2013 Social Media Tulsa Conference Speakers

2013 Social Media Tulsa Conference Speakers #SMTulsa

Explore – Connect – Share ideas – Be inspired – Get SocialSocial Media Tulsa Conference is the areas only Conference & Expo for Bloggers, content creators, business innovators, tech, and social media enthusiasts. Join us March 21-22 at the Historic Mayo Hotel. Meet our conference speakers.

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Stacey AceveroParty Aficionado
Stacey Acevero, Will Keynote the 2013 Social Media Tulsa Conference.  Her topic: The Evolution of PR, Social Media and SEO.
Why PR should be doing SEO (if you aren’t already) (only one quarter of PR pros know as much as they should about SM)
-How social media affects SEO 
-What’s next in PR and social media (hint: customer service and marketing) 
-ROR (Return on Relationships) instead of ROI

Bio:Stacey Acevero is the social media manager at Vocus and PRWeb. As an early adopter of social media, you can find her scouring Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn every day for creative marketing ideas. Stacey blogs at Vocus on influential marketing and social media while also blogging at PRWeb on public relations and SEO. She has been named one of the #Nifty50 Women in Tech on Twitter two years in a row, believes Klout is nothing but a social game (unless they give her more perks) and will take you out for a drink after the conference if you’re a NASCAR fan.

“Social media is like bacon — and everything is better with bacon.”

Fortune 500 companies are mentioned over 10 million times per month in social venues. @reggiebradford #OracleSSGStacey Acevero
Vocus On-Demand Software for Public Relations and Government RelationsVocus On-Demand Software for Public Relations addresses the critical functions of PR including media relations, news distribution and new…
Syed BAlkhiParty Aficionado
Syed Balkhi will join us for two sessions during the 2013 Social Media Tulsa Conference:  His Keynote Topic: How to use the Free Model to Get More Traffic, More Subscribers, and More Customers

The presentation will discuss how I leveraged the free model to grow my blog and turn it into a strong six-figure income. Through this model, I have had the pleasure to work with companies like Milo (acquired by eBay), Mercer (Meryll Lynch), Thomas Nelson Publishers, and more.

His Breakout Session Topic: How to Monetize Your Blog (Crash Course for Beginners)Do you want to get rich quick overnight? Well then you are in the wrong place. Syed Balkhi, serial online entrepreneur and professional blogger, will share his practical tips and tricks that will help you create a passive income out of your blog. Unlike other monetization talks which are all about strategy, this presentation will go in-depth of the available tools and plugins for WordPress which can help a blogger generate a passive income through their blog.

Bio:Syed Balkhi. The Technically awesome founder of WPBeginner 

WPBeginner – Beginner’s Guide for WordPressWPBeginner is a perfect guide for WordPress Beginners. Our articles offer a wide variety of WordPress tips, tools, themes, and other Word…
What’s Coming in #WordPress 3.5 (Features & Screenshots) – http://wpbeg.in/ZRgbPhWordPress Beginner
Becky McCrayParty Aficionado
A Social Media Tulsa favorite, Becky McCray returns to Keynote Social Media Tulsa Conference.  Becky’s topic: Small Town RulesOur economy is more like a small town now, with tight lending and low consumer demand. Technology has made it easy for every one of your customers to talk to every other one of your customers, just like a small town. And society is more focused than ever on small neighborhoods and local business, just like small towns. When the whole world seems like one small town, small towns are the learning lab, and small town entrepreneurs hold secrets to business survival.

Bio:Becky McCray owns a liquor store and a cattle ranch in Oklahoma. She is also a recognized expert in small business and social media. She and Chicago entrepreneur Barry Moltz are the co-authors of the new book Small Town Rules, sharing lessons useful for urban and rural businesses. She publishes the popular website Small Biz Survival on small town business, and she and Sheila Scarborough co-founded Tourism Currents to teach tourism professionals new ways of marketing their destination. Her professional life is an example of Small Town Rule #3: Multiply Your Lines of Income.

She has been featured in The New York Times, BusinessWeek, and Entrepreneur Magazine. In 2011 and 2012, she was named a Top 100 Champion Small Business Influencer.Her presentations on small town business and social media have taken her from Dodge City, Kansas, to London, England. From North Dakota to Texas, and Washington State to New York City, she’s spoken to more than 100 events, including two previous Social Media Tulsa conferences. Her hometown of Hopeton, Oklahoma, is home to fewer than 30 people.

