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"A book like this deserves a no bullshit testimonial: The social media world is so full of it, I really didn’t think anybody had the guts to put out a book like this on it. If someone tells you social media is crap, throw this book at them and demand they read it.”

--Scott Stratten, international bestselling author of UnMarketing: Stop Marketing. Start Engaging


“Jason and Erik don’t screw around with wishy-washy theories or starry-eyed notions. If you’re looking for sound advice on how to use social media to grow your business (and who isn’t?), this book is your guide.”

--David Meerman Scott, bestselling author of Real-Time Marketing and PR: How to Instantly Engage Your Market, Connect with Customers, and Create Products that Grow Your Business Now


"I've been famously quoted as saying, '99.5% of social media experts are clowns,' but watching Jason over the course of the last five years makes me feel pretty confident that he's in the other .5%."

--Gary Vaynerchuk, cofounder, VaynerMedia; author of The Thank You Economy


"Jason and Erik are the real deal. They blend heartfelt sincerity with technical know-how and experience. This book gives you a lot to chew on, and if you let it, gives you a serious step up on your competition."

--Chris Brogan, coauthor of Trust Agents: Using the Web to Build Influence, Improve Reputation, and Earn Trust


“Finally, a book that hits the topic of social media in a way that makes it real, practical, and important.”

--John Jantsch, author of Duct Tape Marketing and the Referral Engine


"Social media marketing can drive real business results and No Bullshit Social Media delivers straight-talking guidance to help brands succeed."

--Peter Kim, chief strategy officer, Dachis Group


“Forget everything you thought you already knew about social media marketing. Chuck it. Start over. Then, turn to page 1 of Falls and Deckers’s No Bullshit Social Media guide and learn from the masters.”

--Todd Defren, principal, SHIFT Communications; blogger, PR-Squared


“Deckers and Falls crystallize the relevant aspects of social media marketing in an exciting and informal way. Not just for marketing types, No Bullshit Social Media is a must-read for anyone who has a passion to grow their business by learning how to listen and dialog with their customers.”

--Scott Applebee, vice president marketing, Travelpro International, Inc.


"Finally! A no-nonsense marketing book from guys deep within the social media trenches. This book is a must-read for any business that's struggling with social media marketing."

--Michael A. Stelzner, CEO, SocialMediaExaminer.com; author of Launch: How to Quickly Propel Your Business Beyond the Competition


“I punched the wall with enthusiasm after reading this book! No joke. This is the best bare-knuckled approach to social media marketing I have ever read. Erik and Jason tell it to you straight. Every CEO, entrepreneur, and business professional should read this book and spit out the BS!”

--Kyle Lacy, author of Branding Yourself and Twitter Marketing for Dummies


“Pop! Finally a book that bursts the hype balloon around social media and delivers a real recipe for how to use it to actually build your business. Falls and Deckers call out the fools and phonies and pull no punches while doing so. This book delivers clear-headed, no-nonsense, proven advice that you'll gobble up like candy--especially if you're a doubter about the whole social media craze.”

--Jay Baer, coauthor of The Now Revolution: 7 Shifts to Make Your Business Faster, Smarter, and More Social


“Jason Falls and Erik Deckers waste no words getting right to what works and what doesn't. You couldn't find two more qualified people to deliver the clear story on how social media can grow your business--using the speed and reach of the Internet to make real relationships. Buy this book now!”

--Liz Strauss, brand strategist, community builder, founder of SOBCon


"Ripping off a Band-Aid never feels good, but that is exactly what Falls and Deckers do as they cut right to the point and tell you exactly how your company needs to approach social media if it wants to be successful. No kissing your boo-boo in this book!"

--C.C. Chapman, coauthor of Content Rules: How to Create Killer Blogs, Podcasts, Videos, Ebooks, Webinars (and More) That Engage Customers and Ignite Your Business


“Stop. Put this book down! Step away from the book. Honestly, we’d prefer that you not read this book. We’re quite happy to continue to run laps around your business, and the last thing we need is for you to start trying to satisfy your customers by applying what you’ll learn here.”

