Using research from GlobalData’s Influencer platform, Retail Insight Network has named ten of the most influential people in retail tech on Twitter during Q2 2020.
Biggest influencers in retail tech: The top ten in Q2 2020
1. Michael Schiemer (@MikeSchiemer)
Michael Schiemer is a digital marketing expert specialising in areas such as link building and blogger outreach. He is the owner and a blogger outreach specialist for Bootstrap Business, a marketing and advertising firm. He has been associated with top companies such as Nissan, Reebok, and UnitedHealth Franklin Templeton, among others.
Twitter followers: 220,672
GlobalData influencer score: 57
How VR Is Changing And Possibly Saving Retail https://t.co/cL9z8okVSs #VR #VirtualReality #AR #AugmentedReality #Retail #RetailTech #Retailers #Retailer #RetailUK #RetailDesign #RetailNews pic.twitter.com/7j7yb7PiKK
— Mike Schiemer (@MikeSchiemer) May 27, 2020
2. Tamara McCleary (@TamaraMcCleary)
Tamara McCleary is a technology futurist currently serving as the CEO of Thulium, a social media agency. She has served as advisor for many technology companies such as Amazon, SAP, Cisco, Oracle, Dell, IBM, and Verizon, among others. She also hosts podcasts such as TechUnknown and SAP Industries Live.
Twitter followers: 308,269
GlobalData influencer score: 56
— Tamara McCleary (@TamaraMcCleary) May 29, 2020
3. Vladimer Botsvadze (@VladoBotsvadze)
Vladimer Botsvadze is a retail tech and digital marketing consultant. He is the keynote speaker for Ovations International, an event services company. He also serves as a global social media and digital marketing speaker for the Social Media Club, an online community of social media professionals.
Vladimer has offered innovative strategies for top brands such as Adidas, Aston Martin, and FedEx.
Twitter followers: 56,970
GlobalData influencer score: 52
Here's what shopping will look like in 2027:
1. Personalized offerings #AI
2. Significant #automation, less job
3. No more checkout lines
4. Home delivery
5. Specialized stores
6. #ecommerce at 40-50%
8. Mixed reality (#AR/#VR)@wef #retailtech pic.twitter.com/ODQe8BbH7d
— Vladimer Botsvadze (@VladoBotsvadze) June 4, 2020
4. Neil Saunders (@NeilRetail)
Neil Saunders is a retail analyst currently serving as the managing director of research and consulting firm GlobalData’s retail division. He specialises in areas such as consumer behaviour, channel dynamics, brand preferences, competitive strategies and more. He is also the advisory board member of the faculty of business and law in the University of Southampton and a visiting fellow at the University of Surrey.
Twitter followers: 21,796
GlobalData influencer score: 52
Total US retail sales are down 7.7% in May over the same period last year. Not great, but not a disaster either and shows that retail is on the road to recovery after a horrible April.
— Neil Saunders (@NeilRetail) June 16, 2020
5. Sanford Stein (@Schmetail)
Sanford Stein is a retail consultant and founder of RETAIL SPEAK™ on the LinkedIn platform to share ideas on retail. He has engaged in more than 400 retail projects and is a regular contributor to Forbes. He has also been associated with leading brands such as Target, Brunswick Billiards, and Red Wing Shoes, among others.
Twitter followers: 6,710
GlobalData influencer score: 49
OVER-DISCOUNTING IS NOT THE ANSWER More dynamic, individualized discounting, enabled by an overall customer segmentation strategy is what’s needed to keep the ship from sinking. https://t.co/EMHrF2ci9p #highvaluecustomers #retail #retailtrends #discounting #customersegmentation
— Retail Schmetail (@Schmetail) May 28, 2020
6. Glen Gilmore (@GlenGilmore)
Glen Gilmore is a social media and digital marketing consultant. He currently serves as the principal of Gilmore Business Network, providing social and digital marketing consultations. He advises businesses on areas such as trends, strategies, digital transformation best practices, compliance, and online community building. He has also collaborated with top brands such as Amazon, Huawei, NASA, and more.
Twitter followers: 296,707
GlobalData influencer score: 48
THIS ROBOT 🤖 is disinfecting 🧼 a Singapore 🇸🇬 shopping mall 🏬 with UV light@nowthisnews #robotics #robots #AI #IoT #futureofwork #automation #retailtech #DigitalTransformation
— Glen Gilmore (@GlenGilmore) May 25, 2020
7. Andrew Busby (@andrewbusby)
Andrew Busby is a retail influencer, analyst, and keynote speaker. He is the founder and CEO of Retail Reflections, a retail consultancy firm offering insights on retail. He has contributed towards many retail publications, and has worked with leading retailers such as Kingfisher, John Lewis, and Arcadia, among others.
Twitter followers: 27,404
GlobalData influencer score: 47
The COVID-19 Pandemic Will Transform Retail In One Way We Never Imagined https://t.co/xGQxD9ttZO
— Andrew Busby (@andrewbusby) June 16, 2020
8. Steve Dennis (@StevenPDennis)
Steve Dennis is a retail tech consultant and strategic advisor. He is the founder and president of Sage Consulting, a consulting firm focussed on the retail and fashion industry. Steve has been associated with many brands such as the Neiman Marcus Group to improve their marketing capabilities.
Twitter followers: 17,116
GlobalData influencer score: 46
— Steve Dennis (@StevenPDennis) June 10, 2020
9. Jeff Sheehan (@jeffsheehan)
Jeff Sheehan is a technology futurist and member of the board of directors for the Salvation Army Metro Atlanta Area Command, which offers community services in the metro Atlanta area. He is also the integrated marketing and social media consultant at Shehaan Marketing Strategies that provides non-profits, professionals, and companies with social media scale and strategies for revenue growth.
Jeff has been associated with top companies such as Apple, Cisco Systems, and IBM, among others, as well small and medium sized businesses.
Twitter followers: 335,029
GlobalData influencer score: 46
— Jeff Sheehan- MSM MSF | Mktg Consultant | Speaker (@jeffsheehan) June 28, 2020
10. Jeff Bullas (@jeffbullas)
Jeff Bullas is a digital marketing expert who currently serves as the CEO of Jeffbullas.com Pty Ltd, a consultancy providing strategy and consulting services to companies. He specialises in innovation, content marketing and social media. Jeff is also a keynote speaker, blogger and author of bestselling books.
Twitter followers: 562,666
GlobalData influencer score: 43
— Jeff Bullas (@jeffbullas) June 6, 2020