YouTube Trends Manager, YouTube at Google
Kevin Allocca is the YouTube Trends Manager, where he monitors and analyzes trends in viral video on YouTube. He is the former editor of TVNewser, mediabistro's influential blog that covers the TV news industry.
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Lead writer, Inside Facebook
Josh Constine is lead writer for Inside Facebook, a blog that tracks the Facebook platform for developers and marketers. He specializes in coverage of product changes, Facebookís mobile apps, and ads API service providers. Josh graduated from Stanford University with a Masterís degree in Cybersociology, where he examined the influence of technology on social interaction.
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Director of strategic dialogue, Microsoft; editor, Publicyte
An animal behaviorist by training, and later academic thought leader on the ways social networks affect how government operates, Mark was recently named the Director of Innovative Social Engagement for Microsoft's Public Sector division. In that role, he actively shapes the communications environment between the company and its customers through rolling out "branded engagements" that attract people to the brand, online and offline.
He has a B.S. and Ph.D. in biology and did postdoctoral work at NYU before a stint at the Department of Defense. He is on the board of advisors of Strategic Social, which is working to leverage the real-time communication, collaboration, and command visibility possibilities of the social web for national security missions. He has also taught entrepreneurial journalism in the School of Media and Public Affairs at The George Washington University in Washington, DC. He has blogged for Mashable, O'Reilly Radar, PR 2.0, Huffington Post, True/Slant Mediate, GovLoop, and other venues and is published in newspapers, magazines, and academic journals. Recently, Drapeau was named to a list of the most creative people working in the field of new media in Washington, DC.
Owner, Sevans Strategy
Sarah Evans is owner of Sevans Strategy, a public relations and new media consultancy. But itís her personal mission -- to engage and employ the use of emerging technologies in all communication -- that connects her with a rapidly growing base of more than 40,000 people. A self-described "social media freak," Sarah initiated and moderates #journchat, the weekly, and first-ever, industry live chat between PR professionals, journalists, and bloggers on Twitter. She runs her own blog at PRsarahevans.com, shares a free, daily resource for PR professionals called Commentz, and interviews celebrities and news makers via Sarah Evans LIVE. She most recently worked with a local crisis center to raise more than $161,000 via social media and is a team member of the Guiness Book World Record holding #beatcancer. Sarah can be seen in the February 2010 edition of Vanity Fairís America's Tweethearts, Forbes' 14 Power Women to Follow on Twitter, and Entreprenuerís Top 10 Hot Startups of 2010.
Follow Sarah on Twitter: @PRSarahEvans
Author, Twitterville; CEO, SI Associates
A veteran business consultant, Shel Israel has worked with more than 200 firms, mostly early-phase tech startups. Since 2005, he has focused entirely on social media. An accomplished writer and speaker, he's co-author, with Robert Scoble, of Naked Conversations, considered by many to be the seminal book that introduced traditional business to social media's capabilities. He's also author of the critically acclaimed Twitterville and co-author of The Conversational Corporation, a Dow Jones eBook. Shel has contributed to BusinessWeek, Fast Company and Dow Jones, Inc., as well as American Express OPEN Forum. He has been a keynote speaker on five continents and in 10 countries. His blog, GlobalNeighbourhoods.net is often listed among the world's top business blogs. A key feature is his SM Global Report, where he has interviewed more than 400 people in 25 countries about how social media has changed their lives and work.Follow Shel on Twitter: @shelisrael
Guy Kawasaki is the co-founder of Alltop.com, an "online magazine rack" of popular topics on the web, and a founding partner at Garage Technology Ventures. Previously, he was the chief evangelist of Apple. Guy is the author of ten books including Enchantment, Reality Check, The Art of the Start, Rules for Revolutionaries, How to Drive Your Competition Crazy, Selling the Dream, and The Macintosh Way. He has a BA from Stanford University and an MBA from UCLA as well as an honorary doctorate from Babson College.Follow Guy on Twitter: @guykawasaki
Analyst, Social Times Pro
Tameka Kee is a lead researcher and analyst for Social Times Pro, the subscription insights and analysis division of mediabistro's SocialTimes.com. She has been covering the digital media industry with a focus on advertising, social media, and video games for the past four years. As a reporter for paidContent, she covered the business of digital entertainment and gaming, and broke news on companies like Electronic Arts, Playfish, Netflix, and Facebook. Prior to that, she covered social media and search marketing for Mediapost. Tameka is listed by many media, publishing, and advertising execs as a source of news on social media and digital advertising.Follow Tameka on Twitter: @geekychic
Co-founder and CEO, BlogTalkRadio
Alan Levy is the co-founder and CEO of BlogTalkRadio, the world's largest social radio network where anyone can create their own internet radio show. Alan created BlogTalkRadio in September 2006, after setting up a blog for his father who was dying of cancer. The blog inspired Alan to create a medium where bloggers or anyone can use a phone to create a live streamed event which is then archived as a podcast.Follow Alan on Twitter: @alanllevy
Founder, Altimeter Group; author, Open Leadership
Charlene Li is founder of the research-based advisory firm Altimeter Group and the author of The New York Times bestseller Open Leadership. She is also the coauthor of the critically acclaimed bestselling book Groundswell, which was named one of the best business books in 2008. She is one of the foremost experts on social media and technologies and a consultant and independent thought leader on leadership, strategy, social technologies, interactive media and marketing. Formerly Charlene was vice president and principal analyst at Forrester Research and a consultant with Monitor Group. She was named one of the 100 most creative people in business by Fast Company in 2010 and one of the most influential women in technology 2009.
