Brian Fanzo

  • Translator of geek-speak, change evangelist, podcast host, emcee and keynote speaker on social media marketing, cross-generational communication, innovation, and digital empathy!
  • "Top 25 Social Business Leaders" - The Economist Intelligence Unit
  • Founder and CEO of iSocialFanz LLC
  • Host Podcasts: FOMOFanz, Just Try This & SMACtalk

Brian Fanzo inspires, motivates, and educates businesses on how to leverage emerging technologies and digital marketing – to stand out from the noise and engage with customers of all ages.

He has a diverse background working for the Department of Defense in cybersecurity, then as a technology evangelist at a booming cloud computing startup. He is currently the Founder of iSocialFanz, which has helped launch digital and influencer strategies with the world’s most iconic brands like Dell, EMC, Adobe, IBM, UFC, Applebees, and SAP.

A proud pager-wearing millennial and dad of three girls, Brian hosts three podcasts (FOMOFanz, Just Try This & SMACtalk), has traveled to over 74 countries and has spoken at many of the worlds largest events including South By Southwest, Social Media Marketing World, Consumer Electronics Show, and Mobile World Congress.

He is also a diehard Pittsburgh sports fan, and a semi-professional poker player that isn’t afraid to leverage his fast-talking skills to read your body language and spot when you’re bluffing!

 

 

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Brian is an awesome guy and even better speaker…he’s a natural! Not only does he deliver quality content sharing his vast knowledge and insights with actionable takeaways but he does this in such a fun, engaging and genuine way. He’s an incredible guy with a huge heart, He even stuck around for our entire event and evening social dinner, interacting with our guests answering their 100’s of questions well into the event. Our audience is hard to impress, having heard some of the biggest names in the entrepreneur and social media space, but Brian seriously delivered and they were all raving about him after the event. I would have him back to speak at one of our events in a heartbeat. Thanks for making the trip down under Brian, you’re a legend!

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  • G3 Communications
  • Kerwin Rae K2 Mastermind
  • Owner Media Group
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Digital Empathy: The Synergy Between Technology Innovation and Emotional Connection

Every business today is in the business of trust and as the layers of our business world are expanded through innovation the importance of storytelling and relatability increase in importance and value. As we’ve learned over the last 10 years that although the world is more digitally connected and d ...

Every business today is in the business of trust and as the layers of our business world are expanded through innovation the importance of storytelling and relatability increase in importance and value. As we’ve learned over the last 10 years that although the world is more digitally connected and digitally dependent many business practices still ring true requiring us to shift our mindset for how digital innovation will replace what we do offline to how can digital innovation amplify, scale and simulate what we do in the real world.

In this presentation, Brian will walk through the strategies and innovations that are being used today and what will be used in the future to convey raw emotion and immersive storytelling enabling businesses to truly reach out and touch their consumers virtually.

The audience will walk away with:

  • An understanding of today’s digitally native consumer behaviors and the mindset required to integrate and leverage emotional intelligence in today’s business.
  • Examples and scenarios where technologies such as artificial intelligence, augmented reality, virtual reality and deep learning are being leveraged to provide personalized virtual experiences.
  • The 3 T’s required to create synergy between our need to humanize and personalize our business while innovating and leveraging technology and social media.
  • A game plan to study and track the emotional storytelling being used today while inspiring them to create a strategy that will set them up for leveraging the dynamic virtual emotions available via the innovations of tomorrow.

Future Proof: How Cross-Generational Collaboration Empowers Change, Community, and a Shared Purpose

In this inspirational keynote, Brian leverages psychology with technology – resulting in new strategies for creating powerful connections and better experiences both online and offline. Brian will breakdown his cross-generational strategy built on the 3C’s: change, collaboration and community.Audien ...

In this inspirational keynote, Brian leverages psychology with technology – resulting in new strategies for creating powerful connections and better experiences both online and offline. Brian will breakdown his cross-generational strategy built on the 3C’s: change, collaboration and community.

Audiences will walk away inspired and motivated with an understanding of the following:

  • How to capture the attention of your customers and maintain it
  • Millennials make up over 50% of today’s workforce. Creating personas in marketing around those born during certain years can be valuable, but with a multi-generational workforce it’s essential to understand that a millennial mindset is not restricted to employees of a certain age.
  • It’s not about the year you were born; it’s your willingness to embrace change, collaboration, and community
  • Collaboration isn’t about everyone having a task. Successful collaboration enables everyone to focus on what they do the best. Not every employee needs to be a social employee but every employee plays an important role in a brand’s storytelling efforts.
  • Digital and social business tools enable scale, management, and reporting. Too often, however, tools are thrown at people’s problems. Your marketing goal should be to address human needs before technology.
  • The 3 T’s (Trust, Training, Technology) required to create synergy between our need to humanize and personalize our business while innovating and leveraging technology.

Think Like A Fan: The Field of Dreams Marketing Game Is Over! If You Build It, Nobody is Coming!

