content curation resources as visualized by various images of library booksWhen I first graduated from college almost 20 years ago, I quickly learned that I was not prepared to have conversations with experienced business professionals on the reality of the business challenges they were confronting.

My approach was to subscribe to 3 magazines: BusinessWeek, Fast Company and Newsweek and I read the newspaper every single day. I have been a voracious consumer of news ever since.

Today, there are so many options available and we each have to find a way to find, filter, consume and share the information that is relevant for us.

I use email alerts from RSS feeds, Twitter lists and a few key websites I visit every day to make sure I can stay on top of the latest trends and news in business and marketing. So here, I have curated my own list of the top sites of business and marketing information – some of which are great examples of content curation themselves.

I invite you to visit these content curation resources, subscribe to their RSS feeds or follow them on twitter. I’ve also created a twitter list of these resources and other influential bloggers that you can also subscribe to…

  1. The New York Times (@NYTimes) – “All the news that’s fit to print.”
  2. Mashable (@Mashable) – social media news blog
  3. TechCrunch (@Techcrunch) news blog focusing on technology and start-ups
  4. Business Insider (@BusinessInsider) – get the inside scoop and some pretty racy headlines on finance, media and technology.
  5. Fast Company (@FastCompany) – one of the best rags you’ll find on business, innovation and professional success.
  6. The Week (@TheWeek) – if you’re looking for content curation in practice and some pretty excellent coverage of all the news across just about every category, The Week fits the bill. I subscribe to the print and digital editions and get their daily news alert as well.
  7. Forbes (@Forbes) – I thought about grouping these next 5 together but they each have a slightly different approach to covering news, business and life.
  8. Fortune Magazine (@FortuneMagazine)
  9. Inc Magazine (@Inc)
  10. Time Magazine (@Time)
  11. BusinessWeek (@BW) – one of the best twitter handles on the web!
  12. Forrester (@Forrester) – top analysts firm covering business and marketing
  13. Harvard Business Review (@HarvardBiz) – thoughtful, intelligent and unique coverage of the latest in business
  14. Knowledge@Wharton (@knowledgwharton) – from the University of Pennsylvania
  15. The Altimeter Group (@AltimeterGroup) – Charlene Li (@CharleneLi), Jeremiah Owyang (@Jowyang), Rebecca Lieb (@LiebLink) and many other amazing analysts produce tons of some of the best analysis on the innovations driving business today.
  16. Adobe’s CMO.com (@CMO_com) – covering marketing and digital trends for marketing leaders.
  17. Content Marketing Institute (@junta42) – everything you need to know about content marketing
  18. MarketingProfs (@MarketingProfs) – one of the best resources covering the latest trends and thought leadership in marketing
  19. Hubspot (@Hubspot) – another one of the top resource for marketers.
  20. Ad Age (@AdAge) – the latest in advertising trends, discussions and opinions.
  21. The Nielsen Wire (@NielsenWire) – if you’re looking for stats for your next presentation, this is a good place to start.
  22. iMediaConnection (@iMediaTweet) – keep up to date on the state of digital marketing and advertising
  23. eMarketer (@eMarketer) – another great marketer resource for stats.
  24. SmartBrief on Social Media (@SBoSM) – Jesse Stanchak is one of the best curators on the web working at SmartBrief, a company whose newsletters in many ways provide the best example of content curation in the digital age. I also subscribe to their Small Business and Leadership emails
  25. BtoB Magazine (@BtoBMagazine) – for us Business to Business marketing folks
  26. MarketingVOX (@MarketingVox) – stats and research notes covering the “voice of digital marketing.”
  27. MarketingSherpa (@MarketingSherpa) – research reports and blogs on marketing.
  28. Social Media Today (@SocialMedia2day) – a great site syndicating some of the best authors covering social media
  29. Business 2 Community (@B2Community) – one of the top social news sites on the web covering the latest trends and discussions on marketing, business, entertainment and more. (Disclosure: I am co-founder of Business 2 Community)
  30. Business Innovation from SAP (@Biz_Innovations) – covers how business can grow and innovate through the latest technology. (Disclosure: I am the editor for this site @SAP)
I hope you find this list helpful. Let me know which ones I missed and follow me @BrennerMichael.
About Michael Brenner