Charlene is a frequently-quoted expert and has appeared on 60 Minutes, The McNeil NewsHour, ABC News, CNN, and CNBC. She is also frequently quoted by The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Economist, Businessweek, USAToday, Reuters, and The Associated Press. She has also presented frequently at top conferences such the American Society of Association Executives, SXSW, Web 2.0 Expo, and Search Engine Strategies.
Follow Charlene on Twitter: @charleneli
VP Marketing, Marketo
Jon Miller is VP Marketing at B2B lead generation company Marketo. In his role, he leads strategy and execution for all aspects of Marketo's hyper-efficient demand center (powered by Marketo's solutions, of course). He explores everything from lead nurturing and social media to marketing ROI and revenue performance management in Marketo's popular blog, Modern B2B Marketing, and was named a Top 10 CMO for companies under $250 million revenue by The CMO Institute. Before co-founding Marketo, Jon held positions at Epiphany, Exchange Partners, and Gemini Consulting. Jon graduated Magna Cum Laude in Physics from Harvard College and has an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.Follow Jon on Twitter: @jonmiller2
Co-founder and CTO, GetSatisfaction
Thor Muller is Chief Technology Officer and co-founder of Get Satisfaction, a customer service platform that enables to customers to offer feedback, make suggestions and get their questions answered by company representatives. As a serial entrepreneur, Thor is the co-founder of Rubyred Labs, a web development firm specializing in social networks, and Trapezo, a venture-backed startup that made Web software for syndicating content, acquired by Perfect Commerce in 2002. Previously, he founded a pioneering Web development boutique, Prophet Communications, later acquired by Frog Design, where he served as VP Digital Media.Follow Thor on Twitter: @tempo
Social Media Strategist, JenniferNeeley.com
Jennifer Neeley is a leading social media management consultant, currently working with a number of clients including the Iraqi Elections Commission. She is writing her second book, this time about generational marketing. Her radio program The A-List, which is featured on BlogTalkRadio and iTunes, continues to break listener records. Jennifer is a two-time Emmy-nominated new and emerging television news media pioneer. She earned her Masters Degree in Journalism from Columbia University and holds a Bachelors Degree in English from the University of California Berkeley.Follow Jennifer on Twitter: @jennifered
Digital strategist, JohnicaReed.com
The consummate jet-setter and start-up enthusiast, Johnica Reed is the go-to girl for global living in a digital world. An admitted gadget junkie and early adopter, she was named one of HP's Tech Tastemakers and serves as the VP of Social Media at Buzz Marketing Group, where she works with brands on consumer engagement strategies. From South Africa to Haiti, to China and back, she racks up over 200,000 frequent flyer miles each year traveling between clients and creative projects. A trusted voice in tech and travel, she teaches for Mediabistro.com and her work has been featured in Jetsetter, EBONY, and branded campaigns launched by American Airlines and Wyndham Hotels.
Follow Johnica on Twitter: @johnicareed
Erica Reitman is the creator and editor of several successful and noteworthy blogs including the hyperlocal Brooklyn blog Effed in Park Slope and Design Blahg. In a little over a year, Erica's blogs have gained a loyal following as well as the attention of CNN, CNet, Glamour magazine, and The New York Times. Her work has been featured on MTV.com and in The NY Observer and The NY Press.
Follow Erica on Twitter: @effedparkslope
Tech evangelist, blogger, author
A well-known video blogger who covers technology, Robert Scoble is a cult hero in the digital world who has interviewed more than 3,200 "geeks" about culture-shaping technology. He is best known for his blog, Scobleizer, which came to prominence during his tenure as a technology evangelist at Microsoft. As a content creator, his opinions resonate within Silicon Valley and beyond. Robert currently works for the web hosting company Rackspace and helped develop its content and social networking site Building 43. He previously worked for Fast Company as a video blogger. He is the co-author, with Shel Israel, of Naked Conversations: How Blogs Are Changing The Way Businesses Talk With Customers.
Follow Robert on Twitter: @scobleizer
Founder, Curbed Network
Lockhart Steele is the founder of Curbed Network, which includes the blogs Curbed (real estate), Racked (shopping), Eater (food), and Gridskipper (travel). He is the former editorial director of Gawker Media, where he helped hone what The New York Times called the "snarky and knowing" tone.
Follow Lockhart on Twitter: @lock
Managing director, Audience Machine
Todd Tweedy has more than 16 years business experience in dialog marketing, community practices, and public affairs. His industry knowledge covers strategic marketing, data-driven communication strategies and participation models, including organic search marketing and search engine marketing. Recognized by Forrester Research as a leading instant messaging industry expert, Todd has been widely praised for his groundbreaking work in real time communications. His study on the challenges businesses face in implementing customer-facing communication strategies was downloaded over 150,000 times.
Follow Todd on Twitter: @audiencemachine