Becky McCray | Speaker on rural small business, tourism and social mediaBecky McCray says that small businesses and small towns matter. She is a small town business owner, she and her husband Joe co-own a reta…
A5. our economy is connected not just by social media, but lots of new communication technology. Info moves quickly! #sobconBecky McCray
Randy MaconParty Aficionado
Social Media Tulsa Conference welcomes Randy Macon.  Started following Randy a while back.  He claimed he was too shy to speak at a previous event, but watching tweets from an event where Randy spoke about Non-profits and social media, I knew he’d shaken off the shyness.  He Rocked!
Randy’s Topic: “Influenceability”
Nonprofits are embracing social media as an extension of fundraising efforts… but are our approaches short-sited? Perhaps an important benefit of building networks through social media is the opportunity to develop (and mobilize) key influencers to help spread your message. This session will explore ways your nonprofit can tap into the power of popular social media platforms to share your story and encourage others to do so as well. Bring your laptop and your login’s for your organization’s Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, and Facebook accounts for some hands-on fun!

Bio: A native Oklahoman, Randy K. Macon graduated from Kingston High School and went on to earn a B.S. from East Central University and a Master of Human Relations degree from the University of Oklahoma. As part of his graduate work focused on program evaluation and research in the nonprofit sector, Randy co-authored several technical reports and presented original research at the 2007 national meeting of the American Educational Research Association. His master’s thesis Volunteer Engagement: Role Identity and Intent to Leave was published in 2011. Randy is currently working on an interdisciplinary Ph.D. specializing in philanthropy, also at OU.

For five years Randy served as a member of the program staff with the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation (July 2007 – July 2012). During this time Randy focused primarily on grantmaking activities related to education reform and youth development in Tulsa. As a champion of education, Randy worked as part of the community team that brought Teach for America to Tulsa in 2009 and also served on the steering committee for the Any Given Child collaboration with the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts. Randy joined Grantmakers for Education in 2011 and was appointed to the organization’s 2012 Braintrust Advisory Committee.

Randy is a graduate of Leadership Oklahoma Class 25, Leadership Tulsa Class 40, and was named as one of the 2012 Achievers Under 40 by The Journal Record. A former chair of the Tulsa Funders Roundtable, Randy co-taught a Saturday enrichment class at KIPP Tulsa and was a member of the Tulsa Jaycees for several years. He has been a member of the twittersphere since 2007.

RuthAnn WiesnerParty Aficionado
Social Media Tulsa Conference welcomes, RuthAnn Wiesner.  RuthAnn and I connected via Speakerfile.com.  An Oklahoma native, RuthAnn and I hit it off well during our first Skype call.  
RuthAnn’s Topic:  If Social Media is like a Cocktail Party…Why do I feel my Invitation got lost in the mail!Social Media Networking has been described as a large cocktail party, but what happens if you sometimes feel like you weren’t invited. No one is responding to your posts, no matter how much you Tweet others on Twitter…very few respond. Not to worry, there’s a bit more to building a large fan base on Social Media then just hosting a great “Cocktail Party”. 

We’ll be covering 
How to identify the personality types of those you want to engage and those you don’t.
How to build a community of loyal followers without feeling like it’s a chore!
Most importantly how to host a great social media experience (Cocktail Party) that provides you new business and referalls.

Bio:As her business card states, Ruth Ann is RAW Marketing’s “Principal Cleaver Heaver”. This describes the no-nonsense approach that she takes with every aspect of the creation and operation of RAW Marketing. This trend-savvy company provides a much-needed service for businesses and entrepreneurs who lack the budget or manpower to consistently and effectively market or brand their business.

Highlighted as one of the Top 125 Women Entrepreneurs for the Chicago area, Top Mompreneur of 2012, and recently a finalist as one of the Top 25 Awesome Mom-Based Biz in Chicago, Ruth Ann has burst onto the scene with her creative and innovative marketing techniques.

Ruth Ann’s journey in becoming a successful entrepreneurial started in 1999, where she was hired as the Regional Marketing and Sales Account Executive for Gazoom.com a internet start-up company out of Toronto, Ontario . Ruth Ann continued in the Internet industry when she landed a job at Gateway Computers as the Outside Business Sales Executive for Large Businesses from 2000-2002. 

Ruth Ann’s path to becoming a social media guru began when she accepted the Marketing and Sales Manager position for large Ski Resort in New Mexico. With infinite ambition and a creative mind, Ruth Ann launched the resort’s first social media campaigns.

After nearly four years of increasing the ski areas revenue through her non-traditional and imaginative online marketing ideas, Ruth Ann was recruited by a high-end lodging property in Telluride, Colorado to head their Sales and Marketing Department in 2006. As the Director, she single handedly launched their breakthrough into the social media market. After surpassing all expectations, the hotel’s management company, recommended Ruth Ann to build a social media standard for the company to benchmark for use worldwide.

After a long stint in Telluride, Ruth Ann moved to the Chicagoland area after marrying an Illinois native in 2010. Not wanting to lose her as a team member, the lodging property retained her as a freelance employee, now working remotely. In this time, Ruth Ann also had acquired several destination resorts in Colorado, Hawaii and the Caribbean which also continued to use her services after her move to the Midwest.

