Looking ahead to the top social media, PR and marketing conferences of 2008

NewComm ForumI’m planning my 2008 conference schedule. And as I do so, I’d like to share my assessment of the conferences that are worth attending.

So, starting this week, I’ll publish a series of posts looking ahead to the conferences I plan to attend and the reasons I’d recommend each of them.

Over the past year, my interest in social media and its impact on communication and marketing has taken me to some great conferences. The very best of these conferences have Bob Goyetcheincluded the SNCR New Comm Forum, Mesh, Gnomedex, Podcasters Across Borders, the Canadian Institute’s Social Media Conference, Enterprise 2.0, and BlogOrlando as well as more traditional gatherings like the IABC International Conference, and the PRSA Annual Conference.

Of course, no one person can attend all of the best conferences. I know that there are other great conferences that I haven’t attended.

What are the best conferences you have attended that you would recommend to others?

  • Joesph,

    Thanks for posting this list. Visibility is the only chance to actually attending these events. Unfortunately my favorite conference, the New Comm Forum, runs the same dates as Web 2.0 in San Francisco, which I’m committed to beat for clients, and which is a conference that’s also of interest to the same audience. There are so many events going on,I know it’s tough to nab virgin dates, but I’m particularly bummed cause I mised it last year cause it ran exactl conuter to the Game Developers Confernce hich is also a big client show for my Los Angeles-based PR firm. Are you going to the New Comm Forum?


  • Hi Eric,
    That’s too bad about the conflict between New Comm Forum and Web 2.0. I’ve never been to Web 2.0 and hoped to attend this year. But I’m going to pick New Comm Forum, based on my positive past experience. Great speakers on topics that are focused on social media, my area of interest.

  • Joe, thanks for the mention of BlogOrlando….now I just need to make the 08 version better. However you do need to come down for more than on day!

  • Annalie Killian

    Hi..I subsribe to your blog by RSS and love your expertise. I am planning to be in Canada in Sept 08 for research purposes in planning an Innovation & Thought Leadership Festival that I run inhouse for my company. I was wondering whether any of these conferences you strongly recommend are on in Sept, and secondly, if we both have some time, to catch up?

  • Mo

    Hi Mr. Thornley, would you happen to have the dates for all those conventions?