Speaking / Press


I am always interested in hearing about opportunities to speak at conferences and participate in seminars. I am currently available to speak or provide custom online community or social media training for your company. Please don’t hesitate to contact me via email for more information.

       Upcoming Speaking Engagements

UX Design & Online CommunitiesLeveraging design to implement community building best practices: Dos and Don’ts, January 2012 London

Virtual Community Summit 2012 – Moderating the Gaming & Community session and Community & Marketing session, and on the panel for the Social Media, Content & Community session, February 2012 London

Past Speaking Engagements

Reputation Online Live – How to grow your own community online: What are the best ways to build your own community?, 2010 London

Community & Marketing 2.0 Summit: The role of the Community Manager in your organisation + separate Q&A with Rebecca Newton, 2010 Hamburg

Nonick – International conference on social networks and online communities: 1st European Community Managers Session, 2010 Bilbao

I enjoy speaking on the topics of online community and social media, and how these can be successfully integrated into the organisation. I have held training sessions delivered to small and large groups since 2001 and provide insight gained from real world experience, having built and managed communities across a wide variety of industries.

My professional bio for conferences and other speaking engagements is as follows:

Blaise Grimes-Viort is the Head of Community Management & Engagement for eModeration, a provider of Community Management & Content Moderation services. His responsibilities range from heading up an international team of Community Managers working on client community development and management, consulting on  engagement strategies and supporting clients on how to engage successfully with their community’s participants. He holds a BSc in programming and web development, and a MSc specialising in the social structure of digital piracy groups and their effects on society and business.

He started his career in Community Management in 2001 and has worked with global brands, startups and charities, in fields such as Videogaming, Social Networking, Pharmaceutical, Broadcasting, Publishing and ISPs. This varied experience has provide him with a rich background in product development and customer collaboration, and the passion to help organisations build thriving online communities and social media outposts.

You can read more about my experience on my about page. Please contact me to discuss any opportunities if you would like me to speak at your conference or provide training to members of your organisation.


Below are interviews I’ve given and articles in which I am referenced or quoted, in reverse chronological order.

First step when building online community is weighing up customer desire

Interview in French for French Community Management blog

Interview for Dutch Community Management blog in English

Deadline extension and judges announcement for Reputation Online  awards

Nonick continues: the first European Community Manager Session

Women turn to web ahead of other media to find advice and support

Moderating online communities

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