With everyone in business now realizing that social media cannot be ignored, training sessions, tutorials, and conference are popping up like crocuses in March. However, what makes a conference stand out for me is the lineup of speakers. How long have they been using social media? Do they practice what they preach? Do they have a successful track record and respectable reputation in their field? This is exactly why I didn’t ignore the Social Media Marketing Unplugged event listing when I saw it appear in my inbox. It involves leaders, trend-setters, and people who actually have a career in which they use social media in various ways, for a wide range of audiences, will be taking part.
Confirmed speakers include:
Rochelle Grayson (CEO, BookRiff, Canada) has 19 years of business, technology, entertainment, and education experience. Rochelle was also a “Vancouver Tech Woman to Watch” in 2008 and has since been named a one of Business in Vancouver’s Top 40 under 40.
Dave Olson (Community Marketing Director, Hootsuite Media) has been working with internet media and technologies since 1996. Dave has done everything from operate an ISP to being a podcast pioneer and helping to grow HootSuite into the most popular Twitter manager on the planet. Dave is also a very good friend of mine who has spoken at my WordCamp Whistler and WordCamp Vancouver events in the past.
Crystal Henrickson (Marketing Director of Canada, Yelp Canada) has helped successfully launch and promote Yelp in Canada, including taking social media out into the ‘real world’ with events. With millions of user-submitted reviews, engagement, and these in-person meetups Yelp is a global social media success story.
These industry stars will also be joined by Marty Yaskowich (Managing Director, Tribal DDB Worldwide), Iman Biock Aghay (CEO, SuccessRoad Entreprises), Elijah van der Giessen (Creative Services Lead, David Suzuki Foundation), Amielle Lake (CEO, Tagga Media Inc.), and Annalea Krebs (CEO, ethicalDeal). Each will share their experiences and stories about how they effectively use social media in their various fields — and how you can do the same.
Social Media Marketing Unplugged will take place at the Djavad Mowafaghian Cinema (SFU Woodward’s, Vancouver) January 29th, 2011 from 9:00am until 5:00pm. Here’s how you can enter to win a ticket to this event:
I will draw one winner at random from all entries tomorrow, January 13th, at 12:00pm. Value of the prize is $259 (for regular registration).
Update The winner is Christina (@paperclipco) – have a great time!