Will Francis

Will Francis

Author

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.

Publications

Will Francis @willfrancis

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My darling boy, Jack Merritt. My best friend, Jack Merritt. My heart is hurting and I can barely breathe.

We accidentally tuned into #13 as it happened. So ridiculous and so so funny.

Sounds great. Let’s swerve!

Way too cold for playing with the hosepipe! 🍁 ❤️ 🌅 https://www.instagram.com/p/B5V5F0cJ8eW/

OneCoin is still targeting and affecting staggering numbers of people around the world. So we’re delighted The Missing Cryptoqueen is being broadcast @bbcworldservice starting today. Hope it reaches people who didn’t hear the podcast https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/w3ct03c7

Just created my own sneaky personality quiz to harvest ad targeting data:
1. Which of the following psycho-graphic profiles do you match based on attitudinal affinities that you over-index on?
2. What's your greatest fear you'd pay anything to avoid?
3. 'Learn More' or 'Buy Now'?

*PINCH TO ZOOM* I took this photo by accident. I was training my telescope on the Whirlpool #Galaxy simply to test my focus... And then I fell asleep. Three hours of exposing later, I woke up to this. An island universe in an ocean of stars.

Cursed political campaigning reaches its inevitable, bizarre peak. https://twitter.com/LibDemPress/status/1197456672941387779

Hello @DuckDuckGo 🏃‍♂️💨

I didn't realise that you wrote poetry,

I didn't realise you wrote such bloody awful poetry

Why has the sheet of paper underneath got one of his own tweets printed out??

Looking forward to seeing the big @whereby (formerly http://Appear.in) update. I use it regularly for video calls so hope it's an improvement! Details on their blog >> https://buff.ly/2rU8AYG

Not many people know this, but Microsoft was a metal band from 1980–1982.

These kids need a mum

Pianist Goes Inside The Steinway Piano Vault And Demonstrates The Difference Between A $200,000 Piano And A $2,500,000 Piano - https://buff.ly/2CWrQav

So Jimmy Wales is the first member of every group on WT:Social. I'm having @myspacetom flashbacks!

I like Jimmy Wales' WT: Social . It's a bit quiet and a tad buggy right now but it's fun digging around. Kinda like early G+. Sign up >>> https://wt.social/gi/will-francis/friends/iuj3