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Website & Blog Roll

The web is simply amazing and super-abundant with good resources. We’ve gone through with a fine toothcomb to see which sites could provide great input to your digital engagement curioisity. Have a regular 10 minute stop over morning coffee on a few of these:

Top General News Sites

Huffington Post – the most popular news blog with syndicated columnists, blogs and news stories with moderated comments

The Guardian – the latest news, sport, business, comment, analysis and reviewsfrom the Guardian, the world’s leading liberal voice

New York Times – breaking news, multimedia, reviews & opinion on Washington, business, sports, movies, travel, books, jobs, education, real estate, cars & more

CNET News – computing and technology news service presents original stories and investigative reports in real-time – Canada’s public broadcasting web face for news, entertainment, sports and business

The Globe and Mail – offers the most authoritative news in Canada, featuring national and international news

Top Business Sites

Fast Company – where ideas and people meet – dedicated to reporting about how the “fast companies”; entrepreneurs, and cutting-edge are doing what they do

Canadian Business – articles on technology, investing and other such topics as they relate to national economic issues

American Express Open Forum – a wealth of resources for business owners – videos, articles, blogs, podcasts, and expert advice to boost your business, sponsored by American Express

Bloomberg BusinessWeek – the latest international business news & stock market news

Harvard Business Review – business management case studies, articles, books, and more from Harvard Business Review, addressing today’s topics and challenges in business – the web face to Canada’s only all-business and financial news television channel

Top Trends/Ideas Sites

PSFK – the go-to source for Ideas and trends in creative business, cars, design,gadgets, fashion and technology reported daily

TED Talks – sets of 20 minutes talks and conferences held worldwide to disseminate“ideas worth spreading”

Springwise – scans the globe for smart new business ideas, delivering instant inspiration to entrepreneurial minds 

Trendhunter – the largest community for trends, trend spotting, cool hunting, innovation, fashion trends, style, gadgets, tech, pop culture, art, and design.

Trendwatching – emerging consumer trends from around the world

Cool Business Ideas – brand new promising business ideas around the world you wish you’d thought of

Digital Trends – home for technology trends, news, product reviews, mobile app reviews and daily videos

Josh Spear – scouring the globe for the next great thing. Reviewing design, art, fashion, music, and trends

Future Lab – marketing strategy and innovation blog

Big Think – a forum where top experts explore the big ideas and core skills defining the 21st century


Top Pop Culture Sites

Gawker – definitive news and gossip sheet for followers of entertainment, media, and business

Boing Boing – group blog of cultural curiosities and interesting technologies

Rocketboom – daily internet culture news site and video blog based in New York City

Holy Kaw – all the stuff that interests one of the world’s most popular aggregator sites

The Daily Infographic – data-filled illustrations everyday

Geek Sugar – destination for tech-savvy women (and the not-so-tech-savvy, of course) for all things pop tech

Pop Hangover – humour and funny photos on pop culture

Urban Dictionary – the dictionary written by you – includes streetwise lingo, slang words and phrases and texting shortforms

eBaum’s World – funny videos, funny pictures, funny galleries, funny links, flash games, jokes, caption contests, photoshop contests

Teen Television – the top digital entertainment network for teens and young adults

Sweetspot – Canada’s first online trendspotting guide with four subsections SweetLife, SweetHome, SweetMama and SweetFit.

Top “Getting Answers” Sites

Wikipedia – the world’s biggest online encyclopedia and biggest non- entertainment website

Quora – continually improving collection of questions and answers created, edited, and organized by everyone who uses it

Lifehacker – curates tips, tricks, and technology for living better in the digital age

Wikihow – the how-to manual that you can edit

Yahoo Answers – the web’s leading community-powered questions and answers site

5Min – short instructional videos providing solutions to common questions

Instructables – the biggest how-to and DIY community where people make and share inspiring, entertaining, and useful projects, recipes, and hacks.

