Ben is the founder of London’s grassroots social media festival SXSELondon, a charity event covering all things digital that tries to answer the question “How is technology changing us?” Ben also created the biggest political Facebook campaign in UK history, with membership of nearly 200,000 people, surpassing the number of Facebook fans of all the political parties combined at the time and gaining national media coverage.
Formerly from a B2B marketing background, in the last few years he has project-managed for the multiple award-winning Rabbit agency, where he ran several campaigns and events for national and global clients, winning PRCA’s “Best Campaign” award for AVG’s Digital Diaries series. He also trained their team in community management – they went on to win Agency of the Year in 2012 . More recently he was in charge of growing global online communities of nearly 2 million for AVG Antivirus, winning Useful Social Media’s “most social business” award in the process.
In addition to running social media events & campaigns, Ben has recently co-founded Wordsmith Digital Ltd, a TechHaus that consults on social media & SEO for pharmaceutical, civic & government bodies..