I’m not trying to change your mind about where to get inspiration, just trying to outline for you some of the places I get mine. Perhaps it’ll spark an idea or two for you.
One look at my browsing history and you’d be all like, “What?”
But here’s what I do regularly and quickly (not all inclusive):
→ I have my own website that feeds the latest Internet Marketing headlines (no you can’t see it)
→ Duh, Twitter
→ Facebook: I follow and I’m friends with a lot of SEO companies and people – I scan the wall for new stuff (and click a few links); also videos to listen to while working
→ The Chive – Memes, what’s trending on the Internet, creative ideas, creative taglines, creative blog post headlines; also, videos to listen to while working
→ Youtube: Training, how-to, videos to listen to
→ Huffington Post – Not my trusted news source, but a good way to get tech headlines, and skimming the front page keeps me abreast of what’s trending online; plus, it often had business and economy headlines — good to have in the thought arsenal when planning marketing ideas
→ Google – searches you wouldn’t expect; such as people I know, people I don’t know: These are quick random tests to see why things rank better than others (especially for info and people who don’t use the Internet for business or anything else – this helps show what’s trending in how Google decides what to rank and not rank). Also for the obvious best-practices reasons.
→ Themeforest – Content architecture ideas and what’s trending, plus it’s easy to see what’s hot in design and info architecture here
→ Codecanyon – Trends in widgets, content, tools, anything that a client could use?
→ Videohive – What’s new, how can I use it to create good, diverse content
→ Seemingly random searches and content review for sites that are not marketing related — for content ideas, content architecture ideas, keyword usage, content formatting ideas, messaging
→ AdGenerator – Pure inspiration sparks for headlines
^ I’ll add more as i come up with them — they’re so engrained and have helped me find success so second nature is hard to pin down and write down.
Did that help?