10 of the Best Business Blogs to Follow in 2017

typewriter-1156824_1920One month down, 11 more to go. By next New Year’s Eve will you be toasting to your most successful year in business or setting the same unfulfilled resolutions as  you did this year? Business blogs are not only great for light, informative reading, but ensure that you’re not missing a beat in the rapidly changing world. Make sure you bookmark and sign up for the RSS Feed to each of these blogs—you’ll thank me later!

Duct Tape Marketing

If you’re interested in digital marketing—and let’s face it, who isn’t these days—then Duct Tape Marketing is the blog to follow.

“John Jantsch is the king at all things digital marketing,” explains Janine Popick, contributor at Inc. Magazine. “He focuses on great tools that small businesses need to know about, customer service, marketing messaging, referral marketing, and the list goes on!”

Duct Tape Marketing also has a great podcast full of business insider tips on digital marketing, along with their blog. So, if you want to listen on your morning or evening commute, you can!

Seth’s Blog

One of the most famous blogs in the world, “Seth’s blog” is the go-to blog for everything marketing. With 18 bestsellers under his belt, and an induction into the Direct Marketing Hall of Fame, marketing legend Seth Godin’s blog is a fantastic resource for industry insights into the vast land of marketing.

“Browse his articles to learn about a new way to market and how traditional marketing practices are quickly becoming outdated,” explains Dave Nevogt of Hubspot.

Seth’s blog is also a top favorite of Advantage’s Senior Marketing Strategist Rusty Shelton, so you know it’s good!

The Action Catalyst Blog

Rory Vaden is an award-winning entrepreneur and business leader, who co-founded Southwestern Consulting. In this New York Times bestseller’s blog entitled The Action Catalyst, you find fantastic advice on increasing self-discipline and boosting your sales. If you’re in any type of sales position, be sure to sign up for Rory’s RSS feed, which is another Rusty Shelton favorite!

Social Media Examiner

By far one of the best places to get social media advice, the Social Media Examiner is the world’s largest social media marketing resources. Millions of businesses can go navigate the social media jungle with the help of Social Media Examiner through their original articles, podcast, weekly live video talk show, and training events.

“Michael Stelzner and team have by far one of the best places to go for which tools to use for specific social networks, in-depth how-to guides for just about everything social media and it is all written by the experts,” explains Janine Popick. “They also publish an awesome and extremely useful annual report on businesses using social media.”

Copyblogger

Consistent content creation is essential to any growing business, and Copyblogger is the best place to find advice and tips on crafting it. On this blog, you can find informational articles about content creation, ranging from blogs to podcasts. I would suggest following Copyblogger’s RSS feed to stay updated on industry trends and best practices.

“Copyblogger blogs about topics such as interactive content, marketing stories, and how customer experience shapes marketing strategy,” says Dave Nevogt from Hubspot. “This is a great resource to learn how to create, improve, and optimize your online content.”

Michael Hyatt

Michael Hyatt is a proclaimed virtual mentor who wants to help people win at work and succeed at life. He is the founder and CEO of Michael Hyatt & Company, an online leadership development company, that helps high achievers get the clarity, confidence, and tools they need to live a fruitful life. Hyatt has been featured in Forbes, Businessweek, The Wall Street Journal, CNN, and The New York Times. To get advice on leadership and making each day your best one yet, head on over to his blog now!

LinkedIntoBusiness.com

LinkedIn is quickly becoming a valuable social media tool to connect with prospective customers and create connections. Whether you’re a LinkedIn newbie or a more intermediate user, Viveka Von Rosen can help you out. She’s known as the “LinkedIn Expert” and is a regular source on LinkedIn for outlets such as Forbes, Money Magazine, Mashable, Ragan, Social Media Examiner, CNN, Huffington Post, and The Miami Herald. Visit LinkedIntoBusiness to find valuable information on utilizing your LinkedIn to the best profitable ability.

UserVoice

If your business does anything relating to customer service, bookmark UserVoice now!

“UserVoice’s customer support blog teach lessons on understanding what customers want, improving customer experience, and retaining customers,” explains Dave Nevogt.

With topics ranging from controlling a stressful situation with a customer to building the perfect customer support team, you can be sure your staff will be in tip top shape.

Business Insider’s War Room

With the first month of 2017 almost under your belt, if you don’t have a business strategy in place—you need to do so! Some people tend to overthink a business strategy and what exactly it has to be. If you find yourself to be one of those people, head on over to the War Room where some of the industry’s top business executives share their insights and advice on developing the best business growth strategies around.

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