The largest gathering of social media pros, period!

You’ll rub shoulders with the world’s top social media authorities, book authors and practitioners from major brands when you attend Social Media Marketing World.

Here’s the list of presenters who spoke at Social Media Marketing World 2017.

GuyKawasakiGuy Kawasaki: Guy is the chief evangelist of Canva, an online design tool, and a brand ambassador for Mercedes Benz USA. He is also an executive fellow of the Haas School of Business (UC Berkeley). He was also the chief evangelist of Apple and a trustee of the Wikimedia Foundation. He is the author of The Art of the Start 2.0, The Art of Social Media, Enchantment, and nine other books. Kawasaki has a BA from Stanford University and an MBA from UCLA as well as an honorary doctorate from Babson College.

Mari Smith: Mari is often referred to as “the Queen of Facebook,” and is considered one of the world’s foremost experts on Facebook marketing and social media. She is a Forbes‘ Top Social Media Power Influencer, author of The New Relationship Marketing and coauthor of Facebook Marketing: An Hour A Day. Mari is an in-demand speaker, and travels the world to keynote and train at major events. She is also a recognized Facebook Partner; Facebook hired Mari to teach small business owners at the 2015 Boost Your Business series of live events across the US. Her boutique agency provides consulting and training on Facebook marketing best practices for SMBs and brands. Mari also serves as Brand Ambassador for several top companies.

Scott Monty: Scott is an internationally recognized leader in digital communications, digital transformation, social media and marketing. As CEO and founder of Scott Monty Strategies, he addresses and advises businesses and groups about the power of humanity in business, particularly through digital transformation and strategy. He writes about the changing landscape of business, technology, communications, marketing and leadership at, and edits and produces the widely acclaimed weekly newsletter and podcast The Full Monty.

Jay Baer: Digital marketing and social media customer service are broken, and Jay Baer brings the repair kit. He has created five multi-million dollar companies, and is the most retweeted person in the world among digital marketers. He is the president of Convince & Convert, a consulting firm that helps the world’s most iconic brands like The United Nations, Adidas, 3M, and Oracle use technology to win new customers, and keep the customers they’ve already earned. A New York Times best-selling author of five books, Jay is the host of Jay Today, and the Social Pros podcast.

Ann Handley: Ann is the author of The Wall Street Journal bestseller Everybody Writes: Your Go-To Guide to Creating Ridiculously Good Content and co-author of the bestselling Content Rules. Cited in Forbes as the most influential woman in social media and recognized by ForbesWoman as one of the top 20 women bloggers. She is chief content officer of MarketingProfs, a columnist for Entrepreneur magazine, a LinkedIn Influencer, a keynote speaker, mom, and writer.

Michael Stelzner: Michael is the founder and CEO of Social Media Examiner, founder of the Social Media Marketing Society, and author of the books Launch and Writing White Papers. He also hosts the weekly Social Media Marketing podcast and the Social Media Marketing Talk show.

Michael Hyatt: Michael is the author of numerous books including, Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World and is co-author of Living Forward: A Proven Plan to Stop Drifting and Get the Life You Want. He is the former chairman and CEO of Thomas Nelson Publishers. After spending over 30 years in the publishing industry, he now writes, speaks and consults full time. Michael has appeared on more than 100 television shows, including several on ABC, NBC, CBS, and CNN and has been on more than 1000 syndicated and local radio shows.

Amy Porterfield: Through her bestselling marketing courses (List Builder’s Lab, Courses That Convert, Webinars That Convert), thriving Facebook community and top-ranked podcast, Amy inspires a grounded, tangible and self-affirming sense of “Wow! I really can do this” for over 250,000 online entrepreneurs. She proves that by moving away from “step-by-step” and into “action-by-action”, even the newest online entrepreneurs can bypass overwhelm and self-doubt, and instead generate exciting momentum as they move closer to building a life and business they love.

Chris Brogan: Chris is a New York Times bestselling author of eight books and counting. He’s working on a new book now, which will share secret formulas for business and life. He is CEO of Owner Media Group, providing simple plans and projects for business success. He has spoken for or consulted with the biggest brands you know, including Disney, Coke, Google, GM, Microsoft, Coldwell Banker, Titleist, Humana Health, Cisco, Sony USA, and many more.

Mark W. Schaefer: Mark is a globally-recognized author, speaker, podcaster, and business consultant who blogs at {grow} — one of the top five marketing blogs of the world. He teaches graduate marketing classes at Rutgers University and has written six bestselling books including The Tao of Twitter (the bestselling book on Twitter in the world), The Content Code, and his new book KNOWN: The Handbook for Building and Unleashing Your Brand in The Digital Age. His many global clients include Pfizer, Cisco, Dell, Adidas, and the US Air Force. He has been a keynote speaker at prestigious events all over the world including SXSW, Marketing Summit Tokyo, and the Institute for International and European Affairs. He has appeared as a guest on media channels such as CNN, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times and CBS News.

Chalene Johnson: Chalene is a New York Times bestselling author, lifestyle and business expert, motivational speaker and the founder of SmartLife movement. She has sold over 10 million DVDs and currently holds “The Guinness Book of World Records” for the most fitness videos. Chalene is considered one of the leading female experts in online business building and life balance with two top ranked podcasts, The Chalene Show and Build Your Tribe, receiving nearly 20 million combined downloads. The Huffington Post recognized Chalene as one of the Top 50 Female Entrepreneurs to watch in 2017.

Kim Garst: Kim is a bestselling author of the book Will the Real You Please Stand Up: Show Up, Be Authentic and Prosper in Social Media. She is the co-founder and CEO of Boom! Social, a social selling, training and consulting company that helps businesses of all sizes leverage social and digital marketing strategies to increase their traffic, leads and sales. Forbes named her as one of the Top 10 Social Media Power Influencers and she has been featured by Fox News, CBS News, The Huffington Post,, Businessweek and Social Media Examiner.

Tim Schmoyer: Tim posted his first YouTube video over 10 years ago. Since then he’s created more than 3,000 videos, amassed over 50 million views, worked with some of the country’s top brands, and became officially certified by YouTube in “Audience Growth.” In 2013 he started Video Creators to train other creators to master the YouTube platform and use it as a place to spread messages that change lives.

Darren Rowse: Darren is the coauthor of ProBlogger: Secrets for Blogging Your Way to a Six Figure Income, a practical guide to creating and marketing a profitable blog. He is also the founder of, and which are read by close to 5 million visitors per month. With over 8000 articles, tips, tutorials, podcast episodes and case studies, Darren’s ProBlogger site has become a pivotal resource site for all things blogging.

Gini Dietrich: Gini is the founder and CEO of Arment Dietrich, an integrated marketing communications firm. She is the author of Spin Sucks, co-author of Marketing in the Round, and co-host of Inside PR. She also is the lead blogger at Spin Sucks and is the founder of Spin Sucks Pro. Gini can also be found writing at Crain’s Chicago Business and in various PR and marketing blogs and publications.

Shaun McBride: Shaun is one of most well-known viral stars of Snapchat. Shaun, who is known as “Shonduras” on Snapchat, Instagram and Twitter specializes in turning the ordinary into the extraordinary, and often silly, with detailed finger doodles over pictures. He has worked with companies such as Disney, Taco Bell, and Major League Soccer using Snapchat as a form of advertising that people notice.

Brian Clark: Brian Clark is founder of and CEO of Copyblogger Media, a serial entrepreneur and a recovering attorney. Brian built three successful offline businesses using online marketing techniques before switching to a producer model that involves building, monetizing and occasionally selling online media properties. With Copyblogger Media, Brian seeks to empower online writers and content producers to command attention, create engagement and influence people as powerful players in the new media revolution.

Joel Comm: Joel is the co-author of Twitter Power 3.0: How to Dominate Your Market One Tweet at a Time. A pioneer of the world wide web since 1995, Joel’s knack for spotting the next big thing has made him a leader in social media, online video, iPhone apps, software development, Internet marketing, podcasting, content creation, authoring and more. An in-demand speaker, Joel captivates and equips audiences around the world with his unique strategies and entertaining format.

Viveka von Rosen: Viveka is author of LinkedIn Marketing: An Hour a Day and is known internationally as the “LinkedIn Expert.” CEO of Linked Into Business, she also hosts the biggest LinkedIn chat on Twitter. A Forbes top 50 influencer for 4 years, Viveka is also an author for Social Media Examiner and a crowd favorite at our events.

Zach King: Zach is an online filmmaker and personality with over 15 million followers on Instagram and 4 million followers on Vine. Zach creates short special effects videos such as Jedi Kittens Strike Back which gained over 20 million views on youtube while he attended Biola Film School. He was named by YouTube as one of the 25 most promising young filmmakers in America in 2013 and has appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show.

Marcus Sheridan: Marcus has been called a “web marketing guru” by The New York Times. The story of how Marcus Sheridan was able to save his swimming pool company, River Pools, from the economic crash of 2008 has been featured in multiple books, publications, and stories around the world. Since this achievement, Sheridan has become a highly sought after global speaker and consultant in the digital sales and marketing space, working with hundreds of business and brands alike to become the most trusted voice of their industry.

Amy Schmittauer: Amy is the boss at Vlog Boss Studios. As a new media triple threat —YouTuber, keynote speaker and author— she coaches people to go after what they want in life and leverage online video to make it happen. Creator of the popular YouTube series Savvy Sexy Social, her channel boasts a global community and millions of views. Now, in her first book Vlog Like a Boss: How to Kill It Online with Video Blogging, she shares her collection of strategies and tactics to help you create video that gets the attention you deserve.

Pat Flynn: Pat is the founder of the Smart Passive Income Blog, a blog he created to share his success with online businesses after being laid off in 2008. His blog has grown dramatically due in part to an extremely successful YouTube channel with nearly 1 million video views; a successful podcast which was at one point ranked the #3 overall business podcast on iTunes right behind Dave Ramsey and The Wall Street Journal; and a very honest, transparent, no-hype approach to everything he does online.

Joe Pulizzi: Joe is the author of Content Inc and Epic Content Marketing. As a content marketing evangelist, he founded The Content Marketing Institute, which includes the leading magazine for content marketing, Chief Content Officer, as well as the premier content marketing event, Content Marketing World.