When word got around about Ruth Ann’s impressive resume and proven track record, the referrals began to escalate. Not only did she retain her small business clients, she was hired by large lodging companies, small local businesses, entrepreneurs and foundations to help them increase revenue with her marketing and social media concepts.

Internet Marketing and Social Media Branding :: RAW MarketingRAW Marketing is a full service marketing firm that specializes in assisting small to mid sized businesses and bloggers succeed through e…
Don’t TELL me how successful you are…show me! Actions and pictures, speak louder then words.RAW Marketing
Cheryl LawsonParty Aficionado
Well, here we are.  As event organizer, I promised after speaking last year, I wouldn’t put myself through speaking at my own conference…. Yet here we are.   The popularity of my Twitter infographic and the many conversations I have with people who still “don’t get Twitter”  has compelled me to share. We’ll talk about the tips and I’ll share examples along the way.
My topic: How to Use Twitter: 45 Simple Twitter Tips Everyone Should Know About
Cheryl will take the tips from her popular Twitter Infographic and provide real examples to help you get started.   The infographic just passed 51,000 views on Slideshare thanks to the many blogs who have re-posted it.  One of the first was Bitrebels.com in 2011.  The latest is the popular Edudemic.com site.
Here’s what Edudemic had to say about the infographic.
It’s an elegantly organized set of infographics detailing the step-by-step process of using Twitter and making it work for you. Here are some of the key questions answered in the set of graphics by Cheryl Lawson below. Some tips are geared towards businesses but I know that many of them will benefit the Edudemic audience too!”
Bio: Cheryl Lawson is the owner and founder of event planning and marketing firm, Party Aficionado, and creator of the Event Planning Tools mobile app. Party Aficionado helps companies develop social marketing strategies both online and face-to-face, using full event coordinating capabilities, and coaching to help companies engage their audience.  Cheryl is also a self published Children’s book author of The Adventures of Precious the Dog series, and is the mastermind behind Social Media Tulsa.  Social Media Tulsa is a community that invites its members to gather and talk about the impact of Social Media on business, news, entertainment, sports, non profit, and more.
Cheryl Can be found on Twitter @SocMediaTulsa @PartyAficionado and of course @Imajackrussell 
Party AficionadoIn a world of internet friends, digital relationships, and 24 hour news it is easy for some to forget that there are people behind all of…
Thrilled that so many people from around the country want to come speak @ #SMTulsa conference. Now to get sponsors as excited. :)Cheryl Lawson
So proud @themayohotel :) RT @MacyMacysnyder: @SocMediaTulsa Social media pros thanks to you! #ThemayohotelCheryl Lawson
Happy #woofwednesday to our pals @TulsaPets finding homes for #TulsaPets everyday.Precious Lawson
Danica JonesParty Aficionado
Danica Jones joins us for the first time as speaker at Social Media Tulsa Conference.  When Danica mentioned that she uses social media for her classes and has helped other businesses and educators use social media, we had to invite her to the stage.  
Danica’s topic:  Social Media and the EducatorEducators are slowly dipping their toes into the world of using social media as a classroom tool, but many are at a loss about which tools are best for which classroom, subject or student age group. This session will offer educators a basic overview of 5 key social tools for the classroom helping educators young and old understand:

1. What options exist in social media for educators
2.Which social tools are best for your classroom and assignments
3. Which age groups will best utilize social tools in the classroom
4. Creative ways to use free social media tools to teach


Danica Jones lives and works in Tulsa, serving as the Social Media Director for local tech startup Quantus Creative. Originally from Los Angeles, California, Danica received a BFA from Otis College of Art and Design in 2007, where she focused on new media, studio art and art education. Taking her love of sharing art into the classroom in 2005, Danica served as a Site Coordinator and Lead Instructor for Otis’ non-profit new media program for high school students, Otis Teens, Artists, Educators and Mentors (O TEAM). Her classes included Art in the Digital Age, Digital Filmmaking and other new media classes in which social media played a prominent role for both student and teacher. She served as a consultant for the Los Angeles Unified School District’s Media Arts department as a new media expert while the district was developing their New Media classroom standards, and offered other instructors guidance and instruction on how to use so cial media and technology within the classroom. Her current role as Social Media Director has since continued to expand on her decade-plus relationship with social media, allowing Danica to create online social presences for local businesses seeking to connect with customers on a more personal and meaningful level.

Tulsa Web Design | Website Design Tulsa | Tulsa Internet MarketingInternet marketing firm providing website development, website design, SEO, social media and graphic arts. Located in Tulsa Oklahoma web …
The 10 Most Viral YouTube Videos of 2012 http://mashable.com/2012/11/13/viral-videos-2012/ via @mashableDanica Jones
300,000 users helped translate Facebook into 70 languages – an awesome collaboration! What language do you use?Quantus Creative
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