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Top 22 Social Media Influencers You Must Follow

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Social media influencers have become the first preference of every brand and marketer. Digital marketers must invest their time and resources to form a successful marketing campaign. Thus, if you are seeking top social media influencers, then stay connected. Moreover, know what a social media influencer is? And explore the list of the top social media influencers.   

What is a Social Media Influencer?

The answer is quite simple; an influencer is someone who influences the thought process of other people. Social media influencers have an extensive list of followers the entire time.

Influencers in social media are people who have created a reputation for their wisdom, experiences, and expertise on a particular topic. They make frequent posts about that topic on their favoured social media platforms and form large audiences of enthusiastic, engaged people who pay close attention to their views.  

A survey by CIVIC SCIENCE found that 34% of daily U.S. Instagram users bought something because a blogger or influencer recommended it.

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List of the Top 22 Social Media Influencers

Social Media is the fastest growing network that connects over 3.5 billion people users all around the world. This is equivalent to approx 45% of the population of the Earth. Imagine the impact of social media on our daily routine!

It could highly affect our lifestyles to get influenced easily by people. Here I've listed the most powerful social media influencers you should follow in recent times. This could help you to be in trend!

Here we go!

1. Jason Keath

Jason Keath

Jason Keath is leading this list as the most charming social media influencer. He has been a keynote speaker at BlogWorld, Internet Week, Internet Hungary, Mobile World Congress, SXSW, Southwest Airlines, Salesforce, Rubbermaid, and NYU, among others. He was featured as a social media expert in the NY Times, LA Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and MSNBC.

He founded social fresh, which provides social media training for significant brand marketers. They have been organizing social marketing conferences since 2008, with more than 200 of the fortune 500 attending sessions and workshops.

Connect with him on:

Website | LinkedIn | Twitter

2. Derek Halpern

Derek Halpern

Derek Halpern is a co-founder of a health and wellness company Truvani who is also best known for his other foundation - Social Triggers, which helps everyone to move on in life and work. Derek, in his statement, quoted, " I'm 99% useless, but that 1% when I'm not, I'm dangerous." while acknowledging his best tips on being more productive.

Connect with him on:

Website | LinkedIn | Twitter

3. Andrew Hutchinson

Andrew Hutchinson

Andrew Hutchinson is one of the top social media influencers today with his expertise in digital marketing and content marketing; he is an award-winning author who writes the latest social media updates honestly. In addition, his outstanding achievements are his two best novels, ONE and Rohypnol.

He has been listed in 'Social Media Marketing: Top 10 Influencers and Brands 2015' by Onalytica and Top 100 content marketing influencers in Onalytica's annual Content Marketing Landscape report for 2014.

Connect with him on:

Website | LinkedIn | Twitter

4. Nancy Richmond

Nancy Richmond

Nancy is an internationally-acclaimed Professor, Speaker, and excellent Social Media Consultant. She is an inspiring leader to innovate in the digital world. On her website, she has quoted, "I empower and train people to leverage social media to be more effective leaders & grow their business". She is one of the social media experts who has inspired thousands of companies. She is a social media influencer with over 200,000+ followers.

Connect with her on:

Website | LinkedIn | Twitter 

5. Gregory Ciotti

Gregory Ciotti

Gregory Ciotti is one of the known social influencers. Gregory is the content marketer at Shopify. In Greg's words, marketing is enthusiasm transferred to the customer; expecting customers to get excited about your product without your help is expecting too much.

Connect with him on:

Website | LinkedIn | Twitter

6. Mari Smith

Mari Smith

Mari Smith is considered one of the world's foremost experts on Facebook marketing and social media. She is a Forbes Top Social Media Power Influencer. She is doing Corporate Training, Keynote Speaking, and Webinars.

Mari is a keynote speaker and travels worldwide to train at significant events. She has her digital marketing agency, which provides professional training and consulting services on social media such as Facebook and Instagram to fortune 500 companies and brands.

Connect with her on:

Website | LinkedIn | Twitter

7. Kim Garst

Kim Garst

Kim is also recognised as a thought leader in the social media world globally. She is one of the Top 10 Social Media Power Influencers by Forbes. She has also advised Microsoft, IBM, and Mastercard on their Digital Marketing. You should follow her to get the latest updates!

Connect with her on:

Website | LinkedIn | Twitter

8. Scott Stratten

 Scott Stratten

Scott Stratten founded Un-Marketing in 2002 to help businesses grow considering integrity, community, and authenticity. He is one of the leading speakers/authors in the world when it comes to helping audiences embrace the age of disruption.

