10 Women That Rock Our Social Media World!

10 Women That Rock Our Social Media World!

It’s almost March 8th, which means 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:International Women's Day 2013

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.


Frederic Gonzalo
Written by Frederic Gonzalo

Senior marketing and communications expert & speaker with 18 years expertise in the travel and hospitality industry. Consulting since early 2012, I provide strategic planning, social media & mobile development counseling to small and medium businesses alike. Reach me at frederic@gonzomarketing.biz

21 comments
kmkeidan
kmkeidan

I love that these are all women and that each one offers something a little different to the social media conversation.  What do they all have in common that made you choose them for your list? 

AlisaMeredith
AlisaMeredith

Great list, even if I'm not on it :) Followed a bunch of new accounts and I'm looking forward to seeing what they have to say.  Thanks!

Brent@Echelonseo.com
Brent@Echelonseo.com

Great list Frederic! A lot of great female contributors to social media - the one that I would add to a Top 10 list is Ana @anatrafficcafe Hoffman.

danperezfilms
danperezfilms

There are some good people on this list but it also would have been nice to see a list of women who "rock" social media that doesn't include the same handful of people that are named in a gazillion other lists about women in social media.

 

Don't you think?

ambernaslund
ambernaslund

Hi Frederic! Thanks so much for the recognition and inclusion among such a great group of women. It's much appreciated!

ginidietrich
ginidietrich

There is almost nothing better than a man highlighting women who rock. Thank you so much, Frederic! I know all of these women and I wholeheartedly agree with you!

Gazalla
Gazalla

You have some great names on this list. I must admit I'm a big fan of Ann Handley and Kristi Hines! I read all their blogs and books. Thanks for the shout-out. Really appreciate it and the experience has been very reciprocal for me. I've learned and benefited from reading your posts over the year. Thanks for all the generous feedback I've received from you as well.

Adi Gaskell
Adi Gaskell

A couple more nominations for Meghan Biro, Sandy Carter and Charlene Li, all of whom regularly write some super stuff in the social business field.

gonzogonzo
gonzogonzo moderator

 @kmkeidan For one thing, they are all women I follow on twitter or read via their blog. Their 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.

Cheers,

gonzogonzo
gonzogonzo moderator

 @danperezfilms Interesting comment. I agree some of them are perhaps known to many, but from the informal feedback I have received over twitter, Facebook and on other groups where this post was published, many people still don't know half the women on this list. So many folks were thankful for discovering these women and perhaps gain new perspectives on social media, marketing and web strategies.

No list is ever perfect, but it's the intention that counts, right?

Cheers,

gonzogonzo
gonzogonzo moderator

 @ambernaslund You are welcome, Amber. It's always a pleasure to read you, so please keep it up as you keep it real. Cheers,

gonzogonzo
gonzogonzo moderator

 @Kristi Hines You are welcome, Kristi. I wish I could participate more as I did earlier in 2012, but I try to go every now and then, participate and read others' comments. Always some interesting stuff - keep up the great moderating!

Cheers,

gonzogonzo
gonzogonzo moderator

 @Adi Gaskell How could I forget Charlene Li, you are totally right, she is awesome and her book "Open Leadership" is a must-read for all business managers and executives in this day and age. Meghan Biro also churns out some good stuff, but I wasn't familiar with Sandy Carter. Thanks for the share, Adi.

kmkeidan
kmkeidan

 @gonzogonzo Thanks! I am hoping to show up on a list like this some day. Or maybe a list about female CEOs of Fortune 500 companies? I'd be happy with either! Do you have any tips for my blog? katiekeidan.wordpress.com 

Adi Gaskell
Adi Gaskell

 @gonzogonzo Sandy is quite high up at IBM, so is worth a read if social business is an area of interest.

 

Quite right about Charlene though.  I find her much easier to consume than Brian Solis (from Altimeter anyway).

gonzogonzo
gonzogonzo moderator

 @kmkeidan Shoot for the moon! Even if you fail, you'll land among the stars, as they say! You can certainly make it on such a list AND as a Fortune 500 CEO in a near future - only you can control your destiny ;-)

 

I checked your blog, it's well written and documented. Have you thought about joining Triberr or similar blogging networks where we promote each other? I know it helped me getting more traction and visibility with my blogging.

 

Hope this helps. Cheers,

Frederic