Thought leadership is a marketing strategy that utilizes the knowledge of experts and leading authorities on specific areas within any industry. There are tens of thousands of marketers who believe themselves to be thought leaders but in are they worth your time and attention? We can help you cut through the crowd and find the ‘real’ leaders.

We have researched extensively to create a list of the top 6 digital marketing influencers with proven authority in content creation, social media, SEO, and marketing.

Neil Patel

Neil Patel’s list of clients includes the industry’s biggest names such as Amazon, Microsoft, Airbnb, Google, Thomson Reuters, Viacom, NBC, Intuit, Zappos, American Greetings, General Motors, and Salesforce. As one of the leading marketing influencers, he attracts millions of visitors to his marketing blog, Marketing School podcast, YouTube channel and other social media platforms.

Russel Brunson

Russel Brunson is the founder of ClickFunnels which has revolutionized the online marketing industry. Brunson is a hit among marketers and entrepreneurs as he is ever willing to help and easily accessible as well. Brunson is aware of the immense power of digital marketing and “lives breathes and feeds off of analytics” according to Forbes.

Marcus Sheridan

Marcus Sheridan is one of the leading global inbound and content digital marketing industry leaders. He founded “The Sales Lion” in 2009. It is one of the most successful digital sales and marketing agencies in the US.

Frank Cowell

Frank Cowell is President and CEO of Elevator. It is a digital brand strategy agency. Frank is one of the best marketing influencers who understand technology better than many other experts. He has helped many businesses by guiding them through the brand optimization process. He has developed The Elevator Formula and is the author of The Actionable Brand.

Ryan Deiss

Ryan Deiss is one of the most trusted digital marketing industry leaders in the US. He is the Founder and CEO of and Founder and Managing Partner of He is the host of the Traffic & Conversion Summit, the largest digital marketing conversion conference in North America. He is credited with having created the ‘Customer Value Optimization’ methodology and is the brain behind many popular key digital selling strategies being used today.

Mari Smith

Mari Smith is one of the topmost social media thought leaders and acclaimed as “The Queen of Facebook” and “Small Business and Facebook Marketing Expert”. She is listed at number 4 of the ‘Top Social Media Power Influencer” list for three years in a row now.

Author's Bio: 

Mike Smith has a hand-on experience in content marketing and that’s the reason why his blogs on the subject are educative and easy to understand. Mike has been a creative writer and is focused on the world of content marketing for many years now.