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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 a partial list of presenters who will be speaking at Social Media Marketing World 2016.

Mari Smith: Mari is a leading social media strategist, widely recognized for her Facebook marketing expertise. She is author of The New Relationship Marketing and co-author of Facebook Marketing: An Hour a Day. Both Forbes and D&B Credibility named Mari one of the top 10 social media influencers, and Fast Company dubbed her the “Pied Piper of the Online World.” As a speaker and consultant with over twelve years in the fields of relationships, marketing and internet technology, she helps corporations and entrepreneurs optimize their social presence online.

Guy Kawasaki: Guy is the chief evangelist of Canva, an online graphic design tool. He is on the board of trustees of the Wikimedia Foundation and an executive fellow of the Haas School of Business (UC Berkeley). He was also the chief evangelist of Apple. 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.

Chris Brogan: Chris is a New York Times bestselling author of eight books and counting, including his forthcoming book, Insider: Strategies and Secrets for Business Growth in the Age of Distractions. He is CEO of Owner Media Group, a digital-focused business development and advisory group. 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 Schaefer: Mark is the author of Social Media Explained, The Tao of Twitter, Born to Blog and Return on Influence, which was named “an essential book” of 2012 by the American Library Association. He is a marketing faculty member at Rutgers University and his blog {grow} is among the top marketing blogs in the world. He specializes in social media strategy/training and his clients include both startups and global brands such as IBM, AT&T, Johnson & Johnson and the UK government.

Jay BaerJay is a hype-free social media and content strategist and speaker. He’s the author of Youtility, the innovative new book on content marketing, and his Convince & Convert blog is ranked as one of the world’s top marketing resources. He is president of Convince & Convert, a consulting firm that works with major corporations like Nike, Caterpillar, and Maersk to accelerate their social and content strategies. A tequila aficionado and collector, Jay is also the host of the popular weekly Social Pros podcast.

Amy Porterfield: Amy is co-author of Facebook Marketing All-in-One for Dummies, a popular podcaster  and a social media strategist. Amy has worked with mega-brands like Harley-Davidson Motorcycles and Peak Performance Coach Tony Robbins, where she oversaw his content marketing team and managed online marketing campaigns. Entrepreneurs around the country depend on her to show them step-by-step how to increase revenue, drive more online traffic, grow their email list, and strengthen their connection with their target market.

Michael Hyatt: Michael is the author of Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World. He is also 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. His blog has more than 300,000 monthly visitors. 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.

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.

Ann Handley: Ann is the author of the book Everybody Writes: Your Go-To Guide to Creating Ridiculously Good Content and co-author of the best-selling 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 (one of the world’s largest business blogs) and hosts the popular Social Media Marketing podcast. His books include Launch and Writing White Papers. He also authors the popular Social Media Marketing Industry Report (approaching its seventh year of publication).

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 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.

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. A bestselling author, his latest book Shareology, was listed on USA Today’s Top 150 Book List, as well as #1 on Amazon in four categories. He 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.

Cliff Ravenscraft: Cliff is the founder of and the producer of over 3,000 individual podcast episodes of 30 different shows. After 11 years as a successful insurance agent, Cliff moved into full-time podcasting where he produces, consults, coaches and connects with other podcasters. Cliff is also the founder of Generally Speaking Production Network (, the host of his various podcasts.

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 3500 articles, tips, tutorials and case studies, Darren’s ProBlogger site has become a pivotal resource site for all things blogging.

David H. Lawrence XVII: David is the founder and lead instructor at VO2GoGo where he helps actors create their own voiceover careers with his award winning voice consultancy. He was at the forefront of the podcasting revolution, having delivered daily RealAudio and MP3 “podcasts” via email from early 1994. After 30 years in radio, David moved to television and is now seen on TV series like LOST, CSI, How I Met Your Mother, The Mentalist, ANT Farm, Touch, and as Eric Doyle on NBC’s Heroes.

