Whether you’re a startup, business owner, beginner or expert in marketing who is looking for new marketing ideas and the right advice. You don’t need to look anywhere. I have compiled a list of 27 digital marketing teachers who will add some value in your life.
Before you go to the list, I want to say some words. Instead of using the word “Influencer/Expert” in my title, I use the word “Teacher” instead. Do you know why?Because I’ve learned a lot from these people. They never stop teaching me (every day they teach me something new).
I read a quote somewhere,
“Learning is an experience. Everything else is Just Information” – Albert Einstein
I’m following all of these teachers and their blogs. They always give me their golden advice, tips, and resources through email, social media, & articles.
They give me the best gift of all : Believing In ME! 🙂
Won’t keep you any longer, Here’s a complete list (in alphabetic order) of top digital marketing teachers (or influencers). Enjoy!
1. Avinash Kaushik
Avinash Kaushik is The Digital Marketing Evangelist for Google. He is the author of two best-selling books: “Web Analytics 2.0”, and “Web Analytics: An Hour A Day.”
He is also the Co-founder and Chief Education Officer for Market Motive.
You’ll find valuable in-depth information on his blog. He follows quotes, “Eat like a bird, and poop like an elephant.” And, Think “book” not “diary.”
I highly recommend you to read his article:
2. Brian Clark
Brian Clark is the Founder and CEO of Rainmaker Digital, the company behind Copyblogger, StudioPress, Synthesis, Rainmaker FM, Digital Commerce Institute, and the Rainmaker Platform (he is an evangelist of Rainmaker Platform).
He is the best content marketer. His “10 Steps To Becoming a Better Writer” advice inspires me to write!
I highly recommend you to read one of his most shared articles:
3. Brian Dean
Brian Dean is Founder of Backlinko. He is an internationally-recognized entrepreneur and SEO expert. Brian specializes in providing marketing professionals and entrepreneurs practical strategies they can use to get more search engine traffic.
Backlinko Blog is the best source to find the link building & SEO tips or tactics. I just love this blog.
If SEO or link building is your cup of tea, I suggest you to read my most favorite guide:
4. Brian Fanzo
Brian Fanzo is a keynote speaker and Founder of iSocialFanz & MillenialCEO.com. Brian is a social media expert and featured contributor on SocialMediaToday.com, Business2Community.com, IBM Smarter Commerce blog.
He was recently awarded the Top 25 Social Business Leaders of 2014 by IBM & The Economist Intelligence Unit.
I recommend you to read:
5. Brian Honigman
Brian Honigman is a content marketing and social media consultant. He is the CEO of Honigman Media. Brian’s been named a “Seasoned Digital Marketing Expert” in Forbes and an “SEO expert to follow” by Search Engine Watch.
I love his articles on topics like content marketing and social media. On his blog, you will find interesting and informative content.
He’s appeared elsewhere in the press as a recognized source on marketing in the New York Times, Forbes, Business Insider, the Huffington Post. He is also an adjunct professor of marketing at NYU’s school of Professional Studies.
I highly recommend you to read one of my favorite articles:
6. Brian Solis
Brian Solis is a principal analyst at Altimeter Group, a Prophet company. He is also an award-winning author, prominent blogger/writer, and keynote speaker.
CRM Magazine named Brian as an influential leader of 2010 and he was the recipient of an Authority of the Year award by Software Advice in 2011.
Brian’s blog is consistently named as a leading marketing and business blogs around the world.
I highly recommend you to read his most shared article:
7. Darren Rowse
Darren Rowse is a full time Blogger making a living from this new and dynamic medium from blogs like Digital Photography School.
ProBlogger offering best blogging tips, eBooks and other resources. Darren will teach you how blogging makes you money. I love his writing style and quality of content.
Read one of his blog’s most shared articles:
8. Ekaterina Walter
Ekaterina Walter led strategic and marketing innovation for Fortune 500 brands such as Intel and Accenture.
She was co-founder of Branderati, which was acquired by Sprinklr, where she now serves as Head of Global Evangelist.
Ranked #3 on The Forbes World’s Top Social Marketing Talent.
In June 2014, Fortune magazine included her in the list of the most impactful business people on social media alongside Bill Gates, Oprah Winfrey, Arianna Huffington, Warren Buffet, and others.
She is author of the Wall Street Journal’s Best-Seller, “Think Like Zuck : The Five Secrets of Facebook’s Improbably Brilliant CEO Mark Zuckerberg
You should read her book:
9. Gary Vaynerchuck
Gary Vaynerchuk runs VaynerMedia, one of the world’s hottest digital agencies. In his words, “ I day trade attention and build businesses.”
