Before March of this year, I highly advocated for attending one or two content strategy, communications, or marketing conferences. Meeting people, having conversations with people from all over the world, discovering new content strategy and communication technology ideas. So invaluable.
But the novel coronavirus has changed all that.
Now, many in-person events gone virtual, and will likely be virtual through 2021. Should you still attend face to face, via video conference? Sure. Is it worth it to pay?
We may not be meeting people in person, but we are still being introduced ... to new solutions, new perspectives, new voices.
Discover what might be missing from your content and communication strategies at these online events. Then take a little extra time to follow up with them on social media, email, or old-fashioned phone: this is what it takes right now to keep learning and growing.
And while you're at it, let's be optimistic and plan to attend an event in-person either late this year or next!
Design/Content Conference: Virtual: July 15-16, 2020
ContentTECH Summit: August 10-21, 2020; use code SDCONTENT to save $100
Inbound Marketing: Sept 22-23, 2020
Content Marketing World, 100% Virtual: October 13-16, 2020
LavaCon UX: A Virtual Content Strategy Conference: October 23-28, 2020
San Diego Content Strategy Meetup, Now Virtual
Los Angeles Content Strategy Meetup: Online Events
Unconscious Bias: How to Beat the Bias That Gets in Your Way: Orange County Society for Technical Communication, August 11, 2020
Conscious Content: Bringing Awareness to Language and Voice in Digital Spaces, Content Strategy Los Angeles, August 12, 2020
Traffic & Conversion Summit: December 15-17, 2020, San Diego, CA
Confab: The Content Strategy Conference: May 2-6, 2021
See an important event missing? Let me know.
Shelly Bowen, MFA, is a content writer, content strategist, and founder of Pybop.
For decades, Shelly has written for businesses on complex topics from disease prevention and medical devices to alternative energy and leveraging data. Today, she's hyper-focused on supporting B-B technology businesses. In her spare time, she hikes, kayaks, draws, and works on her T-Bird.
A wide variety of brands rely on Shelly as an essential freelance writer and content strategy resource.