22 Forward-Thinking Marketers That Will Help You Rise To The Top


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by David Garland in David's Blog, Interviews & Guests

There is SO much information out there. Blogs. Podcasts. Videos. Books. How do you know who to trust when it comes to marketing? Well, there many, many amazing people but I figured I would put a list together of 22 of my personal favorites that I think you will really learn a lot from and it would add value to you if you get to know them. Most of the folks on the list I know well personally and others I’m looking forward to meeting in the future.

Plus, feel free to add your own, I know we are all curious folks who love business and marketing and could all value from your choices.

Plus, and others initiated something called “Good People Day” so hopefully this fits in nicely with that idea.

The above video is an overview (not all 22), but here are my choices in alphabetical order:

: Blogger, co-author of Trust Agents, master of understanding online communities, social media and the importance of humanizing your business online and off.

Interview With Chris. Follow Him On .

: Master of relationships. Even in today’s tech age, one-on-one relationships matter (they might even matter more). Bob blogs and writes (his newest book he co-authored is “Go Gives Sell More)

Interview With Bob. Follow Him On .

Anita has an eye for small business and entrepreneurs. Especially what is hot right now and what is coming next. The content on Small Biz Trends is amazing.

Interview With Anita. Follow Her On .

Founder of the world famous Copyblogger which offers best practices, ideas and more when it comes to blogging and copy writing.

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Know probably better as “PRSarahEvans”, Sarah understands generating buzz in the online world especially now with the blend of PR and marketing.

Sarah’s Social Media Tips. Follow Her On .

: My biggest inspiration. Seth has a way of taking difficult-to-understand concepts and making them easy to comprehend.


: Talk about a content machine. Hubspot is a must visit for all marketers. Tips, tricks, case studies and amazing marketing tools.

Interview With Brian. Follow Him On .

: Lewis dominates the LinkedIn niche and has become a trusted resource on how to maximize the platform for marketing and building relationships.

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She wrote an amazing book on community marketing online: “The Whuffie Factor” and she of course offers her own insights online to navigate this crazy changing world.

Interview With Tara. Follow Her On .

Duct Tape Marketing is a must subscribe-to resource for marketers. John understands that marketing is changing, but many of the old principles still apply today…just in different ways (John’s new book “The Referral Engine” will be coming out this spring).

Interview With John. Follow Him On .

Author of “Six Pixels Of Separation” and someone that might be separated from myself at birth (love how he thinks and explains).

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: Blogger, Internet Marketing Firm owner and author (“The Zen Of Social Media Marketing”), Shama understands how to build a business using social tools and teaches others to do the same.

Shama’s Social Media Tips. Follow Her On .

Business is human. Online and offline. Justin bridges the gap on his blog with amazing examples of real world uses of new marketing.

The woman behind the man who pretty much put Twitter on the map in the early days: Shaq. Amy Martin is responsible for spotting how the basketball star could master Twitter and has an incredible following herself due to her amazing way of maximizing the new marketing world (and she can help you do it too).

Interview With Amy. Follow Her On .

With a book/blog name like this (“The Toilet Paper Entrepreneur”) you know you are in for a treat. Mike knows how to make his community feel special by including them in posts and sets an example for many marketers looking to evolve out of the dinosaur age.

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Problogger is just like it sounds. Blogging tips, turning your blog into a business and more. Another good look at the online content game.

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: Personal Branding guru, author of Me 2.0 and one of the first to capitalize on the opportunity to teach personal branding. If you don’t think personal branding is important, you might be a in a little trouble in this new marketing world. Dan will guide you.

(another David with three names!): Opinionated, honest, blunt would be the ways to describe David Meerman Scott. He is the author of many amazing marketing books (including “The New Rules Of Marketing & PR”) and offers some great content on Web Ink Now.

Interview With David. Follow Him On .

The hilarious founder of is a PR and marketing pro. He probably understands word of mouth better than anyone and blends business and personal stories like a pro.

Peter’s Buzz Generating Tips. Follow Him On .

(Spoiler alert: Tomorrow’s Guest!): Brian is a PR veteran turned digital marketing magician. His articles are in depth and will make you think. Plus his new book Engage is worth picking up right away.

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Unmarketing, viral videos, engaging with folks – Scott has it all down AND has fun at the same time. There are so many great things to learn from him that it would take the rest of the day to list ’em all.

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: What would this list be without Gary Vay-Ner-Chuk? Gary has an unbelievable ability to sell without looking like a jerk (he will get you excited..promise) AND his short videos on are liquid gold.

Interview With Gary. Follow Him On .

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