50 Top Social Media Influencers
As the chief evangelist of Canva and former chief evangelist of tech megabuisness Apple, Guy Kawasaki knows what he’s doing on social media. He’s also written 13 books, making him good with words and how to market them.
Mirum is a global digital agency that focuses on innovation, technology, data and marketing. This powerhouse company has found a President in Mitch Joel, a man with a very large resume. His obvious accolades include speaker, author (“Six Pixels of Separation” and “CTRL ALT Delete”), and blogger.
As CEO of Social Media Delivered, Eve Mayer has a very obvious interest in being relevant in her own right on social media. She’s the author of both “The Social Media Business Equation” and “Get It Girl Guide to Online Dating.”
Jason Falls is notably the Senior Vice President of Elasticity, a company focused on communications and effective ad campaign strategies that push boundaries. Other notable business features include branding and identity consultation, reputation management and social media insight.
Just a few of Bonnie Sainsbury’s accolades include previously working at big name businesses and firms (Left Brain Marketing, MacDonald Dettwiler), founder and CEO of Social Media Smarter for six years running, was one of CEOWorld Magazine's 2014 Top 25 Women in Social Media and a co-host of the podcast “Women Talking Tech.”
Mari Smith is a top Facebook marketing expert in the field of social media advertising and marketing. She’s an author and has traveled the world speaking about her expertise in the fields of social media and social thought.
Aaron Lee runs the website AskAaronLee.com and uses this platform to talk about topics near and dear to his heart – namely how to monetize blogging and social media, affiliate marketing and social posting.
VaynerMedia CEO Gary Vaynerchuk is something of a digital marketing pioneer. He’s the author of the hit book “Crush It!” and is an expert in all things marketing in the social realm.
Another list contributor with a long resume, Rebekah Radice is an award-winning social media writer, social strategist, speaker and author on the subject of social media. She’s a Post Planner brand evangelist and the co-founder of Influencer Chat, a social media podcast.
Having been featured in publications like Forbes, Wired, Mashable and The Huffington Post, Calvin Lee definitely knows how to work social media. He’s an award-winning designer and brand strategist that’s currently showing off his influence on social media venues.
MarketingProfs’ content officer Ann Handley knows her way around social media and writing. She’s written a book on the subject entitled “Everybody Writes,” which made it onto the bestseller list over at The Wall Street Journal.
Joel Comm is quite a prolific author. He’s penned books both by himself and with others, including “Twitter Power,” “The AdSense Code,” “Click Here to Oder” and “KaChing: How to Run an Online Business that Pays and Pays.” He’s also a social influencer and keynote speaker.
Michael A. Stelzner
Michael A. Stelzner is the founder of Social Media Examiner, the host of the “Social Media Marketing” podcast and author of both “Launch” and “Writing White Papers.” His social media influence extends to other sites as well, as Stelzner has gained quite a following on Snapchat.
Ted Coine is a busy man. Between being the CEO of The Extraordinary Influencer Network, a keynote speaker and writer, he’s also an expert in personal branding, social media and influencer marketing venues.
Joe Pulizzi is the founder of Content Marketing Institute and Content Marketing World. He’s also the author of “Content Inc.” and “Epic Content Marketing.” While his main focus is on business growth via content, his social media knowledge is also shown via his almost 100K Twitter followers.
Seth Godin is a lot of things – he’s an entrepreneur, an author, a public speaker and a social marketer. As of 2014, Godin has penned 17 books, two of which became bestsellers (“Tribes” and “Linchpin”). His most recent publication is “What To Do When It's Your Turn (and it's always your turn).”
Social media is about communication, and no one knows how to socially communicate better than digital correspondents. Sarah Evans works for big name companies, including PayPal, Cisco, Transitions, Licensing Expo and Walmart.
Ann Smarty is the founder of MyBlogU, the brand manager for Internet Marketing Ninjas and co-founded the site Viral Content Buzz. She’s very passionate about SEO and social visibility – she even has an entire Twitter dedicated to the subject.
“Maximize Your Social” author Neal Schaffer has founded quite a few businesses. He’s credited with creating M Social Business, Social Tools SMMT, and Social Media COE. He specializes in social selling and marketing and is an employee advocate.
Not everyone can write five bestselling books, but Mark Schaefer did. His notable titles include both “Social Media Explained” and “The Content Code,” both books on marketing and social growth via venues such as content marketing.
While his current project is Owner.media, Chris Brogan is perhaps best known as an author that has had a book top the New York Times bestselling list. His personal hobby and current job is acting as a business advisor.
This RazorSocial tech blogger and founder has won awards for his writing and often contributes to famed business sites, such as Social Media Examiner and Entrepreneur.com. His website deals with content crafting and social media growth via content marketing.
Peg Fitzpatrick helped pen the book “The Art of Social Media” with Guy Kawasaki. She’s also a speaker and social media strategist. You can find advice and tips on social media success on her Twitter and personal website.
The social selling strategist Kim Garst is known as “the first lady of Periscope.” She’s a best-selling author, known Forbes Top 10 Social Media Influencer and speaks on the subjects of marketing, social selling and other digital business topics.
Jeff Bullas has many areas of expertise, including – but not limited to – content marketing influence, social media strategies and marketing strategies, and speaks on said topics. He’s been recognized both by Forbes and The Huffington Post for his work on social media.
