Social media has really exploded in the last couple of years and there are some great blogs out there sharing tons of content and it is getting to the stage where it is nearly impossible to keep track of them all. With that in mind I wanted to make a list of 50 of the biggest social media and tech blogs. Some offer great insight, some have the latest news and some are focused on giving you practical advice to improve your blog or business. They might not all be for you as they are all at different levels but you'll hopefully find a couple of blogs on this list that are well worth bookmarking and reading on a regular basis. If you think your blog should be on there or know of any other good ones makes sure to leave a link to it in the comments. Here is my list of 50 great social media and tech blogs form around the world...
Social Media Examiner
This blog is a great mixture of social media news, helpful hints and tips as well as great selection of lists and reviews of apps and services. You'll also some great interviews as well as examples of social media campaigns that have been a success.
Convince And Convert
This blog is written Jay Baer and as he says himself...IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m a tequila-loving, hype-free social media strategy consultant, speaker, and author that helps leading companies and PR firms harness the awesome power of the social Web. IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m the founder of Convince & Convert, a social media strategy firm with clients across North America.
This blog is probably one of the best known in the world and features about 20 posts per day featuring everything from start up reviews to technology and apps. Recently acquired by AOL the site has a massive 4 million subscribers and really is the heart beat of technology news from around the world.
Brass Tack Thinking
This Blog gives you a different way of thinking more than anything and features some really great posts that will get you thinking outside the box. Amber and Tamsen are well respected within the industry and you'll start thinking differently after reading this blog for a while which can only be a good thing.
This Blog has been one of the most influential in the social media space for the last couple of years and Brian really was one of the early leading lights and trend setters in terms of embracing social media as it's own industry. Still pumping out quality content as well.
This blog by David Meerman Scott offers excellent insight in to marketing and leadership strategies. Also worth checking out are his books with the most notable being The New Rules of Marketing & PR.
This blog is written by a large team and in their own words..It's a rich and trusted resource that offers actionable know-how to help you market your products and services both smarter and better. Entrepreneurs, small-business owners and marketers in the worldÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s largest corporations make up its 373,000 subscribers, making it the largest in its category. Through the MarketingProfs Web site, newsletters, conferences, seminars, forums and so onÃ¢â‚¬¦ we help you navigate your way to market your business and keep you informed of the newest and best tools. Think of us as a beacon of light illuminating the path through the clutter
This Blog is one my favorites on the web and their clear writing style and great practical tips make it a must read. A great place to stop off and get inspiration if you are publishing any of your own content online. The real beauty is that you don't need massive amounts of technical knowledge to start reading this blog either and you'll be picking up and implementing tips in no time.
Social Media Explorer
This blog is written by Jason Fall's (you can see a full interview that we did with him a couple of months ago here) and it has been offering great insight to the social media industry in general. Well worth checking out.
This blog by David Fleet is a must read for any comms professionals. Now based in Toronto, Canada, Dave has worked in marketing and communications for major corporations and public sector organisations on both sides of the Atlantic, including Hitachi Europe, Lloyds TSB and the Ontario government before turning to the agency side. Before joining Edelman, Dave was Vice President of Digital Communications at Thornley Fallis Communications.
This Blog written by Kikolani is simple and elegant as well as being forever useful. As she says herself...I hope to share my interests on this site with the hopes that everyone who comes here can find something technically beautiful, artfully beneficial, and useful. I also hope to continue my path of self-discovery through blogging. Professionally, I am an Internet Marketing Specialist at Vertical Measures.
This blog is incredibly popular with the content being made up of some great lists, guides and explanation posts that are usually about the Internet in some way. Lots of little gems here on a daily basis and you'll find lots of other interesting content just by reading this blog.
This Blog mostly features ways in which to grow website and blog traffic. Lots of very practical examples and things that you can take away and try on your own site.
The Future Buzz
This blog is written by Adam Singer. The Future Buzz is a blog about web marketing/PR strategies, spreading buzz in the blogosphere and building long-term visibility for your brand, business, and art on the web. Bloggers, marketers, freelance writers, entrepreneurs, artists, small business owners and public relations professionals will all benefit from the content here.