Cliff Ravenscraft: Cliff is first, and foremost, a podcast producer who has produced more than 30 of his own podcast shows with over 3,600 of his very own podcast episodes devoted to business, technology, entertainment, family, and faith. In December 2006, Cliff launched where he has since helped tens of thousands of individuals and organizations successfully launch a podcast through one-on-one coaching, his Podcasting A to Z online group coaching course and his digital training tutorials. If you were to look at the top 100 podcasts in the business category of iTunes, more than 50 of these shows were created by clients who worked with Cliff.

Christopher Penn: Christopher is the vice president of marketing technology at SHIFT Communications, a public relations firm, as well as the co-founder of PodCamp New Media Community Conference, and co-host of the Marketing Over Coffee podcast. He is an adjunct professor of Internet marketing and the lead subject matter expert and professor of Advanced Social Media at the University of San Francisco. He’s also the co-author of Marketing Blue Belt: From Data Zero to Marketing Hero.

Neal Schaffer: Neal is a leading authority in helping businesses maximize their use of social media. Founder of the new social media agency PDCA Social, the social media strategy consultancy Maximize Your Social, the corporate social media blog Maximize Social Business, the leading conference for corporate social media best practices Social Tools Summit, and a new community for corporate social media professionals, the Social Media Center of Excellence. Neal has also published three books on social media, has spoken globally on social media on four continents, and teaches social media marketing at the Rutgers University Business School and the Irish Management Institute.

Bryan Kramer: Bryan is the president and CEO of PureMatter a content, social and digital marketing agency, and one of the fastest growing private companies in Silicon Valley. He is the author of the book, Shareology, and is one of the world’s foremost leaders in the art and science of sharing, and uses his knowledge as a global keynote speaker and strategist who consults Fortune 500 clients such as IBM, Cisco and Pitney Bowes.

Peg Fitzpatrick: Peg is the co-author of The Art of Social Media: Power Tips for Power Users. She works in the trenches of social marketing with global brands and brick and mortars on a daily basis and lives to write about it. Peg is currently the director of content strategy and social media for Tailwind, the premiere Pinterest and Instagram visual marketing platform. She has spearheaded successful social-media campaigns for Virgin, Audi, Mercedes, Google, and Motorola as well as working as a brand ambassador for Adobe, McDonald’s, and Kimpton Hotels. Peg is a popular speaker at blogging and social media conferences.

Ray Edwards: Ray is a sought-after marketing communications strategist and the author of several books, including the bestselling Writing Riches. He has been a guest writer for top voices in business and leadership, including Michael Hyatt, Tony Robbins, Jeff Goins, Jack Canfield, Joel Comm, Mark Victor Hansen, Stu McLaren, and more. Ray is also the host of the top-rated iTunes business podcast, The Ray Edwards Show. He blogs at

Robert W. Bly: Robert is a freelance copywriter, speaker, and marketing consultant with over 3 decades of experience in business-to-business, high-tech, and direct response marketing. He is the author of over 85 books including Careers for Writers, Secrets of a Freelance Writer, The Copywriter’s Handbook, and The Elements of Business Writing. He has received numerous awards, and was voted one of the 50 most influential people in sales lead management by the Sales Lead Management Association. McGraw-Hill calls him “America’s top copywriter.”

David H. Lawrence XVII: David is the creator of Camera Ready You, giving his clients authority, authenticity and clarity with their on-camera performances, and is the founder and lead instructor at VO2GoGo, where he helps actors create their own voiceover careers with his award winning voice consultancy. After 30 years in radio, David moved to television and film and is now seen and heard on shows like The People vs. OJ, Cars 3, LOST, CSI, How I Met Your Mother, The Mentalist, ANT Farm, Touch, and as Eric Doyle on NBC’s Heroes.

Lou Mongello: Lou is the host/producer of, named Best Travel Podcast for 9 consecutive years. Lou provides coaching and consulting to individuals and organizations looking to build their businesses and brands, and is a keynote speaker who shows the power social media, podcasting, community, entrepreneurship, live video and how to create an exciting future by following one’s dreams and passions.

Holly Homer: Holly runs Kids Activities Blog and the mega-popular Quirky Momma Facebook Page with over 3 million fans. She writes about blogging and social media strategies at and is the author of two books. Holly was named by Mashable as one of the ‘Top 10 Facebook Live Stars You Need to Follow Now’. She works from her Texas home amid partially home-schooling 3 boys with her physician husband who “retired” last year to join the family business.

John Lee Dumas: John is the host of EOFire, an award winning podcast where he interviews today’s most successful entrepreneurs 7-days a week. JLD has grown EOFire into a multi-million dollar a year business with over 1500 interviews and 1.5 million monthly listens. He’s the author of The Freedom Journal and The Mastery Journal, two of the most funded publishing campaigns of all time on Kickstarter. All the magic happens at!

Jon Loomer: Jon is a Facebook marketing coach, author, speaker and strategist. He became an early user of Facebook for business purposes while working for the National Basketball Association in 2007. Jon launched Jon Loomer Digital in late 2011, and in little more than a year established as well as his Facebook Page as go-to resources for Facebook marketing research, guides and tutorials.

Madalyn Sklar: Madalyn is a social media power influencer, blogger, podcaster and business coach who is known for her Twitter expertise. Ranked #1 Social Media Power Influencer in Houston, she blogs about social media and technology. She teaches all things Twitter in her course Twitter Smarter and you can find her every Thursday hosting the popular #TwitterSmarter Twitter chat. It’s THE place to connect, learn + share Twitter tips. She also interviews movers and shakers in the social media world for her Twitter Smarter podcast.

John Jantsch: John is the founder of Duct Tape Marketing and author of five books including Duct Tape Marketing and his most recent, SEO for Growth. He is also the founder of the Duct Tape Marketing Consultant Network, which trains and licenses marketing consultants around the world.

Andrea Vahl: Andrea is a social media coach, speaker and strategist and is co-author of Facebook Marketing All-in-One for Dummies. She is the co-founder of Social Media Manager School and loves to spend all day running Facebook Ad campaigns. She is also a stand up comedienne in her spare time.

Lee Odden: Lee is a marketing strategist, author, speaker and CEO of TopRank Marketing, a digital marketing agency serving some of the top brands in the world with content, search, social media and influencer marketing consulting. Cited by the The Wall Street Journal, The Economist and Forbes for his marketing expertise, Lee has evangelized an integrated approach to marketing and PR at nearly 200 speaking events in 16 different countries and through an award winning blog at

Shaun Ayala: Shaun has been in the marketing and advertising industry for over 10 years working for Best Buy. He currently leads the marketing strategy and creative team of a subsidiary company of Best Buy. He also enjoys Snapchat and is an award winning Snapchat storyteller widely recognized for his interactive and engaging Snapchat games. He has partnered with and created these interactive Snapchat stories for many popular brands including FOX, Paramount Pictures, NFL Chargers, Lexus and so many more. Shaun was also featured in New York magazine and was recognized as a Snapchat Star AND one of the top 101 Snapchat accounts you should follow.

Brian Fanzo: Brian talks fast and tweets faster. A proud, pager-wearing millennial, he is a keynote speaker and founder/CEO of iSocialFanz LLC, a social strategy consulting agency. Brian also co-hosts SMACtalk Podcast and FOMOFanz Podcast. Brian’s #ThinkLikeAFan philosophy has powered first-of-their-kind storytelling campaigns for many Fortune 50 enterprise companies leveraging Periscope, Snapchat, and Facebook Live under the username @iSocialFanz. He was awarded the Top 25 Social Business Leaders of 2014 by The Economist Intelligence Unit and was nominated for the first ever #ShortyAwards Periscoper Of The Year 2016.

Derral Eves: Derral is a YouTube certified video marketing expert with over 15 years experience in the business. Not only is Derral a successful entrepreneur, but he has also consulted some of the biggest YouTube channels and brands in the world, creating unique marketing strategies that work. He has helped generate billions of views and has worked on some of the most talked about video ads on the Internet. Derral thrives in live-event settings where he can share his knowledge and passion with creators and entrepreneurs.

Sue B. Zimmerman: Sue B. is the #instagramexpert, creator of the online Instagram course “Ready Set Gram”. She’s a popular CreativeLive instructor, powerful speaker on prominent stages like Social Media Marketing World and highly sought after business coach. She’s passionate about teaching business owners and marketing professionals how to easily leverage the power of Instagram to get tangible business results. As a serial entrepreneur, Sue B. has 30 years of business experience, including SueB.Do, Boxer Rebellion and Sue B. Zimmerman Enterprise. With her extensive knowledge of social media it’s Sue B.’s mission to teach, mentor and empower others to be highly successful entrepreneurs.

Nathan Chan: Nathan is the publisher and editor of Foundr Magazine, a digital magazine for young entrepreneurs on the App Store and Google Play store consumed by 1 million+ on their across their content platform. Nathan launched Foundr in March 2013 from his bedroom and within a short time it has become a top 10 ranked ‘Business & Investing Magazine’ on the App Store. As publisher of Foundr, Nathan was a finalist for Publisher of the Year for 2015 in the Digital Magazine awards.

Joey Coleman: Joey is a recognized expert in customer experience design, an award-winning speaker at national and international conferences, and has taught business and creativity courses at both the college and graduate school level. Joey travels the world sharing his First 100 Days methodology. His goal is to improve the experiences that consumers and businesses are having as they interact with brands and organizations in their day-to-day lives. Past appearances include presentations at the M.I.T. Sloan School of Management, Google, the Georgetown University School of Business, Stanford University, Zappos, YouTube, and many others.

Park Howell: Park has been in advertising for 30 years, has run his own agency for 20 years, and has been steeped in business storytelling for the past 10+ years. He is the founder of the Business of Story, a proven platform based on his 10-step Story Cycle system to help businesses achieve epic growth for their enterprise and their people. His weekly podcast features story artists from around the world who help listeners craft and tell compelling brand stories that sell. He has also created and teaches the communications curriculum for the Executive Master of Sustainability Leadership program at Arizona State University to help international executives advance their social initiatives further and faster through the power of story.

