Building Your Social Presence at #SMWNYC with BuzzFeed’s Social Team

In this interactive presentation, BuzzFeed social experts Rachel Christensen and Summer Anne Burton will discuss how they helped successfully build the largest social networks in media—by rethinking the way the industry sees social media editors, content, and distribution.

They’ll cover how BuzzFeed stuck to scrappy and unconventional ways of thinking about and creating content for social platforms, and how they used data to inform their strategies. There will also be examples of BuzzFeed’s biggest wins and fails (in the form of a quiz!), with insight to how, why, and where BuzzFeed experiments.

Summer’s session “Building A Great Social Presence The Resourceful Way, Presented By BuzzFeed” will take place on Wednesday, February 24th at 11:00am at the SVA (EDU Stage).


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About Summer Anne Burton

Summer is the Editorial Director of BFF, a team at BuzzFeed that makes cool original stuff on social networks and platforms. She was previously the Managing Editorial Director in BuzzFeed’s editorial department, and once upon a time she was BuzzFeed’s first Weekend Editor.

Before she started at BuzzFeed, Summer lived in Austin Texas as a freelance illustrator and writer who contributed to ESPN: The Magazine, The Hairpin, Fangraphs, The Classical, and more. She was also a waitress, barista, bookseller, toy store clerk, advertising manager, hair salon receptionist, a writer at a now defunct website for tweens, and a stablehand.

She also has a new project called “Every Hall of Famer,” a blog where Summer is drawing every single member of the National Baseball Hall of Fame. (via Summer Anne Burton)

About Rachel Christenson

Rachel Christensen is the managing social media editor for Buzzfeed, the social media manager for Food52, the James Beard Award-winning online food community, recipe hub, and home and kitchen shop. She formerly led social media for Real Simple magazine and at NBC’s Television Without Pity. She lives in Brooklyn.

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Ana Andjelic on Customer Experiences Using AI, Data, and Empathy at #SMWNYC

Every modern company that sells something or offers a service is concerned with taking care of their customers. This means handling problems when they happen, anticipating needs, making recommendations on products, and responding in a timely fashion.

Ana Andjelic, SVP and Global Strategy Director of Havas Lux Hub, will join a session at SMW New York alongside leaders from Hello Alfred, The Barbarian Group, and IBM to discuss the evolution of AI in the coming years, and what that means for businesses and customer relations.

Ana’s session “AI, Data, And Empathy: The Future Of The Customer Experience” will take place on Thursday, February 25th at 2:30pm at the TimesCenter (FWD Stage).


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About Ana Andjelic

An experienced strategist with a passion for new things, she earned her doctorate in sociology and worked in the world’s top advertising agencies. Known for her future-facing approach to strategy, she led design of digital brand experiences and business solutions for global luxury and fashion brands like Tom Ford, Topshop, Canali, Harry Winston, PUMA, Rom Ford Beauty, Replay, DeBeers,The Macallan, Blomberg Media, Knoll and The Peninsula Hotels.

Ana was recognized as one of the top 10 digital strategists in the world by the Guardian, her writing has appeared in Fast Company, Adweek, Advertising Age, Campaign, Luxury Daily and the Guardian. She presented at SxSW, Advertising Week New York, OMMA and the Retail Futures Forum among others and guest lectured at Columbia University, SVA, Miami Ad School and HyperIsland. Ana lives in New York City. (via Lux Hub)

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EVENT SPOTLIGHT: The High Stakes Of Content Marketing and POV’s from Brand, Agency and Publisher

When it comes to brands creating engaging content, the stakes have never been higher. The growth in programmatic and in ad blockers means that content needs to be at Hollywood-scale and cost half the price. That means that brands, agencies and publishers need to prove that the level of investment in content is worth it.

This leadership series of presentations will be led by Shareen Pathak, Brands Editor at Digiday, and will examine how leading brands, agencies and publishers are strategizing, planning, creating, distributing and measuring the most successful campaigns.

The presentations will conclude with a quick-fire round with the leaders sharing their speedy and unfiltered thoughts on the hottest buzzwords in content marketing and what they mean for your business.

This session, “The High Stakes Of Content Marketing As Seen By A Brand, Agency And Publisher” will take place on Tuesday, February 23rd at 2:30pm on the FWD Stage at The TimesCenter Theatre.


