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My Top Marketing Newsletters of 2020: Filtered from 100s

Last updated: Jan 6, 2020

One of the ways I stay updated on marketing trends is through newsletters. Every year, new strategies are discovered, new roles are defined, new concepts surface & some old ideas die. And I’d like to aware of it to keep a general view of the broad marketing landscape every year.

I started subscribing to a bunch of newsletter about 5 years ago and realised it was just too much content to consume. Subscribing to them wasn’t serving any purpose for me as I was just bookmarking & starring my newsletter emails, never reading them.

That’s when I decided that I only have the bandwidth to go through 5-6 newsletters at a time, which is how the below list got created. Every couple of months, I keep refining this list of newsletters to see which one has delivered most value for me over years.

Roughly, here’s my selection process:

  1. Been a subscriber for > 1 year
  2. Look forward to reading them at least twice a month. For example, if I starred those emails, I will make the effort to go back and read them.
  3. Profited personally/professionally out of them

Hacker News Weekly

Sent every Friday, this is one of my most awaited reads. It covers everything from marketing, startups, new tools, great books to read, philosophical articles, latest development trends… basically the top posts of the week on Hacker News, but curated masterfully.

Growth Hackers Roundup

This is the community that introduced me to inbound marketing in the early days and they’ve been delivering value to me consistently ever since. Most of the content here is very tactical & hands-on. For example, a new <marketing tactic> or how to scale that <marketing tactic>.

Buffer Open

Buffer is a business that generates $20 million+ annually and they have a pretty solid brand. This newsletter is basically a 100% transparent look into how they’re running their marketing team. They share things like their marketing budget break-down, salaries, management structure, new strategy implementation & results – it’s astonishing and admirable how transparent this company is.

First Round Review

Great, I mean, GREAT reads related to leadership – strategy, hiring, operations, networking. Very useful for CxO level marketing executives.

Think with Google

This is an excellent newsletter to get you thinking about digital marketing over the long term. Curated by the lovely folks at Google. Here’s one of their latest pieces


I find it very valuable to understand the different kinds of marketing roles companies are hiring for and these job notifications have become an unusual source on marketing trends for me.

Remote Marketing Monthly

This is my own newsletter where I about marketing teams operating without an office. I’ve been running this newsletter for 3 years now and here’s what some of the subscribers say about the newsletter:

My long term mission is to make every co-located marketing team, location independent. If you’re curious about marketing teams without an office, you should subscribe to it.

Other Newsletters in Consideration

  1. Brain Food
  2. Asking Beautiful Questions (not active)
  3. Moz Top 10
  4. PostFunnel (thoughtful discussions on marketing)
  5. Signal vs Noise (strong opinions on business)
  6. Inside Intercom (for product marketers)

Should I add to this list? Comment below.

Madhav Bhandari

I'm a marketer who's been working with remote marketing teams for 6+ years. My long term mission is to make all co-located marketing teams, location independent.

5 thoughts to “My Top Marketing Newsletters of 2020: Filtered from 100s”

  1. which is #5 on your “extras consideration” should have made the cut to your top list. They host marketing gurus, have the best design out of the entire list and keep refreshing their topics. That’s my top choice, for sure.

    1. Oh absolutely Tig, I subscribed to them a couple of months back – been loving the content so far! What I’d like to see is if they sustain that level of value for the next 1 year. I keep updating this list quarterly so who knows it might enter my top 7 soon. Thanks for your advice!

  2. Hi Madhav,

    I have just finished reading your blog (link to it) and found it really useful – I’ve already signed up to *Growth Hackers Roundup and First Round Review.

    I’ve recently launched our very own newsletter and think it would be a useful addition to your list for your readers.

    The newsletter in-brief:
    >We scour the web for the video communication tips and send it monthly
    >It includes blogs, videos and podcasts
    >It’s perfect for communication professionals (internal and external) looking to engage their audience.

    If you’d like to check it out, feel free to follow the link below!

    Sign up link >

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