Dan Gingiss: Dan is the author of the upcoming book, Winning at Social Customer Care: How Top Brands Create Engaging Experiences on Social Media. He is also the host of the Focus on Customer Service podcast, where he interviews leaders from companies that are renowned for outstanding customer service in social media. Dan’s career has spanned 20 years in multiple disciplines including marketing, social media, customer experience, and digital design. He is passionate about delighting customers with memorable experiences and delivering exceptional customer service in every channel.

Dan Miller: Dan is the author of 48 Days to the Work You Love, No More Dreaded Mondays and Wisdom Meets Passion. Over 130,000 people have subscribed to his weekly newsletter, his 48 Days podcast consistently ranks in the top 3 under Careers on iTunes and the 48 business community is viewed as an example around the world for those seeking to find—or create—work they love. Dan has been a guest on CBS’s The Early Show, MSNBC’s Hardball with Chris Matthews, Moody MidDay Connection and The Dave Ramsey Show.

Donna Moritz: Donna is the founder of Socially Sorted, winner of Best Business Blog in Australia 2014 and a Top 10 Social Media Blog for Social Media Examiner in 2015, 2016 and 2017. Donna helps businesses, bloggers and entrepreneurs use visual social media and content strategy to get more traffic, shares and sales in their business. Her content has been featured in Forbes and Entrepreneur online and she is a contributor to Social Media Examiner and a speaker about digital and visual content for the marketing and tourism industries internationally.

Ian Cleary: Ian is the founder of RazorSocial, one of the world’s leading marketing technology sites focused on social media and content marketing. Ian speaks internationally on social media, writes for some of the leading social media blogs in the world and is often quoted in media such as The New York Times. As an award-winning tech blogger, Ian has also been published on Social Media Examiner,, VentureBeat and Huffington Post.

Chris Ducker: Chris is a serial entrepreneur, keynote speaker and author of the bestseller, Virtual Freedom. A proud Brit, Chris is known for hosting energetic live events and has founded several businesses, which combined house over 450 full-time employees. He is also a popular business blogger and podcaster at and founder of, the personal branding business community.

Heidi Cohen: An Entrepreneur Magazine Top 10 Online Marketing Influencer of 2016, Heidi Cohen is the chief content officer of the award winning Actionable Marketing Guide, focused on social media, content and mobile marketing. As a consultant and a professor, Heidi helps executives and students understand and apply actionable tactics to execute their marketing strategy. She has worked with Citibank, The Economist, Bertelsmann, New York Times Digital and other top companies.

Rick Mulready: Rick is an industry-leading authority on simplifying online marketing and Facebook ads for entrepreneurs and small businesses. He’s the host of The Art of Paid Traffic podcast. With 12 years corporate Internet advertising experience, Rick has worked with AOL, Yahoo!, Funny or Die and Vibrant Media where he sold and managed online ad campaigns for some of the largest brands in the world. In addition to creating industry-leading training courses, Rick consults with entrepreneurs and businesses on their Facebook advertising and marketing strategy.

Jeff Sieh: Jeff is creative director at His Design, Inc. where he works to help clients market themselves in the best way possible using a variety of mediums. He is “head beard” at Manly Pinterest Tips where he is the creator and host of The Manly Pinterest Tip Show. With top tips, pop culture, comedy and just plain fun, Jeff teaches Pinterest techniques unlike any other.

Jenn Herman: Jenn is a social media consultant, speaker, and globally recognized Instagram expert. She is the forefront blogger on Instagram marketing and her blog, Jenn’s Trends, has won the title of a Top 10 Social Media Blog in 2014, 2015, and 2016. Through her blog, consulting, and speaking Jenn provides tips, resources, and training for small to medium sized businesses that need to structure their social media strategies. Jenn has been featured in Inc., Yahoo Finance, and numerous other podcasts and publications. She is the author of The Ultimate Beginner’s Guide to Instagram and Stop Guessing: Your Step-by-Step Guide to Creating a Social Media Strategy.

Steve Dotto: Steve spent 15 years as host and executive producer of Dotto Tech, a nationally syndicated TV show. Labeled “Canada’s most respected geek”, Steve has entertained and educated millions of Canadians on all aspects of technology. YouTube is Steve’s new network of choice, where he serves 2 communities, a traditional “How To and Productivity” stream, which follows his TV tradition, and a new focus on learning the keys to growing and ultimately monetizing a YouTube channel.

Carlos Gil: Carlos is the global head of social media for BMC Software. Previously, he served as senior social marketing manager for LinkedIn’s Sales Solutions. His proven track record includes leading consumer-facing digital and social media programs as social media manager for Winn-Dixie, where he developed strategy and led the launch of all Winn-Dixie’s social channels, social listening, and blogger influencer program. In addition, Carlos served as the head of digital marketing for Save-A-Lot food stores.

Vincent Ng: Vincent is the president of MCNG Marketing and the author of Pinterest to Profits with Pintalysis which offers a step by step guideline on how to best utilize Pinterest for small business owners. His podcast, Pictures to Profits, focuses on how to use Pinterest and visual social media in marketing to increase sales, drive more targeted traffic, and increase brand awareness and engagement.

Ian Anderson Gray: Ian is founder of Seriously Social; a blog focused on social media tools. He’s a speaker, trainer, teacher, web developer and consultant. He has a passion for turning the techno-babble of social media marketing into plain English. Ian is co-founder of Select Performers – a family run web agency. As well as being a geek, husband and dad to two kids, Ian is also a professional singer and lives near Manchester in the UK.

Leslie Samuel: Leslie is the owner of Become A Blogger and the host of the Learning With Leslie podcast, where he helps people create their own blogging experience by taking advantage of the technology we have today. He is the head of training for the Social Media Marketing Society and the founder of Interactive Biology, a website that serves approximately 80,000 people per month in 185 different countries and is dedicated to making biology fun for students and teachers.

Andy Crestodina: Andy is a co-founder of Orbit Media, an award winning, 38-person web design company in Chicago. Over the past 16 years, Andy has provided web strategy and marketing advice to more than 1000 businesses. Andy teaches marketing and has written hundreds of articles on topics like analytics, content strategy, email marketing, search optimization and social media. He is also the author of Content Chemistry: The Illustrated Handbook for Content Marketing.

Alisa Meredith: Alisa is a content marketing strategist who has (more than once!) been accused of a Pinterest obsession. Blogger (, speaker, and author, she’s also content and social media consultant for other agencies and small businesses. A big believer in the power of visual marketing, she’s on a mission to help businesses find their creative side to appeal to customers in a whole new way.

Jeremy Vest: Jeremy is founder of the video marketing company and is one of the top YouTube for business experts and is YouTube certified. He often writes and speaks on YouTube for business, video marketing, video SEO and video conversion science. He has over 1 billion views to his credit for clients and has worked with many top brands. Jeremy has taught thousands of people and has a deep passion for all things related to online marketing.

AJ Wilcox: AJ is a social ads fanatic who found surprising, early success with LinkedIn Ads. In 2014 he started, a LinkedIn Ads-specific agency which both actively manages advertising accounts as well as trains teams to manage their own. He’s a ginger, triathlete, and lover of experiences. He and his wife live in Utah with their 4 kids, and his company car is a gokart.

Stephanie Sammons: Stephanie is the founder and president of Sammons Wealth Management and digital marketing consultant to financial advisory firms. She is also the author of #1 Amazon bestseller, Linked to Influence, a speaker, and a singer-songwriter.

Justin Brown: Justin is a leading video production specialist. His 20+ year journey in video has led to top-level credits on international film, documentary and broadcast productions involving a raft of inspirational domain leaders, including Dr. John Martini, Roger Hamilton and John Assaraf, extreme athletes Mark Visser and Ant Williams, and global change makers like UN Women. Known for his unrelenting focus on achieving maximum results with minimal effort, he now teaches his methods for producing better video content, faster, at

Roberto Blake: Roberto is a subject matter expert on visual branding, marketing and media with over 10 years of commercial experience. He has attained over 135,000 YouTube subscribers with his “create awesome” philosophy of empowering, educating, and encouraging others to effectively use video marketing to accomplish their goals and create value. Roberto provides tactical advice, while educating and motivating audiences to take action. His work has been recognized by Forbes, Advanced Photoshop and Photoshop Creative magazines.

Anissa Holmes: As a social media strategist, business owner (dentist), author, podcaster, and speaker, Anissa Holmes teaches Facebook strategy that focuses on “Delivering WOW” in your business and understanding how to use Facebook to get your posts seen by your ideal new customers to maximize ROI. Anissa has used Facebook to explode the growth of her local business, which enjoys 10X the industry standard of new customers and a 1500-2000% ROI every month from Facebook. Dr. Holmes is the host of the top iTunes podcast, The Delivering WOW Dental Podcast, and is also the author of the book, Delivering WOW: How Dentists Can Build a Fascinating Brand and Achieve More, While Working Less!

Branden Harvey: Branden is a professional photographer and storyteller who has over 109,000 followers on Instagram and one of the largest followings of a photographer on Snapchat. He tells stories filled with hope, happiness, justice, and love and has worked with brands like Hilton, Skype, UNICEF, smart car, Square, and Southwest Airlines. He also hosts Sounds Good with Branden Harvey, a weekly podcast that explores the lives, stories and adventures of the happiest people on the Internet and well, the world.

Nick Cicero: Nick is the founder and CEO of Delmondo, a creative studio and technology company working with brands like L’Oreal, Red Bull, MTV, AT&T, and Lowe’s to produce and measure content on Snapchat. Nick has worked on numerous innovative projects for some of the world’s largest brands and publishers like Universal Music Group, Sports Illustrated, Conde Nast, and Clear Channel. He put the first Instagram video on TV for Oprah and built an innovative social content experience for the PlayStation launch in North America, among other projects.

Bernie Borges: Bernie is CEO of Find and Convert, a content marketing agency serving B2B clients across the US propelling them to improved brand exposure and lead generation. He is the author of Marketing 2.0, one of the first 50 books written on social media strategy, and is the executive producer of Social Business Engine, a digital media property with a weekly podcast. Borges has been recognized by industry peers, including Marketing Insider’s 60 Best Marketing Speakers, TopRank’s Top 50 Content Marketing Influencers 2016, Cision’s Top 50 Content Marketers on Twitter and Online Marketing Institute’s Top 15 Digital Marketing Educators.

