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March 22, 2013
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Friday Five: 5 Blogs Every Business Should Bookmark

“Knowledge is power. Information is power. The secreting or hoarding of knowledge or information may be an act of tyranny camouflaged as humility.” – Robin Morgan

BlogIn today’s world, information is abundant. Social media and blogging, by enabling information sharing, can open many doors for businesses by helping them learn how to better plan for the future.

Today’s post is a selection of the five blogs we think every business should bookmark and read as often as possible.

1) Inc.com

Inc. has an abundance of fantastic articles for business owners, many geared to start-ups. From how to raise money to advertising tips, Inc.com can help business owners develop strategy, improve their bottom line and stand out from the competition. Check out these useful posts and see if you can apply any of them to your business:

3 Reasons Start-ups Should Consider Crowdfunding
Where You Should Market Online
Pitching Your Start-up? 5 Things to Master First

2) Social Media Examiner

Social Media Examiner’s blog is a gold mine of social media best practices. The site targets businesses looking to leverage social media, as well as marketers hoping to master the art of social engagement. SME’s posts are well written, easy to follow and up-to-date. Here are four Social Media Examiner posts we think you might find especially helpful:

5 Ways to Improve Your Facebook Engagement
16 Creative Ways to Use Twitter for Business
5 Tips for Optimizing Your LinkedIn Company Page
5 Ways to Tell if Pinterest is Right For Your Business

3) Harvard Business Review

Harvard Business School’s blog is full of smart, on-point articles for businesses of all shapes and sizes. If you want to stay up to date on high-level trends and strategy, this is a must-bookmark blog. Here are four posts to get you going:

How Happy Is Your Organization?
Why Organizations Are So Afraid to Simplify
Hack-Proof Your Company’s Social Media
Want Productive Employees? Treat Them Like Adults

4) Entrepreneur

Entrepreneur’s business blog is a perfect resource for businesses looking to stay in the know. There are several useful categories, including Start-ups, Money, Marketing, Technology and Franchises. We’ve included four categories to help you start navigating the Entrepreneur blog:

Business Startup Kits
Growth Strategies
Finding Customers
Your Website

5) RingCentral Connect

RingCentral’s blog was designed with the business in mind. Featuring content from both RingCentral employees and third-party thought leaders, RingCentral Connect is a resource for business tips, RingCentral how-tos, videos, industry news and much more. Here are four RingCentral blog posts to get you started:

7 Essential Steps to Starting a New Business
Small Business Selling Techniques: How to Play in the Big Leagues
Is Your Business Projecting Unprofessionalism?
6 Surprisingly Simple Ways to Improve Your Productivity

What blogs do you have bookmarked as a business resource?

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