Salesforce Connections is a digital marketing and commerce two-day conference that takes place annually.
It’s happening in person in Chicago, Illinois, from June 7-9, 2022. And you’re invited (to attend virtually if you can’t be there in person, of course).
You may be sitting there thinking to yourself,
These things always take a whole bunch of effort to attend. And I’m not sure what I actually get from it.
We’re here to tell you that the benefits of attending these big tech industry events are gifts that keep on giving.
I know so many people who made connections with other Trailblazers at Salesforce events that lead to job opportunities, collaborative partnerships, and client contracts (if you’re on the consulting side). And some of these happened years after the initial connections took place!
What is Salesforce Connections?
Salesforce Connections is a two-day conference that’s chock full of educational and inspirational content that’s geared toward marketers who use the Salesforce platform to reach their goals.
Not to be confused with the series of the same name on Salesforce+, it happens annually and brings together all the big names you’ve learned to associate with Salesforce and marketing.
Salesforce Connections 2022 is happening June 8-9 in Chicago at McCormick Place.
Who attends Salesforce Connections?
Salesforce Connections is where all types of marketing and commerce professionals can learn how to use technology effectively and discover the latest innovations as they look toward the future.
The event grew steadily from a humble 600-person conference to one that welcomed about 13-15,000 attendees in recent years (with the exception of the pandemic years). We expect to see a similar number of in-person attendees this year.
If you’re a marketer or work in a marketing operations capacity for a company or organization that’s on the Salesforce platform, then Salesforce Connections is a conference that can open doors for you.
This conference is for anyone who supports marketing and commerce efforts using Salesforce tools like Sales Cloud, Service Cloud, Marketing Cloud (including all products under the Marketing Cloud umbrella, like Pardot), Customer Data Platform (CDP) Slack, and CRM Analytics (Tableau).
How do I attend Salesforce Connections?
You have two ways to attend Salesforce Connections — in person or virtual.
In person in Chicago, IL
If you can attend the conference in person, then you (or your employer) will have to shell out $999 for the Full Conference Pass. (register here)
Attending the conference in person is the way to go if you can swing it (or get your company to send you).
In-person attendees have access to: “the main show, luminary session, breakouts and theater sessions, hands-on workshops, Circles of Success roundtable discussions, and networking with your Community and Trailblazer Celebration event, as well as daily a.m. and p.m. breaks and lunch.”
Salesforce reserves a block of hotel rooms near the conference location, but you have to get on it before the May 13, 2022, deadline. You’ll see information about reserving a room when you complete the registration process.
Virtual from anywhere in the world
You still have access to high-impact content — even if you’re taking the low-stress/low-cost route by attending Salesforce Connections from home.
Tune into Salesforce+ June 8-9 to catch highlight videos from the event.
Salesforce Connections 2022 Agenda
Yeah, yeah. We know you want to attend Connections to learn and whatnot. But have you SEEN the parties and networking events?
You can sort through the 180+ session descriptions and filter by product, role, and industry. And here are a few highlights we’re looking forward to.
Marketing Cloud Innovation and Releases: Live
In 2022, marketers have more tools than ever to exceed customers’ sky-high expectations. Learn about the most impactful Marketing Cloud innovations to date, and see what’s coming next.
Thursday, Jun 9 | 2:00 PM – 2:20 PM CDT | Lake Erie Theater
Build Marketing Integrations with Account Engagement V5 API
Account engagement has a new API built from the ground up with ease of integration in mind. Build marketing assets, manage your campaigns, and create custom activities easier than ever.
Thursday, Jun 9 | 11:00 AM – 11:20 AM CDT | Lake Michigan Theater
The Party at Connections 2022 Musical Guest: OneRepublic
I usually have something to say about all the Salesforce musical guests, but this one is new to me. I’ll be tuning in with all of you to check them out. (It’s not them. I apparently don’t know any pop music made after 2005.)
In the past, Salesforce Connections has welcomed talented musicians like Gwen Stefani, Train, and They Might Be Giants. And, I’m sure this will be one for the books!
Into the Night: An After Party for Salesforce Marketers
If you’re attending Salesforce Connections 2022, then you have to get on the list for Into the Night: An After Party for Salesforce Marketers.
Taking place June 8 immediately following The Party at Connections, you can continue the party into the night with good vibes and new friends.
It’s taking place on the 22nd floor rooftop terrace of the VU Rooftop Bar, which is a few minutes’ walk from the convention center. Keep the party rolling with a live DJ, open bar featuring exclusive rooftop cocktails, breathtaking star-gazing over the Windy City, and a tapas menu developed by the James Beard-nominated restaurant group.
Space is limited and the party is a hot ticket. So, RSVP to secure your rooftop spot!
See you at Salesforce Connections!
While 2 days and $999 plus hotel costs may seem like a huge investment, the benefits you’ll get from attending Salesforce Connections extend far beyond the educational aspects.
Attending these Salesforce conferences is a great way to stake your claim as part of the greater Salesforce ecosystem and get to know your peers. We’re all very friendly. I promise.
Tell us if you’re going to Salesforce Connections this year in the comments!
Original article: Salesforce Connections 2022: A Conference Preview
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