Over the past week I have been exposed to countless top 10 lists for social media such as 2009 predictions, best apps, communities, twitter tools etc… so I decided that “if I can not beat them, I’d join them.”
My very own list however is a Top 6 list of UK bloggers I’ll be following with an attentive eye in 2009. The criteria for my Top 6 list is based upon the following methodology:
1. UK bloggers only. Sorry to disappoint all the US bloggers but there is so much exposure on US bloggers that I wanted to champion bloggers from my own back yard. Those bloggers whom I’d probably have more chance of bumping into at events, conferences and maybe even having a beer with during the course of 2009.
2. Blog focus must be marketing, online pr and social media as this is my main interest and forms the basis of my career, passion and blog.
3. Taking the blog focus further, the blog posts themselves must also be thought leading, thought provoking and insightful - something to get the old grey matter going.
So, without further ado, I’m delighted to share with you the…
Top 6 UK bloggers I’ll be following in 2009
Simon Collister - Simon’s blog is largely influenced by UK politics due to his research background in political communications. With the attention on the economy and a possible UK election in early 2009, Simon’s interpretation of social media and online pr used by government parties will be interesting to follow.
David Cushman - In my opinion David is a true evangelist of social media. His passion for cultural change and the 8th mass media (us) resonates in every post, whilst at the same time giving confidence to people like myself practising social media. David will support my thinking throughout 2009.
Alan Moore & Tomi Ahonen - Communities Dominate Brands is the brain tap of engagement marketing expert Alan Moore and mobile marketing expert Tomi Ahonen. The reason for following this blog is two fold. 1. Their posts are intellectual, covering social anthropology, philosophy and history. 2. I personally believe that mobile marketing will see an increase in 2009, so Alan and Tomi will give some good strategic insight.
Neville Hobson - Quite simply Neville presents, produces and promotes some of the best podcast interviews with leading pr, marketing and social media practitioners from around the globe. Neville is certain to come up with many gems throughout 2009 taking my blog experience from visual to audio, giving the eyes a rest and the ears a social media massage.
John Dodds - I have only recently been following John Dodds, but all posts read so far have been insightful and intelligently written with a pure marketing focus. Make Marketing History is refreshing reading amongst a heavy social media blog list. John’s thinking and blog style I liken to Godin’s; very precise and “hey I think like that too”.
Mark Earls - Mark’s blog ‘Herd’ looks at human behaviour and challenges our assumptions. He is also not afraid to put his point of view across in his posts which I value. Mark, back in the autumn of 2008 read my report on social network marketing too. Herd the book (written by Mark) is on my must read list as I’ve done Tribes so may start using the word Herd as the standard for 2009.
Right that’s it, over to you…
I’d love to hear your top 6 UK bloggers or the one’s you’ll be watching via the old trusty RSS reader in 2009.