Marketing can be an intimidating space for beginners or new business owners. There is a lot of noise out there and it’s easy for your voice to drown in it.
Additionally, the world of marketing itself is continuously influenced by changing trends and technology. Whatever was hot yesterday, suddenly appears lame and ineffective today. Marketing has also become a lot more subtle.
Thankfully for us though, we live in a digital era where people are only too keen to share knowledge. One of the most beautiful things about the Internet is the large number of support groups for any cause imaginable on the planet.
The world of marketing is no different. We are bringing you the best of online communities that you could be a part of as a marketer to fast track your growth and improve your business.
You have the ability to join hundreds of thousands of marketers from all around the world who share their experiences, frustrations, points of view or simply words of encouragement.
These are great not just for novice marketers but also those who have been in the game for a while. Nothing like timely and motivated advice to point you in the right direction!
Sign up for free to become a part of this over 100,000+ strong network of professionals who share experiences and bounce ideas off each other. As the name suggests, learn a whole lot about growth hacks for businesses and discuss what works for you while you learn what has worked for others.
Another premium community of knowledgeable and enthusiastic professionals that you can join for free and learn a lot from. The folks at Moz give out a ton of free and helpful content. Join the brigade by guest posting for them, or by simply signing up to post questions, if not that – just to read! Whichever way you look there is a torrent of helpful information. A great way to get your ideas out there as you learn from those with different experiences. Perfect for networking. They also shine a light on the members depending on their contribution to the community.
Talk about projects and promotions of your own or share your ideas on that of others. Get together with a sharp community to find out what is happening in the world of marketing and how you can utilize it in your own projects. Present your ideas to gain feedback or simply to share, but most importantly, have fun. Should get your creativity flowing in no time!
Struggling with some aspect of marketing? Not sure if your strategy is on the right track? Confused about KPIs or wondering how the latest trends apply to your niche?
Get all this answered and more at Inbound’s informed community of marketers. They are forever ready and eager to provide you with guidance. There is a lot of actionable and amazingly insightful content here in the form of questions and answers, blog posts and downloadable guides. Any aspect of inbound marketing that you may be struggling with, you are sure to get help in this community.
The world’s biggest professional network has groups to cater to the needs of all kinds of professionals. There are thousands of marketing groups on there. Find those specific to your industry and/or geographic location and start participating in the conversations. You’ll be amazed at the insights you receive!
I’ve come across some mind-blowing and detailed advice on Quora regarding digital marketing, the field I’m most active in.
Regardless of what you sell, you are sure to find almost tailored information to guide your efforts. If you don’t, simply ask a question or two. The more specific you are, the better and more relevant the answers you will receive. If not, just learn from others as they share their struggles along with the strategies that helped them.
Local groups – Triangle Marketing Club (Raleigh, N.C.)
Find a group in your area which actually meets up every now and then. It’s a great way to network and learn. The Triangle Marketing Club, for example, is a Raleigh-based group aiming to help marketers from all walks of life understand and make the most of the entire marketing process. Whatever your level of expertise in marketing, you will find useful ideas and information here, and that is the whole point of such groups.
Become a better marketer
By now you have a fair idea where to go looking to hone your marketing skills. Obviously, we are not suggesting you join all of the above. Keeping up with online communities can be time consuming. Try out a few of the communities listed here and see which turn(s) out to be the best fit for you. We are sure you will gain more confidence in your marketing skills.
Know of any communities that would help novice marketers? Let us know in the comments!