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Brendan Gahan

Chief Social Officer

Brendan Gahan is Partner & Chief Social Officer at independent creative agency Mekanism, leading the agency’s social division. Gahan has been at the forefront of  the social & influencer marketing space since 2006, creating disruptive campaigns for brands such as Mountain Dew, Unlilever, MillerCoors and The Olympics. Brendan has been named to Forbes 30 Under 30 and his agency was recognized as Digiday’s Digital Video Agency of the year in 2017.

Recently, Gahan’s been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Fast Company, The Guardian, Entrepreneur, and Ad Age for his experience on social media platforms, the rise of dark social , SMS text marketing and influencer marketing.

Brendan Gahan’s Session(s):

11:40 am–12:20 pm PDT — Friday, June 12, 2020

Closing Keynote: How Live Streaming and Gaming Have Cultivated the Next Generation of Influencers

Live streaming participation has skyrocketed within the last year, with Facebook & Instagram Live up 50 percent, Twitch 87 percent, and YouTube Live 90 percent. We’ve seen gaming lead the charge in the live streaming space; with gamers regularly streaming for up to six hours at a time, they’ve grown some of the most engaged online fanbases in existence --and brands are starting to take notice.

The top live stream gamers have become even more valuable than traditional YouTube or social media influencers. Twitch competitors like Mixer, YouTube Gaming, and Facebook Gaming are gaining market share by bringing influencers to their platforms. But even beyond gaming, live streaming has spilled over into other categories including music and cooking platforms, which opens up live streaming to even more audiences with unique passions, creating whitespaces for marketers and brands.

Hear from Brendan Gahan, Partner & Chief Social Officer at Mekanism; and Phil Ranta, Head of Gaming Creators, North America at Facebook, on how brands can leverage the growing focus on streaming as part of their larger social strategies, and why they’ll need to lean into fear for the largest ROI.

Key Takeaways:

  • Learn about the latest live streaming platforms and how to be on the forefront of emerging trends
  • How fear and taking a big risk on an emerging platform can reap bigger rewards for brands
  • Why live stream gaming can be even more valuable than traditional influencer campaigns

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