Susan Etlinger

Social Media, Technology, Trends

Travels from San Francisco, California, USA

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Susan Etlinger Profile

Industry analyst and pioneer, Susan Etlinger teaches audiences how to contextualize data and use it in a smart way whether their company’s going through a crisis, disruption, or looking to take their business and employees to the next level. Recognized as one of the most knowledgeable experts on “Big Data,” she works at the intersection of people, processes, and technology, helping leading brands generate culture, strategies, and practices through a holistic interpretation of social and enterprise data.

As a mover and shaker in the Altimeter Group, a technology research firm, Susan conducts independent research on data strategy, analytics, and privacy. Her work is frequently referenced in major publications such as the Wall Street Journal, Fast Company, and the New York Times. She was one of a select few to be chosen as a speaker for the 2014 TED@IBM where she recorded her viral talk What do we do with all this big data?

Prior to joining Altimeter, Susan served as Senior Vice President at Horn Group where she pioneered the agency’s social strategy offering, advising start-ups to Fortune 500 companies on social media practices and strategic plan development. In addition to launching dozens of companies, she has counseled several businesses through crises, liquidity events, and large-scale organizational initiatives.

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    Susan Etlinger is an industry analyst with Altimeter Group, where she focuses on data strategy, analytics and ethical data use. She conducts independent research on these topics and is the author of several related research reports available for download at, on her blog,, and on SlideShare.

    Susan works with global 2000 organizations to incorporate strategic and ethical data use into organizational culture and practice. She helps organizations develop frameworks and process that enable them to extract insights from multiple data streams and act on them in a practical, trustworthy and scalable manner. Susan also works with technology vendors to refine product roadmaps and strategies based on her independent research.

    Susan is recognized as one of the most influential voices in the Big Data industry. Her TED talk on big data has been viewed nearly one million times. Additionally, she is a member of the board of The Big Boulder Initiative, an industry organization dedicated to promoting the successful and ethical use of social data.

    She is regularly interviewed and asked to speak on data strategy and best practices for business, and has been quoted in outlets including The Wall Street Journal, BusinessWeek, The San Francisco Chronicle, The New York Times, the BBC and Fast Company.

    She is a published translator and holds a B.A in Rhetoric from the University of California at Berkeley.

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One of the most knowledgeable experts in the data field and how it relates to businesses in the real world, Susan Etlinger draws on more than 20 years of experience helping a multitude of industries utilize technology-based research to support their company’s objectives. Frequently cited in mainstream news venues, Susan’s own investigations in areas like data analytics and social media make her an unrivaled authority in her area.

As a speaker, Susan breaks down her specialist knowledge into laymen’s terms through relatable stories and examples that demonstrate the challenges, opportunities, and necessary criteria to interpret social data smartly and apply it wisely.

The Age of AI: How Artificial Intelligence is Transforming Organizations
Seemingly overnight, Artificial Intelligence has moved from plot point in science fiction
to major technology trend. In this talk, Susan Etlinger lays out the current state of AI for business, describes primary and emerging use cases, and states the risks, opportunities, and organizational considerations that businesses are facing. It concludes with a look at the business, legal, and technology trends that are likely to shape the future, and recommendations for leaders thinking about applying AI to their own organizations.

Attendees will learn:
• Why and how AI will affect global business, and how to separate hype from reality
• Use cases, design and CX principles, emerging best practices, risks and opportunities, and implications for business
• Recommendations for leaders thinking about applying AI to their own organizations.

The Customer Experience of AI: Fostering Engagement, Innovation and Trust
However we define it, whether we know it or not, most of us interact with AI daily. It is present in recommendation engines, search engines, word processing programs, messaging, personal digital assistants, social networks, and even everyday household items. In this talk, industry analyst Susan Etlinger explores how AI fundamentally changes the relationship between businesses and consumers, lays out its risks and opportunities and demonstrates emerging best practices for designing customer-centric and ethical products and services.

Attendees will learn:
· Why and how AI changes the relationship between people and organizations
· The biggest risks—and opportunities—for business in the age of AI
· Operating principles, recommendations and best practices for designing innovative, engaging and ethical products, services and brand experiences.

The Conversational Business: Strategic Opportunities for Voice Agents and Chatbots
In this talk, Susan Etlinger shares use cases, emerging best practices, and design and CX principles from organizations building and using chatbots and voice agents such as Alexa, Cortana and Siri. Etlinger will cover the opportunities and risks of conversational interfaces, and the strategic implications for customer experience, business models, brand strategy, and recent innovations.

Attendees will learn:
· Why and how conversational interfaces are different from existing channels
· Use cases, design and CX principles, emerging best practices, risks and opportunities, and implications for business
· Recommendations for leaders thinking about applying conversational technologies to their own organizations.

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