New Speakers Announced for Social Brand Forum 2013

June 26, 2013

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The excitement behind Social Brand Forum 2013 continues to grow. Each year we work to create a line-up of compelling speakers and thought leaders to help you build better brands online. 2013 is no exception. Today I’m excited to announce several new additions to the Social Brand line-up which add industry leading insight, a healthy dose of comedy, and the most comprehensive digital data on our region. Drum roll, please … 

More Great Speakers

We’re excited to welcome the following speakers to this fall’s Social Brand Forum:

laura fittonLaura Fitton, Inbound Marketing Evangelist, Hubspot – As the co-author of Twitter for Dummies and founder of, Laura is credited with convincing Guy Kawasaki and thousands of tech execs that Twitter would have real business value. She founded the first Twitter for Business consultancy, Pistachio Consulting, in 2008 and has been speaking professionally about the business use of Twitter since 2007.

tim washerTim Washer, Corporate Comedian, Cisco Systems, Inc. — Tim is a Webby-nominated producer, event emcee and social media keynote speaker. He served a vice president of IPG’s NFO Interactive division, and as head of social video for IBM where he helped to launch the Smarter Planet campaign. Tim’s credits include Letterman, Conan, SNL and The Onion Sports Network. His work has been covered by Advertising Age, ADWEEK, NPR and The New York Times. He’s presented at SXSW, WSJ Digital Download and Harvard Business School.

monica vernonMonica Vernon, President/CEO, Vernon Research Group – Monica founded Vernon Research in 1987. The firm works for clients nationwide conducting studies domestically and throughout the globe in many industry sectors, including advanced manufacturing, healthcare, building materials, financial services, retail, education, communications, agribusiness, government, political and not-for-profit. Vernon will be presenting the latest business insights from the groundbreaking Social Scene Midwest research.

Fitton, Washer, and Vernon join Jason Falls of CafePress, Gini Dietrich of Spin Sucks, Lee Odden of Top Rank Online Marketing, “The Sales Lion” Marcus Sheridan, DJ Waldow of Waldow Social and event keynote Jay Baer of Convince and Convert and author of the new book YouTility. A full agenda will be released in the months ahead.

More Insightful Research

We’re also excited to have our research partner Monica Vernon on-hand to roll-out the latest business findings from Social Scene Midwest, our comprehensive study of social media use by both consumers and businesses across 10 Midwestern states including Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.

Reminder — We still need many more individuals and businesses from all of these Midwestern states to get the hefty sample size we want to gain the most accurate picture of social media use in our region. Plus anyone who takes the individual survey is entered into a drawing to win one of five iPad Minis. Everyone who participates gets a copy of the research. Take the survey now >>

More Generous Support

Several new sponsors have also stepped forward in support of the event including Hubspot and Vesta, which will be hosting the event’s opening reception once again. They join previously announced sponsors interactive marketing hub ExactTarget, Fusionfarm, a multimedia agency and digital innovation team connected to SourceMedia Group, and Zephyr Printing and Design.

Ready, Set, REGISTER!

The Social Brand Forum takes place October 24–25 at the Coralville Marriott Hotel and Conference Center on the Iowa River Landing. Registration for the Social Brand Forum is $325, which includes a copy of Jay Baer’s new book, YouTility, for each attendee. However, the first 100 to register will receive a special rate of $225 as well as copies of Lee Odden’s Optimize and Gini Dietrich’s upcoming book, Spin Sucks. A student rate of $95 is also available by emailing [email protected] Register now at

Social Brand Forum 2013 is shaping up to be a powerful two days of content, conversations, and community from the very best in the industry.

I hope you’ll join us this fall at the Iowa River Landing.

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is a strategist, speaker, educator, and author of Brand Now: How to Stand Out in a Crowded, Distracted World and Get Scrappy: Smarter Digital Marketing for Businesses Big and Small. He is the Chief Brand Strategist at Brand Driven Digital, an educator at the University of Iowa, and host of the On Brand podcast. More about Nick.