Are you a small business owner and needs expert business tips to grow your business?
There are lots of places you can get advice from and with over 1.2 billion websites, it may be challenging finding the best people to follow and get quality advice from to grow your business.
That is why we have created the list of the best and most influential business experts around the world to follow on twitter. Follow them for expert advice, tips and every information you need to really build a thriving business.
In no particular order, I present to you, the top business expert to follow on twitter in 2017.
- Name: John Jantsch
Known for his book, Duct Tape Marketing, John Jantsch was described by Dan Schawbel of Forbes as an author, speaker, marketing consultant who specializes in assisting small businesses. He is considered as more than one who specializes but as an expert. John grew up in Kansas and graduated from the University of Kansas in 1982. He started his marketing consulting practice, serving both large and small organizations. But he was soon to discover he had more leaning towards smaller businesses. But while the later shared similar challenges with large organizations; their budget was smaller in comparison. However, instead of seeing a challenge, he created Duct Tape Marketing in order to create a systematic approach to marketing that had a fixed path, deliverables and cost. It is no wonder John Jantsch has been called the world’s most practical small business marketing expert for his systematic approach to all things marketing.
- Name: David Allen
David Allen is best known as the originator of the time management system as Getting Things Done, which he documented in a book with the same name. David Allen grew up in Shreveport, Louisiana and went to college at New College, now New College of Florida, in Sarasota, Florida. He further did graduate work in American history at University of California, Berkeley. He is the author of Making it all Work and Reading for Anything. Apart from authoring, he also founded the David Allen Company, which is focused on productivity, action management and executive coaching and one of the founders of Actioneer Inc., a company specializing in productivity tools for the Palm Pilot. In his website, he stated that “GTD helps you achieve and maintain that optimal condition, by using your mental energies to think about things rather than think of them.”
- Name: Anita Campbell
Famous as the creator of Small Business Trends on SEO for Small Business and Personal Branding, Anita Campbell is also an author and an entrepreneur that has changed the status of small businesses. Her website, Small Business Trends, tops the list of SMB-focused websites, occupying the number one spot on Blog Rank’s list of 100 small business blogs. Anita is a graduate of English from Duquesne University and studied law at the University of Akron School of Law. Anita virtually went from lawyer to Corporate IT to small business consultant. She was quoted to have said “I am an entrepreneur at heart and that means I am always looking for better ways to do business.”
- Name: Pamela Slim
Pamela Slim is an award-winning author, speaker and small business strategist. Her most popular book is Escape from Cubicle Nation: From Corporate Prisoner to Thriving Entrepreneur. She also authored Body of Work. She graduated with a B.A. in International Service and Development from World College West. She spent the first 10 years of her business as a consultant to large companies such as Hewlett-Packard, Charles Schwab and Cisco Systems, where she worked with thousands of executives, managers and employees. Pamela started the Escape from Cubicle Nation in 2005. She is also the founder of K’é, (which means system of kinship in the Diné (Navajo) language), a small business community space that seeks to help small businesses grow.
- Name: Katie Henderson
Katie Henderson is a business strategy section editor and writer for Business Pundit. Business Pundit is a thought leadership website that focuses on business news, entrepreneurship and general business-related information. In her column for the website, among other things that she writes about, she writes articles that offers tips to the entrepreneur or potential business owner on how to establish a business, types of business to go into or the how to maintain one.
- Name: Drew McLellan
Drew McLellan is an expert in branding and marketing, an agency owner, columnist, author and agency consultant. He is the author of 99.3 Random Acts of Marketing, one of the world’s top marketing and branding blogger, according to AdAge’s Top 150 index. He had his Bachelors and Master’s degree in Journalism, Psychology, and English Lit from the University of Minnesota. Drew worked with Young & Rubicam and then went on to establish his own agency, McLellan Marketing Group in 1995. The Wall Street Journal calls him one of 10 bloggers that every entrepreneur should read.
- Name: Chris Brown
Sharing same name with a popular male artiste in America, Chris Brown had to learn extra branding to carve a niche for herself. She is a marketing strategist and consultant. She graduated summa cum laude having studied Journalism from the Kent State University. Chris worked as a marketing agent in consumer brand companies such as GIJoe, Playskool, Little Tikes. However, since 1998, she runs her own marketing agency, called, Marketing Resources & Results, Inc. She is also the publisher and editor of her blog, Branding and Marketing, a platform she uses to offer a variety of marketing seminars, conference workshops on marketing, and provide professional keynote presentations about branding & marketing. The blog is now one of the leading marketing blogs on the internet with over 17,000 subscribers.
- Name: Entrepreneur
Entrepreneur is a magazine and website from North American that carries news about entrepreneurship, small business management, and business. It started with the magazine, which was first published in 1977. The website, entrepreneur.com was launched in 1987. Presently, the magazine publishes twelve issues yearly made distributed through subscription or through newsstand. The website on its own features publications on the general world of business but contains although genres as well, for instance, it accommodates humour. The website was credited to attract more than six million unique visitors monthly, this as of 2016. The owner of Entrepreneur is Peter Shea while the editor-in-chief is Jason Feifer.
- Name: Inc
Inc is a magazine based in America that focuses on growing companies. Inc was founded by Bernie Goldhirsh in Boston in 1979. Inc is a product of the profit Goldhirsh accrued when he sold a magazine he sold for $10 million, Sail Magazine. The ownership of the magazine changed hands a bit before falling to the hands of Morningstar founder, Joe Mansueto and the current editor is former Reuters Opinion editor, James Ledbetter. Apart from focusing on improving small businesses, it is also highly inspirational so as to motivate entrepreneurs. The magazine also publishes annual lists of the 500 and 5000 fastest-growing publicly held small companies in the U.S., called the “Inc. 500” and “Inc. 5000.
