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Secret sources for all the social media news, tips and advice you can handle

Reels, Stories, Clubhouse and just about everything else on the internet is constantly changing.

It’s important to keep up to date with news, tips and advice about all things social and digital to keep you on top of your game.

And we’ve done the work for you and created a list of resources that will turn you into a social media pro!

The SMPerth Blog

Is it wrong to start a list with ourselves?! We reckon our thirst for the hottest social media news is just about unrivalled. Whether it’s a brand new platform, a new trend or an exciting new tool, you can bet we’ve heard of it, and we’re not afraid to test it out. Don’t ask to see our Weekly Screen Time Reports – it’s not pretty. 

Go-to news for the latest from the world of digital and social marketing, resources for practical tips and guides on topics like SEO and content marketing (we’ve even got FREE templates for you), training for webinars and workshops and while you’re here, have you thought about our membership?

Apps & Services to check out

Copyblogger 

If writing is a large part of what you do, check out Copyblogger. They provide relevant content to keep your social media writing creative and inspired. A must for all social media writers.

Buzzsumo

Use Buzzsumo to generate ideas, monitor your performance and identify influencers. The site allows you to analyse what content is performing best for any topic or competitor, for example, search what the most shared piece of content for ‘social media’ is on the web. You can search for key influencers and gain a greater understanding of a successful strategy.

Note: Buzzsumo is a paid service. They offer a free 7-day trial so you can see what it’s all about.

Sked Social

For an easy-to-use content scheduler for Instagram and Facebook, Sked Social has you covered. From a social media calendar and story scheduling, to auto posting, visual planners and more, Sked Social has everything you need to to take the headache out of managing your social media schedule.

Podcasts & Newsletters

The Wall Street Journal: Tech News Briefing

This is a podcast that can be found across most platforms including Spotify and iTunes. Each podcast delivers a 5-10 minute update on current social and digital media news. A great way to catch up with social media news while walking to work. The Wall Street Journal also have a tech section that covers some social media news – view it here.

The Geekout Newsletter

Run by social media consultant Matt Navarra, the Social Media Geekout is a major source for trends and changes in social media. It’s free, and sent out every Friday. Full of spots and leaks, this is a great newsletter if you’re looking to keep ahead of trends.

Savvy Social Podcast

If you’re looking for a short and to-the-point podacs filled with social media marketing tips and interviews, then look no further than the Savvy Social Podcast. In her weekly podcast, Andréa Jones hosts interviews with thought leaders and experts in everythign marketing. It’s definitely one worth checking out.

Other great sources we love

Buffer

Buffer is a social media management platform. The company’s blog section offers extensive social media tips and advice on tools, strategies and analytics.

Want to know what is making your customers tick? Then the Global Web Index Consumer Trends Report is a great place to start. It’s an excellent resource for getting ahead of trends, adapting to a changing world, and understanding the needs of consumers.

Pi Datametrics

Wondering how you are stacking up against your digital competitors? Pi Datametrics allows you to measure your brand’s impact, your products, and compare your campaign performance against competitors. Pi Datametrics is a fantastic tool to analyse trends and make more informed decisions about when and where you should launch online campaigns. You can identify the “what” and the “when” by analysing emerging trends an

Hootsuite

Another management platform with a spectacular blog section. This blog will make you a social media pro in no time. Also, the website is very clean and super easy to use.

The Verge

The Verge was founded in 2011 in partnership with Vox Media. The Verge is a great website that covers tech, social, culture and everything in between. They post plenty of content, so make sure you follow them on Facebook to keep up to date with everything.

Wired

This website is aesthetically very pleasing to browse. You can browse business, tech, gear, ideas, science, or just scroll through the home page. They deliver original video content regularly—one of the best.

Engadget

Engadget is a great source of social media, tech and gaming news. They tend to focus on social media changes and new developments rather than content on how to grow your brand.

Have we missed anything? Tell us in the comments 👇

Sean Huxley
Sean graduated from Murdoch University in 2017 and went from intern to Account Manager with Coffey & Tea. He also contributes to Social Media Perth.