Michael Brito is a vice president at Edelman Digital and leads the digital team in Silicon Valley. He provides strategic counsel, guidance, and best practices to several of Edelman’s top global tech accounts and is responsible for driving new business, growing existing business, mentoring junior staff members, and maintaining strong client relationships. Previously, Michael worked for major companies in Silicon Valley, including Sony Electronics, Hewlett Packard, Yahoo!, and Intel Corporation, working in various marketing, social media, and community management roles.
He is the founder of Silicon Valley Tweetup and is actively involved in the Social Media Club, Silicon Valley Chapter. He is a business advisor for the social media marketing company Izea and online resource MarketingZone.com; a business advisor to Lonesome George & Co.; and he is an early investor of social business hub OneForty. He is a frequent speaker at industry conferences as well as a guest lecturer at various universities, including Cal Berkeley, the University of San Francisco, Stanford University, Syracuse University, and Saint Mary’s College of California. Michael has a Bachelor of Arts in Business degree from Saint Mary’s College and a Master of Science, Integrated Marketing Communications degree from Golden Gate University. He proudly served eight years in the United States Marine Corps.
Michael believes that marketing can be evil at times; but if done right, it can drive customer loyalty, product innovation, and brand advocacy. He believes that marketers need to spend more time listening to the social customer and less time sending one-way marketing messages. He is confident that if brands love their customers, they’ll love them back and tell others about it. He also believes that organizations cannot and will not have effective, external conversations with consumers, unless they can have effective internal conversations first.