Why I Go to So Many Marketing Conferences

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About Laura Roeder

Laura Roeder is a social media marketing expert who gives businesses of all sizes the tools they need to make their mark on the web. She is the creator of the social media scheduling software Edgar, as well as social media marketing web courses like Creating Fame and Social Brilliant.


  1. Hey Laura,

    Super video – and the lighting gives it ambience. :-)

    I love what you say about surrounding yourself with good people as well and not necessarily for JV projects. A good crowd can not only teach you and inspire you, but are more likely to spur you on and encourage you to keep going rather than encourage you to complain.

    Hope to see you at a UK conference sometime!

  2. Kelly Collins says:

    Hi Laura! –

    I loved this! Loved your energy, enthusiasm and I completely agree with you! I thought I was the only conference junkie, so it’s good to know that there are more like me out there! Ha!

    Thank you also for listing some that you go to, as I am starting my business and will check those out. Maybe we’ll get a chance to meet some day. Stranger things have happened. :)


    Kelly Collins

  3. You look really good even in that lighting! My plan for next year is to start doing the live events, so this was inspiring! And a good excuse to spend the money. Always nice to have a good excuse:)

  4. Hi Laura, this is a great video and something that’s on my goal list for 2011 – more conferences! Checking out Yanik Silver’s seminar now :)

  5. Laura,

    I am looking to go to two Internet marketing conferences in 2011. If you could only go to two, which would you choose?

  6. Thanks for sharing your thoughts. How many do you attend a year, or a month? Is there a general frequency you try to keep?

    And, I wish you could be tighter with time in the video — as in, it’s not until 1:07 when you share the first reason why.

    Oh, and how come your blog has an icon for CommentLuv but it doesn’t show one’s last blog post if registered with ComLuv?

  7. Thanks for your views o confrences. I’ve never attended them, and I think its gonna be hard to be among a croud. Hmmm I will have to find a workaround.

  8. Thanks for sharing your video. I always learn new things at conferences. Networking is very important!

  9. I just attended my first conference last week in Singapore, and it was an amazingly efficient way to promote my business, initiate networks and find new ways to promote my business.
    I totally agree with you on this point, and will be planning more soon.

  10. I would say that the biggest benefit for coming to conferences is that you have a chance to meet people who could become your business partners. Good chance for promoting as well.

  11. Hope to meet you while we’re both here. Heard your talk was AMAZING! Got in late today. Had to hand pool side a bit to rest my mind :)

  12. Andrea Anderson says:

    Yes! I agree Laura, conferences are where it’s at! Attending one is invigorating, helps us reconnect to what’s important, realign our goals and YES, connect with other human beings! How cool is that?!!

    Thanks for sharing!

    Andrea Anderson

  13. Hi Laura,

    Great video, and i like how you boil it down to 2 reasons. 2010 seems to be the year of face-to-face connections for me, as I am attending many more live events. I also agree that JV partners can be a lot more about “you mail my list, I mail yours.” For me it’s been about adding great members to my virtual team, introducing clients and friends to each other – a total win-win-win.
    Keep us posted on your travels; I’d love to hear which of the conferences you find most useful.