The Top 25 Influencers Marketers Must Know In 2018

The Top 25 Influencers Marketers Must Know In 2018

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The Top Influencers Captivating Audiences Across YouTube, Instagram, Facebook & Twitter

Amassing a large following on one social media platform is an impressive feat in itself, but the ability to diversify across multiple social platforms enables influencers to reach a whole new level of success. Today's top social media influencers are connecting with millions of fans through an increasingly wide array of mediums and formats.

Whether through social posts, Stories, or videos, top social media influencers are creating and sharing new and innovative content at practically every moment. Here, we've outlined the 25 most followed social media influencers across Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube. In total, the group maintains more than 890 million followers online.

1. PewDiePie — 97.4 Million Followers Total

Felix Kjellberg, better known as PewDiePie, is a Swedish social media influencer. With a subscriber base of 60 million, he is the most followed YouTuber of all time. He also entertains enormous audiences on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter, reaching a total of nearly 100 million followers across the four platforms.

Though he's been criticized on multiple occasions for creating inappropriate and insensitive content, the social media superstar maintains extreme popularity online and allegedly earns around $12 million each year. He has also leveraged his online fame to launch a limited edition apparel line.

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2. Whindersson Nunes — 59.2 Million Followers Total

Actor, comedian, and social media star Whindersson Nunes is a man of many talents. The Brazilian influencer started his online career at the young age of 15 and has since grown an audience nearly one-fourth the size of his home country.

No matter the platform, Nunes is a jokester. He posts hilarious photos on Instagram and Facebook and takes to YouTube to publish music parodies. Unquestionably, his comedic nature has made for an easy transition to his work as a stand-up comic and actor.

3. Logan Paul — 53.6 Million Followers Total

Logan Paul started his online career on Vine and transitioned onto YouTube in 2015.  Paul is unique in that he has diversified across social media platforms relatively evenly, maintaining equally large audiences on Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube. 

His videos typically infuse humor and surprise, a formula that has helped him amass a large and engaged fanbase. However, his content has been highly controversial, specifically in January when he made light of suicide in a YouTube vlog.

Paul has issued multiple apologies and continues to forge on in creating popular social content. He has also seen success as a conventional actor, with several gigs on mainstream television. 

4. El Rubius — 53.5 Million Followers Total

Ruben Gunderson is one of Spain's most famous influencers and created the Spanish YouTube channel elrubiusOMG in 2011. On YouTube, the majority of his videos are gameplays, though he does occasionally post vlogs.

Gunderson expertly leverages different social media platforms for different purposes. His Instagram offers a sneak peek into his personal life, whereas his Twitter frequently features hilarious memes.

His accomplishments offline are significant as well. In addition to publishing an original book and a comic book series, he’s the recipient of several online awards

5. Dude Perfect — 53.4 Million Followers Total

Dude Perfect is a sports entertainment company started by five friends and former high school basketball players. The group rose to fame soon after publishing its first viral basketball trick shot video on YouTube back in 2009.

In the time since, Dude Perfect has become famous for showcasing tricks shot videos, competitions, and challenges of all types across social media. The group has also started an online merchandise store, its very own television series, and multiple mobile apps.

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6. Cameron Dallas — 46.5 Million Followers Total

Cameron Dallas now stars on the big screen in the Netflix reality show Chasing Cameron, but the 23-year-old actor from California got his start on a much smaller screen. Young, handsome and charming, Dallas initially won the hearts of millions on YouTube and Vine.

Today, he has over 46 million followers across YouTube, Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter, where he continues to post humorous videos. Not just an influencer, Dallas is also a model and even launched an Aeropostale clothing line in 2014. 

7. Markiplier — 40.4 Million Followers Total

Mark Fischbach, more popularly known as Markiplier, is one of the internet’s favorite video game players. His YouTube gaming channel (which has almost 20 million subscribers) is an endless supply of humor and gaming expertise. Whether through a Let’s Play video or animated parody, he consistently entertains.

While YouTube is his primary channel, he also posts regularly on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter, where he focusses less on gaming and more on his personal life. Fischbach is also well known for funding and championing various charitable causes, including children's rights and access to clean water.

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8. Zoella — 38.6 Million Followers Total

Zoe Sugg — aka Zoella — is a fashion and beauty blogger from England. At the young age of 19, Sugg started a fashion blog that turned into a YouTube channel. She has since has garnered nearly 40 million fans across her social channels.

Over the course of her career, she’s done video collaborations with a plethora of other prominent influencers, including her boyfriend Alfie Deyes. Her candor and honestly with fans has arguably contributed to much of her success. Sugg regularly discusses anxiety and mental health in the context of her experiences across social platforms.

