Will Francis

Will Francis


Will Francis is a recognised authority in digital media and technology, having been listed by The Telegraph, Independent and NMA as a top influencer in this space. He regularly appears on TV, radio and in print to share his expertise.

Having run ad agencies he’s helped some of the world’s most loved brands – Samsung, Nike, Penguin Books, Warner Bros, Spotify and many more – to reach their audiences in more innovative and meaningful ways. Previously he was a key early member of the team at pioneering social network MySpace, personally working with film and music artists from Justin Bieber to Jared Leto to bring them closer than ever to their adoring fans. Will’s been part of a seismic shift in the entertainment industries and he’s been in ‘social media’ since before the term existed.

Will now travels the world sharing his expertise through training, consultancy and keynote speeches in-house for global brands and at major conferences. He’s a contributor to  media channels including BBC, ITV, Guardian, Talk Radio and CNN offering his opinions on the technology issues of our time.

Will is the digital judge for the Fresh Awards, recognising outstanding UK creativity in advertising and also an advisor to Facebook, focusing on helping female entrepreneurs get more out of their business products. As an early Bitcoin investor he’s been involved in cryptocurrencies since long before they hit the headlines, and he continues to manage a volatile portfolio.

His first book Cocktails of the Movies was published by Random House in 2015, with a new refreshed edition released recently. Illustrated by his wife Stacey Marsh the duo have more books exploring popular culture and technology currently in the works.

The topics Will speaks on are:

  • advertising and marketing
  • emerging technology
  • social media
  • creativity
  • content creation – visual and copywriting
  • business and start-ups
  • digital transformation
  • blockchain and cryptocurrencies

As an event and broadcast speaker, Will specialises in explaining complex topics in an accessible and compelling way. He understands how to keep audiences fascinated and inspired, even whilst exploring the more technical side of business and creativity. Embracing interactive and Q&A sessions at events, he’s always happy to include audience participation elements in his talks.


Will Francis @willfrancis

Hell on earth. Utter devastation. Lest we forget. #ArmisticeDay

On this episode of the 'Ahead of the Game' podcast @willfrancis chats with Social Media expert @JulieAthertonSW on how collaborating with others is the key to social strategy implementation.


#podcast #aheafofthegame

First time Biden has been favourite today... but it really is 50/50 at this stage. #Elections2020

Not quite sure why, but Trump's odds are improving by the minute (from a low of about 1 in 3 yesterday). Any ideas?

If you're trying out a plant-based dinner for #WorldVeganDay tonight, here are my regular dinner faves - tested on many a happy carnivorous guest

@willfrancis chats with training consultant and career coach Kevin J Reid about his fascinating job. To be a good coach, you have to be able to really listen to people. And Kevin shares some of the great lives and situations he's listened to.


Chatting to @PennySmithgmtv on @talkRADIO this weekend about Instagram on its 10th birthday. More >>> https://www.linkedin.com/posts/willfrancis_instagram-socialmedia-activity-6721377378267910145--AAm

@willfrancis gets the full low-down on practical ways to approach your social media strategy. He talks to @JulieAthertonSW, managing director of the UK marketing consultancy Small Wonder.


Ever wondered whether a podcast would benefit your business?
Maybe you have a podcast - and need some practical advice on how to take it to the next level?

Well now's the time! In this webinar, we are joined by DMI's very own podcast host Will Francis,


Was a pleasure to chat to @timesradio again this week, this time about an app in development that could tell when you're drunk... but would your phone become too annoying?
Full version - https://www.facebook.com/willfrancis/posts/768240277051157

Ever wondered whether a podcast would benefit your business?
Maybe you have a podcast - and need some practical advice on how to take it to the next level?

Well now's the time! In this webinar, we are joined by DMI's very own podcast host Will Francis,


In this podcast, social media consultant @Alisonbattisby of @AvocadoSocial shares thoughts with @willfrancis on running a small business with your spouse, dealing with distractions & the blur between clients & your personal life on WhatsApp.



Expert analyst Cathal Melinn talks with Will Francis about what data analysis is really all about. In short his message is: "sessions don't buy, people do". They cover educated guesses, soft metrics and much more!


#DMI #Podcast #GetInTheGame

When French Sci-fi Barjavel was asked to imagine the future just after world war 2 : he had it almost right

I found the audiobooks were Alan Partridge at his best, so hoping the new Audible podcast 'From The Oasthouse' is as amusing >>> https://buff.ly/3dxb6qR

My friend Seraphina's just released her debut single and it's really good 🍒 . Listen if you love MUNA, Lana del Rey, K Bush, Bat for Lashes et al >>> https://buff.ly/3eTJSuR

Really enjoyed this chat with Clark about where voice search is/is going 👇

If you're well proud of your home-baked bread, this thread will remind you what a total amateur you are 👇 Fascinating stuff (via @Documentally )

Good thread about what to expect with newsletter growth 👇