Marketing superstars Mari Smith and Scott Stratten return with new insights to light up your brain.
And that’s just the beginning.
Social Media Camp just keeps on giving.
From the moment you walk into the conference centre, the buzz begins. Everyone gets caught up in the hum and energy of the crowd from registration through to the final wrap.
Social Media Camp keeps giving because its creators want you to have the best experience possible. That means taking stock, with you, at the end of each Social Media Camp and setting the following year’s goals for learning opportunities, speakers, topics, socials, networking opportunities, and sponsors. It means offering something new and fresh.
It also means offering again, what you told us you loved.
Like bringing back internationally renowned speakers Scott Stratten keynote from our first Social Media Camp in 2010, and Mari Smith our 2013 keynote speaker.
Scott Stratten is an animated, energetic speaker and prolific writer. His website bio describes him perfectly:
Energy, Passion, Knowledge, Humour. Bridging the business gap between the virtual and real world, Scott’s keynote not only gets people laughing and thinking, but also doing. All he does is conference keynotes nowadays, so he has nothing to pitch from the stage, no holding back. All the honest truth in this age of disruption and interruption, customized for your audience.
We asked Scott about his 2010 Social Media Camp keynote talk:
“Speaking at the original Social Media Camp, I had no idea what was about to happen. It was in the thick of the UnBookTour for our first book UnMarketing, and I was just trying to get the word out. The goal was to always make my living doing talks. I spoke in 30 cities over 10 weeks, at the height of social media’s newness and popularity. I met a lot of incredible people but there was something about this event in Victoria.
So much so, we named Victoria the best stop on the tour and added it in the next edition of the book. Fast forward to today, 400 keynotes later, and it’s still what I’m doing for a living but, I don’t talk about social media anymore…. until the next Social Media Camp.”
Mari Smith is a fantastic speaker. She brings her extensive experience and knowledge to the stage with humour and candour. From Mari’s bio:
Often referred to as “the Queen of Facebook,” Mari Smith is considered one of the world’s foremost experts on Facebook marketing and social media. She is a Forbes’ Top Social Media Power Influencer, author of The New Relationship Marketing and coauthor of Facebook Marketing: An Hour A Day. Forbes recently described Mari as, “… the preeminent Facebook expert. Even Facebook asks for her help.”
She is a recognized Facebook Partner; Facebook headhunted and hired Mari to lead the Boost Your Business series of live events across the US. Mari is an in-demand speaker and travels the world to keynote and train at major events. Her digital marketing agency provides training and consulting services on Facebook and Instagram marketing best practices for Fortune 500 companies, SMBs, and direct sales organizations.
We asked Mari about being a keynote speaker for Social Media Camp:
“I’ve always said there is no amount of sophisticated technology that will ever take the place of real, live connecting in person. And this is one of my favourite aspects of getting to travel the country and the world to speak at all manner of amazing events: I get to meet so many of my virtual friends in person! Being invited to speak at Social Media Camp, Canada’s #1 social media conference, is truly an honour. As a Canadian, and especially as a Kootenay gal, I welcome the opportunity to come back to beautiful British Columbia and connect with such a vibrant audience of dedicated professionals.”
Our speakers and panellists are approachable and friendly, taking time to socialize and chat during the conference.
Former Social Media Camp delegates have told us that they especially enjoy being able to mingle with and talk to speakers – to ask them questions and to connect.
Don Power, Content Director at Renegade LLC, and a past Social Media Camp speaker, attests to the value of networking in this anecdote:
“Just prior to the 2010 Social Media Camp Conference I was in the process of interviewing for a job at Sprout Social. I knew that the CEO of Sprout Social, Justyn Howard, was going to be speaking at SMC that year as well. I arranged to meet him at the conference and I’m convinced that the face-to-face meeting was what landed me the job.
For years, I’ve sung the praises of SMC, its founders Chris and Paul, and the speakers and attendees it brings together. For social media marketing professionals, the networking opportunities alone exceed the cost of admission.”
Best value for your money AND a business tax deduction!
Social Media Camp offers astounding value for your registration dollars. For less than the cumulative cost of a coffee-a-day for a year (that’s a daily Timmy’s,) you will enjoy two full days of A-list speakers, panels, workshops and one on one learning sessions with industry experts in the most beautiful conference venue on the Island. You can also deduct the costs of attending the conference on your small business income tax return.
