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A HUGE thank you to our HELLO LIVE 2016 Conference speakers!!
Mario Armstrong -Keynote Speaker
You’ve probably seen Mario on TV as an Emmy Award–winning talk show host and Digital Lifestyle Expert® or as a regular contributor on NBC’s TODAY show, CNN, and NPR. Or maybe on Inside Edition, Dr. Oz, Steve Harvey, or Rachael Ray. He is the author of the monthly “Learn It” column in Men’s Fitness magazine. He’s also served as chief technology advocate for the city of Baltimore, IT director for the state of Maryland Tourism Department, and was one of only six people to represent the U.S. at the Technology Delegation in Seoul, South Korea. Whew. When he’s not playing host, contributor, and expert, he’s living a balanced life, playing husband and father, devouring sushi, meditating, adding to his metal lunchbox collection, and taking his “sneaker head” status to borderline obsessive levels. (Seriously, you wouldn’t believe this guy’s closet.)
GINA LUKER- KEYNOTE SPEAKER
Gina Luker is a writer, photographer, speaker and lover of all things quirky. She's shares information and inspiration to build your blog with sustainable content LIVE every morning in her Blogging Over Breakfast Facebook Group. She's usually found with a drill in one hand and a cocktail in the other while blogging along the way with creative ways to eat, make and decorate at The Shabby Creek Cottage. She's addicted to coffee, disco balls, rock stars, Instagram, and everything aqua.
Holly Homer started a blog in 2007 as a hobby that turned into a passion and her adored full-time job. Her main site, Kids Activities Blog, receives over 5 million views per month. And her Quirky Momma FB page has over 2.6 million fans. She is a bit social-media-obsessed and loves teaching others what she has learned (HollyHomer.com). Holly has two published books. The latest, The 101 Coolest Simple Science Experiments was released in spring 2016. Her first book, 101 Kids Activities that are the Bestest, Funnest Ever! was chosen as a Kohl's Care Book. She has been featured on multiple radio interviews, TV appearances, and pod casts. Holly has spoken at many social media and blogging conferences including Women Get Social, Social Media Marketing World, and No Excuses Summit. Holly was honored to be invited by Facebook to be among 20 influencers chosen for their creativity in early-adoption of FB Live to meet with the FB Live Team in April 2016. She was recently named by Mashable as one of the Top 10 FB Live Stars to follow. Holly lives with her husband, three boys and a dog named Panda in the suburbs of Dallas, Texas.
ROUNDTABLE WITH INFLUENCER AGENCIES: GETTING CHOSEN FOR VIDEO SPONSORED POSTS
BARBARA JONES- SPEAKER
Founder/CEO One2One Network
Barbara Jones is the Founder/CEO of social agency Blissful Media Group and influencer network One2One Network. She is considered a ‘veteran’ when it comes to influencer marketing and prides herself on helping guide brands, agencies and influencers to work together to create interesting, engaging and effective campaigns. She believes that influencer marketing is more of an art than a science, understanding that stats are important but personal relationships – the who, what and why that drives an influencer- is the key to creating authentic brand partnerships. She’s a mom of 3 and lives just outside NYC in Greenwich, CT.
Jyl Pattee - Speaker
Founder and CEO Mom It Forward Media
Jyl Johnson Pattee is the hostess of the weekly #gno parties on Twitter, which started in September 2008. She is a social media enthusiast, mompreneur, cause marketer, and founder of Mom It Forward. Combining a passion for communication and people, Jyl launched Mom It Forward in 2008 with the mission to “change the world one mom at a time.” Jyl’s dynamic approach to social media has enabled her to build, develop, and grow Mom It Forward into a reliable, active community of influential women in social media. Jyl is known as a “connector” who brings good ideas and people together both on and offline to make a positive impact for causes and brands through education and sharing of experiences.
JeNNA WOOD - ROUNDTABLE MODERATOR AND SPEAKER
Jenna Wood is the voice behind Hello Fab, a fashion and lifestyle blog all about effortless style for moms and women alike. During her tenure as an online boutique owner, she learned the power of the influencer market in growing and supporting brands. After the birth of her second son, she closed her shop and decided to take what she learned working with other influencers and start blogging herself. She now reaches tens of thousands of readers and followers everyday through her blog, Instagram, Snapchat and Periscope channels. As a brand consultant, she loves working with companies to help them understand the importance of the influencer community and how to best grow their brands through those channels. Jenna lives in LA with her husband and two sweet boys. She loves sharing her love of fashion, business, and her life as a mom with all of her followers and friends.
TIFFANY ROMERO- SPEAKER
President Sway Group
In 2008, Tiffany recognized the need for a bloggers’ social community and created The SITS Girls. 75,000 members strong and growing, SITS Girls offers everything from how-to articles to interviews with women influencers. Tiffany went on to launch Bloggy Boot Camp, a series of one day conferences for women in social media. This consistently sold-out conference — now Sway Group’s official live event series — has visited more than 20 cities nationwide and garnered attention from the New York Times, CBS, Huffington Post, and ABC News. Having worked with brands like Pepperidge Farm, Procter & Gamble, Invisalign, Ford Women in Pink, and many more, Tiffany is a savvy marketer with years of experience leveraging the brand/influencer relationship through content marketing. Tiffany has been partnered with Sway Group since 2011, and joined the executive team in 2014.
