Where do you turn to for wisdom and advice when it comes to marketing your business? Chances are it’s blogs, resources and insights from marketing thought leaders. But with the time constraints of running a business and all of the content out there, it can be tough to read every blog and social channel to find the best guidance.

To put you on the path to success we’ve created a list of the 9 marketing thought leaders you must follow:

1. Bryan Kramer | @BryanKramer

Bryan Kramer believes that “social media is so popular because it allows us to control our personal brand: aligning the perceptions others have of us with our perception of ourselves.” He is the CEO of one of Silicon Valley’s fastest-growing companies, PureMatter, a TedTalk and keynote speaker and a bestselling author. He focuses on the value of human-to-human interaction through sharing stories on social media and is shedding new light on innovative ways to connect with your audience. As you build your small business social media strategy, Bryan Kramer is one to watch.

2. Adam Grant | @AdamMGrant

Adam Grant is the author of two bestselling books including “Give and Take: Why Helping Others Drives Our Success.” He proposes that the purpose of thought leadership is to craft and distribute content that improves others’ lives. When you focus on promoting yourself, you don’t gain influence or trust. As content marketing becomes a foundational part of an effective marketing strategy, keep in mind that sending your customers self-promotional content is not the best way to serve them.

3. Gary Vaynerchuk | @garyvee

As a serial entrepreneur and early backer of Twitter, Gary Vaynerchuk know what’s up when it comes to building a business. As a strong proponent of the value of content marketing, Gary hosts an extremely useful podcast alongside inspirational (and educational) posts and Q&As on all of his popular social accounts. Building and running a business isn’t easy work. Give him a follow if you’re looking for a daily boost.

4. Jay Baer | @jaybaer

Jay Baer’s claim to fame (besides his successful online publication, Convince & Convert) is being “the most re-tweeted person in the world among digital marketers.” He’s a well known speaker, marketer and customer service guru and could teach you a thing or two about building a blog. If you’re interested in learning more about creating thoughtful content that will connect with your audience and build a following, Jay’s your guy.

5.  Larry Kim | @LarryKim

As founder & CTO of WordStream, a pay-per-click (PPC) management and services company, Larry Kim’s knowledge of PPC, Adwords and digital marketing runs deep.  One of the industry’s brightest minds, Larry is regarded as the most influential PPC expert and has the most socially shared PPC article ever. So, if you are looking for marketing thought leadership and helpful advice on how to drive more online traffic and convert more customers, his blog is a great place to bookmark.

6. Anthony Johndrow | @AnthonyJohndrow

Anthony Johndrow is the reputation management king. He worked at the Reputation Institute for years and has drawn a clear connection between thought leadership and reputation management. As a small business, your reputation will make or break you. Anthony Johndrow’s site provides insights for small businesses on building a reputation roadmap and leveraging technology to make your brand stronger.

7. Dave Kerpen | @DaveKerpen

Dave Kerpen is the founder of Likeable Local, a social media automation platform and app specifically for small businesses.  His goal is to help small companies transform into #LikeableBusinesses by automating their social accounts and saving time to be put toward making sales and growing businesses. Social media is a must for small businesses these days so check out Likeable Local if you’re strapped for time!

8. Patrick Ambron | @PatrickAmbron

Patrick Ambron is the founder of BrandYourself, a reputation management tool that allows “you to control what people find when they Google your name.” When it comes to personal branding, he’s ahead of the curve. If you’re looking to improve your search results (or your branding overall), check out BrandYourself as a starting point.

9. Dorie Clark | @DorieClark

As a regular Forbes and Harvard Business Review contributor, Dorie Clark has become an authority on building a community centered on thought leadership.  Her strategies for building a following and creating thought leadership content are a great resource for any small business owner. If you’re looking to be an influencer within your niche, Dorie Clark is the perfect example to emulate.