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Michael Brito is a Group Director at WCG, a W2O Group company. He is responsible for helping clients transform their brands into media companies by implementing social business strategic initiatives that operationalize content strategy, scale community management, and integrate paid, earned, and owned media initiatives. Prior to WCG, Michael worked as a Senior Vice President of Edelman Digital and also for large, influential brands in Silicon Valley, such as Hewlett Packard, Yahoo, and Intel, where he was responsible for consumer social media marketing and community building. Very early on in his career, his role was focused on search marketing (paid and natural) and digital marketing. He has been building external communities ever since and believes that brands should focus on turning friends, fans, and followers into brand advocates and storytellers.
Michael is a frequent speaker at industry conferences, as well as a guest lecturer at various universities including the University of California, Berkeley; the University of San Francisco; Stanford University; Syracuse University; Golden Gate University; and Saint Mary’s College of California. He is also an Adjunct Professor at San Jose State University and UC Berkeley teaching social business and strategic social media.
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 is also the author of Smart Business, Social Business: A Playbook for Social Media In The Organization, which was released in July 2011. He proudly served eight years in the United States Marine Corps.