Social Media Camp – why people keep coming back

Every year, for the past 9 years, hundreds of enthusiastic delegates have gathered in Victoria BC, at the beautiful Victoria Conference Centre to attend Social Media Camp.

Attendees, many of whom return every year, come from across Canada and the United States from all sectors of the economy – small business, large business, government, education, and non-profit.

They come to learn about all aspects of social media marketing – communications, sales, crowdsourcing, e-learning, digital marketing, content marketing, e-mail marketing, and inbound marketing.

They come to network and build relationships and partnerships, but they return to find out what’s new and innovative in the ever-changing world of social media.

When surveyed, Social Media Camp delegates say the most important benefit of the conference is finding a community of like-minded people.

Here’s a sample of what new and returning #SMCamp attendees had to say in our 2018 survey:

This was my fourth SMC. I learned so much. I’m impressed with the quality of speakers, and I loved the variety of topics to learn about. Writing, customer service, branding, privacy. It was well worthwhile, and I’m hoping some of my colleagues will attend with me next year.

This was my ninth! What I liked most was the learning, open attitude, and willingness of speakers to chat afterwards.

My first SMC. I liked the intimate roundtables and the storytelling presentation. Tactical presentations saying you can do this by doing this – not too high level.

This was my seventh SMC. What did I like most? COMMUNITY!

My FIRST SMC. It really was organized. The note-takers from the Turtle group were very helpful. Victoria was a great location for someone like me coming from the states. Really great work! You should be proud of a job well done, and I appreciate the heads up on the event for next year. That’s a real sign of excellence.

This was my first SMC.  I liked connecting with like-minded industry professionals and networking with local business professionals. Coming away with a sense of validation/affirmation/invigoration regarding goals/visions within my organization and picking up some strategic tools for getting my team on board. Tips and tricks for SM – give me more!

Why Social Media Camp has grown to become the largest event of its kind in Canada

It’s awesome.

Okay, awesome is not the best description, but it seriously is. Awesome.

Here are a few reasons why:

Excellent speakers

Social Media Camp speakers are at the top of their game and are chosen for their ability to share how they got there and to help you get there too. SMC speakers are energizing, knowledgeable, motivating, and approachable. Some of them are downright hilarious. Yes, we’re looking at you Scott.


You get to connect with an expert of your choice and ask questions. Imagine a tour guide, teacher, mentor, geek-speak translator and Social Media professional attuned to your industry or sector, all rolled into one. Imagine someone that listens to your goals, before you even get to the Camp, and then points out all the best sessions for you to attend, so you can target those goals.

Imagine a person that you can connect with after a session, to help clarify things that you might not fully understand. Imagine someone that is connected to the best and the brightest in the Social Media world, who can connect you with all the resources you need to get better at using and leveraging Social Media.

Round-table discussions

Eighteen experts provided twenty-one discussion topics from brand building to Facebook for non-profits, copywriting, content marketing, podcasting and more. The only problem is deciding which discussions to attend. #somanychoices

Off-site socials

The joy of chilling over snacks, bevvies, and great music with other conference goers is priceless. Social Media Camp is fun, both offsite and on. If you’re here in 2019, make sure to snag a ticket to attend one of these. There might also be a dance floor.

Location, location, location!

Victoria, BC was named Canada’s “most hipster city” for 2018, by MoveHub. It’s also known as the most beautiful city, and the most romantic city. But whatever your preference – romance, hipster-ness, or taking photos of beautiful scenery with your smartphone, Victoria is cool.

And Victoria is famous for its craft breweries, delicious dining experiences for every budget and food preference, whales and seals in the harbour, festivals, nightclubs – we could go on – but the tourism guides say it best. You may, however, have to stay a few extra days!

The venue

Social Media Camp takes place in the stunning Victoria Conference Centre, adjacent to the iconic Fairmont Empress Hotel. This spacious and elegant, environment is filled with natural light and gorgeous art. A perfect place to attend the 10th Annual Social Media Camp in 2019.

We are excited to announce that our keynote speaker for the 10th annual Social Media Camp in 2019 is best selling author and President of UnMarketing, Scott Stratten.

Take advantage of our Super Early Bird registration!

See you at the 10th annual Social Media Camp, in 2019!

Chris Burdge

Chris is the co-founder of Social Media Camp. In 2009 Chris founded bWEST Interactive, an online marketing firm focused on helping companies grow their business via strategic online marketing. In 2015 Chris founded SOHO Summit a series of 1-day conferences across British Columbia, for small business owners, entrepreneurs to connect, explore, network and do business.

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