--Joe Sorge, entrepreneur, small business owner, burgerwhisperer, coauthor of #TwitterWorks: Restaurant 2.0 Edition: How social media built a restaurant, a pizza truck and thousands of relationships


No Bullshit Social Media advances and distills Jason and Erik’s unique and thought-provoking insights about why, and how, we should use what they so simply demonstrate is the most powerful marketing tool available to businesses today--social media.”

--Kevin Taylor, aka @telecomtails; former president, Chartered Institute of Public Relations; founder, Robertson Taylor PR; European lead for Global Results Communications


"Many business leaders are still trying to understand the value of social media communication. Falls and Deckers take the key questions and challenges head on, back them up with examples, and spare you the frustrating jargon and hyperbole. If you're an executive trying to get your arms around social or need your boss to better understand, this book is the place to start."

--Amber Naslund, VP Social Strategy, Radian6; coauthor of The Now Revolution: 7 Shifts to Make Your Business Faster, Smarter, and More Social


“Kick-ass straight-talk about how social media has emerged core to businesses' bottom line success. A must-read, with no holds barred.”

--Stacy DeBroff, CEO and founder, Mom Central Consulting


"This is a book I'm excited about. Not just because it sounds straightforward (that ‘No Bullshit’ thing!), but because it is. Social media isn't all Rainbow Brite, snuggly puppies, and big group hugs. It's real. It's actionable. It works. So what are you waiting for?"

--Ann Handley, chief content officer, MarketingProfs; coauthor of Content Rules: How to Create Killer Blogs, Podcasts, Videos, Ebooks, Webinars (and More) That Engage Customers and Ignite Your Business


"Jason and Erik offer something often in painfully short supply in the social media world: business sense. No kumbaya, no fluffy talk about engagement or conversation, just real advice crafted with business needs and a bottom line in mind."

--Christopher Barger, senior vice president of global programs, Voce Connect


“‘Yes you can!,’ President Obama’s slogan from his first presidential election campaign, is an apt label to apply to Jason Falls and Erik Deckers’s treatment of social media and its dynamic place in business and marketing. Falls and Deckers pepper their book with credible case studies to illustrate the compelling differences social media marketing can make to any business, large or small. No Bullshit Social Media offers you actionable insights that will help you believe that you, too, can realize benefits that social media marketing can bring to your business.”

--Neville Hobson, ABC (Association of Business Communicators); copresenter, the For Immediate Release podcast series


“Jason Falls and Erik Deckers continue to deliver ‘Pristine and Straight Arrow Insights’ into social media marketing. Their book No Bullshit Social Media is just that: no B.S. This book is common sense from cover to cover!”

--Ramon De Leon, social media visionary and international speaker, Domino’s Pizza Chicago


“In an era when everyone from kids to grandparents has mastered social media, too many business people are still asking, ‘Do I dare?’ This no-B.S. read says loudly and clearly, ‘Hell, yes!’ It’s a smart, succinct combo of why to and how that persuasively pounds home its social-media premise: ‘You better play, or you’re gonna pay.’”

--Bruce Hetrick, president and CEO, Hetrick Communications


"Enough of the excuses! No more saying that you don't ‘get’ social media or that you're too old/out of date/not geeky enough to use today's tools to market your business. Get off your butt, buy this book, and start growing! 'Nuff said."

--Sarah "Intellagirl" Smith-Robbins, PhD, Director of Emerging Technologies, Kelley Executive Partners at Indiana University; Marketing faculty, Kelley School of Business, Indiana University


"Social media has changed the rules of how products and services are marketed, forever! In this book, Jason and Erik throw stone-cold facts at the reader and force you to open up to new forms of ROI."

--Arjen Strijker, founder, Somesso.com

About the Author

Jason Falls is a consultant, speaker, strategist, and thinker in the world of digital marketing and social media. He is the owner of Social Media Explorer, a social media consulting service, as well as Exploring Social Media, a learning community. He works with corporate clients, developing and managing their social media and PR strategies. He is a highly sought-after speaker, traveling around the country to speak to various trade associations, conferences, and corporate groups.


Erik Deckers is the co-owner and vice president of creative services of Professional Blog Service, a ghost blogging and social media agency. His company works with both small businesses and large corporations. Erik has been blogging since 1997, and he speaks widely on social media topics for personal branding, business, crisis communication, and citizen journalism. He is also a newspaper columnist and award-winning playwright.