Great content isn’t determined by you (the brand); it’s determined by your loyal customers. The future of marketing is relatability – and your ability to relate to customers today will focus heavily on empowering your community and telling your brand story through authenticity, transparency, and tru ...

Great content isn’t determined by you (the brand); it’s determined by your loyal customers. The future of marketing is relatability – and your ability to relate to customers today will focus heavily on empowering your community and telling your brand story through authenticity, transparency, and trust.

Brand trust and loyalty are on the decline, and today’s consumers are more educated than ever before. The marketing objective is simple: shrink the distance between our brand and our customers by creating conversations, creating real-time content strategies, and collaborating with those already trusted by your consumers, your employees, your influencers, and your current fans.

In this keynote program, Brian will educate attendees on the changing landscape of today’s consumers, inspire you to change your perspective, teach how every brand can empower its fans, and motivate you to THINK LIKE A FAN.

Audiences will walk away inspired and motivated with an understanding of the following:

  • How to leverage content and social media to talk WITH your community (turning customers into fans and fans into influencers)
  • K.I.S.S. content plan to empower user-generated content, influencer marketing, and employee advocacy
  • The “Field of Dreams” marketing game is over
  • Creating content in real-time including social video, live video, and podcasting
  • How to identify who your customers are – and how and where they want to receive content
  • How to amplify your offline experiences
  • How to reach the influencers who influence the people making the buying decisions

Press the Damn Button: Why You Must Tell Your Story & How to Create a Memorable Storytelling Strategy

Whether you’re a leader in a Fortune 500 business, a small business owner, or an entrepreneur, every person [and every brand] has a story to tell.In this program, Brian shares his game plan for the importance of telling your story, how to stand out from the noise, and where to get started. The ide ...

Whether you’re a leader in a Fortune 500 business, a small business owner, or an entrepreneur, every person [and every brand] has a story to tell.

In this program, Brian shares his game plan for the importance of telling your story, how to stand out from the noise, and where to get started.

The idea of branding your story or putting yourself out there can seem a little scary, but the days of allowing your work to speak for itself are over. There’s too much competition. This program teaches the value of telling your story and the vehicles through which it will be heard.

It doesn’t matter if you’re starting a blog, launching a podcast, going live on Facebook, or creating a video series for YouTube, you must shift your mindset, create a strategy, and most importantly… PRESS THE DAMN BUTTON!

Audiences will walk away inspired and motivated with an understanding of the following:

  • How to create a memorable storytelling strategy
  • The importance of relatability, authenticity, transparency, and trust in sharing your story
  • How to create content where you’re most comfortable while focusing on the platforms where your customers and community are engaging
  • Perfection is a fairytale
  • Transparency doesn’t guarantee trust and authenticity, but when leveraged strategically it becomes the key to growing a community and being relatable in this always-on world
  • Why your vulnerabilities and limitations become your strongest assets for connecting and fostering digital relationships

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Biography

Brian is a proud dad of three girls under the age of 10, a Pittsburgh loving sports fan, a self-proclaimed change evangelist which makes sense as the one constant in this pager wearing millennials career has been changing. Brian is a proud geek that majored in computer science that found his niche of “translating geekspeak” with a unique background that includes working 9 years for the DoD in Cybersecurity, 2 years at a booming cloud computing startup and the last 5 years an entrepreneur and CEO of iSocialFanz.

Brian’s DoD career includes leading a team of 30+ developers & trainers with a mission of training, implementing and developing solutions that empowered the different branches of the military to share and collaborate leveraging social business tools their cybersecurity policies and procedures. If that doesn’t sound tough enough Brian’s role included 2 trips to Afghanistan & 3 to Iraq while also briefing the joint chiefs of staff at the Pentagon. Brian discovered his love for workshops, training and speaking while at the DoD for which he leveraged in his next job as the Technology Evangelist of a booming datacenter startup based out of Phoenix Arizona was known as IOdatacenters.

Brian became the face of that company over his two years at IO, developing and implementing the social business and training strategies with the focus of transparent collaboration between new hires, management, executives as well as partners and customers. In those two years, the company grew from 256 employees when Brian started to 612 when Brian left.

The role of technology evangelist was one that Brian designed at pitched the CEO himself, as it was a role that two of his idols Guy Kawasaki at Apple and Robert Scoble of Microsoft, later Rackspace mastered creating cult-like followings while connecting internal and external community for the company. Brian had the luxury of reporting to the CEO with a dotted line to both the CIO & CMO where he was able to be the face of the brand speaking and evangelizing the IO data center and cloud solutions at the largest technology events in the world including Amazon ReInvent, VMworld, Gartner Symposium, CES and many more.

In 2014 while still at IO Brian received his first of many social business awards as he was named Top 25 Social Business Leader of the future by the Economist and IBM. Brian leveraged the visibility and opportunities afforded to him with this award to travel to Ted Talks and the world’s largest technology events as an influencer, speaker and the personal brand of iSocialFanz.