Resources and Forms

Talent resources

Useful Links

Online Resources

  • adsoftheworld.com
    – show the best and most interesting advertising work plus forum critique area
  • Brands of the World
    – home of the largest library of freely downloadable vector logos, yearly logo awards celebrating the best identities and a logo critique community.
  • creativebits.org
    – professional blog and community for designers on MacOS X, plus tips, tricks and events
  • creativepro.com
    – information and tools to understand the creative business, work more productively and make new client connections
  • graphics.com
    – brings you daily graphics and design news, articles and inspiration.
  • Graphic Artists Guild
    Graphic Artists Guild supports the career growth of creative professionals in an ever-changing field.
  • graphicdesignforum.com
    – exchange ideas in discussion forums, blogs and articles
  • InDesign Tips & Tricks
    – compilation of InDesign Magazine‘s Tip-of-the-Week posts
  • PAL (Professional Artists League)
    – online community serving ALL professional “artists” at-large
  • www.youthedesigner.com
    – graphic design blog featuring tips, tutorials and more

Free Learning Tools

  • HubSpot
    – HubSpot is the leading marketing automation software tool for small- and medium-sized businesses.
  • HubSpot Academy
    – Free to everyone, a great resource for smart video content on inbound marketing. They also provide online certifications in social selling, blogging and content development.
  • digitalmarketer.com
    – This is a very impressive online marketing education community that provides a tremendous amount of free articles, case studies and videos to help sharpen your digital marketing skills.
  • Lynda.com
    – This online tool, now available on LinkedIn, provides a broad spectrum of content covering everything from SEO to social media.

Blogs to Foster Learning & Creativity

  • Blogs can be a great free resource for learning and development. The following list was compiled by Luke O’Kelly, Content Marketing Specialist at MLT Creative.

General Marketing Focused

  • Convince and Convert
    – Led by Jay Baer, the Convince and Convert team produces an incredibly high quality blog. Check out Jay Baer’s books and podcasts as well.
  • Econsultancy
    – Similar to HubSpot, Econsultancy covers a large range of subjects and features a lot of different contributors.
  • Duct Tape Marketing
    – Great marketing advice from John Jantsch for small businesses.
  • {Grow}
    – A community oriented blog, created by Mark Schaefer, one of the first experts on content marketing and social media. He has written books and has a great podcast as well.
  • MarketingProfs
    – Headed up by Ann Handley, MarketingProfs is a hub for marketing wisdom of all kinds.
  • Brandsavant
    – The thoughts and musings of market researcher and head of Edison Research Tom Webster. Tom also happens to be the co-host of {Grow}’s podcast: The Marketing Companion.
  • Seth Godin
    – This blog is not going to give you tips on how to implement your daily marketing tasks, but it does feature short inspiring posts that will make you think.
  • The Sales Lion
    – This is headed up by the ever-innovating Marcus Sheridan, his blog features lots of helpful tips and tricks. He also has multiple podcasts.
  • TopRank
    – A digital marketing agency led by Lee Odden, TopRank likes to keep its posts short and practical.

(Somewhat) Content Marketing Focused

  • QuickSprout
    – Only one of Neil Patel’s many companies (others include CrazyEgg and Kissmetrics), QuickSprout’s blog is the poster child for (very) long-form content.
  • Content Marketing Institute
    – CMI’s blog gives you tons of great insights on how to do content marketing more effectively. They also publish yearly research reports on content marketing that are definitely worth checking out.
  • Copyblogger
    – Copyblogger is chocked full of great advice on blogging and content marketing. Check out their podcast as well.
  • Contently Content Strategist
    – A content marketing platform that also happens to have a killer blog on content marketing.

SEO/SEM Focused

  • Moz
    – Headed up by Rand Fishkin, Moz has become one of the dominant voices in SEO/SEM. Also, check out Rand’s Whiteboard Friday , it’s a great way to stay up to date with today’s best practices.
  • Search Engine Land
    –The sibling of Marketing Land, SEL is right up there with Moz as an authority on SEO/SEM.
  • Search Engine Journal
    – Primarily focused on SEO/SEM, but also featuring content on social media marketing and content marketing.

Social Media Marketing Focused

  • RazorSocial
    – Led by Ian Cleary, it is primarily known as a social media blog. It also has information on all aspects of marketing.
  • Buffer
    – A social publishing platforms and incredible blog.
  • Social Media Examiner
    – This is a great place to stay up to date on the ins and outs of social media marketing.

Other Information Sources

  • Unbounce
    The authority on conversion optimization.
  • Vero
    – Vero is a great place to build or hone your email marketing skills.
  • Kissmetrics
    – A blog mostly about marketing measurement and metrics, a great place to hone your data analyzation skills.

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