Read This! Additions to your Blog Reader

As promised, from time to time I will update you on some new blogs that I am following. These blogs serve as a source of inspiration for many things that I do. It’s important for anyone in the marketing field to stay up to date on what’s going on around them. An easy way of doing that is adding these blogs to your Google Reader (full disclosure: I’m not being paid by Google to promote their products, though I should be):

Spin Sucks: Arment Dietrich tackles the difficult task of fighting back against the negative perspective that many people have of marketing and PR. Spin Sucks offers a great mix of posts about successful PR strategies, corporate mishaps, and ideas for those of us lucky enough to be in these professions.

Social Media Explorer: Jason Falls leads a team of bloggers in a never-ending quest to discover everything there is to know about the world of social media. Visit it for the insightful commentary on Twitter, Facebook, and Google+, come back for the ideas on how to best take advantage of the marketing opportunities provided by these networks, and stay for the easy to read posts by the entire team of writers.

Get Elastic: Written by Linda Bustos, Director of Ecommerce Research at Elastic Path, this blog offers an interesting mix of marketing case studies, analytics, and ideas. There is a good deal of research that goes into most posts here that can benefit anyone involved in online marketing.

Life After College: Jenny Blake puts it best, “My mission is to provide simple, practical tips that help you focus on the BIG picture of your life…not just the details.” This blog offers inspiration and ideas about how to deal with what life throws at you, stay positive, and working towards an end goal.

“I” of the Consumer: This is a no-brainer.

Thanks for reading!

What I'm Reading: Blogs on my Reader Today

As a blogger and someone that finds a lot of inspiration in the social media world, I think it's important to find other blogs that publish important information in the marketing and business world.  For all marketers, it's important to stay as up to date as possible on internet trends, and no one covers those trends better than the blogs that have been doing it for some time.

Occassionally, I'll keep you updated on what I'm reading, which might hopefully give you some inspiration as well.  Here is what's filling up my Google Reader today:

Blogs about business

  • Business Pundit - This blog offers a variety of fun and interesting ways to look at business and advertising, featuring top 10 lists of all kinds that will inspire you and/or make you laugh.
  • Small Biz Trends - These guys are experts, and offer a great round up of everything that is going on in the business and political world and why business owners need to care.

  • Freakonomics - The guys behind the New York Time's bestseller own and operate a blog that is very much in tune with the topics in the book, featuring interesting looks at financial trends.

  • Springwise - they explain it best, "Springwise scans the globe for the most promising business ventures, ideas and concepts that are ready for regional or international adaptation, expansion, partnering, investments or cooperation."
  • Seth Godin - Now famous for his blog, his speeches, his book's and his views on what it takes to make it in the business world, Seth's got a unique point of view that is fully explained in each and every post.

Blogs about blogging

  • ProBlogger - Darren Rowse is a blogging expert, now operating 3 very popular blogs, so it only makes sense that he write the authoratative blog on blogging.

  • Daily Blog Tips - Daniel Scocco is now slouch in the "how to blog" world either, and his tips are great for bloggers of all types.

Blogs about finance

  • NPR's Planet Money - NPR's finance blog is a great way to hear some interesting stories from real life people in all parts of the world.

Blogs about technology

  • Mashable - Mashable has been a longstanding authority on technology and social media, with the latest news in the business of the internet on a daily basis.

  • Techcrunch - Don't let the fact that these guys were purchased by AOL keep you from soaking in the up the minute news from the technology world.

While you're following me, take a look and see if you want to follow any of them. It will be worth your time.