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Writer of Socialnomics, an Amazon.com #1 bestseller across the globe, including in the US, Japan, the UK, China and Germany, Erik Qualman is an expert in social media and Internet marketing.

Fast Company magazine nominated Qualman as a Top 100 Digital Influencer and PC Magazine ranked his blog, socialnomics.com, as one of their top 10 social media blogs. His book, Digital Leader: 5 Simple Keys to Success and Influence, sets out a clear and simple plan to help you take and retain control of your life and work in the 21st-century.

Social Media Revolution, produced by Qualman, is the most watched social media video series across the globe. He has also been voted second on the “Most Likeable Author in the World” poll, second only to JK Rowling.

MBA professor at the Hult International Business School, Qualman made Business Insider's list of “People to Follow on Twitter”. He has been called in to enhance the digital capability of many top companies, including Cadillac, EarthLink, EF Education, Yahoo, Travelzoo and AT&T, and his work and views have been featured in such prestigious places as BusinessWeek, The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Mashable, USA Today, Financial Times, Forbes, Fortune, CBS Nightly News and the Huffington Post.

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#1 Best Selling Author and Motivational Speaker Erik Qualman has performed in 44 countries and reached 23 million people this decade.

His Socialnomics work has been on 60 Minutes to the Wall Street Journal and used by the National Guard to NASA. His book Digital Leader propelled him to be voted the 2nd Most Likeable Author in the World behind Harry Potter’s J.K. Rowling. Qualman is a sitting professor at Harvard & MIT’s edX labs. His books are used in over 200 of the world’s top universities. What Happens in Vegas Stays on YouTube was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize.

Qualman has performed in 44 countries with: Coach, Chase, Sony PlayStation, National Restaurant Association, IBM, Facebook, SCG Thailand, ADP, UnitedHealthcare, Starbucks, M&M/Mars, National Retail Federation, Cartier, Bertelsmann, Raytheon, Chrysler,Air Force, Small Business League, Montblanc, Dairy & Deli Association,TEDx, Equinix, UGG, BlackRock, Google,Transamerica,AutoTrader and others. Qualman gave the commencement address at the McCombs Business School (University of Texas).

He has shared the stage with: Al Gore, Peyton Manning, Julie Andrews, Magic Johnson, Malcolm Gladwell, Bill O’Reilly, Jeff Bezos, Howard Schultz, Condoleezza Rice, Brett Favre,Tony Hawk, Jay Leno, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Alan Mulally, and many others of note.

He is no stranger to the executive suite, having served as the Head of Marketing at Travelzoo (TZOO). Yet, he may be best known for writing and producing the world’s most watched social media video. His work has been on 60 Minutes, The New York Times, WSJ, USA Today, ABC News, Financial Times, Forbes, CBS News, and The Huffington Post. He is also a member of the team that achieved the Guinness Book of World Record for the longest continuous podcast.

Socialnomics was a finalist for the”Book of the Year.” Fast Company lists Professor Qualman as a Top 100 Digital Influencer. He made Forbes Top 50 Power Influencer list. Qualman was Academic All-Big Ten in basketball at Michigan State University and been honored as the Michigan State University Alum of the Year. Qualman has an MBA from the McCombs School of Business. A proud husband and father, he lives with his wife and two daughters in Austin.


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“It's not a question of if we're going to make a mistake, it's a question of when and how we handle it in the social media world,” Erik Qualman tells his audience, demonstrating how social media errors can become “flawsome.” “How do you make digital lemonade out of digital lemons?”

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OPENING KEYNOTE - Erik Qualman



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Erik Qualman uses his wide-ranging knowledge of the digital world to deliver a series of keynote speeches that can help you to expand your social media presence and thus your profits.

Drawing on his bestselling book Socialnomics, Qualman explains how to make the most of the social media revolution, developing your marketing and messaging to stay ahead of the competition.

Qualman also speaks on the ways in which you can take control of your digital footprint, becoming a digital leader and leaving a legacy of which you can be proud.

Erik Qualman is an international best selling author and motivational keynote speaker. Qualman delivers 50 performances per year.

He has spoken in 44 countries and his top three topics are: Digital Leadership, Digital Reputation & Ratings, and Disruptive Innovation. His partners include Starbucks, Raytheon, Chase, Sony, National Guard, IBM, Airgas, Disney and over 200 Universities. He has been nominated for the Pulitzer Prize and voted the 2nd Most Likeable Author in the World behind Harry Potter’s J.K. Rowling. Qualman is a sitting professor at Harvard & MIT’s edX labs.

