As a woman entrepreneur I like to stay abreast of any breaking women's news, statistics or generally interesting stuff that has to do with women in the marketplace and business world. It's important to know what's being said about women, how our gender is being reflected in society and business, and to have the ability to interpret and spread the news.
Today's Women To Watch post consists of my 5 online resources for women entrepreneurs that I've found helpful in keeping up to date on who's who and what's what in all things for women entrepreneurs, social media and business.
1. Forbes Woman - ForbesWoman.com is one of the first things I read in the mornings. The Forbes name is known for it's business savvy news and they do a wonderful job at recognizing women rising to the top.
You may not have known this, but one of my articles was picked up by Forbes last month that featured 20 Top Social Media and Marketing Blogs Written by Women. I was also honored to have been names one of Forbes Top 30 Women Entrepreneurs to Follow on Twitter! Maybe I'm a little biased, but you will not go wrong in staying up to date with the Forbes brand and adding their site to your online resources.
2. WomenEntrepreneur - Full of excellent articles written by talented women, I always find something inspiring to share when visiting. Such as the article Lena West published today titled "The Two Best Ways To Respond To Positive Blog Comments". Can you guess what they are? I will tell you this..I have not been doing them and I should! You'll find tips like these from women entrepreneurs to help you in your business.
3. Google Alerts - So, this isn't exactly one site I turn to, but it is an excellent online resource for finding women's news or any news you are particularly interested in. I set Google alerts with keywords such as "women entrepreneur" "marketing to women" or "business women" and have Google send all the latest news results to my Reader.
You can use whatever keywords are significant for your niche, including your own keywords to keep up on what the competition is up to. (Tip: set up alerts with your own name, website and misspellings of your name to know when you're mentioned somewhere else and follow up with a comment)
4. Twitter Searches - Sometimes your Google alerts just don't catch everything out there that may mention women's news of some sort. You never know what other keywords are being used when an author writes an article, so set up some searches on Twitter with similar keywords and Twitter will help you find any relevant info mentioned in tweets.
If you use HootSuite or TweetDeck you can do your search from there and set up a separate column just to monitor those keywords. I've fallen in love with HootSuite for monitoring all my little niches, brands, etc!
5. Subscribe To Blogs - I can't say enough about the power of Word of Mouth...if you are not staying in touch with the friends, mentors, and cwomen entrepreneurs in your target market you are doing yourself and others a disservice. It is important to your growth to get to know other bloggers and recognize them when you come across anything that you've found interesting. You're building your own credibility along with theirs and you will learn a lot!
If you don't know where to start in finding some great blogs to follow, be sure to check read my 20 Best Marketing and Social Media Blogs By Women and check out the blogrolls here and on other blogs you've found helpful.
What are your top resources for finding breaking news or information relevant to your niche? Share them below in the comments...I'm sure I've missed some great ones and love new ideas!P.S. ~~> If you would like to be featured on Market Like A Chick, just check out the details on my Be Featured page. You can choose to write a guest article of your own or be featured in an interview like this. We want to hear from you! Share and Enjoy:
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