The Top 200 Content Marketing Brands And Influencers

One of the biggest questions buyers ask in their online journey from awareness, to consideration, to selection is “who is influential?” on the topic.

It is human nature to look for validation, expert advice and insights from those who understand a topic and seem to know what they are talking about. This is true in just about any major decision, including who we buy from.

Is Influence Important?

While there is a ton of healthy debate about online influence and the companies that measure it, I think it’s important to understand how to gain influence and authority and learn from those who have achieved it.

Sorry, no magic bullets or huge secrets there. The trick is mainly to just create decent content on a consistent basis and frequently share on a few social networks.

One of the many business objectives that content marketing can help you achieve is gaining your fair share of the conversation happening online about your topic.

One way to gain influence is to create lists of influencers!

The Top 200 Content Marketing Brands and Influencers

In November, Onalytica updated their initial list with the Top 200 content marketing brands and influencers in what they call the “content marketing debate.” And just last week, they updated the list again for the Top 100 Brands and Top 100 Influencers in Content Marketing showing the interaction between the top brands and the top influencers in content marketing.

Onalytica mentions that the volume of content marketing discussions on Twitter has more than tripled in the last year.

They also provide a handy Disclaimer:

Disclaimer: As ever with these lists, it must be stressed that the ranking below is by no means a definitive measurement of influence, as there is no such thing. The people listed below are undoubtedly influential when it comes to driving discussion within the context of content marketing.

The PageRank based methodology we use to extract influencers on a particular topic (tweets mentioning #contentmarketing in this case) takes into account the number and quality of contextual references that a user receives. These calculations are independent of a user’s number of followers, but we do filter our lists based on how much a user is engaged in the conversation and the influence they drive through their networks.

I am truly honored to be on this list of influencers with good friends like Gerry Moran, Joe Pulizzi, Ann Handley, Jay Baer, Lee Odden, Mark Schaefer, Heidi Cohen, Rebecca Lieb, Carla Johnson, Robert Rose, Bryan Kramer, Jay Acunzo, Carlos Abler, Luke Kintigh, Chad Pollitt, Andy Crestodina, Pawan Deshpande, Ian Cleary, Michele Linn, Peter Loibl, Marcus Sheridan, Doug Kessler, Jason Miller, Drew Davis, Ardath Albee, and many more.

I am also thrilled to see @NewsCred make the #3 spot for brands along with powerhouses @CMIContent and @Hubspot.

On the brand list, there’s a really interesting combination of technology providers, media brands, associations and agencies. Which could be helpful when thinking about what events, publications and partnerships you might be considering.

The Top 50 Content Marketing Influencers:

Rank   Twitter Handle   Name   PageRank
1 @jeffbullas Jeff Bullas 100
2 @BrennerMichael Michael Brenner 43.56
3 @GerryMoran Gerry Moran 32.09
4 @GlenGilmore Glen Gilmore #SocBiz 13.08
5 @JoePulizzi Joe Pulizzi 41.55
6 @leeodden Lee Odden 16.63
7 @markwschaefer Mark Schaefer 10.58
8 @FX_Digital Steve Cartwright 26.12
9 @ryandeiss Ryan Deiss 22.64
10 @JuntaeDeLane Juntae DeLane 22.3
11 @jaybaer Jay Baer 21.1
12 @TPLDrew Andrew Davis 5.59
13 @heidicohen HeidiCohen 15.7
14 @TheSalesLion Marcus Sheridan 14.49
15 @TedRubin Ted Rubin 4.75
16 @dougkessler Doug Kessler 12.39
17 @lieblink Rebecca Lieb 12.35
18 @MarketingProfs Ann Handley 11.98
19 @ArnieK Arnie Kuenn 11.6
20 @CarlaJohnson Carla Johnson 11.27
21 @ashishkhera Ashish Khera 11.06
22 @dshiao Dennis Shiao 10.62
23 @garrett_moon Garrett Moon 9.81
24 @JasonMillerCA Jason A Miller 9.29
25 @stonetemple Eric Enge 7.48
26 @FeldmanCreative Barry Feldman 7.47
27 @ContentDuncan Duncan Milne 7.34
28 @bryankramer Bryan Kramer 7.15
29 @FollowJames James Reynolds 6.77
30 @BrianHonigman Brian Honigman 6.66
31 @scottabel Scott Abel 6.6
32 @richiekawamoto Richie Kawamoto 6.52
33 @setlinger Susan Etlinger 6.43
34 @chrisducker Chris Ducker 5.32
35 @pushingsocial Stanford Smith 5.25
36 @SFerika Erika Heald 5.12
37 @BrettRelander Brett Relander 5.08
38 @IanCleary Ian Cleary 5.07
39 @klauseck Klaus Eck 4.72
40 @Max_Azarov Max Azarov 4.72
41 @kcclaveria Kelvin (KC) Claveria 4.61
42 @RyanHanley_Com Ryan Hanley 4.56
43 @martinjonesaz Martin Jones 4.51
44 @michaelgerard Michael Gerard 4.49
45 @djthewriter Dominique J. 4.38
46 @rahulag80 Rahul Agarwal 4.34
47 @johnleedumas John Lee Dumas 4.3
48 @DholakiyaPratik Pratik Dholakiya 4.3
49 @kimgarst Kim Garst ツ 4.28
50 @jasonburrows Jason Burrows 4.28

