2009 Big List of B2B Marketing and Sales Blogs

August 28th, 2009 Posted by B2B Social Media 73 thoughts

With all the micro-blogging, I’ve often wondered whether the number of bloggers who actually create original, substantial content is decreasing. Don’t get me wrong, you can create meaningful thought in 140 characters, but it’s a lot easier to write 140 characters (no matter how well crafted) than it is to consistently create original content for a blog. And that ease may have driven many to abandon blogging or not even consider blogging when there is a relatively easy way to start “blogging” on Twitter.

It’s been more than two years since anyone had tried to pull together a list of B2B marketing and sales blogs. Jon Miller of Marketo did it in early 2007. When we reviewed that list, we found a lot of those blogs were no longer active.

So we went searching…

And we found some really great B2B blogs. More than 200 of them. Hats off to all who made the list! Thanks for your continuing contribution.

In pulling this list together, blogs had to meet the following criteria:

  • The blog had to have recent posts
  • The blog had to be active for at least three months
  • If new, the blog had to already have a decent amount of relevant content
  • The blog didn’t have to be entirely B2B, as long as the content was relevant to B2B
  • If the blog had few recent posts, it needed to have substantial historical content

Although we spent a great deal of time, I’m sure we’ve missed some great blogs. Perhaps even some obvious ones. If you know of others, please let me know. We’ll review them for the above criteria and add them as appropriate.

If you want to import the 2009 Big List of B2B Marketing and Sales Blogs into your RSS reader, here’s a link to the opml file: Right-click on the link and save the file, then import the file into your reader. Mac users, control-click and save.

We’ll update the list and the OPML file every month. If your blog is on the list, feel free to display a Top B2B Blogs badge on your site.

How do blogs get on the list? We’ll keep our eyes open for other B2B marketing and sales blogs that meet the criteria above and meaningful standards of writing quality, usability, design, and posting frequency. If you know of another’s blog that meets the above criteria and should be considered, please let us know via our contact form.

Special thanks to Mike Marn, who helped research and evaluate a tremendous number of blogs.

[Latest Update: December 14, 2009 — Now 231 B2B blogs!]

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  • Aventi Group — Sridhar Ramanathan’s tips on driving revenue growth for tech firms
  • B2Bbloggers — Guest bloggers & aggregated B2B mktg blog posts from many sources
  • B2B Brand Debate — RiechesBaird and others on biz, brand & integrated marketing
  • B2B Email Marketing — Karen Gedney writes for ClickZ on business email marketing
  • B2B Ideas @ Work — Principals of the Atlanta agency blog on B2B marketing issues






  • B2Bad Marketing — Todd Ebert blogs on how to improve your B2B marketing
  • B2Blog — Dave J blogs about B2B marketing from the corporate side
  • Better Closer – Sales Improvement — Bill Rice’s tips and techniques to boost sales
  • BeRelevant! — Tamara Gielen’s postings on best practices in email marketing
  • Beyond — John Bottom and others for UK B2B firm Base One

  • Bill Hartzer — Bill Hartzer blogs about corporate website marketing, and seo
  • Biznology Blog — Mike Moran’s posts and videos on technology in B2B
  • Bizsolutionsplus — An eclectic but helpful collection of mktg, social media & other topics
  • Blog Marketing Journal — A how to on how to build, write, and market a business blog
  • Brain Vibe — B2B marketing with a social media emphasis








  • Garth’s World — Garth Moulton on the life of a sales guy and other business tales
  • Gossamar — No BS bingo. Just the facts from B2B vets
  • Great B2B Marketing — Ryan’s parables and common sense deliver solid B2B advice
  • {grow} — Mark Schaefer’s journal of marketing solutions
  • Gyro:HSR — Perspectives on a wide range of B2B issues

  • Headlines from Floyd — Niel Sagebiel’s B2B copywriting tips with a dash of small-town flavor
  • Heat — 451 Marketing’s blog about B2B, lead gen, and new media
  • HRmarketer.com blog — For buyers, sellers & employers in the HR Marketplace
  • Hugo E. Martin — Tips re print & online media, PR & marketing [bilingual EN/DE]
  • Idea Sellers — Daniel Sitter gives you tips for selling your product and your ideas





