One of my all-time favorite conferences for learning and networking is Social Media Marketing World in San Diego.
It is a big conference that drew over 4,000 people last year, so there are no challenges in finding new people to network with.
But it’s the quality of the speakers that really makes the event. But the problem is there are over 100 high quality speakers and many of them speak during the exact same times.
So how do you pick which speakers to go see?
So out of the 100+ speakers to choose from, here are my…
5 Must-See Speakers at Social Media Marketing World This Year
Pat is super engaging, authentic and shares amazing content around blogging, podcasts, affiliate marketing and passive income. And he’s absolutely electric on-stage. If you want to see what I mean, just check out his “Back To The Future” themed entrance at New Media Expo, complete with a hoverboard and a real Delorean car.
Resources from Pat
Book: Will It Fly?: How to Test Your Next Business Idea So You Don’t Waste Your Time and Money LINK
Podcast: Smart Passive Income LINK
Podcast: Ask Pat 2.0 LINK
Andy may be the smartest person I have ever met when it comes to content and website conversion. But what separates Andy from everyone else in this space is his uncanny ability to take the complex and make it simple (and actionable). Also, I appreciate that he has data behind every strategy he teaches.
Resources from Andy
Book: Content Chemistry: The Illustrated Handbook for Content Marketing LINK
Blog: O LINK
His Conference: Content Jam LINK
Website: Orbit Media LINK
Molly is always on the cutting edge of paid traffic and everything Facebook. And she doesn’t just share theories, but insights from the trenches, having spent over 10M+ on ads. I appreciate her high level of transparency and honesty during sessions. She’s not afraid to address difficult questions and challenge “sacred cows” in the industry with her “keepin’ it real” style.
Resources from Molly
Course: Train My Traffic Person LINK
Jay is the authority on customer-centric social media and customer service. One of the best storytellers in the industry, he’s entertaining, insightful and backs all his claims with solid data. Seriously, his sessions are so good you’ll never look down at your phone or your watch the entire time.
Resources from Jay
Book: Talk Triggers: The Complete Guide to Creating Customers with Word of Mouth LINK
Book: Hug Your Haters: How to Embrace Complaints and Keep Your Customers LINK
Course: Keep Your Customers LINK
Marcus’ sessions are probably the highest energy and most interactive you’ll experience at Social Media Marketing World. But don’t take his high energy to be hype, he brings “in the trenches” business experience and actionable strategies you can implement before your plane lands at home. I have really been impacted by his insights on video marketing and how to turn the questions your brand receives everyday into powerful content.
Resources from Marcus
Book: They Ask You Answer: A Revolutionary Approach to Inbound Sales, Content Marketing, and Today’s Digital Consumer LINK
Honestly, I could list another 10-15 “must-see” speakers at this year’s Social Media Marketing World, but if I had to choose five, these would be the ones.
And if you’ve never been to Social Media Marketing World or haven’t signed up yet, I highly recommend it! I’ll be there again this year and would definitely like to meet you there. Here is a LINK for more info on the conference and how to register.
Chris Rudolph is a husband, father of 3, and a Freedom Business Coach for Digital Marketers. He specializes in working with those who are underpaid, hustling around the clock or missing out on valuable family time build their own Freedom Agency. He helps them grow their income, scale with a team and enjoy more time with their family.
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