40 of the Most Useful Social Media and PR Blog Posts of Q1, 2010 (Jan - Mar)

Posted on March 28th 2010

Compiled by Adam Vincenzini 

Late last year, I published my picks for
the 99 most useful social media posts of 2009, a collection which was received really well.

This year, I've been publishing 10 of the best posts from around the web each week as part of the
'10 out of 10 in 2010' series.

Now that
the first quarter of the year has been completed, I thought it was worth bringing together 40 of my favorites from 2010 (so far)...and, here they are...

The 40 Most Useful Social Media Posts of Q1, 2010

I've broken the collection into the following categories:
Tools, Social Networks, PR, Blogs / Blogging, Content, and General / Other.


1. The ULTIMATE list of 29 top tools for competitive intelligence
2. The 39 Tools I (Jay Baer) Will Use Today
3. 11 free tools for social media optimization
4. 5 online tools making social media easier in 2010
5. 10 essential design tools for social media pros
6. The one-stop social media toolkit shop
7. The top 10 re-tweet measurement tools
8. 9 tools that will help you livestream your newsroom
9. A list of social media management systems
10. 20 Free Social Media Tools To Help Find Your Brand's Social Media Mentions

Social Networks
11. The 11 Commandments of Corporate Tweeting
16. How To Write Media Releases That Google Will Love / Get Page Rank
17Designing a Social Web Marketing and PR Strategy
18. PR crisis management in the 'Twitter Age'
19Blogger relations: 5 tips to hone your approach
20. The PR 2.0 Checklist

21. 12 things to do before launching your Blog
22. The Key Traits Of A Successful Blog / Blogger
23. 10 tips for making your Blog posts more del.icio.us
24. 22 Linkbait Headlines That Almost Every Blogger Can Use
25. 10 Ways To Get More Blog Comments

Content / Interaction
26. Planning a content strategy
27. 5 easy steps to creating reusable social media content
28. How to write for search engines without knowing SEO
29. 5 'unorthodox' ways of fixing your social media
30. The anatomy of fruitful online conversation(s)

General / Other
31. How to use Bit.ly (advanced) for spying, link building and happiness
32. 10 great tools to create a mobile version of your site
33. 4 simple ways to integrate analytics into your daily marketing efforts
34. How to manage your online reputation
35. Social Media's top 'how to' blogs
36. Understanding the participatory news consumer (PEW study)
37. Justin Timberlake and the art of presenting well
38. 7 online video tips every B2B marketer should know
39. Simon Mainwaring's Top Ten Trends for 2010
40. Einstein's guide to social media (my favorite post of 2010 so far)

The great work of more than 30 people is featured here so be sure to thank them when you click through to the links you are interested in.

I wanted to make special note of a few people featured in this post including Amber Naslund, Jay Baer, Jason Falls, Lee Odden and Steve Farnsworth - you share and produce an awful lot of great stuff.

There are also a few posts from me scattered within the selection above - so thanks for supporting those posts as well.

Have fun reading and stay tuned for more throughout the year.

Adam Vincenzini

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Adam Vincenzini

Managing Partner, Kamber

I'm the managing partner of Kamber, an Australian-based content marketing and social media agency.

Blogging is a big passion of mine and over the last five years I've contributed posts to The Next Web, PR Daily, Search Engine Journal and SMT.

My personal blog, AdamVincenzini[dot]com was featured in the Ad Age Power 150.

Most of my blogging these days takes place over on the Kamber blog.

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Posted on March 28th 2010 at 10:48PM
Great post Adam. Very useful.  Thanks!
Posted on March 29th 2010 at 1:02PM
Thanks, Adam. Great resources, here.


Debbie Hemley

Posted on March 29th 2010 at 3:22PM
This is a keeper, bookmarked! Look forward to reading the posts I missed. Goes to show how much great info is out there. Thanks for putting them all together, Adam. 
Posted on March 29th 2010 at 4:26PM
My pleasure guys. It was a lot of fun pulling it together...it's been a big start to the year!
Posted on March 30th 2010 at 6:00AM

Wow...great way to pull some great links and content under one blog post. I agree with Davina, this list is a keeper. Just out of curiosity, how are you collecting your list? Do you have a criteria when building this list? Thanks again and I will stay tuned for the next rev.

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Posted on March 30th 2010 at 1:23PM
Hi Cindy

I use a few methods to collect post during the year.

If I see something I think fits in the useful category pop up on my Twitter feed I'll hit 'favourite' so I can review them at the end of each week.

If something pops up on my RSS, I use Evernote and clip that post to a specific folder.

I take things like retweets, views, comments etc into account.

But more than anything, it's quite subjective - based on what I find useful and applying that perspective.

Each week I send out a collection of 10 posts out on a Friday - I get a pretty good idea of what people find useful by the number of times a post is viewed from that collation.

Feel free to get  in touch if you;d like to discuss further.

Adam :)

Posted on March 30th 2010 at 3:12PM
Wow Adam! Thanks for this list and the mention. How cool to see a Wired PR Works' post at number 16. Bob Tripathi, the guest writer and SEO expert, did a great job of explaining how to optimize press releases.

Barbara @wiredprworks


Posted on March 30th 2010 at 4:10PM
It was a fantastic post and one that many of my PR pals in the UK consult often.
Thanks for all the effort you put into your newsletter...I'm a big fan.
Posted on April 1st 2010 at 12:46PM
Hi Adam,

Just stumbled on your list as I wind down for the long weekend ahead here in the UK. Great list and thanks for pulling together.



Posted on April 4th 2010 at 10:02AM
Thanks for reading and commenting guys - I think it's a real testament to how many great people are out there that a compilation like this is possible.
Keep on sharing :)
Posted on April 4th 2010 at 11:56PM
Here's something to ponder. Why do so many social media blog posts look the same - 10 ways, 10 tips, 12 things, 5 steps, 7 keys, blah blah blah? Can't anyone write a good headline nowadays?
Posted on April 5th 2010 at 12:49AM
Personally, I think it comes back to what information you are interested in.
One of the keys underpinning social media is being useful - now, providing a reader with some tips on how to do something that adds value to their day / skill set is a way of doing that.
Impactful / clever headlines are often associated with news - but news has a finite life cycle.
Useful information is timeless, which is why it is so popular and clearly stating how simply it can help the recipient is a big part of headlines that feature 7 ways, 5 tools and 3 steps etc
I think we should feel good that so many people want to learn.
I also think that just because great headlines underpinned news for so many years, doesn't necessarily mean you always need one.

Posted on April 15th 2010 at 6:58PM
Great Post Adam!  Those should keep me busy for a while:)
Posted on September 2nd 2010 at 6:18PM

Thank you for this great post. Keep up the nice work!

Posted on July 14th 2011 at 4:00AM

This is a very comprehensive list - awesome awesome. I particularly love the blogging list. It always helps to progress and continuously learn.

//Jenn @ the Creative Agency