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Who Are the Top Dogs on Klout in the Automotive Industry?

Let's face it. Klout is, for all intents and purposes, just a way for people to bolster their confidence and flex their social media muscle. It's a game, really, but one that's fun and that can help like-minded professionals find each other and network more effectively.

We compiled a list of the highest Klout scores in the automotive industry. The list is incomplete; there's no way to get everyone without input. We put together a comprehensive list that's up to the top 80+, but we would love help in finding the people that we're missing.

No brands or companies were included. We only went after individuals in the automotive industry. Most journalists, including auto review bloggers, were excluded as well because they normally are not associated with helping with internet marketing or other things that are relevant directly to dealers.

If Klout is as useless as I say, why would we compile the list?

The answer comes down to connections and networking. We believe that it's not necessarily an indicator of real world influence but connecting with those who are active on social media can help us (and you) find the "cutting edge industry folks" who are most likely on top of the latest and greatest in automotive marketing. By communicating with those who have high Klout, it can help to get more exposure for your own messages.

This list is so tremendously incomplete it's not funny. If you or someone you know is missing from the list, please comment below and let us know. The complete list is available here, but the top of the list, those with scores in the 70s, are listed below.

It is noteworthy and very telling that many of the top automotive Klout scores come from people who are very active on ADM, including Ralph Paglia and Brian Pasch, the dynamic duo behind AutoCon.

Klout Score in the 70s

Scott Monty ~ 79
Louie Baur ~ 78
JD Rucker ~ 78
Grant Cardone ~ 78
Chris Costner ~ 76
Ralph Paglia ~ 76
Tracy Myers ~ 75
Joey Little ~ 73
Micah Birkholz ~ 73
Ric McCoy ~ 73
Brian Pasch ~ 72
CJ Romig ~ 72
Erin Ryan ~ 72
Michael Correra ~ 72
David Johnson ~ 71
Eric Miltsch ~ 71
Jae Chang ~ 71
Nancy Simmons ~ 71
Shawn Clos ~ 71
Jim Bell ~ 70
Kathi Kruse ~ 70
Lindsey Shaker ~ 70

Check out the rest of the list and PLEASE comment below if you know of people we're missing.

Klout Score in the 60s

Bill Simmons ~ 69
Jim Ziegler ~ 69
Jim Radogna ~ 69
Megan Barto ~ 69
Sean Stapleton ~ 69
Michelle Naranjo ~ 68
Arnold Tijerina ~ 67
Craig Lockerd ~ 67
Bryan Armstrong ~ 67
Elise Kephart ~ 67
Jason Schroeck ~ 67
Judy DeVere ~ 67
Joe Webb ~ 67
Ken Dugas ~ 67
Renee Stuart ~ 67
Rob Fontano ~ 67
Stan Sher ~ 67
Dara Moore ~ 66
Ed Brooks ~ 66
Thomas Kelly ~ 66
  Craig Daitch~ 66
Aaron Bragman ~ 65
Daniel Fontaine ~ 65
Jeff Collins ~ 65
Jill Ciminillo ~ 65
Craig Belowski ~ 65
Bill Playford ~ 64
Gary May ~ 64
Manny Luna ~ 64
George Nenni ~ 64
Andrew Diffenderfer ~ 63
Benstock ~ 63
Fran Taylor ~ 63
Paul Potratz ~ 63
Jeremy Brown ~ 63
Matt Murray ~ 62
Rachel Haro ~ 62
Scott Burgess ~ 62
Tim Jackson ~ 62
Used Car Ricky ~ 62
Christopher Herman ~ 61
David Bradley ~ 61
Patrick Workman ~ 61
Dan Weik ~ 60
Hunter Swift ~ 60
Alicia Phillips ~ 60
Mike TheCar Guy ~ 60
Sean Wolfington~ 60
Mitch Gallant ~ 60
Keith Shetterly ~ 60

Klout Score in the 50s (or almost there)

George Magda ~ 59
Andy Warner ~ 59
Amanda Ryan ~ 59
Alex Schoenberger ~ 58
Jarrod Glandt ~ 58
Kelly Wilson ~ 58
Theo Palomera ~ 58
Tyson Gamblin ~ 58
Jeff Cryder ~ 58
AJ Maida ~ 57
Jeff Glackin ~ 57
Jeff Kershner ~ 57
Lindsey Auguste ~ 57
Shaun Raines ~ 57
Larry Bruce ~ 56
Chris Spensley ~ 56
Glenn Pasch ~ 53
Michael Cirillo ~ 51
Paul Hamilton ~ 51
Subi Fernando Ghosh ~ 50
Aaron Kominsky ~ 49
Dennis Galbraith ~ 49
Sean Bradley ~ 49
Erika Simms~ 48

Brands and companies were not included in this list. These are only individuals. If you or someone you know is missing from the list, please let us know.

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Tags: Automotive Industry, Influence, Klout, Top Dogs


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Comment by J.D. Rucker on November 11, 2012 at 10:51am

It was an oversight on my part - in Adam's case the account is being used as his personal. By 'no brands' what I really meant was no @Ford or @TKCarsitesInc or anything like that, but Adam is clearly the representation of his brand but acting as an individual and should be on this list.

Comment by Adam Ross on November 11, 2012 at 7:35am

Respectfully, Ralph - there are others on this list who are in the same boat as me - they ARE their company brand... @askpatty @vlautomarketing @velocitysales, @usedcarricky, @imacsweb, @myersauto and others. I am probably making a bigger deal out of this than it deserves, but I can't see the difference between what I'm doing and these other folks, other than that my first and last name on Twitter and Klout formed the company name not my individual name (which I just changed in both places to reflect my real name). 

Inf_prospects is the only auto biz twitter handle I use. Instagram and Foursquare comes from directly from my cell phone every time. You have never seen anyone else besides me post as Infinite, and my personal FB account, personal LinkedIn account, and personal G+ accounts are the ones tied to Klout, not my company pages. How about now? 

Comment by Ralph Paglia on November 11, 2012 at 1:50am

Adam Ross - That is the Klout score for "Infinite Prospects" and as J.D. Rucker clearly points out: "No brands or companies were included. We only went after individuals in the automotive industry."

Comment by Adam Ross on November 10, 2012 at 11:17pm

I'd like to throw my name onto the list...

Comment by Ralph Paglia on November 10, 2012 at 9:08pm

Michael Correra - I have used my editorial license to add you into the list... :-)

Comment by Mike theCarGuy Correra on November 10, 2012 at 8:47pm

Ouch.... perhaps  I am not as relevant as I thought I was after all... well, I guess we all think a lil higher of ourselves than others do :):)

Comment by Lindsey Shaker on October 4, 2012 at 5:14pm

That creative genius suave! This article is just so fun!

:) Hiiiii everyone !!! 


Comment by J.D. Rucker on October 4, 2012 at 8:34am

How the heck did we miss Keith?

Thanks Ralph.

Comment by Keith Shetterly on October 4, 2012 at 7:28am

Yeah, you missed me.  Don't add me, though.  Let's see what happens!  ;)

Comment by Ralph Paglia on October 4, 2012 at 6:08am
Fascinating concept for a blog post, and a great teaser for driving traffic to your relaunched network. Gotta hand it to JD, he is a crafty son of a gun!

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