Michael Brenner is the Head of Strategy for the leading content marketing platform, NewsCred. He is also the author of B2B Marketing Insider, a contributor to Forbes and a frequent speaker at industry events covering topics such as marketing strategy, social business, content marketing, digital marketing, social media and personal branding.  Follow Michael on Twitter (@BrennerMichael)LinkedInFacebook and Google+ and Subscribe to B2B Marketing Insider by Email

30 Comments

  1. Hey there Michael.

    Thanks for the list. I’ll give 2 more for consideration.

    I really like my @zite app which gives you the option to curate by topic, and have it learn from your interests & feedback.

    I also find LinkedIn Today a useful way tool for content discovery and sharing.

    Cheers,
    Bill

  2. Hey where’s NuSpark Marketing blog? http://www.nusparkmarketing.com/blog-3/

    Just kidding. Nice list- I also like ReadWriteWeb, Marketo’s blog, and Search Engine Land

  3. Iliana Snow said…

    Thanks for a great list! Copyblogger is another great site.

  4. Rob Yoegel said…

    Great list, Michael. I would also include Monetate.com for anyone interested in website optimization and website testing best practices. Full of great resources (monetate.com/resources) and the popular Marketing Optimization Blog (monetate.com/blog).

  5. Tiffany Brown said…

    Michael – Great list. Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge. I’m making sure I’ve followed all of these accounts on Twitter right now! :)

    • Michael Brenner said…

      Thanks Tiffany, I created the twitter list so I can follow the stream in a tweetdeck column. So once or twice a day, I scan the column and find all kinds of great stuff!

  6. Nicholas Herold said…

    Nice list Michael, thanks! I’m looking forward to checking them out and seeing how and where they overlap, and where they part ways on what the contributors think is important.

    Another approach is to use an awareness engine that displays key terms in a way that allows the user to determine what’s important. This is a different way of “consuming” information, and should take less time to find out what’s going on.

  7. Terry Brock said…

    Thank you for sharing this, Michael. I know about most of these, but you gave some additional, fresh resources. Very helpful indeed!

    So, tell us, how do you find time to read each of these and how often do you read them? Coming from you, I’d love some lessons in time management for social media! How do you do it? Thanx!

    • Michael Brenner said…

      Ok Terry, you asked so I will give my best answer. First, I created the Twitter list and scan it twice a day or so. Only takes me about 5 minutes. For some of the better ones on the list, I subscribe to their RSS feeds via email. When the email comes in, I scan the headlines and if I see something really interesting or unique, I will read, share, comment, etc. In total, I don’t think I spend more time doing this than I used to spend reading the paper from front to back. Maybe 20 minutes total.

      Some days are busy news days and the time might go up to an hour.

      Hope that helps!

  8. Lois Creamer said…

    What a terrific post! While I do follow many, there were several resources I was not aware of and that I now will follow. Thanks do much for giving us great places to gather “market intelligence”!

  9. Suzy Tonini said…

    What about @scoop.it? One of the most elegant, cool and effective ways to curate content on the web, IMHO

  10. Can I suggest adding Econsultancy.com for global digital marketing trends, data and best practice analysis and reports and Thenextweb.com for global internet, tech, culture news?

  11. Laura McLellan said…

    One of my favorite’s is Scott Brinker’s “Chief Marketing Technologist” http://www.chiefmartec.com/

  12. Michael– Great, all-encompassing list. But no one can read all of these all of the time. Are there two or three that are your go-to sources? And/or, do you use a tool like Google Alerts to bring certain tipics/subjects to your attention? Thanks.

    • Michael Brenner said…

      Hi Alison, I get that feedback a lot. My trick is that I use the email newsletters for most of these sites and then I only read the headlines that I am interested in. Hope that helps.

  13. Carrie Stiles said…

    Thank you. This list is super helpful for my independent, multimedia, social focused digital strategy endeavors in the yoga world.

    XOXO,

    Carrie
    Good Karma Media

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