The Digital Marketing Barometer

TRENDS, WEBSITES AND INFLUENCERS POWERING THE WORLD  OF DIGITAL MARKETING IN 2020
Whether you are doing SEO, PPC, CRO or just learning new skills, it's no doubt that digital marketing is a hot topic. Whether it's industries powerhouses like Google and Facebook, upcoming tools such as SparkToro and CopyTesting, there are so many websites keeping us busy.
How can you tell what tools and technologies are used by the most people? How about what tools are growing and which are shrinking, so that you can tell which are most worth investing time in?
I have put together the ranking of 100 of the biggest digital marketing websites, tools and influencers in the world, taking into account Google searches, engagement, social following and more.
 

2020's HOTTEST DIGITAL MARKETING WEBSITES

RANKED

Which are the most popular digital marketing websites right now?
I have selected 6 major criteria to discover the 100 most loved digital marketing websites of 2020: the increase in usage's interest shown on Google Trends, the overall websites searches per year, the number of followers on Twitter and LinkedIn, the websites' engagement rate on Twitter and % changes in search Year on Year.
Taking all the above into account, I ranked the websites from the most popular to the least popular.

Most Popular Digital Marketing Websites

#1 HOOTSUITE

Probably somehow surprising that HootSuite is in the top 5 when it comes to Digital Marketing Tools and Websites. 

It's the largest social media monitoring tool by far but small if compared to tech giants.

However, in my ranking, it was not just the brand with most Twitter followers, but also on the top 5 for LinkedIn followers too. It was also in the top for global searches.

They are the living example of how to manage social channels and grow your audience.

 

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Digital Marketing Trending Tools

WINNERS AND LOSERS OF 2020

We, marketers, love to be lazy (or more efficient:-). That is why we use a range of tools to help us. But trends come and go as in every sector.
I have researched how online searches for different tools have changed year on year, showing those that have seen the biggest increase and those that we are moving on from.
 

Winners of 2020

The digital marketing tool with the biggest increase in popularity this year was "MobileMonkey", with a whopping increase of 174.35% compared to last year. What is MobileMonkey? MobileMonkey is the world's best Facebook Messenger marketing platform. Since it's connected to Facebook, it promises to reach 1.3 billion customers globally!

After this, three more tools have seen a radical surge in popularity in the last 12 months, all of them part of the wider SEO group. And they include UberSuggest (143.23%), KeywordsEverywhere (114.19%) and Seobility (103.84%). 

They are keyword research tools that facilitate all sort of SEO-related tasks. 

Also, it was surprising to see new tools rising that didn't exist in the past twelve months and now they are getting more and more popular.

For example, CopyTesting and SparkToro were just launched in April 2020 and already saw a spike respectively of 72.45% and 16.43%. Also, Sitebulb, launched last year, shows an increase of 39.58% in the last 12 months.

% Change in Search Interest

Losers of 2020

It was surprising to see how many tools dropped in popularity this year. For example, "CrazyEgg" dropped -33.27% compared to last year. 

CrazyEgg is the heatmap tool part of the wider industry of conversion rate optimization.

Two more tools related to conversion rate optimization that lost popularity are VWO (-28.49%) and Optimizely (-13.33%).

Even more surprising is the fall of AdEspresso, the Italian based tool that makes Facebook ad creation and optimization easier and faster. Since it was founded in 2011, it has grown to become a Facebook advertising partner and a preferred marketing tool for brands all over the world. But this year, it lost -28.18% in popularity.

% Change in Search Interest

THE MOST POWERFUL INFLUENCERS OF 2020

Many of the faces that run the most powerful tools are just as popular as the tools themselves. Many powerful digital marketing celebrities have a huge following on social media and some of them are easy to engage with.
They are entrepreneurs that became social media superstars due to the products they launch and the learning their share.
 

Top Ten Most Powerful Influencers

#1 NEIL PATEL

Combined followers: 1,381,835

 

Neil Patel is the co-founder of Crazy Egg, Hello Bar and KISSmetrics.

In 2014, Forbes named Neil as one of the top 10 marketing experts.

In my ranking, he has the biggest number of followers and ranked #2 on global Google searches with 109,000 searches a month.

#3 LARRY KIM

Combined followers: 859,744

Former CEO of WordStream, Larry recently founded MobileMonkey, which is also the fastest growing tool in my ranking.

He is the influencer with the most Twitter followers (750K+) but he almost doesn't have any YouTube followers (only 41). 

#5 MARI SMITH

Combined followers: 650,286

Often referred as the "Queen of Facebook" for her expertise in Facebook Ads, Mari Smith ranked on position 5 for the total social following, in my ranking. 

IBM recently named Mari as one of 7 women who are shaping digital marketing.

#7 JEFF BULLAS

Combined followers: 605,508

His website, www.jeffbullas.com, receives over 5 million visitors a year and he is in a mission to inspire and educate entrepreneurs to grow their business in a digital world.

With over 500K followers on Twitter, he is also very known for affiliate marketing.

#9 SUNDAR PICHAI

Combined followers: 2,822,863

No need for introduction, Sundar is the CEO of Alphabet, the company that owns Google. 

Surprisingly, he doesn't have a LinkedIn account but he made it into out top 10 thanks to the 500K/month searches and his Twitter's following of over 2M people.

#2 ANN HANDLEY

Combined followers: 457,430

Ann Handley is a writer, digital marketing pioneer, and Wall Street Journal best-selling author.

She scored #1 for LinkedIn  and  #7 for Twitter followers. The reason why she is behind Neil Patel is that she doesn't rank well for global searches (2,200/month).

#4 SETH GODIN

Combined followers: 731,982

Seth published 19 best-selling books and he is in both the Marketing and Guerrilla Marketing Hall of Fames.

He has a huge number of Twitter followers (700K+) and more than 60K searches per month on search engines.

#6 KIM GARST

Combined followers: 631,028

She is the CEO of her own company and Forbes top 20 Women Social Media Influencers in 2013. This is how she has gained a large social media following.

In my ranking, she is in the top 3 for number of Twitter followers.

#8 BRIAN SOLIS

Combined followers: 602,826

Currently working as Global Innovation Evangelist @SalesForce, he is one of the brightest analysts of our time. Solis began his career as a programmer and database architect in 1991.

He became known through his digital company FutureWorks doing social campaigns for Oprah Winfrey and Pepsi.

#10 RAND FISHKIN

Combined followers: 544,092

Many attribute to Rand the birth of SEO as we know it and he is best known for co-founding MOZ, whose blog is arguably the best place to learn SEO.

He is now the co-founder of SparkToro, an author and sought-after Keynote speaker.  

 

The Most Popular and Powerful Digital Influencers Ranked

 

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My methodology

If you want to know more about how I have collected and analysed the data,  here is a link to my methodology.