During this year we have learn so much about social media and marketing. Our biggest lessons have come from some of the social media giants from around the world.
To pay homage to them we have decided to dedicate our last blog of the year by sharing all of them with you
I no particular order, please take a bow our......
Social Media Influencers to Follow in 2017
Kim Garst @kimgarstThe Founder and CEO of Boom! Social, a personal branding and social media business consulting firm. She is the author of "The Quick and Easy Guide to Branding Your Business and Creating Massive Sales with Pinterest” and "
Will the Real You Please Stand Up":Show Up, Be Authentic, and Prosper in Social Media
Donna Moritz @sociallysorted“Donna understands social media strategy and relationship marketing at a level well beyond most. She brings the best of both worlds to any project – big picture strategy and seamless implementation. Her gift is turning creative ideas into profitable opportunities.”
Ian Cleary @ianclearyIan has spent the past 20+ years in technology and digital marketing. He founded RazorSocial, a leading site on Social Media tools. Ian says the following about RazorSocial: “Most people are afraid or unsure how to go about making online marketing work for them. We’re here to help set the record straight so you don’t waste precious time.”
Ian has been listed as owning one of the top internet marketing blogs globally by Inc. in 2016, and listed as one of the top 50 content marketing influencers globally in 2015. Also, he’s been included in the Top 40 Digital Strategists in a recent annual report by Online Marketing Institute, and a Top 10 Twitter Maverick in a recent Huffington Post article
Peggy Fitzpatrick @PegFitzpatrick
Peg Fitzpatrick is a popular social media speaker, trainer and author. Along with Guy Kawasaki, she’s co-author of "The Art of Social Media: Power Tips for Power Users"Working with global brands and leaders in the social media sphere, Peg has spearheaded successful campaigns with Motorola, Audi, Google, Kimpton Hotels, McDonald’s, Poo~Pourri, and Virgin. In her words, “I work with the best brands and make them even better!”Peg has a total social media following of over 1.3 million followers on multiple channels, and manages a total social platform of 13 million followers. Covering all the major social media platforms, she frequently hears, “You’re everywhere!”
Melonie Dodaro @MelonieDodaroMelonie Dodaro is a Canadian social media expert, author and entrepreneur. Regarded as Canada's number one LinkedIn expert, she gained media attention after she used social media website Facebook to find her missing father.Dubbed as Canada's #1 LinkedIn Expert, Author of the international #1 bestseller "The LinkedIn Code", Social Selling Evangelist
Rebekah Radice @rebekahradice
Rebekah is the CMO of the social-media engagement app Post Planner, and she co-founded the digital marketing agency Imagine WOW. She also co-founded Social Success Academy, a digital marketing agency and social media training platform designed to help businesses and brands build a vibrant online presence.Rebekah is the author of a free resource called “How to Use Social Media to Virtually Crush the Competition.” This ebook includes ten steps to use social media to position your business or personal brand as the go-to leader within your industry or niche.
Guy Kawasaki @GuyKawasakiGuy Kawasaki is the chief evangelist of Canva, an online graphic design tool. He is on the board of trustees of the Wikimedia Foundation, a brand ambassador for Mercedes Benz USA, and an executive fellow of the Haas School of Business (UC Berkeley).He was also the chief evangelist of Apple. He is also the author of "The Art of the Start 2.0", "The Art of Social Media", "Enchantment", and nine other books.Kawasaki has a BA from Stanford University and an MBA from UCLA as well as an honorary doctorate from Babson College.
Mari Smith @marismith
Mari Smith is one of the world’s foremost experts on social media marketing. She has been so influential that she’s rightfully earned the title “The Queen of Facebook.” In fact, Facebook has selected to partner with her as their leading Facebook Marketing expert.
Dun & Bradstreet Credibility Corp has said that Mari is one of the top ten Most Influential Small Business People on Twitter. Fast Company called her “A veritable engine of personal branding, a relationship marketing whiz and the Pied Piper of the Online World.” And Forbes named her one of the Top Ten Social Media Power Influencers.
Mari is the co-author of a popular book called "Facebook Marketing: An Hour a Day", as well as the author of "The New Relationship Marketing": How to Build a Large, Loyal, Profitable Network Using the Social Web.
Amy Porterfield @amyporterfieldBased in Carlsbad, Calif., Amy Porterfield is the co-author of "Facebook Marketing All-in-One for Dummies" (For Dummies, 2011) as well as a speaker and trainer, teaching small businesses and entrepreneurs how to drive more traffic, leads and sales with Facebook marketing.
Jay Baer @jaybaerApart from providing social media strategy to the leading brands through his blog Convince & Convert, which has been voted among one of the top 5 social media blogs worldwide, he is also a founder of Twitter 20 series of live interviews of the platform itself. Baer has been showcasing his expertise in Internet Marketing since 1994 and has helped more than 700 evolving companies including, Nike and much more. He has also co-founded azfamily.com, which is one of the largest local websites and also, vice president of the world’s first web hosting company.
Who has been your biggest influencers of 2016 and who will you be turning to in 2017?