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Rohit Bhargava is a trend curator, founder of the Influential Marketing Group, and the author of five best selling business books. His popular keynotes have inspired audiences from 50 to 5000 people to create more human organizations. Rohit has been featured as a two time TEDx speaker, been invited to present at the World Communication Forum in Davos and appeared at hundreds of other events in 27 countries around the world. In addition to his keynotes, he has conducted dozens of private brand strategy, social media, content marketing and storytelling workshops and masterclasses for some of the largest brands in the world.
His expertise comes from directly working with over 100 real brands through more than 10 years leading creative teams at two of the best known marketing agencies in the world (Ogilvy & Leo Burnett) as well as through his current independent consulting work as the founder of the Influential Marketing Group. Rohit routinely combines humor with actionable advice and since publishing his first book globally in 8 languages, has been invited to speak at TEDx on Reinventing Marketing, in Davos at the World Communications Forum and at private events for some of the world’s largest organizations.
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He second book called Likeonomics is already a #1 Global Marketing best seller and has been featured in the NY Times, Harvard Business Review, and NPR. He is currently accepting speaking engagements for all of 2014.
On stage at over 100 industry events, Rohit has served as moderator and host, interviewed pioneering celebrities and delivered solo keynote sessions on some of the most prestigious stages of the world. He has shared the stage with notable business and entertainment personalities such as Craig Newmark (founder of Craigslist), Doug Ulman (CEO, LiveStrong), Tim Ferriss (Author), and Ariana Huffington (Author).
In addition, Rohit has also conducted private training seminars and workshops for many of the world’s largest and most forward thinking brands including American Express, Pfizer, Intel, IBM, SABMiller, Boehringer Ingelheim, Pepsi, Swisshotel, Heineken, World Bank, and Unilever.
His most memorable qualities as a speaker, however, are his unpretentious presence at events, genuine ability to answer audience questions directly (based on real industry knowledge) and dedication to sharing insights instead of obvious truths.
My most popular TEDx talk focuses on the power of storytelling and why marketers need to get better not only at storytelling, but also as creating narratives that people can actually share easily. A great story is entertainment. A great story that influences someone to change their belief or behaviour, and that gets retold easily to others is great marketing.
Every entrepreneur has his or her fair share of failure and in this irreverent talk Rohit shares his story of founding the first ever restaurant directory website for the DC area back in 1997, why it failed and how it led him to his first big break living in Australia. The full talk was under 20 minutes, and delivered as part of a cocktail networking event to several hundred startup founders and social media enthusiasts.
We live in a business world that tends to glorify the big idea. We devote entire conferences to it, and spend millions to hire and inspire people to develop more of them. Yet all too often big ideas fail. In this talk delivered at a large User Conference for marketing software provider Vocus, Rohit shares a combination of stories to illustrate why the big idea is never enough – and what success really takes is the right relationships.
“Rohit’s presentation was one of the most successful in our chapter’s history … his presentation drew rave reviews for delivering real content in an entertaining and easily accessible style.”
– Matt Ross, American Marketing Association
“The knowledge he holds in his head is like gold dust for any PRO trying to create a credible digital marketing strategy. In 30 minutes, he taught PRWeek more about how information is disseminated on the internet than most people learn in a decade of being a web consumer.”
– Alex Black, PRWeek UK
“Rohit Bhargava is a master at weaving stories together on stage, taking the audience on a journey, all the while, teaching them about real marketing and business tactics. We’ve worked with Rohit many times and love having him speak at our events.”
- Jen Consalvo, Tech Cocktail
“#curiosity marketing panel is the best SXSW one yet. Like a kickass college class you can’t wait to go to. Rohit is like a Social Media Robin Williams.”
“Rohit is a dynamic speaker, bursting with knowledge and examples about content creation/curation and the business value of likeability. He was one of the Vocus Conference favorites.”
– Brindisi Chan, Marketing Manager at Vocus
“Rohit’s blog is intellectual and educational.”
– Wall Street Journal
“Rohit took the time to understand his audience and this was KEY! He also invested time AFTER the session later in the day to thank those who tweeted about his session. And went several steps further by engaging people in conversation who raised points or questions via twitter. Class act!”
- Attendee survey feedback, ASAE Marketing Conference
“I’ve enjoyed hearing Rohit speak many times over the years. His perspective is refreshing in a world of many well-meaning but generic speakers. Rohit though is the opposite of generic! I am regularly impressed at just how different and customized every one of his talks are. He brings distinct clarity of mind, warmth, and humor to audiences, all anchored in his deep expertise for marketing and business.”
-Jill Foster, public speaker, storyteller, and blogger at LiveYourTalk.com
“His talk reminded us that we’re not just in the business to sell tickets to our product, but to tell our story and engage us as people.”
- Attendee survey feedback, Americans For The Arts
“Rohit was a great keynote and added an element of needed business strategy to the Demand Success 2013 line-up. His session was lively, and forgive the double entendre, likeable. Most importantly, our attendees walked away thinking about new ways to invigorate their businesses.”
- Geoff Livingston, author and content planner for Demand Success 2013
“Rohit’s ability to simplify and portray marketing tactics that any marketer can implement resonated with our audience, as shown by the number of live social posts during his session. Not only is he credible, but he’s also practical and authentic.”
– Stacey Miller, Social Media Manager
“I had an organic understanding of a few of these but [Rohit’s] explanations were enlightening and I will be able to better put these concepts into practice now.”
– Webinar participant feedback
“The best general session I have ever attended. Enjoyed the specific examples he gave. Far too often speakers pontificate or entertain, which is fun at the time, but then you really don’t use it afterward. I feel like I’ll actually use things I learned from this session.”
- Attendee survey feedback, ASAE Marketing Conference