Top 100 Social Media & Internet Marketing Bloggers

•November 12, 2009 • Leave a Comment

Every blogger claims to be an industry expert. Sorting out the true experts from those who believe that since they utilize one social media tool (their blog) they qualify as an expert. Jay Krall, who consistently provides meaningful and insightful industry advice, has listed the top 100 blogs to add to your RSS feed. Depending on the type of information you seek from a blog, some of blogs will provide more informational than others. This is one list worth spending some time going through the links.

Top 100 Social Media & Internet Marketing Bloggers

1. ReadWriteWeb
2. Mashable
3. Seth Godin’s Blog
4. Scobleizer
5. How to Change the World
6. ChrisBrogan.com
7. Micro Persuasion
8. Successful Blog
9. Marketing Pilgrim
10. Logic + Emotion
11. The Viral Garden
12. PR Squared
13. The Buzz Bin
14. Conversation Agent
15. gapingvoid
16. Anil Dash’s Blog
17. Tasty Blog Snack
18. Being Peter Kim
19. Publishing 2.0
20. Rain City Guide
21. A Shel of My Former Self
22. PRNewser
23. Social Media Today
24. The Social Media Marketing Blog
25. SEOmoz Blog
26. Daily Blog Tips
27. Conversation Marketing
28. bub.blicio.us
29. Beth’s Blog: How Nonprofits can use Social Media
30. Stephan Spencer’s Scatterings
31. Global Neighbourhoods
32. ReveNews
33. ideasonideas
34. Dosh Dosh
35. ConverStations
36. Design, Marketing, Social Media & SEO Blog
37. Noah Brier
38. One Degree
39. The Social
40. Culture Buzz
41. Greg Reinacker’s Weblog
42. ParisLemon
43. Graywolf’s SEO Blog
44. WinExtra
45. Small Business SEM
46. The BrandBox
47. Personal Branding Blog
48. Groundswell
49. Jim Kukral
50. Influential Marketing Blog
51. hyku
52. MediaFuturist
53. acidlabs
54. CK’s Blog
55. Bill Hartzer
56. Church of the Customer
57. adverlicio.us
58. SEO Chicks
59. Web Strategy by Jeremiah
60. ShoeMoney
61. Social Media Marketing Strategy, Tactics, and Tools
62. Social Media Explorer
63. What’s Next Blog
64. davefleet.com
65. Sugarrae
66. My Name is Kate
67. aimClear Blog
68. NowSourcing
69. Inside the Marketers Studio
70. The Visible Enterprise
71. The WebMarketCentral Blog
72. RKG Blog
73. Max Gladwell
74. Marketing Nirvana
75. SEO Smarty
76. Enterprise 2.0 Blog
77. optimize and prophesize
78. Blogstorm
79. PR 2.0
80. Instigator Blog
81. Hitwise
82. techPresident Blog
83. Every Dot Connects
84. Techipedia
85. brentcsutoras
86. Marketing Profs Daily Fix
87. Buzz Networker
88. LepoLand
89. Search Marketing Gurus
90. Collective Thoughts
91. Techno//Marketer
92. Sample the Web
93. Stuart Henshall’s Blog
94. ExperienceCurve
95. Greg Verdino’s Marketing Blog
96. Threeminds
97. Taming the Beast
98. The Relationship Economy
99. Winning the Web
100. Modite

Personal Favorite Blogs Listed:

#2 – Mashable: Provides phenomenal lists with links & tools to a spectrum of marketing & social media topics
#6 – Chris Brogan: Expert advice on how to effectively use social media
#24 – The Social Media Marketing Blog: Fresh ideas and insights. Viewers can actively engage by chatting and sharing their own stories
#28- bub.blicio.us: Internet and technology focused topics

Visit the Cision Blog to read the rest of Jay Krall’s Top 100 Social Media & Internet Marketing Bloggers article.

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Turning unemployment into employment

•November 9, 2009 • Leave a Comment

Unemployment- the word everyone dreads but can’t stop talking about. Stop for a day and count how many articles you come across discussing unemployment. It’s quite a fun little experiment- after the 1,289th article you will realize that each article discusses one of the following topics:

“Unemployment….it’s at an all time high” (really? thanks for the update)
“Employment continues to improve” (wait, what? I thought it was at an all time high?)
“Unemployment forecast- economy looks hopeful. Unemployment at an all time high, but employers look hopeful for 2010” (personal favorite- combines first two statements and states no opinion at all)

We get it- people are unemployed, economy sucks, and lets hope it gets better. It’s not going to be better tomorrow, nor the next day, or the next. Lets quit the whining, we got the message- economy sucks and the job market is tough. Those of us who find ourselves unemployed can’t change the economy- what we can do is change our personal state of well being?

With employers receiving 100’s- no wait lets be honest- 1,000’s of resumes a week. How can we stand out? Again- cover letter, scannable keywords- we’ve heard all the same things over and over again. Time to think outside the box. I don’t mean pulling some of the crazy extreme job approach antics that work for about 1 in 10,000 people. Don’t go stand on the highway with a sign that says hire me, don’t have your child post a video on YouTube begging employers to hire you, most of all- don’t stalk the employer by sending obnoxious gifts or “accidently” running into them in public (yes, these are all things people have done).