He is a keynote speaker in significant events for companies such as 3M, PepsiCo, Walmart, Abode, IBM, Microsoft, Hard Rock cafe, Deloitte, and many others. In addition, Scott Stratten has co-written six best-selling business books with his co-business partner and spouse, Alison.

Connect with him on:

Website | LinkedIn | Twitter

9. Mark Schaefer

Mark Schaefer

Mark W. Schaefer is a marketing strategy consultant, globally- recognised keynote speaker, and a bestselling author of nine books. His most popular books include Return on Influence, KNOWN - a renowned book on personal branding, Marketing Rebellion, and cumulative Advantage.

He offers his expertise to start-ups and global brands such as Adidas, J&J, Dell, AT&T, Pfizer, Microsoft, The U.S. Air Force, and the UK government by assisting them with marketing training and social media workshops. Mark has been a keynote speaker at conferences such as American Bankers Association, SXSW, National Economic Development Association, American Bar Association, and the Institute for International and European Affairs and also lectured at oxford university and many other reputed institutions. There are still many exciting things you may know about him by following him on Social Media.

Connect with him on:

Website | LinkedIn | Twitter

10. Ann Handley

Ann Handley

Ann is a speaker, author, and member of the LinkedIn Influencer Program. She is the author of the Wall Street Journal best-seller on business writing, "Everybody Writes," and the co-author of the best-selling book on content marketing. Having expertise in digital marketing, she is also the co-founder of Clickz.com, one of the first sources of digital marketing news and commentary.

Connect with her on:

Website | LinkedIn | Twitter

11. Jon Loomer

 Jon Loomer

Jon Loomer is best known for his website - (jonloomer.com) and gaining over 4 Million page views in just 17 months. His blogs were recognised as one of Social Media Examiner's Top 10 Social Media Blogs of 2013. Besides his contribution to SMM, He was the maker of principle strategy, product, content, promotions, and marketing for the National Basketball Association - NBA's fantasy game.

Connect with him on:

Website | LinkedIn | Twitter

12. Neil Patel

Neil Patel

A New York Times bestselling author Neil Patel is considered a top influencer on the web by the wall street journal; according to Forbes, he is among the top 10 marketers; he is also recognised as a best 100 entrepreneurs under the age of 30 by President Obama.

Neil has helped Amazon, Microsoft, Airbnb, Google, Thomson Reuters, Viacom, NBC, Intuit, Zappos, American Greetings, General Motors, and SalesForce to thrive through effective marketing. Moreover, he has spoken at more than 310 conferences and companies across the globe, from speaking at Facebook and Thomson Reuters.

Connect with him on:

Website | LinkedIn | Twitter

13. Jenn Herman

Jenn Herman

Jenn is an Instagram Expert, Social Media Strategist, International Speaker, Author, & Consultant. She has been an excellent social media expert for companies to generate business from Instagram accounts.

Through consulting clients of all businesses with their strategies to enlarge their business, Jenn has been featured in Inc., Fox News, Yahoo Finance, HuffPost, The Verge, CBS Radio LA, and numerous other podcasts and publications.

Connect with her on:

Website | LinkedIn | Twitter

14. Samantha Kelly

Samantha Kelly

Samantha Kelly - "Tweeting Goddess," is a social media strategist, speaker, and Author. A Twitter Expert, Samantha recently became Wedo's Women Inspire Network Program Director. She trains people with her expertise on how to use Twitter effectively to engage more audiences. Samantha provides valuable tips on how to surprise and delight your customers, engage your audiences, and make them share your content. Apart from this, she is also a keynote speaker best known for her speech at TEDx on - "How Twitter Transformed My Life in 140 Characters."

Connect with her on:

Website | LinkedIn | Twitter

15. Robert Katai

Robert Katai

Robert is the host of one of the most popular podcasts in Romania, called "Katai". He is the administrator of marketing at Bannersnack. He is very passionate about his work, as reflected by his blogs and podcasts.

Connect with him on:

Website | LinkedIn | Twitter

16. Peg Fitzpatrick

 Peg Fitzpatrick

Here is the Pinterest Expert on our list! She is known as one of the Top 15 Pinterest Experts! Peg has successfully run the social media campaigns for big brands such as Kreussler Inc., Adobe, Motorola, Audi, Google, and Virgin, and has also been a brand ambassador for Kimpton Hotels, McDonald's, Adobe Spark, and T.J.Maxx!

