Calling all speakers and thought leaders: We’ve opened our call for submissions for SMWLA 2018, to be held June 12-14 at The Broad Stage in Santa Monica. Last year’s event featured speakers from National Geographic, BuzzFeed, Bitly, Tastemade and more.
The deadline is March 2, but we encourage you to apply as early as possible, as we review pitches on a rolling basis.
Looking to get a leg up on the competition? Psssst: Here are some insider tips to increase your chances of being selected.
Get to know our global theme
Our global theme, “Closer,” serves the foundation of all of Social Media Week’s events in 2018. At each of our conferences, LA included, we’ll be delving the ways in which technology has intensified the conflict between community and individualism—and exploring what this means for brands, consumers, and society at-large.
Skim our blog post and align your pitch with some of the topics we’ve highlighted as priorities for our upcoming conferences.
Please put our audience first
We’re sure the brands and companies you work for are great, but make sure your pitch focuses on why the audience will care. What are the actionable best practices that they can glean from your case study? How will you inspire them to think differently about their approach? What is uniquely valuable about your content?
Review your pitch from the perspective of an attendee. Would you attend the session? Let that be your litmus test.
Keep it focused
Have a great presentation on “The Future of Social Media?” That’s all well and good, but that’s not going to cut it at SMWLA. Think about what you or your company is uniquely qualified to speak about and focus your talk around that topic.
Start with a single challenge and build a story from there. We’ll be prioritizing streamlined, straightforward session pitches that clearly address a single topic.
Roll with a VIP
If you’re an agency, consider inviting a senior brand partner to join you on stage. If you’re an influencer platform, incorporate insights from a prominent creator or two. You get the idea.
While solo and dual sessions generally perform best, we’re always open to pitches that involve interesting perspectives from outside the marketing world. (For example, at last year’s SMWLA conference, Kelly Osbourne delivered our closing fireside chat.)
Want even more pointers? Additional guidelines, including short clips containing best practices from previous SMW conference sessions, can be viewed here.
Once you submit, don’t forget to secure your badge to join us in Los Angeles from June 12-14. Early bird passes go on sale Jan. 9.
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