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As we head into the new year, it’s time to start thinking about the future of our industry and the stories we tell, consume and share that have the potential to shape who we are and what we become. That’s why our global theme for 2019 is “Stories: With Great Influence Comes Great Responsibility,” and we want you to be a part of the story.

Social Media Week New York returns to the Sheraton New York Times Square Hotel April 30 – May 2, 2019, and we have opened up the event submission process for speakers and event hosts to become part of the official program. If your application is successful, you could share the stage with brands like NatGeo, Facebook, Pinterest, BuzzFeed, The New York Times, Vimeo, and American Express.

Think you have what it takes to grace the stage with the experts above? Our Call for Speakers closes December 14, 2018. Don’t miss your chance to make this year’s lineup.

Before you hit “send” on that submission, here are a few pro-tips:

Get to know our global theme – STORIES: With Great Influence Comes Great Responsibility

The number of social media users worldwide in 2018 is 3.2 billion, up 13 percent year-on-year. By 2020 almost 5 billion people will be connected.

Given this scale, social media has become the world’s most influential storytelling platform and the stories we tell have the ability to touch and inspire and shake people to their cores. They can elevate people, educate them, and change them—or, they can divide us and tear us down. Ultimately, stories have the power to influence the world and the people who consume them, and with this influence comes responsibility. Read more

Provide Actionable Takeaways

If you’re interested in speaking at Social Media Week New York, please ensure that your session addresses three or more of the following actionable takeaways:

  • Effectively grow and engage your audience
  • Gain new customers and reduce the cost of acquisition
  • Use data to make better decisions
  • Manage campaigns on a limited budget
  • Work with influencers and influencer campaigns
  • Invest in the right marketing technology products
  • Understand the regulatory space
  • Understand which content formats are right for my campaign
  • Future proof my strategy for next-generation consumers
  • Rise above the noise through better storytelling

Pick the format that fits your session

Attendees learn in different ways so we have a number of formats to suit every learning style:

  • Session: 40 minutes – Panel debates + Q&A
  • Individual Talk: 20 minutes – does NOT include Q&A
  • Two-Hander: 40 minutes – 2-person presentation
  • Interview: 20 minutes for 2-person; 40 minutes for 3+ people
  • Roundtable: 40 minute session for approximately 20 people

The benefits of hosting an event during SMW New York are numerous, but if you’re looking for opportunities to share your ideas and insights with an audience of two thousand marketing influencers, then #SMWNYC 2019 is the right platform for you.

If you are a speaker or company interested in hosting a session as part of the official program, we are accepting submissions until December 14, 2018.

Only interested in attending New York’s premier media and marketing event? Secure your pass for 30% off until November 16.

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