7 Stellar Social & Email Marketing Blogs You Should Be Reading

Receiving a few simple tips about what to post on your social media networks, or how to craft a catchy subject line can make a big difference in how well you market your business. But where do you uncover valuable email and social media marketing tips? On blogs, of course! With that in mind, we’ve compiled 7 stellar social media and email marketing blogs you should be reading (if you aren’t already!). They’re full of so much inside scoop, you’ll be way ahead of the social media and email marketing trends.

Social Media:
Social media networks are evolving at breakneck speed, and with new ones popping up all the time, how do you know where you should invest your time? Here are 3 social media-focused blogs that’ll keep you current:

1. Social Media Examiner
Social Media Examiner gives you the nuts and bolts you need to create a strong social media presence. While other sites may inform readers on changes and trends, this site really gets down to the nitty-gritty of how to get the most out of your social media pages, often with detailed or step-by-step instructions. What’s also cool, is that their posts cover several social media channels, so you know what’s going on beyond Facebook and Twitter. While the site’s main focus is of course, social media, it does an excellent job of delving into the relationship of social media with other aspects of your marketing, and how to integrate across multiple channels.

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2. Mashable
Mashable is a well-known source for up-to-the-minute news on social media, technology, business and entertainment. The speed at which the publication is able to pick up stories, even obscure ones, is quite impressive. If Mark Zuckerberg goes to the bathroom, odds are Mashable knows about it. But seriously, for anything new that happens on Facebook, Twitter, or the other major players in the social game, Mashable gives the play-by-play. The layout of their website makes it easy to take in lots of information at once, and share it across your social media channels. Mashable also does a stellar job of covering buzzed-about mobile topics, which is increasingly important for marketers today.

3. Convince & Convert
Convince & Convert is focused on two things: Social Media and content creation. It offers practical advice about what works and what doesn’t. The mix of content is refreshing – There are some “5-step” articles, some “What not to do” articles, and some case studies of companies who’ve made social media work for them. And, as the name of the company suggests, they don’t leave out the metrics portion of social media. After all, what’s the point in spending time on social media if you don’t see any results? The casual tone and practical length of the posts also make Convince & Convert a digestible way to gain social media insights.

Email Marketing:
Ever wonder why only a certain portion of people you send an email to ever open it? Or why even fewer people actually click on a link inside of an email? Well, there are ways to get more mileage out of your email marketing with simple changes that’re easier than you may think! Here are a slew of blogs with game-changing techniques and advice for your email marketing.

4. Litmus
Sure, knowing the basics is important, but there’s more to email marketing than good content and click through rates. Litmus delves into the email marketing nuances that many other blogs just don’t tackle (that’s probably because they’re an email testing and analytics company)! If you want to understand why your email is looks different in Gmail vs. Outlook, or if you’re unsure about which browsers you should test in, Litmus covers the more technical aspects of email marketing. It’ll also keep you up to date to all the latest trends in email marketing, like mobile usage, design and optimization. Moreover, the increasing importance of using metrics to track return on investment (ROI) on marketing efforts makes Litmus a very useful resource.

5. Email Institute
The name really says it all. Email Institute (by Epsilon) is a comprehensive site dedicated to email marketing best practices. It’s a great place to go with questions. Whether you have inquiries about email content, design, delivery, or testing – or you just want to know how to grow your email list – the Email Institute has information for you. Consider it a library for your email marketing research!

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6. Duct Tape Marketing
While the Duct Tape Marketing blog is not solely dedicated to email marketing, it’s an excellent resource for total marketing strategy, especially for small businesses. It focuses on the whole package – customer satisfaction, content creation, email marketing, social media, branding and so on. Best of all, it’s written in a very direct, non-technical way that anyone can understand. With daily posts by experts in the field, it’s a great way to stay informed and learn simple yet effective steps to improve your marketing strategy.

7. VerticalResponse
We would be remiss if we didn’t tout our own blog here, right? From social media to email marketing and beyond, the VerticalResponse Marketing Blog is, if we DO say so ourselves, an excellent resource for all things small business. And while writing 3-5 new posts on the blog per week, you can bet we have info you’re looking for, and in a timely manner.