Natalie Eckdahl: Natalie is a serial entrepreneur who helps women monetize and grow their businesses and/or podcasts through coaching, masterminds, speaking and her VIP membership site, The Nest. She hosts the popular Biz Chix podcast through which she built a platform from scratch and broadcasts on air coaching calls, business trainings and select interviews. Natalie is an expert community builder and uber connector. She is the busy mom of 3 kids ages 2-14 and starts every day with a steaming cup of coffee. Connect with Natalie at

Paul Colligan: Paul helps others leverage technology to expand their reach and revenue, with reduced stress and no drama. He does this with a lifestyle and business designed to tackle the challenges and opportunities of today’s ever-changing information economy. If you are looking for titles, Paul is a husband, father, eleven-time bestselling author, podcaster, keynote speaker, executive consultant, and the CEO of His latest books, How To Podcast 2017 and How To Stream Video Live 2017 will be available in 2017.

Chris Dayley: Chris envisions a world where every business tests their ideas. He started his conversion optimization agency Dayley Conversion in 2014, which he later merged with Disruptive Advertising, where he currently works as VP of Site Testing and Optimization.

Andrew Pickering: Andrew is one half of the duo ‘Andrew and Pete’, who run a multi-award winning content marketing company, which helps small businesses create share-worthy content, to build brands people love. They have been featured on Social Media Examiner, Entrepreneur on Fire and Huffington Post and are authors of the hit book The Hippo Campus. You can find out more about them at:

Peter Gartland: Pete is one half of the duo ‘Andrew and Pete’, who run a multi-award winning content marketing company, which helps small businesses create share-worthy content, to builds brands people love. They have been featured on Social Media Examiner, Entrepreneur on Fire and Huffington Post and are authors of the hit book The Hippo Campus. You can find out more about them at:

Jennifer Watson: Jennifer is an Emmy winning meteorologist, speaker, podcaster and social media specialist at The Weather Channel. There she co-manages The Weather Channel’s social pages, posting forecasts, breaking weather information and more. Along with that she works on a variety of social media campaigns for the company. Recent achievements have included the successful launch of their Facebook Live strategy, that has opened new avenues for fan growth, engagement and brand awareness. She co-hosts the bi weekly podcast Storm Front Freaks discussing all topics regarding weather and climate and has been a guest on several other podcasts to discuss varying weather topics and social media strategy.

Josh Elledge: Josh is the founder of and is a weekly syndicated newspaper columnist – reaching more than 1.1 million readers. He also regularly appears on more than 75 TV stations across the country – having appeared on TV or radio more than 1500 times. Josh lives in Orlando, FL and is a US Navy veteran, a dad of 3 awesome kids, and is a self-proclaimed fitness geek and improv comedian.

Koka Sexton: Koka is a renowned expert in social selling. Some would say Koka Sexton is the reason social selling exists, he would say that social selling existed once the Internet was created. A recognized expert in social selling that has produced revenue for B2B companies, Koka continues to make generating new business the focus of social media. Finding creative ways to plan, develop and execute content marketing campaigns that break through the noise and provide value to buyers in excess of what they expect. He is the founder of Social Selling Labs.

Zontee Hou: Zontee is the founder of Brooklyn-based consultancy Media Volery and a part of the respected Convince & Convert Consulting team. Her 10 years of experience in the marketing industry has garnered multiple awards including a Forrester Groundswell Award. Whether consulting for clients including Allstate, Indiana University, and the UN FAO or teaching at the City College of New York, Zontee seeks to connect marketing methodology and business goals.

Ana Hoffman: Ana never thought Internet marketing would be her career of choice, but when she got her head around SEO, she knew she had found her passion. That passion became the centerpiece of her popular blog, Traffic Generation Café. Ana is always ready to serve her readers and subscribers, with free traffic generation strategies, like SEO, social media, blogging and other internet marketing methods.

Ileane Smith: Ileane is founder of Basic Blog Tips where she provides tips on WordPress blogging, social media, podcasting, YouTube marketing and technology! She provides valuable tutorials through her blog and video tutorials on subjects like Twitter, Facebook, Live Video, and YouTube.

Jasmine Star: Jasmine is an internationally recognized photographer, who dropped out of law school, picked up a camera and pursued her dreams. She built a worldwide brand from scratch and leveraged Instagram to build a six-figure business in her first year. Jasmine empowers entrepreneurs to build a brand and market it on social media.

Kate Ahl: Kate is the owner of Simple Pin Media, a Pinterest management company. She has a passion for helping bloggers and business owners grow their business using Pinterest. Kate aims to teach actionable, simple steps that help business owners move forward successfully instead of feeling overwhelmed.

Sunny Lenarduzzi: Sunny is an award-winning video, social media and online business strategist. She’s worked with hundreds of clients across industries – helping Hootsuite develop a YouTube series that increased subscriptions by 75% and Applebee’s hit 1 billion impressions in 1 day. Sunny was named one of 20 Must Watch YouTube Channels that will Change your Business by Forbes and she’s been featured on national radio, television and online platforms like and The Huffington Post.

Yaro Starak: Yaro is the author of the Blog Profits Blueprint and founder of the blog. He began blogging over ten years ago initially as a hobby, however as his income from blogging surpassed $10,000 a month, he decided his future lay in this new publishing medium. Since then Yaro has mentored thousands of other experts, authors, coaches, consultants, speakers and trainers how to turn their expertise into a profitable online business.

Cathy Hackl: Cathy is an Emmy-nominated broadcaster turned social media marketer and nationally-recognized live video and VR/AR influencer and speaker. She’s the organizer of Latin@s in VR and is a pioneer in the immersive marketing field. Hackl is a bilingual storyteller that is recognized as one of the nation’s top Latino digital influencers and tech innovators. Through her personal consulting business, she helps brands with their live video strategy and has worked with brands like Teradata, TNT Latin America and Applebee’s.

Gary Leland: Gary started his first brick and mortar store in 1981, his first e-commerce site in 1996, and his first podcast in 2004. In 2006 Time Magazine included his website in their 50 coolest websites in the world. Gary was inducted into the academy of podcasters Hall Of Fame in 2016. Gary is a founder of Podcast Dallas, The Arlington Social Media Group, Podcast Movement, and the publisher of Podertainment Magazine. Go to to keep up with everything Gary does.

Melanie Deziel: Melanie is an award-winning branded content strategist and consultant, and the founder of The Overlap League native ad newsletter. She is on the board of the Native Advertising Institute and travels the world teaching branded content strategy. Melanie was the first editor of branded content at The New York Times and wrote the “Women Inmates” piece for Netflix, which won the OMMA for Best Native Advertising in 2014.

Rob Walch: Rob started podcasting in 2004 and was inducted into the podcasting Hall of Fame in 2016. Rob is VP of Podcaster Relations for Libsyn (LSYN) having joined Libsyn in 2007. He is co-author of the book Tricks of the Podcasting Masters. He has consulted for Jack Welch, Governor Richardson, and Tim Ferriss to name just a few. Rob is a member of the IAB Podcasting Working groups.

Lauren Teague: Lauren spent seven seasons giving golf fans a look inside the ropes of the PGA TOUR, as the original social media manager of the world’s largest professional golf organization, and produced the first-ever live coverage from sports event on Twitter. She is a storyteller and fan advocate, honing her craft and building community 140 characters at a time. Now she coaches communicators, marketers and athletes on social media and content. As part of the respected Convince & Convert Consulting team, Lauren works with some of the world’s biggest brands on digital strategy, social media audits and scaling content teams. She’s actively working on reclaiming her single-digit handicap, and hopes to get it before her 3-year old can beat her on the golf course.

Mike Morrison: Mike is one half of The Membership Guys, and along with his partner Callie Willows has spent years guiding the growth of memberships, e-learning businesses and online communities. Now they run the Member Site Academy, where they teach small business owners and entrepreneurs the skills and strategies they need to build and grow their own successful membership website.

Syed Balkhi: Syed is an award winning entrepreneur with several 7 figure online businesses. He was recognized as the top 100 entrepreneur under the age of 30 by United Nations. His work has been featured in Forbes, Inc, Washington Post, FoxBusiness, Entrepreneur, Wired, and many top publications. He created WPBeginner, the largest free WordPress resource site for beginners. His entertainment blog, List25, has over 2 million YouTube subscribers and over 450 million video views. He’s also the co-founder of OptinMonster, the most popular conversion optimization software.

Jay Acunzo: Jay is an award-winning podcaster and dynamic keynote speaker. Before creating the popular show Unthinkable, Jay was a digital media strategist at Google and head of content at HubSpot. He’s built content marketing strategies from scratch for exciting new startups and produced attention-grabbing documentaries for brands. His work has been cited in places ranging from Harvard Business School to the Washington Post. Today, Jay hosts shows and works with teams that break conventional thinking and become the welcome exception to all the average noise in their niche.

Rich Brooks: Rich is founder and president of flyte new media, a web design and marketing firm. He’s a nationally recognized speaker on entrepreneurship, digital marketing and social media. He is a founder of The Agents of Change, an annual conference and weekly podcast that focuses on search, social and mobile marketing. As the “tech guru” on the evening news program, 207, he breaks down all things digital for the NBC affiliates in Maine, and teaches web marketing and social media at the University of Southern Maine’s Center for Continuing Education.

Jessica Howell: With over ten years experience and a BFA in Photography, Jessica uses her creative savvy to coach entrepreneurs and bloggers on their digital strategy. Since 2014, her company, Social Studio Shop, has helped hundreds of creatives through their workshops, online courses and consulting sessions. Social Studio Shop inspires community, facilitates meaningful connections and teaches others to grow online using purpose-driven social media strategies.

Justin Levy: Justin heads up global social media at Citrix, where he is an advisor on all social media activities across the company. Justin works on a wide range of projects, developing social media strategies and helping to scale social media across the company. Prior to joining Citrix, Justin was an executive director at New Marketing Labs, a social media and digital communications agency where he worked with clients ranging from Fortune 500 brands to small-to-medium sized businesses including: SAS, Sony, and PepsiCo.

Erik Fisher: Erik has been with Social Media Examiner for 3 years where he serves as the social media manager. He is also a podcaster on productivity, producing for the last four years, ‘Beyond The To-Do List’ podcast where he talks with real people who practically implement productivity strategies in their professional and personal lives.

