Businesses – small and large – are always on the lookout for new tips and techniques on how to improve their business. Blogs are an excellent resource for ideas, information and tips. Here, we’ve put together a list of the top business blogs that we think can help any young or even flourishing business achieve more success. Enjoy!
Seth Godin is an American entrepreneur with an MBA from Stanford who has been deemed “The Ultimate Entrepreneur for the Information Age” by Business Week. He popularized permission marketing, which is the method of asking customers permission before sending them emails, catalogs, or any other type of promotions. He’s a regular speaker on marketing techniques and was chosen by Successful Meetings as one of the “21 Speakers for the Next Century.” He’s written 13 top selling marketing books and is the founder of squidoo.com, a website that allows people to talk about various topics of interest.
Aside from all that, he also writes the most popular business and marketing website in the world. It continues to be the most visited blog for several years and was ranked as #1 by AdAge magazine out of 976 marketing blogs that were examined.
“Guy Kawasaki is a Silicon Valley venture capitalist, bestselling author, and Apple Fellow. He was one of the Apple employees originally responsible for marketing the Macintosh in 1984. He is currently a managing Director of Garage Technology Ventures, and has been involved in the rumor reporting site, Truemors and the RSS aggregation AllTop. He is also a well-known blogger.” (From Wikipedia.)
Anita Campbell is a renowned business speaker and writer. She is one of the leading experts in small businesses and publishes several successful online media sites. She founded and is currently the CEO of Small Business Trends LLC which is a media and information company which follows small business market and technology trends.
Her blog, Small Business Trends, is an award-winning website for small business owners and entrepreneurs. It offers news, advice and information that can help any new business stay updated on the current market. Since it began in 2003, it has grown rapidly and now gets over 4 million readers annually.
“Chris Brogan is president of Human Business Works, a media and education company. He consults and speaks professionally with Fortune 100 and 500 companies like PepsiCo, General Motors, Microsoft, and more, about the intersection of business, technology and media. He is a New York Times bestselling co-author of Trust Agents, and a featured monthly columnist atEntrepreneur Magazine.
Chris’s blog is in the Top 5 of the Advertising Age Power150. He has over 12 years experience in online community, social media, and related technologies.” (From http://www.chrisbrogan.com/about/)
Brian Solis is an American marketing executive who is currently the principal of Altimeter Group, an advisory firm. He is widely recognized for his research, writings, and speeches about the effects of emerging media on business, marketing, publishing, and culture. He is also the author of a widely acclaimed book on social media and business called “Engage!”
Brian’s blog is one of the world’s leading business and marketing resources. It was ranked in the top 1% of all blogs tracked by Technorati and was ranked as #9 of the world’s marketing blogs by AdAge’s Power 150. He has contributed articles to several important business resources such as FastCompany, Business Week, AdAge, Harvard Business Review, and Mashable.
Penelope Trunk is a writer and blogger who discusses life in the 20’s and careers. She began writing in 1999 about her career as an executive in eCompany magazine.
She has contributed to several notable sources such as Business 2.0 magazine, Bankrate.com, Yahoo! Finance, Boston Globe, Time, and The Guardian. She’s written a book called “Brazen Careerist: The New Rules for Success” and started a career management site for generation Y professionals which is also called “The Brazen Careerist.”
Mark Cuban is a business magnate and investor who is well known for owning the NBA’s Dallas Mavericks. He is also the owner of Landmark Theatres and Magnolia Pictures, and is the residing chairman of HDNet. He’s ranked 459th in Forbes Magazine’s World Richest People and is worth approximately 2.5 billion dollars.
Aside from his business ventures, Mark Cuban has written a potentially bestselling e-book called “How to Win at the Sport of Business” which is aimed to help motivate people. His blog on entrepreneurship has proven to be quite popular amongst businesses and is thus ranked #7 on our list.
“Thomas J. “Tom” Peters (born November 7, 1942) is an American writer on business management practices, best-known for In Search of Excellence (co-authored with Robert H. Waterman, Jr.).
In Search of Excellence was published in 1982, and became a bestseller, gaining national exposure when a series of television specials based on the book and hosted by Peters appeared on PBS. The primary idea espoused was that of solving business problems with as little business process overhead as possible, and empowering decision-makers at multiple levels of a company. Peters’ latest book is The Little Big Things, released in March 2010.” (From Wikipedia.)
“Jason McCabe Calacanis (born November 28, 1970) is an American Internet entrepreneur and blogger. His first company was part of the dot-com era in New York, and his second venture, Weblogs, Inc., capitalized on the growth of blogs before being sold to AOL.” (From Wikipedia.)
Calacanis founded a human powered search engine in 2007 called Mahalo.com which reportedly amassed 9.4 million monthly visitors as of April 2010. In 2009, he founded the Open Angel Forum, which connects early stage start-ups with angel investors.
“Robert Sutton is Professor of Management Science and Engineering at Stanford and a Professor of Organizational Behavior, by courtesy, at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Sutton studies innovation, leaders and bosses, evidence-based management, the links between knowledge and organizational action, and workplace civility.
