My picks for the 99 most useful Social Media (and PR) Blog posts of 2009

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Compiled by Adam Vincenzini, London.

(Note: 2010’s most useful posts are available here)

If I was given a pound for every post I shared via Twitter in 2009, I would have made £901. True story.

Sadly, my sponsorship team couldn’t secure such a deal…plus the majority of these posts have been produced by other people…and it’d be slightly wrong to profit as a result, no?

Nevertheless, it’s been profitable for me, and hopefully others, in another area: learning. Yep, that’s right, being a sponge rules.

So, without further ado, I present 99 posts from 2009 that I’ve absorbed and shared which in my opinion have been the most useful / helpful in the areas I’m passionate about (PR and social media)…hopefully you find them as worthwhile as I did / do.

(It also means that if I did have a ‘pound-per-post’ arrangement in place it’d take me up to a cool grand…nice!)

– Posts marked with an ‘asterix‘ are the ‘favourites of my favourites’
– Information regarding credits are featured at the bottom of this post

(A condensed version of this post, ‘the 9 essential posts of ’09‘ will be up on the site next week)

Also, to finish with, there are a handful of posts by yours truly. They may vary in degrees of usefulness, but I hope, that at the very least, they’re entertaining!

Social Media (General) (20)

1. 30 top Blogs for social media updates
2. 20 social media best practice tips*
3. 33 hot social media tips
4. 5 ways to fan the viral flame*
5. 10 reasons why you should use Hootsuite
6. How to make time for social media*
7. 3 quick tips to connect your website to social media
8. Top tools for social media monitoring*
9. 10 ways to improve your social media karma
10. 3 Tips for better social media management
11. Video: Social Media Revolution*
12.Social Media tactics for non-profit organisations
13. Why foursquare is the next big social network
14. 5 ways to make your site more social
15. 10 essential social media blogs you should follow / bookmark
16. Top 10 Freebies for Social Media Marketing
17.Simon Mainwaring’s special interview with Rishad Tobaccowala On Advertising’s Digital and Social Media Future
18. What you need to know about running a social media programme – The client*
19. What you need to know about running a social media programme – The product*
What you need to know about running a social media programme – The audience*
20. 25 Social media marketing tips from Dell, HP, Ford and more

Twitter (10)

21. 10 Twitter tools to help you track and perform better*
22. The ultimate Twitter applications list
23. 5 Twitter rules for business
24. Discover who ‘favourites’ your Tweets
25. 8 photo and video sharing tools for Twitter you may not have seen
26. The three E’s of Twitter*
27. 5 must do Twitter style tips
28. A twitter mini guide: 60 useful twitter resources (basics)
29. How to be a useful Twitter user and receiver
30. 62 ways to use Twitter for Business

Blogging (10)

31. 101 ways to promote a new blog*
32. 11 ways to increase your RSS subscriptions
33. 58 ways to build a better blog*
34. 10 ways Blogging will simplify your marketing programme
35. Why guest Bloggers are great for a Blog
36. 10 great corporate blogs
37. 9 vital statistics for tracking site traffic
38. How to put your blog / website on google news
39. 101 blogging tips I learned in 2009
40. 10 ways to think up new post ideas*

PR (10)

41. 15 ways PR can help social media*
42. How to pitch to Mashable
43. A media relations tool for Twitter
44. The best social media tools for PR professionals*
45 PR: From begging to earning attention
46. 15 ways to measure return on engagement (ROE) of Social Media
47. 6 PR Facts Every Marketer Must Know
48. 6 indicators of hope in PR measurement
49. 5 new online tools for PR pros
50. The top 100 PR websites of 2009

Facebook / LinkedIn (10)

51. 20 facebook tips and tricks you might not know about
52. 10 steps make your facebook page shine
53. How to create the perfect facebook fan page
54. 5 tips for optimizing your facebook page
55. 5 tips for getting more from facebook*
56. 5 tips for getting more from LinkedIn*
57. 6 ways to use LinkedIn
58. 33 ways to use LinkedIn for business
59. 8 tips for managing LinkedIn Groups*
60. A collection of ten more great Blog posts about LinkedIn

Case Studies / In Action (10)

61. Case studies of four brands using social media
62. 9 marketing lessons of the pink ribbon Cancer campaign
63. Video: Burger King Whopper Sacrifice (Facebook Campaign)*
64. Video: The clever launch of the Seat Ibiza in Israel
65. Social Media Policies of 113 Organisations
66. Video: Cannes PR Lions Finalist: The £10m Tongue (Costa Coffee)*
66. 30 UK Social Media case Studies*
67. Dairy queen: how it uses social media
68. 6 Social Media Marketing Case Study Lessons
69. HBO’s integrated campaign for True Blood
70. Peter Kim’s comprehensive Wiki of social media marketing campaigns *

Mobile / Content / Measurement / SEO / Other (20)