Digital Leadership & Motivation
Digital leaders are made - not born. Learn the 5 Habits that all digital leaders practice. Learn to create profitable & innovative disruption in the marketplace.

Digital Reputation
Privacy is dead. Learn the new rules of reputation for your brand, employees and family. Digital reputations are determining the success of everything.

Disruptive Innovation
What technologies are emerging? Merging? How do I harness the power of Socialnomics? Qualman explores which innovative trends are cutting edge and which are bleeding edge to ensure your organization is not only on the correct path, but ahead of the curve. Most importantly he explores how to infuse more disruption and innovation into your business. Big Data

This entertaining session highlights how top tier organizations convert unstructured data into actionable information to drive incredible bottom line results. Qualman showcases how Big Data can be harnessed to win elections, track the outbreak of the flu, reduce urban crime, generate more sales leads, dramatically increase revenue and beyond.

Socialnomics: It's a People-Driven Economy

Products and services are being pushed out way through social media. The ones that provide the best value will win, rather than the companies that are the best at marketing and messaging. Erik Qualman explores why flourishing companies are acting like Dale Carnegie: listening first and selling second, and explains how social media isn't a fad - it's a revolution.

Word of Mouth Goes World of Mouth

Erik Qualman, the best-selling author of Socialnomics: How Social Media Transforms the Way We Live and Do Business, will explain how companies can rely on social media to stay ahead of the competition and why the most successful businesses act more like content aggregators than advertisers.

Digital Leader: 5 Simple Keys to Success and Influence

How do I lead my best life with the help of digital media? How do I get more followers? What is my digital legacy? These are the top three questions social media expert Erik Qualman gets asked, and he shares the answers in this instructive, future-thinking presentation on how to assess your "digital footprint" and "digital shadow." Based on his latest book of the same name, Qualman walks audiences through the five key constructs of how to be a digital leader and take control of the "S.T.A.M.P." they leave on the digital landscape.



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Qualman is to social media what Demming is to quality and Drucker to management.
Scott Galloway, NYU Stern School of Business

Erik’s opening keynote hit it out of the park and excited our audience. The feedback was exceptional and many attendees went out of their way to comment on how inspirational and informative his keynote had been. We hope to have Erik back to our events in the future and are glad that we had the opportunity to share his insights with our delegates.
Kat Drucker Digital Media Summit Toronto

Erik’s presentation was the most important business presentation — in terms of immediate impact in how I approach my job — that I have sat through in 10 years.
EVP of Sales ADP

In his key note speech Erik built a bridge between information and entertainment. It’s impressive how easily he adapted to the audience and the topic of the conference. A very professional performance… and we are looking forward to welcome Erik Qualman again.
Corinne Hengartner EAM Marketing & Campaigns Credit Suisse

Erik Qualman’s keynote was the highlight of our Starbucks Conference. He is one of the most engaging and entertaining speakers I’ve come across, and was able to make the content relevant to our audience and fitting to our theme. His depth of insight and breadth of examples have prompted us to shift our thinking to stay connected to our partners and our customers.
Starbucks Katya Cautillo Recruitment Manager




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Qualman is to social media what Demming is to quality and Drucker to management.
Scott Galloway, NYU Stern School of Business

Erik’s opening keynote hit it out of the park and excited our audience. The feedback was exceptional and many attendees went out of their way to comment on how inspirational and informative his keynote had been. We hope to have Erik back to our events in the future and are glad that we had the opportunity to share his insights with our delegates.
Kat Drucker Digital Media Summit Toronto

Erik’s presentation was the most important business presentation — in terms of immediate impact in how I approach my job — that I have sat through in 10 years.
EVP of Sales ADP

In his key note speech Erik built a bridge between information and entertainment. It’s impressive how easily he adapted to the audience and the topic of the conference. A very professional performance… and we are looking forward to welcome Erik Qualman again.
Corinne Hengartner EAM Marketing & Campaigns Credit Suisse

Erik Qualman’s keynote was the highlight of our Starbucks Conference. He is one of the most engaging and entertaining speakers I’ve come across, and was able to make the content relevant to our audience and fitting to our theme. His depth of insight and breadth of examples have prompted us to shift our thinking to stay connected to our partners and our customers.
Starbucks Katya Cautillo Recruitment Manager


Socialnomics: How Social Media Transforms the Way We Live and Do Business

The benchmark book on to the effects and implications of social media on our daily lives, and how businesses can harness its power

Socialnomics is an essential book for anyone who wants to understand the implications of social media on our daily lives and how businesses can tap the power of social media to increase their sales, cut their marketing costs, and reach consumers directly. In this revised and updated second edition, author Erik Qualman presents new material based on meeting with 75 Fortune 1000 companies, 50 colleges and universities, and over 100 small businesses & non-profits since the first edition. Qualman's materials have been used from IBM to NASA to Harvard to local businesses.