Both Forbes and Entrepreneur.com have recognized the work of Sandi Krakowski – she’s a Top 20 Social Influencer and Top Social Marketer with the sites, respectively. Krakowski is an author and motivator that uses faith-based techniques in her work.
Another Forbes Top 50 Social Media Influencer, Steve Farnsworth is in B2B social marketing techniques that work effectively for him and everyone else. His field of expertise is content marketing and you can see his work at The Steveology Group.
Amy Porterfield is who you need to see when you’re having trouble with your social media stats. She’ll easily be able to assist you in monetizing your online social marketing, grow your audience pool online and help boost your net profits via social venues.
Derral Eves is a consultant that specializes in helping clients with YouTube channels get the desired results they’re looking for. Whether it’s for a solo content creator or a business that wants to diversify their social media reach, Eves can be there to help.
Forbes Top 50 Social Media Influencer Chris Voss is a senior social media influencer. He’s got a lot of accolades to show off, including his work as a consultant and trainer of social teams, speaker, photographer and travel blogger. He’s been featured on sites such as CNN, The Huffington Post and Forbes.
MarkITwrite CEO Kerry Butters is both a technology and social media influencer. Though she has passed on, her social media accounts are still being managed with content she’d approve of that’s geared towards social media and marketing ideas.
Your goal using social media is to get more people to notice your business, right? Michael Hyatt has the tools to do just that via his New York Times bestselling book “Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World.” He’s also the founder of sites like Platform University and Best Year Ever.
Amy Schmittauer calls herself an “edutainer” – and educational entertainer, if you will. She’s currently working on a book, is a successful content strategist and is the creator of the YouTube channel and podcast Savvy Sexy Social.
Tweet Jukebox CEO Tim Fargo is no stranger to social media, obviously. He’s an expert in social tool, online interactions, using Twitter in valuable ways and how to make the most out of your social media experience.
Jon Loomer shares a lot about himself in his Twitter bio. He’s a dad, a husband, a baseball coach. He’s also an entrepreneur and refers to himself as an “accidental marketer.” If that’s the case, he happened to accidentally acquire 20K Twitter followers. Loomer is also an entrepreneur and business owner.
While many social media gurus on this list focus on Twitter, Tim Schmoyer is a certified consultant for those who want to diversify into another well-known social media platform – YouTube. He’s also an entrepreneur himself and aims to help other digital content creators spread their own messages.
Jenn Herman is a social media consultant and trainer with a special focus on the social platform Instagram. She frequently writes and blogs about the subject, namely focusing on topics related to business success on Instagram and how to use the site in a valuable way.
Michael Q Todd
Crowdify.tech is a website founded by Michael Q Todd. He’s known as a social media guru who is often zany, but always on the money with his social advice. Todd also hosts a daily resource book entitled “The 7 Pillars Book” which is an interactive and consistently updating online tool.
As a contributor to Forbes and Harvard Business Review, Dorie Clark is definitely a knowledgeable professional. She’s also a marketing strategist, professional speaker, author of two books (“Stand Out” and “Reinventing You”) and a Duke Fuqua professor.
Those familiar with KISSmetrics and Crazy egg will know who Neil Patel is. He’s an expert at conversion, analytics and marketing data, all of which make him exceptionally good at getting social media leads. His work with Forbes and Entrepreneur.com also give him a social media boost.
Darren Rowse has founded ProBlogger, ProBlogger Event and Digital PS. He’s currently working as an author, blogger, speaker and podcaster, as well as a writer and ambassador for World Vision Australia.
Pam Moore has been named a Forbes Top 10 Social Media Influencer and is the CEO of her two companies Marketing Nutz and Social Zoom Factor. Moore is also a frequent speaker on business and life topics, as well as a social and business consultant.
Courtney Seiter works at the social media management firm Buffer, is the co-founder of motivational project Girls to the Moon, and loves to work as an editor and writer. She’s garnered a decent social media following and often shares info on inclusivity/diversity and workplace culture on her Twitter.
Launch and Hustle wouldn’t be a company without Brett Relander. He’s a Forbes recognized Social Media Influencer and founder/chief strategist of L&H, as well as a contributor to both The Huffington Post and Entrepreneur.com.
Kevan Lee’s main job is crafting content for the hot social media management site Buffer, but he also likes to share insight into his own writing process on his social media accounts. He’s also a blogger, namely talking about life and writing.
Jeff Sieh is something of a jack of all trades. Quoting on Twitter that he is a “creative brain for hire,” Sieh markets himself as a humorist, speaker, visual storyteller and – most importantly for this list – a social media consultant.
Donna Moritz is the winner of the title of “Best Australian Business Blog 2014.” She’s an expert in the fields of both visual social media and content strategy and is the founder of Socially Sorted – a social and content strategy consultation business.
As the founder of famed marketing consulting firm Convince and Convert, Jay Baer is familiar with marketing in all forms. His book “Youtility: Why Smart Marketing is About Help, Not Hype” shows off his vast knowledge on the subject.
Bryan Kramer is both a professional speaker and author. His bestselling books include “Shareology: How Sharing is Powering the Human Economy” and “Human to Human.” As a keynote speaker, Kramer has been to TED conferences and also makes speeches and presentations professionally. Kramer is also the CEO of his company Pure Matter.
Vincent Ng is a notable Pinterest consultant that helps both businesses and individuals get discovered and branch out via the image-heavy social media site. He also helps businesses grow their own site traffic via the social channel. Ng also speaks professionally.