USING FACEBOOK LIVE: Creating CONTENT AND SALES
Savanah Poulsen is a wife to the man of her dreams and mother to two darling little girls. She runs the blog Bold Beautiful Life at boldbeautifullife.com and aims to influence women to be bold, embrace, and enhance their beauty. She is inspired by the beautiful souls she sees and interacts with every day. She spends majority of her time with her family exploring, rafting, dancing, or cuddling up with a good movie.
Shelley Coates co-founded HowDoesShe in 2009. HowDoesShe was created by women, inspired by women, and is dedicated to empowering and embracing motherhood and womanhood. The site has quickly expanded to an international following, with a strong social media presence, which includes over 1.6 million FaceBook Fans. The backbone of HowDoesShe is its many talented writers and contributors from all over the United States and Canada, sharing both personal and professional articles and tutorials. Shelley is a spunky social butterfly, bravely walking the tightrope of raising five small children, attempting gourmet meals, and being a hopeless romantic. A forever girly-girl, Shelley loves high heels and earrings and ardently believes that if you don’t have time to put on makeup, these two things will distract from the face. Shelley resides in Tennessee with her family.
Emilie has found a lot of success with Instagram as she’s worked with Pick Your Plum and How Does She growing their audiences to nearly 80K and 100K followers respectively in less than a year. Like many social media professionals her age, (aka she’s over 30. Don’t tell!) Emilie didn’t go to school for this. In fact, when she was still earning her Bachelor's in Psychology from Utah State University, people were still fantasizing about one day being able to call someone on the phone AND see them at the same time; they didn’t really think it would happen in their LIFETIME. Psst…spoiler alert. It’s totally a thing now!
After getting her degree and later teaching herself graphic design so she could fulfill her unexpected dream of becoming a fabric designer when she licensed her designs with Modern Yardage, she discovered that she’s head over heels for any social media that comes when working with a business; but most especially Instagram and Facebook Live.
When she’s not dreaming up new ways to get the people to follow, she’s talking about something on Facebook Live for Pick Your Plum. It’s her new favorite social media toy and she is fascinated by how small it makes the world. The sense of community and the ability to communicate on a level that pictures or old videos can’t, leave her as giddy as a fangirl at Comic Con (Surprise! She’s also a Whovian!). Not to mention she can’t believe she’s lucky enough to get paid to be quirky… LIVE! If you’ve ever watched any of the videos you know she’s known for being professional without taking herself too seriously. Turns out, that’s a really good thing.
You judge for yourself by following @howdoesshe and @pickyourplum on Instagram and catching one of Pick Your Plum’s daily weekday Facebook Live videos. You never know what you’re going to get with live video and that’s half the fun!
UNDERSTANDING THE LEGAL STUFF: THE FTC DISCLOSURES AND MORE
BENJAMIN LAKEY - SPEAKER
Benjamin Lakey graduated from BYU Law School but has done everything under the sun from just being the typical lawyer. Before his law days, Ben was heavily involved in real estate investing (which he still does) and is a master of negotiation and transactional/contract law. He also co-produced and acquired distribution for a full-length feature film, HottieBoombaLottie. Since then Ben has also worked with many other independent film makers, assisting with fundraising, legal compliance, and acquiring distribution. H,e currently serves as main legal counsel for the country music festival, Country FanFest. Besides his bigger projects, Ben also loves working with clients of all sizes and has provided many services for the whole spectrum of online businesses, from startup, to contract negotiation, to consulting. A true entrepreneur, he knows the challenges of small business and loves to provide the tools to ensure success.
USING LIVE BROADCASTING APPS FOR YOUR BUSINESS
SEAN & CRYSTAL ESCOBAR-
Sean and Crystal Escobar live in Utah with their 4 children. Their dream was to work from home helping people overcome self-limiting attitudes and realize the full power of their potential. They wanted to spend the majority of their time with the ones they loved the most, their family. Realizing their dream, they achieved six figure income success at the young age of 23 and Million Dollar Income Earner Status at only 27 years of age, a record for their company! Liberated, they now own 2 magnificent homes in different parts of the state, enabling them to enjoy the blessing of traveling with their family and working from wherever they desire. Crystal started a blog in 2009 called Wannabe Balanced Mom as a way to share her life as a Mompreneur and to help other moms find balance and purpose in motherhood. She continues to Instagram, Periscope and blog about balancing life as a Mompreneur. Sharing healthy recipes and information on building a successful online business as a stay at home mom. Kombucha maker, home birth enthusiast, and wannabe balanced mom.
