Northern VoiceWith international revenue from social networks predicted to grow an impressive 43.1 percent year-over-year in 2012  putting the total amount of income generated by sites like Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn at $16.9B – marketers are seeking out ways to build their expertise within a world that seemingly shifts daily.

While South by Southwest is by far the best known out there for connecting with the movers and the shakers, here are three very different social media conferences that provide their own unique  educational bang for the buck.

Social Media Camp – May 6 – 8, 2013 in Victoria, BC, Canada
The fourth annual Social Media Camp will be held at the Victoria Conference Centre, May 6 – 8, 2013. Social Media Camp is Canada’s largest learning forum of its kind, bringing together the brightest social media minds in North America for three days of social media exploration, sharing and teaching, with ample time built in for networking. The agenda will include workshops, panels, key note speakers, roundtables, an Innovation Zone, knowledge cafe, trade show, and the annual Social Media Awards. Sessions will also include clearly defined streams for beginners and advanced users, and by industry group.

What makes this conference different?
Social Media Camp offers a hands-on approach and the ability to ask questions in an informal setting. Typical attendees are smaller brands with smaller budgets that are looking to learn innovative and creative approaches. Social Media Coaches are assigned to newbies for the duration of the conference. Known for combining accessible outdoor adventure with urban activities and combined with a great conference, Victoria, BC is an undiscovered mini-break destination.

“We want to encourage business people to continue their professional development in one of the most beautiful settings in the world,” says Chris Burdge, co-founder of Social Media Camp. Burdge went on to say that a successful conference combines learning from peers and experts, but is also about making personal connections. “While Social Media Camp is growing, we want it to keep the personal touch so attendees don’t have to fight their way in through hordes of app developers asking for a download. We know you need to learn about the latest killer campaigns, but you also need an atmosphere that makes the learning fun so it feels like a break from the daily grind.”

A two-day conference pass for Social Media Camp starts at Canadian $299 Cdn. For more information and to register visit www.socialmediacamp.ca

Northern Voice 2013

Personal blogging is about instantly connecting your voice with an audience. The Northern Voice conference has been running since 2005 with this as its focus. The 2013 conference is currently in the planning stages with a June date to be announced shortly.

“From those humble beginnings in 2005, Northern Voice has transformed into one of Vancouver’s longest standing blogging and social media conference’s. The best part about us is that we’re still cheap, friendly and open to all,” says Shane Birley, a longtime organizer. Birley is the author of Blogging for Dummies.

What makes this conference different?
The Northern Voice conference focuses on the personal realm of blogging with people from all walks of life and occupations acting as a speakers, contributors and volunteers. A convenient downtown Vancouver location, affordable pricing scheme and catered meal makes for a great break from a work day where you can meet people who are just getting started with blogging or social media or are seasoned experts in the field.

For more information about Northern Voice, please visit the Northern Voice website at http://2012.northernvoice.ca/about.

Fourth Annual Corporate Social Media Summit – November 2013 in London
The Corporate Social Media Summit Europe bills itself as the one-stop shop for all the latest social media insight and best practices for building, operationalizing and initiating a successful social media strategy for corporations. Attending the summit will help those who need to learn best practices and strategy targeted at priorities. The conference is designed to solve problems with peers at a gathering place for corporate social media practitioners

What makes this conference different?
This is a big brand conference and attendees can expect to learn from the big budget people and have key learnings that can be applied to business. Known for history, theatre and culture, London is an urban lovers dream mini-break for those who love the hustle and bustle of big city life.

A two-day conference pass starts at €645. For more information and to register, visit http://usefulsocialmedia.com/europe.

Social Media Show – April 24- 25, 2013 in Singapore
Social Media World Asia 2013 will bring together Asia’s largest brands, social networks and their partners to discuss developing social media strategies for business, leveraging social media to increase revenue streams, and measuring ROI through analytics. Exhibitors will include social media analytics, social media campaign management, Web 2.0 solutions, digital and mobile marketing solutions, and agencies & consultancies to help attendees discover the latest strategies and trends in the social media world.

What makes this conference different?
For those who sell to Asia it is essential to know what makes social media tick in Asian cultures. Singapore is a favorite of business travellers for the food and cultural experiences that, combined in high density space, optimizes the mini-break experience.

The two-day conference pass starts at $1,495 USD. For more information: http://www.terrapinn.com/exhibition/internet-show-asia/socialmediaasia.stm.

With thanks to Tartan Media for contributing some of the content in this post.

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