This Blog as you can guess from the title is pretty much all about social media. As they say themselves...Soshable will try to keep up. We want our readers to have access to more than just news and announcements. We want opinions, and not just ours. By tapping into the minds and resources of some of the brightest stars and most knowledgeable people in the business, we want to present the social Internet on a golden platter for everyone to enjoy.
This Blog is well known and written by industry expert Valeria Maltoni. As she says about herself..Valeria is Director of Strategy at Powered, Inc. She built one of the first online communities associated with Fast Company magazine. A brand strategist with 20 years of real-world corporate experience, 10 of which online, sheÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s worked with Fortune 500 and small start up companies in 5 industries.
This Blog is written by Olivier Blanchard and does pretty much what is says in the title! As he says himself...As BrandBuilder MarketingÃ¢â‚¬Ëœs principal and senior strategist, I help companies develop, build, integrate, manage and measure Social Media Programs. I also help companies manage their reputations online and offline, and establish leadership in their markets.
This blog Features the latest digital ad campaigns, hot new websites, interactive marketing ideas, virals, industry news, social media, insights, and other great digital trends from all over the world. What more could you want form a blog than all that?
This blogis written by Jeremiah Owyang who is one of the leading lights in the business and really arrived super early to the social media space. As he says himself...As a Web Strategist, I strive to deliver insight on disruptive technologies and their impact on how companies communicate with their customers. IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve been writing this blog since 1996, and am honored that itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s been recognized as a top analyst blog within the industry.
This blog covers one very popular topic at the moment which is the Facebook the world's largest social network. Amazing that a blog can be dedicated to one social network but they are never short of quality content and lots of interesting content in there that you can learn from.
This blog certainly does have one of the most interesting names on the list but don't let that take away form the excellent content that you are likely to find here. As they say themselves...Fastgush was started in April 2010 with the aim of providing readers with the latest and the best Social media news. We make sure the content is most relevant and of highest quality. We have in-house as well as freelance writers who contribute on a daily basis and add their individual touch to the posts.
The Next web
This blog is our favorite on the list apart from our own!!!(because we write lots of guest posts there and love Zee and the gang). Really is one of the sharpest tech blogs out there with all the latest news and reviews of everything from tech to social media and gadgets. A must read.
This blog is one of the old classics and really does feature quality content on a regular basis. Great insight in to the industry and what I love is that rather than just going with the same stories as everybody else they actually delve a little deeper with excellent insight and reviews.
This blog looks at everything for apps and technology all the way through to social media. As he says himself...Wayne Sutton helps individuals, start ups and businesses succeed in understanding how to communicate on the social web via brand strategy, social networks and location-based services. With nearly 10 years experience in the technology and social media sector, heÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s provided counsel to business leaders ranging from founders of small start-ups and representatives of non-profit organizations to CEOs of large and small corporations
This blog is by well known industry veteran Danny Brown. As he says himself...My blog is featured in the AdAge Power 150 list as well as CanadaÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Top 50 Marketing Blogs, and won the Hive Award for Best Social Media Blog at the 2010 South by South West festival.IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve worked with some of the biggest companies in technology, digital and consumer, including RIM, British Telecom, Orange, Microsoft Canada, IBM, Ford Canada, FedEX, Scotiabank, Vodafone, Dell and LG Electronics.
This Bog is an excellent look at everything from technology and social media to gadgets and all the latest Youtube videos that are creating a buzz. A great place to see what is happening in a wide range of industries and always an enjoyable read.
This blog is by popular blogger and author Erik Qualman who we have featured a good bit here on the blog. You'll find great in depth insight in to social media here as well as some of his famous videos!
