The Top 20 Most Influential People in Real Estate Social Media

During recent years the innovative platforms (Blogging, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, etc.) loosely labeled “Social Media” have allowed a new group of people to rise to national awareness and build notable circles of influence. Most of theses people are agents, entrepreneurs, and/or mid-level managers within large companies. Few, if any of the most active, hold a C-level executive position within a large national corporation. The influence of the people on this list is undeniable and we expect to see many of them pop up in senior executive positions in the not too distant future. However as the SP200 ranks the most powerful people in real estate, and influence is only one component of power, we did not think any of these influential people ranked in the top 200. Many were however ranked between 200-300 and therefore we decided to include this special category called Social Media so that we can track these key players within this growing phenomenon.

Category
Ranking

Matthew Shadbolt
Director of Interactive
New York, NY
The Corcoran Group

1

Responsible for interactive output at Corcoran since 2006. Revamped website into great example of a social media-infused, interactive home search tool. Read more -->
Jeff Turner
President
Los Angeles, CA
RealSatisfied

2

Also Partner at Zeek Interactive, Founder of Real Estate Shows, Speaker and Consultant. Serves on the Board of Directors for Aumnia, and is Chairman of the Board for MFFO.org. Read more -->
Chris Smith
Co-founder
New York, NY
Curaytor

3

Founded Curaytor in 2013 with Jimmy Mackin and hosts video series #WaterCooler. Previously speaker at INMAN News. Co-founded Tech Savvy Agent blog. Read more -->
Michael McClure
Founder
Detroit, MI
Raise the Bar

4

Creator of "Raise the Bar" one of the most active real estate groups on Facebook. Also founded VerifiedAgent.com and RTB BlogTalk Radio show.
Mike Mueller
Builder of Engagement
San Francisco, CA
WeAreConnected.com

5

Trainer and Builder of Engagement At WeAreConnected. Hosts the weekly radio show weekly “Social Media Edge.” Builds powerful Facebook pages.
Sean Carpenter
Dir. of Training/Education
Dublin, OH
Coldwell Banker King Thompson

6

Widely respected online and social media commentator. Agent since 1998 and previously brand manager before heading up training in 2005.
Chris Nichols
Chair
Orem, UT
Social Media Advisory Board

7

Active social media prognosticator and heads up NAR Social Media committee. Also managing broker for Prudential Utah Elite Real Estate.
Jay Thompson
Director of Social Media
Seattle, WA
Zillow

8

Industry's most prolific blogger. Heads up Zillow's industry outreach. Previously broker/owner of Thompson Realty and known as Phoenix Real Estate Guy.
Laurie Davis/L. Archer
Partners
Charlotte, NC
The Geeky Girls

9

Two tech savvy KW agents of the Carolinas that together have created the Geeky Girls and offer tech and social media training nationwide.
Nobu Hata
Dir. of Digital Engagement
Chicago, IL
National Association of Realtors

10

Appointed NAR director of digital engagement in 2012. Mentor companies for REach, NAR's tech incubator. Previously Realtor with Edina Realty.
Bob Stewart
Community Evangelist
Seattle, WA
ActiveRain

11

With over 300,000 members ActiveRain is real estate's largest social media type community and Stewart is the Community Evangelist.
Steve Pacinelli
VP Realtor Events
Philadelphia, PA
Move, Inc.

12

Speaker and social media consultant. Tweets a lot. Previously social media director at INMAN News and contributing editor to Inman Next.
Katie Lance
Founder
San Francisco, CA
Katie Lance Consulting

13

Speaker and social media consulting to industry. Previously social media director at INMAN News and contributing editor to Inman Next.
Kelly Mitchell
Founder
Honolulu, HI
Agent Caffeine

14

CEO of Agent Caffeine, a weekly web broadcast focused on real estate and technology. Founded BreveTV and frequent speaker and blogger.
Jeff Lobb
VP Technology/Innovation
Augusta, NJ
EXIT Realty

15

VP of Technology and Innovation for EXIT and frequent speaker across the country on mobile and social media. Previously top producing Realtor.
Leslie Ebersole
Realtor
Chicago, IL
Baird and Warner

16

Baird & Warner agent since 2005 is a widely respected blogger, online participant and active commentator in real estate social media circles.
Ginger Wilcox
Dir. Industry Marketing
San Francisco, CA
Trulia

17

Directs marketing and communications strategy, including social media, for Trulia's industry services division. Co-founder of Social Media Marketing Institute.
Bill Lublin
Founder
Philadelphia, PA
Social Media Marketing Institute

18

Speaker and lead author in the 2010 rewrite of e-Pro, NAR's technology certification. CEO of the Social Media Marketing Institute and CEO of CENTURY 21 Advantage Gold.
Laura Monroe
Social Media Director
San Francisco, CA
Inman News

19

Assumed her new role in 2012 and oversees the social media strategy and implementation of INMAN News, Real Estate Connect and Agent Reboot.
Heather Elias
Dir. Social Busi. Practices
Washington, DC
National Association of Realtors

20

Stepped into the role in 2012 as Director of Social Business Practice at National Association of REALTORS® and already created great online awareness.
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