Want to learn more about social media for marketing your business? Then you’ve come to the right place – the following are the top authorities in social media and online marketing, as ranked by the Adage Power 150, PostRank, and Technorati.
Be sure to check out their latest popular posts or visit them using handy links which will take you to the main blog or the social media category (where possible). You can also follow them via RSS (full blog or social media category only), Facebook, and Twitter.
Is your business into Facebook and nothing but Facebook? Then All Facebook is for you. They update several times a day so you can have the latest news, tips, and strategies related to the top social network.
Brian Solis is one of the most recognized thought leaders in social media, helping brands learn to navigate the world of new media. In addition to social media, he updates his blog a few times a week on topics including business marketing and new communications.
Convince and Convert
Convince & Convert, headed by Jay Baer, a social media strategy consultant who helps leading companies and PR firms harness the power of the social web. He is also co-author of The NOW Revolution which explains the seven shifts to make your business faster, smarter, and more social.
Latest popular posts include Will Geo-Targeting Jump Start Twitter Advertising, 7 Ways Good Agencies Mimic Gandalf the Wizard, and 5 Dangerous Realities of Social Media for Business.
Dan Zarrella is not a social media expert, enthusiast, ninja, or even guru. He is a social media scientist. If you want to learn how social media and networking works from a scientific perspective using statistics, numbers, and experiments, then Dan Zarrella’s blog is the right place for you.
Latest popular posts include 33% of Facebook Posting is Mobile, 5 Scientifically Proven Ways to Get More Followers, and Engage in the Conversation May Not Actually Work.
HubSpot Inbound Marketing blog covers SEO, Twitter, lead generation, public relations, analytics and social media marketing. They also offer a free Internet Marketing Kit and regular online marketing webinars, as well as free tools to to check your website, Twitter, and Facebook business page to see if you have them optimized for the best results.
Ignite Social Media
Although their posting frequency isn’t as high as other blogs on this list, Ignite Social Media really bring great information to business looking to use social media to the board with details and case studies on the big and small brands using social media the right way.
Mari Smith is the queen of Facebook, and although she doesn’t update her blog frequently, when she does it is going to be everything you need to know about the latest Facebook changes and strategies to apply to your social media strategy.
Marketing Pilgrim is a blog that covers just about every topic for online businesses, including affiliate marketing, legal issues, reputation management, and of course, social media.
Latest popular posts include CMO’s Believe Social Marketing Will Pay Off Eventually, Social Media ROI? Think Again, and 25 Online Marketers to Follow on Twitter.
Mashable is one of the first blogs that comes to mind when it comes to social media news. In order to provide the latest news, they update their site many times throughout the day. If you subscribe to their main feed, you might get hit with around 30 updates a day.
Thankfully, they have additional subscription options based on the topics you are interested in. If you subscribe to the social media category, you can expect anywhere from five to ten articles a day, depending on the amount of real time social media news that is happening.
Simply Zesty is an online PR and social media agency whose blog offers great posts throughout the week on social media, technology, video, and other topics to help businesses get the latest strategies for their online marketing campaigns.
Latest popular posts include Are Geo Social networks About to Take Off, 5 Great Twitter Marketing Campaigns, and 7 Key Principles to Successful Social Marketing for Brands & Businesses.
SmartBlog on Social Media
SmartBlog on Social Media by SmartBrief takes you into the world of social media, emerging technologies, microblogging, and word of mouth. Their experts are regular columnists and guest bloggers who deliver intermediate to advanced level social media news, case studies, and strategies.
Latest popular posts include How American Express is Using Facebook for Cause Marketing, How to Jump Into the Social Media Pool Without Drowning, and How GameStop Blends Facebook Into Its Retail Strategy.
SocialFish is a bit different. The blog covers social media for associations and nonprofits, helping them navigate the social world as their strategies are different from businesses and individuals, specifically exploring challenges that these entities face.
Latest popular posts include 4 Facebook Deal Types and What They Mean for Your Nonprofit, Social Media and Electronic Discover – A New Nightmare, and What is Your Transparency Architecture.
Social Fresh is a social media education company whose goal is to inspire people to create better marketing through social media via their blog, as well as give companies the resources and confidence needed to take chances in their social media marketing campaigns.
