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Top 50 Social Media Influencers on Twitter

Regular Twitter users know self-proclaimed social media experts gurus and ninjas are a dime a dozen. How can you sort through all the fluff?

You could scan through millions of tweets and vet the Twittervese, or you could let Vocus do the work for you.

By leveraging Vocus product technology, our algorithim determined the top social media professionals to follow on Twitter through contextual analysis, engagement levels, reach and relevancy. Unlike other methodologies, Vocus’ technology populates its pool of candidates based on more than keyword searches alone.

Here’s our top 50, listed alphabetically.

1. Jay Baer@jaybaer – NY Times best selling author, marketing consultant, keynote speaker. President of Convince & Convert.


2. Deirdre Breakenridge@dbreakenridge – CEO of Pure Performance Communications, speaker, author of Social Media and Public Relations & PR 2.0, adjunct professor & co-founder of #PRStudChat.


3. Chris Brogan@chrisbrogan – NYT Bestselling author & leading authority on owning the game you most want to win.


4. Shonali Burke@shonali – CEO of a social PR biz; measurement/social media geek. Teach @JHUComm. Founder #measurepr. I ♥ shoes, dogs, Elvis & ABBA. Paleo FTW.


5. Johna Burke@gojohnab – BurrellesLuce EVP, Marketing, Public Relations, IABC, PRSA, Boston Terrier Mom.


6. Michael Cherenson@mcherenson – Exec VP, Success Communications Group; 2009 PRSA Chair & CEO. Opinions are my own & do not represent my employer/clients. Some tweets are about agency clients.


7. Kellye Crane @KellyeCrane – PR / Social Media consultant (but not the smarmy kind), speaker, blogger, tech junkie. Founder of Solo PR PRO & #solopr chat.


8.Dorothy Crenshaw@dorocrenCrenshawComm.com #PR. Word nerd, fiction fan. Adoptive mom. GA native. PR, communications, fitness, TV, marketing, tech, media, politics, pop culture.


9. Ron Culp@Culpwrit – Corporate/agency PR veteran turned pracademic @DePaulU. Consults and blogs on careers. FB page:http://www.Facebook.com/Culpwrit


10. Gini Dietrich@ginidietrich – CEO Arment Dietrich. Author @spinsucks, blog and book. Co-author Marketing in the Round. Speaker. Avid cyclist. A foodie. Loves shoes & wine.


11. Jeff Domansky@ThePRCoach – Searching for intelligent life in the social media universe. | Sharing tips, strategies & insight | Integrating #PR #socialmedia#contentmarketing for results.


12. Kevin Dugan@prblog – Dad, Marketing Geek, Blogger, Instagram Fan & more. Pushing for pragmatism across content, media, data, technology. Also at @empowermm @badpitch@magneticcs.


13. Sarah Evans@prsarahevans – Digital correspondent for @PayPal@Cisco @CoxComm @ShortyAwards @iamangelfdn @licensingexpo. Big cheese @sarahsfavesprsarahevans@gmail.com 224.789.8314.


14. Sally Falkow@sallyfalkow – Digital PR and social media strategist. Author of SMART News: how to write press releases for the digital age.


15. Jason Falls@JasonFalls – Husband, Father, Author, Speaker, Humorist. Allegedly wise to the ways of PR, Digital Marketing and Social Media. I like bourbon.


16. Steve Farnsworth@Steveology – A Forbes Top 50 Social Media Influencer, Demand Generation Content Marketing for B2B High Tech and Chief Marketing Officer at The @Steveology Group.


17. Lauren Fernandez@cubanalaf – social media for a large restaurant company. I eat sushi with a fork and can’t wink. #Packers fan. Maybe I’m a mermaid.


18. Laura Fitton@Pistachio – MPDG x Viking Warrior. Deeply silly. Fierce optimist. Makes things happen from scratch. NEW Twitter for@Dummies ships 11/14 fka CEO@oneforty. Homesteady.


19. Dave Fleet@davefleet – Senior Vice President at Edelman; blogger; running nut; bookworm; gamer; Brit-nadian. Opinions are mine, not my employer’s.


20. Terry Flynn@TerryFlynn – Public relations researcher & educator at McMaster University. Former national president of CPRS & current Board member of the Institute for Public Relations


21. Ann Handley@annhandley – Author. Marketer. Chief Content Officer waging a war on content mediocrity. I’m also @marketingprofs here.


22. Arik Hanson@arikhanson – Principal-ACH Communications, Minnesota digital PR consultant, blogger,@mimatweet board member, founder#HAPPO, founder @mnblogcon, husband, father, beer snob.


23. Peter Himler@PeterHimler – Founder, Flatiron Communications LLC; Forbes contributor; @Medium editor; Blessed w/ 3 exceptional sons & a special wife; Music & tech buff; Maker of the sauce.


