If you’re in retail you know that your industry is constantly evolving in a world where change has become the norm. Changes are being driven by many factors including technology, digital media, e-commerce, big data and new strategic approaches in order to meet customer needs. But who are the people shaping retail thinking and providing insight for industry professionals? Well, we have come up with a list of 10 key retail influencers that we think provide really useful insights through their Twitter accounts.
As always, you can really benefit from keeping up to date with the latest thinking in your industry. The influencers we have chosen are highly respected for their research, analysis and reporting on the latest trends that are shaping the future of retail. So why not take a little time and give them a follow on Twitter! We believe it will really help your business, and as always, we have kept it simple!
Top Retail Influencers
Deborah Weinswig @debweinswig
Deborah is the managing director of Fung Global Retail & Tech which is a company that provides analysis, thought leadership and partnership building to organisations across retail, technology, and fashion. Deborah is well-known for being one of the top analysts in her field. She was ranked as #1 by the Institutional Investor and was also named as one of Wall Street’s top analysts by StarMine and Business Insider.
Neil Saunders @NeilRetail
Neil is the Managing Director of GlobalData Retail and is also the founder of Conlumino which is a retail research agency and consulting firm. Neil analyses everything in relation to retail, shopping, and consumers. Neil regularly tweets interesting articles on current retail trends.
Melissa Gonzalez @MelsStyles
Melissa has a lot of experience in the retail sector. She is the founder of The Lionesque Group, an IBM Futurist, and an ABC News Radio contributor. Melissa is also an award-winning retail strategist and the author of ‘The Pop-Up Paradigm‘.
Bryan Eisenberg @TheGrok
Bryan is best known for being a professional keynote speaker, best-selling author of the book ‘Buyer Legends’, and online marketing pioneer. Bryan is also the co-author of the Wall Street Journal, Business Week, USA Today and New York Times best-selling books ‘Call to Action‘, ‘Waiting For Your Cat to Bark?’ and ‘Always be Testing‘ so it’s no wonder that he has a lot of useful information to share on his account.
Carol Spieckerman @retailxpert
Well, as you can probably already tell from Carol’s Twitter handle, she is an expert in retail. Carol is the president and CEO of Spieckerman Retail, speaker, thought leader and strategist to global suppliers. Her website shares plenty of helpful insights into the retail industry so be sure to check it out, after following her on Twitter of course.
Doug Stephens @RetailProphet
Doug is the founder of Retail Prophet, author of two best-selling books ‘The Retail Revival: Re-Imagining Business for the New Age of Consumerism‘ and ‘Reengineering Retail: The Future of Selling in a Post-Digital World‘. Like the other influencers we have mentioned, Doug shares useful insights and also is very engaging with his followers by regularly responding to their tweets.
Debra Templar @DebraTemplar
Debra is the founder of The Templar Group which is a company that teaches businesses about their customers in relation to finding the right ones, how to get them and how to keep them. Debra is also a professional speaker and author of a number of great eBooks which are a cumulation of her years of experience working with retailers.
Jason Goldberg @retailgeek
Jason is senior vice president at SapientRazorfish, host of Jason and Scot E-commerce podcast, digital commerce SME and editor of retail geek. Retailgeek is a blog where Jason posts articles in relation to retail, for example, what makes a good retail experience online and in-store and how retailers occasionally fall short.
Nicole Reyhle @RetailMinded
Nicole is the founder of both Retail Minded and Independent Retailer Conference. She is also the author of ‘Retail 101‘ which is a guide you need to successfully manage, market, and grow your retail business whether you have a brick and mortar store or online store.
Andrew Busby @andrewbusby
Andrew is a retail analyst, writer, and speaker. He is the founder and CEO of Retail Reflections, an IBM futurist, and an advisory board member and contributor to Retail Week. Retail Reflections is a retail consultancy delivering practical insights & perspectives, helping retailers maximise their brand engagement in a digital world.