Jesse Stay - Speaker
Jesse Stay, "The Social Geek", eats, lives, and breathes technology! His company Stay N Alive is one of the fastest growing social media ad agencies in Utah where they manage social media for organizations like Operation Underground Railroad and Convince and Convert. Jesse has written 9 books on technology and social media including "Facebook All In One For Dummies", "Google+ Marketing For Dummies", and "I'm on Facebook--Now What???" For fun, Jesse does a monthly gadget review segment on Fox 13's "The Place" where he reviews futuristic technologies he thinks are interesting. Jesse was rated one of the top 10 entrepreneurs to follow by Mashable and Entrepreneur.com, and has been featured regularly in such publications as Ad Week. Through his agency and writing Jesse lives on the principal that one CAN measure social, and he shows that through results he builds with each of his clients.
Monetizing your Live Stream Video:
Sponsored Content, Affiliate Marketing for Live Broadcasting, Amazon FBA Stores & more
BENJAMIN AND KIRSTEN TYRREL- SPEAKERS
Benjamin and Kirsten Tyrrel are the ultimate entrepreneur power couple with a passion of helping others realize the power of passive income and their capacity to live a fulfilled life! After struggling with unfulfilling jobs, unemployment and indecision with their future they decided to jump feet first into the world of online business and in 6 short months have completely transformed their lives. Through their popular Amazon Academy, they teach stay at home moms, budding entrepreneurs and established business owners how to leverage the power of Amazon through private labeling and affiliate marketing. Kirsten is also the host of “The Marvelous Moms Podcast,” where she shares stories to tens of thousands of listeners around the world, inspiring women to break out of mediocrity and become the mom they have always wanted to be! Benjamin and Kirsten have been married for 8 years and have three beautiful children who make life a constant adventure.
Amiyrah is the owner of 4HatsAndFrugal.com, a website dedicated to teaching families how to have fun on a dime, be a “baller” on a budget, and live a full life on less. For the past 8 years, Amiyrah has provided a space for her readers to learn how to live intentionally, and that space has been featured on Good Morning America, The FABLife Show, Parade Magazine, and CNN. As a wife, mom of 3, and an airman in the New Jersey Air National Guard, Amiyrah has perfected her storytelling to include valuable information and relatable everyday occurrences that most families have experienced. Amiyrah continually connects to new members of her community via social media, which includes her large following on Periscope.
Amiyrah Martin's daily Periscopes on topics from parenting, to money management, and everything in between, have proven her to be a premier community builder and influencer.
Facebook LIVE + Periscope +Busker: what’s the difference?
EMILY MEYER - SPEAKER
Emily is the beautiful and inspiring mama of 5 little ones and strives to live life to the fullest. Her blog, The Freckled Fox, is designed to uplift and inspire as she shares her life with her fans. And yes, Emily has overwhelmingly succeeded in inspiring countless fans through a combination of her fabulous artistic style/creativity and her raw emotion gripping authenticity. If Emily loves you, the world loves you! Her hugely popular Instagram feed features trend setting hair styles, perfectly plated meals and awe inspiring photography right along side of powerfully touching and heart-wrenching quotes and family pictures. As if this wasn't enough, she's an inspiring health nut too. Oh, did we forget to mention that she has brought her considerable talent to life through live streaming? The Freckled Fox was even clever enough to bring her Periscope live streaming over to her already amazing YouTube channel before you could save them! (Could you tell that the HELLO LIVE staff members are huge fans? Yes, we wrote this.)
Lippe Oosterhof - Speaker
Lippe is co-founder and CEO of Busker. He focuses on the Busker strategy, product and brand. Prior to Busker he held leadership positions in various video and news start-ups across Europe (London, Amsterdam, Paris and Prague). He lives with his wife (and cat) in Santa Monica
MARY DESMOND- Entertainment
Mary Desmond has always captivated her audience. At age three, she joined her first music group, landed her first solo, and she has never stopped. It did not take her long to land gigs singing alongside Pat Boone, singing the national anthem on the “Larry King Live” show and performing in a commercial for Disney Fantasy Princess. She also played extras for several films including
Yours, Mine, and Ours. By age seven, she landed the title role in a production of “Annie” and at age nine, she was on the national Broadway tour of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. When Mary turned 10, she led Legoland California’s holiday show, Let It Snow, as Emily. Since then, she has been performing as a part of seven different shows at Legoland, most recently as the lead in Lego Friends Live. Mary performed with Fusion Beat, winners of the Orange County, California People’s Choice for the best youth band, at over 85 live performances venues including House of Blues, Disney California Adventure Resort, and the Del Mar Fair. Mary continues to travel and perform throughout the US and the UK. She was recently featured as Elle Woods in performances of Legally Blonde, accumulating many awards and positive reviews. In the summer of 2015, Mary opened for jazz artist Eric Marienthal at the Hyatt Regency Newport Beach. These days, Mary can be seen covering pop hits on her YouTube channel, where she has released almost 100 videos including original songs Kiss You, Walking In The Summer, Lily, and Invisible. With more than 44,000 followers, Mary’s videos have reached almost 11 million views. A fan favorite, Mary auditioned and performed on the Farewell Season of “American Idol".