10 Women That Rock Our Social Media World!

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Frederic Gonzalo Owner/Partner, Gonzo Marketing

Posted on March 4th 2013

10 Women That Rock Our Social Media World!

It’s almost March 8th, which means it's almost International Women’s Day. To mark the event this year, I thought I would share with you my top 10 women who rock the social media sphere. These ladies share a common trait: they are passionate, experts in their respective field and share generously their knowledge through blogs, tweets, webinars and/or other social media outlets. I learn a great deal hearing or reading them, so if you don’t know them or don’t follow them, get your notepad ready! Here they are:social media top 10 women

Mari Smith

Mari SmithA household name in the social media strategy sphere, Mari is a true expert in all things related to Facebook marketing. She is co-author of “Facebook Marketing: an hour a day” and author of “The New Relationship Marketing”, host of a popular blog on www.marismith.com and if there is one person to follow on Facebook, it’s Mari: she has over 90,000 fans on her page! A great place to read tips and hear the latest in Facebook changes – and we all know how that alone can keep a person busy full-time… You can join the 187,000+ followers to catch up on her tweets @MariSmith

Heidi Cohen

Heidi CohenTalk about someone who practices what she preaches! The tagline on Heidi’s website and blog reads as follows: actionable marketing expert. If you follow her on twitter @HeidiCohen or if you read her blog, that’s exactly what you get: experience-based marketing tips, solid and business-related advice that can be put into practice immediately. Heidi touches upon various topics related to social media marketing, content marketing and strategy, and she has a couple of ebooks available for free. Her blog has been voted into Social Media Examiner’s Top 10 blogs for two years in a row now, so there’s always great content there.

Gini Dietrich

Gini DietrichGotta love the name for Gini’s blog: Spin Sucks! It’s also what I have come to appreciate about her style, either in writing or on video. She says it like it is, or at least as she thinks it is, and she bases her arguments on solid observation and real-life experience. Her topics cover content marketing and social media for Public Relations professionals, yet any marketer will appreciate the tips and knowledge shared on her blog or via her twitter handle @GiniDietrich

Amy Porterfield

Amy PorterfieldJust like Mari Smith, but with a different twist, if you want to know everything there is to know about Facebook marketing, Amy Porterfield is the right person to follow. With her real-life experience as a marketer with brands such as Harley Davidson and Tony Robbins, she shares her social media knowledge, strategies and tactics on a variety of influential blogs such as Mashable, Forbes or Huffington Post, as well as on her blog and numerous free webinars offered throughout the year. Join the 30,000+ subscribers to her Facebook page or follower on twitter @FB_Influence

Amber Naslund

Amber NaslundOne of the first blogs I ever subscribed to a couple of years ago was Brass Tack Thinking, which is written by Amber Naslund, also co-author of “The Now Revolution” (with Jay Baer). I have always appreciated her no-nonsense approach to discussing marketing, PR, social media strategy or communications topics, all with a very personal perspective. Her latest post is a great example of her useful, genuine and generous advice-giving: The No-Nonsense Guide to Getting Paid For Your Expertise. You can join her 52,000+ followers on twitter @AmberCadabra

Andrea Vahl

Andrea VahlThis is the only person on this list who actually “suffers” from a split personality! Andrea Vahl, on one side, is author of “Facebook Marketing All-in-One for Dummies”, hosts a very influential blog, guest blogs on numerous industry blogs and is Community Manager for Social Media Examiner. On the other side, there’s Grandma Mary… well, they’re both the same person, really, and they both share useful tips on social media strategy, in particular on how to manage one’s presence on key social media platforms, i.e. Linkedin, Twitter, Google+, Facebook, etc.  Check out her blog or follow Andrea on twitter @AndreaVahl

Viveka von Rosen

Viveka von RosenIf you hear or search for terms such as Linkedin rock star, Linkedin expert or Linkedin authority, odds are you will come across Viveka von Rosen. She is the author of “Linkedin Marketing an hour a day” and truly is the go-to person for everything and anything related to Linkedin. She often creates video tutorials that are actually better and more dynamic than those produced by LinkedIn! Her blog is appropriately called Linked Into Business and you can participate in her popular tweet chat #LinkedinChat every Tuesday evenings at 8pm EST, co-moderated by @SteveCassady. You can join her 47,000+ followers on twitter @LinkedInExpert

Ann Handley

Ann HandleyIf you are interested in content marketing, how and why it applies within business strategies, then you must be familiar with Ann Handley. She is co-author of one of the best books ever published on the topic, “Content Rules”, is Chief Content Officer at Marketing Profs and a monthly contributor to Entrepreneur magazine. She has over 154,000+ followers on her twitter handle @MarketingProfs where she shares golden nuggets related to social media strategies and, you guessed it, content marketing!