This Blog is written by industry veteran Todd Defren. As he says himself Todd Defren is recognized globally as a Social Media & Public Relations innovator, thinker & lecturer. His blog, PR-Squared, is routinely among the top 20 blogs on AdAgeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Power150. Defren is a principal at SHIFT Communications, a hybrid PR firm named Ã¢â‚¬Å“New Media Agency of the YearÃ¢â‚¬ in 2008 and Ã¢â‚¬Å“Agency of the YearÃ¢â‚¬ in 2007. The $12M company works with clients such as Club Med, Quiznos, Jim Beam Brands, Bing and Wells Fargo.
This blog features lots if insight in to the online world. As Neville himself says it's..... a place at the intersection of business, communication and technology. Sometimes, it's a collision. I'm a communicator, blogger and podcaster based in the UK, and head of social media in Europe for WCG, London. Do take a look around here, leave a comment, join in. Get in touch if you'd like to. Enjoy your experience here and thanks for visiting.
This blog does what it says on the tin and basically looks in to social media strategy online. As the author Steve Radick says himself...I was recently named one of PRNewsÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ 15 to Watch for in 2009 and was a contributing author to the recently released Gov 2.0 book, Ã¢â‚¬Å“State of the eUnion, Government 2.0 and Onwards.Ã¢â‚¬Å“ I also serve on the Advisory Board for the SmartBrief on Social Media and Governingpeople.com, the Program Committee for the Government 2.0 Expo Showcase, and 2010?s Government 2.0 Expo. I was also recently named one of the expert bloggers for AIIMÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Enterprise 2.0 Community.
Social Web Tools
Don't need to be a genius to see whatthis blog is about. Basically lots of information and practical examples of all the latest online tools and apps. You'll always find some great little gems in here that you hadn't spotted before.
This blog really is the heart beat of some of the most interesting start ups that the author Robert Scoble has fantastic access to. He'll often feature early sneak previews and demos from young start ups as well as videos from some of the biggest tech announcements around the world. Somebody who knows technology and start ups inside out.
This blog is another great source for tech news and all the latest gadget reviews. Does have quite an American slant to the news but a real must read for anybody in to their gadgets.
You might recognize the company behindthis blog as they have some popular internet tools including website analyzers. The blog is a great example of how a company blog can add value by providing great information about the industry while drawing potential customers in to their other services.
Creative Guerilla Marketing Blog
This blog also does exactly what it says on the tin with some great simple examples of marketing in the real world. As the author Ryan says himself..I decided to start this blog because I was tired of searching google images for guerrilla marketing examples, only to find a bunch of repeats. I saidÃ¢â‚¬¦why not start a blog to collect all these images that are scattered over the web and share my passion for guerrilla marketing and advertising with the world!
This Blog features lots of really creative content with a particular focus on video. There are lots of examples of social campaigns from all over the world and you'll get plenty of inspiration from this blog.
This blog is written by Tamar as she says herself...Tamar Weinberg is a freelance writer and author of The New Community Rules: Marketing on the Social Web (OÃ¢â‚¬â„¢Reilly, July 2009) who specializes in social media consulting and strategy, blogger outreach, reputation management, and search engine marketing (SEO, link building, and Pay Per Click Marketing). She has been involved in the Internet since the early 90s and has dabbled in social online interactions for more than fifteen years.
This blog gets on the list both for it's beautiful simple clean design and it's inspiring content. As they say themselves...The Marketing Fresh Peel is peeling back the old ideas and traditions of marketing and branding by exploring new and innovative strategies for connecting with consumers. Ripe ideas are all around us. Open your mind and let the creative juices flow.
This blog is one that again does exactly what it says on the cover. As they say themselves... SmartBrief is a media company on a mission to save you time and keep you smart. The premise behind SmartBrief is simple: thereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s too much information out there and too little time in the day to read it all. Our editors hand-pick the most relevant and important news from all over, summarize it, link to the original sources and deliver it for free.
This blog features lots of simple little tips around internet marketing as well as simple prcatical examples from around the web. In their own words...Conversation Marketing is the product of a lot of, well, conversations, and a general sense that, until now, no one's done a really good job of tying all the separate components of a successful Internet marketing strategy into a single package. Lots of people have created and thrown around phrases like 'Web 2.0' and 'Social media'. But those phrases only make things more confusing.
