Looking to launch your career in social media, or want to keep up on the best marketing practices for your own company? We know the best way to get inspiration is to head straight to the source, so we've pulled together a list of 12 smart, savvy social media women you should be following on Twitter.
Take a look, then tell us! Who are the social media gurus you follow?
1. Kim Garst @kimgarst
The founder and CEO of Social Media Branding, a branding and social media business consulting firm, Kim is passionate not only about helping others build a social media presence, but also sharing how you can do it yourself.
2. Amy Porterfield @AmyPorterfield
This social media strategist specializes in Facebook: Check out her book, Facebook Marketing All-In-One for Dummies, and tune in for non-stop tweets with great articles and resources in the social media world.
3. Christine Perkett @missusP
PR and social media go hand in hand, and if you're looking for a career in either, Christine Perkett is a must-follow. Recognized as one of the industry leaders, it's rare to see a social media conversation happening on Twitter that she's not part of.
4. Ann Handley @MarketingProfs
Named #2 on Forbes' Top 50 Social Media Power Influencers, Ann is widely considered one of the world's leaders in social media. (She's also the Chief Content Officer at MarketingProfs, a site anyone in the marketing world should bookmark, stat.)
5. Liz Strauss @lizstrauss
Named to HuffPost's Top 10 Influencers Alive list and Forbes' list of Top 10 Women Social Media Influencers, Liz Strauss has been called "one of the most thoughtful, prolific bloggers on the planet." Follow for seriously brilliant insights.
6. Renee Blodgett @MagicSauceMedia
Renee Blodgett runs Magic Sauce Media, a brand strategy company "where innovation meets social media, PR, and branding." If you're looking to launch your career in the marketing world, make her your role model.
7. Eve Mayer Orsburn @LinkedInQueen
Love LinkedIn, or want to learn more about making it work for you? Klout ranks Eve Mayer Orsburn as the 2nd Most Influential Person on LinkedIn (behind only LinkedIn itself!). Check in for tweets on everything you've ever wanted to know about LinkedIn and beyond.
8. Mari Smith @MariSmith
Speaker, author, and social media strategist Mari Smith focuses on helping small businesses understand the art and science of social media. If you're looking to ramp up your company's social media efforts, check her out.
9. Sharon Feder @Sharonfeder
Sharon Feder is the inspiring COO of Mashable (and yes, you should be following @Mashable, too). Starting at Mashable in 2008 as an editorial assistant, she's been a huge part of the company's explosive growth, and knows more about what's going on in social media than just about anyone.
10. Kristie Wells @kristiewells
The brand strategist and founder of Social Media Club, a non-profit that promotes media literacy, industry standards, and ethical behavior. A fun follow for social media news, plus you'll feel like you've made a new friend.
11. Claire Diaz-Ortiz @claire
Who better to follow than one of Twitter's own? Claire Diaz-Ortiz heads up Twitter’s philanthropic, social good, and cause marketing initiatives. Follow for a peek inside Twitter or if you're interested in social innovation.
12. Susan Cooper @BuzzEdition
A social media strategist specializing in the entertainment industry, Susan is an amazing resource for social media news and tips, plus a great way to sneak in your entertainment news.