The Top 50 Social Media Influencers on Twitter

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Top 50 lists serve multiple purposes beyond just giving kudos where it’s deserved. As Cision’s social media manager, I use top 50 and top 100 lists for three purposes:

  • To follow individuals who will help me stay in the loop when new trends and statistics emerge within my industry
  • For content generation and syndication
  • To figure out which handles to target when I launch ads on Twitter

Every year, Cision creates a list of the top 50 social media influencers on Twitter.

Our media research team pulled various lists of social media mavens on Twitter using Cision’s proprietary algorithm which looks for contextual relevancy, engagement levels, key terms and reach, among other components.

After personally vetting the lists, I’m happy to present to you our top 50, listed alphabetically.

1. David Armano@armano

Global Strategy Director at Edelman Digital


2. Jay Baer@jaybaer

New York Times best-selling author, global keynote speaker, and digital media entrepreneur. President of Convince and Convert – a strategy consulting firm


3. Jeff Barrett @BarrettAll 

Co-Founder of Status Creative, a leader in social media engagement


4. Renee Blodgett@MagicSauceMedia

Branding, Social Media, Marketing, PR & Professional Coach


5. Andre Bourque @SocialMktgFella

Editor Emeritus at Technorati, writer for Entrepreneur, HuffingtonPost and SocialMediaToday. Tech evangelist covering high-growth industries


6. Jeff Bullas@JeffBullas

Content marketing influencer, social media marketing strategist & speaker


7. Ted Coiné – @tedcoine

Coach and author on #SocialCEO. Guiding leaders into the Social Age one keynote at a time. CMO of


8. Mack Collier @MackCollier

Founder of #Blogchat


9. Juntae DeLane@JuntaeDeLane

Digital Brand Manager for USC, digital strategist, marketing consultant, public speaker


10. Jason Falls@JasonFalls

A leading digital strategist, author, speaker and thinker in the digital and social media marketing industry


11. Steve Farnsworth @Steveology

Demand generation content marketing for B2B high tech industry. CMO at The Steveology Group


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12. Mark Fidelman @markfidelman

CEO of Evolve! Digital Marketing Agency. Award winning digital campaign experts. Forbes Columnist


13. Robert Fine@bobfine

Founded The Social Media Monthly, in 2011 as the first and only print magazine devoted exclusively to unlocking the power of social media for its readers


14. Kim Garst @kimgarst

Social selling strategist, First Lady of Periscope, best-selling author & speaker


15. Glen Gilmore @GlenGilmore

Digital Marketing Strategist, author, lawyer & Rutgers Business School instructor. Also tweets from these handles: @SocialMediaLaw1 @TravelEsquire @CrisisSocMedia @HealthcareSMM @UKSocialMedia @FinancialSM


16. Seth Godin@ThisIsSethsBlog

American author, entrepreneur, marketer, and public speaker


17. Ann Handley @MarketingProfs

Managed by Ann Handley, Head of Content at MarketingProfs; author of the WSJ bestseller, “Everybody Writes”

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18. John Haydon @johnhaydon

Digital marketing and fundraising expert for nonprofits. Author of “Facebook Marketing for Dummies”


19. Kristi Hines@kikolani

Freelance writer and business blogger


20. Douglas Idugboe @douglasi

Founder of Smedio and Digital Marketers Academy. He helps businesses grow their revenue


21. Mathew Ingram@mathewi

Senior Writer at Fortune


22. Beth Kanter@kanter

Author of “Beth’s Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media,” one of the longest-running and most popular blogs for nonprofits


23. Guy Kawasaki@guykawasaki

Silicon Valley marketing executive. He was one of the Apple employees originally responsible for marketing the Macintosh in 1984


24. Dave Kerpen@davekerpen

CEO of Likeable Local. He is also the co-founder and chairman of Likeable Media and the New York Times best-selling author of “Likeable Social Media” and “Likeable Business”


25. Shelly Kramer@ShellyKramer

Co-CEO of V3 Broadsuite, a marketing agency specialising in the digital space


26. Aaron Lee@AskAaronLee

Social Media Manager and Entrepreneur hailing from Malaysia. Grand Master of Customer Delight at Post Planner


27. Eve Mayer @LinkedInQueen

Eve Mayer is CEO of Social Media Delivered. Author of “The Social Media Business Equation” and “Get It Girl Guide to Online Dating”


28. Pam Moore@PamMktgNut

Social Media Speaker, Consultant, Trainer, CEO of Marketing Nutz


29. Lee Odden @leeodden

CEO at TopRank Online Marketing. Author, speaker & consultant for B2B content marketing, social media, PR & search


30. Jeremiah Owyang@owyang

Founder of


31. Christopher Penn@cspenn

VP Marketing Technology at SHIFT Communications, Marketing Over Coffee co-host

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32. Amy Porterfield@amyporterfield

Social media strategist and co-author of “Facebook Marketing All-In-One for Dummies”


33. Brett Relander – @BrettRelander

Founder at TribeMedia & Launch & Hustle. Contributor at Huffington Post & Entrepreneur


34. Chris Rauschnot@24k

Blogger at Huffington Post, Mac Trast & more. Speaker, award winner & social media consultant


35. Steve Rubel@steverubel

Chief Content Strategist for Edelman PR host of the “Content Convergence” podcast


36. Ted Rubin@TedRubin

Social marketing strategist, keynote speaker, brand evangelist and Acting CMO at Brand Innovators


37. Chris Sacca@sacca

Super angel investor; Investor in Twitter, Uber, Instagram, kickstarter & other startups


38. Bonnie Sainsbury @bsainsbury

Founder and CEO of Social Media Smarter. Co-host of “Women Talking Tech” webcast


39. Mark Schaefer@markwschaefer 

Acclaimed college educator, author, speaker, and social media strategy consultant who has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and the CBS NEWS


40. Neal Schaffer@nealschaffer

Social media speaker, social media strategy consultant, author of “Maximize Your Social” and founder of Maximize Social Business


41. Jeff Sheehan@JeffSheehan 

Influencer, marketing & social media pro, social selling expert, speaker, author, radio show host


42. Mari Smith@marismith

Hailed as the premier Facebook marketing expert and one of the most influential and knowledgeable new media thought leaders in the world


43. Michael Stelzner@Mike_Stelzner

Founder of Social Media Examiner, host of “Social Media Marketing” podcast, authored “Launch & Writing White Papers”


44. Scott Stratten@unmarketing

President of Un-Marketing. He is an expert in viral, social and authentic marketing which he calls “Un-Marketing”


45. Liz Strauss@lizstrauss

Founder of SOBCon, the high-touch business summit, social web strategist, and one of the most thoughtful, prolific bloggers on the planet


46. Danny Sullivan@dannysullivan

Founding Editor at Marketing Land & Search Engine Land, covering Google, Facebook, Twitter, SEO, SEM & all things digital marketing, search marketing and search


47. Ann Tran@AnnTran_

Luxury travel & marketing strategist, speaker, #InfluencerChat co-founder and entrepreneur


48. Gary Vaynerchuk @garyvee

Entrepreneur, investor, author, public speaker, and internet personality. Host of #AskGaryVee & CEO of VaynerMedia

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49. Ekaterina Walter@Ekaterina

Business and marketing innovator an author of the WSJ bestseller “Think Like Zuck”


50. Warren Whitlock @WarrenWhitlock

Influencer, business consultant, radio host, best-selling author, speaker, blogger

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