I would go to Defcon. World premier hacker (I mean *real* hackers) conference. There you will find the most hostile wifi network in the world so leave *ALL* your electronics at home. Lock picking contests, safe cracking contests, network intrusion contests, and the only "spot the fed" contest. Whoo!
I would be able to understand maybe 20% of the words that would be said there, but it would be *awesome* to go to DEFCON :)
Slight twist on this- in my experience I've gotten the most out of conferences that my target audience or target demographic attends. Industry events are great for networking, but my audience's industry events provide the most value in the context of how I can use what I learned about their industry, pain points, problems, vernacular, etc. I'd recommend trying this approach sometime.
Good thought DC - As always, I like your strategic approach.
I am going to check out the Lean Startup conference this year, I think it will be really amazing.
Easy. Affiliate Summit and Google I/O. :D
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MozCon, SMX and SES are great - but when we aren't looking to learn about links, shares and the future of ranking - where do we go? Are there any sales conferences that are truly remarkable? How about something focused just on user acquisition or copywriting? Or a conference that will teach attendees how to grow and build a efficient and loyal team?
What less or non-digital conferences do inbounders think are a must?
I know my bosses really like LeadsCon and AdTech. They always have a great time AND say it's time well spent. I'm not allowed to leave my cubicle though.
I am going to check out LeadsCon - Thanks DJV!
An Event Apart. I kind of miss designing.
I really wish going to the Smashing Conference was feasable for me, I would love to go to that.
Hands down, Affiliate Summit. It's one of the best Internet Marketing conferences in my opinion. Also, if non-marketing conferences are on the table... ComicCon.
COMICCON!!!! Which one? I love Emerald City. :)
Well I wasn't going to discriminate, but NYC is coming right up... and well... there's no place like home. SDCC was the original though, so who can hate on that?
I always enjoyed AdTech, both in San Francisco and London. This year I'm also going to try SMX Milano :)
Since I am in eCommerce (and doing inbound stuff there), IRCE is a great convention for me to learn from.
RubyConf or JSConf US. Still a n00b developer. I also listen better when I have no idea what is going on :P. They are both coincidentally in Florida over the winter.
Go for DEFCON. You'll learn tons of things (that you aren't supposed to learn). :)
For us U.S. Pacific Northwesters, I'm looking forward to InfoCamp (http://seattle.infocamp.org/) and LavaCon (http://lavacon.org/2013/). They're more focused on information management and holistic content strategy - that stuff stretches my brain and gets me out of the marketing wind tunnel.
LavaCon looks amazeballs - I am going to be checking that one out for sure. Also - I like the idea of an "unconference" :)
Thanks for sharing LHS!
(BTW, I wouldn't say that InfoCamp is /mind blowing/, but there are lots of good people and information there. Worth stopping by if you're in the Seattle area.)
wsa gonna start a new thread to answer this, but TBH go with the safe answer: Moz PS I'm speaking this weekend at Affiliate Summit Philadelphia if anyone wants to meetup and chat inbound
Some type of affiliate conference in Budapest, I use to work with a guy in the affiliate space and said that he would recommend those to any one. Or their are some very exclusive conferences/ events for select groups of people I have a mate who usually goes to them.
There's a social media conference in South Wales called Oi! Conf which I've heard is pretty good, so probably that. Would double-up as a good networking opportunity, too!
I would choose PubCon.
Definitely recommend HeroConf for anyone that works significantly on the PPC end of things
Web Summit is kind of SXSW for Europe - this year it's in Dublin http://www.websummit.net/. If you really want to distance yourself from tech - try Multiplay's gaming conventions: http://insomniagamingfestival.com/
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