Starting in June, until the end of the year, there are hundreds of conferences held in the US that focus on social media, Web 2.0, Web 3.0 and beyond. With so many events and so little time, you might want to focus on the content that speaks to your needs. This Top Ten highlights the best of the best that provide most current and innovative content available today.
Whether you are a social media professional, sports enthusiast, gamer or a wine connoisseur, social butterflies of all shapes and colors are deciding where to migrate for their next 'meet and tweet.'All the links to these events will take you to their registration pages. Be aware that due to their popularity, some of the conferences are quickly approaching a sell-out.
1- Blogs With Balls (June 13, New York, New York - Stout NYC) is a series of regional social sports blogger and new media gatherings featuring speakers and panelists specifically focused on sports fans, writers, sites, teams, athletes and companies; and their ability to maximize new media outlets for promotion and advancement. Blogs with Balls 1.0 is set to take place with speakers from such notable blogs as Deadspin, Kissing Suzy Kolber, and With Leather, as well as mainstream media outlets like Sports Illustrated and Yahoo! Sports. Ticket prices start at $49, but are going fast. Register here.
2- Twitter Boot Camp (June 15, New York, New York - New World Stages) will put you in the catbird seat by showing you exactly how to put this powerful and effective tool to work for your business or organization. In messages no longer than 140 characters, you truly can heighten visibility, improve your customer service, monitor and participate in conversations about your brand, crowd-source new product ideas, and keep an eye on tweets by and about your competitors. Admission start at $399. Group registrations of 3 or more attendees will receive a $100 discount per attendee. Register here.
3- The 140 Characters Conference (June 16-17, New York, New York - was created to explore the effects of Twitter on: Celebrity, The Media, Advertising and Politics and has morphed into a worldwide gathering that is exploring the state of the twitter ecosystem.. A true “melting pot” event, it will bring together people from across North America, Europe, Middle East and Australia.(#140conf) Registration fees range from $495- $1100, and there are special discounts for start-up companies. Register here.
4- Social Gaming Summit 2009 (June 23, San Francisco - Hotel Nikko) is a one day event focused on the intersection of games and the social web. This year's event will focus on helping social game developers build, monetize, and grow their social games. They have assembled leaders in free-to-play games, social networking, funware and payments infrastructure for a full day of panels and talks. General Admission tickets are $399 and they are approaching a sell-out. Register here.
5- Social Fresh (August 24, Charlotte, NC - Holiday Inn City Center Charlotte) is a 1 day Social Media Conference in the Southeast. Speakers range the spectrum of Fortune 500, e-commerce, advertising/marketing, major media and more. Social Fresh content is focused on two things, the future of social media technology and tangible social media examples of how businesses are using the social web successfully. Early Bird registration has passed. Admission starts at $235. Register here.
6- Wine Bloggers Conference (July 24-26, Napa and Sonoma, CA - Flamingo Resort) Join wine bloggers, new media innovators, and wine industry leaders as they converge on Sonoma and Napa Counties for the premier conference for new media and the wine industry.This three day symposium brings you a unique opportunity to learn and discuss the intersection of wine with the world of new media including blogging, social media, and more. Registration fees are broken down as follows:$95 for citizen wine bloggers, $195 for industry wine bloggers, and $295 for non-blogger participants. Register here.
7- Inbound Marketing Summit (September 30 - October 1, Boston, MA - Gillette Stadium) - is where the online marketing community gathers to solve today's marketing and business communications challenges.The event features the brightest minds in the business, including world-renowned authors and practitioners, as well as leaders from some of the companies already using the new tools and strategies. This fast-paced and information-packed event is a check-up on existing business communications strategies. Gary Vaynerchuk, Brian Solis and Chris Brogan will be speakers at the event. Registration is $695. Register here.
8- IzeaFest 2009 (October 1-4, Orlando, Florida - Seaworld ) - an interactive event designed to educate, inform and connect social media enthusiasts. Meet the world's foremost social media experts in a collaborative, fun and open setting. Learn how to grow your traffic, build your brand and make more money online. Recommended for bloggers, podcasters, tweeters, marketers, PR professionals and communications practitioners. Admission price is $229. Register here.
9- Web 2.0 Expo (November 16 -19, New York, New York - Javits Center) - showcases the latest Web 2.0 business models, development paradigms and design strategies for the builders of the next-generation Web. This annual multi-track conference brings together people, ideas, connections, contacts, products, and companies to foster stronger Web 2.0 communities. It features industry thought leaders, detailed workshops, and an Expo show floor of new products and services. Registration for Web 2.0 New York will open in late July. Sign up for the Newsletter here.
10- Supernova 2009 (December 1- 3, San Francisco, CA - Mission Bay Conference Center and Wharton West) - explores the transformation of computing, communications, business, and society in the Network Age. Now in its eighth year, Supernova brings together leading executives, entrepreneurs, intellectuals, government officials, and business practitioners to make connections, discuss emerging trends, and discover innovative new ideas and companies. Early Bird registration is $1495 and Regular Admission is $1995. Register here.
If you are trying to locate a Web 2.0, 3.0 or social media event a little closer to home, I suggest you check out Eventbrite, a San Francisco-based company this is a leading provider of online event management and ticketing services. You can search by topic and location.
Also by using the code "mashable" for most of these events, you may receive a discount off of the admission and registration fees listed in this blog (this only applies to new registrations). The Mashable Social Media Events Guide also lists other events occurring in 2009, not listed in this Top Ten list.
Happy meetin' & tweetin'