John Lee Dumas: John is the founder and host of EOFire, an award winning Podcast where he interviews today’s most inspiring Entrepreneurs 7-days a week. JLD has produced over 1000 episodes and EOFire generates $300,000 a month in revenue. With over 1 million unique monthly listens, EOFire has inspired Fire Nation to face their fears and take the Entrepreneurial leap!

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.

Marcus Sheridan: With the help of incredible innovations through content marketing, Marcus Sheridan overcame the collapse of the housing market and became one of the largest swimming pool builders in the US and currently has the most visited swimming pool website in the world. This experience led Sheridan to start The Sales Lion, a blog and brand which, along with Sheridan’s passion-filled keynotes, has become synonymous with content marketing excellence.

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.

Neal Schaffer: Neal is a recognized innovative leader in the world of business social media. The author of three social media books, including the definitive book on social media strategy Maximize Your Social, Neal has been recognized as a marketing thought leader by and a top social media power influencer and social sales influencer by Forbes. In addition to social media strategy consulting, speaking globally, and teaching social media marketing at the Rutgers University Business School Mini-Social Media MBA program, Neal is also the co-founder of the Social Tools Summit and the founder of the Social Media Center of Excellence community for social media pros and Maximize Social Business social media for business blog.

Pam Moore: Pam is the CEO and founder of Marketing Nutz, a full service experiential social brand, conversion optimization and digital marketing agency. Pam is ranked by Forbes as a Top 10 (#5) Social Media Woman and Top 10 Social Media Power Influencer. She is an avid international keynote speaker, co-author of Social Media Relationship Age and has 15+ years’ experience helping entrepreneurs, small business leaders to Fortune 500 organizations build winning brands and integrated platforms that sustain business and life.

Robert Rose: Robert is the author of  the recently released book, Experiences: The Seventh Era of Marketing.  His first book, Managing Content Marketing, spent two weeks as a top ten marketing book on and is generally considered to be the “owners manual” of the Content Marketing process. He serves as the Chief Strategy Officer for the Content Marketing Institute and is the co-host of the podcast PNR’s This Old Marketing, the #1 podcast as reviewed by

Chris Ducker: Chris is a serial entrepreneur, keynote speaker and author of the bestseller, Virtual Freedom. Originally from the UK, Chris has lived in the Philippines for 15-years, where he hosts the annual Tropical Think Tank mastermind event and has founded several businesses, which combined house over 400 full-time employees. He is also a popular business blogger and podcaster at and founder of, an exclusive entrepreneurial community.

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.

Amy Schmittauer: Amy is the President of Vlog Boss Studios, a creative digital agency specializing in video content marketing. She is also the founder of, a video blog which helps SMBs and content creators develop and execute a social media marketing strategy to grow awareness and increase sales by showing off their amazing brand personality.

Andy Crestodina: Andy is a co-founder of Orbit Media, an award winning, 35-person web design company in Chicago. Over the past 15 years, Andy has provided web strategy and marketing advice to more than 1000 businesses. Andy has written hundreds of articles on topics including search optimization, social media, analytics and content strategy. He is also the author of Content Chemistry: The Illustrated Handbook for Content Marketing.

Brian Fanzo: Brian is a social technology evangelist who focuses on culture and communication, and  implementing technology to increase productivity and employee engagement.  He is the Partner and Chief Digital Strategist at Broadsuite helping enterprise technology companies utilize new technology such as Social, Mobile, Analytics and Cloud Computing. He hosts two weekly hangouts, #SbizHour and #CloudTalk as well as two weekly podcasts called SMACtalk and iSocialTalks.

Dan Gingiss: Dan is the head of digital customer experience and social media at Discover. In this role, he oversees the design and development of the company’s flagship website,; manages the customer experience and VOC across all digital channels; and leads the company’s social media strategy and execution. Previously, he held director roles in Rewards, Cardmember Acquisition, Products & Benefits, and Diners Club International.

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 the Best Business Blog in Australia 2014. She helps businesses, bloggers and entrepreneurs use visual social media and content strategy to get more reach, referrals and results in their business. Donna is a contributor to Entrepreneur online, Social Media Examiner, Social Fresh and Amy Porterfield Inc. and has been featured in Forbes, NBC and Yahoo! Her infographics have been published on some of the world’s top websites and her creative approach to marketing earned her a listing in Australia’s Top 100 Cool Company Awards in 2013 by Anthill Online.

