9 Leading Speakers Who Can Help You Boost Your Influencer Network

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Public speaking is an art that few have mastered. Handling a large crowd of thousands of people with confidence and ease is not everyone’s cup of tea.

It is especially difficult when the crowd is comprised of experts in the field and you’re there to train the experts.

Today, we have curated a list of 9 public speakers from the digital marketing domain who make public speaking look like an easy task.

But before we get into that, let’s understand how can they help you boost your influencer network.

Attending events of popular public speakers is a perfect opportunity for you to meet and network with industry experts and influencers. A lot of influencers attend such events making them perfect opportunities for you to grow your influencer network.

Once you get the contact details of some influencers, you can use email outreach templates to connect with them after the event.

You can also choose to organize an influencer event and invite one of the speakers to present. This is another way in which these speakers can help you grow your influencer network.

Here is our list of speakers who can help you boost your influencer network.

Speaker 1: Mari Smith

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Mari is a leading Facebook marketing expert, social media marketing thought leader, and a well-known public speaker. She has spoken at renowned social media marketing events in front of as many as 25,000 people.

Apart from speaking at marketing events and summits, she also speaks at corporate events and even takes corporate training sessions.

She has 564K followers on Twitter, making her one of the most popular public speakers in the social media marketing industry. She is the perfect speaker to collaborate with if you want to boost your influencer network and connect with industry thought-leaders.

Speaker 2: Brian Solis

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Brian is a leading keynote speaker for digital marketing events globally. He speaks at conferences, summits, and even corporate events. He is a Principal Analyst at Altimeter, an award-winning author, blogger, and speaker.

He speaks on various digital marketing topics like “Responsive Storytelling and Engagement,” “The Art of Engagement,” etc.

He has 276.9K followers on Twitter and over 500K across various social media platforms. Given his popularity and reach, he can pull in a massive crowd at his events. This provides anyone attending his events an opportunity to grow their influencer network, as he pulls in a lot of attendees.

Speaker 3: Erik Huberman

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Our list of speakers who can help you grow your influencer network is incomplete without the mention of Eric Huberman. He is not only one of the leading digital marketing experts and speakers but was also included in Forbes prestigious “30 under 30” list of 2016.

He has 230K followers on Twitter and is a well-known industry expert and thought leader. He also founded a digital marketing company called Hawke Media.

He has been invited to speak at several reputable industry events like the Shoptalk, which is a big retail and ecommerce innovation event.

Speaker 4: Rebekah Radice

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Rebekah is a digital marketing strategist and an internationally-renowned speaker and coach. She also runs a successful podcast series called, “Brand Authority Podcast,” and is the founder of two online training and coaching companies.

She hosted one of the “Digital Transformation Days” which is one of the biggest online marketing events globally. She does keynote speeches, online training/webinars, workshops, and on-site training events. Some of the topics that she speaks on include social media marketing and content marketing.

She has 125.9K followers on Twitter and over 500 connections on LinkedIn.

Speaker 5: Chris Smith

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Chris is a co-founder of the digital marketing company, Curaytor, author, and a keynote speaker who speaks at sales and marketing events. He has over 10 years of experience in sales and marketing and has been the keynote speaker for several industry events and summits.

He has 37.3K followers on Twitter, 42K followers on Facebook, and 15.7K subscribers on YouTube. You can book him for speaking engagements or attend one of his events to find influencers and boost your influencer network.

Speaker 6: Shane Barker

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Shane is a digital marketing consultant and a renowned keynote speaker. He speaks on a variety of digital marketing topics including SEO, influencer marketing, content marketing, etc.

He also teaches influencer marketing at UCLA and contributes to reputable online magazines like Forbes. Given his 15+ years of industry expertise, he is one of the top industry thought-leaders and experts.

He has spoken at several reputable industry events like IMH’s Influencer Conference, where he will be speaking again this year.

Shane has over 29.9K followers on Twitter. His speaking engagements attract a lot of industry influencers and experts and are the perfect opportunity for you to boost your influencer network.

Speaker 7: Carlos Gil

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Carlos Gil is the owner of Gil Media Co., a keynote speaker for social media marketing events, and a social media consultant. He has over 8 years of experience in the field of social media marketing and is one of the industry thought leaders.

He has 62.7K followers on Twitter and 21.4K subscribers on YouTube. Given his knowledge of social media marketing, his events are attended by several influencers and experts in the industry. His speaking events are the perfect place for you to connect with them and grow your influencer network.

Speaker 8: Dan Knowlton

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He is a popular digital marketing influencer and keynote speaker, who speaks on a variety of digital marketing topics. He is also a co-founder of KPS Digital Marketing, a full-service digital marketing company.

He is one of the experts who spoke at the “Social Media Marketing World 2019” event.

He has 39.3K followers on Twitter and is well-known in the digital marketing domain. Given his keynote speeches at numerous events, he was a must-add to our list of speakers who can help you boost your influencer network.

Speaker 9: Katie Lance

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Katie is a social media marketing expert and keynote speaker. She runs her own company, Katie Lance Consulting, and is most known for her #GetSocialSmart academy social media marketing program.

For speaking engagements, her topics of choice include Facebook marketing, Instagram marketing, and video marketing. She is adept at speaking in front of large crowds of thousands of people and has spoken at several events across North America.

She has 31.3K followers on Twitter and 36K on Instagram and is a well-known personality in the digital marketing industry.


Attending or hosting public speaking events and industry summits is a good way to connect with influencers and industry experts. Such events are attended by thousands of influencers that you may want in your influencer network for future influencer partnerships.

So, take a look at some of the best public speakers out there and take your pick. You don’t necessarily need to host an event to benefit from it. You can simply start following the ones you like and attend their events to meet influencers from your industry.

You also need to be mindful of the topic that they’re speaking on. If the topic pertains to some other industry, then that event might not be beneficial for you. So, keep track of these speakers’ events and select the ones that suit you best.

Learn more about influencer marketing: Influencer Marketing 101

Updated: July 2023

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