Author Archives : Barbara Rozgonyi

About Barbara Rozgonyi

Barbara Rozgonyi publishes and directs CoryWest Media, an integrated social media marketing and PR firm. As Social Media Club (SMC) Chicago’s founder, Barbara is a recognized spokesperson for brands, bloggers and the social media marketing PR industry. Barbara invites you to join the Wired PR Works community on Facebook or to contact her regarding interviews, partner promotions or speaking engagements at 630.207.7530.

Register Now for NMX 2014 in Las Vegas, Jan 4-6! BlogWorld [now known as NMX] and I go way, way back. All the way to the beginning in 2007 when I wrote a post about becoming an expert on LinkedIn that won me a pass and a hotel room. Only lacking airfare, I flew out and began a fascination with a new group of folks I quickly fell in love with: bloggers. Here’s one of my favorite moments that happened at the first Blog World in 2007 with the Queen of the Blogosphere, Liz Strauss.

Thanks to Liz Strauss for digging up the key/link to her writing tools treasure chest. Stepping in – literally – at the last minute thanks to the suggestion of Wendy PiersallLiz Strauss gracefully greeted her confused attendees by starting out with, “I’m not Brian Clark.”

And, so I went back again and again, and found great takeaways every year – including the charge to start Social Media Club Chicago in 2008.

But then I found so many conferences in Chicago that I stayed home to learn.  Besides, most of the speakers came through at one time or another.

Since 2009 I’ve been missing going to BlogWorld, now known as New Media Expo.  Last year I had a pass, but took a pass on going to attend to pressing client issues.

And in 2011, I had three other Las Vegas show to get to. Along the way, I attended a few virtual keynotes. Inspired by Scott Monty‘s 2013 keynote, I researched the stats in his presentation about marketing to millennials and referred to the post continually throughout 2013.

Conference Coverage Coming Your Way from NMX Live

Wishing for a way to escape the Chicago winter and reconvene with the social media set at CES, Affiliate Summit West or NMX, I was pleasantly surprised to receive an email from NMX offering me a press pass.

After checking airfares and hotel rates, I accepted the offer. It’s kind of like going back to homecoming after you’ve been away for a few years. Looking forward to bringing you conference coverage via Instagram, Google Plus, twitter, Linkedin, Facebook and of course, wiredPRworks.

Thanks so much to the NMX conference team for reaching out to me. I can’t wait to reconnect with this crowd again!

Disclosure: Please note  this post contains affiliate links, which means I receive a commission when a sale is made. I only recommend products, services, and events I believe in.

Thanks for reading this post and for sharing your thoughts in the comments section. If you’ll be at NMX, let me know. I’d love to meet you there.



Teaching High School Students to Network on LinkedIn for College Success

college-success-networking-linkedinNow that LinkedIn is open to students as young as 13, and offers a LinkedIn site for University pages, high school students may want to take a break from Snapchat, Twitter, Instagram and Facebook to learn about networking and personal branding.

A new online course, “Get Linked Into College Success and Beyond,” teaches personal branding, networking and LinkedIn success skills.

Here’s the backstory on how I created this networking course for high school and college students.

Thanks to Gary Zidek of WDCB radio for interviewing me about how high school students can upgrade their social media presence.

Students Starting to Network for College Success in High School

“An Associated Press data analysis from earlier this year found that approximately 1.5 million American bachelor’s degree holders under the age of 25 were jobless or underemployed last year. The sluggish economy and competitive job market have made it difficult for recent grads to gain entry level jobs in their chosen fields. Chicago-area social media expert Barbara Rozgonyi is helping young people refine their on-line networking skills. She tells WDCB News Reporter Gary Zidek it isn’t just college students, more and more high school students are starting to work on their social media presence.” Source: WDCB Public Radio

WDCB Radio Interview About Teaching High School Students to Network

Do you have a student in high school or college?

Click here to save $5 and get the course for $19.



Glancer Magazine Features 15 Fascinating Faces 1 in Social Media

Wow! What an honor to be featured as one of 15 Fascinating Faces in the December issue of Glancer Magazine! Although it’s great to be recognized personally, what I really love is that my selection represents social media in Chicago and the world. I’m all about spreading this type of evangelism. Spreading the word to […]



New Online Course Gives Students LinkedIn and Networking Know How

Today I’m excited to share this press release about my new personal branding, networking and LinkedIn course for high school and college students. New Online Course Gives Students LinkedIn and Networking Know How “Get Linked Into College Success and Beyond,” a new online course that teaches personal branding, networking and LinkedIn success skills. Affordably priced […]