These are just seven of the many magnificent marketing blogs out there. Know of any other social media and email marketing blogs you find helpful and insightful for your marketing needs? Let us know!

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Published on February 6th, 2013 | by Amanda Day

Maryland Film Festival and Update

Life of an Artistic Gaymer

Hey!  The last few weeks have been pretty busy for me, hence my silence.

Tonight’s top story!  I am now volunteering at this years Maryland Film Festival in Baltimore.  I am really excited.  From May 8th-12th I will be a Theatre Crew Member and a Box Office Teller for the Festival.  This is an incredible opportunity.  Not only do I get to go behind the scenes of a festival, I get to meet people in the business who are established and others up and coming.  Festivals are an incredible opportunity to network.  In this business, it’s not only what you know, it’s who you know.   This is just so amazing!  Expect pictures and an updates from the festival!

In other news, my narrative film project is proceeding along.  The other day we had a pickup shot of a crucial scene.  For those not in the business, a pickup shot…

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Suspect Arrested For All 10 Off-Campus Apartment Burlgaries Near Towson University

CBS Baltimore

TOWSON, Md. (WJZ) –Baltimore County Police have arrested a man suspect of 10 off-campus burglaries near Towson University.

Vincent Davis Jr., 43, of the 1400 block of Taylor Avenue, 21234, has been charged with all 10 of these Precinct 6/Towson burglaries. Davis was arrested Friday by BCoPD detectives. He faces nine counts of first degree burglary and one count of attempted first-degree burglary. He is held without bail at the Baltimore County Detention Center.

According to police, the string of burglaries happened during the month of April and most of them could have been prevented.

Towson University students are shaken after a series of burglaries at 10 off-campus apartments.

“If I walk around at night, it’ll be brief and I’ll be on the phone with somebody,” said senior Raleigh Kennedy. “I don’t walk alone ever.”

According to Baltimore County Police, almost all the victims were women. Their jewelry, cash, medications…

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Community Helping Those Displaced After 26th Street Collapse

CBS Baltimore

BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Multiple families are still displaced after a major street collapse in Charles Village. Now the community comes together to help those not allowed back inside their homes.

Rochelle Ritchie has details on the community effort.

Members of the Old Goucher Community Association are coming together to raise funds to help those displaced family members. In the meantime, the city is promising to get them back in their homes as soon as possible.

Construction workers remain hard at work as they prepare to build a wall to help stabilize 26th Street after a major street collapse sent cars, the sidewalk and a retaining wall crashing onto the CSX tracks.

“We have built a temporary berm at the bottom of the slope to add additional stability,” officials said.

The street collapse that’s drawn national attention has kicked more than a dozen families out of their homes.

“You could see…

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Quote of the day, May 5

The First Amendment Blog

Frank Deford, on loyalty

“I grew up in Baltimore and that’s why I root for the Orioles. I’m very suspicious of people who move and take on a new team. You should stick with the team of your youth all the way to your grave. That shows a sense of loyalty and devotion.”

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Watch An Entire Street Disappear In This Amazing Video

Not The Mainstream News

 After experiencing an inordinate amount of rain over a 24 hour period, a street in Baltimore collapsed in a landslide, sending at least 10 cars down a steep bank onto the railroad tracks below.

The action gets started around the 1:10 mark. Be sure to have the volume up — it’s the sound of this thing crashing that makes this video all the more incredible.

 

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Best Bars For Cinco De Mayo In Baltimore

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Cinco de Mayo is a fun day that is celebrated on May 5. Originally a Mexican holiday commemorating democracy and freedom, more Americans than Mexicans now celebrate with great food and drink. While the holiday has its roots in the western part of the United States, Baltimore boasts some excellent locations to enjoy this day.

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Cancun Cantina
7501 Old Telegraph Road
Hanover, Md. 21076
(410) 761-6188
www.cancuncantina.com

At Cancun Cantina, there is a party every night, but it really goes all out for Cinco de Mayo. The dress code is casual, but there are some rules listed on the website. Among a slew of original cocktails, Cancun Cantina’s signature margarita, the Cantina-rita, will be a hit on May 5. There are drink and food specials, live music and much more to keep you and your amigos entertained throughout the evening.

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Latin Palace
509 S. Broadway

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