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The Top 10 Social Marketing Influencers to Keep An Eye on in 2017

December 21, 2016

By Cynthia Johnson

In this fast paced, cut throat industry, it pays to be on top of your game. There are plenty of industry professionals who have provided their Intel for the genetic makeup of a well-designed social media marketing proposal, but who should we be looking for as true leaders in this field as we head into the new year and beyond?  Here’s some predictions for potential key influencers in the coming year.


If you’ve followed the wonderful blogs from the founder of Crazy Egg, KISSmetrics, and Quick Sprout, you’re sure to be aware of Neil Patel’s keen sense of marketing advice and entrepreneurial wisdom on what’s new and exciting in the world of marketing.

Patel can increase your search traffic, convert online visitors into customers and create Social Media traffic without using ads.  As a regular contributor to Forbes, TechCrunch and, Patel is here to stay on top for the foreseeable future.

2. Gary Vaynerchuk

As CEO of VaynerMedia, Gary Vaynerchuk’s agency specializes in an eclectic vision in social media branding and distribution. The host of #AskGaryVee show (a way of producing top value answers for questions about social media, startups and entrepreneurship) and author of “Crush It!: Why NOW is the Time to Cash in on Your Passion” will answer that very question for you.

3. Andy Crestodina

Andy Crestodina is the founder of Orbit Media and has been in the digital space since 2000. Specializing in web design and content, but knowledgeable on all topics digital from search to analytics, Andy is as much a Chicago evangelist as he is a digital evangelist. Andy is a content king and has published hundreds of articles on the topic of digital marketing and has written a book to boot “Content Chemistry”- in it’s third printing.  He is a national speaker and founder of Content Jam. In addition to repping the Windy City, Orbit Media helps its clients produce beautiful sites and content marketing pieces that lead to sustainable growth and jealousy from competitors.

4. Lisa Song Sutton

Lisa Song Sutton is a former Miss Las Vegas who has become a full fledge entrepreneur with her Sin City Cupcakes Company as well as Liquid & Lace, Fundamental Elements, and Elite Homes Us.  She also writes about Women in Business and Entrepreneurship for Forbes as well as hosts “Live With Lisa,” a TV show that gives business tips and tricks based on her own experiences.

5. Ian Cleary 

Ian Cleary is an award-winning Tech Blogger on RazorSocial who can help increase your blog traffic on any given occasion. If you’re looking for help to market your business more effectively, look no further.  Ian can help give you a better system for your social media content exposure that can save time with better results.

6. Sujan Patel

Sujan Patel is the co-founder of Web Profits and is one of the leading experts in digital marketing.  His agency helps companies leverage the latest marketing strategies to propel their businesses.  With over 13 years of Internet marketing experience, Sujan has led a …read more

Source:: Social Media Explorer