Guest Post by: Monica Shaw
Social media blogs are a dime a dozen these days, it’s impossible to keep up with them all. We’ve been brainstorming our personal favourites here at Market Sentinel and came up with 34 blogs that we unanimously agree are great reads for people in the social media and digital planning industry.
The blogs cover the gamut of digital marketing, PR, social media analytics, social media news and technology. Are there any blogs we’re missing? Let us know your favourites in the comments.
New Media Knowledge is a “learning hub” for digital marketers. Their website is full of great articles, commentary and white papers, making NMK a great resource for news and market intelligence. Their site often includes articles about digital marketing best practices within different industries, as well as interviews with industry leaders.
Digital Buzz Blog is all about digital marketing with a focus on the latest ad campaigns, marketing ideas, viral trends, industry news, and other insights on digital trends. It’s a great place to keep up to speed on what’s hot in digital marketing.
Brian Solis is principal at Altimeter Group and highly regarded as a thought leader in the digital marketing world. His blog regularly publishes his thoughtful, practical posts on best practices and emerging trends in social media.
Chris Brogan is a speaker and consultant for top companies on topics such as the future of business communications and social software technologies. He regularly blogs his thoughts on how businesses should tackle challenges in communications and how to use new tools to keep up with trends.
The Net-Savvy executive is authored by Nathan Gilliatt, principal at Social Target, a social media analysis company. His blog focuses on how businesses can leverage social media – including monitoring and analytics – as a market intelligence tool.
The Future Buzz is Adam Singer’s blog about about digital strategies for marketing and PR, with best practices as well as commentary and insights. Adam is Social Media Practice Director at LewisPR.
Steve Rubel is EVP of Global Strategy and Insights at Edelman Digital. He’s considered a thought leader in his industry and regularly blogs about his opinions and observations on digital media.
David Armano is EVP of Global Innovation & Integration at Edelman Digital. His blog focuses on innovations in digital media and helping businesses gain practical value from social media.
Scott Monty is Head of Social Media at Ford Motor Company. Scott regularly blogs his personal views on social media for digital marketing and PR.
Michael Brito is VP of Social Media at Edelman Digital. His blog offers insightful and engaging content on using social media in businesses.
Social Times is an excellent place to keep up with social media news.
Danny Brown is Partner at Bonsai Interactive Marketing agency. His blog has something for everyone. He talks about everything from social media, PR and marketing to making the most of the various online tools and communities.
Econsultancy regularly churns out insightful reports for digital marketers. Though most of the reports are only available to members, their blog covers digital marketing trends and best practices, with excerpts from their report providing revealing data.
Valeria Maltoni is brand strategist and speaker on influence and the role of technology in marketing. Valeria’s blog offers deep narrative into topics such as social media strategies, influence and digital marketing in general.
Marketing Profs produces digital marketing guides available on a subscription basis. The blog includes great articles on effective social media strategies and juicy case studies about companies using social media effectively in business.
Dan Zarella is social, search, and viral marketing “scientist” at HubSpot. Dan’s blog focuses on gathering and analysing data as a foundation to develop digital marketing best practices.
Dave Fleet is VP of Digital at Edelman Toronto. He regularly blogs about communication, digital PR and marketing as well as social media in general.
Jacob Morgan is principal at Chess Media Group, a social business consultancy. His blog offers great advice and best practices in social media for businesses, social crm and enterprise 2.0.
Brass Tack Thinking is authored by Amber Naslund, VP of Social Strategy for Radian6, and Tamsen McMhaon, Director of Digital and Strategic Initiatives at Sametz Blackstone. The two offer an insider’s perspective on marketing and advertising in social media, and often explore philosophical ideas around these contexts.
The Brand Builder is the blog of Olivier Blanchard, principal at BrandBuilder Marketing. Olivier regularly blogs about management best practices covering corporate communications, community management, crisis management and brand development.
The Buzz Bin is authored by the folks at CRT/Tanaka, a marketing/branding/PR agency. They cover digital PR, social media trends and tips and best practises.
Social Media Today is an online community for digital marketing and PR professionals where anyone can contribute to the blog via their own blogs or by writing posts. It’s essentially a place for digital marketing professionals to establish their expertise in the field. As such, lots of great content about social media makes its way here on a regular basis.
Todd Deffren is principal at Shift Communications, a social media and PR firm. Todd writes about PR trends and, more specifically, how PR is shifting away from conventional methods since the rise of social media.
Jeremiah Owyang is partner of Customer Strategy at Altimeter Group. Jeremiah regularly gives talks on digital marketing strategies and shares a great deal of his material on his blog. He also shares his thoughts on current social media trends and timely updates on what’s happening in the industry.
Geoff Livingston, co-founder of “social enterprise” Zoetica, regularly writes about social media strategies, often sharing excellent content in relatable contexts.
Arment Dietrich‘s corporate blog sets out to correct people’s negative perception of the marketing and PR industries. The blog looks at unethical practices as well as current issues and trends about in the industry.
Sysomos is a social media monitoring company which frequently blogs their analysis and insights into current topics using their in-house monitoring and analytics tools. They also provide general commentary on social media and digital marketing.
Brandwatch is a social media monitoring company which frequently blogs their analyses of digital trends and case studies of specific brands.
Marshall Sponder is an independent web analytics and SEO/SEM specialist who is highly influential in the world of web metrics and analytics. He often blogs about tools and trends in the web and social media analytics industry.
Onalytica is another social media monitoring company which regularly blogs about influencers around specific topics, using their own tools for the analysis.
Social Fresh is social media news portal focused on social media education with a long list of contributors from within the industry. Topics range from social media news, trends and best practices for people who are interested in social media and how businesses can succeed with it.
Socialnomics provides news, statistics and studies with a good mix of articles, some that makes you smile and some that make you think.
FastGush is social media news portal and an excellent source of news on all the major social networks, with articles on social media marketing and online trends.
Read Write Web is a technology blog which frequently features in-depth analysis and insights on various aspects of social media, and technology on the whole.
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