20 Up and Comers to Watch in the Digital Marketing Industry


We continue to learn about digital marketing trends whether it is through incentivized learning or the skill of observation. But what do we know about the up and coming talent that has outdone itself in all facets of digital marketing?

These influencers are making some big waves in the industry and have already proven to be the best in their respective fields. Whether through writing blogs and articles that prompt immediate action, videography that opens your eyes to a new perspective, or motivational podcasts that have claimed a spot right beside your morning coffee; these marketers engage people and change businesses.

Good news for you, some of the best marketers in this list are willing to dish out what they know about the world of digital marketing. And the best thing – you don’t even have to pay for it!

So let’s dive into the life and achievements of these digital marketing personalities and how they continue to shape the future.

Top Digital Marketing Personalities

top digital marketing personalities

1# Ben Pasternak

Ben is a developer, social media influencer, and entrepreneur from Australia. He was 15 when he developed his first iOS applications, and later, went on to develop Flogg and Monkey, a social media marketplace and a video chat app respectively.

Time Magazine named Ben Pasternak as one of the “Most Influential Teens of 2016”. Ever since the sale of his app Monkey, Ben has continued to develop new products.

He continues to target the teenage marketplace where believes he has more control and a better connection with his audience.

2# Tiffany Zhong

Tiffany is the founder and CEO of Zebra IQ. She founded this company to work with venture capitalists and help understand the demands and needs of younger audiences. Tiffany was one of the names on Time Magazine’s “Most Influential Teens of 2015” list.

Along with many feats, Tiffany is also the youngest venture capitalist who joined Binary Capital after graduation. Today, Tiffany is one of the top digital marketing influencers in the world.

3# Ryan Higa

Ryan Higa, whom many of you might already know from his comedic YouTube videos, was the most subscribed person from years 2009 – 2011. While that’s a breakthrough all on its own, Ryan Higa also featured in a few Hollywood movies and has become a star, named popularly as ‘nigahiga’.

He promotes several brands like Lenovo and has been successful in cultivating a huge fan base of fans and followers. At 29, Ryan had a net worth of 10 million dollars.

4# Connor Blakley

Looking to attract a younger audience? Connor Blakley is the guy to go for. Connor has worked as a digital marketing consultant for Fortune 500s and Daymond John. Moreover, this young influencer is compared to the likes of Gary Vaynerchuk, Adam Toren, and Cameron Herold.

Connor is also the co-founder of YouthLogix – a youth marketing publication. He publicly speaks to young audiences and promotes successful brands.

5# Deep Patel

This young guy has amassed large followership and his journey began from the ever-popular ‘A Paperboy’s Fable: The 11 Principles of Success’. Patel authored this book that holds interviews of 15 top names of the digital marketing industry.

Deep Patel is an entrepreneur, a writer, and one of the best up and coming digital marketers of today. Together, with Connor Blakley, he founded YouthLogix, which has been named as the ‘No.1 Youth Marketing Blog to Follow’ in 2016 by Inc. Magazine.

He consistently features in online business magazines such as Forbes, Inc. Magazine, Huffington Post, Entrepreneur, and more.

6# Ritesh Agarwal

Ritesh is an Indian entrepreneur and the founder and CEO of OYO Rooms – a hospitality business. Agarwal enrolled himself into Indian Business School, but 3 days into university and he dropped out to work on a project. He hasn’t looked back since.

Ritesh operates a network of more than 2,000 budget hotels in 154 different cities. Ritesh holds the Forbes ’30 under 30’ award and is one of the Top 50 Entrepreneur by Tata First Dot.

7# Akhilendra Sahu

Sahu is the owner and founder of ASTNT Technologies Pvt. Ltd. and Technical Next Technologies. Sahu is popularly known as the Young Indian Entrepreneur.

Based in India, his company provides services in website development, digital marketing, application development, and SEO.

8# Goldie Chan

Goldie Chan is the founder of a social media firm called Warm Robots. Her company provides services in LinkedIn and video. She regularly posts LinkedIn content regarding her marketing, travels, and sometimes gives life advice.

Popularly known as the ‘Oprah of LinkedIn’, Chan currently works for the said social media platform as an instructor.

9# Brittany Berger

Popular for her amazing video tutorials on social media handling and content strategy, Brittany provides free content for people in the content marketing space.

Her videos and blogs are a great source of learning for amateur content strategists.

10# Rand Fishkin

Rand Fishkin is the founder of Moz – a leader in the field of all things SEO. He dedicates his time to helping out young marketers via blogging, videos, and public speaking. Rand is particularly famous for his Whiteboard Friday series on his Moz blog.

11# King Sidharth

Popularly known as India’s top entrepreneur, Sidharth is recognized for his work in website design and development. He holds conferences and speaks on topics related to entrepreneurship.

12# Sam Hurley

This guy became the No.1 Marketing Influencer in only 15 months. His expertise lies in the field of digital marketing with an experience of more than 6 years in the field. Sam’s content features in SEMrush, SalesForce, Mention, Entrepreneur, Inc. Magazine, and Forbes, etc.

13# Lilach Bullock

Lilach is a content marketing genius and a social media specialist. She is a well-known name on the world speaker circuit and is influential in the field of digital marketing.

A leading influencer, digital marketing expert, and highly regarded content creator, Lilach Bullock is a marketing genius with a Midas touch.

14# Brian D. Evans

In the world of young entrepreneurs and start-up ventures, Brian is the guru. He has led many startups to success. Brian is the founder and CEO of BDE Ventures and Influencive.

15# Kimra Luna

If you’re a Facebook person, Kimra Luna is definitely going to impress you. A self-acclaimed Facebook-Group-Junkie, Luna has successfully built brands and taught people ways to grow business. Having achieved huge success with her product Be True Brand You, Luna dishes out advice to young entrepreneurs.

16# Nicholas Cole

Valued for his content on TIME, Forbes, Fortune, Business Insider, Huffington Post, and more, Cole is a marketing strategist, keynote speaker, an influencer, and a talented author.

Nicholas Cole is the top Quora writer and his articles have been read over 20 million times.

17# JoJo Siwa

JoJo Siwa is a YouTube personality, a social media influencer, and an actor. With over 8.4 million followers on Instagram and over 10 million subscribers on her YouTube channel called Its JoJo Siwa, she is one of the top up and coming digital marketing influencers.

18# Zoe Sugg

Zoe Sugg, who at first gained popularity for her YouTube videos, is an English businesswoman, vlogger, and author. Practically considered an Internet royalty, Zoe has millions of social media followers hanging on to her every word.

19# Jonathan Foley

Jonathan is the founder and CEO of Wulf Marketing. Also known for his popular Instagram handles @deep and @positivity, he has more than 9 million followers combined. A successful entrepreneur and influencer, Foley is an expert in building social media profiles from scratch.

20# Jake Paul

Jake started this journey from his YouTube channel, and today, he is an actor, a famous YouTube personality, and a social media influencer. He has amassed a huge following of more than 11 million followers on Instagram alone.

Jake is also the founder of a creative agency and marketing label called Team 10. He utilized his social media following to promote his personal brand and drive sales. While his content might sometimes be contentious, he has built a solid profile on YouTube and other social media sites.

Author Bio: Michell Morgan is currently working as a Content and Digital Marketer at Lilo UK. It is a web development and online marketing company based in London, United Kingdom. Michell is a passionate writer, with more than 7 years of experience in digital marketing. She writes articles on the latest online marketing and e-commerce trends. She loves learning about social media marketing trends and how to improve conversion rates on e-commerce websites.