SA's social media practitioners and thought leaders will cut through the hype and address real business gains of going social.
14-16 August, at the Forum, in Bryanston.
We've all heard we should be 'doing' social media because it can transform our organisations, up our bottom lines and have a positive impact on the way we do business. With so much excitement in the air, it's become difficult to see through the hype.
ITWeb' s inaugural Social Media Summit, from 14-16 August, at The Forum, in Bryanston, aims to do just that - cut through the buzz and focus on real business challenges and benefits of using social media.
The theme of the summit is "Social Media for Business", and it is aimed at senior decision-makers.
"Many businesses dismiss social media as a wasteful distraction, while others embrace it without quite knowing what to do with it," says Ranka Jovanovic, ITWeb's editorial director. "We want delegates to come away with an understanding of both the risks and the potential benefits of using social media, in ways that make sense for their businesses."
Local social media experts and corporate practitioners - many of whom are recognised as pioneers in this field - will share insights, strategies and practical advice on business use of social media.
Confirmed speakers include:
Mel Attree, Digital Strategist, Cerebra (previously Marketing, DigiPR , social media consultant, managing member: GetOn eMarketing)
Jarred Cinman, chief inventor: Native
Nikki Cockcroft, head of Online at Woolworths, Chair at Digital Media and Marketing Association (DMMA)
Scott Gray, head of Strategy: Quirk
Andy Hadfield, digital native and founder of two start-ups
Paul Jacobson, director: WebTechLaw
Suzanne Little, brand manager - Social Media & Social CRM: MWEB, and head of Marketing: DMMA
Tom Manners, MD, Clockwork Media
Bernard Odendaal, CEO: The Fact Foundry
Walter Pike, founder of PiKE | New marketing and The SA Digital Academy
Craig Rodney, MD, Cerebra
Workshop: How to develop a social media policy In addition to the two-day conference, ITWeb is running a workshop hosted by Paul Jacobson, director of Web and digital media legal compliance and services firm, Web Tech Law. This practical workshop will offer a general introduction to social media in the workplace, and will focus on how to develop and implement a social media policy.
About ITWeb ITWeb is South Africa's leading technology-focused publisher, with media products and services that span online, print and events.
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