About Social Media Examiner

The world’s largest online social media magazine, Social Media Examiner® helps millions of businesses discover how to best use social media, blogs and podcasts to connect with customers, drive traffic, generate awareness and increase sales.

Our mission is to help you navigate the constantly changing social media jungle.

Our editorial team works with the world’s top social media pros to bring you original and comprehensive articles, expert interviews, reviews of the latest industry research and the news you need to know to improve your social media marketing.

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More than 350,000 email subscribers look forward to our daily original articles.

Social Media Examiner also hosts two popular podcasts:

The Social Media Marketing podcast—a top 10 marketing podcast on iTunes—is a weekly 45-minute interview show hosted by our founder, Michael Stelzner. Discover how successful businesses employ social media, learn new strategies and tactics, and gain actionable tips to improve your social media marketing.

The Social Media Examiner Show is a daily 10-minute show designed to keep you up-to-date on the latest social media marketing know-how. Consume snack-sized social media content each day. The result: this daily dose of marketing know-how will equip you to take your social media to an entirely new level.

The industry’s leading physical conference, Social Media Marketing World®, is also hosted by Social Media Examiner, along with the largest online conference Social Media Success Summit®.

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Social Media Examiner also hosts the Social Media Marketing Networking Club on LinkedIn, a place where tens of thousands of marketers connect, help others and get questions answered.

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How We Started

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Our Executive Team

We have more than 90 writers who produce original content for Social Media Examiner.  Here is a list of our leadership team:

Founder & CEO: Michael Stelzner is the founder of Social Media Examiner, author of the books Launch and Writing White Papers and the man behind large events, such as Social Media Marketing World and Social Media Success Summit. He is also host of the Social Media Marketing podcast show.

cindy kingDirector of Editorial: Cindy King is the director of editorial of Social Media Examiner. She spent 25 years abroad in international business development and then built her own international business from scratch by using Twitter, blogging and social business networking. She now enjoys overseeing all content strategy for Social Media Examiner.

Director of Events: Phil Mershon is the director of events for Social Media Examiner. He brings over 25 years experience in leading customized events, mission-driven campaigns and creative communication strategies. He now leads the popular events Social Media Success Summit and Social Media Marketing World.

Director of Strategy: Emily Crume is the director of strategy for Social Media Examiner. A consummate networker, she has a track record for architecting strategies that drive business growth. She spent three years at Digg.com helping world-class brands benefit from the social platform.

Advisor: Mari Smith is author of The New Relationship Marketing and co-author of Facebook Marketing: An Hour a Day. Both Forbes and D&B Credibility named Mari one of the top ten  influencers online, and Fast Company dubbed her the “Pied Piper of Facebook.”

What Our Peers Have to Say

Here are some words from some our industry peers during our five year birthday in October of 2014.

Michael Stelzner
, the site’s founder, had a vision to bring together the brightest minds in social media. Mari Smith, Chris Garrett, Denise Wakeman, Cindy King, Casey Hibbard and Jason Falls answered the call as founding contributors.  More than 90 social media experts regularly contribute to our site.

Thanks so much!

For the Press


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  • We pay for Aweber but have been given special discounts
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