My List Of The Top Minnesota Social Media Innovators

Arik Hanson has a great idea (again); he’s taking nominations (only 5) for the top 20 social media innovators in Minnesota.

Rules:

  1. You can only nominate five people (but everyone’s breaking that rule)
  2. The person must live in Minnesota
  3. He’s taking nominations for one week, after which he’ll tally and post the top 20

This is very tough because we have a ton of social media talent in Minnesota. Since Arik included the word Innovators in his request, I’m assuming innovation is the point (as opposed to simply using social media well), so that is what I will focus on.

These are in no particular order, because ranking the bestest of the 30th bestest will simply be too hard. UPDATED: 7/23/09.

I am, of course, extremely proud of our talented team at Tunheim.  They include Blois Olson, Maria Surma Manka, Darin Broton, Sandi Scott, Kristin Gast, Bill Brozak, Bryan Brignac, Natalie Wires, Madeline Koch, and Jeana Bloome.

There are a ton of other people in this state who are doing stellar work, so I reserve the right to add to my list. 🙂 Who’s on your list? Tell Arik!

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About David Erickson

David Erickson is principal of e-Strategy Media, a digital marketing consultancy based in Minnesota. David has extensive experience in digital marketing and is often used as an expert source by media and asked to speak on the topic before organizations and to sit on panel discussions.

36 Comments

  1. Aaron on July 22, 2009 at 5:35 00 pm CDT

    I’m honored to be a part of your list! One mild correction, however: although it is my gnome that has a blog and Flickr account, another party unknown to me is responsible for 100% of the content.



  2. Aaron on July 22, 2009 at 12:35 37 pm CDT

    I’m honored to be a part of your list! One mild correction, however: although it is my gnome that has a blog and Flickr account, another party unknown to me is responsible for 100% of the content.



  3. deerickson on July 22, 2009 at 7:07 00 pm CDT

    Thanks for the clarification, Aaron. I should have figured that out. 🙂



  4. deerickson on July 22, 2009 at 2:07 47 pm CDT

    Thanks for the clarification, Aaron. I should have figured that out. 🙂



  5. RickB on July 22, 2009 at 9:23 00 pm CDT

    How can you not include me?!?

    You are childish! I would have exchanged links with you.

    Snicker…Snicker…

    (To understand this you will have to read @derickson’s recent Twitter posts.)

    R



  6. RickB on July 22, 2009 at 4:23 26 pm CDT

    How can you not include me?!?

    You are childish! I would have exchanged links with you.

    Snicker…Snicker…

    (To understand this you will have to read @derickson’s recent Twitter posts.)

    R



  7. Andrew H on July 23, 2009 at 3:40 00 am CDT

    Would be great to get all of the above + hangers on together for a mixer sometime soon. Care to organize it?



  8. Andrew H on July 22, 2009 at 10:40 52 pm CDT

    Would be great to get all of the above + hangers on together for a mixer sometime soon. Care to organize it?



  9. Ed Kohler on July 23, 2009 at 6:52 00 pm CDT

    Great list, David. Let’s grab a beer.



  10. Ed Kohler on July 23, 2009 at 1:52 26 pm CDT

    Great list, David. Let’s grab a beer.



  11. Mykl Roventine on July 23, 2009 at 7:02 00 pm CDT

    Thanks so much for including me and for the kind words. It’s nice to see an advocate in the battle to keep social media looking good.



  12. Mykl Roventine on July 23, 2009 at 2:02 27 pm CDT

    Thanks so much for including me and for the kind words. It’s nice to see an advocate in the battle to keep social media looking good.



  13. Ryan on July 23, 2009 at 7:17 00 pm CDT

    David – Super honored to be included on your list! We here at @UMNews really have tried to stay abreast an all the latest in social media.

    However, I deserve only a tiny fraction of the credit. The rest should go to my colleagues:

    @Warehousemedia
    @Elizacomm
    @DJWolter
    @ryanmathre
    @pmattern

    Super honored though!



  14. Ryan on July 23, 2009 at 2:17 51 pm CDT

    David – Super honored to be included on your list! We here at @UMNews really have tried to stay abreast an all the latest in social media.

    However, I deserve only a tiny fraction of the credit. The rest should go to my colleagues:

    @Warehousemedia
    @Elizacomm
    @DJWolter
    @ryanmathre
    @pmattern

    Super honored though!



  15. Paul DeBettignies | MN Headhun on July 23, 2009 at 7:40 00 pm CDT

    Humbled to be included here. I have been following you online for a long time and want to thank you for what you share.

