50 Influential Women in Content Marketing 2017 #CMWorld

50 Influential Women Content Marketing

With over 200 speakers, moderators, panelists and workshop leaders at the 2017 Content Marketing World conference, it is a substantial task to investigate the influence of so many accomplished marketing professionals.

For this year’s list of influential content marketing speakers, I went a step further and took into account those who have presented at Content Marketing World over the past 3 years. That’s 392 speakers in all!

content marketing influencer network visualization traackr

We’ve been publishing lists like this for years and with the help of Traackr for assessing topical influence, relevance, resonance and reach, I think we have another great group of content marketing smarties for you to follow.

Please don’t confuse a list like this on one topical dimension and three sorting criteria as the same thing as developing an influencer list for a marketing program. That requires deeper topic distillation, customer insight, influencer audience analysis, content stage to influencer mapping and customization based on goals, channel, competition, resources and timeframe. You can tell I’m a consultant, can’t you?!

One big change for this particular content marketing influencer list is that I decided to focus on the top women in content marketing. Outside of the obvious, one of my main motivations for this emphasis is that there isn’t a marketing conference operating today that isn’t scrambling to find more women to speak. I hope this list helps organizers connect with some great talent.

Ranking criteria is based on “content marketing” using a mix of topical relevance, resonance / engagement on the topic with the audience and reach, or network size. According to Traackr….

The “Most Engaging Influencer” Award (for men and women combined) goes to:

Ann "Queen of Content" Handley
Ann Handley
Chief Content Officer

Here are the remaining 49 Influential Women in Content Marketing:

Carla Johnson @carlajohnson
Keynote Speaker, Author, Storyteller and Creative Explorer
Type A Communications

Erika Heald @sferika
Marketing Consultant
Erika Heald Consulting

Pam Didner @pamdidner
Senior Marketing Consultant, Author, Speaker
Relentless Pursuit

Rachel Parker @rachparker
Content Marketing Consultant
Resonance Content Marketing

Donna Moritz @sociallysorted
Digital Content Strategist, Social Media Trainer, Visual Storyteller, Visual Content Strategy
Socially Sorted

Gini Dietrich @ginidietrich
Chief Executive Officer
Arment Dietrich, Inc.

Cathy McPhillips @cmcphillips
Vice President of Marketing
Content Marketing Institute

Melanie Deziel @mdeziel
Brand Strategy Consultant and Speaker
Mdeziel Media

Mari Smith @marismith
Keynote Speaker, Author, Facebook Trainer, Social Media Evangelist
Mari Smith Social Media Speaker & Consultant

Heidi Cohen @heidicohen
Chief Content Officer
Actionable Marketing Guide

Deirdre Breakenridge @dbreakenridge
Pure Performance Communications

Peg Sieren Miller @pegmiller
Vice President Marketing
Tax Guard

Michele Linn @michelelinn
Vice President of Content
Content Marketing Institute

Andrea Fryrear @andreafryrear
Editor in Chief
The Agile Marketer

Jennifer Gregory @byjengregory
Freelance Content Marketing Writer and Strategist

Ardath Albee @ardath421
CEO & B2B Marketing Strategist
Marketing Interactions

Ashley Zeckman @azeckman
Director of Agency Marketing
TopRank® Marketing

Maureen Jann @maureenonpoint
Managing Director
SuperDeluxe Marketing

Berrak Sarikaya @berrakbiz
Amplify Your Biz LLC

Val Swisher @valswisher
Founder & CEO
Content Rules, Inc.

Pamela Muldoon @pamelamuldoon
Campaign and Content Strategist
The Pedowitz Group

Zontee Hou @zontee_hou
President and Founder
Media Volery LLC

Rebecca Lieb @lieblink
Advisory Board Member
Netswitch Technology Management, Inc.

Amy Higgins @amywhiggins
Account Manager
TopRank Marketing

Melissa Eggleston @melissa_egg
User Experience Researcher

Amanda Todorovich @amandatodo
Director, Content Marketing
Cleveland Clinic

Stephanie Losee @slosee
Head of Content

Jacquie Chakirelis @jacquiechak
Market Manager
Aviatra Accelerators

Carrie Hane @carriehd
Principal Strategist

Ahava Leibtag @ahaval
Aha Media Group

Colleen Jones @leenjones
Content Science

Sharon Toerek @sharontoerek
Toerek Law

Ruth P. Stevens @RuthPStevens
eMarketing Strategy

Katrina Neal @katrina_neal
Content Marketing Evangelist

Deana Goldasich @goldasich
Well Planned Web, LLC

Kristina Halvorson @halvorson
Founder and CEO
Brain Traffic, Confab Events

Clare Mcdermott @soloportfolio
Chief Content Officer Magazine

Monina Wagner @moninaw
Social Media Community Manager
Content Marketing Institute, a UBM company