He is best-selling author and host of The #AskGaryVee Show, a way of providing as much value as possible by taking questions about social media, entrepreneurship, startups, and family businesses and giving his answers based on a lifetime of building successful, multi-million dollar companies.
He was named to both Fortune and Crain’s 40 under 40 lists in consecutive years.
Read his latest book (and fourth best seller):
10. Hiten Shah
Hiten has started two SaaS companies (with Neil Patel), Crazy Egg, and KISSmetrics . He is an active advisor and investor in startups. He enjoys helping other people succeed in business and in life.
He follows the Zig Ziglar’s quote: “You will get all you want in life if you help enough other people get what they want.”
I suggest you to read one of his articles:
11. Jay Baer
Jay Baer is the world’s most inspirational marketing and customer service keynote speaker. He is the New York Times best-selling author of five books that help you get more customers.
Jay’s brand-new book is – “Hug Your Haters: How to Embrace Complaints and Keep Your Customers” published by Penguin.
He is the world’s most retweeted person by digital marketers.
Jay’s Convince & Convert blog was named the world’s #1 content marketing blog by the Content Marketing Institute.
You must check out his podcast, “Social Pros Podcast.”
12. Jeff Bullas
Jeff Bullas is one of the best teachers who influence me. I love his writing style and appreciate his work in social media marketing, & content marketing.
He is #1 Global “Digital Marketing Influencer” – 2016.
His blog Jeffbullas.com (A Gold Mine) is currently ranked in the top 50 marketing blogs according to Adage.com’s Power 150 Rankings.
He is #1 Content Marketing Influencer, Social Media Marketing Strategist & Speaker.
Listed in “Forbes Top 10 Social Media Influencer.”
If you’re a marketing professional or business owner, you must read one of his articles:
13. Jon Morrow
Jon Morrow is the Founder and CEO of Smart Blogger (previously Boost Blog Traffic). He is also a Former Editor at Copyblogger.
He is an inspiration for bloggers like me. He is the reason why I started writing. I read his inspiring and incredible story – How to Quit Your Job, Move to Paradise and Get Paid to Change The World.
If you didn’t read it yet, read it TODAY! His story taught me one precious lesson, “We Need to Take Action.”
Jon showed me, “Blogging is not just a hobby. it’s a living. It’s a lifestyle.”
If anyone who is serious about blogging can’t afford to miss Jon Morrow’s blog.
14. Kim Garst
Kim Garst is the Founder and CEO of Boom! Social, a personal branding and social media business consulting firm.
She is an expert in social media marketing. You will find the great stuff related to social media and visual content on her blog.
She is the author of “The Quick and Easy Guide to Branding Your Business and Creating Massive Sales with Pinterest”.
15. Kristi Hines
Kristi Hines is a freelance writer, blogger, ghostwriter, and copywriter who develops high-quality content for businesses.
She has worked with many well-known brands and publications, including American Express, Bigcommerce, Capital One, FreshBooks, HubSpot, KISSmetrics, Search Engine Watch, and Social Media Examiner.
You’ll love her most shared article:
16. Larry Kim
Larry Kim is the Founder of WordStream. WordStream is an Internet Marketing Software which offering online marketing tools, free keyword tools, and pay per click marketing.
One thing I want to say, “I found a complete definition for every Internet marketing term on WordStream blog.”
Larry is the author of 4 Award-Winning Books on Software Development.
Larry is the most influential PPC expert in 2014 and 2013 according to the PPC Hero Blog and won a spot in the ClickZ Digital Marketing Hall of Fame and Small Business Influencer Award in 2013.
Here, I would like to suggest you Larry Kim’s two most shared and interesting articles:
17. Leo Widrich
Leo is Co-founder and COO of Buffer. Buffer is the best way to drive traffic, increase fan engagement and save time on social media.
I am a user of Buffer app and I found it very handy and useful for social media activities. If you didn’t try it, you should give it a try. It’s free (with limited features).
Leo creates the articles about social media, new buffer techniques and how to use buffer for different social platforms.
18. Mari Smith
Mari Smith is one of the world’s leading social media thought leaders with deep expertise in Facebook marketing. She Often referred to as “the Queen of Facebook,”
She regularly makes a presence in popular media publications like The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Fortune, Success Magazine & More.
I Enjoy Mari’s Social Scoops every week, you should also subscribe to her Social Scoop.
19. Matt Heinz
Matt Heinz is President and Founder of Heinz Marketing with 15 years of marketing. He is a prolific author and nationally recognized, award-winning blogger.
