Browsing through blogs all day may not seem like the most productive thing for a small business owner to be doing.
That’s why we’ve narrowed it down to the best blogs — the ones that keep small business owners in the loop on all the most important topics like marketing, advice, finance, trends, and technology.
Social Triggers is the blog of entrepreneur and marketer Derek Halpern. It’s the first blog to focus primarily on the social side of business success. The blog discusses the psychology of buying, selling, negotiating, getting customers and countless other social aspects of business. There’s a lot of crossover here with the insightful work of Jonah Berger (the James G. Campbell Associate Professor of Marketing at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania). In fact, Halpern interviews Berger about viral marketing in this podcast, which is a hugely valuable listen for any small business owner.
LocalVox is all about local, smart marketing for small businesses. The blog features information on internet marketing, SEO and social media — all geared to help small businesses attract local attention.
John Jantsch is a best selling author, marketing consultant and founder of Duct Tape Marketing. The blog features tools and resources for better marketing by Jantsch (aka “weekend faves”), guest posts by successful entrepreneurs and marketing tips on various topics.
Run by several contributors, the Vertical Response marketing blog holds everything small business owners need to know about digital marketing — conversion rates, email campaigns, blogging, SEO, web design and more.
The masters of inbound marketing have a lot to teach the world of small business. More and more consumers are discovering your business online and you need to be in control of that ‘inbound’ process. This means optimizing your local business listings, your website, and your general small business sales funnel. Hubspot Marketing is a great place to find out how.
Entrepreneur.com’s marketing section offers outside-the-box ideas and solutions to marketing problems commonly faced by small businesses. Topics covered in the blog include branding, finding customers, networking, sales and more.
David Worrell runs this informative finance blog full of actionable advice. He avoids fluff, giving precise advice on small business accounting, strategies and capital raising.
Business Credit Blogger keeps business owners educated about funding programs and strengthening business credit. Posts answer common questions like: FICO Score vs Credit Score: Which Score Matters Most?
Fund Well is a blog that delves into funding for small businesses. Business owners will find plenty of information on topics like crowdfunding, cash flow management, and loans. The blog taps into basic issues like savings and specifics like Choosing the Best Accounting Software.
Data and Trends
The Forrester blog gives insight into running a successful retail business. It provides recent news on topics like e-commerce, trends in customer retention and other data to help retailers stay informed and on top.
Intuit QuickBooks offers interesting and straightforward stats on small businesses. Bloggers break down stats in posts like Rain or Shine: Using Weather Data to Drive Business Decisions, allowing business owners to adapt to useful trends.
Blogtrepreneur is a blog where small business owners can read interviews, discover the latest apps and learn how to expand their businesses with posts like Made In America: 3 Entrepreneurs Who Are Making Their Businesses Work In The USA.
IT Business Edge, a blog for “small businesses with big goals,” offers news and advice on all things technology. Blog sections include business integration, mobile technology and security.
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