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StubHub’s CMO, Jennifer Betka, Joins #SMWNYC To Discuss If Live Events Belong In Our Newsfeed

You’re at a concert, sporting event, or performance, and it feels like the entire time you notice people around you experiencing the event completely through their mobile device. It’s the great debate of using an iPhone vs. a lighter at your favorite concert. Is one better than the other? Are both acceptable?

At SMW New York, StubHub’s CMO, Jennifer Betka, will discuss these questions and themes alongside leaders from Music and Entertainment Momentum Worldwide, AEG Global Partnerships, and Atlantic Records. The session, “How Social Has Rocked the Live Music Experience” takes place Wednesday, February 24th at 4:30pm on the FWD Stage at The TimesCenter.

According to a recent study, 70% of Millennials feel that social media improves the live music experience. The majority of Millennials will take part in sharing music moments on social media while at a live event. In fact, most Facebook users prefer their newsfeed to show their friends at live events and experiences over anything else. Join us to hear and learn about which aspects of social are actually making music experiences better, and debate when social and brands belong and when it doesn’t.


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About Jennifer Betka

Jennifer Betka is the CMO at StubHub, where she oversees the global marketing team’s efforts around StubHub’s commitment to deliver a more personalized experience to users, and ultimately, moves beyond being purely a transactional company into a more end-to-end platform.

Prior to StubHub, Jennifer oversaw marketing strategy at Wikia, a top-20 global site convening authoritative communities of fans across entertainment and pop culture topics. The site grew from 43M global uniques in 2011 to its current scale, thriving at over 140M global users.

Before Wikia, Jennifer held strategic marketing and management roles within major media companies including The LA Times where she helped to revitalize the brand with a multi-media rebrand to support a freshly integrated newsroom, Sirius Satellite Radio where she developed and launched Sirius Internet Radio and spearheaded the debut of mega talent Howard Stern on paid radio, and Time Warner where she was a founding member of the Global Marketing Solutions team that developed integrated programs across media platforms for Time Inc., Turner Broadcasting, New Line Cinema and AOL. (via BusinessWire)

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When to Use Data vs. Gut Decisions at #SMWNYC with Kate Lewis, SVP & Editorial Director of Hearst Magazines

Hearst Magazines Digital Media is comprised of 24 sites, including digital brands Cosmopolitan.com, Esquire.com, Elle.com, CarandDriver.com, and HarpersBazaar.com, and pure-plays including Delish.com. One of the visionaries behind these brands and publications is Kate Lewis, SVP and Editorial Director of at HMDM.

Kate will lead a session at SMW New York with a few of her HMDM editors, each of which experienced the largest increase in social followings in 2015. Speakers will provide examples of times that data helped increase social following, and other times when gut instinct showed immeasurable results. This session, “Data vs. Gut” will take place on Tuesday, February 23rd at 3:00pm on the EDU Stage at The SVA Theatre.


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About Kate Lewis

“Kate Lewis, VP of Content Operations & Editorial Director at Hearst Magazines is responsible for managing content groups across the Hearst Magazines Digital Media platform, collaborating with editorial teams on content strategy as well as with technology and product groups. Hearst Magazines Digital Media is comprised of 24 sites, including digital brands Cosmopolitan.com, Esquire.com, Elle.com, CarandDriver.com, and HarpersBazaar.com, and pure-plays including Delish.com. In 2014, Kate led the company to its best month ever in November with 75 million unique visitors, an increase of 30 percent year over year and 729 million total page views.

Lewis joined Hearst’s digital team from Say Media where she was SVP and Editorial Director overseeing content operations, editorial strategy, and development for Say’s portfolio of digital brands including xoJane, Remodelista, and ReadWrite. Lewis also managed a network of partner sites as well as the shared services department that provided support and strategy for audience development, social media, and partnerships.

Prior to Say Media, Lewis was a Senior Executive Director of Human Resources at Condé Nast Publications. Before that, she was managing editor at Self for 10 years, overseeing editorial and production, digital projects, book publishing, events, and television partnerships.” (via Hearst)

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Mediapocalypse! Ian Schafer of Deep Focus to Explore Platforms’ Leverage Over Media

Platforms such as Facebook, Pinterest, Snapchat, and Twitter are up-ending the media business. But will that end up killing it in the process? Publishers and advertisers, content producers and creators, advertisers and agencies are all dealing with the repercussions of distributed media models. But, can the business we’re in as-we-know-it survive the amount of change necessary?

