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.

Our Story

In 2009—the midst of the Great Recession—our founder Michael Stelzner noticed that there were a lot of people 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 60 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 this video for more of our story from our founder.

About Our Content

More than 450,000 email subscribers look forward to our daily original articles from our online magazine.

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The Journey, an episodic video documentary, reveals what many will see as an impossible goal pursued by Michael Stelzner, founder of Social Media Examiner. Mike is on a mission to grow his company’s customer base by more than 62% year over year. Watch as he inspires and mobilizes his marketing team to take action.

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

The Social Media Marketing Talk Show is a weekly live video show where we review the week’s top news in social media and what it means for marketers. The show is also distributed as an audio podcast.

About Our Event

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® is a membership community for thousands of marketers, hosted by Social Media Examiner. Members receive ongoing original training and connect with a vibrant community of social media marketers.

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Our Executive Team

Founder & CEO: Michael Stelzner is the founder of Social Media Examiner, author of the books Launch and Writing White Papers, and the man behind Social Media Marketing World–the industry’s largest conference. He’s also host of the Social Media Marketing podcast, founder of the Social Media Marketing Society, and the central character in The Journey, an episodic documentary.

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 helping world-class brands benefit from the social platform.

What Our Peers Have to Say

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

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

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