Recognized by Forbes as the most influential woman in social media, Ann Handley is a best-selling author, keynote speaker, and the world’s first Chief Content Officer. A veteran of creating and managing digital content to build relationships for organizations and individuals, Ann co-founded ClickZ.com, which was one of the first sources of interactive marketing news and commentary, and she is Chief Content Officer of MarketingProfs, a training and education company with the largest community of marketers in its category. She is the author of Everybody Writes: Your Go-To Guide to Ridiculously Good Content and co-author of the best-selling book on content marketing, Content Rules. A monthly columnist for Entrepreneur magazine and a member of the LinkedIn Influencer program, Ann speaks to audiences worldwide about growing their businesses by using content, social media, and other digital tools. Boasting more than 200,000 followers on Twitter, Ann also writes about content, marketing, and life over at AnnHandley.com
Maisie Smith is a freelance writer, storyteller, and blogger. She runs her own company, Audacious Muse Writing Studio, which inspires and supports businesses looking to break free from the ordinary and challenge the status quo through creative content, compelling social media strategies, and telling better stories. She previously worked in the advertising industry for ten years and was a personal trainer in her own fitness studio. She will be launching her new website, The Beer Muse, in January 2015, which will offer real interviews with dedicated brewmasters and insights that celebrate the grit and creativity at the heart of craft brewing.
Abby Kerr is the Founder and Creative Director of The Voice Bureau, a boutique branding and copywriting agency which offers brand voice development, empathy marketing, SEO copywriting, social media conversation, and content strategy for smart microbusiness owners who want to do more of their best work with their ideal clients. She’s created the popular Voice Values paradigm to help small businesses understand and own their brand voices, and has also created a suite of amazing self-guiding online courses like The E-Letter Atelier, Write Your Authentic About Page, and On Being an INFJ Business Owner. She was also the Founder and Proprietor of the nationally award-winning funky French lifestyle botique, The Blissful, which she started in late 2005 and closed in early 2010. Continue reading
Sam Davidson is a speaker, author, and social entrepreneur who has helped countless nonprofits connect with Generation Y by offering workshops and keynote speeches designed to showcase the potential of social media in changing the world for the better. When not speaking at non-profit events, business conferences, and colleges around the country, Sam runs Cool People Care, an apparel and media company he co-founded in 2006 that has grown into a national brand and raised over $125,000 for some of the most important causes in the world. In 2007, Sam wrote his first book, New Day Revolution: How to Save the World in 24 Hours; his second book, 50 Things Your Life Doesn’t Need in 2010, which helps people find their passion and begin to live a life full of it, and followed that up a year later with Simplify Your Life: How to De-Clutter and De-Stress Your Way to Happiness. He writes regularly on his blog over at SamDavidson.net