Ian Schafer, the Founder and Chairman of Deep Focus, along with Ricky Van Veen (College Humor and IAC Executive) and Lisa Weinstein (President of Global Digital, Data and Analytics at Starcom Media Group) will explore the (possible) end of times in media, publishing, and everything in-between.

Join us at SMW New York for this session, “Mediapocalypse! Are Platforms Killing The Business Of Media And Advertising? And Why Won’t Anyone Talk About It?” taking place on Tuesday, February 23rd at 2:30pm on the FWD Stage at The TimesCenter.


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About Ian Schafer

Ian Schafer has been at the forefront of advertising since 1997. A trailblazer who saw the potential of digital and the opportunities it offered for advertising, Ian founded Deep Focus in 2002. The award-winning global agency is lauded for its expertise and excellence in digitally led creative execution and media strategy, innovative agency operational models and consumer insights that drive engaging, value-driven experiences. Ian previously served as Vice President of New Media at Disney’s Miramax Films.

In 2007, he was named an Advertising Age Media Maven and in 2009, he was included on the list of Adweek’s Young Ones. Recognized by the Shorty Awards as Best CEO with a Social Media Presence, Ian is known for his unique perspective on everything from new technology and shifts in consumer culture and media consumption to traditional marketing and advertising. (via Deep Focus).

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The 2016 Election Is Changing (Quickly) Right Before Our Eyes: A Conversation with Blue State Digital’s Joe Rospars

In 2008, the political news cycle moved to the blogs, and in 2012 it spilled into social media, but remained mostly intact as an insular conversation among journalists and opinion-shapers. In 2016, it’s now disrupted by candidates, trolls, and everyone in between.

Joe Rospars, Founder and CEO of Blue State Digital (and President Barack Obama’s chief digital strategist for both the 2008 and 2012 campaigns) will speak alongside Garance Franke-Ruta (Washington Editor of Yahoo News) for a discussion about how the relationship between campaigns, news media, and the public is being reshaped in real time before our eyes, and what it means for our political process.

This session “2016 Election Throwdown: Campaigns vs. Reporters vs. Everyone Else” will take place on Thursday, February 25 at 12:30pm at the TimesCenter (FWD Stage).

About Joe Rospars

“Joe Rospars is Founder & CEO of Blue State Digital. He previously served as chief digital strategist for Obama for America in 2008 and 2012.

Joe and BSD’s team of more than 200 strategists, creatives, and geeks advise some of the world’s leading brands, campaigns, nonprofits, and cultural institutions to inspire and mobilize people, from the NAACP to Google, the USOC to Freedom to Marry, and Oxfam to EMILY’s List.

For both the 2008 and 2012 campaigns, Joe was Barack Obama’s principal digital strategist and adviser, overseeing the digital integration of the unprecedented fundraising, communications and grassroots mobilization effort. The digital arm of the campaign provided the backbone of design and branding both online and offline, engaged a record-breaking number of Americans through mobile, social, video and the web, and raised more than a billion dollars in mostly small donations from ordinary Americans.

Joe has been recognized as part of the Digital A-List by AdAge, 100 People Who Are Changing America by Rolling Stone, Most Creative People In Business by Fast Company. He has been profiled in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Bloomberg Businessweek, TIME, Fast Company, and Adweek, among others.” (via Blue State Digital)

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Bracing For The Ad-Blocked Future: How Brands Are Moving Beyond The Impression with Afdhel Aziz of ABSOLUT Labs

When did marketing become a game of “consumers” vs. “advertisers”? In 2016 and beyond, the companies that ultimately win will be those that partner with people to create stronger, more meaningful connections.

Afdhel Aziz of ABSOLUT Labs joins leaders from Crowdtap, Ricola, and The Burns Group at SMW New York to discuss why working alongside your customers to unlock their ideas, opinions and stories can fuel more effective marketing.

This session, “Bracing For The Ad-Blocked Future: How Brands Are Moving Beyond The Impression, Presented By Crowdtap” will take place on Wednesday, February 24 at 4:30pm at the TimesCenter (FWD Stage).


