15 recommended marketing blogs to follow

1. HubSpot

Pretty much known for starting the inbound marketing movement, they are giants in the marketing universe. HubSpot has two blogs: marketing and sales — both targeted to a slightly different audience.

If that’s not enough to satisfy you, their full list of blog topics is sure to have plenty of valuable content for you.

With that three separate blogs and publishing every single day, it’s necessary for them to have many guest blog writers (in addition to their staff) who offer many different perspectives and expertise. In the end, HubSpot’s blog sets the standard for all things inbound marketing and we’re pretty sure their blog is a lead generating machine!

2. Content Marketing Institute

CMI posts a new article every day, even on weekends and holidays. Their “This week in content marketing” series is a hit as they talk about the most recent news and events as it relates to content marketing.

Their most popular blogs are broken out between “Current Hits” and “All Time Hits.” Just like HubSpot and their publishing frequency, they have many different writers that offer expert tips and analysis. (The only distraction is the social widget in the left margin blocking content as you scroll.)

3. Mention

Mention’s blog features a search bar, their featured images on posts are consistent in design, and categories are easily identified across the top of the blog. Categories are easy to sort through and include “Most Popular” and even a “Startup Life” to see what other readers deem as most important for each respective category.

One unique detail is that under each article’s featured image, Mention shows an estimated reading time for the article (smart!).

Posts often follow a how-to style, making it easy to apply what you learn in each article. Even posts that aren’t specifically how-tos often have a wrap-up section that helps you understand how to implement what you read.

To top it off, Mention regularly hosts webinars that tie-in with their blogs very well. Join their next webinar (we’re co-hosting with them!) this Tuesday, January 26th where we talk about letting competitors build your marketing strategy.

4. Autopilot

Autopilot’s “Liftoff” blog is very clean and organized. They have a search bar, publish a few days per week, and are building a great marketing automation tool where you can “automate the customer journey, visually.”

If you’re in the market for a marketing automation product, give Autopilot a serious look. Their visual journeys make planning and executing lead nurturing and onboarding a breeze!

5. Inside Google Ads

This is Google Ads’ official blog offering news, tips, and general information on their advertising platform. They may not publish very often, but when they do, you can bank on it being valuable insight.

If you’re advertising with Google Ads, how can you not want to read the content from the original source?

6. Buffer

Buffer are experts in social media publishing. Their blog features big, bold images that are easy to share with your social networks. They keep their content simple and witty, while taking deep dives into data when appropriate and analyze that data very well.

Blog articles also examine large companies or people using social and break down what they are doing well (and sometimes where they could improve). This way, anyone can take the nuggets of information and apply it to their own strategy (smaller case studies, for example).

7. CoSchedule

CoSchedule has two different blogs: the regular blog that discusses blogging best practices, content marketing, and even highlights popular companies as case studies to follow as examples.

Their product blog, on the other hand, showcases important updates and cool things you can do with their product. What’s more, their blog titles often use brackets around “new features” to draw more attention to the content so readers understand a particular article is announcing something brand new that they can put to good use.

8. SEMrush

These intelligence experts offer a tool that lets digital marketers research competitive data. But don’t the name fool you. In addition to SEM, they’re experts in SEO, PPC, and Content Marketing.

When it comes to their blog, they publish quite frequently — sometimes more than one article per day. Articles often lean towards the how-to and “what is” topics to educate readers. Many of the articles are top of the funnel to educate their audience so readers can implement the tips and tricks and gain competitive advantages.

9. ConversionXL

ConversionXL is the go-to place for actionable advice on testing and experimentation. We’ve referenced Peep Laja and ConversionXL many times in previous articles ourselves. Peep and his team of writers always produce quality content. Posts by resident writers Alex Birkett and Shanelle Mullin feature advice that both newbie and veteran markets can follow for effective results.

They’re clearly an authoritative source on conversion optimization in today’s marketing world.

If you’re not reading Peep and his team’s articles, you’re missing out.

10. G2 Crowd Learn Hub

With over 480,000 real-user reviews, the team at G2 Crowd has a ton of data to work with for its blog content. Their team is producing top-of-the-funnel “how to” and “beginner guides” such as “What is social media marketing” and “How to start a business”, as well as software-specific content and best software lists. Their blog focuses on a wide-range of topics from general technology, marketing, sales, design, productivity and more and includes a constant publication stream of top SaaS-industry guest bloggers.

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