71. 50 top creative Blogs*
72. How to determine your internet marketing budget
73. The 75 best business blogs of 2009
74. 5 easy ways to optimize your site for Bing
75. Companies Engaging in Social Media Have Higher Financial Performance
76. Ways to influence people online
77. 5 ways to beat the SEO competition in Google
78. 100 useful bookmarklets for better productivity (ultimate list)*
79. 40 Search / SEO Case Studies
80. 10 Tips for Writing bokkmarkable content
81. 15 best places to get free stock photos online*
82. 5 simple ways to create a content culture at your company
83. The five factors of compelling content
84. The benefits of the very under-rated DABR mobile Twitter app
85. 30 iPhone apps reviewed
86. An early look at Foursquare and Gowalla
87. A ‘B’ listers first thoughts on Google Wave
88. 3 financial dangers of social media
90. How to achieve audience participation in 2010 (customer engagement research report)

Finally, some stuff from me… (9)

91. 10 things I’ve learnt about social media
92. My top 29 communications blogs /sites of 2009
93. 10 top Twitter / Social Media Apps for Comms pros
94. Video: The World’s Most Well Crafted Brand
95. 10 most over-used words in press releases.html
96. Social media adoption curve / life stages: The report
97. 5 Italian traits that Brands / People should adopt for social media success
98. Why ‘So What?’ is the most important question in PR…and always will be
99. 10 Celebs you wont see fronting PR campaigns in 2010

As you’ll see when you click through on the links you’ll arrive at the host site for each piece of content. That is is where you’ll find who was responsible for the great stuff you’re checking out.

A few people make several appearances in this list and I wanted to single them out for a special mention, including: Matt Singley, Sarah Evans, Simon Mainwaring, Dave Fleet, Francisco Rosales, Daniel Honigman, the guys at Econsultancy, the guys at Spotlight ideas, the excellent, my pals at Paratus Communications…and there’s a heap more. If / when you do click through to their content, be sure to thank them for their hard work.

My last tip, before I go and never look at my laptop ever again is this: file, file, file! There are so many ways to be organised and be productive when it comes to this area (including many excellent tools listed here).

As always, if you’d like to get in touch about anything to do with PR / Social Media, or how we’re blending the two at Paratus Communications, feel free to drop me an email at:

Or follow me via Twitter: @AdamVincenzini

Finally (seriously) I hope you found this useful.

P.S If you fancy linking back to this Blog, please go ahead.


  • Reply December 19, 2009

    Francie Grace

    Fabulous list, thanks for posting!

  • Reply December 20, 2009

    Francisco Rosales

    Hey Adam, thanks a lot for the mentions, I’m truly honored.

    Happy Holidays man!

  • Reply December 20, 2009

    Geel Girl

    Nice work Adam! That should keep me busy or a little while!

  • Reply December 20, 2009

    Benito Castro

    Gracias. From Sevilla, Spain.

  • Reply December 20, 2009


    This post is so extensive, I’ll be busy reading all these articles for weeks 🙂 Thank you so much for compiling this list!

    Dagmar’s momsense

  • Reply December 21, 2009

    online branding blog

    Great list! Haven’t seen some of these.

  • Reply December 21, 2009


    Amazing list. This has been bookmarked…I’ll be working on it for weeks. Thx!

  • Reply December 21, 2009

    Cendrine Marrouat

    Thank you for this great list! Very comprehensive and there is a lot of choice.

  • Reply December 21, 2009


    Quality List!! Awsome….. It forced my mind to bookmark it 🙂

  • Reply December 21, 2009

    Alan Underkofler

    This is truly an impessive list and delivered just in time to review over the holiday weekend! Thank you!

  • Reply December 22, 2009

    Dave Fleet

    Thanks for the inclusion in this, Adam. Can’t imagine how much work this must have been to pull together. This is a very useful resource.

    Happy holidays!

  • Reply December 22, 2009

    Mari Smith

    Adam, it’s truly a delight to connect with you in Twittersville and Blogland. Thanks for taking the time to compile this tremendous compilation. I look forward to staying in touch in 2010!! 🙂


  • Reply December 22, 2009

    Adam Vincenzini

    I’m going to sound like a broken record but at least Mum will be proud of my manners!

    Thanks for taking the time to read this post (well, at least skim through it…might take you a year or two two read everything linked to it!!) and making a comment – feedback really makes putting the time in worthwhile…and I have been given just as much, if not more, than I attempted to give back via this post.
    Keep in touch.

  • Reply December 22, 2009

    Leo Bottary

    Adam, I applaud your compiling this list. There’s clearly a great deal of good information here for our convenient reference. The troubling part is the structure of most of these posts. We’ve become a culture of “tips” – five ways to do this, 10 ways to achieve that, etc. I hope the tops posts for next year force us to dig a little deeper; only then do we stand much of a chance of actually improving!

  • Reply December 22, 2009


    Great list! A lot of my favorites are on there too.

  • Reply December 22, 2009


    What a way to sum up social media for 2009! Really useful. Thanks for the effort!

  • Reply December 28, 2009

    Edge Girl

    Wow, commendable list. So far on my first visit you have managed to lure me away from some of the other things I was going to read…good thing I added you to my reader!

  • Reply December 29, 2009


    I skipped the whole list and went directly to case studies 🙂

    It’s critical to have the right mindset and the thought process before “cannon-balling” into social media. But in my opinion, I rather save money and the credibility of the brand by learning from successful campaigns.

    Thanks for the list!


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