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While I've always said common sense and politeness are the best marketing tools you can have, a few good resources never go amiss! And we live in a world of amazingly innovative on-line tools. Here are some of my favorites with notes on usage.

General Marketing

American Marketing Association

Local AMA Chapter *disclosure - I'm a board member of my local AMA*
National AMA

Late 2015 - Important Update. Things have been moving and shaking in the on-line world. Check out this update on social media changes and additions. (Heads up - one of them was CAN-SPAM for Canada.)

Cool On-Line Tools


Canva Now offers a business-focused package of simple, free graphic design for blogs, images, social media, etc. (Includes resizing help! "Magic Resize") Need to create an infographic? Here are templates!
PicMonkey Giving PhotoShop a run for its money - favorite new tool! 


Empatic It's like having a SM assistant
DOSocial The "easiest" SM management tool. Free option available.
HootSuite Free and a great option for RSS/pre-scheduling SM *disclosure - I use this personally + it is my first recommendation to clients.*
Insightly Free CRM option that integrates with Gmail - very easy to use
Meet Edgar Great scheduling tool that auto creates a content library  *disclosure - I use this professionally*
Nimble Social CRM  - best for Twitter/FB/Google+ users as LinkedIn portion is weak
SproutSocial SM management and engagement tool *disclosure - I use this at work and adore it*
Tint Need a social media display dashboard - the office, a convention,etc? THIS is the way - Facebook, Twitter - all in one place. (Note - It is a little pricey and the free version is obviously branded)
Todoist This is my favorite new tool for getting things done! Track all the things - from the app or the web. Get e-mailed in the morning a list of the day's to-dos. And that's just the free version! The paid version does even more...


Newsle Keep up with business associates in the news; a LinkedIn company
Organization Hack Not all tools need an app - here's one for paper people!
Taco From what I see - this beats any task management tool for people using multiple apps/tools Fabulous free transfer service for your large graphics files


All about GIFs - What they are and how to make them
Join a TwitterChat Humble brag - done by a client!
How to Set up Social Media from Scratch I didn't write it - but it's exactly the process and planning I use.
Tagdef Need to know the definition of a hashtag? This is the best way to do it.


Adjelly Helps with sizing of ads across all social media*
CAN-SPAM Compliance US E-mail/Social Media Rules
Overview of 2014 Canadian E-mail/Social Media Rules FYI, stricter than US.
Color Help  This site shows coordinating colors and MUCH more.
Color Use Infographic
Colors in Logos Infographic
Color Psychology It's a good article - but  the "bang for the buck" is in the references for fascinating papers
Email Open Rates Infographic
FindGuidelines All the SM logo use guides you will ever need
Free Image Source List (+info guide)
Free Local (St. Joseph County) Images
LinkedIn Profile Infographic
Logo Design Infographic
Social Media Guideline Examples 
Unit Conversion  Need help changing Pixels to Inches? This tool for this and more!

*If you are a SproutSocial user with their Landscape tool - Adsize is a good option.

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Marketing Supports

Alexandra Franzen (recommendations from another pro)
          - Here's a piece Alexandra did on writing better. (FYI - you ARE a writer.
          - Here's another she did on getting noticed online
          - Need to protect your intellectual property? Check out this post
Barefoot Executive
Design Pickle I don't see this replacing an agency but, I can see where this might be a fabulous  support for a small company
Duct Tape Marketing
         - Here's my favorite DTM blog piece on setting up SM from scratch (this is exactly the set up I've used)
Erik Deckers
         - Here's a very nice piece he did on techniques to improve writing
          - Fabulous blog piece with info on image size requirements per SM outlet.
Marketing Sherpa
Social Media Examiner
           - Specifically look at the entry on Measuring Social Media
           - Another great entry on Keeping Social on the Go (I like #1, #3 and #9)
Unconventional Guides I haven't tried these but the topic of World Domination is fascinating. (If you do try them - let me know how it goes!)

Trusted Service Providers*

Area Marketing + Advertising Firms

Momentum Marketing Consultants *disclosure - I consult with them* Display and Social Media specialists
TaigMarks Excellent for product launches
Villing & Co Great all-around firm

Internet Firms

Internet Business Solutions  Quick and solid web design
Effect Web Agency SEO specialists, Wordpress geniuses

Photographers (B2B and commercial photography)

Art Hansen South Bend area
Craig Lamson Fort Wayne area
Midwest Photographics South Bend area
(All the image of me on this blog are by Midwest Photographics)


Lithotone Full service print house with specialized fulfillment services
Oscar's Print and Copy Center Exceptional customer service and devotion to quality
Rink High quality print services
Service Printers Exceptional flexibility for meeting small custom projects

Promotional Materials

Martin Marketing Brad and his team can help your brand stand apart - customer service first!
Paula Sours of Proforma Printing is a fantastic resource for helping source unique custom options. (Disclosure: we serve on the AMA board together)


EnlighteneDesign Makes your presentations sing
MaxonGraphix  Graphic design and support

*These are folks I have worked with and trust. Any statement about the company reflects my use of their services. There are many other fine companies who also provide service.