2014 sure was a great year for mobile! MobileFOMO brings you the top 20 mobile industry influencers of 2014 to follow on Twitter. We’ve gathered the top industry thought leaders who post industry updates frequently and strategically, and who continue to inspire us through not only their tweets, but their accomplishments in this ever-growing space.
In no particular order, here are the Top 20…
Jennifer Jolly @jenniferjolly
Jen Jolly is an Emmy award-winning consumer technology contributor, writer and on-air personality. A trusted voice in personal technology, she provides an endless amount of simple solutions to high-tech problems. One of her mobile-related articles that really caught our eye was about how to make use of your old mobile phones.
Craig Palli @cpalli
In his role as Chief Strategy Officer at Fiksu, Craig is responsible for overseeing Marketing, Business Development, and Performance Operations – the team that manages media buying and optimization. His 20 years of digital marketing experience have made him a trusted go-to source for the trade and business press. His commentary has been featured in news outlets including TechCrunch, VentureBeat, GigaOM, Forbes, MobileMarketer, Reuters and more.
Ina Fried @inafried
Ina is the Senior Editor of Mobile at Re/Code. She wireless issues and devices, including tablets, smartphones and even some phones of average intelligence. Prior to her role at Re/Code, Ina spent three years at AllThingsD.com leading mobile coverage and served as co-producer of the D: Dive Into Mobile conference.
Nate Johnson @wheresnate
With an extensive experience in consumer-facing marketing and product roles at the world’s leading software, web, and mobile companies, Nate is a respected leader among Silicon Valley and certainly a thought leader in the mobile space. He is currently the VP of Marketing as well as the VP of Growth & Engagement at Path.
Laura Rich @laurarich
Laura Rich is co-founder and CEO of Street Fight, a media company focused on serving companies disrupting local media. MobileFOMO is proud to be a media partner of Street Fight. She previously ran teams at Portfolio.com, Inc.om, FastCompany.com; authored a weekly interview column in the Sunday edition of the New York Times; wrote a biography of Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen; and held positions at The Industry Standard, Adweek and Inside Media.
Sarah Buhr @sarahbuhr
Currently a writer for TechCrunch, Sarah is extremely well-versed in the mobile aspects of the tech industry. She writes a lot on the topic of mobile and we’re very big fans of her work! Prior to TechCrunch, Sarah wrote for USA Today where she wrote about the latest mobile trends such as the infamous Secret app.
Nitin Bhandari @bhandari
Nitin Bhandari co-founded Skyfire, now an Opera Software company, in 2007 with a core focus on video compression technology and enhanced mobile browsing. While his Twitter is used for both business and personal reasons, he attends many industry events and tweets about them.
Aubriana Alvarez Lopez @AubLoMobile
Aubriana Alvarez Lopez is the Lead Strategist for Wireless, Hyperlocal and Mobile at Digital Element, the leader in the IP geolocation space, where she leads all mobile initiatives. Aubriana also serves as President to the Atlanta chapter of the Location Based Marketing Association (LBMA). She has also authored a very awesome article about How Marketers can leverage the mobile context for us here at MobileFOMO!
Ryan Unger @ryanunger
Ryan Unger is the co-founder and Chief Technology Officer of Punchkick Interactive, America’s first design firm to focus exclusively on full-service mobile marketing. He has over 15 years of experience within the technology space, and has dedicated the past seven almost exclusively to innovation and mobile technologies.
Kim Dushinski @
Kim Dushinski is the President of Mobile Marketing Profits, a mobile marketing training firm based in Denver, Colorado. She is the author of The Mobile Marketing Handbook: A Step by Step Guide to Creating Dynamic Mobile Marketing Campaigns, now out in its second edition. She teaches mobile marketing for the University of Virginia’s Online Graduate Certificate in eMarketing. Kim was named one of the Mobile Women to Watch 2010 by MobileMarketer.com.
Sam Shank @samshank
A self proclaimed “travel-obsessed serial entrepreneur”, Sam is CEO and Co-founder of HotelTonight, the world’s leading hotel booking app. We’ve seen him speak about mobile at several conferences and he crushes it every time. He caught our attention when he told the audience to not bother making apps for mobile if they do not utilize the capabilities that mobile has to offer like GPS and the gyroscope, etc. Sam is not afraid to say what many folks are thinking, which makes him a leader in the mobile space.
Hanna Aase @hannaaase
Hanna Aase is the Founder and CEO of Wonderloop, the world’s first video-profile identity platform. She is a leader in the mobile video space. Aase “wants to take Oprah Winfrey’s legacy of connecting people and philanthropy to the mobile space, and give everyone the power to present opportunities and meet life changing people with a click of a button.” Currently Wonderloop is only available on the iPhone platform, but plans are in the works for Android.
John Boitnott @jboitnott
As a contributor to Inc and Entrepreneur magazines, John is a seasoned media professional and well-versed in the Silicon Valley tech scene. He’s also written for Venturebeat, USA Today, FastCompany and the list goes on! His extensive experience with social media has helped a lot of companies understand more about mobile and how to form a mobile sharing strategy.
Jess ‘Babs’ Bahr // @jessabahr
Jessica Bahr is a social media junkie, podcaster, and professional working in the content optimization field. She often tweets about technology news and mobile-first app design as a co-host on the Internet Pandas podcast. Jessica is a rising star, if you’re into mobile design – check her out!
Koka Sexton @kokasexton
Koka is a leading mind of social selling, a topic that he promotes through global speaking engagements and customer trainings. He shares valuable professional insights not just for mobile marketers. His Twitter feed is useful for all professionals, teaching them how to leverage social networks like Twitter and LinkedIn for proven results.
John Rampton @johnrampton
John is the managing editor of search-engine marketing news site Search Engine Journal and founder of Palo Alto, Calif.-based Adogy, a marketing company specializing in helping startups. He also serves as an advisor to several startups in Silicon Valley.
Masha Geller @mashageller
Masha Geller is Founder and Managing Partner of the Wednesday Marketing Group. She founded the amazing mobile conference, AppNation and hosts The First Wednesday Club. Her club is one of NYC’s most popular monthly networking events for the digital marketing industry.
Chaim Haas @chaimhaas
Chaim is currently the Head of Communications at Glide, the next generation video messaging for iOS & Android. He has 17 years of experience in communications technology specific Public Relations. Having done PR for Skype and other notable telcos, Haas was in mobile (telecommunications) even before mobile was cool.
Murray Newlands @murraynewlands
Murray is a startup advisor, investor and entrepreneur. He’s written a very informative White Paper on Mobile Marketing. He’s written for many major publishers such as VentureBeat, Inc, and Entrepreneur. Very recently Murray also published his own book with colleague Drew Hendricks. When he’s not on Twitter, Murray can be found at major tech events the Bay Area in front of the camera interviewing thought leaders.
Anne Ahola Ward @annebot
Last, but not least… Anne Ahola Ward is the editor-in-chief of MobileFOMO. As a web developer for Apple about 10 years ago, she discovered her love for analytics which turned her into an SEO specialist. She is an avid tweeter at mobile conferences around Silicon Valley and has been a core element in getting conferences to trend nationally.
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