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About Afdhel Aziz

“Afdhel Aziz is a brand strategist and marketer who has worked for blue-chip companies such as Procter & Gamble, Heineken, and Nokia in London and New York. He is currently Brand Director for Absolut Vodka in the USA.

He is an expert on how to deliver cutting-edge campaigns, content and experiences that harness popular culture, working with world-class artists such as Lady Gaga, Swedish House Mafia and Kanye West, as well as diverse partners like the TED Conferences, Art Basel, Coachella Festival, London Fashion Week, US Open Tennis and the Andy Warhol Foundation.

He has been a featured speaker at SXSW, Advertising Week and the Social Commerce Summit, and has been fortunate enough to collaborate with world-class agencies like Sid Lee, Wieden + Kennedy, Mother and Naked, on award-winning work which has been featured in the New York Times, Vice, Fast Company, Coolhunting, Billboard, Hypebeast and more.” (via LinkedIn)

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Glenn Minerley of Momentum Worldwide Will Share at #SMWNYC How Social and Live Events Best Work Together

You’ve all seen someone recording an entire show on their phone instead of watching it. Sure, the video looks great and yes, they get some Likes, but is it worth the distraction? Isn’t it better to just be “in the moment?” Or, is there a chance the moment is only important because it’s been captured? Did the band win you over if they didn’t make your playlist?

Social media has an overarching role in almost every experience millennials have – but does it improve the live concert experience, before, during or after the show? Sometimes life tells us “No” (like the example above) but the funny thing is that the research – giving a voice to those fans – says “Yes.”

At SMW New York, Glenn Minerley, VP Group Account Director, Music and Entertainment Momentum Worldwide, will discuss these questions and themes alongside leaders from StubHub, AEG Global Partnerships, and Atlantic Records. The session, “How Social Has Rocked the Live Music Experience” takes place Wednesday, February 24th at 4:30pm on the FWD Stage at The TimesCenter.


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About Glenn Minerley

Glenn Minerley has been with Momentum for over nine years. He has been influential in developing the successes of multiple client relationships for Momentum including American Express, HP, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, Nike, Verizon Wireless and others. Leveraging his extensive background in music and entertainment, Glenn is often asked to consult on areas of ticketing, loyalty programs, and music and entertainment platform development for clients around the globe.

With over 15 years of industry experience, Glenn has been instrumental in driving some of the industry’s most successful integrated offerings for clients; focusing on multiple disciplines including sponsorship, experiential, social media and shopper marketing. In addition to launching the global entertainment access program for American Express, Glenn has produced multiple private concerts with superstar acts such as Macklemore, Elton John, Sting, Jimmy Buffet, the Eagles and more.

Throughout his tenure, Glenn has had the opportunity to create and develop consumer engagement activations with properties across the entertainment value chain. In order to deliver for the Momentum client portfolio, Glenn regularly relies on his industry relationships with partners like Live Nation, AEG, CAA, William Morris Entertainment, Sony Pictures, Ticketmaster, Telecharge and more.

As the head of Music & Entertainment for Momentum, Glenn serves as a touchstone for the agency; leveraged across all music related activations and negotiations and looked to for expertise on feasibility, talent selection, and industry relationships (via LinkedIn)

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Alex Blumberg of Gimlet Media to Discuss Building a Media Company in the Age of Podcasting at SMW New York

Alex Blumberg is known for his work on This American Life and Planet Money, and recently launched Gimlet Media as a result of his latest podcast, StartUp. To say the least, Alex Blumberg knows quite a bit about the business of podcasting, storytelling, and audio’s role in the larger media landscape.

This year at SMW New York, Alex Blumberg will discuss Gimlet Media and his journey of building a media company with foundations in audio storytelling and journalism. “Listen Up: Building a Media Company in the Age of Audio with Alex Blumberg, CEO of Gimlet Media” will take place on Tuesday, February 23 at 11:30am on the FWD Stage of The TimesCenter.


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About Alex Blumberg

Prior to This American Life, he worked as a freelance radio reporter, contributing to This American Life, the Savvy Traveller and Chicago Public Radio. In 2008 he collaborated with National Public Radio economics correspondent Adam Davidson to co-host the Planet Money podcast.

