50 to Follow: our first 10 weeks of picks
We launched this blog 10 weeks ago. Since then, we've started off each week by suggesting five people in the marketing, media and agency world who are worth following on Twitter. In case you missed any of them, here are our first 50 picks all in one place.
—Posted by Tim Nudd
Helen Klein Ross. Proprietor of Brand Fiction Factory and writer of the Ad Broad blog and the @bettydraper Twitter account. Well versed in social media as both an adviser and a practitioner.
Alisa Leonard-Hanson. Social-media strategist at iCrossing. For the tech-minded, a strategist very focused on the issue of data portability and what it means for marketing.
David Armano, former vp of experience design, Critical Mass, now heading to Dachis Corp. Heavy focus on the ins and outs of social media.
Alan Wolk. Creative strategist, industry pundit and occasional play-by-play man at Little League games.
Lars Bastholm. Chief creative digital officer at Ogilvy and a man unafraid to tweet from his hospital bed.
Ben Malbon. Director of BBH Labs. Strategies for the digital world.
Ben Kunz. Director of strategic planning at Mediassociates. Witty industry commentary with a willingness to call BS on social-media marketing gone awry.
Barry Judge, CMO, Best Buy. Insights from the client side.
The imagined life of the Crispin Porter + Bogusky creative leader.
Clay Shirky. New-media pundit, professor and prophet of doom for traditional media.
Doug Chavez. Senior manager of digital marketing at Del Monte. A client with agency chops. Also a frenetic triathlete.
Edward Boches, chief creative officer at Mullen. A full-fledged Twitter convert ready to share and interact on ad topics.
Faris Yakob, chief technology strategist, McCann Erickson. All things interactive.
Fernanda Romano. Global creative director for digital and experiential advertising at Euro RSCG.
Rich Ting. Ecd, mobile and emerging media/applications group, R/GA. A mobile guru who even has his infant daughter using Twitter through an RFID contraption.
Fred Wilson, partner at Union Square Ventures. An early Twitter investor, Wilson is a venture capitalist with a recent knack for spotting technology and media trends.
Hugh MacLeod. Cartoonist, business thinker and author of the forthcoming book Ignore Everybody.
Scott Heifferman. CEO, Meetup. An advertising skeptic and true believer in real-life communities.
George Nimeh. An American based in London as managing director at Iris Digital. Unafraid of the f-bomb.
Ian Schafer. CEO of Deep Focus and ubiquitous Internet ad pundit.
Jordan Kretchmer. Vp of brand, The Current Network. Became a Twitter ad legend with his decision to open up the brand's RFP process through Twitter.
Joe Marchese, CEO of Social Vibe. The startup's CEO dissects the social scene and gives insight on getting agencies on board with his company’s melding of social marketing and charity.
John Battelle, CEO, Federated Media. Thoughts about social media and search.
Karl Long. Experience Curve blogger and T-shirt connoisseur.
Katrina Limbaugh. Director of communications for Zig. A good mix of ad links with minimal agency self-promo.
Mack Collier. Social-media consultant. Digital media insight without the douchebaggery. His down-to-earth perspectives make him one of the more respected consultants on the speaker circuit.
Ann Handley. Chief content officer at Marketing Profs. A dose of marketing wisdom without the annoying side effects of the punditocracy.
Mark Wnek. Chairman and chief creative officer of Lowe New York and one of the more active "traditional" ad guys on Twitter.
Hammer. Rapper, pastor and Internet celebrity devoted to the networking and marketing power of Twitter and its ability to shorten the distance between entertainer and consumer.
Tom Ajello. Founding partner, Poke New York. A tech enthusiast and occasional fist-bumper who preaches building things that advertise rather than advertising.
Mike Arauz. Strategist at Undercurrent. Chronicles the latest and greatest in Web culture without the Digg nerd factor.
Nick Denton. CEO of Gawker Media. The blog impresario (or "gossip merchant," as his bio says) began using the service again just last month after a nearly yearlong hiatus.
Morning anchor on NYC news station NY1 and the editorial force behind Pat's Papers, an insightful and amusing daily summary of U.S. news headlines. Joined Twitter fairly recently but got up to speed in a New York minute.
Pete Blackshaw. Evp of digital strategic services at Nielsen Online. Tweets about the quest for buzz online.
Reverend Billy. Pastor of the Church of Stop Shopping and preacher that advertising has made the world worse, not better.
Renny Gleeson. Global director of digital strategies at Wieden + Kennedy. Unafraid to share his music choices via Blip.fm.
Spike Jones, firestarter at Brains on Fire. The resident Twitter curmudgeon, frequently unimpressed by social media stalwarts.
Tom Bedecarré. CEO of AKQA. The rare agency CEO who comes across as somewhat normal on Twitter. Admirable restraint in self-promotion.
Umair Haque. Director of Havas Media Lab who ponders the new rules for brands in the "edgeconomy."
Vinny Warren. Owner of The Escape Pod, creator of "Whassup campaign. Insight on the digital world from an old-school creative.
BL Ochman. A consultant and social-media savant who actually knows what she's talking about.
Consumer/tech/travel publicist and prolific observer of the NYC media world.
This list seems very US biased. How about recognition for all those great marketers worldwide? That'd be great!
Posted by: Alexandra English | Jun 17, 2009 12:01:21 PM
You should add Steve Mulder @muldermedia to the list for one of the upcoming editions...
Posted by: Molecular | Jun 17, 2009 12:04:40 PM
I think it says a lot that you include voices who are not pro-advertising. Listening to people who have a different but intelligent point of view is a true sign of maturity. We can often learn more from those we disagree with than from people who just repeat the same old, tired cliches & buzzwords.
Posted by: Liz | Jun 18, 2009 10:24:46 AM
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