  • Market2Lead — Parsa and Joyce blog about marketing automation and lead nurturing
  • Marketbright — Pilcher and Bower on lead nurturing, marketing automation & selling
  • Marketfusions — Strategy, business, marketing & creativity thought from Shivonne Byrne
  • Marketing Conversation — New marketing & social media from Abraham & Harrison
  • Marketing Edge — Albert Maruggi and Michael Keliher’s podcasts on new media







  • Pardot Blog — Pardot blogs about marketing automation and email marketing
  • Paul Gillin — Writer and speaker Paul Gillin blogs about social media
  • Phil Lauterjung — Conversations on sales, marketing, and social media
  • Phoenix Rising — Rebel Brown’s strategies for transformation
  • PR 2.0 — Brian Solis brings together pr, social media and new media marketing






  • Servant of Chaos — A bit esoteric, but insights helpful to B2B can be gleaned.
  • Seth Godin’s Blog — Eclectic and not specifically B2B, but insights apply broadly
  • Sharon Drew Morgen — Covers a variety of B2B topics, focusing on buying faciliation
  • SherpaBlog — Marketing commentaries from Marketing Sherpa
  • Simplenomics — Strategies for sales, marketing and customers service








  • Twenty Set — Monica O’Brien on new media. No explicit B2B emphasis.
  • Useful Arts — Dave Wieneke blogs about the legal issues involved in on-line marketing
  • VAZT Blog — B2B Content Marketing
  • Velocity — UK agency Velocity blogs about B2B marketing issues
  • Web Business Marketing Blog — Hans de Keulenaer on web-based technologies for B2B

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73 thoughts on “2009 Big List of B2B Marketing and Sales Blogs”

  1. Galen, Wow! What a list! Thanks to you and Mike Marn for all the work putting this together.

    I’m honored that Sales Lead Insights ™ made the list!

    Sincerely,
    Mac McIntosh
    mcintosh@sales-lead-experts.com

  2. Galen & Mike,

    Thanks for taking the time to publish the B2B blog list.

    It’s great to help build out the B2B community with efforts like this.

    P.S. Thanks so much for including my Acquiring Minds blog.

  3. Ardath Albee says:

    Hi Galen and Mike,

    Thanks very much for this comprehensive list. Definitely bookmarked it immediately!

    And thanks very much for including my Marketing Interactions blog.

    I’d like to suggest the addition of Tom Pick’s Web Market Central blog:
    http://webmarketcentral.blogspot.com/

  4. Hi, Ardath

    You had me worried for a minute there. It clearly would have been an omission to forget Tom’s blog, so I had to scan the list again. It was there, near the bottom…starts the “The WebMarket…”. Thanks for the comment and for tweeting the post. If you think of any others, please let me know.

    Have a great weekend!

    Galen

  5. Kimberly Yow says:

    Fantastic list! I added a fair number of the blogs to my RSS list. Thanks for posting!

  6. Ian Brodie says:

    Hi Galen & Mike,

    Well done for pulling together such a comprehensive and high quality list – and glad that my blog sneaked in under the radar somehow!

    It’s one of the ironies of technology that we now have the technology to make our own, unique tailored lists of relevant blogs for us – but not the time to do so. You’ve really saved a lot of people a lot of time & research pain in producing this.

    Rgds

    Ian

  7. Ardath Albee says:

    Hi Galen,

    Whew! I always forget “The” with Tom’s blog. 🙂

    Thanks,
    Ardath

  8. Galen and Mike…thank you so much for including the Inside Sales Experts blog. We have learned so much from so many of the others you mention – it is an honor!

  9. Wow. Nice work and thanks for including {grow}! This deserves a tweet!!

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  11. Adam Needles says:

    Hi, Galen and Mike.

    Thanks for the shout-outs for Silverpop’s Demand Generation blog and for my personal Propelling Brands blog — both of which I write for.

    We’re honored to be part of this list — a great group of peers w/ great resources for B2B marketers.

    Cheers,
    Adam

  12. Thanks Galen and Mike for including my blog in this great resource.

    Also wanted to let you know that we actually changed the URL so that we could talk even more about B2B marketing, we are now at http://www.dancewithstrangers.com (title is explained in the about).

    Thanks again, Kyle

    1. Thanks for the info, Kyle. We updated things.

  13. Galen / Mike –

    Thank you so much for including our blog (MLT Creative) and for compiling a list of so many other great B2B blogs.

    Thanks!

