The Social Media Conference - The Evolution #SMCNZ17


The Online Business Academy is proud to present New Zealand’s biggest social media conference for the fourth year in a row. Bringing together delegates and attendees from all over the world.

Hosted at SKYCITY Auckland, we are flying in 3 Social Media Influencers who walk the talk and have built their business and brand using the power of social media. Come along and learn from speakers such as Vicki Fitch (USA) livestreaming expert who makes between $20k and 40K a month, John Kapos aka Chocolate Johnny from Australia well known social media speaker for Social Media Marketing World, and Samantha Kelly aka Tweeting Goddess from Ireland – an award winning social media strategist, TED speaker and Twitter community builder for an all-inclusive conference.


Vicki Fitch (USA)

Social Media Direct Sales Expert | Author, Speaker & Business Consultant

Keynote: Building a business that you love, with the power of social media.

Stream Topic: How to generate an income using live streaming.

John Kapos aka Chocolate Johnny (AUS)

Creator Perfection Chocolates & Sweets | Business & motivational Speaker/ Persicope and Snapchat Expert

Keynote: The power of live video platforms to evolve your business brand.

Stream Topic: Learn how Snapchat can transform your business – hints, tips and hacks.

Samantha Kelly aka Tweeting Goddess (Ireland)

Social Media Strategist/ Speaker/ Trainer/ Connector

Keynote: How to use Twitter to build relationships with customers.

Stream Topic: Twitter hints and tips that will evolve your business.

The Audience for the Socia Media Conference New Zealand

Whether you are new to social media, or a seasoned expert… this conference is for you.

If you work in a corporate role on a social media or digital marketing function or f you are a small business owner wanting to learn to do social media better, this conference is for you…

If you in a digital agency or help clients with social media, this conference is definitely for you.


Amar Trivedi - Samsung

Social Media Community Manager

Corporate Stream Topic: The Omni channel experience – Community management to customer engagement.

Krystle Field - Wellington City Council

Social Media Strategist/ Podcaster/ International Speaker

Social Media Engagement – Trolls, Reputation & Crisis Comms

Cassie Roma - NZME

General Manager, Branded Content + Content Marketing

Stream Topic: How to keep Content Marketing fluid in a corporate environment

Ryan Ashton - AFQY

Founder / Datagate & Azuronaut Relationship Manager

Corporate Stream Topic: The power of Empathetic Communication across social media with a focus on Engagement, Social Selling and Social Buying.

MC for the Social Media Conference

Andrew Baird

MC for the Social Media Conference

There is nothing more exciting that having an MC that has the skills and experience in the Digital and Social Media Marketing space, manage the Conference to success.
We are thrilled to have Andrew on board.

Katie Byrne

Global Head of Social Media, XERO

Keynote: Brand and reputation – it’s more important than ever.

Corporate Stream Topic: Online brand is a reflection of the business culture.


Thomas Evans - ROAR Creative Ltd

Marketing and Strategy Director

Stream Topic: Social Media Campaigns – Plan, Execute, Measure and Adjust

Pauline Stockhausen - Stockhausens

Social Media Strategist/ Podcaster/ International Speaker

Keynote: How online communities have evolved and what this means for businesses today.

Stream Topic: How to build and manage a successful online community.

Mark Hayes - Rocketshp

Chief Marketing Officer, Keynote Speaker & Author

Stream Talk: Creating, repurposing, and curating content

Kate Nankivell - Force of Nature

LinkedIn and Business Development Strategist

Stream Topic: The power of Linkedin.

Wendy Thompson - Socialites

CEO & Founder at Socialites & Start Social

Stream Topic: How to use Instagram and Instagram stories.

Josh Borgia-Frost - Social Matrix

Management Consultant - Social Selling

Stream Topic: Social Selling – Driving sales and leads.


Paul Spain - Gorilla Technology

Founder & CEO

Stream Topic: How to develop content across other digital channels and repurpose through Social Media

Wanita Zoghby-Fourie - The Online Business Academy

Social Media and Digital Marketing Strategist & Speaker

Wanita is a Social Media Speaker and Strategist is known as the African Kiwi. Her passion lies in strategy, live streaming and maintaining freshness and vitality of online content.

