Brian Solis Named to Alicia Keys’ Social Media Panel to Select the Head Blogger for the Website

Sunnyvale, Calif. – May 20, 2010 – Brian Solis, social media pioneer and principal of FutureWorks, is participating on Alicia Keys’ handpicked Selection Committee to select the Head Blogger for Alicia’s upcoming website ( Alicia Keys is a Grammy Award-winning musician and globally conscious entrepreneur.

The SuperSearch, powered by, elicited a massive response of more than 8,500 job applications for the position. The applicants were narrowed down to ten finalists who were then deliberated upon by Alicia’s Selection Committee.

Solis was handpicked to participate on the Social Media Selection Committee. He and the panel were given profiles of the final ten, as well as writing samples. The expert panel then rated the candidates on pre-determined criteria including writing skills and social media savvy, and made recommendations to Alicia on who is best suited for the job.

The top three bloggers (currently posted on the website) will be flown to London for the Black Ball on May 27th to meet Alicia and complete their final writing assignment. The Head Blogger will be announced on June 25th.

On the panel, Solis joined other esteemed social media leaders, including Sarah Evans, Jason Falls, Beth Kanter, Guy Kawasaki, Dan Schawbel, Erin Kotecki Vest, and Tamar Weinberg.

About Brian Solis
Brian Solis is globally recognized as one of most prominent thought leaders and published authors in new media. A digital analyst, sociologist, and futurist, Solis has influenced the effects of emerging media on the convergence of marketing, communications, and publishing. He is principal of FutureWorks, an award-winning New Media agency in Silicon Valley, and has led interactive and social programs for Fortune 500 companies, notable celebrities, and Web 2.0 startups.

Solis actively contributes his thoughts and experiences through keynote speaking appearances, books, articles and essays as a way of helping the marketing industry understand and embrace the new dynamics fueling new communications, marketing, and content creation. His blog,, is among the top 1.5% of all blogs tracked by Technorati and is ranked as one of the leading voices in the Ad Age Power 150 index of worldwide marketing bloggers. Solis also runs and contributes to TechCrunch, BrandWeek, and WebProNews.

Solis’ latest book is Engage: The Complete Guide for Brands and Businesses to Build, Cultivate, and Measure Success in the New Web, published by John Wiley & Sons. Previous books include Now is Gone with Geoff Livingston and Putting the Public Back in Public Relations: How Social Media is Reinventing the Aging Business of PR.

About FutureWorks
FutureWorks is an award-winning digital and social media agency in Silicon Valley and San Francisco founded by author, speaker and thought-leader Brian Solis. FutureWorks fuses “best of breed” social media, new media, digital PR and conversational marketing.

FutureWorks’ client base and experience extends across many industries and ranges from emerging startups, Web and iPhone app developers, and consumer electronics manufacturers to enterprise software, “blue chip” corporations and mainstream consumer brands. FW’s objectives are simple – become an integrated partner with our clients; provide aggressive outbound digital and social media support; secure positive coverage and engage in online conversations on a daily basis and, most importantly, build long-term relationships.

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