    Patrick

  14. Thank you for this – a fantastic resource for any B2B marketer. Here’s hoping the Clear Thought blog makes it onto your list next year. We focus on small businesses, with an emphasis on sales funneling. We’re only eight months in to blogging proper, will certainly take inspiration from this group of true leaders: http://www.clear-thought.co.uk/in_thought/

  15. Thanks man. Hey — what do you think about whipping up a badge for listees? I’d be happy to add it to our sites w/ link. — Red

    1. Great idea! Thanks. We’ll get one together.

    2. Thanks, Red, for the idea! We’ve now posted two different badges you can use to place on your site if your blog is listed above. You can click on the link above or go here to get a badge https://www.proteusb2b.com/top-b2b-blogs-badges.php

  16. Steve Woods says:

    Great list! Thanks for putting this together, it’s a fantastic resource. I found a fair few I wasn’t aware of.

  17. John says:

    Kudos to the team, Great job Galen and Mike, Thank you.

    Regards,
    John Pinto

  18. Thanks Galen and Mike! It’s great to have an updated list – lots of good stuff out there. Appreciate your efforts – and our badge is up!

    1. Fantastic. Thanks for ths suggestion!

  19. Michele says:

    Thanks for putting Brain Vibe on the list!

    And, thanks for the overall list. I’ve got new places to check out.

    Cheers,
    Michele

  20. Joe Pulizzi says:

    Fantastic list Galen. I’m honored to be included. Thanks

  21. Thanks for include my blog on media and marketing in your impressiv list of B2B Marketing Blogs …
    btw., the blog is bi-lingual EN/DE ..

    1. Thanks, Hugo. We’ve changed it on the list to indicate it’s bilingual.

  22. Jim says:

    Shame I didn’t see this earlier. This is our B2B marketing blog.

    http://knowledgebanks.wordpress.com

    We only recently started this blog but we have had a large number of visitors and lots of positive comments and feedback.

    I hope it’s of use to some of you and there’s plenty more to come.

    1. Hi, Jim

      Looks like a good blog ( knowledgebanks.wordpress.com ). It started off good in May, but hasn’t had any posts since July. One of the criteria we use for evaluating blogs for the list, especially for young blogs, is a demonstrated dedication to posting. Too many young blogs start with good intentions, only to fall off later. If you start posting again on a regular basis for a while, please send us a message to take another look. Thanks.

      Galen

  23. I am working with marketing in Denmark and is searching for inspiration in the digital world. Thanks for inspiration

  24. Bryan says:

    Great list, though I would like to see the blogs listed have fresh content. Several of the ones I have scanned through haven’t written anything within the last few months. Several haven’t written anything since January or late 2008.

  25. gbiz says:

    Great list! Thanks for putting this together, it’s a fantastic resource. I found a fair few I wasn’t aware of.

  26. Gee, thanks! How wonderful of you to go to all this trouble and make life so much easier for others. I will use this info when I launch my next book! A great RSS resource, too. GREAT WORK.

    Thanks.
    Kristin Zhivago

  27. How about adding “Follow the Lead” – http://zoominfoblogger.wordpress.com/

    Launched in Sept 2009 and already has interviews with a great list of contributors including…

    Scott Holden, Director of Product Marketing, SFDC
    Jim Dickie, Managing Director of CSO Insights
    Jill Konrath, Author of Selling to Big Companies
    Brian Carroll, Author of Lead Generation and the Complex Sale
    Brian Schwedelson, Corporate VP WorldData
    Ron Karr, author of Lead, Sell or Get out of the Way

    Just a suggestion.

  28. Andrew says:

    Galen, thanks for the nod to my blog. Congrats on pulling together a very comprehensive and relevant list.

  29. Great B2B blog lists. Thanks for listing these resources together.

  30. Hey, I read a lot of blogs on a daily basis and for the most part, people lack substance but, I just wanted to make a quick comment to say GREAT blog!…..I”ll be checking in on a regularly now….Keep up the good work! 🙂

  31. hi folks:
    sharon drew morgen here.
    my blog is http://www.sharondrewmorgen.com

    it’s currently around 10 on the top 100 sales/marketing sites, and my work is firmly routed in the B2B category. i write 5x/week, and at least 4 per week devoted to promoting other b2b professionals or articles on my b2b collaborative decision making model, Buying Facilitation(R). i’m the author of the NYTimes Bestseller Selling with Integrity and the new book Dirty Little Secrets: why buyers can’t buy and sellers can’t sell and what you can do about it.
    what would need to happen to include me in your listing?
    thanks folks.
    sd

  32. Shawn Dibble says:

    I recommend you add SharonDrewMorgen.com to your list of B2B websites. Great woman using her Buying Facilitation method to assist the buying decision process.