Jonathan Nafarrete: Jonathan is the co-founder and editor-in-chief of VRScout, an immersive media company that has reached over 100 million globally in 2016. Prior to co-founding VRScout, Jonathan spent close to a decade in digital content strategy, working with brands like Nike, Refinery29, Honda, Toyota and Sony Playstation.

Ryan A Bell: Ryan is head of studio at VRScout. His work includes creating the future of programming in AR, VR, MR and connecting Hollywood to multiple digital solutions for a new way of storytelling. Ryan speaks all over the world about virtual reality and disruptive technologies and has been featured in Forbes, Inc, Mashable, TechCrunch and any other nerdy thing that has a website. Connect with him on Twitter @Ryan_A_Bell.

Jessica Rhodes: Jessica is the founder of, the premier guest booking agency for podcasters and guest experts. She is the author of Interview Connections: #RockThePodcast From Both Sides of the Mic. Jessica is the host of Interview Connections TV, Rhodes to Success and The Podcast Producers. Jessica has been a speaker at Podcast Movement, and Dream Business Academy. She lives in Rhode Island with her family.

Ursula Ringham: Ursula is Director, Digital Marketing at SAP where she drives the live video and social media strategy for small and midsize enterprise (SME). She manages all aspects of the SME social channels (Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, YouTube, Instagram, and WhatsApp) and creates innovative and engaging content. Ursula began her career at Adobe Systems and Apple working in Developer Relations, helping companies bring products to market. In her spare time, Ursula writes thriller novels about the high tech industry.

Aaron Walker: Aaron is without question a veteran entrepreneur. Starting his first business at 18 and selling to a Fortune 500 company nine years later. He went on to start and sell eight more successful companies over the past 37 years. Aaron now spends the majority of his time helping others grow in success and significance as president and founder of View From The Top, a premier life and business coaching resource. Aaron’s new book, View From The Top is guaranteed to motivate and inspire you to live a successful and significant life.

Pauline Stockhausen: Pauline is a social media strategist and an expert in online communities. She hosts two popular podcast shows, How to Win at Life and The Social Media Strategy Podcast. Pauline is a blogger, columnist and brand ambassador. She has built her online business which teaches thousands of business owners across the world on how to build successful businesses on social media. She grew her email list to 62,000 in just under 14 months. She educates entrepreneurs, and corporations, on how to use social media, build communities and successful email lists.

Jill Stanton: Jill, along with her husband Josh, co-founded Screw the Nine to Five, a business that helps people take what they know from their 9-to-5 jobs and turn it into their own entrepreneurial endeavors. Together they teach unsatisfied webpreneurs how to eliminate the overwhelm, focus on the right tasks and build their businesses strategically.

Kate Erickson: Kate is a creator, engager and implementer at EntrepreneurOnFire, a podcast that interviews today’s most inspiring and successful entrepreneurs. She is the host of Kate’s Take: The EOFire Audio Blog and author of The Fire Path: A Beginner’s Guide to Growing Your Online Business. Kate is passionate about helping entrepreneurs create freedom in their business and life through developing systems and processes that can help their business scale and grow.

Gabby Wallace: Gabby helps professionals reach their business goals using YouTube video marketing. Her expertise comes in part from her experience with her first business, Go Natural English, based on a YouTube channel with over 250,000 subscribers and 13 million views. She is a TEDX speaker and has been featured in Yahoo! Travel for running her business while traveling the world.

Sarah Moore: Sarah is the CEO and founder of social media agency, Eleven Lights Media. As a social media strategist Sarah is passionate about content creation – specifically in the form of video – and is known for her creativity and ability to help brands stand out in this noisy space that is the interwebs.

Daniel Lemin: Daniel is the bestselling author of Manipurated, a detailed guide to the online reviews industry, as well as the head of Jay Baer’s Convince & Convert consulting group. He’s been seen in The New York Times, USA Today and on Fox News, CBS Radio and many other news outlets. He was an early Google hire and has been in digital marketing and PR for more than 15 years.

Ijeoma Eleazu: Ijeoma is the host of the #1 Rated Etsy Conversations Podcast. As host of the podcast she inspires, encourages and educates veteran, newbie, and aspiring Etsy sellers on a weekly basis through the power of storytelling.

Sandy Adam: Sandy is the global social media marketing manager for ANSYS, Inc. where she manages the development, deployment, and strategic vision of the social media programs and stewards the social selling initiative within the enterprise, training 300+ sales professionals on best practices in sharing content.

Shep Hyken: Shep is the chief amazement officer of Shepard Presentations, a The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal bestselling author and has been inducted into the National Speakers Association Hall of Fame for lifetime achievement in the speaking profession. Recognized as one of the leading experts in customer service and experience, Shep works with companies who want to build loyal relations with their customers and employees. He has been published in hundreds of publications and is the author of numerous books including The Amazement Revolution and Amaze Every Customer Every Time.

Turner Roach: Turner is a social media marketing manager and program manager of Deloitte’s employee advocacy program. He has spent more than five years leading social media initiatives across Deloitte, and has been involved with employee advocacy on the ground floor as one of the initial Ambassadors enrolled in the program. In addition to driving the strategy behind Deloitte’s initiative, he leads a team of content managers who run the daily operations of the program.

Alex Khan: Alex is CEO and founder of Attractive Media, a social and digital marketing agency based in Germany. On March 26th, 2015, the day of Periscope’s official launch, Alex started a case study using Periscope and social media to build his personal brand ( Within a year, he had 400,000 followers and the Huffington Post named him one of the TOP 10 Live Video Influencers. His hashtag #WeKhan registered 100 million impressions and touched 13 million people in 50 countries within the first three months. As an educator and innovator, he trains people all around the world on how to gain social media reach and turn it into profit.

John Kapos: John, otherwise known as Chocolate Johnny, owns Perfection Chocolates in Sydney Australia. John has carried his family business to new heights by leveraging Periscope and other social media channels, to reach an entirely new audience. Whether it’s showcasing chocolates and sweets, talking to customers or tackling customer’s questions, Periscope has offered endless opportunities to enhance the customer experience.

Konstanze Alex-Brown: Konnie leads corporate social influencer relations and event digital communications strategy at Dell. She designs sustainable, long-term relationship programs with industry experts to create shared value in a world that is built on human to human communication. Konnie collaborates with teams across Dell to develop and execute a digital communications strategy that adds value, informs and engages global audiences.

Molly Pittman: Molly is Digital Marketer’s VP of Marketing and Traffic Manager. Molly is responsible for creating, optimizing, and maintaining Digital Marketer’s traffic system with the goals of customer acquisition and revenue. Molly has consulted and advised over 150 brands (both online and offline) in markets such as: health and fitness, personal finance, beauty, crafts, professional practices, manufacturing and more.

Ari Lightman: Ari is a Professor, Digital Media and Marketing at Carnegie Mellon University. He teaches classes on assessing and measuring the impact of emerging technologies. His teaching focuses on experiential learning where students work with company sponsors to develop recommendations through data analysis. Companies who have taken part include The New York Times, Warner Bros., Netflix, Microsoft, Target, UMG, and Under Armour. Ari is also the co-director of the CISO Institute at CMU, an executive education center focused on information security professionals and a commercialization advisor for the Center for Machine Learning and Health.

Daniel J. Lewis: As an award-winning podcaster, Daniel helps others launch and improve their own podcasts for sharing their passions and finding success through The Audacity to Podcast™ (awarded #1 tech podcast of 2012). Daniel creates training resources (like SEO for Podcasters™) and podcasting tools (like My Podcast Reviews™); he offers one-on-one consulting and a premium podcasting community (Podcasters’ Society™); he is a keynote speaker on podcasting and social media; and Daniel hosts a network of award-nominated shows covering how to podcast, clean-comedy, and the #1 unofficial podcast for ABC’s hit drama Once Upon a Time. Daniel also writes about entrepreneurship and technology.

Melissa Phillips: Melissa is the director of digital operations for EmployBridge, the 2nd largest industrial staffing firm in the United States, with over 450 branches and 12 specialty brands. As part of EmployBridge’s leading edge delivery group she is responsible for innovating and introducing new technology to drive growth and service. Mother of two, she is a graduate of Auburn University and resides in Jacksonville, FL where she also owns a small photography business.

Jessica Kupferman: Jessica is the CEO of j/k media agency and co-founder of She Podcasts and the Podcasting School for Women, who has been featured in Entrepreneur Magazine as well as Social Media Examiner,, TMZ, Entrepreneur On Fire and many more. She is an experienced, sought-after speaker and podcaster, known for her humor and tell-it-like-it-is personality. She is also an inaugural member of the Academy of Podcasters.

Brian Peters: Brian leads Buffer’s social media digital marketing campaigns and initiatives. He is primarily responsible for channel growth and engagement as well as defining the strategic vision and overall marketing approach within the company. He also co-hosts and manages Buffer’s brand new podcast, The Science of Social Media, where each week they chat with social media marketing experts from around the world.

Beverly Jackson: Beverly is the vice president of social media and content strategy MGM Resorts International. She is currently championing the positioning of MGMRI as an engaging and leading brand through storytelling across multiple media platforms and networks by setting the strategy and driving the production of compelling content. Beverly has 15 years of experience building brands across the media, entertainment and technology industries. Before working with MGM she served as head of social marketing for Yahoo, Inc.

Erica Campbell Byrum: Erica is the assistant vice president of social media at®, a multifamily marketing expert with more than twelve years of experience, co-author of Youtility for Real Estate, a recipient of the 2014 PR News Social Media MVP Award, and a frequent industry speaker. Byrum is responsible for developing and managing the corporate social media strategy at and oversees the Social Concierge products, a hands-off social media and reputation management offering.

Aggie Nixon-Kirschner: Aggie is a marketing strategist who has been guiding brands alongside social media’s evolution since 2007. Currently a senior manager of marketing at Marriott International, she leads social strategy for several major West Coast hotels including Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina. Seasoned by world-class agency experience, Aggie previously led teams at Cramer-Krasselt and AKQA, developing digital strategy for global brands including Target, MGM Grand Resort & Casino, and Zicam.