    We have a great community here and I am thankful every day that you all have let this recruiter play along.



  16. Paul DeBettignies | MN Headhunter on July 23, 2009 at 2:40 55 pm CDT

    Humbled to be included here. I have been following you online for a long time and want to thank you for what you share.

    We have a great community here and I am thankful every day that you all have let this recruiter play along.



  17. deerickson on July 23, 2009 at 9:49 00 pm CDT

    This is the Tweet Rick was referring to above:

    Here’s how not to get on this blogger’s good side: Leave a comment calling me childish for refusing to exchange links with you. Hit: Spam.
    http://twitter.com/derickson/status/2781895161



  18. deerickson on July 23, 2009 at 4:49 27 pm CDT

    This is the Tweet Rick was referring to above:

    Here’s how not to get on this blogger’s good side: Leave a comment calling me childish for refusing to exchange links with you. Hit: Spam.
    http://twitter.com/derickson/status/2781895161



  19. deerickson on July 23, 2009 at 9:52 00 pm CDT

    Thank you all for your comments.

    Ed: totally up for a beer.

    Ryan: Thank you for your colleagues. My bad. This is what happens when you don’t take time to step back and edit. I’ve added them.



  20. deerickson on July 23, 2009 at 4:52 08 pm CDT

    Thank you all for your comments.

    Ed: totally up for a beer.

    Ryan: Thank you for your colleagues. My bad. This is what happens when you don’t take time to step back and edit. I’ve added them.



  21. Mike Keliher on July 24, 2009 at 4:16 00 am CDT

    Thanks for the kind words. Much appreciated.

    See you on Twitter! (Is it sad that I really mean that — with enough excitement to warrant an exclamation mark?)



  22. Mike Keliher on July 23, 2009 at 11:16 59 pm CDT

    Thanks for the kind words. Much appreciated.

    See you on Twitter! (Is it sad that I really mean that — with enough excitement to warrant an exclamation mark?)



  23. newcoventry on July 24, 2009 at 10:03 00 pm CDT

    David – Thanks so much for the mention in your list, I am flattered to be included with such great company! Hope to catch you soon at #smbmsp or a happy hour.



  24. Jason DeBoer-Moran on July 24, 2009 at 5:03 10 pm CDT

    David – Thanks so much for the mention in your list, I am flattered to be included with such great company! Hope to catch you soon at #smbmsp or a happy hour.



  25. e-strategyblog1 on July 28, 2009 at 3:59 00 pm CDT

    Nice list but it is over two thirds male, so I don’t know what you are measuring and can’t align with it.



  26. e-strategyblog1 on July 28, 2009 at 10:59 18 am CDT

    Nice list but it is over two thirds male, so I don’t know what you are measuring and can’t align with it.



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  29. Jeff Nolan on August 5, 2009 at 4:18 00 am CDT

    David,

    Thank you very much for the kind inclusion in this list, there are many other great people who are deserving to be on the list as well. I look forward to connecting with many of the other people on this list in the future and invite all to join TC Thursday Happy Hours, where we can all connect.



  30. Jeff Nolan on August 4, 2009 at 11:18 48 pm CDT

    David,

    Thank you very much for the kind inclusion in this list, there are many other great people who are deserving to be on the list as well. I look forward to connecting with many of the other people on this list in the future and invite all to join TC Thursday Happy Hours, where we can all connect.



  31. Julian Reytel on August 5, 2009 at 1:39 00 pm CDT

    What about SuddenDeals.com and what we do in the Twin Cities? We’re definitely innovative.

    @suddendeals_com



  32. Julian Reytel on August 5, 2009 at 8:39 50 am CDT

    What about SuddenDeals.com and what we do in the Twin Cities? We’re definitely innovative.

    @suddendeals_com



  33. Rob Weber on October 26, 2009 at 2:53 00 am CDT

    How about a list of Minnesota top tech start-up all stars, and not just top social media innovators? Not to single out anyone specifically, but there are some on the list that chatter a lot, but have never had a true impact on anything.



  34. Rob Weber on October 25, 2009 at 9:53 08 pm CDT

    How about a list of Minnesota top tech start-up all stars, and not just top social media innovators? Not to single out anyone specifically, but there are some on the list that chatter a lot, but have never had a true impact on anything.



  35. Horses For Sale on May 16, 2010 at 6:58 00 pm CDT

    Heavy. thanks for listing but I can not know that which way I can finish it.



  36. Horses For Sale on May 16, 2010 at 1:58 47 pm CDT

    Heavy. thanks for listing but I can not know that which way I can finish it.