These are a few of my favorite links.

I won’t attempt to sing Julie Andrew’s iconic song, but you get the point. Over the past year or so, I have searched  for some of the best websites for driving social media, branding, and advertising creativity. Here are some of my favorites.

1.) Mashable

Yeah, this one is on everyone’s top list these days. But I have to mention it. If you only have time to visit one website, go here. They are constantly updating the site with fresh content, information and news on your favorite sites like Facebook, twitter, YouTube, etc.

2.) BrandflakesForBreakfast

One blog, not a lot of back pages to search through, great content. For creative branding ideas, this is where you go to get the scoop (I’m so punny!).

3.) Social Media Examiner

This is a great site for those who are on the front end of their social media research. They break it down in simple terms, with posts like “How to Build a Free Social Media Monitoring Dashboard” and “Getting Started with Social Media: A Resource Guide“. Great resource for newbies when they start to feel overwhelmed by all the platforms out there.

4.) AdWeek

Specifically, their advertising & branding blog, AdFreak. And while you’re at it, don’t forget to like them on Facebook. It’s easy to forget this is “work” when you are toying around here. They find the most entertaining, creative, unique, funny, different, weird, freaky, or occult advertising campaigns and put them all in one place to spur your creativity.

5.) Ad Age

This is a great resource for ad agencies that are incorporating SM into their client services. They do a great job of giving an overall picture of how agencies should seamlessly fold in online social media platforms into their advertising strategy, AND why it matters. A little dry, but very informative.

Hope this helps! I would love to know which websites you find most helpful. Feel free to comment or e-mail me at Taylor Henson Online at Gmail dot-com.

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