In my last blog, “Clout vs. Klout – Or the Real Meaning of Social Influence,” I pulled together information which concluded that the most visible people are not necessarily correlated with influence, and word-of-mouth recognition can only be harnessed by targeting large numbers of ordinary influencers. That naturally raises the question, “Who are these influencers and how DO we find them?” Is there some way of identifying those people who are connected to a critical mass of easily influenced people?
I have said before that I firmly believe that influence is the power to affect someone’s beliefs or to cause an action. And I also believe that everyone can have influence and has the ability to be influential – that includes YOU. With the social media tools at our disposal today, you have the power to form a message, motivate an action, and become an online influencer. Don’t rely on any of the measurement tools to tell you whether you are or are not influential.