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Top social media thinkers announced for national social media conference hosted by University of Nevada, Reno, Dec. 8-10


Social Media at Reno-Tahoe 2010 – the sm@rt conference – offers prominent social media presenters, hands-on best practices and tools to build successful social media marketing infrastructure in small businesses, nonprofits, tourism, gaming and more.

Reno, Nev., Aug. 23, 2010 – In response to the pressing demand on companies to embrace effective social media strategies and find innovative ways to build business, the University of Nevada, Reno has secured some of the top thinkers in social media marketing as part of sm@rt 2010 | Social Media @ Reno-Tahoe, held Dec. 8-10, 2010, at John Ascuaga’s Nugget Casino Resort in Sparks, Nev.

With an emphasis on marketing small businesses, nonprofits, tourism and gaming, the sm@rt conference will also partner with the 2010 Governor’s Conference on Tourism, which will be held two days prior, Dec. 6-7 at the Peppermill Resort in Reno.

Hosted by the University’s College of Business, Reynolds School of Journalism and Extended Studies, sm@rt offers attendees specialized instruction to immediately improve their social media marketing. Registrants for sm@rt, held within an hour of Lake Tahoe’s amazing ski country, can save $100 if registration is received by Nov. 1, 2010. The cost of the conference after Nov. 1 is $695. Registration at the conference will be $750, available Dec. 8-10.

Today’s announcement of the sm@rt 2010 speaker line-up follows a University announcement last week of a new three-course 30-hour Social Media Marketing Certificate offering in-depth, leading-edge course content and an opportunity to develop and demonstrate mastery of social media/inbound marketing.

“Businesses and organizations are begging for a forum where they can learn practical ways to solve communication dilemmas,” said conference organizer Todd Felts, assistant professor and director of the graduate program in interactive journalism at the Reynolds School of Journalism, University of Nevada, Reno. “There are many conferences popping up in social media, but few are in the region and even fewer focus on smart ways to reach customers and create effective dialogues.”

More than two dozen speakers and specialized breakout session presenters at sm@rt include top authors, practitioners and strategists from such companies as media giant Gannett and winter travel destinations including Vail Resorts, as well as experts in building business for professional service firms.

Sm@rt 2010 keynote speakers are David Nour and Scott Klososky. Nour, author of Relationship Economics and whose clients include Disney, Hilton Hotels and the American Cancer Society, is the foremost thought leader on the quantifiable value of business relationships. Klososky, the former CEO of three technology-related startup companies, is a professional speaker on business impact of emerging technology trends. Klososky has three books to be released this year including Enterprise Social Technologies: Helping Organizations Harness the Power of Social Media, Social Networking, Social Relevancy.

For more about the sm@rt keynote speakers and conference presenters visit http://smart.unr.edu/keynote.html and http://smart.unr.edu/presenters.html .

For information on sm@rt 2010 registration, hotel accommodations and access to preconference workshops, visit http://www.smartrenotahoe.com or call Extended Studies at the University of Nevada, Reno, (775) 784-4062 or 1-800-233-8928. Find sm@rt on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/smartrenotahoe or Twitter at http://twitter.com/smartreno .

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