A chance to drop in on the great white north doesn't come along every day but 2012 holds real promise for social marketers and search engine specialists eager to visit Canada! Canadian cities will be playing host to a variety of worthwhile conferences and events over the remainder of the year, giving you the opportunity to combine work and pleasure in a unique setting, honing your marketing skills all the while!
If rubbing shoulders with your peers and adding to your professional toolkit is in your plans for the near future, consider a trip up north to check out these five search and social events in Canada:
Bloggers, social media enthusiasts and general WordPress lovers can journey to beautiful Montreal, Quebec this August in order to attend the wildly popular WordCamp conference, an event that focuses, quite simply, on everything WordPress.
This unique mixing of casual users and hardcore coders and developers gives every visitor insight on all aspects of the WordPress platform, from writing to its inner workings, helping you to become a better blogger and marketer. Speakers and presenters will range from established online writers to highly successful marketers who have made a living off of the WordPress platform, opening each attendee's eyes to the new and endless opportunities that modern bloggers and social media marketers enjoy!
September 24-28, 2012 will see the city of Vancouver host a huge line of conferences and summits aimed at helping social media enthusiasts and marketers to make the most of their efforts with niche discussions ranging from open government online initiatives to entrepreneurial endeavors in the form of real estate, technology startups and much more! This massive event aims to bring together online professionals from Canada and abroad in order to foster an environment of true innovation and inspiration, leaving everyone in attendance with new tools and ideas to take back to the office with them!
When & Where: Social Media Week runs in Vancouver, British Columbia from September 24-28, 2012.
3. GROW 2012
Social media and search engine optimization are the tools of the future as far as generating leads and initially engaging your customers are concerned and the GROW 2012 conference, coming to Vancouver from August 22-24, 2012, packs just the punch you need to help your business endeavors continue to grow. Workshops and discussions panels will work to pass along new and innovative ideas in social and search marketing, covering the basics but also progressing to encompass exactly how to engage your leads once you've found them.
Learn to be better at everything you do in business, from start to finish, enjoying the beautiful mountain scenery and near-tropical weather that Canada's west coast jewel has to offer in the meantime!
When & Where: Vancouver, British Columbia will also play host to the GROW 2012 conference, running from August 22-24, 2012.
Focusing on women in business and blogging but offering something for the less fair of the genders as well, BlissDom is a unique conference that aims to help attendees learn to better engage their customers and readers through the use of words, skimming over the numbers and statistics of marketing and cutting straight to the point; good communication inevitably leads to sales while even the best executed of marketing plans is bound to fail is you're not able to converse with your clients.
When & Where: Toronto, Ontario's Sheraton Hotel will provde the setting for the BlissDom conference from October 20-21, 2012.
While April of 2013 may seem like a far-off date at the moment, the very successful 2011 edition of this conference, held in Dublin, Ireland, has left social and search marketers hankering for another event aimed at creating and sustaining best practices in online marketing. WSMC will offer its participants an inside look at the inner workings of social and search marketing with an investigation of user behavior and the science of analytics and statistics, helping even the most experienced online gurus to become better at everything they do.
With its top-notch speakers, unique itinerary and vibrant setting, the World Social Marketing Conference is definitely the first of what should prove to be many Canadian social media and search marketing events of 2013!
When & Where: You can find the WSMC event in Toronto, Ontario from April 21-23, 2013.