Professor Sutton’s honors include the award for the best paper published in the Academy of Management Journal in 1989, the Eugene L. Grant Award for Excellence in Teaching, selection by Business 2.0 as a leading “management guru” in 2002, and the award for the best article published in the Academy of Management Review in 2005. Sutton was named as one of 10 “B-School All-Stars” by BusinessWeek in 2007, which they described as “professors who are influencing contemporary business thinking far beyond academia.” Sutton is a Fellow at IDEO and a member of the Institute for the Future’s board of directors.” (From http://bobsutton.typepad.com/about.html)
Darren Rowse is a consultant, speaker, and the founder of several blogs such as b4media and problogger.net. He is a prominent blogger in the blogosphere and contributes to 20 different blogs.
His 2 main blogs are “Digital Photography School” which offers photography tips, and Problogger which gives all kinds of advice on blogging. Both blogs get over 85 thousand to 100 thousand views a day and receive over $20,000 in revenues from ads. Technorati ranked Problogger as #2 in its list of most favorited blogs list and 40th as the most linked-to blog.
Ben Casnocha is an entrepreneur, author and blogger. He’s authored a book called “My Start-Up Life” in 2007 and has written a multitude of articles on current affairs, entrepreneurship, careers, and technology for his blog. Aside from that, he has contributed to NPR’s Marketplace, Newsweek, the American Enterprise Institute, and the US State Department.
“Garr Reynolds is a jazz-loving marketing professional and student of Zen and the Zen arts who lives in Japan and travels the world talking about all things presentation.” (From http://posterous.com/users/10AoR0170it#activities/page/1)
“Neuromarketing is published and authored by Roger Dooley, president of Dooley Direct, LLC. Dooley is a consultant and entrepreneur who combines knowledge of emerging phenomena like neuromarketing and social networking with decades of hands-on marketing experience. He helps companies understand the implications of new technologies and techniques, and guides them in the implementation of practical strategies to adapt to them.
Clients of Dooley’s firm range from Fortune 500 firms to entrepreneurial ecommerce businesses. Beyond his role as a neuromarketing missionary, his expertise includes online community building, web promotion, and search engine marketing.
Dooley regularly addresses national conferences, and has been quoted frequently in the mainstream press on topics ranging from brain fitness marketing to web communities and social networks. He holds an engineering degree from Carnegie Mellon University and an MBA from the University of Tennessee.” (From http://www.neurosciencemarketing.com/blog/about-us)
Drew McLellan is one of the world’s top experts in branding and marketing. He’s advised big clients such as Nabisco, Kraft Foods, Make-A-Wish, and many more. His blog, Drew’s Marketing Minute, was considered one of the world’s most popular blogs on branding and marketing by AdAge magazine’s Power 150. He was also mentioned in the Wall Street Journal as “one of the 10 bloggers that every entrepreneur should read.”
Steve is an award-winning writer and speaker on topics such as leadership, management and career management which he writes about extensively in his blog. He has had over 30 years of experience in professional development, executive coaching, and speaking. He’s also designed and provided leadership and communication programs to some of the world’s biggest organizations such as Pfizer, Johnson& Johnson, and AstraZeneca.
“Mike Michelowicz (pronounced mi-CAL-o-wits) started his first business at the age of 24, moving his young family to the only safe place he could afford – a retirement village. With no experience, no contacts and no savings he systematically bootstrapped a multi-million dollar business. Then he did it again. And again.
His experience building three multi-million dollar companies fostered a philosophy rarely taught to entrepreneurs: the lack of money, experience and resources is, in fact, your greatest asset.
Mike is the president of a behavioral web optimization firm, Obsidian Launch; is the small business columnist for The Wall Street Journal; is a frequent television guest; is a keynote speaker on entrepreneurship; and is the author of cult classic book, The Toilet Paper Entrepreneur.” (From http://www.toiletpaperentrepreneur.com/author/biography)
George Ambler operates a blog called “The Practice of Leadership” which he updates regularly. His blog is meant to be an ongoing conversation on leadership application. Its goal is to help people learn good leadership practices and to be able to share their experiences to help others.
Tom Asacker is an acclaimed author and speaker who is an expert on topics such as marketplace evolution, customer relationships, and branding. He has written 4 highly acclaimed books, is a regular speaker for client conferences and management retreats, and has made several media appearances on radio, internet, and TV programs.
Stuart Bruce is the co-founder and managing director of Wolfstar. He managed to grow it into one of the UK’s largest public relations social media consultancies within 4 years of its inception. He’s worked for several large companies such as Sony Ericcson, Unilever, HSBC, and Philips.
Stuart has been listed in the top 1% of the UK’s most influential public relations people. In 2007, he created one of the world’s first ever Twitter PR campaign for UK cabinet member, Alan Johnson. His current blog, A PR Guy’s Musings, is ranked as one of the world’s top blogs on public relations.
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