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

Thank you for doing this, in the name of the many millions of us who know that this is a true emergency.
The (huge) media coverage has proven this is what it takes to keep the threat of our very existence on the agenda and push the conversation forward. This week you did that 🌍

How have I only now discovered The Wedding Present?
https://t.co/G0DafRM9pl #NowPlaying

Spike Milligan writes to Margaret Thatcher, 1982

The extradition of Julian Assange to the US for exposing evidence of atrocities in Iraq and Afghanistan should be opposed by the British government.

Scientists have obtained the first image of a black hole, using Event Horizon Telescope observations of the center of the galaxy M87. The image shows a bright ring formed as light bends in the intense gravity around a black hole that is 6.5 billion times more massive than the Sun

Probably late to the party but just about to start using @airtable , right after I finish picking pieces of my brain up off the floor 🤯 spreadsheets suddenly seem like a relic of the 20th century.

I'm running a fun and in-depth 'Instagram For Business' course in London on 17th April. In one day we'll cover everything you need to know - algorithm, ads, influencers, content, branding... sign up here >>> https://t.co/VQeq3pXaaB

Best disclaimer of all time. From opening of Shark Tank (US equivalent of Dragon's Den). Basically says that the 'Sharks' on this show aren't offering you the viewer investment, or asking you to invest your money.
Imagine going to court with... "but they offered ME the money!" 😂

"How to beat the Instagram Algorithm in 2019". Brilliant piece by @willfrancis #instagram #socialmedia https://t.co/IKyLsLVrXT

How To Beat The Instagram Algorithm https://t.co/2KdtsDHk4T <<< latest blog by me, for @Emarketeers 😎

The narrative around #Brexit seems to be “this is a shambles” mixed with “look how terrible the UK is now”. A sort of national self-flagellation (that we enjoy in Britain) with a “we’re screwed” shoulder shrug. But these are flawed, simplistic and worse, populist ideas (1/5)

Absolutely pissed myself reading this bonkers dive into the world of... crisps 😂

Looking at constituencies from which petition signers are from.
Top AND bottom of the table dominated by Labour, Conservatives in the middle.
This split, to varying extremes, in each party leaves us at the impasse https://t.co/DhOmpzHoKz
#petitiontorevokearticle50 #Brexit

I think most people/artists assumed it was gone, and it’s not the site’s current owners’ job to keep an archive of 00s music alive, but a shame nonetheless if it’s mostly just evaporated.

What was the world wide web like 30 years ago? Thanks for featuring my tweet ⁦@BBCNews⁩ 😍 #web30 https://t.co/XCuCpDdaM7