In August 2014, Blumberg started Gimlet Media, a podcasting company, along with Matthew Lieber. Blumberg documented the startup process of launching Gimlet Media in the first season of a podcast called StartUp. The second season followed “Dating Ring”, another startup company, and recently StartUp returned for a mini-series featuring Blumberg and other employees.

Along with StartUp, Gimlet Media has three additional shows: Mystery Show, Surprisingly Awesome, and Reply All. The company raised $1.5 million in seed funding from various investors and firms, as well as listeners of its shows to help raise the last $200,000 through crowdfunding platform Alphaworks.

Blumberg also won the George Polk Award in Radio Reporting for his reporting with Adam Davidson for a May 2008 show titled “The Giant Pool of Money”. The piece explained the highly complex chain of events that led to the subprime mortgage crisis by showcasing interviews with participants at each sector of the crisis. The episode was linked widely in the blogosphere and remains one of the show’s most-downloaded podcasts. (via Wikipedia)

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Keynote at SMW New York: “Pivoting an Icon, an Interview with New York Times CEO, Mark Thompson”

This year at SMW New York, Mark Thompson, CEO of The New York Times, will participate in the opening keynote, “Pivoting an Icon”, on Tuesday, February 23rd at 10:30am at The TimesCenter. He’ll discuss how the NYT pivoted and prepared itself to succeed in the digital age, and how others can learn from their shift.

The interview with Mark will be conducted by Toby Daniels, Social Media Week’s founder and Executive Director.

About Mark Thompson

“Mark Thompson became president and chief executive officer of The New York Times Company in November of 2012. He is responsible for leading the Company’s strategy, operations and business units, and working closely with the chairman to direct the vision of the company.

Before joining the Times Company, Mark Thompson served as Director-General of the BBC from 2004, where he reshaped the organization to meet the challenge of the digital age, ensuring that it remained a leading innovator with the launch of services such as the BBC iPlayer. He also oversaw a transformation of the BBC itself, driving productivity and efficiency through the introduction of new technologies and bold organizational redesign.

He became controller (programming and scheduling chief) for the TV network BBC2, and Director of Television for the BBC before leaving the network in 2002 to become CEO of Channel 4 Television Corporation in the UK. In the fall of 2012, he was a visiting professor at the University of Oxford, and is currently developing the lectures he gave at Oxford into a book which will be published in 2015.” (via NYT)

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Announcing The Launch of SMW New York’s Initial Program of Events for 2016

Social Media Week New York, now in it’s 8th year, brings together thousands of professionals in marketing, media and technology. Today, we’re excited to announce the initial schedule and speaker lineup for SMW New York, which takes place this February 22-26.

Join us across our two official venues, and hear from organizations such as Ogilvy, Starcom MediaVest, MRY, Forbes, Mashable, MTV, The Economist, GE, Pinterest, Facebook, Snapchat, Twitter, Spotify and many more!

Session Spotlight

This year’s SMW New York event will feature 60+ official sessions between The TimesCenter and SVA Theatre. Some of the topics include: data & analytics, paid media, video, content marketing, mobile messaging, virtual reality, ad-blocking, growth marketing, and much more. Take a look below at a sampling of the events we’re excited for, and click here to view the initial 30 sessions that are confirmed for next month’s event.

  • “Mediapocalypse! Are Platforms Killing Media and Advertising? And Why Won’t Anyone Talk About It?” presented by Deep Focus
  • “Bracing for the Ad-Blocked Future: How Brands are Moving Beyond the Impression” presented by Crowdtap
  • “Hello Founders: Meet the Generation After Millennials, and What Sets Them Apart” presented by MTV

First Round of Confirmed Speakers

Individuals from leading organizations across marketing, media, and technology will join us in New York to direct the conversation. This year, we’re thrilled to announce some of the speakers confirmed for February 22-26, with more to be announced in the coming weeks:

