Hawkeye Management welcomes you to the 2nd annual report on the Top 30 Twitter Small Business Experts to Follow. There are some repeats and some new names from last years list. Many of these awesome people are folks I've had the blessing to get to know and some are folks whom I follow and admire from afar. We read their tweets and their blogs, listen to their radio shows, and we often owe portions of our success to them.
If it weren't for many of these people we wouldn't have grown like we have and who knows how many more mistakes I would have made lol. So this list is actually two things: it's a thank you to each of them for being rock stars and helping us grow our business and it's also a list for you, our readers, to follow. They will help you make better decisions, think differently, and ultimately you'll run better companies.
This is "our" list and it's not meant to "catch all" but it is objective (well, you know, as objective as we can be). If full disclosure matters to you then you should know that some of these people are vendors or consultants of ours and we use their products and services. Some of them serve on our Advisory Board (although only 3 of them). Some just simply write and share killer content that is relevant and that matters to me as a small business owner. I had to leave some great people off the list but this group made the final cut.
So, without further ado, congrats to our 2014 Top 30 Twitter Small Business Experts - the #Tweet30. They are listed alphabetically by twitter handle - it is almost impossible to rank them, as they are all great!
@bhalligan Brian Halligan- Author of Inbound Marketing, CEO of HubSpot, and genuinely good person. Just talk about the Greatful Dead and you'll have a lifetime friend in Brian.
@brianclark Brian Clark- A complete stud when it comes to everything content. CEO of Copyblogger. If you know anything about how marketing has changed and how to do it in 2014 and beyond then you're probably already following Brian.
@brianmoran Brian Moran- Founder of Small Business Edge. Formerly at Inc Magazine, Entrepreneur Magazine, and Success Magazine, and Wall St. Journal. Brian helps America's entrepreneurs realize their dreams and truly understands social for small business.
@Chrisbrogan Chris Brogan Twitter Verified Account- CEO & President of Human Business Works, a business design company helping professionals with service, sales, & marketing. I heard him for the first time at SOBCon last year.
@dannysullivan Danny Sullivan Twitter Verified Account- Founding Editor of Search Engine Land. If you're in marketing and don't know who Danny is then stop and switch careers now, he's got a freakin wikipedia page man! #Guru
@DaveKerpen Dave Kerpen Twitter Verified Account- Chairman of Inc 500 company Likeable Media, NY Times bestselling author, and Columnist for INC Magazine.
@dharmesh Dharmesh Shah Twitter Verified Account- Co-Founder and CTO of HubSpot - I'm a sucker for a fellow introvert but I've never given him a "quick call" lol. You should read every single blog he writes.
@ducttape John Jantsch- If marketing is important to you, and we're worried about you if it's not, then you should be reading and following what the author of Duct Tape Marketing has to say.
@Garyvee Gary Vaynerchuk Twitter Verified Account- Wall Street Journal and NY Times Best-Selling author. See him live, seriously you have to see him live! VAY-NER-CHUCK Did we mention you should see him live?
@genemarks Gene Marks Twitter Verified Account- columnist daily for NY Times, weekly for Forbes, INC, Huff Post, and Entrepreneur. Who writes more content than this guy? If there was a Content Machine award then let's just all vote on who gets 2nd place!
@jeff_haden Jeff Haden- The guy at Blackbird Media. He also writes for these two small publications called Time and Inc. He has the gift of saying a lot without writing a novel. Truly one of my favorites of my favorites.
@jimblasingame Jim Blasingame- Award-Winning Host of The Small Business Advocate Show®. He's thorough and I love the fact that you can browse past topics of the radio show by topic, really cool.
@johnulzheimer John Ulzheimer- Credit Expert Witness, Credit Educator, & Credit Author. We always under-estimate the importance of credit as small business owners & this is the guy with the answers about your credit.
@KarenKerrigan Karen Kerrigan- Small business advocate, President & CEO, Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council. If you need some good small biz content, check out these stats on her site!
@lesmckeown Les McKeown- Bestselling author of Predictable Success and The Synergist. PS belongs on your "must read" list. He'll give you clarity on where your business is at, why it's there, and how to get to the next stage/level.
@levie Aaron Levie- CEO at Box. Really hilarious guy. Who says you need to be middle aged to run a successful company!
@lisabarone Lisa Barone- aka The Lisa. She's awesome. If Matt Cutts mentions you on the Google Webmaster video's there should be a hashtag for that right? #InstantRespect Her firm, Overit, has possibly the coolest office in a renovated church, very cool.
@lizstrauss Liz Strauss- Founder of SOBCon, social business strategist, super nice and awesome person. Check her out at Successful Blog - and, imagine this, she actually "engages" with people on Twitter!
@mattcutts Matt Cutts Twitter Verified Account- Head of the webspam team at Google. It's really cool how Google has evolved and become more transparent in last few years - and Matt is at the center of that.
@ramonray Ramon Ray- The guy at Small Biz Technology. Events producer. Blogger. Author. Infusionsoft Small Biz Evangelist. Marketing guy. Thinks of others first.
@randfish Rand Fishkin Twitter Verified Account- CEO & founder of Moz. The SEO Guru. If him and Matt Cutts ever stepped in the same room together the internet would explode!
@Rieva Rieva Lesonsky- CEO GrowBiz Media. Small business journalist, advocate, and best-selling author. Any Small Biz Who's Who panel will surely include Rieva. Great gal too.
@sarahneedleman Sarah Needleman Twitter Verified Account- Reporter for this small publication called The Wall Street Journal. Watch for her to have a more commonly recognized name in the Small Biz space before long.
@SarahRobinson Sarah Robinson- Author, Speaker, Consultant. Wrote Fierce Loyalty: Unlocking the DNA of Wildly Successful Communities. Featured Expert at Inc & MSNBC
@ShashiB Shashi Bellamkonda- Small Business Speaker & Columnist. The Social Media Swami gives new meaning to SMS.
@smallbiztrends Anita Campbell- SmallBizTrends.com CEO. What an amazing woman she is, I admit that no matter how small this list were to be, she would be there. SBT should be on your daily check-in list.
@SteveStrauss Steve Strauss- Senior USATODAY smallbiz columnist, Steve wrote possibly the most comprehensive book for small business owners, The Small Business Bible.
@SynergyBizNWA Barbara Taylor- Blogger, NY Times contributor, and Business broker. Her Conference Room table is worth the visit, very cool stuff.
@thechrishurn Chris Hurn- Best selling author, The Entrepreneur's Secret to Creating Wealth. If you're building, buying, or refinancing your commercial real estate then a call to Chris is in order.
@Timberry Tim Berry- Founder of Palo Alto Software. Entrepreneur at blogger at SmallBizTrends.com, Amex Open, Entreprenuer.com, Huff Post, and others. He writes with knowledge and insight, what more do we want from a writer?
So hit that follow button if you're not following these folks. We hope you enjoyed the list. It's unlikely you'll agree with us 100% so let us know what you think. Maybe next year we'll expand to 50 people!