He is the winner of Top 50 Most Influential People in Sales Lead Management and Top 50 Sales & Marketing Influencers.
I recently subscribed to his blog and I found great articles/insight on B2B sales and marketing.
20. Mike Stelzner
Mike Stelzner is the Founder and CEO of Social Media Examiner and the man behind the events like Social Media Marketing World and Social Media Success Summit.
He is the author of the books, “Launch” and “Writing White Papers.” He is also the host of the Social Media Marketing podcast and weekly Morning Social Media Marketing TALK show.
I’m an active reader of Social Media Examiner. And, this the only place where I learn most about social media – how to’s, social media research & case studies, latest tips, news and more!
If you want to get more insight about social media, then my friend you MUST check this out once.
21. Neil Patel
Neil Patel is the Co-founder of Crazy Egg and Hello Bar. Neil is one of the best digital marketing teacher (expert). He helps companies like Amazon, NBC, GM, HP and Viacom grow their revenue.
The Wall Street Journal calls him a top influencer on the web.
According to Forbes, “he is one of the top 10 online marketers.”
And Entrepreneur Magazine says he created one of the 100 most brilliant companies in the world.
When I was a beginner in digital marketing, I started to read Neil’s articles and learn almost everything about digital marketing. So, I can say proudly, Neil is my first teacher in the digital marketing world and his work helped me a lot in my career (still I’m learning from him).
I love his in-depth posts with golden information. I can write (and I will definitely write) a complete article on my experience, “How Neil’s Work Influence My Career.”
22. Oli Gardner
Oli Gardner is the Co-founder of Unbounce. One interesting thing I want to tell about him, “Oli has seen more landing pages than anyone on the planet.”
He is an opinionated writer and international speaker on Conversion Centered Design.
I think, Unbounce Blog is one of the best resource for landing page and conversion optimization.
23. Pam Moore
Pam Moore is CEO and Co-founder of Marketing Nutz. She is one of the most in-demand international keynote speakers in the world.
Pam has presented for IBM, Adobe, Lowes Home Improvement, GolfWeek, British Council, Sony Playstation, Polish Insurance Association, Chick-Fil-A, Internet World, IDG, Webbdagarna, Caribbean Association of Corporate Counsel, International Classified Media Association, Social Media Marketing World, Hubspot Inbound, Social Media Strategies Summit.
Forbes ranked #5 as a Top 10 Social Media Power Influencer. She is a best-selling author, and the host of Social Zoom Factor Podcast. (See more about Pam)
Read her most shared article:
24. Ramit Seth
Ramit Sethi is a New York Times bestselling author and founder of iwillteachyoutoberich.com.
In his own words, “I’ve been profiled in a 6-page Fortune article and pictured next to Warren Buffett Forbes Magazine, and have been featured by a long list of media, including the Wall Street Journal, ABC News, NPR, Fox Business, PBS, CNBC and more.”
Subscribe to his email newsletter and he will teach you, “how to make money and how to use psychology and systems to live a rich life through content-rich emails.”
25. Rand Fishkin
Rand is Co-founder of Moz and Inbound.org. Rand is best known for his popular blogs and regular Whiteboard Friday series, watched by tens of thousands of marketers each week.
If you’re an SEO/PPC beginner or expert, Rand’s blog is the most valuable resource on the web. His best advice & how-tos will help you to brush up your SEO and online marketing skills.
He is also a frequent keynote speaker at marketing conferences around the world.
In his words, “My yellow Pumas are a personal fashion trademark that I’ve been wearing to conferences and events since I began in the field. he likes to galavant around the world with Geraldine & watching the NFL.”
Subscribe now to Moz Blog and enjoy Rand’s articles and advice.
26. Seth Godin
Seth Godin is the author of 18 books that have been bestsellers around the world and have been translated into more than 35 languages.
He writes about the post-industrial revolution, the way ideas spread, marketing, quitting, leadership and most of all, changing everything.
Subscribe to Seth’s blog and enjoy his advice.
Here are his two most shared articles:
Ad Blocking (7.2K Share)
Getting Ahead vs Doing Well (6.5K Share)
27. Sonia Simone
Sonia Simone is Co-founder and Chief Content Officer of Rainmaker Digital. Read her posts on copyblogger.com.
Join her for a regular mix of monologs, interviews, and answers to your content marketing questions – Confessions of a Pink-Haired Marketer
So, follow these people and I guarantee you, their advice will add value in your business life.
Do you want to suggest some other digital marketing teachers to add to this list? Share your story with me; I’d love to hear from you! 🙂