A Guide To Speaking At SMX & Marketing Land Conferences

Interested in speaking at an SMX or Marketing Land event? Have an idea you’d like to suggest to our programming team? Here’s how it all works!

First, We Ask For Session Ideas

Before an agenda is created, we open up a "suggestion box" for session ideas. At this stage, as we’re developing the agenda, we’re looking for ideas for sessions and suggestions for people we should consider as speakers. If we really like a session idea, we may use it to develop a session title and description, and in some cases will also ask the person who submitted the idea to be a speaker. This may be for a solo session (usually 25 minutes or so), or for a panel presentation (usually 15 minutes or so, with one or two other speakers).

Bottom line: If you have a great idea and really want to speak, you’ll improve your chances by suggesting a really great idea.

Second, We Ask For Speaking Pitches

After a show’s agenda is posted, we ask people to pitch to speak on specific panels they’re interested in. Unless we’ve specifically invited you to speak – even if you suggested a session idea – you must pitch to speak on specific panels to be considered. The reason is that we work with a group of talented coordinators to choose speakers. If you don’t pitch, they won’t know that you’re interested.

Key Dates For Upcoming Conferences

All session ideas and speaking pitches must be submitted through forms on the SMX website. Links to all currently open forms appear below – if there are no links showing, no forms are currently open. Here are the key dates to keep in mind for the coming months:

SHOW Session Ideas Accepted Speaking Pitches Accepted All Speakers Finalized Conference Begins
Marketing Land SocialPro Closed Closed Closed Nov. 18, 2015
SMX West 2016 Oct. 5 – 20, 2015 Nov. 7 – 24, 2015 Dec. 1, 2015 Mar. 1, 2016
SMX London 2016 Dec. 15 – Dec. 31, 2015 Jan. 19 – Feb. 9, 2016 Feb 16, 2016 May 18, 2016
SMX Advanced 2016 Jan. 19 – Feb. 2, 2016 Feb. 16 – Mar. 15, 2016 Mar. 22, 2016 June 21, 2016
SMX East 2016 Apr. 26 – May 9, 2016 May 31 – Jun. 21, 2016 Jun. 28, 2016 Sep. 27, 2016

Note: If you are interested in speaking at other SMX events, please visit the home page of the event for instructions: