Human AI, Futurist, Innovation Keynote Speaker, Coach & Trainer

A Keynote Speaker & Coach specializing in the topics of Innovation, Collaboration, Entrepreneurship, Leadership, Future of Work, and Human AI

Rebecca Murtagh Human AI innovation speakerWhy talk about the ‘present’ when you can prepare your audience or team for the future?

Rebecca Murtagh is a high-energy, passionate, seasoned Keynote Speaker and workshop trainer that audiences love!

Passionate Futurist and World-Renowned Thought-Leader

We live and work in rapidly changing world.

Rebecca is a dynamic, knowledgeable, highly-respected speaker and coach that draws from decades of experience working with startups, entrepreneurs and large established brands across many industries from Silicon Valley and Fortune 500, to Main Street U.S.A. to help others turn their dreams and goals into REALITY!

As Founder and CEO of an award-winning digital consultancy she founded in 2001, Rebecca is a highly-respected global thought-leader. Her ability to identify emerging trends as opportunities for strategic planning for sustainable success has been invaluable to business owners, and leaders for over 30 years.

Rebecca is trusted by C-level executives, entrepreneurs, business owners, technology innovators, educators, subject matter experts, consultants, coaches, event managers, and professionals at all stages of building their career across many industries.

Why Should Your Keynote Speaker Be a Futurist?

Rebecca helps audiences look at the future with a fresh perspective. Audiences love her energy, passion, and her ability to simplify complex topics so they can innovate and achieve results.

Empower your audience!

Driven by over 25 years of professional experience, Rebecca pursued an opportunity to shift focus from business development, marketing and creative communication to the Internet in the mid 1990′s. Her initial involvement in the strategy, planning, creation and marketing of the first few websites of a 80 million dollar publishing imprint of International Thomson Publishing would be just the beginning of a highly successful career as a subject matter expert, educator and adviser.

After catching the web bug, in the late 1990’s Rebecca left the stability of a corporate job to work along side highly talented and innovative web architects, programmers and code scripters in a new media start-up. Working on the earliest forms of Intranets, CMS, e-commerce and custom web applications, Rebecca absorbed everything she could as the firm created web environments for Time Warner to support the roll out of high-speed internet, Plug Power as it approached an IPO, created the first Tech Valley website, the first e-commerce website for TroyBilt, an award-winning website for the Albany Colonie Chamber of Commerce, and a multitude of websites for business in various sectors.

She went on to take the lead for on-time, in budget completion of the first $1 million dollar budget e-commerce website for Harte Hanks Interactive of Harte Hanks Worldwide, which led to accounts with the U.S. Postal Service and Casual Corner. Rebecca then accepted a position as Director of New Media Services and Corporate Marketing for Wave Systems Corp (WAVS) to support R&D and deployment of streaming media subscription services, proprietary wallet technology, and partnering with players such as Philips, Microsoft, various OEMs and Cyber-COMM electronic payments, amidst early efforts to promote convergence of internet, digital streaming and television broadcast.

In 2001, Rebecca founded the award-winning marketing firm Karner Blue Marketing which has been engaged by large consumer brands, start-ups and enterprises in a multitude of industries.

Throughout her career, Rebecca has earned recognition as an internationally-recognized expert on topics related to business strategy, e-business, search, social media, e-business, digital and integrated marketing. Her straightforward, style has earned Rebecca invitations to speak at some of the industry’s largest international events, in addition to providing consulting, corporate training to private organizations throughout North America and Bahamas.

Illuminating Opportunities to Compete and Win

Always the futurist, Rebecca has earned a reputation for identifying new trends and opportunities for businesses and brands to leverage to build their brand and grow market share.

Brands rely upon her to help them connect-the-dots, define an actionable strategy, and stay one step ahead of their competition.

Expertise and Passion That Inspire Confidence

Rebecca’s passion and mastery of subject matter quickly earns the trust and confidence of audiences of all levels. Her ability to adapt the conversation to C-level executives, mid-level professionals or first-time entrepreneurs can be attributed to mastery of the topics, and her ease in translating complex topics into information that can be applied to executable strategies that deliver results. Its no wonder clients and colleagues turn to Rebecca for advice again and again as the digital landscape evolves, to help them adapt strategies, overcome new challenges and deploy methods that impact the bottom line.

In 2013, Rebecca’s acclaimed book Million Dollar Websites: Build a Better Website Using Best Practices of the Web Elite in E-Business, Design, SEO, Usability, Social, Mobile and Conversion was published, adopted by college professors for students, distributed at association annual conferences, and continues to receive high praise and 5 star reviews from industry experts and readers.

In addition to creating a Google+ Community to provide ongoing support to readers and website enthusiasts, Rebecca was a regular contributor to Search Engine Watch, one of the industry’s most trusted sources for breaking news, best practices and expert insights in SEO, Social Media, Marketing, Mobile, Video and the digital landscape.

A Highly-Engaging Keynote Speaker & Educator

Rebecca Murtagh continually researches, tests and monitors developments that impact brands and businesses of every size across multiple industries. Her engaging personality and ability to provide a glimpse into the future often draws standing-room only attendance to seminars and conference sessions, as well as large audiences in convention settings. Rebecca is dedicated to helping professionals gain a better understanding of how to leverage the current landscape with timely and relevant information to achieve their goals.

Rebecca has presented workshops, conference sessions, lectures and seminars at a large variety of industry conferences as well as conventions for international, national and local organizations, including, (but not limited to):

(List of events does not include private corporate/client training and workshops.)

::CROWD SUCCESS OPEN FORUM: Live Virtual Event March 2020: Rebecca Murtagh hosted a live video forum to discuss the impact the Coronavirus Pandemic has had on businesses and careers of attendees, addressing everything from new ways to connect, best practices for virtual meetings, as well as tools and methods to streamline work for maximum productivity and work-life balance amidst disruption.

::Pubcon Austin, Texas USA February 2020: Rebecca Murtagh returned to Austin to deliver her very-popular presentation: Merging Psychology and Content to a standing-room only crowd.

::Pubcon Pro Las Vegas, Nevada October 2019: Rebecca Murtagh was invited to return once again to Pubcon Pro Las Vegas, the #1 Marketing Conference for an updated version of her 2017 presentation on Merging Psychology and Content.

::SFIMA – Pubcon South Florida Interactive Marketing Association Summit April 2019, Ft. Lauderdale, FL USA : invited to return for a fifth year to speak at Pubcon’s “Marketing Spring Break” conference.

:: 2017 NYC Brand Summit, Brooklyn, New York USA: Rebecca Murtagh was invited by Incite to be chairperson of the Storytelling and Content track where she facilitated sessions and discussion about case studies delivered by CMO’s and top marketing professionals from American Express, KFC, Weight Watchers, and other global brands.

::Pubcon Pro Las Vegas, Nevada October 2018 USA: Rebeca Murtagh was invited to return to Pubcon Pro annual Las Vegas Conference.

::SFIMA – Pubcon South Florida Interactive Marketing Association Summit April 2018, Ft. Lauderdale, FL USA February 2017: invited to return for a fourth year to speak at Pubcon’s “Marketing Spring Break” conference to share insight with internet marketing professionals, business owners, and entrepreneurs from around the world on how to use User-Generated Content to improve visibility of the brand, engage audiences, and create brand assets.

::Pubcon Austin, Texas USA February 2018: Rebecca was invited to present at University of Texas, Austin on “The Science of Influence”.

:: 2017 NYC Brand Summit, Brooklyn, New York USA: Rebecca Murtagh was invited by Incite to be chairperson of the Storytelling and Content track where she facilitated sessions and discussion about case studies delivered by CMO’s and top marketing professionals from American Express, KFC, Weight Watchers, and other global brands.

::Pubcon Las Vegas, Nevada October 2017: Rebeca Murtagh was invited to return to Pubcon Las Vegas, the #1 Marketing Conference (rated by Marketing Professionals) to speak about Merging Psychology and Content Creation.

::SFIMA – South Florida Interactive Marketing Association Summit February 2017: selected as one of the world’s top 50 experts invited to speak to professional marketers and entrepreneurs around the world on How to Use Psychology to Develop Content and Promote Conversion.

:: Pubcon Las Vegas 2016 – Rebecca Murtagh invited to return as one of the top 200 expert speakers at Pubcon, deemed a Forbes “Must Attend Conference” and Inc. “Top conference for growing your business”.

:: Northeast Biofeedback Society – Rebecca Murtagh presented a 1/2 day workshop on how to use Digital Marketing (the website, social media, search and email) to build a brand, and private practice.

:: Pubcon Las Vegas 2016 –  Rebecca Murtagh was invited back as one of the world’s top experts to present on emerging trends and opportunities for entrepreneurs, business owners and marketers to reach target audiences.

::SFIMA – South Florida Interactive Marketing Association Summit 2016: one of the world’s top speakers selected to present to professional marketers, Rebecca Murtagh spoke about the role of Big Data, Little Data, All Data being vital to direct investment in building a marketing plan and conducting ongoing analysis for optimum ROI.

:: Pubcon Las Vegas 2015 – Rebecca Murtagh was invited to return to speak at the largest Pubcon conference to date, attracting attendees from around the world.

::NANP – National Association of Nutrition Professionals, Tucson, AZ USA : Rebecca Murtagh was a featured speaker chosen to speak about the use of social media to build a business. This session drew a highly-captivated standing room only crowd!

::SFIMA – South Florida Interactive Marketing Association Summit 2015

:: Pubcon Las Vegas 2014 – Million Dollar Websites book-signing and speaker for two sessions: Social Media in the

::Chamber of Commerce – Guilderland, NY February 2014: Rebecca Murtagh was invited to present Social Media: A Vital Business Leadership, Sales, Marketing and Customer Relations Tool for the Sustainable Business to members and guests.

::Pubcon Austin Regional 2014 at University of Texas, Austin TX USA: Rebecca Murtagh presented a spotlight session:  ‘The Convergence of Social Media and Search’ to share latest research on the indisputable relationship between social and search to professional marketers and SEO’s.

:: Pubcon Las Vegas 2013 – Million Dollar Websites book-signing and speaker for two sessions: Social Media in the Overall Marketing Plan, and Social Media and Search Today.

::AOA Conference 2013 Albuquerque, NM USA – Speaker for two sessions at the Annual Management and Marketing Conference for America Outdoors Association in Albuquerque, NM.

The Future of Digital Commerce and The Power of Google+ and Hangouts, were standing-room only sessions, followed by a private hangout for attendees to join to become more familiar with the webinar, video conferencing, social engagement platform.

::SFIMA – South Florida Interactive Marketing Association Summit 2013: as one of the Pubcon speakers invited to present to professional marketers representing some of America’s largest brands with a standing-room only session ‘All Roads Lead to Home’.

:: Pubcon New Orleans – Million Dollar Websites book-signing and presented two sessions: Social Media in the Overall Marketing Plan, and Social Media and Search Today.Marketing Keynote speaker Rebecca Murtagh hosted by Chamber of Commerce in Guilderland NY

:: SESNY: Search Engine Strategies NYC – Meet the Experts, meeting with business owners to answer burning questions about website Conversion.

:: The Special Event: Chicago, IL How to Reach Your “Ideal Customers” Using Today’s Digital Landscape.

:: PubCon Las Vegas 2012: Las Vegas – Two Sessions: Social Media, Search and Your Brand;  Integrating Social Media Into the Marketing Plan

:: Digital World Expo Las Vegas, Nevada: Two Sessions – LinkedIn and Loaded;   Google+ Inside and Out

:: PubCon Paradise 2012 Presenter and Panelist: The Convergence of Social Media , Search and Real-Time Search

:: PubCon Las Vegas 2011 Presenter and Panelist: The Convergence of Social Media , Search and Real-Time Search

:: Rebecca’s Post on the PubCon Social Media and Search Blog: Social Media Without Optimization Don’t Mean a Thing

:: NASCAR RV Resorts – Morgan RV Resorts: Keynote Speaker and Corporate Trainer. Rebecca created custom Keynote Speech followed by a custom workshop in Social Media Marketing for the management team from locations across the U.S.

:: PubCon Las Vegas 2010 Presenter and Panelist: The Convergence of Social Media , Search and Real-Time Search

:: PubCon Dallas 2010 Presenter and Panelist: How Search and Social Media Intersect, Including Real-Time Search

:: “Official Tweeter” for Silicon Valley Brand Forum  SVBF Event at: Electronic Arts  Managing Brand in the Social Media Jungle

:: exl Pharma 3 Hour SEO Pre-Conference Workshopexl Pharma SEM Annual Conference

:: Web 2.0 – San Franciso, CA SEO Seminar: Integrating SEO, Usability, and Internet Marketing for High Performance and Results

:: NHFA – National Home Furnishings Association Annual Conference: Paradise Island, Bahamas: Presenting Two Search Engine Marketing and Website Strategy Seminars at the All-Industries Convention

