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We’re just under 2 months away from the start of Social Media Week Chicago 2013! Along with the team at Zocalo Group, 435 Digital has been co-planning this week of events during September 23rd – 26th for the past several months. For those of you not yet familiar with what this week entails, it basically consists of workshops, panels, speakers, and events relating the importance and impact of Social Media in our society today. The 2012 conference hosted 95 programs/events at 40 venues around the Chicago downtown area with about 250 speakers and close to 4,000 attendees.

What makes Social Media Week Chicago different from the other conferences?

The programming is generated by businesses like yours, large and small, and almost the entire conference is free to attend. Businesses and organizations submit programs topics they wish to present during the week, and attendees register based off their interest.

Submit an Event Idea (Hurry!)

Well, you don’t have much time because submission for programming closes this Friday, August 2nd. Our team reviews every single submission and determines the content relevance and venue availability to then confirm these details with your organization. If your organization has expertise in topic related to social media, take a 5 minute break to submit your idea at

Social Media Week Event

When Does Registration for the Events Begin?

Registration for these amazing events opens on Tuesday, August 13th, by simply visiting Newly added this year is the option to purchase a Premium Pass for $149. Benefits of the pass include: VIP party access, attend sold out events, attend exclusive advanced level Master Classes, and receive perks from partner companies. In comparison to other conferences, this pass is an incredible deal for the attendee. We believe offering attendees this pass this will allow them to have a more engaging experience with what Social Media Week has to offer.

Although individual attendees will receive tremendous benefit from attending Social Media Week Chicago, businesses and organizations should value the opportunity to get involved even more. Your organization has an opportunity to learn the best practices of social media in almost any industry — a great training tool for all employees affected by social media in the work place. A business owner looking to get started in social media will benefit just much as the advanced social media user or community manager. There will be networking events, industry specific programs, and many opportunities to share your business’s expertise.

Social Media Week Party

Sponsorship Opportunities

In addition, Social Media Week provides your business several unique opportunities to achieve its marketing goals for 2013 through branded sponsorship. Whether your business wants to increase its visibility within the Chicagoland area or differentiate from competition with thought leadership, a customized sponsorship package is available. Simply put, positioning your brand in the spotlight of digitally driven professionals will deliver benefits in many areas.

If you have any questions about how to get involved with Social Media Week Chicago, please feel free to contact me at