Where to find social media and other networking events in WNY

Photo by David “MG_1703” Buffalo, N.Y. City Hall. Used under CC BY 2.0. No changes made.
Photo by David “MG_1703” Buffalo, N.Y. City Hall. Used under CC BY 2.0. No changes made.

I don’t always update this blog like I should, and I noticed I get a lot of searches for social media and networking events and classes in Buffalo/WNY. So, I thought I would write about where I learn about such events and help out anyone looking to attend a class, seminar or discussion.

Advertising Club of Buffalo – Monthly Ad Lab

Taking place the last Tuesday of each month from September to May, Ad Lab selects a different topic pertaining to marketing each month and invites three (or more) WNY professionals to discuss it.

In my opinion, AdLabs are well-worth attending and are the best ongoing events to hear from professionals in the field today. I like hearing about how other professionals utilize different strategies tools and methods in their businesses. Hors d’oeuvre and a cash bar are provided before each event, which allows for informal networking. A Q-and-A session usually follows each talk.

You can become an Ad Club member and get discounted access to each of these events and more, or you can pay per event. Learn more at http://www.advertisingclubofbuffalo.com/.

Social Media Club of Buffalo besocial

They hold a free monthly meeting called beSOCIAL each month to discuss all things social media related. They also hold discussion panel type events where local professionals working in their respective field talk about a topic related to social media and marketing.

You can also become a member or attend the monthly meet-ups for free or pay per event. Like their Facebook page to hear about the monthly meetup. Learn more at http://socialmediaclub.org/buffalo.

PRSA of Buffalo Niagara Chapter – Sunrise Seminars and other events

The Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) Buffalo Niagara Chapter holds event related to public relations profession, including using social media. In today’s marketing field, there is a lot of overlap between public relations and marketing and the tools and methods they use. PRSA holds networking events, seminars and provide online webinars to members.

You can become a member or pay per event. Learn more at http://www.prsabuffaloniagara.org/

Business First

Sign up for their free e-mails and find out about marketing and social media events as well as their own events like “Social Media Boot Camp” or how to write a press release to get coverage for your small business.

Sign up for free e-mail newsletters: http://www.bizjournals.com/buffalo/newsletter/

Learn about upcoming events http://www.bizjournals.com/buffalo/calendar/.


Meet-Up is free to use and you can join and attend many meet-ups for free. Interesting in learning about WordPress, or managing your small business? How about if you are a woman and are in tech or want to improve your tech skills? There are meet-up groups for all these things.

Cost: usually free for the meet-up. Outside class prices vary. Sing up for an account and find groups at http://www.meetup.com.

Please comment below to let me know if I left anything out.

First photo by David “MG_1703” Buffalo, N.Y. City Hall. Used under CC BY 2.0. No changes made.