The sun-filled Victoria Conference Centre with its soaring totem poles and indoor greenery is an awesome place to hang out with new found acquaintances or to rest and recharge – your laptop, your phone, and yourself! Make sure to visit the #UsedParty Room hosted by our sponsor Victoria’s used.ca. There’s always a comfortable couch or chair and even free popcorn!
For less than half of what you could spend immersed in the world of social media somewhere else, Social Media Camp promises a 360 experience.
Why 360? All of your senses and synapses will be firing. Imagine gorgeous warm weather, tangy ocean breezes, delicious food, all-day learning, socials, and music.
Visiting Victoria in the midst of spring – those of you who live here know – is to find yourself in paradise, looking up at beautiful blossoming trees while the rest of Canada is still zipping up goose- down jackets.
Print and digital media praise our lovely city for being the friendliest, hippest, coolest, sunniest, and most beautiful place to visit. And it’s all that and more.
Orcas, seals, seafood, and kickass craft beer
Victoria offers the opportunity to enjoy whale and seal watching just outside of the harbour, to indulge your taste for local craft beers unavailable anywhere else, and to eat the freshest local seafood – April has an “r” in it so, oysters anyone?
Local wines, ciders, cheeses, farm to table cuisine, and some of the best coffee anywhere will be yours in restaurants to suit every budget. Even our food trucks offer gourmet quality eats.
Shopping, sightseeing, clubbing, and excellent hotels
If you’re new to the scene, you really should take a few extra days before or after SMC to enjoy the funky, unique shops around town, Lower Johnson Street, the Public Markets, Fan Tan Ally, and one of the oldest Chinatown districts in North America.
Stay in one of Social Media Camp’s discounted hotels for the best comfort and value, and to be close to the action. From the moment you wake up, to when you finally fall back into bed, your head swimming with ideas, conversations, visuals, and purpose, you will be busy, productive, well-fed, and entertained.
That’s why you wanted to attend, and that’s what Social Media Camp delivers.
Our speakers, panellists, and presenters are here to inform, share, and engage, not to sell. They are here for you.
Our speaker roster for 2019 keeps growing. Here is a sample of whom we’ve lined up so far. In addition to our keynote speakers Mari Smith and Scott Stratten, we are welcoming:
- Rand Fishkin, Founder SparkToro
- Tara Hunt, online marketing pioneer, author, and startup founder
- Steve Dotto, Canada’s Favourite Geek and Host of Dotto Tech
- Sean Moffitt, Wikibrands Managing Director
- Sam Fiorella, author of Influence Marketing, Huffington Post blogger, Partner at Sensei Marketing and superhero
- Isabelle Mercier, Co-founder of – Build To Rock, and LeapZone Strategies
- Jason Miles, Adjunct Professor of Online Marketing at Northwest University in Seattle, and the author of three bestselling books, Pinterest Power, Instagram Power, and Youtube Marketing Power
- Kimberly Allison
- Kris Krug
- Jennifer Brady
- And many, many more…
If you’re a small business owner, a content writer, marketer, designer, or anyone else who spends lots of time working alone, you’ve invested in this experience. Maybe even given up that coffee a day!
You’re taking time away from actively working to attend this incredible conference. Make every minute count. And if you do spend a lot of time alone, getting out and learning new things, meeting new contacts, and networking will be good for you and good for your business.
Make every minute count
Get the most out of each day by scoping the agenda and organizing your selections using our online planner. After the sessions seek out and engage with the presenter or panellist. Ask questions and gather more resources.
Plan to visit the trade show for news and information on innovation. Pick up samples, cards, and brochures. Talk to people.
Count on meeting people and making contacts. Follow KISSmetrics founder, Neil Patel’s advice and bring business cards. Yes, people still use them, and you are going to exchange information with new colleagues, prospects, potential clients, and new friends. Remember to follow up with them after the conference.
Go to the mixers and socials we organize – networking ops are everywhere. Plus, they are fun; there are adult beverages and even dancing!
Social Media Camp 2019 is going to be a SMASH event!
You’ll need a ticket. Our early bird discounts are sold out but $599 is still a bargain.