10 years of Winnebago Buy Local

5 Years of #SocialRockConf

By Winnebago Buy Local

AMPLIFY your knowledge about Social Media at the 5th annual one-day conference for local businesses and marketers; brought to you by Winnebago Buy Local.

Get ready to ROCK your social digital marketing!

The exciting conference will feature some of the most talented expert speakers from across the United States.
FULL line-up will be announced soon, but don’t delay on reserving your tickets.

Honored 2020 Speakers

Info will be updated as we curate more and a final schedule will be sent in the days leading up to the event! Here is a first look at #SocialRockConf 2020.



Digital Media Expert, Forbes Agency Council

Ryan Sprance is a social media influencer, Founder & Chief Strategist of Kaihatsu Media, and Co-founder & Managing Partner at Awestuck. He is a writer/contributor for Forbes and Business Journals and has been featured in Forbes, Foundr Magazine, and Gary Vaynerchuk’s “Crushing It.”  Ryan Sprance is hailed as a digital media expert and is excited to be coming to Rockford IL.



Chatbot and Paid Digital Marketing Expert

CARRIE GOTTSCHALK is a highly recognized influencer within the social media
industry and has been at the forefront of the social media revolution for 12 years, paid social media for 5 years, and has managed over 13 million dollars in ad-spend – working with large clients such as Shari’s Berries, Wyndham Hotels, and Freida Rothman.

With her extensive experience in domestic and international markets Carrie is known as a skilled social media strategist, advertiser and has also gained a strong understanding of digital performance metrics with a good portion of her experience in eCommerce, Direct Response, and Performance Marketing



YouTube Creator, Speaker

Matt Taylor is a Music Youtuber based in Rockford, Illinois. Since starting “U Can Uke” back in May 2017, Matt’s channel now has a following of 316,000 subscribers and over 24 million video views. His content focuses on teaching viewers how to play songs on the ukulele each week. Aside from Youtube, Matt has been teaching and performing in front of thousands of audiences for over 20 years, including opening for Grammy Award winning artist Michael W. Smith, Grammy Award winning band Switchfoot, and former President George W. Bush. Matt has a passion for connecting with audiences, and is looking forward to speaking at this year’s SocialRock event about to utilize Youtube to grow your business.

Featured Host Emcees

Special announcement coming soon!


A FINAL SCHEDULE will be sent to guests the week before the event.

Sunday, May 17th, 6PM: VIP Pre-Party @ Cliffbreakers


  • Appetizers included
  • Cash Bar
  • Network and Mingle with speakers
  • Additional Presentation and Entertainment TBA
  • Chance to win big prizes to add to your social media experience.


  • 8AM Registration and networking opens
  • 9AM-4:30PM Conference
    (Includes lunch, coffee and water throughout the day)
  • 5PM Afterparty on the Dock of the Rock River

GET YOUR PROFESSIONAL HEADSHOT done with Catalyst Photography at #SocialROCKconf for just $10

THANK YOU to Catalyst Photography! For a suggested donation of $10 or more, you can get an updated PROFESSIONAL headshot taken to use on your social media profiles, website, business cards and more.

All proceeds will be going to a local charity.

Guest Expectations

The attending audience has already created accounts on various social media platforms. Content will be tailored to intermediate users. Guests have familiarity with posts, friends/followers, likes, comments, etc. but are thirsty for more tips and tricks on targeting and advertising, live video, building brand loyalty, analytics, Instagram/Facebook/Snapchat story-building, authentic business voice, gaining more loyal followers and amping up their social media.

General Admission & VIP Access Tickets Available!

Your General Access Ticket will Include ALL of the following:

  • All Day Conference presented by Winnebago Buy Local and talented big-ticket speakers
  • Meet & Greet/Exhibition
  • Complimentary Coffee & Snacks
  • Lunch from Prairie Street Brewhouse
  • Winnebago Buy Local Takeaways
  • Access to the private #SocialROCK After-Party on the Dock of the Rock River at Prairie Street Brewhouse (weather permitting) or indoors in the Barrel Room Lounge.

In the case that you purchase tickets, but are unable to make it, we will not be able to refund your ticket, however, you can email contact@winnebagobuylocal.com about transferring your ticket to another person. Ticket holder email addresses will be shared only with the speakers of this event so they can further contact you. You will have the opportunity to opt out of their first email.

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