Do you spend much time online reading about your industry and how to market to your customers? If you do, you may know that there are numerous ways for you to market your business inexpensively. You may even have a long list of methods you hope to try. Your time is valuable, especially when you need to be running said business. For that reason, invest the time necessary in the right blogs and online venues for information on marketing. The following are some of the best blogs for small business marketing advice and guidance.

Small Business Trends

This blog is versatile and all-encompassing. In short, it provides advice to small businesses looking to market their business without being over the top. That is, the information is real and actionable. You’ll learn something from the various streams on this blog. You’ll get news, learn about resources, and get useful advice at Small Business Trends.

Small Business Branding

There’s a lot to look forward to at Small Business Branding, including useful information that’s easy to implement by a small business owner. It offers a variety of podcasts that allow you to really learn the methods of marketing that apply to your business. Another key benefit to this blog is simple style and language. Let’s face it. Some blogs are hard to understand unless you’ve spent 200 hours learning the lingo of social media and online marketing. This blog makes it simple to know what to do to get the benefit, and that matters.

Duck Tape Marketing

Small business owners continuously struggle to manage all of the information coming in to them about marketing concepts and needs. It’s clear this can be challenging to manage. That’s why Duct Tape Marketing is a great choice for those who are interested in finding balance. Simple, straightforward, but in-depth enough to help you to succeed, this is the type of blog that you want to follow on a regular basis. The good news is it offers numerous benefits to the small business owner with limited time and resources.
Take the time to read through these blogs. Learn the ins and outs of marketing your small business. But, most importantly, take the steps necessary to implement what you learn. Far too many business owners don’t take action soon enough to get the results they deserve and need to have. That can make all of the difference.

Mark van Berkel is Founder and President of Hunch Manifest Inc. While managing business operations he also leads the team in designing semantic technology to provide personalized online presence and reputation management services. Prior to forming the company, he was consultant in enterprise software projects to companies including Panasonic, Shell, and General Electric and was an Architect for a world leading human capital management software-as-a-service. Mark holds a Bachelor of Information Systems from StFX University and did his graduate studies at University of Toronto, getting a MEng Industrial Information Engineering and an MBA, Strategy and Innovation from the Rotman School of Management. In 2006 he published a 170 page report as a researcher at the Semantic Technologies Lab at the University of Toronto and built a semantic technology prototype for SAP Research Labs. Connect with Mark on LinkedIn or Twitter. Mark is also certified in Google Analytics.