Latest popular posts include 5 Companies Using SlideShare to Increase Brand Awareness, 7 Ways Smart Businesses Are Leveraging Klout, and Twitter Chats – The Ultimate How To Guide.
Social Media B2B
Social Media B2B focuses on social media, blogging, communications, mobile, and more online marketing strategies specifically for B2B companies. It even includes a handy page with resources for B2B lead generation via social media.
Latest popular posts include 5 Ways to Know if Your B2B Employees are Social Media Ready, The Evolution of Social Business, and Creating a B2B Social Media Point of View.
Social Media Biz
Social Media Biz provides social media strategies for mid-sized companies to major brands, and shares their insights on social networking, advertising, journalism, podcasting, technology, and more. Their blog is authored by seven world-class social media strategists.
Latest popular posts include Does Your Facebook Chief Know Strategy, 5 Things You Can Do to Spice Up Your Facebook Page, and Metrics Advice – Think KPIs not ROI.
Social Media Examiner
Social Media Examiner brings together a huge lineup of experts in the social media marketing industry and is geared to helping businesses discover how to use the top social networks and tools in order to increase sales and awareness to their brand. Don’t miss their annual Social Media Marketing Industry Report and regular ask the expert sessions on their Facebook page every Friday!
Latest popular posts include 5 Ways to Use Twitter to Connect with Local Customers, How to Humanize Your Company and Get People to Share Your Story, and Small Businesses Benefit Most from Social Media.
Social Media Explorer
Social Media Explorer covers everything social media in addition to conversational marketing, public relations, community building and branding. It is headed up by Jason Fall and includes a lineup of other featured writers who offer practical and applicable advice on navigating the digital marketing world.
Latest popular posts include Social Media Measurement – What You Are Doing Wrong, Social Media Contingency Planning, and The PR Guide to Email Pitching.
Social Media Marketing Blog
The Social Media Marketing Blog is by the social media head of Ford Motor Company, Scott Monty. He offers his insights into the ever changing, complex world of new media for marketers, agencies, individuals and enterprises.
Social Media Today
Social Media Today is a site that curates the best social media posts and articles across the web in one place from contributing bloggers so that PR, marketing, advertising, and other business professionals can gain a thorough understanding of social media. At Social Media Today, you will find well-known experts as well as discover new authorities in the social world.
Latest popular posts include Social Media is a Contact Sport, 5 LinkedIn Must Haves, and The Most Complete Twitter Application List – 2011 Edition.
SocialMouths’ tagline – I help people be successful online – fits this blog perfectly. Every post by Francisco Rosales and his guest contributors will help you enhance your social marketing efforts, whether you are looking to build a personal brand or business through Twitter, Facebook, blogging, or other social avenues.
Latest popular posts include How to Plan and Write a Blog Post to Go Viral, How Being Inconsistent Can Damage Your Online Brand, and Why Automation is Destroying Your Reputation.
Social Times covers a little bit of everything to do with social networking – games, development and design, marketing, mobile, privacy, virtual goods, and video. You can also find social news related to particular industries including sports, music, politics, and advertising.
Soshable knows how individuals and businesses can find social media amazing and terrifying. Their goal is to analyze innovative applications as they emerge, offering fresh insights into their structures and what drives people to engage upon them.
Tamar Weinberg of Techipedia may not write every day like a lot of social media blogs, but when she does post a piece of her own or a guest post, you can be assured that it is top notch information you need to know about social media. Her content demonstrates her passion for social media, and you will generally leave her blog feeling that same enthusiasm for your own campaign.
TopRank Online Marketing covers a little bit of everything in the realm of marketing your business online, including social media several times a week with extra emphasis on B2B, ROI, and the SEO value of engaging in social networking.
Latest popular posts include Where Can Social Media Marketing Take Your Career, 5 Reports on B2B Social Media Marketing & New Media Trends, and 29 Content Marketing Tactics to Attract, Engage & Persuade Customers.
We Are Social
We Are Social is an agency that helps the big brands, including Coca-Cola and Expedia, do more with social media by helping them listen, understand and engage in conversations on social media. Their blog also gives insight into the way social media really should be used by brands everywhere.
So there you have it – the most popular blogs discussing social media for business today. Which are your favorites, and what others would you add to the list? There are a lot of them out there, but if I got them all we’d be looking at an unending blogs list, and I like to keep it simple!