  • What is Search Engine Marketing?
  • Million Dollar Website

:: ISA – International Sign Assocition Annual Convention: Orlando, FL: Search Engine Myths and Facts

:: NAPM – National Association of Purchasing Management: New York Chapter: The Future of the Internet

:: PRSA – Public Relations Society of America: WRBG Studios Niskayuna: Search Engine Optimization Strategies for the Public Relations Industry

:: American College of Surgeons – COSM – Boca Raton Resort & Club, Boca Raton, FL USA: Rebecca was invited to speak to plastic surgeons and their practice managers on: How Search Engine Optimization Can Help You Grow Your Practice

:: ALTA Tech Forum – Association of Land Title Professionals – New Orleans, LA

:: RPI – Engineering Internet Symposium, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, NY – 2009, 2008, 2007

:: AdFacs – Business Expo – Albany, NY – 2003, 2004, 2005
“Internet Marketing”
“Passion is Power”

:: U-Start Union College Entrepreneur Series – Schenectady, NY

:: American Marketing Association NY Capital Region Internet Symposium – Albany, NY

:: EAP – Entrepreneurship Assistance Program Instructor – Albany Colonie Regional Chamber of Commerce – Albany, NY

:: Society of Marketing Professionals – Association of Strategic Marketing

:: Schenectady Business Center Entrepreneurship Course Instructor – Schenectady, NY

:: Capital Leadership – Albany, NY

:: Private Corporate on-Site Training and Seminars Throughout North America

more about Rebecca Murtagh, the Keynote Speaker

Internet Marketing Pioneer Becomes a Keynote Speaker

Unlike the traditional perspective of the time that websites were IT assets, Rebecca recognized early on that the website was a marketing asset. Rebecca was an early advocate of this shift, promoting the involvement of marketing professionals in working with corporate clients.

When given the opportunity, Rebecca pursued an opportunity to become Marketing Director at an early new media start-up in the beginning days of the commercial internet website development. Working side-by-side with website developers, architects and e-commerce pioneers to develop innovative new web-based applications, tools and environments, Rebecca developed a true appreciation for the development of innovative problem-solving technologies that businesses could use. Her involvement in the design, development and promotion of websites began the early formation of the methodologies for website design, email, SEO and internet marketing. Rebecca discovered her love of training at this organization, teaching executives and practitioners how to leverage their website, statistics and tools to impact the bottom line for their organizations.

A Keynote Speaker That Empowers Audiences to Embrace the Future

Rebecca was then enticed to move on to Harte Hanks Worldwide to lead the new media team of developers, website designers and SEO staff to launch the firm’s first $1 million dollar budget e-commerce website for Rhodes Furniture to rival Furniture.com.

Rebecca led the creation of innovative new applications of Flash technology in the 1990′s to build the web’s first interactive “room planner” which integrated size and dimensions of e-commerce assets to enable pre-purchase room design for home owners and interior designers to save and manipulate…resulting in one of the Internet’s earliest fully interactive tools. Upon successful launch, Rebecca immediately accepted an invitation to become Director of Marketing, New Media Services for the publicly traded technology company, Wave Systems, to develop OEM and international distribution of a very early Web 2.0 social media platform, DRM for streaming media and transactional security “wallet” platform. Becoming Corporate Marketing Director, Rebecca was part of the team developing marketing partnerships with Philips, Compaq, Sony and CyberComm in Europe.

Real World Experience Your Audience Can Relate To

Rebecca has been speaking since the 1990’s to groups of all sizes. Her real-world experience gives her credibility and makes her extremely relevant as a keynote speaker.

In 2001, the very day Rebecca was downsized out of her position, she initiated the start of her marketing firm, Karner Blue Marketing, integrating everything she’d learned from working with outstanding professionals in web, application development, marketing, publicity, search engine optimization, internet marketing, and the creation of innovative new technologies to deliver new services, brand recognition, sales and increased market share for her clients.

In 2005, Rebecca conceived of, and then led the creation of the world’s first long-distance WiFi service for a commercial transportation system which was deployed for a client. The accompanying campaign was recognized with the prestigious American Marketing Association’s  “Mark of Excellence” for New York Capital Region Chapter’s most prestigious award, recognizing marketing effectiveness and performance.

Engage Rebecca Murtagh as your event Keynote Speaker today!

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