The Top 50 Content Marketing Brands:

  Rank   Twitter Handle   Name   PageRank
1 @CMIContent Content Marketing 100
2 @HubSpot HubSpot 53.2
3 @newscred NewsCred 38.12
4 @contently Contently 34.57
5 @SlideShare SlideShare 33.93
6 @copyblogger Copyblogger 23.16
7 @socialmedia2day Social Media Today 17
8 @SMExaminer SocialMediaExaminer 16.54
9 @curata Curata 16.13
10 @semrush SEMrush 14.52
11 @whissocialmedia WhistlerHQ.com 12.5
12 @KISSmetrics KISSmetrics.com 11.67
13 @CoSchedule CoSchedule App 11.28
14 @Marketingland Marketing Land 11.19
15 @getscripted Scripted.com 10.64
16 @Uberflip Uberflip 10.06
17 @sejournal SearchEngineJournal® 9.36
18 @kapost Kapost 9.34
19 @relevance Relevance 9.25
20 @convince Convince & Convert 8.7
21 @toprank TopRankMarketing.com 8.16
22 @BuzzSumo BuzzSumo 7.95
23 @marketo Marketo 7.18
24 @Econsultancy Econsultancy 6.95
25 @MadrivoMedia Madrivo 6.54
26 @GrowthHackers GrowthHackers 6.51
27 @rainmakerFM Rainmaker.fm 6.18
28 @Visually Visually 6.12
29 @Outbrain Outbrain 6
30 @altimetergroup altimetergroup 5.94
31 @ImagiBrand ImagiBrand 5.52
32 @scoopit Scoop.it 5.5
33 @Acrolinx Acrolinx 5.46
34 @cmswire CMSWire.com 5.46
35 @Roojoom Roojoom 5.25
36 @Ethos3 Ethos3 4.92
37 @Inboundorg Inbound Dot Org 4.91
38 @SmartInsights Smart Insights 4.9
39 @MarketingAI Marketing.AI 4.85
40 @CMO_com CMO.com 4.74
41 @DigitalMktr Digital Marketer 4.54
42 @onespot OneSpot 4.38
43 @OracleMktgCloud Marketing Cloud 4.34
44 @TriangleAMA Triangle AMA 4.28
45 @ContentCouncil The Content Council 4.1
46 @Skyword Skyword 3.97
47 @DNNCorp DNN Corp. 3.81
48 @taboola Taboola 3.79
49 @LinkedInMktg LinkedIn Marketing 3.76
50 @VerticalMeasure Vertical Measures 3.64

You can also download the full list of top 200 content marketing brands and influencers.

How Do You Become More Influential?

