Resources for Marketing Agencies: How to Keep Current in Times of Constant Change

Resources for Marketing Agencies How to Keep Current in Times of Constant Change FI Resources for Marketing Agencies: How to Keep Current in Times of Constant Change

So Many Words, So Little Time

These days there are so many resources for marketing agencies, it’s difficult to sort through the massive amounts of content geared to advertising agencies and marketers. That’s especially true now that we’re talking about more than just magazines. There are podcasts, blogs, webinars, infographics, white papers, eBooks, videos, and more. Given the proliferation of information, how can we marketers ever find the time to consume content, especially when we’re so busy creating it ourselves?

It’s a real problem, because to deliver the kind of creativity and vision that gets results, marketers need to keep current with the latest marketing trends and innovations. We must spot the new hotness and decide whether it’s just popular or meaningful. We have to be ready for the next industry shift, be it subtle or transformative.

For agencies, it’s even more critical, because the best creative teams also serve as interpreters for their clients, helping them understand where they need to invest their time and resources in the ways that will serve their clients’ interests. Agencies also need to share their knowledge with clients, and lead by example. This demonstrates not only how well they can perform, but also cements the partnership.

Two years ago, one of my New Year’s resolutions as a marketer was to make time for self-improvement, which includes reading up on industry trends as well as attending ore online webinars and events. As part of that campaign, I’ve collected some of my favorite resources and given myself the task of reading them (well, at least some of them) every day.

Here are just a few of the resources I look at on a regular basis.

This research firm (named for the dauntless Sherpa people of Nepal) specializes in tracking marketing trends and best practices. Their stated goal is “To give marketers of the world the stats, inspiration, and instructions to improve their results.” They’re owned by MECLABS, a research and training company that helps businesses optimize their sales and marketing technology and resources. And they’re associated with MarketingExperiments, a great resource for marketing statistics and case studies.

This site has plenty of marketing insights as well as a community of over half a million marketers. Ann Handley, one of the founders of ClickZ, heads up the content for MarketingProfs, and wow, there is a lot of content out there, taking the form of newsletters, templates, guides, courses, seminars, conferences, and research.

This group is the world’s leading independent organization for data-driven marketers.  Their vision? Be the premier trade association for executives who embrace a responsible, customer-centric approach to marketing and fundraising. In addition to educational resources for marketing professionals, they provide help for consumers when it comes to unwanted marketing, especially mail, catalogs, and online advertising.

The online edition of the venerable magazine is a great place to stay current on advertising trends in digital media. My favorite section to read is AdFreak, a hilarious showcase of the best (and the worst) of advertising, branding, and design.

This organization delivers timely information and insights through their website, email newsletters, eBooks, social media, virtual events, and webcasts. They also have a monthly print edition. If you have an agency, make sure you’re listed in their directory.

Speaking of agencies, here’s a great roundup of blogs for agency professionals from Marketing Agency Insider (another excellent resource).  You see what I mean? There’s no end to the rabbit hole once you start going down it, but at least now you have a place to start.

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