Meet the marketing influencers who will lead us in 2018.
From Inc. 500 Entrepreneurs to New York Times bestselling authors to social media namesakes, each of these individuals has proven that they are at the top of their game in their respective industries.
Many have also overcome incredible odds as well. Without Further ado here are the top 20 social media influencers of 2018.
1. Grant Cardone is popular on virtually every social media platform and has one of the most die-hard followings on the planet. On top of being one of the biggest influencers out there he’s also a 7-time bestselling author and a $500M real estate tycoon.
2. Neil Patel is a NYT bestselling author and entrepreneur who has was recognized as a top 100 entrepreneur under the age of 30 by President Obama. Patel is the co-founder of Crazy Egg, Hello Bar and KISSmetrics.
3. John Rampton is a serial entrepreneur, connector, and and the founder of Due.com. Rampton has hailed as No. 3 of the Top 50 Global Online Influencers and one of the Top 10 Most Influential PPC Experts in the World for 3 years running.
4. Chris Stoikos is best known for his hilarious viral videos, which generated 130M views and $10.5M in sales in the past year alone as part of his venture Dollar Beard Club. Stoikos has also appeared on NBC’s Shark Tank and generated millions in revenue for various product launches.
5. Ann Handley has been named by Forbes as the Most Influential Woman in Social Media and one of the Top 20 Women Bloggers. She is the chief content officer of MarketingProfs, and her book Everybody Writes is a WSJ bestseller.
6. Branden Hampton is the king of social media, having built over 33M followers across Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. He's also the CEO of the social media marketing company One Penny Ad Agency and co-author of How to Set Up Your Business for Under $1000.
7. Brian D. Evans is an Inc 500 entrepreneur and the founder and CEO of Influencive, an online publication read by millions of young entrepreneurs. His company, BDE Ventures, was the 25th fastest growing advertising and marketing agency in America.
8. Nathan Allen Pirtle is a prolific social media specialist responsible for worldwide trends. He’s worked with high profile clients like Nicki Minaj, MTV, and VH1. Each month he reaches over 100M between his Twitter following and client list.
9. Mari Smith, hailed by Forbes as a Top 10 Social Media Influencer, is a leading expert in Facebook marketing, an author of two books, and a speaker who has shared the stage with Richard Branson, the Dalai Lama, and Tony Robbins.
10. Deep Patel is a serial entrepreneur, and the bestselling author of A Paperboy's Fable. Patel has spoken in front of Fortune 500 CEOs, worked on viral Kickstarter campaigns, and consulted top-tier brands about marketing to Millennials.
11. Jason Stone is known by almost 2M people around the world as @Millionaire_Mentor on Instagram. Stone has successfully launched multiple 6 and 7 figure Instagram platforms and is the founder of Local Door Coupons, Gentlemens Mafia and Millionaire Mentor.
12. Jon Youshaei is the founder of Every Vowel, a cartoon series with over 400k readers. Youshaei has also worked with Eric Schmidt, Adam Grant and Neil Strauss to market their bestselling books, and today is a Google marketing manager.
13. Chirag Kulkarni is the cofounder and CEO of Taco, a marketing agency that has represented companies like Dairy Queen, Infibeam, and Policy Bazaar. Kulkarni is also a speaker and contributor to Fortune and Entrepreneur.
14. Kimra Luna, a master at building personal brands and creating massive online communities. In just a few short years this 30-year-old mom of three went from being on welfare to founding a multi-million dollar brand through her product Be True Brand You.
15.Nicolas Cole is an author, speaker and entrepreneur with work published in Time, Forbes, Fortune, and Business Insider. In the past year, Cole’s writing has accumulated over 20M views.
16. Dave Kerpen is the founder and CEO of Likeable Local, a social media software company. He’s been featured on CNBC, ABC, and CBS. Kerpen is also the NYT bestselling author of Likeable Social Media.
17. Pam Moore is the CEO and founder of Marketing Nutz, a full-service social media, digital marketing and experiential branding agency that serves a range of clientele from solo entrepreneurs to Fortune 50 brands.
18. Jason Baudendistel is the Author of Linkedin For Idiots is an Amazon Bestselling author and serial entrepreneur responsible for coordinating a 800,000 dollar buyout offer of Dynamicitivity. He is currently The Ceo Of Wibbets Inc.
19. Aaron Orendorff is the founder and CEO of iconiContent, a content strategy agency with clients like Shopify and Intuit. Orendorff is behind some of the most successful posts at niche sites like Copyblogger, Unbounce, Content Marketing Institute and Social Media Examiner.