  33. Eric Goldman says:

    An amazing effort – thanks! If I may make a suggestion? The list appears to have one voice from the Inbound Marketing Automation world, that of HubSpot. An excellent choice – one of the best. I’d humbly like to suggest our blog. Been active since July and it offers a more comprehensive picture of this emerging trend.
    Thanks.

  34. Yikes.
    Makes me feel insignificant.
    Maybe Velocity needs to niche out a bit.

  35. B2B Trade says:

    it is a good list. Hope my blog will be a part of it soon 😉

  36. Paul says:

    Awesome list. Would be great to also see some Sales Enablement blogs on here. For example:

    http://enableyoursales.com/blog

    http://salesenablement.wordpress.com

    Best regards,
    Paul

  37. Great list, thank you for the efforts.

    Vinod

  38. Aaron Taylor says:

    Galen, I just discovered your list today – what a rich resource! It’s going to take some time to go through it. The exercise will be well worth it, I’m sure.

    I’d like to suggest Hinge’s blog, which has been active for several years and contains (among other things) insights from our ongoing research into professional services marketing.

    http://www.hingemarketing.com/blog/

    Thanks again for this compendium!

    Aaron Taylor, Partner
    Hinge

  39. Fusion B2B says:

    Hi. We have a pretty fresh blog all about B2B. Hope we make your 2010 list!

    Cheers

  40. Dave says:

    While we would have loved to have been included, this really is a good list of sites that I frequent regularly. And, this is a fabulous piece of linkbait!

  41. Dave says:

    Oh, and I should probably add that our B2B blog can be found at http://www.davekahle.com/salesblog, and I think you’ll find it also meets your criteria (as many of our blogroll friends appear to, as well).

  42. Jan Bolick says:

    Fabulous list! Thanks for the resource!

  43. Nancy Bleeke says:

    Great list! This post is definitely a bookmark!

    I’d like to add the B@B blog of http://www.salesproductivityinsider.com – for sales leaders and sales pros. New content throughout the week with timely tips to increase sales.

  44. Thanks for doing all this work; however, I do think a blog should have to be older than 3 months to make the list. Are you adding new sites as you find them, or making this a yearly post?

  45. Barbara Bix says:

    Great list! Please consider adding The Top Line at http://www.bbmarketingplus.com/blog. This B2B Marketing blog is in it’s 18th month with regular posts. Thanks!

  46. Chris Snell says:

    Thanks for this list!

    Of course, I think you’re missing a couple. I’m just saying… 😉

  47. Kaushik Roy says:

    Great work buddy,it’s definitely one of the world’s best blogs & most happening blogs.Hey, I read a lot of blogs on a daily basis and for the most part, people lack substance but, I just wanted to say GREAT blog.I will be checking in on a regularly now….Keep up the good work.This Blog is not only helpfull for persons related to b2b,but also for persons who trade,jumbo is the word i can define this blog in one simple word.

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  49. Merry Elrick says:

    Wonderful list but I hope you’ll consider adding EMS Buzz, a B2B marketing blog that meets all your criteria. Please check it out:

    http://www.qcircuits.com/blog

    Thanks!

  50. Hi. Thanks for accumulating this list of interesting B2B blogs. I will definitely bookmark this site.

    I think you might find that my blog on Customer Satisfaction and Reputation Management meets your criteria.
    http://www.satisfactionsecrets.com

    You seem to have many blogs on marketing but I didn’t notice anyone focused on customer satisfaction techniques, strategies and stories.

  51. Robert says:

    Thank you for the great post. This is an excellent resource and it is going in my bookmarks after I finish writing this 🙂

  52. Rae Edwards says:

    This is quite a list! Thank you for weeding through all the others to bring us the best. There are many on here that I read often. We are a startup and in the process of creating our sales lists now. There is a ton of useful information within the blogs you’ve listed. Kudos!

  53. Thanks for the awesome resource here…Very very useful.

  54. That list is immense. Thanks for sharing, guys.

  55. Great post- I have bookmarked it straight away.
    Thanks

  56. thanks for great resource here i like it.

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