Keeping a finger on the pulse of the ever-changing business and marketing world isn’t easy. After all, trends and best practices seem to come and go at the speed of light. Certain business leaders and influencers, however, have managed to do just that and they’re willing to share their insights with others. The key is simply keeping up with them to be able to employ their advice in everyday business and life. Here are just a few of the top business thought leaders and influencers everyone should know in 2015:
1. Marie Forleo
Forleo was named by Oprah Winfrey as a thought leader for the next generation and has been recognized by Inc 500 for having one of the fastest-growing companies in 2014. She reaches a wide audience through her MarieTV show and is the author of the bestselling book “Make Every Man Want You: How To Be So Irresistible You’ll Barely Keep from Dating Yourself.” Forleo is also the founder of B-School, an eight-week, video-based training program that teaches business leaders what they need to know about effective online marketing. She offers a number of resources related to strategy on her website, MarieForleo.com. In addition, Forleo has a strong presence on YouTube, Facebook and Twitter.
2. Gary Vaynerchuk
Vaynerchuk is a businessman, motivational speaker and author. He’s penned such works as “The Thank You Economy” and “Crush It!” Visitors to his website will find a number of business related resources and inspirational pieces, along with an opportunity to sign up for exclusive business advice via email. Vaynerchuk has a strong presence on Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and Instagram. His website is found at www.GaryVaynerchuck.com.
3. Chris Brogan
Brogan is the CEO of Owner Media Group and operates from a perspective that people cannot truly own their own businesses until they own their lives. It’s his goal to equip owners with the tools they need to achieve success in all arenas. As a speaker and a coach, Brogan has worked with professionals at such companies a GM, Google, Microsoft, Titleist and Coca-Cola. He’s the author of “Just Start Here,” and “The Freaks Shall Inherit the Earth.” Through his website, ChrisBrogan.com, he offers a regular blog for business professionals while providing a variety of free resources. Brogan has a presence on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.
4. Seth Godin
Godin is the former vice president of direct marketing at Yahoo! and is the founder of squidoo.com. He’s also written 17 books to help others tackle such areas as marketing, leadership and change. Through his website, SethGodin.com, he offers others a variety of resources professionals can use to kick start their own marketing and professional strategies, including a blog and free manifestos, ebooks and PDFs. He has a presence on Facebook and Twitter. Godin believes businesses and professionals need to stand out – not fit in – to succeed.
5. Hal Elrod
Elrod is a bestselling author, keynote speaker, hall of fame businessman and one of the country’s top success coaches. Known as “Yo Pal Hal,” he’s overcome some amazing odds to achieve success in business and life. He’s known for penning such works as “The Miracle Morning” and “Taking Life Head On!” Elrod operates from the perspective that just about anything is possible with the right mindset. He offers a variety of resources on his website, halelrod.com, including a blog. In addition, he has a strong presence on YouTube, Facebook and Twitter.
6. Penelope Trunk
Trunk is the founder of four separate startups, including her latest venture in Quistic. Through that business she offers online courses meant to help people advance their careers. She also offers one-on-one coaching and makes speaking appearances. Through her website, PenelopeTrunk.com, she offers a number of resources, including a regularly updated blog. Trunk has a strong presence on Facebook and Twitter. As a homeschooling mother, she believes in striking a balance between business and home success.
7. Mark Cuban
This bestselling author, businessman, investor and owner of the Dallas Mavericks is famed not only for being an investor on “Shark Tank,” but also the advice he shares with others. Through his Blog Maverick weblog, he shares his insights on everything from marketing and business trends to politics. Cuban has a strong presence on Facebook and Twitter and is the author of “How To Win At the Sport of Business.”
8. Ellen Rohr
Rohr is a “Plumber’s Wife” who learned how to run a successful business the hard way. Today, she’s a consultant, speaker and successful business woman who helps others map out their own paths to success. Rohr is known as a business makeover expert. She believes that basic business information is empowering and that’s what she seeks to share through her blog and online workshops. She also offers visitors to her website resources to create a business plan, freebies to help others run successful enterprises and more. Rohr has also penned a number of books, including “Where Did the Money Go?” She writes a blog on the EllenRohr.com website and also can be followed on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.