- Name: Score Mentors
Score Mentors is an online mentoring system. According to its description on the website, Score offers the largest network of volunteer business mentors providing free answers to your business questions. It initially started as the Service Corps of Retired Executives, but is now recognized as SCORE, “Counselors to America’s Small Business.” It was founded in 1964 but the online counseling services did not start till 1997. The website caters to entrepreneur of all levels by linking them up with a mentor who would answer questions they might have about growing their business. Score association has currently served more than eight million clients.
- Name: Huffington Post
Described as a news aggregator, the Huffington Post is an online news website or blog that was founded in May 2005 by Arianna Huffington, Kenneth Lerer, Jonah Peretti, and Andrew Breitbart. The site launched its first local version in Chicago in 2007, its first international version in 2011 and now has more than ten international editions, and an active community, with over one million comments made on the site each month. The site features columnist who offer news on different genre ranging from original content, business, politics, to satire, comedy and entertainment. In 2012, the HuffPo – as it is called for short – became the first commercially run United States digital media enterprise to win a Pulitzer Prize.
- Name: Marc Prosser
Marc Prosser is the co-founder and publisher of Fit Small Business which provides educational articles for small business owners. A graduate of Economics from Binghamton University, he involved in many businesses as an executive, advisor, and investor, one of which was Forex Capital Markets (FXCM). Marc started Fit Small Business in September, 2013. The website seeks to give over 500,000 small business owners the information they need to succeed every month. Their real audience at Fit Small Business is either aspiring business owners or employees at very large companies who seek to become entrepreneurs. Marc Prosser is also a co-founder and publisher of Learn Bonds, advisory board member of nrelate, and board observer at iTB Holdings Inc.
- Name: Nellie Akalp
Nellie Akalp is a small business expert and entrepreneur. She graduated magna cum laude from the University of La Verne, College of Law in 1999 where she obtained her Juris Doctorate Degree. While in school, she served on the school’s Law Review for three consecutive years. After that, she worked in retail for about a year before dabbling into her own thing. She started with MyCorporation Business Services, Inc. in 1998 which was created to help small business owners and entrepreneurs easily create and maintain their legal entities in all 50 states and Akalp Enterprises, Inc. in 2005, an agency responsible for overseeing the daily operations of the business. Presently, she is the CEO and founder of CorpNet, Incorporated. CorpNet, an incorporation existing for more than eight years, helps small businesses to start a business and ensure good standing and corporate compliance.
- Name: Susan Gunelius
Described by Forbes as a 20-year marketing veteran and President & CEO of KeySplash, Susan Gunelius is an author with about ten marketing books to her credit, some of which include, Harry Potter: The Story of a Global Business Phenomenon, Blogging All-in-One for Dummies, The Complete Idiot’s Guide to WordPress, Kick-Ass Copywriting in 10 Easy Steps and others. She had her first degree in Marketing from Fairfield University and an MBA in Management and Strategy from Western Governors University. Apart from being the CEO of KeySplash, Susan is also the founder and editor-in-chief of Women on Business, which according to the about page on the website is an online destination for the news and information women need to be successful in the business world from an international team of contributors. Business women can be a powerful network online.
- Name: Gene Marks
Gene Marks is a columnist, keynote speaker, author and small time business owner. He also writes columns every day on business, politics and public policy for the Washington Post and weekly for Forbes, Inc. Magazine, Entrepreneur, Philadelphia magazine and the Huffington Post. A graduate of Economics from the LeHigh University, he authored The Manufacturer’s Book of Lists’ (Create Space, 2013). As a keynote speaker, Gene assists business owners, executives and managers comprehend the political, economic and technological trends that will affect their companies so they can make profitable decisions. As a business owner, he serves as the columnist and speaker for The Marks Group PC, a firm that provides technology and consulting services to small and medium sized businesses.
- Name: Small Biz Viewpoints
Twitter: @ AngelBiz
Small Biz Viewpoints is a Indian based website that seeks to help small business and franchise buyers, owners and sellers succeed by offering material, understandings, direction and tools. It is said to be highly rated in India especially and growing steadily with about eleven thousand visitors per month. Small Biz Viewpoints delivers generally secure and family-safe content, so users of all ages can visit it. Harry and Sally Vaishnav, the founders and publishers have more than fifteen years of experience consulting with small businesses. The goal according to the about page on the website is to help small business owners build successful business and grow profitably by providing information on topics that are most important to them.
- Name: Tibor Shanto
Twitter: @ TiborShanto
Tibor Shanto has been a sales leader for over 25 years, helping companies achieve and improve their revenue goals. He is also the principal of Renbor Sales Solutions Inc., working with B2B (Business to Business) companies delivering professional development for professional sales people, a renowned speaker and an award winning author. He co-authored the award winning book, Shift!: Harness The Trigger Events That Turn Prospects Into Customers. He also has articles and publications which have featured in a number of leading publications, blogs and web pages, including The Globe and Mail’s Report On Small Business, Truck News, , Today’s Trucking, Office Technology magazine, ChannelBuzz, eChannel News and many more. Tibor graduated from York University with a B.A. in History.
- Name: Nicole Reyhle
Nicole Leinbach Reyhle is the founder, publisher and editor of Retail Minded, a publication devoted to supporting independent retailers and wholesalers through news, education and support. She is also the co-founder of the Independent Retailer Conference, which takes place throughout the country at least three times a year and attracts a national audience. A graduate of Columbia College, Chicago, Nicole is a recognized retail thought leader whose contributions in forbes.com discussing retail is respected. Apart from that, she has several other articles about small business and is the co-author of the book, Retail 101: The Guide to Managing and Marketing Your Retail Business from McGraw-Hill
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