20. Josh Steimle Josh Steimle is the CEO and founder of MWI, a digital marketing agency he started in 1999 as a college student. He also trains executives and entrepreneurs on how to become influencers and thought leaders in their space.
Digital Marketing is one of the lowest cost ways to get your company ROI. What happens if you don't do it right? Not much. The following companies are case studies on how not to market your business online or manage or even grow your digital assets.
Thier facebook page is a ghost town not because of the content but because the page is not being promoted appropriately.
www.hogan1.com is the website for a major national brand yet this small independent blog has a better global rank and a similar national one?
Negative comments on social media without any positive testimonials to diffuse them or an apologetic reply from the social media team are other negatives toward their brand.
They are very similar to my former client GoByTruck.
However, one has a Linkedin Influencer for their CEO guess who that is?
Hint not Agilis.
Again my blog is ranked higher.
My blog is ranked higher in Alexa once again.
Facebook page is a empty shell.
This is only scratching the surface but where can improvements be made?
All three companies need an integrated content sharing, content management and audience engagement strategy. Paid Facebook promotion of the website and Facebook page should be instituted and a brand management strategy should be instituted on all social channels. Regular sitemap updates are needed and a blog with regularly updated content for each website.
How will this benefit them? Increased brand engagement, brand equity and website traffic will lead to a noticeable increase in revenue, sales and strategic opportunities.
For their senior leadership and Linkedin page a content and marketing strategy are also needed.
With these and a few more changes you can make digital marketing a vital part of your marketing mix again.
The Uses Of Linkedin
Here are some reasons why people may use LinkedIn.
- To stay in touch with friends and colleagues.
- To reconnect with old friends and colleagues that you may have not been able to find or be found by otherwise when emails and phone numbers are changed.
- To get introduced to new interesting friends and business connections.
- To promote your products and services, find or be found by new customers.
- To find or be found by new vendors, suppliers or service providers.
- To find a job through your network and to make it easy for employers and recruiters to find you.
- To find someone to fill a vacancy that you may have.
- To find experts and get advice.
- To share your experience, help others and give advices.
- To stay updated with the latest news especially about your network and what’s new.
- To join groups and start or join in interesting discussions.
- To build and strengthen your personal branding and online presence for you or your company (improving the chances of being found on Google).
- To find new opportunities for business, partners or investors
- To consolidate in one place trusted (to some degree) recommendations that you can get from your colleagues, friends and business contacts.
- To use who you know in common to ask for reference about someone or a company before working or doing business with them.
- To look up anyone that you need to meet or speak to and find out what you can about them to understand them better and to make a good impression.
- To be able to post questions and get different answers
- To be able to create or participate in polls (surveys) and find out the results.
- To be able to post and share announcements, updates, news, cool things.
- To be recognized as a subject matter expert in your area of expertise.
As you can see the possibilities and power of this network are endless.
Rip Google+? The rumor through the grapevine via Tech Crunch is the tech giant is considering major changes to Google +. The question is how drastic will these be and is Google+ marching toward an early grave? With the departure of Vic Gundotra as well as the demise of Orkut and Wave. The question remains is Google plotting the demise of another social venture?
This Week I have something a bit new for my readers. These are two videos on Linkedin Marketing Strategy from the vault.
According to a study by the Ehrenberg-Bass Institute for Marketing Science, an important sounding group, Facebook fans are basically really worthless. In an ideal world, all these brands would love to believe that consumers “like” really means something, but it seems that “likes” have little or no value.
Most people would probably ignore this study, except that Ehrenberg-Bass Institute is supported by some of the biggest brands in the world, including Coca-Cola and Procter and Gamble.
The study, in a seemingly slap to Facebook, even uses Facebook’s own metrics, “People Talking About This,” which is supposed to be a running count of likes, posts, comments, tags, shares and other good feelings towards the brand. Well, according to this metric, their own study shows that based on the top 200 brands on Facebook, the actual engagement of fans is 1.3%. Meaning that most of the people who like a brand on Facebook never do anything whatsoever.
It gets worse: If you sub-track the initial like of the fan, the rate of engagement then drops to a really sad 0.45% That’s mean approximately out of 200 people who like a brand on Facebook, only 1 of them actually does anything to interact with the brand. More than likely, knowing Facebook, that person is probably some guy in China spamming a gift-card offer.
These are some scary numbers if you think about it – which means that all that money that companies spend to acquire Facebook fans is nothing more than a masturbatory effort to show how amazing them feel about themselves. While there are a few exceptions to the rule, It seems that maybe Facebook marketing really is just a money pit.