Connect with her on:

Website | LinkedIn | Twitter

17. Jeff Bullas

Jeff Bullas

Jeff is the founder of jeffbullas.com Ptv Ltd and host of " The jeff Bullas Show Podcast". He is a digital entrepreneur, marketing blogger, keynote speaker, digital strategist, and bestselling author. Jeff was also announced as the number one Global "Digital Marketing Influencer" in 2016 by Appinions and listed on Forbes as one of the "Top 20 Influencers of CMOs" in 2017. Check out more about him on his LinkedIn Bio.

Connect with him on:

Website | LinkedIn | Twitter

18. Evan Kirstel

 Evan Kirstel

Evan Kirstel is a B2B thought leader, leading technology influencer, and industry insider with a direct social media following of more than 400,000 (280K Twitter, 55K LinkedIn, and 95K Instagram followers). He is a tech enthusiast and worth following people on the internet.

To achieve massive visibility and scale by leveraging the power of social media, top B2B tech brands like intel, 3M, AT&T Business, Dell, Qualcomm, HPE, Telefonica, Samsung, Citrix, UIpath, Dell, and Ericsson hire him. With 30 years of marketing experience in IT and telecom, he always brings innovative perspectives on opportunities to the future of work. To know more, you may follow him on Linkedin. 

Connect with him on:

Website | LinkedIn | Twitter

19. Pam Moore

Pam Moore

Pam Moore is the CEO and co-founder of Marketing Nutz, digital brand storytelling, training, and consulting agency that helps small businesses and top brands leverage social and digital technologies to increase brand value and achieve business goals.

Pam has more than 25 years of digital marketing and branding experience working with the world's successful brands such as Loreal, Redken, Adobe, GE, IBM, Sony, HP, and many more to connect them with their audiences. she is also an international keynote speaker, trainer, consultant, and strategist known as Forbes #5 Social Power Influencer.

Connect with her on:

Website | LinkedIn | Twitter

20. Rebekah Radice

Rebekah Radice

Rebekah is the founder of Rebekah Radice Media & co-founder of BRIL.LA is a women-owned digital marketing and CX design firm. Rebekah can help you with Coaching, Strategic Planning, Team Training, Online: workshops, Training for social media, and branding to win more significant customers increase revenue, and gain a competitive lead.

She is also an international keynote speaker and digital marketing expert who has been fortunate enough to speak at more than 300 events worldwide.

Connect with her on:

Website | LinkedIn | Twitter

21. Gray Vaynerchuk

Gray Vaynerchuk

The entrepreneur by heart - Gray Vaynerchuk is a successful entrepreneur, best-selling author, public speaker, and digital marketing expert; who helps fortune 1000 brands understand how the rapidly changing trends impact the market and consumer behaviour. He provides valuable insights on how to grab consumers' attention and engage them. 

By handling his family business known as Wine Critic from a very young age, Gray expanded the wine business triumphantly. He is currently known for his work in digital marketing and social media as the chairman of company VaynerX and CEO of VaynerMedia. It has offices in NY, LA, London, Singapore, and Mexico. Besides, Grey also hosts his podcast ‘ The Grayvee Audio Experience’, which ranks among the top podcasts worldwide.

Connect with him on:

Website | LinkedIn | Twitter

22. Jeff Sheehan

Jeff Sheehan

Jeff Sheehan is one of the world’s top Thought Leaders and social media marketing influencers; he shares his expertise with global brands and professionals to teach how to leverage thought leadership to drive opportunities and revenues to achieve desired success in business. He experienced working with top brands that include Intel, Apple Computer, Cisco Systems, IBM, Hewlett-Packard, Dell, AT&T, Exxon, BASF, Dart & Kraft and Nordson, and many others.

Moreover, jeff is also a Public speaker, Author, and connector; being a social media marketing expert, he knows how to harmonize social media platforms into a productive social selling approach. Jeff follows the Pareto principle that focuses 20% on activity that will drive you 80% of outcomes.

Connect with him on:

Website | LinkedIn | Twitter

Connect to Social Influencers Now!

These people are spreading all of their experiences with love over social media platforms. This blog intended to take you to the people you did love to see on your timeline and would have benefited from following them. You can find these people on every social networking site, whether on Instagram, Linkedin, Youtube, or Facebook.

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