“Ann Marie captured the attention of the group and several followed through on her suggestions during the meeting. As a group we are trying to integrate Facebook, Twitter, FourSquare and a few other sites to spread awareness off our name. A very well presented topic, and any questions were handled with ease.

” John Ruffalo, CFO/Director of Food Purchasing, SubStation II

“Ann Marie spoke on Social Media Crisis Communications planning at the May luncheon for the New Mexico chapter of the Public Relations Society of America. She was a wonderful speaker, with a lot of insight into how a crisis can impact an organization over social media before people realize it. She had a lot of great examples and solid advice for those professionals who would have to deal with a crisis quickly in the social media world. If you have a chance, your organization should bring in Ann Marie to get you ready before a crisis happens. You’ll be glad you did.” Benson Hendrix, APR

Ann Marie van den Hurk speaks regularly to professional and business groups from twenty to two-hundred.  Ann Marie’s talks are relaxed and interactive. When speaking to groups, Ann Marie customizes her presentation to the need of your group.

Speaking Topics

• Crisis communications: Planning for the unthinkable and keeping your business communicating and open for business
• When Social Media Hits the Fan: How to do plan for, prevent, and manage a social media crisis.
• Cyber Safety: Keeping yourself and teens safe online through understanding of the platforms, privacy concerns, and coping strategies.
• Digital Presence: In today’s connected world, businesses must have an online presence in order to be competitive.
• Changing Dynamics for Media: Social media has changed how news is gathered and reported which has implications for your business in the news cycle.
• Building an Great Online Reputation: Solid building blocks on creating and protecting your business’s reputation.

Past Speaking Engagements:

October 14, 2014 – Research Triangle High School, Durham, NC – Speaking to parents and students about keeping cyber-safe.

October 17, 2014 – ConvergeSouth – Winston-Salem, NC – Ann Marie is talking about managing when social hits the fan.

July 10, 2014 – Rocky Mount Business Builders – Rocky Mount, NC – She shared information about Net Neutrality and what it means for small businesses.

June 4, 2014 – Rocky Mount Area Chamber of Commerce – Rocky Mount, NC – Ann Marie shared with businesses how to manage their online reputation.

February 2014 – Rocky Mount Business Builders – Rocky Mount, NC – During Wednesdays of  month of February, she spoke to communications trends for small businesses.

November 12-14, 2013 – Internet Summit 2013 – Raleigh, NC – She joined a panel on digital ad strategies.

October 14, 2013 – Realtime Marketing Lab – New York City, NY – Ann Marie was featured as part of The Help Desk where you can pick her brain on crisis communications.

October 8, 2013 – Downtown Rocky Mount Business Association – Rocky Mount, NC – Ann Marie spoke on how small businesses can build its online presence and connect with broader groups of potential customers.

August 22-24, 2013 – National Federation of Presswomen National Conference – Salt Lake City, UT – Ann Marie joined Cynthia Price to speak about crisis communications. She spoke about when social becomes unsocial.

July 2, 2013 – Women’s Professional Networking Group (Rocky Mount Chapter) – Rocky Mount, NC – Ann Marie spoke on the Paula Deen situation and how business owners can manage this type of crisis situation.

May 23, 2013 – New Mexico Chapter of PRSA – Albuquerque, NM – Ann Marie spoke with peers about social media crisis communications and her new book.

April 12, 2013 – Rocky Mount Business Builders – Rocky Mount, NC – Ann Marie talked about reputation management.

April 16, 2013 – Women’s Professional Networking Group (Rocky Mount Chapter) – Rocky Mount, NC – She spoke about her book and how business owners can manage their online brand.

Book Ann Marie now to speak to your organization!

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