So a couple of days ago I posted a hateful, spiteful Blog about Twitter. And though I’m not really apologizing, I have to admit that there is a bit more to the story. Factually, if you’re a marketer, experienced or aspiring (or a little bit of both) you can get an MBA’s worth of education every day if you follow the right people.
I don’t know if you noticed, but a LOT of people use Twitter, so finding the right people to follow can be a bit tricky. Have no fear, however. I will be your superhero. Having just read “The Archimedes Effect” chapter in Trust Agents, I feel inspired to share some of what I have learned in my Twitter experience. To wit, here are some people that I follow right now that I feel are helping me a great deal (whether they realize it or not). I think they might help you out too.
Marketing in General
There are quite a few people I follow who can offer wisdom on pretty much any facet of marketing. Some of these folks are:
Ann Handley: @marketingprofs. She keeps you up-to-date on what’s going on at, well, marketingprofs.com. Includes reminders about webinars that you will kick yourself for missing!
@BethHarte: Beth is another mastermind behind marketingprofs. She tends to moderate Tweet chats that are full of excellent information.
Fast Company Magazine @fastcompany Sometimes they post things that are just plain funny, but I find the majority of their tweets extremely informative. You almost forget that they’re trying to sell a magazine.
Julien Smith @julien Co-author of Trust Agents, Julien tends to delve deep into the philosophy of and behind marketing.
@chrisbrogan: The other co-author of Trust Agents, Chris follows his own advice. There’s a hint of self-promotion but also more than a dash of accessibility.
John Jantsch @ducttape I’ve seen Jantsch’s name around for quite some time. He is a veritable fount of knowledge on all things marketing. It’s great to be able to get his take on things every day!
@allenmireles Another woman who is unassuming yet brilliant. Don’t ya just hate people like that?!? 🙂
If you are here, you likely have some interest in Blogging. Blogging is a topic that just seems to rev up more and more, so it’s great to be able to get tons of expert advice for FREE! Here’s who I follow for that.
@DeniseWakeman: Queen of the Blog Squad, you’ll get 3-5 excellent tidbits of advice every day.
@kikolani: Another great resource. Lots of expert advice if you follow this account!
@mackcollier: If you need just 1 reason to follow someone, may I submit for your approval BlogChat (with a hash tag). I just “attended” my first one last night. This gentleman is responsible for this genius.
If the more techy side of things is where you like to chill, you can totally geek out by following these folks:
@johnbattelle: Yep, the author of Search is on Twitter. Lots of insight plus blogging from all of the conferences you wish you could go to!
Rick Klau @rklau: I discovered Rick’s expertise a couple of years ago kind of by accident. I happened upon a presentation he did for Google at a not-for-profit. He’s a good guy to follow for all things Google related. I learned from following him about draft.blogger.com.
@stephanspencer: SEO expert!
@avinsahskaushik: If you’ve ever had the experience of watching a webinar by this guy, you can imagine how fun it is to follow him. Lots of useful information plus non-marketing posts that are just as interesting.
Jason Baer @jaybaer Jay is a great person to follow on Twitter. Another person who demonstrates knowledge without being snobby. Good stuff!
@MariSmith: Queen of Facebook. Mari has her finger on all of the latest happenings on that crazy site. Plus she has the coolest accent out of any of the other marketing peeps I follow 🙂
David Meerman Scott @dmscott: Scott’s book (what is that?) really changed a lot of my thinking about marketing. Now you can follow him!
If you’re looking to add webinars to your mix, make sure you follow @shelleyryan. Formerly of marketingprofs, Shelley is working on a new webinar related project. She teaches and learns at the same time. Plus she’s a foodie, so she’ll make ya hungry!
These are (I hope) all of the people whose posts I really look for every day. They get me to think, they teach me stuff, and it just seems fair that I let you know that they are out there. All you have to do to drink from the fountain is step up 🙂
ETA: Fixed Rick Klau’s Twitter Handle. D’oh.
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