All PR pros value coverage. How many value face-to-face events? Too few, considering how important they've become. Most publications find more profits in events than in web advertising. Organizations of all sorts can elevate themselves as thought leaders by successfully recruiting well-known, compelling speakers. Social media has enabled fans of an event to promote it to the like-minded.
If you're 45 or older you probably remember Agenda, the multi-day symposium hosted by then-InfoWorld EIC (and now successful VC) Stewart Alsop. After a years-long hiatus, Agenda has re-emerged as an "all-new business leadership conference focused on transforming business for the digital world," produced by IDG Enterprise.