Alison J. Herzog: Alison heads global social business strategy at Dell Technologies. As part of her role, she recently led integration of all social business strategy and operations in the largest tech acquisition in history. Alison has been featured as one of 50 influential women in digital marketing twice by TopRank, featured by the American Marketing Association, and LinkedIn. She is passionate about doing what is right, by the customer, and the people she works with, and focuses on data and deep listening to guide her actions and results.

Brooks Thomas: Brooks is a social business advisor at Southwest Airlines. He is part of a team that is dedicated to integrating social and digital behavior throughout the company. Brooks plays a key role in Southwest’s content strategy across Southwest’s social spaces, and also builds enterprise-wide social media training for Southwest employees. Brooks began his career in broadcast journalism before joining Southwest Airlines.

Ron Nash: Ron is the author of several books, his latest, How to LinkedIn: The Science of Maximizing Your Personal Brand. He is the founder of JSA Global and is a marketer and consummate entrepreneur. Ron has a passion for personal development and creating strategies that work. His coaching and recruiting expertise has helped Fortune 50 to 500 companies, including LinkedIn, Microsoft, Samsung, Cardinal Health, The Anthony Robbins Companies, Baxter, Herbalife, and others.

Adam Brown: Adam is executive strategist for Salesforce ExactTarget Marketing Cloud. He and his team deliver integrated social marketing strategy to customers and work with product teams to develop marketing products and solutions. Before joining Salesforce in May of 2013, Adam was executive director of social media at Dell, where he led the company’s consumer strategy around social media marketing, engagement and social commerce.

Phil Mershon: Phil is the director of events for Social Media Examiner, where he oversees two signature events: Social Media Marketing World and Social Media Success Summit. Previously, Phil was a training consultant with Koch Industries and spent over 20 years working churches and non-profits in leadership roles. Phil is also a jazz saxophonist and songwriter.

Stephanie Shkolnik: Stephanie is a global digital strategist and speaker driving the adoption of emerging technologies for Fortune 500 organizations. Having built Mirum agency’s first social media practice, Stephanie has led B2B and B2C strategy for social programs across global entertainment, gaming, finance, healthcare, sports, technology and consumer packaged goods organizations. Stephanie has been named a leading digital marketer by iMedia, and is recognized as a top performer within WPP, the global leader in marketing communications.

Dennis Yu: Dennis is the chief technology officer of BlitzMetrics, a digital marketing company that offers clients top-notch analytics on all major social networks. He’s an internationally recognized lecturer in Facebook marketing and has spoken in 17 countries. Dennis has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, New York Times, LA Times, National Public Radio, TechCrunch, Fox News, CBS Evening News and is co-author of Facebook Nation – a textbook taught in over 700 colleges and universities.

Shanda Maloney: Shanda has over 15 years of marketing experience and has spent the last 6.5 years working in sports. As former director of digital and social at UFC, Shanda lead UFC’s social media team managing over 90 accounts with over 55 million fans driving engagement, content strategy and technology adoption as well as social education to over 600+ athletes. Shanda is now the president and co-founder of ELVN Digital working with brands, athletes, sports and small business. Follow her at @Shanda.

Brandon Crockett: Brandon is the president of Venture Funding and Management Group, Inc. In this role, he has designed, built, and managed the business and technical operations supporting the rapid growth of the popular YouTube channel, BeautyLiciousInsider, from zero to over 1.5 million YouTube viewers, and 200 million+ views, and a Top 1000 ranking.

Laura Wilson: Laura is the senior director of Digital Engagement and Social Media at Georgetown University, in Washington, DC. She has a track record for creating or improving successful social media programs for global brands such as Hilton Hotels & Resorts, ICF International and Cvent. At Georgetown Laura sets the university’s social media strategy including leading an award-winning first-person video documentary series “Georgetown Stories” which shares the lives of 11 undergraduate students.

Chelsea Crockett: Chelsea is known for beauty and makeup tutorials on her hit YouTube channel BeautyLiciousInsider. She first created her highly subscribed channel as a teen in 2011 and now has over 1.5 million subscribers. She has a second channel called BeautyLiciousKisses where she posts video blogs about her daily life.

Joel Price: Joel is senior manager of digital content for the Los Angeles Chargers, where he drives the strategy and execution of social innovation. He is responsible for creating social initiatives that align with the Chargers brand objectives. His dedication to maintaining the delicate balance of being a marketer and a fan is what has helped grow the team’s social footprint in the millions across the organization’s social channels.

Meagan Williams: Meagan is a social media entrepreneur who creates brand awareness and social media marketing strategies for individuals who market high quality products across multiple platforms. She is the founder of and a network marketing coach teaching sustainable income practices with social media.

Larry Kim: Larry is the founder of WordStream, Inc. the world’s largest PPC software company. The Boston-based company employs over 200 people and manages a billion dollars of ad spend for ten thousand customers worldwide. In 2015, he won the search marketer of the year awards from PPC Hero, Search Engine Land and the US Search Awards.

Laurel Su: Laurel is the global social media manager for DocuSign Inc. Previously, she served on the international growth team at Snap, Inc helping develop international live stories. A big believer in combining visual marketing with data science, she’s on a mission to helping brands better understand the stories told by their databases. Her proven track record includes leading B2B and B2C digital and social media programs to penetrate global markets, specifically in APAC.

Blake Morgan: Blake is a globally recognized thought leader on customer experience. Her first book is More is More: How The Best Companies Work Harder And Go Farther To Create Knock Your Socks Off Customer Experiences (Routledge, 2017). She is the host of The Modern Customer Podcast and a weekly customer experience video series on YouTube. She’s been ranked as ICMI’s Top 50 thought leaders to Follow on Twitter In 2016, Clarabridge’s #1 social customer service expert to follow and CustomerGauge’s top 20 customer experience experts to follow in 2017. She has worked with Intel, Verizon Wireless, and many more. She lives in the Bay Area with her husband, daughter and their two Yorkie rescues.

Steve Chou: Steve is the founder of, a blog that reaches millions of readers interested in ecommerce and selling physical products online. He also runs a top business podcast of the same name with over a million downloads, a popular online training course with thousands of students and an annual conference specially catering to ecommerce entrepreneurs called The Sellers Summit.

Sebrin Elms: Sebrin is the founder of The Clumsy Traveler, a travel and lifestyle blog about her tips and entertaining stories from around the world. By utilizing her social media skills, Sebrin was able to leave her 9-5 job so that she could pursue her love of traveling while writing full time. In addition to her blog, Sebrin is also a social media manager, freelance writer and contributor to several websites.

Madeleine Piercy: Madeleine serves as a strategy consultant for the social media customer care program at Duke Energy. She is a passionate proponent of using social media to create positive customer service experiences. In her current role, she serves as lead implementer of Sprinklr software configuration, develops processes and procedures for scaling social customer service between organizations within the company, and works closely with the corporate communications team on content creation. Madeleine attended Miami University in Oxford, Ohio where she obtained her degree in Organizational Communications.

Casey Hall: Casey is the head of social media for business communications at Thomson Reuters. He works across the global digital landscape to deliver consistent and engaging digital experiences. Casey regularly speaks about social analytics, digital strategy, corporate crisis management, and digital governance at events across the country. Before transitioning to communications, he led social marketing for the legal business of Thomson Reuters where he spearheaded their social analytics integration to enable revenue attribution, custom experiences and advanced reporting. Casey also serves as adjunct faculty for the digital marketing program at the University of Wisconsin and began his career as an attorney.

Mitch Joel: Mitch is president of Mirum (formerly Twist Image) – a global digital marketing agency with over 2000 employees. His first book, Six Pixels of Separation, named after his successful blog and podcast, is a business and marketing bestseller. His second second book, CTRL ALT Delete, was named one of the best business books of 2013 by He is frequently called upon to be a subject matter expert for Fast Company, Marketing Magazine, and Strategy and is a regular columnist for the Harvard Business Review, Inc. magazine, and The Huffington Post.

Luria Petrucci: Let’s make YOU a live streaming pro! Luria helps you start, grow and monetize your live streaming show to establish your expertise, build your audience, increase engagement, and increase revenue at She’s been live streaming and doing online video for 11 years (3500 videos and 1 billion views) for herself as well as AT&T, Samsung, Orange County Choppers, GoDaddy and more.

Brian Best: Brian is the head of interactive engagement for P.F. Chang‘s China Bistro. He has over 15+ years of experience leading companies through their digital evolution by fusing offline, online, mobile, and social marketing strategies, implementing innovative technology solutions, and leading high performing teams to deliver exceptional omni-channel customer experiences.

Josh Hager: Josh is a baker, blogger, and small business owner. He is a community manager for Casual Fridays, a social media and content marketing agency headquartered in San Diego. With a rapidly growing social media presence, Josh has been hired as an influencer and content creator for brands such as Disney, Nestlé‎, CNBC Prime, and more. His experience in an agency and as a paid social media influencer provides him with a unique, behind-the-scenes, and practical perspective on the state of influencer marketing.

Tyler Anderson: Tyler is a social media marketing entrepreneur, speaker, and host of the Social Media Social Hour podcast. He is the founder and CEO of Casual Fridays, a social media and content marketing agency headquartered in San Diego. Tyler serves as the executive producer of Social Media Day San Diego, one of the top social media day events worldwide. He has worked with hundreds of brands on social media and content marketing initiatives, including top hotels and resorts for Marriott International, Jersey Mike’s Subs, Penske Automotive and One World Observatory at the World Trade Center.

Kelly Snyder: Kelly is former corporate-ladder climber turned accidental blogger. Her successful blog, Redefined Mom, helps women “of a certain age” out-do their younger selves through beauty, fashion, and lifestyle advice. In 2014, Kelly’s readers asked for MORE and she started Adore Your Wardrobe, a program that helps women of all sizes and ages demystify fashion through principles based on science and math allowing them to feel put-together, confident, and beautiful every single day.

Rebekah Radice: Rebekah is an award winning writer, digital marketing strategist, founder of Rebekah Radice Media and chief marketing officer at Post Planner. She is the author of How to Use Social Media to Virtually Crush the Competition, was recently named a Top 10 Social Media Blog by Social Media Examiner and Onalytica named her one of the Top 10 Social Media Marketers of 2016.