Studies like this show why Facebook rushed to go public and cash out, “just incase” their long term strategy doesn’t work. Remember, just five years ago, everyone was talking about Myspace. What’s going to happen in five years if advertisers start to realize that people are ignoring Facebook?
What Social Media Networks offer Return On Investment then?
High average incomes and a huge base of affluent purchasers if you advertise or brand right you will have plenty of ROI.
A great branding tool with real possibilities through sponsored tweets.
Social Influence measurement and perks are great tools for any business.
Social Management tools to consider:
What are your thoughts? Let me know in the comments below.
folks at LinkedIn have been rolling out a tremendous amount of updates recently.
These range from revamped profile pages, updated LinkedIn Company pages,
the ability to follow thought leaders, endorsements and much more. They’re doing
something right because Now LinkedIn has over 359
million members. If you haven’t joined LinkedIn yet, I hope the following
facts convince you to get started. This is some really cool stuff. Please
feel free to add your own facts and comments in the comment section
has over 359 Million Members To put this in
perspective, LinkedIn had 32 million members in January of 2009
are joining LinkedIn at 2 members per second
added 50 million members last year alone. It took them 6 years to add their
first 50 million users!
United Kingdom and Brazil are tied for third place as the largest countries on
LinkedIn. Brazil just hit 10 members. India is second place while the
United States is number one
is expecting to reach 5 billion professional searches this year
are over 1 million groups on LinkedIn. These groups contain between 2 and
mobile version of LinkedIn is it’s fastest growing
The LinkedIn mobile app had 12 options
in 2011 and approximately 1 million users. In 2012, LinkedIn cut the
number of options down to 4 and they saw an increase in the number of users from
10% to 23%
are over 28 people searched on the mobile app per second
75,000 developers are using LinkedIn’s API’s in their own products and
LinkedIn gets over 2 billion network
updates viewed weekly
There are over 175 thousand new LinkedIn
profiles created every day.
There was 3 billion searches on LinkedIn
Over 25 million LinkedIn profiles are
viewed every day
There are over 2 million LinkedIn Company Pages on LinkedIn
Over 1 million publishers have implemented the LinkedIn share button on their
Recently, 150 thought leaders were requested to create articles for LinkedIn on various topics. These individuals consisted of 1 Nobel Prize Winner, members with over 2 million followers, 1
McArthur Genius, 29 New York Times best seller book authors, all from 11
There are over 10 million endorsements provided on LinkedIn
There has been over 200% more social interactions since the LinkedIn homepage was
If I were forced to choose between using only one social networking site for
my business, from Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, and other social networking sites,
I would choose LinkedIn, hands down. I still love these other social
networking sites, but LinkedIn is by far the most powerful for your business and
Why LinkedIn Is #1
With the average household income per user hitting $109,000, which is much
higher than Twitter, Facebook, and the other social networking power houses, you
know you are dealing with people who mean business.
Being that it is the largest business networking site in the world, there is
a mindset shift when users log on to LinkedIn compared to logging on their
cousin sites, Twitter or Facebook.
The mood changes, the messages are more professional. Conversations are
geared toward partnerships and transactions, as opposed to how funny you looked
in your birthday pictures, and everything is centered around advancing careers
or building businesses.
LinkedIn Means Business
Everyone talks about the power of Facebook ads but the
LinkedIn ad platform is even more powerful considering the demographic is made
up of decision makers.
My point being, if you aren’t using this powerful site to market your
business yet, then it’s time to start taking it more seriously and step your
There are a number of ways to market yourself and your business online, but
here are 14 LinkedIn tips that will drastically increase your marketing
Complete Your Profile
Your profile is the heart and soul of your online business brand. It
usually ranks in the top 5 of Google search results for “Your First and Last
Name”. When others do a search for your name to learn about your product,
service, company, or previous work experience, then you’d better have a rock
solid profile or that first impression could drastically tarnish your
value. Make sure you fill out your profile 100% for starters, then go on
from there to make it sexier.
Optimize Your LinkedIn Company Profile. Just like your website,
if you want your LinkedIn to capture search traffic you have to make it
SEO-friendly. Describe your company in clear language consistent with
descriptions on your website and social media accounts. Optimize for the same
keywords as your website, but feel free to be more technical or
industry-oriented, advises Marketing Land’s Jim Yu. Post shareable, quality
content, videos, and linked calls-to-action to improve user experience and
search engine rank.
Leverage LinkedIn News Feed.
