By Jan Zimmerman, Deborah Ng

Part of Social Media Marketing All-in-One For Dummies Cheat Sheet

The first phase in writing your social media marketing plan is research. Use the websites in this table to put together the best possible social media marketing plan for your company.

Website Description
Addict-o-matic The current buzz and trends on any topic
Alltop Directory of blogs, broken down by niche
BIG Marketing for Small Business Social media, online, and offline marketing tips
Dragonsearch Social Networking Media ROI Calculator Online ROI calculator for social networking campaigns
HubSpot Blogs Inbound Internet marketing blog
LinkedIn Social Media Marketing Group Professional discussion group; approval required to join
MarketingProfs Marketing Resources Social media marketing tips, including B2B
MarketingSherpa Social networking research with B2B focus
Mashable Premier site for online news with social media focus
TopRank Online Marketing Blog Blog about online and social marketing
Quantcast Demographic research on most sites
Social Mention Tracks post about topics on 100+ social media services
Social Networking for Business Development Social networking blog for business development
Social Networking Watch Aggregates news and statistics for social networks
Technorati Real-time blog search engine and curation

Bookmark any sites you find useful so that you can continue accessing them after you have your social media marketing plan in place.