BlogPaws Announces Speakers for 5th Annual Pet Blogging and Social Media Conference

Social Media Pioneer Clara Shih and National Pet Columnist Steve Dale to Keynote 2013 Event


FREDERICK, Colo., Feb. 20, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- BlogPaws today announced the first round of speakers for the 5th Annual BlogPaws Social Media & Pet Bloggers Conference. The conference will take place May 16-18, 2013, in Tyson's Corner, Virginia.

"The goal of the conference is to create an educational, motivational and memorable experience for pet bloggers" states Yvonne DiVita, Blog Paws Co-founder. "From social media professionals to nationally recognized media personalities, this year's list of speakers delivers excellence at all levels."

Keynote Speakers include:

Clara Shih, CEO and Founder, Hearsay Social

Widely recognized as a pioneer in the social media industry, Shih was named one of FORTUNE's Most Powerful Women Entrepreneurs of 2011, Fast Company's Most Influential People in Technology and Businessweek's Top Young Entrepreneurs. An engineer, celebrated author, thought leader and successful technology entrepreneur, Shih is the CEO and founder of Hearsay Social, the leading social sales and marketing platform. Shih's work at Hearsay has empowered the world's largest companies to build strong customer relationships, increase revenue and bolster brands across social media platforms. Shih also brings with her a wealth of experience from previous technology, product and marketing positions at Google, Microsoft and

Steve Dale, CABC, Pet Columnist, Tribune Media Services

Often referred to as the "Ann Landers of the pet world," Dale is the author of the syndicated "My Pet World" column and is a contributing editor to USA Weekend. He is also the host of two nationally syndicated radio programs, Steve Dale's Pet World and The Pet Minute with Steve Dale. Frequently sought after for his expertise and passionate views, Dale has appeared on national television shows such as The Oprah Winfrey Show and National Geographic Explorer. He is also the recipient of many prestigious awards, including the AVMA Humane Award and the Winn Feline Foundation Media Award.

Session speakers and topics include but are not limited to:

Kenn Bell, Professional Filmmaker

"Video Creation Using a Smartphone"

Iain Langridge, & Petfinder

"Conscious Capitalism"

Harrison Forbes, Author & Radio Host

"Media Homeruns: Getting Free Publicity and Make the Most of Media Opportunities"

Eldad Hagar, Founder, Hope for Paws and Annie Hart, Executive Director, Bill Foundation

"Connecting Your Social Media Properties and Getting the World Buzzing About You"

Mary Engle, Director, FTC Division of Advertising Practices

"FTC and Bloggers: What You Need to Know"

The BlogPaws Social Media & Pet Bloggers Conference is the largest event of its kind for pet bloggers and social media enthusiasts to network with industry leaders and brands and learn new ways to optimize and monetize their social media channels. New to the 2013 Conference are custom-designed tracks, including 101 (Beginners), 201 (Intermediate), and PRO (Advanced). There will also be exclusive tracks for those interested in animal rescue and advocacy, understanding copyright and the legal responsibilities around social media, and pet lifestyle.

For program details and an up-to-date list of speakers, visit

BlogPaws Media Contact: Carol Bryant, 570-540-3341,

Pet360 Media Contact: Kelly Lange, 610-234-4114,

About BlogPaws

Founded in 2009 by three dedicated pet lovers and bloggers, BlogPaws is the go-to resource for pet bloggers and social media enthusiasts looking to build their online presence, enhance their social networks and support animal shelters and rescues around the world. The BlogPaws community also serves to connect pet bloggers and social media enthusiasts with brands eager to connect with the vocal and dynamic pet parent via social media. BlogPaws is part of the Pet360 Media Network. For more information, visit

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