is common)
- Where: Barcelona, Spain
The pricing (as of 2012) is …
To learn more: Visit the Barcelona Affiliate Conference website.
Affiliate Management Days
Affiliate Management Days goes against the normal grain that is affiliate marketing conferences as its sole focus is about the creation, management, and performance of starting and operating an affiliate program. The conference brings many big brand attendees openly sharing case studies, the latest tools, and their strategies for managing affiliate programs.
In affiliate marketing, it’s just as important to understand how a program works than just being the affiliate; attending this conference will allow you to network with some of the brightest in the business. The only downside is that it’s not for everyone (affiliates that would get the most from this event would be in the higher-end).
- When: April 16 – 17
- Where: San Francisco
Pricing for the 2013 San Francisco event has not been released but this is the current structure for their October 2012 event which should give a comparable pricing:
To learn more: Visit the Affiliate Management Days website.
PubCon is a massive event that began in 2000 organized and hosted by WebmasterWorld.com, one of the Web’s oldest forums. The conference spans a few days and covers a great variety of topics from SEM, PPC, SEO, and more; the format includes master-mind groups, keynotes, site reviews, networking, and everything related to mastering the web. As an affiliate, you’ll gain a higher level of education through the understanding of web technologies which will, in the long-run, allow you to expand and grow your online business.
- When: April 22 – 25
- Where: New Orleans
Pricing and structure are as follows:
To learn more: Visit the PubCon website.