Susan Borst @susanborst
Deputy Director
Mobile IAB

Heather Hurst @hehurst
Director, Corporate Marketing

Lisa Mattson @lisamattsonwine
Marketing Director
Jordan Vineyard & Winery

Amanda Changuris @amandachanguris
Associate Director of Corporate Communications
BNY Mellon

Amisha Gandhi @amishagandhi
Global Product Marketing, Cross-Mobile Portfolio and Thought Leadership

Tami Cannizzaro @tamicann
Vice President, Head of North America Marketing
CA Technologies

Heather Pemberton Levy @heathrpemberton
Vice President, Content Strategy Publishing

Anna Hrach @annabananahrach
Convince & Convert

Michelle Park Lazette @mp_lazette
Writer, Corporate Communications
Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland

Margaret Magnarelli @mmagnarelli
Managing Editor, Content and Senior Director, Marketing

Mariah Obiedzinski @mariahwrites
Director, Content Marketing

BIG congratulations to Joe Pulizzi, Pam Kozelka, Joe Kalinowski, Robert Rose, Cathy McPhillips, Michelle Linn, Andrea Larick and the entire CMI team on producing the most remarkable content marketing conference over the past 7 years!

As one of about a dozen or so people who have attended and presented at every single CMWorld conference since it started, I am proud to have been a part of such an impactful event and community. I’m also very proud of our partnership and collaboration over the years with CMI (Cathy and Joe K. especially) to help promote the Content Marketing World conference through the famous conference ebooks.

If you’re wondering what I mean by Content Marketing World conference ebooks, here’s a list:

2012 – 29 Secrets About Content Marketing

201336 Content Marketers Who Rock

2014 – Building a Content Marketing Strategy

2014 – Building an Audience Development Strategy for Content Marketing

2014 – A Visual Content Marketing Strategy

2014 Showing Real ROI for Your Content Marketing

2015 – The Big Picture of Content Marketing Strategy

2015 – Making Content Marketing The Start of Your Marketing

2015 – Measuring Your Content Marketing Box Office Success

2017 – In-Flight Guide: Prepping for Your Content Marketing Expedition

2017 – In-Flight Guide: Creating a Memorable Content Experience

2017 – In-Flight Guide: Making the Most of your Content Journey

I will be speaking twice at this year’s Content Marketing World. My general session presentation on big brand influencer marketing is full, but I think there might still be a few spots open for the workshop. I hope to see you there!

Influencer Marketing Strategy A to Z
Sept 5: 1:000pm – 3:00pm

Workshop – Influencer Marketing Strategy A to Z

Can you qualify who the best influencers are for your brand? Is your approach to influencer engagement transactional or relationship focused? How do you know influencer marketing efforts are actually working?

Influencer Marketing strategies that focus on developing relationships with internal and industry experts with active networks to co-create content and drive measurable business goals are leading brands, big and small, to greater marketing success. An integrated and relationship-driven approach to influencer engagement taps a much greater resource internally and externally while contributing a quantity of quality content that can be used and repurposed.

To take A to Z advantage of all the opportunities influencer marketing brings requires a plan. This interactive workshop will engage attendees to learn:

  • Where influencer collaboration can have the most impact for your company and customers
  • A framework for integrating influencers in content marketing programs
  • How to align influencer marketing goals with measurement
  • Options for paid influencer marketplaces vs. DIY influencer marketing platforms
  • B2B influencer marketing strategy best practices
  • B2C influencer marketing strategy best practices

Big Brand Influencer Marketing
Sept 6: 11:20am – 12:05pm
Solo – Big Brand influencer Marketing: Trends & Best Practices

New research shows 80% of marketers rate content marketing as most impacted by influencer marketing, yet only 10% of marketing budgets are allocated to the practice. As large enterprises move from experimentation to sophistication when working with influencers, it is essential to understand the trends and best practices that will drive content marketing success on the road to 2020.

From activation to co-creation to technology recommendations, influencer marketing strategies, tactics and measurement best practices for large companies are unique and require specialized insight.

Through a combination of research, first hand experiences across numerous large enterprise influencer marketing programs and a select number of big brand case studies, attendees will learn:

  • 3 critical reasons why influencer engagement is not right for your company
  • 5 research based best practices driving influencer content success at large brands
  • 3 lessons learned from big brand influencer campaigns
  • 5 influencer marketing platforms, marketplaces and tools to help integrate and scale

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