For all of you in the SMB market, you know that “community” and “peers"are a very important part of what you do and one of the key ways that information gets shared, questions get answered, and ideas are brought to life. Because of this, knowing who the key influencers are in this space is a very important part of tapping into this resource as either a consumer of the information, a contributor to the information, a sharer of the information, or any combination of the above. You once again have your chance to have your voice heard for who those key SMB influencers are by placing your votes in the SMB 150, but you better hurry since we’re down to the final few days of voting!
A few weeks ago, I put up a post letting you know that I’d love your votes in the SMB 150 2012 SMB Awards! Here’s how you can vote for me. Needless to say, I would still really appreciate your votes in the SMB 150 if you feel that I deserve them; however, in this post, I thought I would share some of the other people in this contest as well that you may also consider to be top influencers and that they too are up for an SMB 150 Award as well.
First, how could I not mention the Microsoft nominees up for these awards (Note, their descriptions are from their nomination posts):
Next, when it comes to others in the community, instead of me sharing a list of nominees, I thought I would share some lists I’ve seen others in the community share that did a good job of communicating who they feel are the key influencers and why:
Now I am sure there are other lists of recommendations out there that I missed above, and if I missed yours, it’s not an intentional exclusion. Also, if you are not on one of the lists above, please don’t take it as me saying, “not to vote for you,” as that is in no way what I am saying. I am sharing this post simple to share some of the recommendations that I have seen or have that I think do a good job of helping highlight some great contributors to the community.
April 6th is the end of the voting period for the SMB 150 Awards, so if you want your voice included in choosing the winners for this year’s contest, please head to the SMB 150 site and place your votes for those that you fell deserve the votes. Remember that you can vote once per day for each of your candidates, so don’t forget to come back each day this week to get your final votes in.
And for any of you that have or do place votes for me, thank you in advance for your votes. I really do appreciate it.
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Eric Ligman – Follow me on TWITTER, LinkedIn, and RSS and see “What I’m thinking” Director, Worldwide Partner Experience Microsoft Corporation This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties, and confers no rights