24. Kent Huffman@KentHuffman – Global VP of #Marketing at @Servergy, board member at @CMO_Council and@CXMInstitute, author of @8Mandates, creator of #MarketerMonday, #CXM advocate.


25. Mickie Kennedy@ereleases – Founder of eReleases, online leader in affordable press release distribution & press release writing; I also write PR Fuel blog covering PR & public relations.


26. Jason Kintzler@jasonkintzler – Founder @pitchengine. Pearl snaps and web apps in a country where cowboys are kings.


27. David Kirk@davidtheprguy – A public relations consultant for 30+ years specializing in research and crisis management.


28. Valeria Maltoni@ConversationAge – VP, Digital Strategy – design of experiences to help businesses rediscover value of promises and its effect on relationships + culture.


29. Ty Mays@PerfectPitchPR – Owner of Perfect Pitch #PR. Love helping brands increase awareness via new and traditional media.


30. Scott Monty@ScottMonty – Executive VP of Strategy @SHIFTcomm. Husband, dad, editor & co-host of http://ihearofsherlock.com , generally nice guy. Originally from Boston.


31. Amber Naslund @AmberCadabra – Marketing Exec at [find out…uh…soon]. Author. Musician. Pittie rescue mama. Equestrian. Word Nerd. I solemnly swear I am up to no good.


32. Lee Odden@leeodden – CEO @TopRank Online Marketing. Author, Speaker & Consultant for B2B Content Marketing, Social Media, PR & Search. Proud Dad, World Traveler, Foodie, Beardie.


33. Jeremiah Owyang@jowyang – Founder of CrowdCompanies.com.


34. Katie Paine@queenofmetrics – I’ve been called The Queen Of Measurement, but I prefer Seshat, the Goddess.


35. Jeremy Pepper@jspepper – Taking your lunch. Eating your cookies. PR Generalist. Been doing this stuff for 15+ years.


36. Christine Perkett@missusP – CEO; Founder @seedepthinc to measure PR & @PerkettPR | Digital Marketer | Write @Forbes @_workingmother_ | Forbes Marketer to Follow | Speaker | SMBs | Startups.


37. Bob Pickard@BobPickard – Public relations leader | Social media communicator | Concerned about climate change | Excited about crowdsourcing.


38. Rich Quigley@RichQuigley – VP, Synaptic Digital, A Definition 6 Company.


39. Mark Ragan@MarkRaganCEO – CEO of Ragan Communications. Publisher of @PRDaily, @RaganComms, @RaganHealth, HR Communication.


40. Tressa Robbins@tressalynne – @PRSAStL President 2014, #PRSSA advisor/mentor. VP @BurrellesLuce. PR, Marketing, Social, Media Relations. Rescue dog mom, country girl, redneck yacht club ;).


41. Steve Rubel@steverubel – Chief Content Strategist for Edelman (@EdelmanPR), AdAge columnist, LinkedIn Influencer and avid sports fan.


42. Mark Schaefer@markwschaefer – Chieftain of the blog {grow} & social media bouncer. Consultant, educator, author of Return On Influence, Born to Blog, Tao of Twitter & Social Media Explained.


43. David Meerman Scott@dmscott – Marketing & Sales Strategist, keynote speaker, and bestselling author of 10 books including The New Rules of Marketing & PR and Newsjacking.


44. Valerie Merahn Simon@ValerieSimon Developer of teams, communities, products, communication programs & business. Marketing Executive. Co-founder #PRStudChat & #HAPPO. NYC girl turned suburban mom.


45. Brian Solis@BrianSolis – Brian Solis is a well-known digital analyst, keynote speaker, and bestselling author.[1][2][3] He is the principal at Altimeter Group, a research and advisory firm, author of the bestselling books The End of Business as Usual, Engage! and What’s the Future of Business (WTF).


46. Joan Stewart@PublicityHound – Publicity/PR expert helps you create free publicity & promote your expertise. Journalist, author, blogger, speaker & proud Cheesehead. Publicity/PR expert helps you create free publicity & promote your expertise. Journalist, author, blogger, speaker & proud Cheesehead.


47. Bill Stoller @PublicityGuru – 25-year PR Pro helping others get their share of publicity & social media; Founder, Free Publicity Newsletter.


48. Patrick Strother@PatrickStrother – Strother Communications Group (http://scgpr.com .) Teach #PR Case Studies and Campaign Planning at #UMN. #Education #Marketing #Digital


49. Keith Trivitt@KeithTrivitt – Vice President of Global Marketing at @MatomyGroup | Husband | Marketer | Runner.


50. Heather Whaling@prtini – Founded @GebenComm to help companies excel in a social world. Fan of @evwhaling, sports, red wine, food without meat & reading: prTini.com

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About Adrienne Sheares

Adrienne Sheares is an enthusiast for all things social media. On the rare times she’s not on social media, she loves watching any cooking show and frequently pretends she’s a “Top Chef” contestant in her kitchen. You can find her on Twitter at @SocialMediaDC.

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