A challenge for many content marketers is simply getting eyeballs on your
content. LinkedIn news feed provides direct distribution channel for your
content marketing, explains ClickZ's Roger Katz. Content posted on your company
page will be delivered daily to your followers’ pages. They won’t even have to
search for your content. By streamlining content distribution and facilitating
content sharing, LinkedIn truly proves its value as content marketing tool.
LinkedIn news feed is only as good as the people who follow you. Your
followers are the ones who will regularly receive your content and you want to
make sure they are your top content marketing targets. Aim to develop a
following comprised of businesses who are potential qualified leads. Begin to
build this community by including calls-to-action to follow your company page in
all your content. Embed LinkedIn follow buttons on your website. Promote your
LinkedIn on your other social networks. Slowly but surely you will build a
quality following that will enable you to leverage LinkedIn to its fullest
Join LinkedIn Groups. This is a simple way to engage your
desired audience. Because LinkedIn groups represent a specific segment of the
professional community, joining them gives you direct access to a target
population. Use this forum to build relationships, communicate relevant, useful
information, and position yourself as a likable expert.
Start conversations. Posting informative content isn’t the only
way to engage an audience and build your brand. Ask questions, answer questions,
participate in group discussions, suggests Social Media Today. If you contribute
often and provide valuable advice, you will eventually be identified as an
industry thought leader.
This LinkedIn feature offers numerous benefits to content marketers. To
begin, it is the first step to building relationships with prospects. Comment
and share their content to plant the seeds. Maybe reach out to them for an
expert opinion quote or guest post on your site. Second, it is a great way to
learn about your target audience and identify their needs, goals, and culture.
This will equip you to create relevant, quality content which delivers
legitimate value and effectively engages businesses.
Tap Into Your Own Employee Network.
Don’t stop at sharing content on your own company page. Encourage employees
to share company blog posts, articles, or other content pieces on their own
LinkedIn, advises Jim Dougherty of Vocus. This widens the scope of your content
audience, hopefully increasing brand awareness, social connections, website
traffic, and ultimately conversion.
Your Company Profile
LinkedIn is constantly enhancing its platform and one of the things that has
been lagging, until recently, was the company page section. Now, it allows
you to add a video, share more information about your products and services, and
give more insights about your company and the people working there.
Connect With Twitter
I sometimes find that I get more comments and interaction on LinkedIn from
the same update I published on Twitter. The updates (even when synced from
Twitter) seem to “stay on top” longer than they would in your Twitter
stream. The more interaction you get, the more others see it as well (it’s
similar to Facebook in this regard).
Make sure to connect your Twitter account to LinkedIn. Others talk
about why this is bad because a lot of your messaging won’t be targeted for your
LinkedIn audience (especially when you use “@” symbols and hashtags), but for
the most part, my message is staying at the top of mind for my connections on
LinkedIn and for me that’s a powerful thing.
11. Add Advanced Applications
I love the fact that LinkedIn has rolled out a number of applications to help
you promote your business or your personal work better. It doesn’t matter
what industry you are in, there is an application for everyone that can help you
get your message across better, and improve the overall experience of your
LinkedIn profile. Go to the applications section on your profile to see
which ones you could start using today, and make the most out of the new ones
that come out in the future.
12. Connect With
A number of LinkedIn newbies or purists will say, “You should only connect
with those you already know and trust, so you can make recommendations to others
when they want an introduction.” Believe me, I understand where these users
are coming from, but how do you expect to expand your opportunities and options
when you shut off communication to the rest of the 85 million plus members on
Think about it, you already know all of the opportunities that your closest
connections can share since you talk to them more frequently. It’s time to
use LinkedIn like a live networking event and introduce yourself to others, make
new friends, and start helping more people connect. Also, start accepting
invitations to others who add you, as the more connections you have, the larger
your expanded network grows which helps create more opportunities in the long
13. Customize Your Websites
This is a basic thing that everyone should do. It’s simple.
Creating a call to action attracts more attention then having a generic link
that says “My website”. Make it look and sound sexier so when people come
to your profile they feel inspired to click on your links and go back to your
14. Be Compelling
Work on making yourself stand out to keep people from falling asleep when
looking at your LinkedIn profile. An extremely boring profile that showcases
zero personality or compelling attributes is a sure way to a leads shortage. Add
an interesting story in your summary, have a video recommendation pop up in the
first few seconds, or at the least tell people who you are, who you help, and
how you help them so there is some direction for people when they land on your
LinkedIn is an excellent platform for sharing content, but do you have a
platform on which to publish?
The key is to find the right one research it and leverage it.
Use these tips to get started building something powerful with your Linkedin
Marketing strategy today.