Holly Homer: Holly created the popular Business 2 Blogger, a company that matches bloggers with businesses who need them, and Kids Activities Blog which is all about fun things to do with kids. She is the co-author of recently released 101 Kids Activities That are the Funnest, Bestest Ever! She also founded She is Dallas, a website written by Dallas-Fort Worth area writers/bloggers about their city.

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.

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 strategist and the forefront blogger on Instagram marketing. She has won Social Media Examiner’s TOP 10 Social Media Blog award in both 2014 and 2015. Her blog, Jenn’s Trends, shares topics focused on understanding trends in social media management and provides tips, resources, and training for small to medium sized businesses that need to structure their social media strategies. 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.

Kim Garst: Kim is author of the forthcoming new book Will the Real You Please Stand Up: Show Up, Be Authentic and Prosper in Social Media, as well as The Quick and Easy Guide to Branding Your Business and Creating Massive Sales with Pinterest. Kim is a marketing strategist, speaker and the co-founder and CEO of Boom! Social, a social “selling” consultancy agency that works with businesses of all sizes. Forbes has listed her as a Top 10 Social Media Woman Influencer and she has been featured by Fox News, CBS News, The Huffington Post, Business Week and Social Media Examiner.

Lisa Larson-Kelley: Lisa is a Canva Design & Training Certified Expert and a Prezi Independent Expert, she is a passionate trainer and and sought-after speaker at technology conferences worldwide, with courses published with, Skillshare, and Pluralsight. She provides consulting services along with on-site and online training to companies large and small – from local businesses to enterprise clients such as Google, Facebook, and Adobe. Her passion is empowering people to embrace technology and see its power – and their own.

Peg Fitzpatrick: Peg is the co-author of The Art of Social Media: Power Tips for Power Users with Guy Kawasaki. Peg is known for her brand management, social media marketing strategy, and innovating the world of social media marketing. She has spearheaded successful social-media campaigns for Motorola, Audi, Google, and Virgin as well as having been a brand ambassador for Kimpton Hotels. She was recently chosen by Pinterest as one of their top 15 Pinterest for Business Experts.

Ray Edwards: Ray is a sought-after Marketing Communications Strategist and 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 author of several books, including the best-selling Writing Riches, and host of the top-rated iTunes business podcast, The Ray Edwards Show. He blogs at

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.

Sue B. Zimmerman: Sue B. is the founder of the online Instagram course Insta-Results™, the author of Instagram Basics for your Business, a CreativeLive instructor, a speaker and business coach. She teaches entrepreneurs, business execs, and marketing professionals how to leverage the power of Instagram for real business results. As a serial entrepreneur, Sue B. has started over sixteen businesses, including SueB Do, Boxer Rebellion and Sue B. Zimmerman Enterprise.

Syed Balkhi: Syed  is the founder of WPBeginner (the largest free WordPress resource site) and List25, a fairly large entertainment site with over 1.7 Million subscribers and 320 Million video views. Syed’s work has been featured in Forbes, Washington Post, Fox Business, Inc and countless other well-reputed publications. Syed is also the co-founder of OptinMonster, a popular conversion rate optimization software that helps convert website visitors into subscribers. OptinMonster serves over 1.3 billion forms every month.

Tim Schmoyer: On March 2, 2006, Tim posted his first YouTube video. Since then he’s created almost 3,000 videos, amassed millions of views, hundreds of thousands of subscribers, 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.

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.

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.

Networking Ambassadors

Mike “Ambassador” BrunyAfter nearly a decade working for Intel, Mike spends most of his time at Brand Inside a Brand, speaking and helping corporations and their employees build personal brands for business results.  Part of his methodology revolves around building relationships online that can be solidified by in-person meetings at conferences.  He calls this process, “Hashtags to Handshakes.TM”   He is the architect behind our conference networking ambassador program and is easily spotted by his bow tie.

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