Formspring – one of the world’s largest and most casual social Q&A sites

 Top Aggregator Sites of Good Stuff

Google Reader – read all your fave websites in one place

Alltops – all the top headlines from popular topics around the web

Technorati – real-time search for user-generated media (including weblogs) by tag or keyword

Stumble Upon – a discovery engine that finds the best of the web, recommended just for you

Top Digital/Tech Sites

Techcrunch – a group-edited blog about technology start-ups, particularly the Web 2.0 sector

ZD Net – the latest technology news, comments and product reviews focusing on IT hardware, software, mobile, security, and other special topics

CNET – covering the business world of tech

PC World – the source for tech product reviews, tech news, how-tos and free downloads

Engadget – the technology blog network with daily coverage of gadgets and consumer electronics

Gigaom – breaking news and in-depth analysis on the business of technology

Gizmodo – a go-to authority for gadget news and digital culture

All Things Digital – Wall Street Journal’s take on Tech

Wired – current and future trends in technology, and how they are shaping business, entertainment, communications, science

Read Write Web – a blog that provides web technology news, reviews and analysis, covering web apps, web technology trends, social networking

The Verge – technology-focused news publication founded in 2011 providing breaking news coverage and in-depth reporting, product information, and community content

Techvibes – the latest technology news and updates from Canada and across North America

Backbone Magazine – Canadian business, technology and lifestyle magazine

Wikibrands – reinventing your business in a customer-driven marketplace, ongoing posts based on insights and learning from book

Top New Media/Social Media Sites

Mashable – social media news blog covering cool new websites and social networks: Facebook, Google, Twitter, MySpace and YouTube.

Web Strategist – Jeremiah Owyang’s take on social media from an inside and outside the enterprise perspective

Viral Blog – viral videos, games, advertising, research and social media

Webguild – forum for web professionals, webmasters, corporate internet marketers, content managers, CMOs, CIOs, SEMs, SEOs and entrepreneurs

What’s Next Blog – B.L. Ochman’s Internet Marketing Strategy, social media trends, news and community

Social Media Examiner – helps businesses master social media marketing with Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and LinkedIn to find leads, increase sales and build brand awareness

Social Media Explorer – explores social media, social media marketing and public relations through commentary and analysis

Smartbrief on Social Media – designed for marketers and decision makers who need to stay ahead of social networking trends

Going Social Now – Shiv Singh’s blog on social media marketing – social media news and business

The Digital Influence Mapping Project – Ogilvy’s John Bell’s take on social media for business

Danny Brown – the human side of media and the social side of marketing

Top Marketing/PR/Communications Sites

Ad Age – the leading global source of news, intelligence and conversation formarketing and media communities

Seth Godin – Seth Godin’s riffs on marketing, respect, and the ways ideas spread.

DuctTape Marketing – small business marketing strategies and recommendations

Media Bistro – a network of 15 leading communications blogs

Brandflakes for Breakfast – ideas that inspire digital, marketing and creative people

ClickZ – expert advice about online marketing, email, brand and interactive marketing, and search engine marketing

Media Bistro’s Agency Spy – insider news about agency work and culture

Ads of the World – the largest creative advertising archive and community

Marketing Pilgrim – Andy Beal’s take on internet and search marketing

The Hidden Persuader – an eye for information and great ad campaigns

Adverblog – only the best ideas of digital advertising and marketing

Marketing Magazine – the Canadian source of news and articles on marketing, advertising and media

Strategy – Canada’s bold vision and powerful ideas

The CMA – the largest marketing association in Canada embracing all marketing disciplines, channels and technologies

Top Word of Mouth/Alt Marketing Sites

Damn I Wish I Thought of That – unusually useful ideas for smart marketers

The WOMMA Word – word of mouth news and updates from the trade association for word of mouth

Buzz Canuck – everything about buzz, word of mouth and evangelism from Canada and the world

Church of The Customer – creating customer evangelists and citizen marketers

Brains on Fire – igniting powerful, sustainable word of mouth movements

Digital Buzz blog – a daily fix of digital honey featuring the latest online ad campaigns, hot new websites, interactive marketing

Top Community/Collaboration Sites

Community Roundtable – a membership-based network of community, social media, and social business managers and executives

Managing Communities – passionately writing about online communities

Feverbee – how to grow thriving online community sites

John Winsor – views on marketing, advertising, collaboration, co-creation and crowdsourcing

Influencers and Community Marketing – listen and engage with the people who matter

Wikinomics Blog – rebooting business and the world through collaboration and community

Brandthroposophy – a brand, marketing, social media blog with a specialty in online communities and word of mouth

Top Content Development/Management/Marketing Sites

Copyblogger – tips, software, and training for copywriters, bloggers, and content marketers. Online marketing strategies and solutions that work

Hubspot Blog – award winning blog on Internet marketing, search engine optimization, inbound marketing, analytics, best content practices

