Summary. The article is devoted to highlighting the essence and effectiveness of such an instrument in the social media environment as opinion leaders. The goal of the study is to assess the opinion leaders as a tool for PR in social media and the prospects for its development. Also in the scientific article the theoretical and methodological foundations of the concept of opinion leaders are defined, their characteristics and peculiarities of their identification are determined.
Keywords: influencer, content, audience, leader of opinions, influence online, influence offline.