About Social Media Examiner

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.

Our original research:

Our shows:

The Journey, an episodic video documentary, reveals the conflict faced by Michael Stelzner, marketer and founder of Social Media Examiner. One one hand, he’s on a seemingly impossible mission to grow his sales by more than 50%. On the other, he’s trying to implement a new business idea that everyone thinks he shouldn’t. Watch how he handles this unique situation.

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 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

If your job is to manage social media, but you’re struggling to keep up, check out the Social Media Marketing Society®, the online membership community from Social Media Examiner. Inside the Society, you’ll (1) develop a true competence (and confidence) to tackle change, head on with ongoing monthly training, curated to keep you on the leading edge of marketing innovation; (2) tap directly into the Social Media Examiner network of social media experts with live “office hours” and an active community you can turn to any time to get your questions answered; and (3) get plugged into a welcoming group of your peers. You’ll be amazed by how many people you connect with who are are just like you.

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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, 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 Digg.com helping world-class brands benefit from the social platform.

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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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