Their community-centered practices have allowed them to create very strong platforms. Their messages are read far and wide through their blogs, tweet streams and Facebook presences. They also continue to be be future-thinkers, early adapters and creative users to how they use the Internet to communicate. Here are the 10 power females who deserve recognition for the roles they play in social media.
1. Jessica Gottlieb (@JessicaGottlieb) is the voice of mommy bloggers who mean business. Jessica's background is in consulting online retailers on how to be succeed on eBay. Her blog http://www.jessicagottlieb.com provides inspiration to fellow bloggers who want to make a living blogging - despite the obstacles. What we dig most about this Jessica is her style. She doesn't just tweet links to her blog or tote her brand on Facebook. She listens, talks and understands the needs of women/mom/entrepreneurs. Nielsen called her "Power Mom" in 2008 and again in 2009. Babble named her one of the Top 50 Mom Bloggers (number 16 to be exact) and the fifth most controversial. Forbes says she is one of 14 Power Women to Follow on Twitter - and we say she's one of The Top 10 Women to Watch in Social Media.
2. Melanie Notkin (@savvyauntie) celebrates the nearly 50 percent of women who aren't moms - but have children in their lives. In 2008, Melanie launched SavvyAuntie.com, the first online community for aunts and godmothers. Providing expert tips, gifts, giveaways and a place to share stories, SavvyAuntie has grown a huge following. She's built a strong brand that is her own and she lives by it - her Twitter and Facebook updates are not only fun but educational - from auntie hood anecdotes to relevant studies, events and more… Melanie is not only helping to drive social media, but print, too. Her book The Savvy Auntie Guide to Life, to be published by Harper Studio (HarperCollins' new and innovative imprint) comes out soon. Oh, and if you see an [sp] in a tweet, it was sponsored. (Well fitting for a girl with "savvy" in her handler).
3. Amber Naslund (@AmberCadabra) is a communications and business strategist. Amber is the Director of Community for Radian6, which helps companies develop and build social engagement on the web. She focuses her work and writing on creating effective change and solving business problems through better communication. For the past 15 years, she's worked with businesses of all sizes - from the Fortune 50 to start-ups and local nonprofits - to lead branding, communications, and client experience initiatives. Her blog http://www.brasstackthinking.com is about social media and beyond.
4. Kristie Wells (@KristieWells) leads two initiatives that are shaping social media. She is one of the founders of the Social Media Club, a non-profit organization connecting social media experts around the globe. From Bangalore, India to Bay City, Michigan the Social Media Club has more than 100 local chapters for people in the industry to gather, share and listen to other pioneers. Kristie is also the Social Media Strategist at Ribbit, a company revolutionizing the way we use telephones and the Internet. A self-described "versatile generalist," Kristie is a force to be reckon with both online and off. Her blog is http://kristiewells.com.5. Heather Schuck (@GlamaJama) turned a hipster personality and online popularity into big profits. Heather is the founder of a multi-million dollar children's brand Glamajama. Believing strongly in the power of women on the web, Heather turned to blogging, social media and videos to reach the mom community. Today, the Glamajama line is sold at hundreds of boutiques and national stores including Target, JCPenney and Sears. This year, Heather also created the mom community website, glamaLIFE.com - as a place for glam moms to indulge and share.
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