Tonia founded Modern Media to focus on helping marketers and media companies to innovate in a changing market. She has a passion for all things media, and more than 20 years experience in the media and tech industries. Modern Media works with clients such as The Wall Street Journal, TechWeb and The Economistto develop brand strategies, new revenue streams and digital applications.
Tonia and the Modern Media team produce The Realtime Report (TheRealtimeReport.com) and The Realtime Conference (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 well-known media innovators such as Martha Stewart, MC Hammer and Craig Newmark as well as social media innovators 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, and frequently speaks at industry events.
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. Before 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. As Associate Publisher, Marketing for InformationWeek from 1994 to 1999, Tonia developed marketing strategies and created multi-million dollar events, online and newsletter brand extensions for the brand.
Tonia grew up in Germany and Belgium. She lives in Montauk, New York with her husband and their yellow lab, and is the proud mom of a college-age son.
You can follow Tonia on Twitter at twitter.com/tonia_ries.