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7 Best Social Media Speakers for Your Keynote Address

7 Best Social Media Speakers for Your Keynote Address

Who makes a great social media keynote speaker? When finding the right speaker for your marketing event, it is important to ask yourself several questions. These include:

  • Does the speaker know social media at the technical level including corporate ownership and development?
  • Do they use social media effectively in their own marketing and outreach?
  • Have they expressed themselves effectively through other media such as publishing?
  • Do they bring some fresh angle or experience to the industry?
  • Are they performative enough to provide a keynote address that is engaging?

To boil this list down to only the 10 best social media speakers, we chose those who brilliantly combine the above elements. The following list also chooses from speakers who exemplify the diversity of subfield specialties within the industry.

Mari Smith

A prolific author and highly in-demand speaker, Mari Smith may be the world’s leading expert on marketing with Facebook. Though accomplished across social media platforms, this focus adds to her direct, concise style. Attendees at her classes and speaking engagements will come away with a list of impactful takeaways to use in driving their social media campaigns. Her expertise as a brand ambassador and leading influencer makes her one of the most trusted experts in the field.

Erin King 

Erin King excels in digital persuasion. This expertise encompasses not only sales, marketing and brand development, but even the growing need to communicate effectively in the emerging hybrid workplace. A successful three-time entrepreneur, her Highlight with Erin King podcast provides a sample of her engaging, energetic style as an international keynote speaker. From social media marketing and selling to live streaming and content hacks, Erin King can motivate your team and help you guide it to the next level.

Erik Qualman

Best-selling author Erik Qualman has spoken in more than 55 countries. Named a Top Digital Influencer by Forbes, he has delivered exhilarating and informative keynotes for companies as diverse as Sony, Raytheon and Starbucks. He has also spoken at more than 200 universities, and his background includes serving as a sitting professor at MIT and edX at Harvard. His technological expertise served him well in founding Equalman Studios which has produced projects for companies including Disney, CompuCom and IBM. You don’t want to miss him, and he’s easy to spot with his iconic, neon green eyeglasses.

Michelle Poler 

Digital media offers an abundance of tools for developing and selling your brand. But whether live streaming or attempting to develop your Instagram brand, it’s often not technical knowledge that holds your marketing team back. It’s their uncertainty, introversion or general discomfort with putting themselves out there. Michelle Poler can help. Author of Hello Fears: Crush Your Comfort Zone and Become Who You’re Meant to Be, this dynamic and highly seasoned speaker will inspire your listeners while challenging them to overcome self-defeating fears.

Shama Hyder

As CEO of Zen Media, Shama Hyder has taken global, digital marketing to the next level for her clients including Chase for Business, AdRoll, ATB Ventures and NASA. Referred to as the “Millennial Master of the Universe” by FastCompany, she brings her leadership skills and authentic expertise in digital marketing to every keynote address. Businessweek named her among its “Top 25 Entrepreneurs Under 25” in 2009, and she has authored best-sellers such as Social Media Marketing 2020 and Momentum: How to Propel Your Marketing and Transform Your Brand in the Digital Age.

Lucy Bloom

Professional speaker Lucy Bloom has brought her electrifying brand of humor, business experience and social media knowledge to as many as 200,000 viewers per month. She served as CEO of two charitable organizations, Sunrise Cambodia and Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia, with transformative results. Her leadership experience and expertise in social media that appeals broadly through its humanity has made her a highly sought consultant for fundraising and progressive causes worldwide.

Amy Jo Martin

Motivational keynote speaker Amy Jo Martin understands the dynamic world of social media. Her book Renegades Write the Rules: How the Digital Royalty Use Social Media to Innovate outlines the strategies she used in building her own company, Renegade Global. A prolific podcaster, she is also an influential and highly sought-after public speaker. Some of her current topics include: “Renegades Write the Rules,” “Humanize to Monetize,” “There’s No Finish Line to Innovation” and “Humans Connect with Humans (Not Logos).” While an engaging entertainer who will capture and hold your audience’s attention, her strategies are tactical, actionable and transformative.

Guy Kawasaki

No social media keynote speaker list for the past decade can be complete without Guy Kawasaki. Known for popularizing the notion of secular evangelism, he has delivered keynote addresses for Apple, Nike, Gartner, Audi, Google and many other major brands. Social media remains one of his most popular topics, drawing from his experience in innovation, transformation and technical expertise. Now serving as Chief Evangelist for Canva, Kawasaki has authored numerous books considered essential reading in the industry including The Art of Social Media and Rules for Revolutionaries.