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9. Lele Pons — 37 Million Followers Total

Lele Pons loves getting a laugh out of her audience on social media. The 21-year-old Venezuelan-American is both hilarious and gorgeous, and frequently incorporates slapstick comedy into the practical jokes she films. On her largest social channel, Instagram, she regularly shares funny short-form video skits, fashion content, and pictures with friends.

Starting as a 16-year-old on Vine, Pons now has over 35 million followers across social media platforms and has starred in music videos, TV shows, and movies. She is also the author of a New York Times best-selling book and made Forbes' 30 Under 30 list in 2017

10. Liza Koshy — 33.7 Million Followers Total

Like many top influencers, Liza Koshy built her reputation as a hilarious actress and personality on Vine. She then shifted her focus to her YouTube channel, which now has over 13 million subscribers.

Koshy’s comedic precision has led to an impressive list of accomplishments, including an interview with President Obama. She also stars in the Hulu television series Freakish and the YouTube Red show Escape the NightAcross social media, Koshy is frequently seen alongside her group of influencer friends David Dobrik, Jason Nash, Corrina Kopf, and more. 

11. Juanpa Zurita — 33.1 Million Followers Total

Juan Pablo "Juanpa" Zurita is a Mexican internet personality whose humorous Vine videos became famous in 2013. His first short video featuring his dog Paco quickly went viral, and the rest is history.

Five years and nearly 400 million YouTube views later, he has successfully transitioned to other social media channels, where he frequently talks about his new career as a model and even campaigns to fight hunger in Africa.

Zurita has also proven that it's possible to mesh a social media and traditional entertainment career. In 2017, he hosted MTV's Millennial Awards with his good friend and fellow top influencer Lele Pons. 

12. Jake Paul — 33 Million Followers Total

To his family, Jake Paul might just be Logan’s little brother, but to the world of social media, he’s a huge star. The 21-year-old from Cleveland, Ohio started his career on Vine and is now enjoying his celebrity status in the Southern California sunshine.

His sensationalist content, including a recent video in which he suspends a trampoline from a helicopter, has attracted an audience of 32 million fans on YouTube alone. He shares equally outrageous content on Instagram, his second largest social channel.

Paul displays noticeable entrepreneurial drive. He started Team 10, a group of young social media influencers who live to together and frequently collaborate, as well as his own social media company and venture capital fund. 

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13. Huda Beauty — 31.4 Million Followers Total

Huda Kattan has more Instagram followers than any other top influencer on our list, with a whopping 24.6 million. The businesswoman and influencer combined her entrepreneurial background with a lifelong passion for makeup to create her own beauty business, Huda Beauty, in 2013.

Kattan originally started as a blogger but now uses all modes of social media to cover the latest beauty industry news. Her blogs, YouTube videos, and Instagram Stories offer beauty tips, ideas, and tutorials in various forms.

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14. Amanda Cerny — 30.7 Million Followers Total 

Amanda Cerny is more than just a pretty face. Her vivacious personality and sharp wit have helped her accrue online celebrity status. She is best known for her humorous skits, which she shares across all of her social platforms.

On Instagram alone, she maintains 19.7 million followers and consistently uses the platform to share her exciting lifestyle. No stranger to business, Cerny is also in the midst of launching her own merchandise and supplement line.

15. Cyprien — 29.7 Million Followers Total 

Comedic genius Cyprien Lov — AKA Monsieur Dream — is a French social media star who primarily uses YouTube to create short, funny videos. He lives in Paris and produces all of his content in French. His Francophone audience adores him; his YouTube channel alone has 1.8 billion views.

Lov is also the creator of his very own online mobile app, which allows fans to view his videos and photoshop themselves into photos of Lov himself. As if that's not enough, his other ventures include an original clothing line and a podcast series.

16. Jenna Marbles — 29.6 Million Followers Total 

The sixth female influencer on our list, Jenna Mourey, is a blogger, comedian, and actress most famous for her entertaining YouTube channel. Mourey is popularly known by her online alias, Jenna Marbles, an amalgamation of her and her dog Marbles' first names. 

With almost 18 million subscribers, she maintains the most subscribers of any American female YouTuber. Many of her jokes poke fun at gender stereotypes and relationships, presenting a hilarious perspective on everyday experiences. Interestingly, Mourey is the first social media star to ever have a wax figure of themselves displayed in New York City's Madame Tussauds museum.

