Online marketing for your small business is an important part of your overall online presence. Discovering how best to promote yourself and connect with your potential customers is a constant effort.

Sure, you’ve got a few social media accounts, a growing email list, and you’re creating beautiful online marketing videos every month. But what happens when the well runs dry? We all get a little creator’s block every now and then. How can we kick-start the creative juices?

Thankfully, the internet is a pretty busy place, and there are literally thousands of marketing websites out there just waiting to help you out. If you find yourself running low on ideas or struggling to figure out your next online marketing campaign: give these sites a try.

1. Neil Patel’s Marketing Blog

Neil Patel knows a thing or two about marketing. He’s the founder of Kissmetrics, a recognized marketing influencer, and best of all: he blogs a lot about tips, ideas, and trends in online marketing.

2. MarketingProfs

MarketingProfs is an online treasure trove of marketing content. From articles to infographics, podcasts to seminars. Consider MarketingProfs an “everything you want to know about marketing” resource. Like many sites on this list, there are paid services to be had as well, but plenty of free content to keep you busy.

3. The Content Marketing Institute

If content marketing is part of your online marketing strategy (and it should be!) then go bookmark this site right now. There is literally no end to the amount of information that CMI puts out. Okay, it “literally” does end, but the point is, there’s a lot.

As the name suggests, CMI focuses on content marketing tips, ideas, trends, and resources. However, there is general online marketing info to be found as well. They also have a great YouTube channel that is updated regularly.

4. Social Media Examiner

If your small business has a social media presence, then Social Media Examiner should be near the top of your bookmarks. SME is all about making a splash on social media. From Instagram to Facebook, Twitter to LinkedIn, SME has news, tips, trends, and data to help guide your online marketing strategy.

5. The Moz Blog

The Moz Blog is not only satisfying to say, it’s satisfying to read. With articles by recognized marketing guru Rand Fishkin and team, Moz has a wealth of online marketing information for you to absorb. Moz deals with a more “stats and data” approach to information than a creative focus, although both can be found. If you want to learn about SEO, analytics, and more to help make your next online marketing campaign a success, try Moz.

It’s also really fun to say, isn’t it? Moz blog. MOZ BLOG. Maybe? No? Just us? Okay.

6. Creative Review

Creative Reviews is not a marketing website per se. However, what they are is a hub for creative people. On any given day there may be an article on time management skills, overcoming adversity, or advice on running an effective advertising campaign. It’s a good place to lean from the experiences of others.

7. Hubspot

Hubspot is a recognized leader in the online marketing space and their blog does not disappoint. From statistical analysis to practical advice, Hubpost should be at, or near, the top of your list as a go-to marketing resource.

8. AdEspresso

AdEspresso is heavy on content marketing and social media marketing. They also devote a lot of resources towards explaining paid advertising campaigns. If you’re using Facebook video ads in your online marketing strategy, you can learn a few things on campaign management here.

9. The Awwwards

The Awwwards is not just a cute name. They’re also an award site which displays winners and nominees in several categories: website design, landing pages, creativity, innovation, etc. There are some beautiful examples on this website and it’s sure to inspire.

10. Hubspot Academy

A second appearance for Hubspot? Yeah, they’re just that good. Hubspot Academy does a great job of showcasing “best practices in action.” From winning email campaigns to great CTA’s, Hubspot Academy is a great place to see an example of what works.

11. Pinterest

There’s a reason why people “pin” things. Because they’re interesting! Pinterest can be a great place to surf through photos, drawings, recipes, designs, and more. It’s a creative platform for sure, and don’t underestimate how effective it can be at getting the creative juices flowing.

12. Creative Bloq

Creative Bloq is a great place to see examples of designs that have worked. If you’re looking for creative inspiration, this is the place for you. From illustrations to branding, Creative Bloq has great examples for you to draw from.

13. Wistia

They’re one of our partners for a reason! Wistia’s blog is a great place to learn about video marketing as well as gather advice on living the startup life. They’re also a great resource for your own video marketing efforts.

14. Copyblogger FM

If you like to learn with your ears, Copyblogger has you covered. Each episode is a short-form podcast devoted to answering the pressing marketing questions of the day. A rotating group of marketing experts also answers questions, offers tips, and more. A great resource, especially for small business.

15. CoSchedule

CoSchedule’s blog is a great resource for content marketing as well as social media marketing. If your small business wades into these marketing waters, CoSchedule is a great resource to follow.

16.Behance

Behance is essentially an online portfolio site for artists and creative persons. Beyond artwork, you’ll find landing page designs, ad copy layout, and more. If you’re looking to get the creative juices flowing, Behance is a great place to pop over to.

17. Slideshare

Slideshare is a great place for marketers to share presentations, design ideas, and more. What’s best, you can search for slideshares in your specific industry and see what your contemporaries are working on.

18. The Inspiration Room

With a name like this, it’s got to be pretty inspiring, no? It is. The Inspiration Room features visually impressive ad layouts, design concepts, and more. You can search by theme, industry, or medium to discover what’s hot and help inspire your next creative online marketing endeavor.

19. Marketing Experiments

Have an idea but not sure if it’ll work? Head on over to Marketing Experiments and find resources on everything from improving your landing page to better understanding your customer. There’s plenty of insight into customer service, marketing best practices, and more. Well worth a click or two.

20. The Promo Blog!

Alright, allow us to toot our own horn here for a moment. Promo’s blog is chock full of information on video marketing best practices, online marketing tips, as well as trends, news, and more. Come for the easy-to-use video marketing creation, stay for the online marketing info you need.

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