Photo courtesy of Erin King 

7 Best Professional Speaker Websites

7 Best Professional Speaker Websites

Hiring the best professional speaker available in your area requires research. You will pour over websites, TEDx talks and more to find a public speaker who will truly inspire your audience and ignite your event. But a great speaker’s website gives you more than biographical data, sample videos and a list of publications.

Free content such as actionable advice, informational e-guides and helpful worksheets let you know that the keynote speaker is passionate about spreading their message. From there, you can be assured that the speaker’s enthusiasm will carry over into your corporate or fundraising event. With that in mind, let’s look at ten of the best professional speaker websites available today.

Cy Wakeman

Are you ready to restore sanity to the workplace? Cy Wakeman wrote the book on it! As best-selling author of Reality-Based Leadership: Ditch the Drama, and Restore Sanity to the Workplace, Wakeman offers the same enthusiasm and knowledge you find in her keynote addresses on her website. Her YouTube vlogs are among the most interesting in the industry with special guests, travel and the great takeaways that can only come from Wakeman. On top of that, her resources area contains one of the largest and most practical libraries of free tools available. She provides worksheets, exercises and even useful templates for business, all in ready to download and easy to use PDFs.

Daymond John

Entrepreneur, public speaker and star of ABC’s Shark Tank, Daymond John knows brand marketing strategies. One strategy is to pull people in with a smile, and then to hold them there with great information. This shines through on his website with an abundance of useful, free to download resources. These resources address important topics such as effective strategies for goal-setting, email and social media campaigns and sales. John even currently provides free access to several of his premium online courses.

Anne Grady

Global resilience expert and motivational speaker Anne Grady built her website around the kind of information you need for your business, your employees and for yourself. That is, building and maintaining utmost resilience. Grady’s authenticity and humor shine through in the huge library of YouTube videos she shares on her site. While most speakers provide a blog on their sites, hers stands out for its direct, actionable advice. Finally, this Mind Over Moment author goes another step above and beyond by offering a library of book recommendations. The authors include those who have influenced Grady and will help build your business output, too.

Rory Vaden

If you are considering hiring a world-renowned business speaker, New York Times best-selling author Rory Vaden makes it easy for you to get to know him. His easy to navigate website provides a video introduction that quickly encapsulates his leading work in defeating procrastination and achieving results. What truly makes his website stand out is the wealth of free and useful information Vaden makes available. You will find numerous free trainings including “Trends in Personal Branding Research Study,” “Multiply Your Time,” “The Influential Leader” and more. Plus, his data-rich blog provides the best of all worlds with both articles and videos covering topics of current relevance to business leaders, managers and others.

Erin King

As a digital marketing and social media expert, it’s no surprise Erin King makes our top professional speaker website list. The moment you land at her home page, she offers a free “Perfect Post” cheat sheet you wished you never lived without. This You’re Kind of a Big Deal best-selling author also provides free blogs, a helpful podcast and a simple form for booking. On top of that, her site is colorful, easy to read on mobile and uplifting at every turn. While you’re there, be sure to check out her courses. For a reasonable fee, she provides lifetime access to all her social media spas plus other perks.

Lee Marie Jacobs

Lee Marie Jacobs specializes in yoga, nutrition and holistic well-being. But along with her degree in biomedical toxicology, she also attained an MBA and is a master of entrepreneurialism and sustainable leadership. Her amazing website provides plenty of free tools to improve your life, proving that this highly sought public speaker truly cares about her audience. Her health and well-being blog, “Auric Living,” features ongoing guest experts, numerous videos and a podcast. Best of all, choosing “Tools” from her menu takes you to Insight Timer, a free app featuring 130,000 guided meditations. 

Jay Shetty

Think Like a Monk best-selling author Jay Shetty knows marketing, and his website reflects the best of it. This keynote speaker and entrepreneur provides you with a very useful and surprisingly detailed business readiness assessment upon completing a simple form. He also offers a free webinar for budding entrepreneurs called “Learn 12 Steps to Turn Your Passion into a Business.” A renowned public speaker and coach, Jay Shetty also provides one of the most fun and informative podcasts around, featuring celebrity guests who talk candidly about the ins and outs of success in branding and entrepreneurship.

Photo courtesy of Jay Shetty

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