Amy Locurto: Amy owns a popular DIY party and food blog,, and a graphic design business based in Dallas, Texas. As a blogger for nearly nine years, Amy has become a digital influencer in her niche and enjoys developing recipes and creative content not only for her own website, but for numerous brands such as Coca-Cola, Universal Pictures, Disney, Wayfair, FedEx Office and eBay.

Renee Teeley: Renee is an entrepreneur, business advisor, and digital marketing expert with a focus on video and content marketing. Renee is the founder of Startup Studios, providing step by step information to help entrepreneurs start and grow their businesses faster. Prior to Startup Studios, she was the global director of Digital Marketing Solutions at Brightcove, where she helped some of the biggest brands and enterprise companies worldwide more effectively use video as part of their marketing mix.

Michael Delgado: Michael is the senior manager of social media and public relations at Experian, North America, and teaches social media courses at the University of California Irvine extension school. He leads content strategy and community building efforts on Experian social channels and loves using live-streaming social platforms (Periscope, G+ Hangouts) to help consumers and businesses.

Kathy Klotz-Guest: Kathy MA, MBA, is a speaker, author, and comedian. Founder of Keeping it Human (, her mission is to help companies kill jargon-monoxide and boring marketing. A podcaster (The Improvised Marketing Show), she is the author of Stop Boring Me! How to Create Kick-Ass Marketing Content, Products and Ideas Through the Power of Improv. Her work has been published in fancy places including Convince & Convert, MarketingProfs, and Huffington Post. Her 8-year-old thinks she is hilarious. That window is closing soon! Follow her @kathyklotzguest.

Amelia Le: Amelia is the digital marketing manager for the Thomas & Friends brand at Mattel Inc. She has over 8 years of digital experience specializing in digital and social media marketing. Amelia leads a team of social media and digital creatives that focus on creating compelling content and ultimately driving consumer engagement with the Thomas & Friends brand. Prior to joining Mattel, Amelia worked at LinkedIn in the early stages of the company’s development. She has taken that data-driven start-up mentality and applied it to her work at Mattel.

Philip Taylor: Philip is a CPA, husband and father of three. He created back in 2007, and he founded FinCon, the annual conference for influencers in financial media, in 2011. He got rid of debt, learned to live lean, saved his money, and eventually left his unsatisfying corporate career to pursue his entrepreneurial ventures full-time.

Scott Nickels: Scott is the founder and lead consultant for BigFish Consulting – a boutique agency focused on inbound marketing and digital strategies. Scott is formerly the director of audience and engagement for Hearst Autos (Car and Driver). Previously, Scott has held leadership positions in various agencies and brands, including starting and running the SEO efforts for The Home Depot. Scott is a frequent speaker on the subject of digital marketing, brand strategy and search behavior, including the occasional opportunity to guest lecture at his alma mater, Georgia Tech.

Shama Hyder: Shama is the founder and CEO of the award-winning agency, The Marketing Zen Group, an integrated web marketing and digital PR firm. She is also a highly acclaimed international keynote speaker and a regular media correspondent, often featured across all major media channels, including MSNBC, Fox Business, Forbes, Inc. and The Wall Street Journal. She is the best-selling author of The Zen of Social Media Marketing (4th Edition) and Momentum: How to Propel Your Marketing and Transform Your Brand in the Digital Age.

Chad Israel: Chad is the senior director of social media and content strategy at Hertz Corporation, where he leads social media efforts for Hertz, Dollar and Thrifty car rental brands. He has managed social media strategies for a variety of brands, including Microsoft, Zojirushi, Morinaga, Zone Perfect, Chick-fil-A, Airborne, Rodney Strong, WaveJet and EASports. Chad is also an accomplished screenwriter who has used his extensive storytelling experience and creative writing skills to produce impactful social media content.

Sandy Carter: Sandy is the founder and CEO of Silicon-Blitz, focused on helping companies with innovation, technology, and cognitive diversity. One of the leading pioneers in the digital business revolution, Sandy Carter was a driving force of Innovation at IBM for the last decade. She is the author of multiple best-selling books, including The New Language of Marketing and Get Bold as well as the upcoming, Extreme Innovation: Three Superpowers for Purpose and Profit. Sandy has been quoted in The Wall Street Journal, London Economic Times, USA Today, Business Insider, Forbes, Venture Beat, Silicon Beat, Ad Age, Huffington Post and numerous other media outlets.

Adel de Meyer: Adel is a new media specialist, brand ambassador, author and mentor with focused expertise in using Twitter and Instagram for business. She has a top-listed digital marketing blog and Adel is recognised as a leading Instagram and Twitter influencer on social media and business in Australia. She regularly writes articles and speaks at local events on influencer marketing, technology and social media solutions. Adel works with global SMB enterprises, entrepreneurs and personal brands by using social media and technology to captivate their audiences. She loves coffee and creative minds!

Jenn Scalia: Jenn is a visibility strategist for entrepreneurs who want to make an impact. She is THE go-to expert for entrepreneurs who want the world to know their name. This self professed introvert and single mom went from rock bottom to creating a 7 figure business within 3 years. Jenn helps entrepreneurs overhaul their biggest fears and empowers them to share their message with the world. She is the CEO and mastermind of Million Dollar Mommy, a company founded to help women across the world reach their dreams and financial goals through business. Jenn has been featured in Business Insider, Inc. and

Marc Mawhinney: Marc is a coach and the host of the podcast Natural Born Coaches – a show that helps coaches grow successful businesses. He’s a contributor for and started the popular Facebook group, The Coaching Jungle. Marc’s passion is helping coaches define their target markets, implement systems to get control of their time, increase their fees, and get more clients.

Kimarie Matthews: As the senior vice president, social for Wells Fargo’s digital channels group, Kimarie Matthews is responsible for leveraging social technologies to extend Wells Fargo’s ability to support customers, including servicing customers in social channels, building customer community and testing concepts to bring bankers and customers together in social environments. Her programs deliver business benefits that include increased customer satisfaction and brand sentiment and increased website traffic through organic search results.

Shelita Burke: Shelita is an international pop star, technologist, and entrepreneur. Using data science, behavioral science and AI technology, she has been able to generate over 29 million Twitter impressions and millions of Spotify plays on her latest releases. As a co-founder of music technology company, Audience Academy, Shelita is disrupting the music industry and empowering recording artists and marketers with an innovative approach to growing large audiences.

Scott Page: Scott is known for his diverse career within the music industry as a saxophonist and guitarist for Pink Floyd, Supertramp and others, as well as an early pioneer and innovator in new media. He is co-founder of publicly traded 7th Level Inc, an interactive game and educational company with more than 100 cross-industry awards. He also co-founded New Media Broadcasting Company, a communications enterprise that focused on social media and collaborative technologies. His clients have included, Will Smith, Monty Python, TOTO, and Institute of Systems Biology.

Michael O’Neal: Michael is the founder and host of the award-winning business and entertainment podcast, The Solopreneur Hour with Michael O’Neal. The show features lively and highly engaging conversations between Michael and his guests, who share remarkable stories, advice and practical tips to help his audience take charge of their business pursuits. Michael has an extensive professional background and formal education in social media, branding, web and print design, network marketing, and internet marketing.

Christopher Carfi: Christopher is director, content marketing at GoDaddy. He is responsible for GoDaddy’s content marketing strategy, analysis, planning, and promotion. As a veteran of both startups and the enterprise, Chris has a deep track record in developing customer community and evangelist programs for brands such as Adobe, H&R Block and Aruba Networks while holding executive positions at Ant’s Eye View and Edelman Digital, and he was co-founder and CEO at Cerado. He currently lives in the Bay Area with his family.

Scott Duehlmeier: Scott is the social marketing manager at Workfront where he manages all social media and influencer marketing strategies. He is an experienced PR/marketing professional and has created and managed the implementation of several PR campaigns across the country, and overseen the management of multi-market PR campaigns. Scott has coordinated and managed PR and social media work for Subway Restaurants, EnergySolutions, Utah Business Magazine, Costa Vida, Halo Burger, SmashBurger, Uinta Golf, United Way of Salt Lake, Walmart Corporation and Melaleuca.

Calli Cholodenko: Calli is the founder of Something Social, a boutique social media firm specializing in lifestyle brands. With an emphasis on branding, creative strategies, photography and business development, Calli quickly realized social media was the perfect outlet to put her passion, talent, and innate abilities to work. Since its inception in early 2014, Something Social has grown to work with top lifestyle brands on both a local and national level, along with industry leaders and community influencers.

John F. Hunt: John is the senior manager of digital marketing, communication, and content for Smead Manufacturing, a leader in office filing products and records management systems for over 100 years. Mr. Hunt has over 25 years’ experience in both traditional and non-traditional media including digital strategy, content creation, and new product development. He also is the host of “Keeping You Organized” the weekly webcast, now in its 4th season, produced by Smead. Contact: @Smead_JohnH.

Tim Street: Tim began his career producing such Nickelodeon shows as All That and What Would You Do? and has created short form content for Disney, Fox, Warner Bros., Universal, ABC, CBS, NBC and others. Tim is a member of the PGA and connects YouTubers and podcasters with sponsorship deals. Currently Tim produces the podcasts Begleyesque with Ed Begley Jr. and Rachelle Carson Begley and Don’t Keep Your Day Job.

Martin Jones: Martin is a marketing manager with the corporate Cox Communications social media team, where he leads the social and content marketing strategy for Cox Business. He is also the editor of and is a featured contributor on several business and marketing websites. He is a frequent guest speaker on the topic of social media and content marketing and was recently named one of the top 50 content marketers on Twitter by eContent magazine.

Jay Parkin: Jay is the inbound/content marketing manager for Taylor Guitars – one of the world’s leading manufacturers of premium acoustic and electric guitars. He is an innovative entrepreneurial professional with over 15 years of ongoing progressive experience in creative, music, and marketing industries. Jay has been proactive in building great relationships with trustworthy, savvy vendors, clients, and artists.

Caitlin Angeloff: Caitlin heads global social strategy and operations at DocuSign, the pioneer and global standard for eSignature and digital transaction management. An experienced social media leader, Caitlin oversees all of DocuSign’s social media channels, listening and analysis, social support, the DocuSign blog, employee advocacy, influencer programs and more. Prior to DocuSign, Caitlin was CEO and co-founder of Admosis, a leading social content strategy and social advertising firm.