  • Mark Thompson, CEO of The New York Times
  • Alex Blumburg, CEO of Gimlet Media
  • Evan Shapiro, EVP, Digital Enterprises, NBCUniversal
  • Jennifer Betka Wakeford, CMO of StubHub
  • Dan Harmon, Creator and Executive Producer, “HarmonQuest,” “Community” and “Rick and Morty
  • Kate Lewis, SVP and Editorial Director of Hearst Magazines Digital Media
  • Ian Schafer, Founder and Chairman of Deep Focus
  • Ricky Van Veen, College Humor & IAC
  • Lisa Weinstein, President of Starcom Media Group
  • Glenn Minerley, VP Group Account Director of Momentum Worldwide
  • Scott Carlis, VP Digital & Social Media of AEG Global Partnerships
  • Camille Hackney, EVP Brand Partnerships & Licensing of Atlantic Records
  • Kevin Knight, Head of Creative and Brand Strategy of Pinterest
  • Joe Rospars, Founder and CEO of Blue State Digital (and President Barack Obama’s chief digital strategist for 2008 and 2012 campaigns)
  • Garance Franke-Ruta, Washington Editor of Yahoo News
  • Tina Cervera, SVP and Executive Creative Director of VaynerMedia
  • Addie Conner, former Chief Innovation Officer of SocialCode
  • Sean Foster, Chief Executive Officer of Crowdtap
  • Afdhel Aziz, Brand Director of ABSOLUT Labs
  • Joahne Carter, VP of Marketing of Ricola
  • Ron Pinelli, CPA (FL), VP Digital Research and Standards of MRC
  • Peter Fasano, Global Consulting Principal of OgilvyRED

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Join us this February 22-26, along with Forbes, New York Times, Code and Theory, Digiday, IAB, MRY, Betaworks, The Economist, The Barbarian Group and other leading organizations for an incredible week you won’t want to miss.

SMW New York Returns with a New Campus Experience and 20% Discounted Offer

Our primary goal continues to be providing SMW attendees with content and programming at the highest possible standard throughout the week. Over the next few weeks and months leading up to February, we’ll announce more updates on how you and your organization can get involved, events added to the schedule, speakers confirmed to lead sessions, and more SMW New York info.

The New Strategy for SMW New York in 2016

  • More seating capacity
    To address demand, especially for Masterclasses, all official programming will be held at two large theaters: The TimesCenter and SVA Theatre.
  • Fewer Available Passes
    We believe in quality over quantity, and therefore will reduce the number of available passes to ensure seating for sessions of all interested attendees. This reduction means more space, more seating, and the end of long lines!
  • Two Pass Options
    We’re keeping it super simple by offering two options for registering: Campus and Insider Passes. Insider pass holders receive access to official parties and exclusive networking opportunities, and both passes grant you access to official sessions, masterclasses, co-working space, exhibitor installations, and more.
  • Special Discount Offers
    The regular rate for the Campus Pass is $799, and $999 for the Insider Pass, but now until January 14th, we’re offering a 20%-off sale for each. You can learn more about the pass options, and register for SMW New York here.

Attendees will be under the same roof as some of the world’s most visionary people and industry leaders connecting through the #SMWNYC pillars:

QUALITY CONTENT

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Data & analytics
Paid media
Video
Content marketing
Mobile messaging
Virtual reality
Ad-blocking
Growth marketing

INSPIRING SPEAKERS

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Facebook
Snapchat
Instagram
Ogilvy
MRY
R/GA
New York Times
Vice Media

BEAUTIFUL VENUES

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Two stages
Simulcast viewing
Keynotes
Panels
Interviews
Masterclasses
Co-working
Lounges

 

We also have an exclusive hotel offer if you’re traveling from outside of New York or the U.S. Our Official Hotel Partner, YOTEL New York at Times Square West, has a special deal for #SMWNYC attendees, and you can learn more here.

Thank you for your continued support, and we hope you will join us in February. You can stay up to date with #SMWNYC announcements by following us on Twitter, liking us on Facebook, and signing up for our newsletter.

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ABOUT SOCIAL MEDIA WEEK NEW YORK IN 2016

Social Media Week is a leading news platform and worldwide conference that curates and shares the best ideas, innovations and insights into how social media and technology are changing business, society and culture around the world.

Human connectivity is being reimagined everyday, and SMW seeks to understand how humanity and technology will come together to change the ways we live, work and create.

Social Media Week New York, now in it’s 8th year, will welcome thousands of attendees from NYC’s top tech, advertising, media, and Internet industries this February 22-26, 2016. You can also learn more about our global theme for Social Media Week in 2016, “The Invisible Hand: Hidden Forces of Technology