    • Lists the top ten easy opportunities that companies and organization miss when it comes to social media
    • Describes where social media should reside in an organization and the necessary building blocks for success
    • Explains why over 50 percent of companies still block social media to their employees and why this is a detriment to success
    • Shares proper training methods for your ENTIRE organization on social media; not just the chosen few
    • Reviews the top companies, organizations and individuals using social media, explaining what separates them from other companies and how to replicate their success

Social media can transform your business and your relationship with consumers. Discover what social media can do for you, and what you can do for others while using social media.

Digital Leader-Erik Qualman

Digital Leader: 5 Simple Keys to Success and Influence

"Digital footprints are what we post about ourselves. Digital shadows are what others upload about us. Collectively, they have changed the world forever. As leaders and future leaders we need to adapt to this new world."
-- from Digital Leader

Digital leaders are made, not born--you have it within you to become an effective digital leader. As a leader in the digital age, your reach is boundless. With advanced technologies, you can exert more direct and indirect influence than ever before--anywhere at any time. And everything you do, fail to do, and wish you didn't do is documented forever in the digital universe.

Digital Leader explains how to take full advantage of everything the digital age has to offer, while avoiding common pitfalls that can damage your "digital legacy."

Bestselling author Erik Qualman explains what modern leadership means and describes how to be an effective leader in the digital world. In order to succeed, you need to adjust your leadership skills to adapt to today's digitally open world--and you need to start today. Qualman breaks the process down into five powerful truths you can use to establish your leadership "stamp":


Erik Qualman is an international best selling author and motivational keynote speaker. Qualman delivers 50 performances per year.

He has spoken in 44 countries and his top three topics are: Digital Leadership, Digital Reputation & Ratings, and Disruptive Innovation. His partners include Starbucks, Raytheon, Chase, Sony, National Guard, IBM, Airgas, Disney and over 200 Universities. He has been nominated for the Pulitzer Prize and voted the 2nd Most Likeable Author in the World behind Harry Potter’s J.K. Rowling. Qualman is a sitting professor at Harvard & MIT’s edX labs.

Digital Leadership & Motivation
Digital leaders are made - not born. Learn the 5 Habits that all digital leaders practice. Learn to create profitable & innovative disruption in the marketplace.

Digital Reputation
Privacy is dead. Learn the new rules of reputation for your brand, employees and family. Digital reputations are determining the success of everything.

Disruptive Innovation
What technologies are emerging? Merging? How do I harness the power of Socialnomics? Qualman explores which innovative trends are cutting edge and which are bleeding edge to ensure your organization is not only on the correct path, but ahead of the curve. Most importantly he explores how to infuse more disruption and innovation into your business. Big Data

This entertaining session highlights how top tier organizations convert unstructured data into actionable information to drive incredible bottom line results. Qualman showcases how Big Data can be harnessed to win elections, track the outbreak of the flu, reduce urban crime, generate more sales leads, dramatically increase revenue and beyond.

Socialnomics: It's a People-Driven Economy

Products and services are being pushed out way through social media. The ones that provide the best value will win, rather than the companies that are the best at marketing and messaging. Erik Qualman explores why flourishing companies are acting like Dale Carnegie: listening first and selling second, and explains how social media isn't a fad - it's a revolution.

Word of Mouth Goes World of Mouth

Erik Qualman, the best-selling author of Socialnomics: How Social Media Transforms the Way We Live and Do Business, will explain how companies can rely on social media to stay ahead of the competition and why the most successful businesses act more like content aggregators than advertisers.

Digital Leader: 5 Simple Keys to Success and Influence

How do I lead my best life with the help of digital media? How do I get more followers? What is my digital legacy? These are the top three questions social media expert Erik Qualman gets asked, and he shares the answers in this instructive, future-thinking presentation on how to assess your "digital footprint" and "digital shadow." Based on his latest book of the same name, Qualman walks audiences through the five key constructs of how to be a digital leader and take control of the "S.T.A.M.P." they leave on the digital landscape.



Introduction - Speech Clips


“It's not a question of if we're going to make a mistake, it's a question of when and how we handle it in the social media world,” Erik Qualman tells his audience, demonstrating how social media errors can become “flawsome.” “How do you make digital lemonade out of digital lemons?”

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OPENING KEYNOTE - Erik Qualman