As bloggers, online marketers and entrepreneurs, it’s always important to stay ahead of the game by following industry experts and influencers. It’s not just about knowing who they are or what they are working on, it’s also about better understanding how they run their business and look forward to the years ahead.
Who should you pay attention to in the coming new year of 2017? Who are the influencers that will create the stir that everyone will notice in the technology and content area?
We’ve compiled a list of the latest movers and shakers that you will want to bookmark and be watching in the coming year.
There have been many great influencers in our day, and many who came before them who’s impact will always impact us years later. We can’t see into the distant future about the following influencers, but we’re pretty sure they’ll stay on the minds of internet marketers and bloggers for several years to come.
17 of the Brightest Minds in Content Creation and Internet Marketing
Neil Patel is the owner and founder of Neilpatel.com. He is an internet guru and social media expert who is known to have single-handedly brought small to medium-sized businesses to fame and fortune with his techniques. He also offers webinars and tips to entrepreneurs and likes to help them succeed. He also shows you how to build links without being penalized by Google and convert visitors to customers.
Jeremy Shoemaker is known for his ability to use his blog to generate huge amounts of cash in a short time. Everyone wondered what his secret was once he made over $40,000 in just a few months and he’s now considered one of the most influential bloggers out there. I believe his level of success was created by his total obsession with making money and reaching his goals. He has a complete dedication to his business that has surpassed any setbacks he experienced along the way.
Pat Flynn is the founder of smartpassiveincome.com. Flynn teaches the techniques of how to build an ethical passive income using a tried-and-true system he has developed. He calls himself on his site, “the crash test dummy of online business.”, as he’s always finding new ways to make money online, while also sharing his journey with his audience.
John Rampton is known as the “entrepreneur and connector.” He is well-known as someone who can network with influencers and is also consider one of the top influencers in the digital media and blogging world. He was recently named #3 of Top 50 Online Influencers in the World by Entrepreneur Magazine.
Larry Kim is the founder and CEO of Wordstream, a high-profile content site that provides tools to content creators and website owners. Kim offers PPC software, social media software, and some other media services that can help you achieve your goals. Wordstream has become a company that is highly influential in the world of online content creation and marketing.
Gary Vaynerchuk is a self-made entrepreneur and also an immigrant from another country who came to America legally to establish his business and seek out the new opportunity. He started by growing his family wine business into one of the largest wine companies in the world.
Now he dedicates his attention to helping other business grow their client base and revenue with some of the same techniques he used to help his family. He works with social media and digital tools to promote businesses online.
Lewis Howes is the author of the book, The School of Greatness. Lewis Howes is a New York Times Bestselling author who offers his services as a high-performance business coach and lifestyle entrepreneur. He is very athletic and uses his athletic prowess to communicate strength and power in helping businesses succeed.
Syed Balki is a Pakistan-born individual who moved to the United States as a young boy at the age of 12 with his family. He learned how to make money online, using a variety of resources and websites that he developed over time, starting while he was just in middle school. He developed one of the first and most successful WordPress resource sites at WPBeginner, and one of the most popular WordPress marketing plugins, in OptinMonster. In addition to the many businesses and sites previously mentioned, Syed always has his hands in something new and up and coming at all times. For this reason and many others, he’s is a big name to watch during 2017.
Sujan Patel is a growth marketer and entrepreneur who focuses on helping brand grow and expand their customer base and use original and engaging content to grow their brand. Some of the notable brands he’s worked with in previous years, includes LinkedIn, Expedia, Zillow and Salesforce. Keep an eye on his blog and big media outlets like FastCompany, Forbes and Inc to see what Sujan is setting his sights on in 2017.
Ramon Ray is another entrepreneur and content writer that you should be keeping an eye on. Ramon was recently named one of the Top 50 SMB accounts on Twitter by BizInfluencers, and he’s also written thousands of articles about technology and small business across the internet and has also appeared as an expert on MSNBC and Fox Business.
John Chow is a Chinese-born American entrepreneur who focuses on the result rather than the process. When you go to his website, you will see him display all of the expensive things his lifestyle has been able to afford him. It’s a big pompous, and yet he sends a powerful message that, if you stay on your goal and follow through, you can have a lifestyle similar to John’s.
John offers a wide variety of excellent resources for fellow entrepreneurs such as:
- Blogging services
- Live events
- Affiliate and network programs
- Books and eBooks
One of the most important points John Chow makes in the video that you’ll see when you go to his landing page is the fact that he was inspired by his very poor upbringing in China to reach the goals he has reached since coming to the U.S.
He credits his father for inspiring him to go for the gold in America and define his future. So he uses his drive and inspiration to inspire others to also reach their goals.
Eric Siu is the Founder of Single Grain, an online service agency that helps websites, brands and businesses create content and reach new audiences online. In addition to running the day to day operations, Eric has quickly made a name for himself in the online marketing space, while recently co-hosting a podcast with Neil Patel, titled “Marketing School”.
Mari Smith is a female entrepreneur who has definitely made her mark in the world. Though technology is still considered somewhat of a “man’s world,” Mari and many many others like her are illustrating what determined female entrepreneurs can achieve. Mari has been named Forbes Magazine’s #4 “Top Social Media Power Influencer,” as well as being recognized by Dun and Bradstreet’s “Top Most Influential Small Business People on Twitter.” She has been called the “Pied Piper of the Online World,” and is considered one of the foremost social media and Facebook experts in the world. You will want to add her to your list of the top people to watch in 2017.
Ann Smarty, as her name implies, is smart at SEO and internet marketing. Smarty founded numerous online tools for digital marketers and business owners including MyBlogGuest, MyBlogU, ViralContentBuzz, and many others.
She has been an online marketing consultant for ten years and provides high-quality marketing consulting through your courses and services.
Her credits include NYTimes, Mashable, Entrepreneur, and many others.
Murray Newlands is an entrepreneur, investor, and speaker. He is also a well-known business advisor and founder of the Due platform that helps businesses create automatic invoicing for their customers. His technical expertise, along with his ability to develop key business strategies, makes him an important influencer in the digital content space.
John Lee Dumas
John Lee Dumas is an internet podcaster who likes to focus on brand-building and internet marketing. He offers free eBooks and podcasts that allow business owners to apply his tips in a practical manner and does interviews with other successful entrepreneurs on a regular basis.
He has books that inspire business owners to reach their goals such as How to Reach Your Goal in 100 Days that you can download from his website. He sells a variety of resources and guides that will help you get the knowledge you need to launch your dream.
Shawn Collins is an affiliate marketer who has been around since 1997. He’s not new to internet marketing, but he is now the Co-founder of Affiliate Summit, which is a leading global conference and tradeshow for the affiliate marketing industry.
He is also a proficient blogger who uses his influence to help entrepreneurs and to tell what he knows about how to use affiliate marketing to increase revenue.
Keep Your Eye on Yourself Too
Well, these are some of the biggest influencers in social media, internet, and content marketing that you should be watching in the coming year and beyond. But, while these people have all exhibiting their ability to become a mover and a shaker in their respective fields, it pays to look at others too, including yourself.
While all of these people have certainly made their way in the world, try not to consider them the ideal of where you need to be in a year, two years, or even five years. Gleen what information you can from their ideas and apply them, but remember that there is no one solution for achieving your goals, and you should keep an eye on your own business and your business plan more than what anyone else is doing, regardless of their influence.
I have found that the best idea is to get the good stuff then think about how you can apply it to your own business in a way that is uniquely yours. Success if relative. It all depends on what you goals are for your personal success and what you wish to achieve, create, and experience along the way.
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