February 26th, 2010
by Amy Dunn
Earlier this month, we declared our new list of social media man crushes by publishing the 2nd Annual Web Marketing Therapy Social Media Marketing Man Crush Poll. After asking around we wanted to share our top picks list of the “hottest, most influential guys in Social Media” – all in the name of healthy web marketing!
These guys have changed the way millions of people think about marketing, technology, and communications. They are not only authorities in their fields, but also excellent educators, speakers, authors and thought leaders.
Fans have until March 31 to go to the article and vote for their biggest social media crush. As I write this, Mike Michalowicz -aka- The Toilet Paper Entrepreneur guy- is crushing the competition with 41% of the vote! Here is a recap of our top Social Media Man Crushes of 2010…..
Entrepreneur & Founder of Help A Reporter Out aka HARO
Peter Shankman is PR savvy, witty, and an international man of mystery (well- he travels a lot anyway). We put him on our 2010 Top Web Marketing Man Crush list for turning the PR and media world on its’ head when he launched the wildly popular service: HARO which stands for “Help a Reporter Out”; a site that helps journalists connect directly with experts for story ideas. Peter had the foresite to recognize that “Everyone is an Expert at something” and wanted to create a way for your average Joe (who does not have a PR agent) to connect with major and not so major media outlets and blogs.
Since launching HARO nearly 30,000 members of the media have quoted HARO sources in their stories. HARO has changed the way we do PR and gives a voice to people who may never had that opportunity. HARO is the largest free source repository in the world, sending out over 1,200 queries from worldwide media each week.
Peter himself is a writer and an adventurist who frequently travels, runs, and occassionally will jump out an airplane. We also hears he throws excellent parties and loves his 2 cats- and is quite good at public speaking. With all of these qualities; it is no wonder Peter Shankman made our TopWeb Marketing Man Crush list this year! Hurrrah for HARO!
Blogger, Author, Social Media Marketing Thought Leader
What is not to love about Chris Brogan? Everyone loves a man who listens- and Chris Brogan encourages businesses to utilize social media channels to actively listen….or Grow Bigger Ears!
Not only is is Chris a great listener; he is an infinite source of stellar advice for businesses of all sizes. Hismarketing tips are always spot on and the Wild Web Women recommend putting ChrisBrogan.com in your daily reading list. He is an in bound marketing thought leader who always seems to have his fingers on the pulse of what’s really going on. And for a perfect Friday night, curl up with a glass of wine and the book Trust Agents http://www.chrisbrogan.com/where-to-buy-trust-agents/, which he co-authored with Julien Smith.
So gaze into those dreamy blue eyes and say- Thank You Chris Brogan for everything you contribute to Web Marketing.
Co-Host of Hubspot TV & VP Marketing at Hubspot
Look out Matt Lauer….our favorite co-host is the sizzling hot Mike Volpe of Hubspot TV. If you want to become wicked smart (we love Boston talk) tune in every Friday at 4pm EST for the HubSpot TV Live Video Podcast where Mike and his wicked hot co-host and winner of our Web Marketing Girl Crush poll- Karen Rubin. The pair dishes out the latest inbound marketing news and interviews top industry movers and shakers.
For a healthy dose of Web Marketing Therapy that is both informative and entertaining- tune into their weekly show (and drop by their studio if you are in the Cambridge, MA area) and listen in on some of Hubspot’s Webinars (often free) for some damn good marketing advice. The Wild Web Women appreciate Mike’s keen sense of humor; after all laughter layered on top of sense of technology is the best medicine- and that is why Mike Volpe makes our 2010 Top Marketing Man Crush list.
Founder and CEO of TopRank Online Marketing
Lee and his super team of internet marketing specialists continue to pave the way in our industry by teaching businesses how to intersect of SEO withSocial Media Marketing. Lee contributes so much and has made a big impression; and that is why he is on our 2010 Top Web Marketing Man Crush list.
David Meerman Scott
Author, Marketing Strategist, Social Media God
The “Wild Web Women” team professes their love to David Meerman Scott openly and he will always have a place in our Top Web Marketing Man Crush list. Thank you David for being such a healthy influence on the world of Web marketing; for changing the way we do marketing and PR; and setting such an amazing example by always practicing what you preach in your speaking engagements, interviews, Webinars (which Amy Dunn, WMT’s Web 2.0 Fear Specialist, has sat in on herself)
Be sure to add David’s smart marketing blog, Web in the Know, to your daily reading list.
CEO & Founder of Mashable & Social Media Hottie
He is the mastermind behind one of THE most important Blogs in the Social Media industry- Mashable.com – which he founded at the ripe old age of 19! His blog reaches over 10 million monthly readers and helps marketing junkies like us adapt best practices and get up to the minute information on trending topics happening online.
You can also read his column on technology and media at CNN.com and is currently regarded as one of the most influencial Twitter users (look out Guy Kawasaki!!)
John J. Wall & Christopher Penn
Dynamic Marketing Duo and Hosts of Marketing Over Coffee
John J. Wall is the show producer and a marketing, sales and technology connoisseur. He keeps the show short, sweet and chalk full of valuable marketing tips that anyone can download and listen to at their leisure. Co-Host, Christopher S. Penn is Vice President of Strategy and Innovation at Blue Sky Factory and co-founder of the groundbreaking PodCamp New Media Community unConference. This duo has a keen sense of industry trends and best practices and we strongly recommend tuning or downloading their show for top notch marketing tips that are practical and easy to implement.
Founder and CEO of Facebook & Really Really Really Rich Guy
Business leaders everywhere rely more and more on social networking communities such as Facebook to connect them directly with their customers and engage with them in ways never thought possible. Mark is not only a gagillionaire, adorable, and heads the most successful online Social Networking community in history. The Wild Web Women love Mark and his classmates for this contribution and for giving us this incredibly valuable tool.
The Toilet Paper Entrepreneur Guy
The Wild Web Women respect a man with marketing balls, and this social media man wears them brilliantly.
Marketing & Business Expert, Entrepreneur, Twitter Royalty
How Tweet He Is…..In a world where Ashton Kutcher is the “King of Twitter”; Guy Kawasaki is Prince Charming…. He has had an extraordinary influence on how this social media network is used for businesses and building your personal brand. His expertise on building a brand roots back to the mid 80s when he worked for Apple and was marketing the Macintosh.
Guy is an active writer having published 9 books and is changing the world one blog post on How to Change the World – A Practical Blog for Impractical People. He also publishes Alltop.com a site that aggregates the latest headlines from the worlds most reliable sources (helps to avoid search engine overload). We think he is a wonderful role model for new Twitter users (if ever in doubt, ask yourself – What Would GK do?) He believes in 2 way communication because he listens and responds to his followers. If you want to get an idea of what will be hot in the future- stay in touch with Guy….he always seems to be ahead of the rest of us.
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