Natalie Cutler-Welsh - Go to Girl

Founder of Go to Girl/ Speaker/ Social Media Ambassador

Stream Topic: How you can create #winwin opportunities and collaborations to create more leverage in your business.

Cathy Mellett - Net Branding.

Net Branding Director and International speaker

Keynote: Social media to WIN with Customers! What else should I do?

Stream Topic: Be Seen, Be Heard, Be Found Online®

Chad Zoghby - Les Mills

Digital Producer

Stream Topic: Setting up and managing your YouTube channel.

Table Topic: How sales funnels work to convert customers

Jam Mayer - Conversologie

Social Media Strategist

Automating social media using messenger bots and measurement tools

MC for the Social Media Conference

Andrew Baird

MC for the Social Media Conference

There is nothing more exciting that having an MC that has the skills and experience in the Digital and Social Media Marketing space, manage the Conference to success.
We are thrilled to have Andrew on board.

Rebecca Caroe - Creative Agency Secrets

Founder & CEO

Stream Topic: The Art of Pre-suasion – Content, keywords and social.

How the Social Media Conference will run on the day

The day starts with registration and opening and a few keynotes.

Attendees will break out into Workshop Style sessions choosing the topic, speaker and stream of their choice.

The day will end with keynotes on the Main Stage.

Refreshments are provided as well as a delicious lunch.

Lunch time – visit our sponsor/ partner booths, time to recoup, and, of course, networking with some experienced and like-minded people and companies.

Sponsors for The Social Media Conference - The Evolution

Payment Plans Available

If you are a small business and you need a payment plan, be in touch.  We want to help you to experience this world class conference.

Here's what Natalie Cutler-Welsh, 2015 speaker and 2016 attendee, had to say about The Social Media Conference 2016

Listen to what Natalie had to say and why you should attend

“I’m Natalie Cutler-Welsh from Go to Girl. I came last year and it’s so cool to see how the Social Media Conference developed into a two-day event. Last year, I was a speaker, this year I was an attendee. I also went to Social Media Marketing World and really I have to say the calibre of this event is really at that international standard. I’m so impressed and proud of the speakers – and the attendees loved it.”

If you guys are thinking about coming to the next Social Media Conference, book your ticket.



The conference is on Friday 15th September and Saturday 16th September 2017.
It starts at 8:30am and ends at 5:00 pm.


This conference is for you if you are wanting to use social media and online marketing to connect, engage and grow your online business.


Social Media and Community Managers, Business Owners responsible for their Social Media, Social Media Thought Leaders and Influencers, Digital Agencies, Bloggers, Podcasters and anyone wanting to expand their knowledge in Social Media.


The Networking opportunities are fantastic at the Social Media Conference and many great friendships and business deals have been solidified.


The Social Media Conference will keep you up on the latest trends and speaking of trends – last year we were trending with the hashtag in the top 10. The hashtag this year is #SMCNZ17.


When you register for the conference you will be asked to join the Facebook Community where all the live video action during the conference is captured in real time.

Josh Borgia-Frost, Client Director for Social Matrix - ``It's been an awesome couple of days``

The highlights of the event have been speakers, like Cat Howell, who spoke to us about accessing Millenials through social and the platforms that they use – new and interesting ways like live streaming, and functions like that.

“Also, Chocolate Johnny. He has a brick-and-mortar business in Sydney [and talked about] how he has just embraced Social Media as his main communication channel – he has created a global following. So that’s been really inspiring for me to take to my clients and share these insights with them.

“[We’ve been given] some great templates, tips and tricks that I’ve gotten to enable me to deliver better value to my clients, it’s been an awesome couple of days and I will definitely be back next year.

If you get a chance to come to the 2017 Social Media Conference, I say go ahead, book your ticket now.

Testimonials from the
Social Media Conference 2016

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