Follow These 10 Influencers for Social Media Inspiration in 2014


So who inspired you the most via social media in recent times? There are people who shared beautiful thoughts and real, timely advice with their followers and left us in awe.

So, who were the best among these social media influencers? Let’s follow the wisdom of successful individuals who made their mark in the field of social media and inspired millions of social media enthusiasts with their thoughts and ideas.

In the world where social media is the key to online success, these influencers have shown us the way to social media done right.

Ann Tran

Ann TranAnn Tran is a social media consultant, travel and tech writer with a strong influence in the social media community. Although she is well known for her inspirational and widespread twitter presence, her blog shows her love for nature, travel, photography and art.

Vertical: Social Media in the Travel and Hospitality
Twitter: @AnnTran_

Aaron Lee

Aaron LeeKnown for his great social media advice via Twitter and his blog, Aaron Lee has carved a niche among the social media enthusiasts. He is a regular on Twitter, Facebook, Google Plus and LinkedIn (and is happily divorced from Pinterest). He also contributed to sites like Huffington Post.

Vertical: Social Media Marketing
Twitter: @AskAaronLee

Ann Handley

Ann HandleyAnn Handley is a veteran in content creation and the co-author of best-selling “Content Rules: How to Create Killer Blogs, Podcasts, Videos, Ebooks, Webinars (and More) That Engage Customers and Ignite Your Business” She has probably influenced most social media influencers as the Chief Content Officer of MarketingProfs since 2002.

Vertical: Content and Social Media
Twitter: @marketingprofs

Brian Carter

Brian CarterBrian Carter is a well known speaker and trainer at some of the top marketing conferences. He is also the author of “The Like Economy”, “LinkedIn for Business” and co-author of “Facebook Marketing”. He also writes for Search Engine Journal and AllFacebook. He is also a comedian.

Vertical: Social Media and Facebook Marketing
Twitter: @briancarter

Jeff Jarvis

Jeff JarvisJeff Jarvis is an Associate Professor and the Director of Interactive Journalism at City University of New York (CUNY) Graduate School of Journalism. The new media columnist for the Guardian, and the web service associate for a number of leading websites, Jeff is also the creator and founding editor of Entertainment Weekly. His books “Public Parts”, “What Would Google Do?” has got rave reviews in the social media field.

Vertical: New Media
Twitter: @jeffjarvis

Jeff Bullas

Jeff BullasA freelance social media strategist, Jeff Bullas shares his wisdom and tips for Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, YouTube, Blogging, and SEO on his blog,  Author of “Blogging the Smart Way”, he has influenced online communities by offering easy but valuable social media tactics. His works are always rich and enjoyable.

Vertical: Blogging and Social Media
Twitter: @jeffbullas

Shelly Kramer

Shelly KramerThe Founder and CEO of V3 Integrated Marketing, Kramer is a brand strategist focused on delivering integrated marketing solutions. Her tips and wisdom help social media beginners to influence the web to drive leads and sales toward business.

Vertical: Social Media and Content Strategist
Twitter: @ShellyKramer

Mari Smith

Mari SmithOne of the best known Facebook Influencer, Mari Smith is also one of the most elite social media influencer in the field of relationship marketing. A keynote speaker and trainer, she is also the author of the book “The New Relationship Marketing” She has influenced a large number of marketers and business owners with classy tips and wisdom.

Vertical: Relationship Marketing
Twitter: @marismith

Sean Gardner

Sean GardnerSean Gardner is not a new name in the social media sphere.  He writes for notable sites like Social Media Week, Huffington Post and Smedio.  He has also contributed to Stimulist, Buzzfeed, The Womentality Magazine, Mission Hot Mama, and He lectured at a number of leading colleges and universities and on various TV programs. Anyone who has gone through his ‘Twitter Powerhouses Series’ on The Huffington Post, will have no doubt about his skill as a social media influencer.

Vertical: Social Media and Inspirational Message
Twitter: @2morrowknight

Liz Strauss

Liz StraussIn the world of break-neck competition, Liz Strauss has always held her principles high and inspired others to be kind and original – and that is her success as a social media influencer. She is the CEO and co-founder of SOBCon and managing partner of Inside-Out Thinking. Her blog is one of the most-read blog in her domain of expertise.

Vertical: Leadership and Community Building
Twitter: @lizstrauss

Apart from these influencers who made it to almost all the social media influencer lists of the recent time, there are some other stalwarts of social media who are in the field for a long time such as – Guy Kawasaki, Robert Scoble, Kim Garst and Avinash Kaushik. With over 8.3 million followers in Pinterest, Jane Wang is also a notable mention.