Kristi Hines

Kristi HinesI discovered Kristi Hines as part of a Social Media Examiner networking club focusing on blogging. Kristi is the mastermind behind kikolani, a hugely successful blog that specializes in blog marketing and where you can find sharp blogging tips for personal and professional bloggers alike. Lots of how-to posts, ways to enhance your writing or reach wider audiences, and much more. She is a regular contributor to various Power 150 blogs, and you can follow her on twitter @kikolani or on Google+

Tribe mates

I could not bring myself to make the final cut, as I wanted to highlight four women bloggers I have discovered in the past year thanks to Triberr. Gazalla Gaya writes on Web Content Blog where she shares tips about SEO, blogging and content marketing. Ruth Zive shares marketing strategy and resources on MarketingWise. Carol Lynn Rivera is the editor and social manager for Web.Search.Social, a great multi-author blog for all things marketing. Mila Araujo shares her perspective on a variety of topics, not only marketing or social media related, but always with an original twist on milaspage. I have learned a great deal commenting and sharing with these four women throughout the past year, so I recommend you do the same and discover their blogs asap!

There you have it, ten women (well, 13 if you read all the way to here) with plenty of content to read, follow and share with your networks. Who else would you add to this list? Let me know in the comments section below.

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Frederic Gonzalo

Owner/Partner, Gonzo Marketing

For the past 19 years, Frederic has been in key marketing, sales & communications roles in the Canadian travel industry. He is now consultant and speaker, specializing in marketing, social media & mobile strategies. Visit his blog for more info at www.fredericgonzalo.com

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Comments

CoSkills
Posted on March 4th 2013 at 12:19PM

Thanks for the list, Frederic! I'm always on the look out for new interesting people in the field to follow on Twitter. 

gonzogonzo
Posted on March 4th 2013 at 12:37PM

You are welcome, Anna. Have a great week!

Frederic

rzive
Posted on March 4th 2013 at 2:23PM

Fabulous list and thank you so much for the mention! There are one or two ladies here with whom I'm not familiar, so I'm off to check them out. Bravo for celebrating the accomplishments of women!

gonzogonzo
Posted on March 4th 2013 at 8:28PM

My pleasure, Ruth! Glad you were able to discover some new people to follow with this list.

Cheers,

Kent Ong
Posted on March 4th 2013 at 5:35PM

How about Lori Ruff? She is Forbes top 21 most influencial social media marketer.

gonzogonzo
Posted on March 4th 2013 at 8:27PM

Kent, you are totally right, Lori Ruff would certainly deserve to be up on that list. I made the choice based on folks I regularly follow, either via blogs or tweets, so obviously could not include them all. Perhaps in my next edition, if there is one?

Cheers,

Kent Ong
Posted on March 15th 2013 at 11:46AM

Hi Frederic, sure and understand. :)

loriruff
Posted on March 15th 2013 at 2:18AM

Kent! You sure know how to Rock a Diva's World!  Thanks for popping me in here :) I love finding and meeting friends and fans everywhere I go.

Kent Ong
Posted on March 15th 2013 at 11:46AM

Hi Lori, you are welcome. :) Just thought that you should be one of them since I have read your book, view your LinkedIn profile, view your videos. You are great in social media. :)

MikeGingerich
Posted on March 4th 2013 at 10:40PM

Great list!  Very acquainted with Mari Smith, and Kristi Hines does a great job as do the others.

I would add Pam Moore (@PamMktgNut).  Pam is influential in the blogsphere, twitter and is a founder of #getrealchat that is a huge Tweet Chat.  Pam is also a Forbes Top 50 Social Power Influencer as well.

gonzogonzo
Posted on March 4th 2013 at 10:42PM

Hello Mike,

Yes, Pam Moore would certainly fit in this list as well. I read her content, tweets and blog posts every now and then and it's always "on the ball", as we say. Will keep this in mind for a revised list, should I go down that path... ;-)

Cheers,

loriruff
Posted on March 15th 2013 at 2:14AM

Oh Mike! Pam is one of my fav ladies too!  And Cheryl K Burgess, Liz Strauss, Christine Crandall... so many talented women and the pool is just getting deeper! :)

hlipman
Posted on March 7th 2013 at 2:22AM

I am new to the world of social media as a business tool and really appreciate this great list of women who are making social media work for them. They are all talented, inspirational women that I can look up to. I am so excited to read all of their blogs and learn more about how I can best use social media in a realm beyond my social life. 

Hanna Lipman

Tulane

gonzogonzo
Posted on March 15th 2013 at 2:01PM

Welcome to the social media world, Hanna! Indeed, this list of women should help you off to a great start, as they share knowledge and wisdom that's applicable to newbies and savvy social media folks alike, so I am glad you enjoyed the read.

Cheers,

Frederic

Aine Doris
Posted on March 21st 2013 at 10:47PM

Viveka is also one of the nicest, most generous social media superstars I've had the good luck to talk to. She found time to give me solid advice when I needed it!

gonzogonzo
Posted on March 22nd 2013 at 1:51AM

That's great that you actually interacted IRL with Viveka, I have only had the pleasure to exchange a few tweets here and there.

Cheers,

Frederic

Miley Martin
Posted on July 15th 2013 at 9:56AM

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judithkwentoh
Posted on October 18th 2013 at 10:33AM

This is definitely a very accurate list. Well done ladies and keep doing what you are doing. All the best.