Do differentiate yourself. Start an organization, volunteer with a charity, join clubs- make your own opportunities. You know what you want from a career. If you don’t know, then it is time to get serious and figure out what you want from a career. Create a list of your top 10 professional and personal goals. This may sound like a trivial activity, but have you really thought about what you are doing with your life? Is raising a family important to you- then don’t look for jobs that have 80 work weeks. Want to be a marketing director one day? News flash- you need the experience. Stop applying for jobs based on their pay, and start applying for jobs that allow you to learn and build experience.

Then comes a quote I’ve said countless times “You need expreience to get a job, but I can’t get experience without a job. If they just gave me a chance.” Basically what I was realy saying was “I’m lazy, I want to be handed a job”. After drowning myself in self pity and blaming the economy, a lightbulb went off. Make your own experience. I want to work in social media for a non-profit organization. Ideally- I would love to use social media tools to help promote organizations and plan events to raise awareness. While I had some social media experience and have read countless books and articles- could I actually plan a fundraiser? No.

Last spring I volunteered with Rainbows for Kids– an amazing local charity that helps families who have children with cancer. I volunteered and helped plan their gala fundraiser. The overall experience was phenomenal. First hand experience triumphs just reading articles and books. Charities are a great outlet to gain experience and welcome anyone who is willing to donate their time. Look for charities that meet your goals. Don’t volunteer your time with a charity that you personally have no interest in. Idealist.org is a great tool for researching local organizations.

I was able to experience and learn from start to finish the steps involved with planning a fundrasier. Now, could I plan an entire fundraiser on my own yet? No, but I know more now than I did a year ago. I am also not unrealistic in believeing a non-profit would or should hire someone with only a bit of experience. I am realistic in believeing that I am more qualified because of the decision to volunteer. I am actively involved in the charity still, and it is a great networking tool. I obtained 2 interviews through the people I met while volunteering at the charity- you never know who you are going to meet.

Flash foward to present day. After re-evaluating my list, I realized my social media experience was lacking. I used social media with my previous job, but not to the level that I could make a career out of it. Back to self pity about not having a career in social media.

Results I gained from moaning: zero. Solution: plan a small fundraiser and utilize multiple social media outlets to advertise. The money raised from the fundraiser will be donated to the charity I volunteer at. I’m creating social media experience and incorporating my goal of working for a non-profit. People have asked- why are you doing this when you won’t make any money from it? Simple- the experience. I should also point out the fundraiser is a pub crawl scavenger hunt- why not have some fun drinking and socializing? No one is stopping me. The point is, I’m making my own opportunities. Either continue to moan and groan about the economy OR fix it. Turn your lightbulb on.

10 Online Tools PR Pros Should Know

•November 3, 2009 • Leave a Comment

http://grahamwolfe.wordpress.com/2009/02/03/10-online-tools-pr-pros-should-know”>Graham Wolfe posted this very useful article with great links

10 Online Tools PR Pros Should Know

In no particular order, here are 10 online tools PR pros should be familiar with for pitching, researching, managing and monitoring:

* MatchPoint – MatchPoint produces a list of journalists, ranked by relevance based on their bodies of work culled from a database of more than 11,000 news sources, 25,000 online news sites and 10,000 blogs.

* Radian6 – Radian6 is focused on building the complete monitoring and analysis solution for PR and advertising professionals so they can be the experts in all social media platforms.

* PitchEngine – PitchEngine makes it possible for PR pros, brands, and agencies to build and share digital, social media releases with their contacts for free. Share social media releases by email, with Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Google News etc.

* Google Alerts – Google Alerts are email updates of the latest relevant Google results (web, news, etc.) based on your choice of query or topic.

* Google Trends – Google Trends can be used to see how popular certain search terms are across geographic regions, cities, and languages.

* Technorati – Technorati was founded to help bloggers to succeed by collecting, highlighting, and distributing online conversations. Technorati indexes more than 1.5 million new blog posts in real time.

* Quantcast – Quantcast is a service for measuring audiences of Web sites and blogs.

* Monitter – Monitter is a Twitter monitor, it lets you “monitter” the twitter world for a set of keywords and watch what people are saying in real time.

* Social Mention – Social Mention is a social media search engine that searches user-generated content such as blogs, comments, bookmarks, events, news, videos, and microblogging services.

* Nielsen BlogPulse – BlogPulse.com is a blog search engine that also analyzes and reports on daily activity in the blogosphere.

http://grahamwolfe.wordpress.com/2009/02/03/10-online-tools-pr-pros-should-know/.

Washington Avenue Pub Crawl Scavenger Hunt

•October 27, 2009 • Leave a Comment

Join us on January 16th, 2010 at 2:00 for the First Annual Washington Avenue Pub Scavenger Hunt. All proceeds will be donated to Rainbows for Kids Organization. Rainbows for Kids is an amazing local chariy charity that help families with children of cancer.Visit (enter my website) for more details and registration on The First Annual Washington Avenue Pub Crawl Scavenger Hunt. Come out and meet other fellow St. Louis socials while helping a wonderful St. Louis based organization.

Visit http://www.rainbowsforkids.org for more information

Email any questions about the Washington Avenue Pub Crawl Scavenger Hunt to laura.huff@hotmail.com

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