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Tonia Ries

Tonia Ries Founder and CEO

“All brands are media companies, with their own audience, content and distribution strategies. For publishers, that’s an incredible opportunity to add value.”

Tonia has a passion for all things media, and more than 25 years of experience in the media and tech industries. Tonia founded Modern Media in 2002 with the mission to help media companies and marketers innovate in a changing market. Today, Modern Media works with clients such as The Wall Street Journal, UBM TechWeb and BizBash  to develop brand strategies, promotional campaigns and new product extensions.

Tonia and the Modern Media team also produce The Realtime Report and The Realtime Conferences (formerly TWTRCON), the first conference and web site focused entirely on the business use of the social, mobile and realtime web. At a series of five events in New York, Washington, DC and San Francisco, Tonia hosted media innovators such as Martha Stewart, MC Hammer and Craig Newmark as well as social media executives from brands such as Ford, Intuit, Dell, SAP, JetBlue, Virgin America and Southwest Airlines and business technology leaders. Tonia regularly blogs about bottom-line case studies and social media statistics for The Realtime Report, speaks at industry events and has been quoted on the business impact of social media by news outlets such as The New York Times and NPR.

Before founding Modern Media, Tonia was Vice President, Marketing at Ziff Davis Media, overseeing research, marketing and promotional activities for six of the company’s brands. Prior to joining Ziff Davis, she was Vice President, Marketing and Sales at CMP Media, where she developed and led integrated sales and marketing programs for the company’s Business Technology Group. From 1994 to 1999, Tonia was Associate Publisher, Marketing for InformationWeek, where she developed and managed marketing and sales strategies, and created multi-million dollar events, online and newsletter brand extensions.

Tonia grew up in Germany and Belgium and now lives in Montauk, New York.

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“Tonia is the best, most intuitive and intelligent marketing mind I’ve ever worked with. She has an understanding of the nuances of B2B that rivals anyone.”

— Evan Schuman, Editor, Storefront Backtalk

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Tonia blogs on a regular basis for Modern Media and for The Realtime Report, and is the author of The Realtime Report’s Guide to Influence Measurement Tools.

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