The world’s largest social media marketing resource, Social Media Examiner® helps millions of businesses discover how to best use social media to connect with customers, drive traffic, generate awareness, and increase sales.
Our mission is to help you navigate the constantly changing social media jungle.
We bring you original and comprehensive articles, expert interviews, original research, and the news you need to improve your social media marketing.
Our large events and training opportunities provide you access to the industry’s top experts so you can remain on the leading edge of social media.
In 2009—the midst of the Great Recession—our founder Michael Stelzner noticed lots of people were talking about what they disliked about social media. But few were sharing how businesses could benefit from the emerging platforms.
With no social media experience, Michael set out to create a movement for businesses. His premise: If marketers openly shared what worked with social media, businesses could thrive. His mission was to bring together the brightest minds and offer quality content for free.
Today, more than 93 million people have benefited from the content produced by Social Media Examiner. Have a look around and see why so many people recommend us.
Watch the below video for a bit of our backstory (yes, there’s a story in there…).
Watch this video for more of our story from our founder.
About Our Content
Each week you can look forward to original articles, podcasts, and videos from Social Media Examiner. Our editorial team keeps up with the changing trends and brings you the latest tactics that work. No need to hunt around for value. We’ve got you covered. Our daily original “how to” articles will help you navigate the constantly changing social media jungle.
The Social Media Marketing podcast—a top marketing podcast—is a weekly 45-minute show hosted by our founder, Michael Stelzner. With millions of downloads each year, this show has been helping marketers for more than eight years. You’ll discover how successful marketers employ social media, learn new strategies and tactics, and gain actionable tips to improve your social media marketing. Each week Michael interviews leading marketing experts.
The Social Media Marketing Talk Show is a weekly show where you’ll discover the week’s top news in social media and what it means for marketers. We bring on the experts to help you understand the impact of the latest news. The show is broadcast live and distributed as an audio podcast.
Each week on our YouTube channel you’ll find video tutorials designed to help you thrive with your social media marketing. Here’s a great playlist from our YouTube channel.
The Social Media Marketing Industry Report is our original market research that can help you make smart decisions about your future marketing. It’s the longest running annual study on how marketers are using social media and what their future plans are. We provide free access to this study.
About Our Conference
The industry’s leading physical conference, Social Media Marketing World®, is hosted by Social Media Examiner. It’s the world’s largest social media marketing conference.
By attending, you’ll make connections with thousands of social media pros and discover amazing ideas that will transform your social media marketing. The event takes place in San Diego, California.
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About Our Society
The Social Media Marketing Society® provides you with the confidence to succeed at your marketing job. Join thousands of your peers and receive ongoing training, support from pros, and access to a community of supportive marketers who understand your struggle.
Think of us as your career accelerator. We keep you focused on what matters and make sure you won’t be left behind as the changes keep coming.
✅ You’ll develop competence (and confidence) to successfully implement the latest techniques. Each month you’ll discover new, expert-led training.
✅ You’ll gain wisdom, direction, and guidance from working marketers who are eager to support you, so you can make smarter marketing decisions.
✅ You’ll get plugged into a supportive group of other marketers who speak your language and understand your challenges.
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Our Executive Team
This is a small sampling of the many people who work for company:
Founder & CEO: Michael Stelzner is the founder of Social Media Examiner, author of the books Launch and Writing White Papers, and the man behind Social Media Marketing World–the industry’s largest conference. He’s also host of the Social Media Marketing podcast and founder of the Social Media Marketing Society.
Director of Events: Phil Mershon is the director of events for Social Media Examiner. He brings over 25 years experience in leading customized events, mission-driven campaigns, and creative communication strategies. He now leads Social Media Marketing World.
Director of Strategy: Emily Crume is the director of strategy for Social Media Examiner. A consummate networker, she has a track record for architecting strategies that drive business growth. She spent three years at Digg.com helping world-class brands benefit from the social platform.
Director of Marketing: Colin Lepiscopo is the director of marketing for Social Media Examiner. He has 7 years of experience marketing live events, TV productions, Broadway musicals, best-selling books, and online products. He directs the marketing team and leads all marketing efforts for Social Media Examiner.
Director of Editorial: Lisa D. Jenkins is the director of editorial for Social Media Examiner. Her expertise in social media comes from years of serving destination organizations and businesses in the travel and tourism industry.
Director of Operations: Joel Black is the director of operations for Social Media Examiner. He has over 16 years of experience as an owner/operator of a digital marketing agency, serving businesses across many industries. He directs the operations team and supports all divisions at Social Media Examiner.
Special thanks: Back in 2009, Michael Stelzner, the site’s founder, had a vision to bring together the brightest minds in social media. Mari Smith, Chris Garrett, Denise Wakeman, Cindy King, Casey Hibbard, and Jason Falls answered the call as founding contributors.
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