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Que Publishing; 1 edition (September 11, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0789748010
  • ISBN-13: 978-0789748010
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 0.8 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #376,203 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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No B**S Social Media, a Recommended Book (Four Stars)

No B**S Social Media, Review No B**S? Really! No B**S Social Media at least has a catchy title. It certainly got my attention and hope that this would be one of the better books on Social Media Marketing. I teach Social Media Marketing in San Francisco and online (just Google `Jason McDonald' or click on my profile to find me), and so I am always on the look out for new insights into the emerging world of SMM.

Bottom line: four stars

I recommend the book as a good, fresh intro to Social Media Marketing.
The book's strength: a detailed, high level overview to WHY Social Media matters.
The book's weakness: lack of how-to-, step-by-step detail.

No B**S Social Media is 90% a conceptual book, and only 10% a practical how-to guide. The discussions of ROI / Metrics, review marketing, and how to organize your social media team in a larger company are all quite good. If you have an established product, more than ten employees, and are looking for a good airplane read on social media, this is a good book for you. If you are a start up, a single employee company, or are looking for a detailed practical manual on Social Media Marketing, you are better served by Social Media for Dummies.

Be Afraid, Be Very Afraid of Social Media

Not surprisingly, given its brash title, the book's tone is no nonsense. One major theme in the book is: Be afraid, be very afraid! Be afraid, first of all, that the Social Media Revolution is here, and be afraid that you - Mr. or Ms. Marketing - do not understand it. Your company will be doomed as will you - so you had better start paying attention! Do I agree with this statement? Absolutely. Do I agree with the tone: not at all.
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As an independent author working with a extremely small, almost non-existent marketing budget, I was hoping this book would be a stream-lined, no-nonsense book on HOW to use social media. Although this book does offer some suggestions, the main focus on this book is on persuading the reader for that his or her business actually needs to be using social media. It does do a great job where this is concerned. This book is loaded with facts and figures on WHY every business should be using social media and the ways that social media can help your business.

What I found lacking, and what I was really looking for, was a clear-cut guide to HOW to use all the available social media. Don't get me wrong, the authors do offer some tips and points in this area, but overall this book is not a guide to HOW to use social media to your advantage. Also, this book is more geared towards bigger businesses, not the struggling author or mom and pop business. This is not a knock on the book, but merely my opinion on the contents of the book. The book itself is well-written and I'm sure, a good resource for businesses who know very little about social media and need the facts for their marketing. It was simply not what I needed or had hoped it would be.

So, if you are looking for a book which gives you the down and dirty facts on WHY you should be using social media, along with some good points and tips, this is a great place to start. If, on the other hand, you are looking for an easy to follow outline of HOW to use social media to your advantage, this may not be what you are looking for. A good book, but not what I needed. 3 Stars.

Bohdi Sanders, author of the award-winning bestseller, Modern Bushido: Living a Life of Excellence
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Here we have yet another steaming pile of hype, written by two people who got successful selling hype, and hyped by dozens of fellow hypers. Since it is exactly as useless as everything else ever written on this subject, I'll give a general overview on social media marketing and then at least you'll be able to think straight while reading this book...

Everything I read about social media falls into a few small categories:

1. We researched whether social media is an effective marketing tool and have determined that it is. Our proof is the fact that (a) people like it, and (b) people use it.

2. There is no question that social media marketing is effective. It is, and if you doubt it then you're so pre-2009, and you'll cry when your competitors steal all of your business because you didn't have a Twitter account.

3. We researched whether social media marketing is effective and have determined that it can be, but not always directly or even intentionally. Measuring its effectiveness is therefore difficult and requires critical thought rather than brute force.

Basically, the first group asks the right question but uses the wrong evidence to arrive at the answer. The second group doesn't want to ask the question because their book sales, seminars, and other forms of income are derived from pimping the trend. These two groups will assume that 4,000 Facebook friends is better than 3,642 and that it is worth the time and effort to grow such numbers regardless of ROI.

The third asks the right question and questions the answers. Here is where the question is left open if the evidence is missing or inconclusive. This should not be a novel concept.
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