Here are 10 tips to becoming more influential in your own niche:

  1. Create interesting content.
  2. Share interesting content.
  3. Make it easy to share your content.
  4. Become a source of helpful insights for the audience you have.
  5. Seek to grow the audience you  have.
  6. Engage with people on a few social channels. Comment. Ask and answer questions.
  7. Only “like” stuff you like. Don’t troll others with too many likes or comments.
  8. Identify and engage with the influencers around your topics of interest.
  9. Look at what kind of content creates a social reaction (likes, shares, comments)
  10. Commit to actively engage on social networks. Make a commitment and stick to it.

How Do You Find The Time For Creating And Sharing Content?

We make time for what’s important. So if you think it’s important, make the commitment. Here are my top three tips for finding the time.

  • Make a small but daily time commitment.  You have to find the time to make small “investments” in creating and sharing content each and every day. Tweet once a day. Blog once a week. Do whatever works for you and be realistic. But it’s amazing what happens after a year. You’ll have sent hundreds of tweets, created dozens of blog posts, connected with lots of great people and learned more than you would have ever imagined.
  • Build your content and your audience based on your passion. Write about and share what interests you and you will attract an audience of like-minded people. They will inspire you with questions and theories and unique points of view that will spawn completely new thoughts of your own. This in turn becomes the “idea factory” you need to consistently generate lots of great share-worthy content.
  • Help others. Give-to-get (G2G), “pay it forward,” whatever you want to call it, the bottom line is that “karma” works in the social world. Share the work of people you admire and they will take a second look at your own work. Over time, you will become an authority yourself.

How Do You Find Your Online Influencers?

Onalytica has given me exclusive access to a new tool they are offering. According to Onalytica’s Arthur Hilhorst, the tool matches the words in your content “against an aggregate of what an influencer has posted on Twitter over the past 12 months to return the most relevant influencers.” Arthur believes that this will point to more relevant influencers than simple keyword searching across social media listening tools.

You can try it for free right here. Just upload any piece of content, sit back, and then see a list of your top influencers.

Are you interested in engaging and converting new customer for your business? Contact me here and let’s talk about how we can help.

Note: This post was originally published in November, 2014 and was updated July, 2015.

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  • Reginald Chan

    Hi Michael,

    Great list you got there. Going to check them out (for those I am not following).

    To be honest, I follow Jeff’s tweets and blogs closely! Top tips from him.

    Shared this around too!
    ~Reginald

    • Michael Brenner

      Thanks Reginald, so glad you liked it. Yes, Jeff is a content machine and always full of great advice and helpful information. Now hopefully you have a bigger and more diverse list of people and brands to follow.

  • Steve Copertino

    Great information. Thanks for sharing!

  • Brent Carnduff

    Congratulations Michael!

  • Deepak

    Hello Michael,

    Such a big list, some of the influencers and Brands are my favorite and some are new for me.

    • Michael Brenner

      Thanks Deepak, maybe you’ll find a new favorite!

  • Lucas Hoffmann

    Great piece of Content Michael. Thanks!

  • Heidi Cohen

    Michael–Thrilled to be on this list with a number of my colleagues! Thank you!!! Happy marketing, Heidi Cohen

  • Robert Williams

    Content is King! Learn, Share, and Help others by providing your insight to help marketers grow their business.

  • Fernando Labastida

    Hi Michael! Great list! Thanks for posting!

    I understand Onalytica’s methodology, but I don’t understand a Content Marketing influencer list that leaves out Brian Clark who in my opinion should be in the top 5. Is it because he’s using different terminology than #contentmarketing?

    • Michael Brenner

      Hi Fernando, I’m not sure but these automated lists always have some gaps. While you may rank someone as being influential, an algorithm likely isn’t processing the same information you are, in the same way. And certainly not in the same context.

      The way I look at it: this is the way algorithms identify influence. For better or worse.

  • Ian Cleary

    Hey Michael,
    I’m honored to be sharing any list with you!
    Ian

    • Michael Brenner

      Thanks so much Ian. Same goes for you. Look forward to seeing you in September.

  • John

    Fantastic list Michael, I knew some already but have found some great new tweeps to follow thanks to your very useful list! Thank you for sharing!
    Regards
    John

  • Abrar Shahriar Alam

    That’s an awesome list. The list helps to save time and to make connection with them. It also give an easy opportunity to update anyone knowledge by going through with their content.