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17. Lilly Singh — 29.2 Million Followers Total 

Lily Singh does it all. She writes books, acts on camera, creates humorous Instagram videos and runs the popular YouTube channel IISuperwomanII. The Canadian superstar is one of the most powerful women on the internet.

Singh ranked first in the entertainment category on the 2017 Forbes Top Influencers List and continues to publish videos for her 13 million subscribers. Like any superhero, Singh leverages her powers for good and became a Unicef ambassador in 2017. 

18. King Bach — 28.8 Million Followers Total

Andrew Bachelor, popularly known by his online alias King Bach, is an actor and social media influencer. Originally from Canada, King Bach moved to Florida as a child, and then to Hollywood to study improv at The Groundlings, a famous comedy group.

His exuberant personality earned him the title of most-followed Viner in 2015, and while Vine disappeared, Bachelor’s celebrity status has only grown. His exhibits a particular propensity towards video and maintains two YouTube channels: BachelorsPadTv and Bach Vlogs

Bachelor also boasts roles in The Mindy Project and Punk'd, among other TV shows and movies.

19. Zach King — 27.9 Million Followers Total

Zach King is an internet personality best known for performing digital magic. Using clever editing tricks, King captivates his audience of over 27 million across social media. His one of a kind editing skills, combined with his creativity and personality, have helped him gain popularity and even partner with brands to create TV commercials.

King has used his online success to launch a trilogy of fictional books following Zach, a middle schooler with magical powers, as he navigates the trials and tribulations of everyday life.

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20. Roman Atwood — 24.4 Million Followers Total

Roman Atwood is a YouTube comedy veteran and a prank genius. For one prank, Atwood converted his house into a ball pit, and Nissan bought his video to use in a 2015 Super Bowl commercial.

He is best known for his channel RomanAtwoodVlogs, where he documents his day-to-day life, but has as many subscribers on his secondary account, RomanAtwood, which is solely dedicated to pranks. He also entertains millions on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter, where he often shares images of his family.

21. Tyler Oakley — 23.7 Million Followers Total 

Tyler Oakley is revered both online and offline for championing the LGBTQ community. He's largely dedicated his online career to promoting social issues, including education, healthcare, and LGBTQ rights. Oakley also shows a particular knack for interviewing and has worked with Ellen Degeneres and Michelle Obama.

Oakley’s YouTube channel has almost 8 million subscribers, and his Twitter and Instagram are close behind with 6.5 million followers each. No matter the platform he brings an outgoing personality and continuous positivity to fans, two characteristics that have helped him build an online empire. 

22. Miranda Sings — 19.6 Million Followers Total

Unlike many online creators who take to the internet to share their personal lives, Colleen Ballinger has taken an untraditional approach to her career as a social media influencer. She created the fictional character Miranda Sings and quickly charmed the internet with quirky videos and Miranda's famous catchphrase, "Haters back off."

Ballinger now runs two YouTube channels, one for her character, Miranda, and one for herself. Her equally hilarious Instagram page draws in over 6 million fans, and she also posts regularly on on Facebook and Twitter.

Her comedic prowess has led to talk show appearances, television shows, and even her own live comedy tour.

23. Michelle Phan — 15.1 Million Followers Total

Michaell Phan's accomplishments stretch across mediums and industries. Best known for her beauty expertise, she started her own makeup company Ipsy, launched a YouTube MCN called FAWN, and has even written a book.

Across social media, Phan publishes makeup advice and tutorials for her more than 15 million fans. She started her beauty blog in 2005 and ventured onto YouTube in 2007. Since then, she has won or been nominated for a number of awards, including Teen Choice Award for Web Star: Fashion/Beauty. 

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24. Casey Neistat — 14.7 Million Followers Total

Casey Neistat's first viral video was a public service announcement denouncing poor performing iPod batteries. The now-famous filmmaker's creativity and skill behind (and in front of) the camera have earned him over 14 million total followers across his social media channels.

His YouTube channel is filled with exciting short films about his adventures and artistic projects. He's also retired daily vlogger and made headlines when he sold his company Beme to CNN for $25 million.

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25. DeStorm Power — 10.7 Million Followers Total

Rounding out our list of top social media influencers is Destorm Power, an American musician, comedian, and internet personality. Hailing from Baltimore, Maryland, Power is most famous for creating a web series titled Caught, in which his “side-chick” and his friends get in the way of his relationship with his girlfriend.

He primarily uses Twitter and Instagram to keep fans entertained with hilarious messages and jokes. Conversely, YouTube and Facebook are home to Caught content. Talk of a second season keeps his more than 10 million followers waiting for more.

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March 7, 2018 By Mediakix Team