Molly Schonthal: Molly is the digital business director at Mars. In this role, she has accelerated digital growth at Mars through business-rooted, technology-based strategy. Molly has been recognized as a “Global Marketing Hero” for creating the first Mars global Facebook strategy that united 25-Skittles® markets into one award-winning online global voice and presence. Molly also built internal structures and processes to help marketers expand their digital capabilities including governance, best practices and policies.

Eric Toda: Eric is an award winning senior marketer with an emphasis on digital brand marketing. Currently the global head of social and content marketing at Airbnb; where some of his notable work has won him two Cannes Lions, a Superbowl commercial, and fighting for truth and justice during a divisive time. A dynamic storyteller who is also the former director of marketing/partnerships at Snapchat, director of digital brand marketing at Nike, and north America marketing solutions lead at Facebook.

Laura E. Davis: Laura is an assistant professor of professional practice and the digital news director of the Annenberg Media Center at the University of Southern California. She has worked as a reporter at The Associated Press, a homepage, social media and politics editor at Yahoo News, the deputy mobile editor at the Los Angeles Times and a mobile editor at BuzzFeed, where she helped develop and launch the BuzzFeed News app.

Nicolle Picray: Nicolle is the social media and content manager for Pella Corporation. She leads the brand content strategy and social media initiatives across the Pella Windows and Doors business. She also leads the strategy and development of the Pella Windows and Doors Blog – A Better View. Nicolle began her career in newspaper advertising and later moved into social media marketing as the founder and owner of a social media marketing agency focused on helping small businesses leverage social media and connect with customers in a meaningful way.

Track Leaders

Dustin W. Stout: Dustin is co-founder of Warfare Plugins, a WordPress plugin company where he oversees social media and content marketing initiatives, branding, and product development. His blog, was named one of the best social media blogs of 2017 by Social Media Examiner and continues to be a growing resource for bloggers, digital entrepreneurs and marketers.

Daniel Lemin: Daniel is the bestselling author of Manipurated, a detailed guide to the online reviews industry, as well as the head of Jay Baer’s Convince & Convert consulting group. He’s been seen in The New York Times, USA Today and on Fox News, CBS Radio and many other news outlets. He was an early Google hire and has been in digital marketing and PR for more than 15 years.

Jeff Korhan: Jeff is the author of Built-In Social: Essential Social Marketing Practices for Every Small Business and host of This Old New Business Podcast. He is a regular contributor to leading business publications and a social media columnist for Speaker Magazine. As the founder of Landscape Digital Institute, Jeff helps organizations use social media to create exceptional customer experiences that drive business growth.

Tyler Anderson: Tyler is a social media marketing entrepreneur, speaker, and host of the Social Media Social Hour podcast. He is the founder and CEO of Casual Fridays, a social media and content marketing agency headquartered in San Diego. Tyler serves as the executive producer of Social Media Day San Diego, one of the top social media day events worldwide. He has worked with hundreds of brands on social media and content marketing initiatives, including top hotels and resorts for Marriott International, Jersey Mike’s Subs, Penske Automotive and One World Observatory at the World Trade Center.

Laura Rubinstein: Laura is co-founder of Social Buzz Club, a content amplification network. As an award-winning social media and marketing strategist, she has optimized marketing plans for over 1000 small businesses and is the author of the bestselling book Social Media Myths BUSTED: The Small Business Guide to Online Revenue.

Denise Wakeman: Denise is a digital marketing strategist and founder of The Blog Squad. Over the past 20 years, Denise has worked with hundreds of authors and online entrepreneurs to help them build their business by strategically using social marketing to get more visibility, traffic, leads, customers and opportunities. As an early adopter and active experimenter, you can depend on Denise to help you navigate through the grand adventure of growing your business on the Web.

Kimberly Reynolds: Kim’s journey as marketing manager with Social Media Examiner began soon after attending Social Media Marketing World 2013. However, she has been helping business owners transverse the digital landscape since 1995. She is an expert in paid media with a passion for Facebook ads. Kim’s love of technology and her desire to stay on the cutting edge has led her to become an augmented and virtual reality enthusiast–impatiently awaiting the day when she can apply her skill-set in the metaverse.

Owen Video: Owen is a YouTube marketing consultant specializing in small business growth. He has made over 1,000 videos for the web and has a YouTube channel with almost 1 million minutes of watch time. Having recently defeated cancer in the same year he doubled his business, Owen is uniquely qualified to show small business owners and entrepreneurs the pathway for making money with online video – no matter what stage of business you’re in.

Mark Mason: Mark is the voice behind the Late Night Internet Marketing Blog and Podcast at He has been teaching others about Internet marketing and creating passive income online for almost a decade. The Late Night brand is all about helping busy people with a day job build internet businesses one night at a time. Mark is a busy husband and father, and an electrical engineer by day but enjoys helping others learn late at night.

Jed Record: Jed is a consultant and public speaker and trains and guides corporate teams through the quickly changing landscape of emerging marketing technologies. In addition to working with clients and speaking at industry events around the country, Jed is also an adjunct professor of social media marketing at Meredith College’s School of Business.

George B. Thomas: George has more than 20 years of industry experience and is an inbound and brand strategist at The Sales Lion. Chances are you’ve heard George on the Hubcast or One Last Tool podcast. George is a HubSpot accredited trainer with 12 certifications including inbound, email, and content certifications. George is an inbound, content, and social marketing leader. George enjoys learning, teaching, and developing solutions for companies who want to work hard and grow.

Tim Washer: Tim is the creative director for Cisco, where he produced a 2013 Webby Honoree film selection entitled The Network Effect. He studied improv under Amy Poehler, comedy writing with Tom Purcell (executive producer, The Colbert Report), and has appeared on SNL, Conan O’Brien, Onion Sports Network, and HBO’s Last Week Tonight with John Oliver. Tim has performed at corporate events for IBM, Cisco, Deloitte, CDC, Google and The White House. His award-winning corporate work has been featured in The New York Times, WSJ, Ad Age, ADWEEK, and Fast Company. He holds an MBA from McCombs at UT Austin, where he majored in PowerPoint.

David “Rev” Ciancio: David is a senior marketing, branding and digital strategist with 20 years of experience in digital marketing and business development, specializing in hospitality marketing, content and local SEO. He has led many clients to new levels of local, national and international success in the hospitality, financial service and entertainment sectors, and recently joined Yext as their director of partner marketing. Rev is an “expert burger taster” and pens one of the world’s top 3 Burger blogs where he provides marketing insight and tips.

Heather Heuman: Heather is the CEO and founder of Sweet Tea Social Marketing, founder of Elizabethtown Family and the founder of Sweet Tea Social Marketing Academy. She is a social media speaker, strategist and trainer that specializes in helping Christian business owners, churches and non-profits discover how to grow in today’s noisy social marketplace. Heather has corporate and locally-based client experience and is a contributor of Agorapulse, Social Quant and The Huffington Post.

Christian Karasiewicz: Christian is a social business manager for IBM. He is also the founder of Social Chefs, a training and education site where he shares tips, tools, and tutorials to help you cook up winning social media campaigns for your business. A large part of his success comes from 10+ years of experience crafting social media strategies in the B2B and B2C space. He enjoys creating YouTube videos and posting them on his channel, which has amassed 6 million organic views, and he is a regular contributor to the Social Media Examiner blog.

Megan Conley: Megan is a digital marketing expert and the CEO of Social Tribe, a social engagement agency that builds and delivers leading-edge social, content and influencer programs for enterprise brands. Since opening its doors in 2009, Social Tribe has worked with global businesses such as SAP, SuccessFactors, Cisco Systems and HP, driving measurable business impact and real world results.

Katie Lance: Katie is the founder of Katie Lance Consulting. Katie specializes in working with companies to help develop their social media and content strategy. Her signature group social media program, the #GetSocialSmart Academy has received accolades from industry peers across the globe. Katie has consulted for companies such as RE/MAX International, DocuSign,, Mason McDuffie Mortgage and many others. Katie is also a frequent keynote speaker, a contributor to The Huffington Post and formerly was the chief strategist for Inman News.

Lisa D. Jenkins: Lisa is Managing Editor at Social Media Examiner. Her expertise in social media comes from years of serving destination organizations and businesses in the travel and tourism industry.

Networking Ambassadors

Jillian Vorce: For over a decade, Jillian has been helping professionals make connections and attain their business goals. An expert at networking and relationship development, she has the ability to open doors and create opportunities. Jillian’s trustworthiness and highly positive energy has inspired senior-level executives and business owners across the nation. In 2003 she founded The Jillian Group, Inc., where she and her team provide idea generation, digital marketing and strategic relationship development services. Her previous work includes: (her first book) 20-20 Mind Sight: Refocus, Reignite & Reinvent Your Life From the Inside Out, the TEDx Talk “The Lens of Connectivity” and “9 Steps to Increase Your Professional Network” ebook.

Deb Mitchell: Deb is the CEO of Be Social Marketing and Design Solutions Creative Group, Inc. an award winning, full service marketing communications studio. Deb’s expertise centers around strategic marketing communications, design and planning. She works with clients to help them figure out how to market using social media. Deb’s clients have included: UCBerkeley, Trefethen Family Vineyards, City of Vacaville, Dean & Deluca, Domain Carneros, Napa Valley Education Foundation, Sonoma County Grape Growers and Transdev North America. She founded the nonprofit social media and digital marketing Facebook group to support nonprofit marketers.


Scott Page: Scott is known for his diverse career within the music industry as a saxophonist and guitarist for Pink Floyd, Supertramp and others, as well as an early pioneer and innovator in new media. He is co-founder of publicly traded 7th Level Inc, an interactive game and educational company with more than 100 cross-industry awards. He also co-founded New Media Broadcasting Company, a communications enterprise that focused on social media and collaborative technologies. His clients have included, Will Smith, Monty Python, TOTO, and Institute of Systems Biology.

Shelita Burke: Shelita is an international pop star, technologist, and entrepreneur. Using data science, behavioral science and AI technology, she has been able to generate over 29 million Twitter impressions and millions of Spotify plays on her latest releases. As a co-founder of music technology company, Audience Academy, Shelita is disrupting the music industry and empowering recording artists and marketers with an innovative approach to growing large audiences.


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