Remember when we talked about being a lifelong learner? Well, reading up on business blogs and other relevant materials are great starts towards that goal. Want to know what I’m reading on a regular basis? Then check out these 11 business blogs you need to be following!
Yes, it’s a magazine we all know and love, but did you know they have an online blog that can give you all the information you need about what’s happening in the business world without the papercuts?
They actively publish articles and stories about management, startups, customer loyalty, branding, marketing, growth, content marketing, digital marketing, social media marketing, success, and so much more. And that means you can find something that will help or inspire you – each and every day.
Octane comes from a large knowledge bank, over 1,200 entrepreneurs in fact that make up their Entrepreneurs Organization. This means that it has diverse posts, lots of posts, and is (usually) coming from a ‘just getting off the ground’ point of view – which is a nice change from many business blogs and sites.
Yes, this one might seem strange to some of us – as at first glance it seems to only deal with Hong Kong and their booming business, but I disagree. I think you can learn a lot from this blog, their style, tips, and posts. Sure – some of the posts about specific taxation laws in Hong Kong won’t translate, but shouldn’t we be learning from other locations and countries that are doing well (and historically have done well for decades) in the business sector? I think so.
This blog is unique in the way that is all about sharing what has worked for you, what hasn’t, and how you and your business grew. Additionally, as the name suggests, it’s a younger entrepreneurial crowd, which can lend a different flavor or outlook to many subjects. If you will be working with different generations, it can behoove you to read from them too.
Want How-To’s and Guides? Then Small Business Bonfire is the perfect choice for you as it has a great layout, a post a day (approximately), and spans a huge subject range – with an emphasis on educational and informatory content.
Want help with your social media strategy or data protection? Look no further.
Their tagline says it all ‘Tracking and Forecasting the Trends and Shifts Impacting the Future of Work, Small Business, and the Gig Economy.’ And when it comes down to it – isn’t that the sort of blog you want to be reading?
On average, they post about one to two times a week, which is neither overwhelming nor too few and far between. Additionally, they often add in videos or other media, which all marketing stats are currently recommending. So, they really do put their money where their mouth is.
Oh, glorious HubSpot, where we go to troubleshoot, learn, get certified, read, and more. Oh, you think that HubSpot is only for digital marketing gurus or individuals breaking into the field? You are dead wrong – because HubSpot is more than just a platform used for certifications, it’s also a place to learn about sales leaders, email templates, Facebook ads, engagement and more.
JSL Marketing gives guides for link-building, content marketing, voice search, video, and other cutting-edge trends, but they do it in a way that helps both the expert and the layman grow. Additionally, they only post 2-4 times a month, which makes it easy to keep up with the blog, news, articles, and social media posts – all of which contain great tips, tricks, and industry secrets.
Of course, the point to blogging is aligned with the point of content marketing, which makes this blog almost a blog-ception. But I often find myself browsing their articles to pick up tips for my own content marketing strategy. Plus, you can filter by high-level strategies, speaker advice, topics, research, and more.
Want videos, podcasts, blogs, and more on just about anything/everything that has to do with business, digital marketing, web design, SEO, etc? Then you should really be following Neil Patel.
He is not only an expert of our time, but his videos, blogs, and podcasts are actually really enjoyable as he is fun, friendly, and explains things in clear and simple terms – even when the subject matter is anything but simple.
Want to know a little less about digital marketing and a little more about sales? Then Sales Hacker is a great choice. Additionally, they go into so much more than just sales (though you will find lots of great information on sales trends, and research here). Aren’t actually that big of a reader? Just like Neil Patel above, Sales Hacker has many podcasts and videos, so you never have to read unless you want to.