These are all my favourite websites to keep up to date with the latest social media news, tips and tools. All five websites are great content providers and give valuable information and educational material for FREE. If you don’t have much time to keep up with the latest trends and news and you don’t want to be searching all over the web for information, make sure you follow these five blogs.
Mashable Founded by Pete Cashmore, Mashable is one the top source for news in social and digital media and technology. They report breaking web news, provide analysis of trends, review new websites and services, and offer social media resources and guides. If you want to know what’s going on the web, Mashable is the blog to follow.
Hubspot Its main business is software but it is also a gold mine for internet marketing information and education. There’s so much valuable information on this site, you can spend hours reading how-to articles, reports, viewing webinars, ebooks and all for FREE.
Worth checking: Inbound Marketing University (IMU) is HubSpot’s free marketing training and certification program. IMU offers an online curriculum of 16 Internet marketing webinars taught by marketing experts. Also, check out their website grader which will help you see how you’re doing with your website and where you could improve in terms of SEO (search engine optimization).
Mari Smith Social Media Speaker, Trainer & Consultant, Mari Smith is known as the “Queen of Facebook”. Her site and Facebook page are good places to find the latest information on Facebook. If you have any questions about Facebook, you can go post them on her Facebook page and she’ll answer you usually the same day which is much better than trying to deal with Facebook directly.
Worth checking: How to Contact Facebook: A Directory of 120+ Forms and Mari Smith’s Mega List of Facebook Business Resources
Social Media Examiner is a free online magazine designed to help businesses discover how to best use social media tools like Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.
Worth checking: Getting Started with Social Media. This is a resource guide to get you going with Social Media which includes a series of articles and videos. The first must see video is from Chris Brogan author of the book Trust Agents where he shares his advice to businesses starting with social media.
Tech savvy Agent is a wonderful resource for the Real Estate industry on how to use social media, technology and web 2.0. Chris Smith, co-founder of Tech Savvy Agent is very strong on providing valuable and educational content on his blog and Facebook. They managed to grow a really good size community by being leaders in their field.
Worth checking: Their Product review section. Tech Savvy Agent will test products, review them on their blog and show how to use them. It’s really great to discover new tools and have someone else try them before you commit to anything. You can also submit your own product for review.
The simplest way to keep up to date with all your favourite sites is to get it directly in your RSS feed. The benefit is that you’ll be able to receive in your feed any new content without having to visit every website individually. You can then easily glance through what you find interesting. If you’re not sure what or how to use RSS Feeds, take a look at this video called RSS in plain English. It’s an old video but it explains very well how to use RSS feeds and is still very relevant.
Where do you go for information and online resources?