Announcing the Social Media Optimization Conference 2011 Speaker Roster

This May, hundreds of social media enthusiasts will come together in San Francisco for the first Social Media Optimization Conference (SMOC), produced by SocialTimes and Mediabistro.

This May, hundreds of social media enthusiasts will come together in San Francisco for the first Social Media Optimization Conference (SMOC), produced by SocialTimes and Mediabistro.

The aim of the conference is to teach marketers, strategists, PR and business leaders how to create organic user engagement on the social web, and best techniques for paid social advertising. Session topics include keyword intelligence, optimizing beyond “like” and “follow,” social video optimization, paid social, reputation management and social media, and more. The full program is here.

Allow us to introduce a small sampling of the speakers you’ll meet at SMOC (register soon if you haven’t — prices go up later this month):

Brian Solis

Brian Solis
Author of Engage and digital analyst, sociologist, and futurist, Solis has influenced the effects of emerging media on the convergence of marketing, communications, and publishing.

Twitter: @briansolis
Blog: BrianSolis.com

Rohit Bhargava

Rohit Bhargava
Ogilvy SVP and author of Personality Not Included, Bhargava is commonly recognized as the “father of SMO.” He introduced the concept on his blog in 2006 and posted the revised “5 New rules of SMO” exactly 4 years later in 2010.

Twitter: @rohitbhargava
Blog: Influential Marketing Blog

Ekaterina WalterEkaterina Walter
A marketer, thinker, speaker, and connector, Walter spends her days as a Social Media Strategist for Intel, working at the intersection of high tech and integrated marketing. She is also a guest blogger for Mashable, Fast Compay AdWeed, and others.

Twitter: @ekaterina
Blog: Building Social Bridges

Aaron GoldmanAaron Goldman
As Chief Marketing Officer at Kenshoo, Goldman oversees search marketing and online advertising efforts for clients including Barnes and Noble, CareerBuilder, Facebook, Zappos, and more. He is also author of best-selling book Everything I know about Marketing I Learned from Google.

Twitter: @aarongoldman
LinkedIn profile: Aaron Goldman

Jon Fougner

Jon Fougner
At Facebook, Fougner leads local ads product marketing, working on the market analysis that informs the product roadmap for brick-and-mortar advertisers. At SMOC, he’ll join the SMO to Go panel, discussing revenue opportunities where mobile and social meet.

Twitter: @jfougner
Facebook: Jon Fougner

Brian Wong

Brian Wong
TechCrunch and the Wall Street Journal recently called Wong the ‘youngest person to ever receive funding by a venture capital firm’ for kiip, his stealth startup focused on mobile in-game advertising, backed by True Ventures. He began his career by creating the world’s first categorized Twitter discovery tool: Followformation.com.

Twitter: @brian_wong
Site: Brianwong.me

The full list of Social Media Optimization Conference speakers along with sessions details can be found on the event website. Early bird registration rates expire April 27 and sponsorship opportunities are still available.