Logic + Emotion
This blog features some great insight in to the industry as a whole. As the author David says himself...I am currently a senior vice president at Edelman Digital, the interactive arm of global communications firm Edelman. I have 14 years experience in the industry with the majority of my time spent in digital marketing and user experience design. An active participant in the industry, I write Logic + Emotion which is ranked in the top media + marketing blogs according to Advertising Age. My writing and visual thinking has been cited by Forrester, The Boston Globe and has landed me in BusinessWeek on several occasions including their Ã¢â‚¬Å“Best of 2006Ã¢â‚¬. I also write at the Harvard Business Review.
This blog is probably best know for the fact that it's author is the head of social media at Ford and was seen as one of the pioneers of getting social media embraced within a large organization like Ford. Great insights and some smart writing here as well.
The Blog Herald
This blog focuses mostly news and features that appeal to bloggers but having said that they do also often touch on social media and other topics that would have wider interest to non bloggers. A good mix of content and somewhere that should be added to your daily list of blogs to stop off at.
The Buzz Bin
This Blog features lovely clean interface with smart useful content. In their own words...The Buzz Bin provides a point of view on integrated communications, including PR, social media, interactive and general marketing topics. We serve our mission Ã¢â‚¬" as well as our customers, employees and the general industry Ã¢â‚¬" when our point of view stimulates meaningful conversations. Topics range from strategy and tactics to news commentary and trend analysis. The discussion should be provocative enough to encourage questions, disagreements, and meaningful dialog as to whether we are right or wrong. ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s not about being safe, itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s about pushing the envelope, thinking and, hopefully, learning.
This blog which is self titled features lots of great advice about online marketing. Kyle also writes books on the subject and as he says himself...Prior to starting Brandswag, Kyle worked with a student run record label at Anderson University as the Vice President of Marketing. Kyle worked extensively with recording artist Jon McLaughlin on developing social and Internet applications to increase brand awareness. Myspace and Facebook marketing was one of the triggers that led to Jon being signed to Island Records where he tours today. After starting at Brandswag Kyle has worked and trained with companies from 50 to 1500 employees including Panasonic, ExactTarget, RuthÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Chris and the Make-a-Wish Foundation of America.
This blog features lots of the latest social media news and is targeted at businesses. As they say themselves their goals are.... To help busiÃ‚nesses and orgaÃ‚niÃ‚zaÃ‚tions achieve maxÃ‚iÃ‚mum impact with their social media stratÃ‚egy or campaigns and to highÃ‚light news, trends, tools and resources around social media, social netÃ‚works and Web 2.0.
This blog is an interesting concept because as they say themselves 80% of the content is dedicated to following what Google does. Given the size of Google and the amount of industries they are involved in it means that this blog always has lots of interesting content and will also feature the odd non Google Story.
This blog is a look at the business side of start ups, technology and social media. Comes at all the big tech stories of the day from a very business perspective and really does stand out from the crowd in terms of quality content with a difference.
Social Media Today
This Blog focuses only on social media and has a large range if posts including insight and reviews of all the major players in the space. As they say themselves...We help large companies leverage the enormous power of social media to build deeper relationships with potential customers and other constituencies that influence the development of new business. We have found that our primary metrics of success are levels of engagement and business leads.
This blog by Dan Zarella features lots of great content that mostly focuses on social media. As he says in his own bio...Dan Zarrella is an award-winning social, search, and viral marketing scientist and author of the OÃ¢â‚¬â„¢Reilly Media book Ã¢â‚¬Å“The Social Media Marketing BookÃ¢â‚¬Å“. He has a background in web development and combines his programming capabilities with a passion for social marketing to study social media behavior from a data-backed position and teach marketers scientifically grounded best practices.
This blog has one of the most unusual titles and I have no idea how you are supposed to remember the URL without bookmarking it. Having said that the content is top quality and it focuses mostly on marketing with lots of innovative campaigns and insights shared here to give you inspiration.