The Windy City is gearing up for the first ever Social Media Week being held September 19-23.
Social media industry icons, area experts, and marketing professionals assemble for a series of free events for the public. The latest innovations in social media and marketing will be covered across various locations around the city.
The week is being hosted by media giant Chicago Tribune and the Zócalo Group, a social media and marketing agency.
Through a series of interconnected activities across the world, Social Media Week offers a global perspective on emerging trends in social and mobile media across all major industries. Along with Social Media Week activities taking place in Chicago, simultaneous events will take place in eleven other cities including Los Angeles, Buenos Aires, Milan and Moscow.
“We’re thrilled Chicago is among a select group of global cities included in Social Media Week this year and honored that Zócalo Group has been chosen along with the Chicago Tribune to assemble the highest caliber experts in social and mobile marketing,” said Paul M. Rand, president and CEO of Zócalo Group.
“Social media has become critical for brands, consumers and both public and private organizations. The event will highlight what’s working best today, and what is coming next,” continued Rand.
Spanning seven days in more than a dozen venues across Chicago, Social Media Week Chicago will involve area companies, national brands, academic institutions, non-profit organizations and government agencies. Topics to be addressed will include: brands, business and companies, entertainment, government and social policy, learning, technology and innovation, and mobile applications.
Sponsorships and speaking opportunities are available. Organizations and individuals interested in becoming involved should visit www.socialmediaweek.org/chicago.
Those interested are encouraged to follow @SMWChicagoon Twitter and connect with participants on Facebook for real-time updates.