Reel SEO – the online video marketing guide

Conversation Agent – connecting ideas and people – how talk can change our lives

Junta 42 – trends in content marketing, and how marketers can learn to think and act like publishers

Michel Fortin – articles, tips, and news, as well as some of his opinions and ideas on Internet marketing, direct response copywriting, and personal development skills

Top Search/SEO Sites

Search Engine Land – a must-read hub for news and information about search engine marketing, optimization and how search engines work

SEOmoz Blog – tips, tricks and advice on search engines

Search Engine Journal – a community approach to the reporting of search engine news & the sharing of Search Engine Marketing knowledge

Search Engine Roundtable – report on the most interesting threads taking place at the SEM (Search Engine Marketing) forums

Compete – online marketing insights

GShift Labs Blog – up-to-date content about the world of organic search including tips, trends and recommendations

Web Traffic ROI – dedicated to help bloggers, entrepreneurs, small business owners and companies make their online business better.

Top Design/Web Design Sites

Smashing Magazine – online magazine for professional Web designers and developers with focus on valuable techniques and best practices

Ad Goodness – showcasing the best advertising and design around the world

David Airey – a brand design blog

Graphic Designers blog – the ultimate resource for graphic designers

Brand Freeze – brand and design delight

Information is Beautiful – ideas, issues, knowledge and data visualized

Six Revisions – useful information for web developers and designers

The Roxor – the design blog for resources and inspiration

Creative Nerds – A design blog dedicated to showcasing fresh design tutorials as well as high quality design freebies – a community-based website for web designers and developers including a popular blog, a user-submitted news section, a design gallery, and a design job board

Adobe’s Design Centre – see how today’s designers engage with technology and what their experiences mean for design, design tools, and society

Ideas on Ideas – A collection of lengthy, opinionated, and generally unapologetic essays on design, brands, and experience.

Top Customer Experience Sites

Logic + Emotion – David Armano’s blog that sits at the intersection of business, design + the social web.

Experience Matters – connecting brands, leaders, employees and customers

Mass Customization and Open Innovation News – Frank Piller’s strategies of value co-creation between organizations and customers

Customers Rock – focusing on customers, their experiences and how business can make them…rock

Gary Vaynerchuk – from the guy who reinvented the wine industry

The Experience is the Message by Max Lenderman – the worthiest and most actionable experiential marketing articles, campaigns, research, gossip, shit-talk and other musings

Top eCommerce Sites

Get Elastic – #1 subscribed ecommerce blog providing tips and tricks to improve your ecommerce sites

Bazaar Voice – shares insights on social commerce and social media ROI from the team members and clients

eCommerce Times – everything you need to know about doing business on the Internet

eCommerce and Entrepreneurship Blog – collective of experiences, thoughts, processes and updates from people that are not only actively working in ecommerce but are also zealous about the industry

Practical eCommerce – insights for online merchants blog – a blog from a poplar ecommerce software platform blog – content from the preeminent community for ecommerce and multichannel retailers,

The Forrester Blog for eBusiness Strategy – a roll-up of all the posts from Forrester analysts who serve eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals. – insights on income generated by the power of blogging

Top Mobile Sites

Engadget Mobile – popular daily coverage of gadgets and consumer electronics

Mobile Marketing Watch – the best practices and pulse of the mobile marketing community

Communities Dominate Brands – a global view on mobile developments

The Next Web Mobile – the latest on mobile technology and culture

Information Week – Mobility – the business value of mobility

The Location-Based Marketing Association – dedicated to fostering research, education and collaborative innovation at the intersection of people, places and media

Top Measurement/Analytics sites

Avinash Kauskik’s Occam’s Razor – the leading web analytics and research blog

Google Analytics Blog – Google’s official weblog offering news, tips and resources related to Google’s web traffic analytics service

Which Test Won? – case studies to help inspire and educate the marketing community about testing

KD Paine’s Measurement Blog – how to measure public affairs, media relations, social media, internal communications or blogs

Comscore Voices – shares perspective on the latest events and trends in global Internet behavior

Klout – provides social media analytics to measure a user’s influence across their social network (10+ networks tracked)

Sysomos Blog – blog and insight from one of the world’s leading social media analytics companies.

Radian6 Blog – best practices and insights from the world’s biggest social media monitor.

Let us know if you of any “must have” faves in your website/blog roll and we’ll recognize your nomination.

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We also want to give props to some of our top blogging friends in the fields of branding, marketing, PR, new media, business, social media, management. Thank you for your insight, support and fanship.