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 www.DealerElite.net, including Ralph Paglia and Brian Pasch, the dynamic duo working with Chris Saraceno to put together AutoCon.

Klout Score in the 70s

Scott Monty ~ 79
Louie Baur ~ 78
JD Rucker ~ 78
Grant Cardone ~ 78
Chris Costner ~ 76
Tracy Myers ~ 75
Joey Little ~ 73
Micah Birkholz ~ 73
Ralph Paglia ~ 73
Ric McCoy ~ 73
Brian Pasch ~ 72
CJ Romig ~ 72
Erin Ryan ~ 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.

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Comment by Blaine Traber on October 11, 2012 at 6:29am

I'm an OEM guy but I'm in the 60s.

Comment by NANCY SIMMONS on October 10, 2012 at 7:18pm

I agree Shawn...Totally honored!

Comment by Ray Whitlow III on October 6, 2012 at 4:26pm

@Ralph, I see.

Mine bounces.

C'est le vie I guess.

Comment by Ralph Paglia on October 6, 2012 at 4:16pm

Ray Whitlow - My Klout numbers have been a lot more consistent since Klout overhauled and changed the way they calculate the score... Before the new system was put in place, I had my Klout score jump on some days by several points in either direction.  With the new system, my score has been pretty steady, not fluctuating by more than 1 point in any given week.  The only reason I know this is because I installed a Klout widget on the left rail of the Showroom Page at http://ADM.fm so I tend to see my Klout score every day as I scroll down the page.

Comment by Ray Whitlow III on October 6, 2012 at 3:51pm

Hey Ralph, any problems with your Klout numbers bouncing?

Comment by Ray Whitlow III on October 6, 2012 at 3:47pm

Going back and forth between 65 and 77

Comment by SCOTT TYNER on October 5, 2012 at 6:07am

So can someone tell me how to get past 58 on my Klout score?...lol

Comment by Shawn Clos on October 4, 2012 at 2:16pm

Great Group to be surrounded by!! Thanks JD!!

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