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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill; 1 edition (July 19, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071664866
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071664868
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 0.9 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,583,563 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In his first book, industry veteran Verdino argues that the gold standard in advertising is no longer the Superbowl spot, but rather DIY viral efforts aimed at generation-Y. Urging companies to "market smarter," Verdino describes how Proctor and Gamble spent millions in a failed attempt to launch an online brand of personalized cosmetics while an unknown make-up artist turned how-to videos on YouTube into a successful partnership with Sephora. Authenticity is key, and large companies are jumping on the brand wagon, developing ingenious methods of connecting with this coveted consumer group. Ford Motors, for instance, hoping to make the Fiesta cool to this generation, loaned the cars to 100 young social media mavens as a means of "building evangelism, generating buzz, and sparking a movement" (drivers were required to compete in themed challenges, like poetry slams and star sightings). It's an interesting glimpse into the persuasive forces of constant contact, and an up-to-the-microsecond guide to new media marketing, but in Verdino's world, every relationship has commercial potential; the idea that there might be a pure human interaction seems never to have occurred to him. (Sept.)
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About the Author

Greg Verdino is vice president of strategy and solutions at Powered, Inc., a full-service social media agency. He has 20 years of experience in marketing and related fields and has advised such clients as American Airlines, American Express, Coca-Cola, Ford, and Panasonic. Verdino has been profiled in and quoted by many business and news media, including Advertising Age, Adweek, Forbes, The New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal. He lives in Huntington, NY.

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It's incredibly well written, easy and fun to read, and in a pleasant conversational tone.
Rick Lavoie
In fact, I've pretty much completely removed them from my reading rotation, opting instead for more interesting sociology and psychology books.
Anthony Perez
If your a designer, writer, developer, marketing manager or have anything to do with communication, this book is a must read!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Science Fiction and Marketing on August 25, 2010
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It's been about two years since I published a book review about online or social media marketing. Generally, while many friends have had their turn at the plate and I know their books have great helpful ideas and content, there tenants have had an element of redundancy, and I could not finish them (and I only review if I've read half of the book).

Greg Verdino`s microMARKETING offers a different experience with new, refreshing looks at online communications. In my mind, while it offers many of the tenants his contemporaries espouse, the book has new, exciting approaches and tenants. I actually found the book's style and approaches (do many small things well and Greg's view of earned media) inspiring, and caused me to rethink a couple of my own projects.

Case in point, the 7th Son case study in Chapter Eight was just fantastic. As someone who has published business book with a second in the works, but also has two novels almost contracted with publishers I could not help but absorb every detail. The case study made me resolve to re-edit one of the novels, and publish it independently (gasp) using social tools to promote.

This book is full of case studies like that, from Laura Luke and Sephora to the Dancing Man, as well as few social media mainstays that you'll be familiar with. In addition, the book offers seven principles of microMARKETING that are well explained and a series of questions in the final chapter to turn the quick read into a learning lesson for your organization.

I tend to lock onto great sound bites, and this one resonated so well with me, you can expect to see it in Welcome to the Fifth Estate (location 1172 on Kindle):

"All this creates a new marketing imperative and demands a new media model.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Joanne E. Sprott on July 27, 2010
Format: Hardcover
DISCLOSURE: I was the indexer for this book, but this review is unsolicited by the author. I do regular write-ups/reviews of my book projects on my blog once a month.

Micromarketing is a real must-have for anyone who wants to integrate their marketing ideas into the new virtual, niche world we all live in. I'm keeping my copy to help me market some personal poetry and essay stuff I'm doing. The mass market simply doesn't exist as a usable target, which is good for us little guys. The idea is to recruit social networking folks (called "micromavens") and basically take word-of-mouth to a whole new level of impact. Viral is the operational goal for any new product or service, but you better provide value, because your ongoing relationships with your mavens and through them the rest of your prospective clientele, depend on it. But you don't need a huge advertising budget (in fact ads are a bit outre in this world) to create success. It's pretty amazing. Power to the micros! Verdino has a very straightforward and engaging style for explaining his ideas, with lots of real/virtual-world examples to illustrate. And I've already printed out the last chapter, which is a fill-in-the-blank checklist to use in developing my own micromarketing campaign.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jonathan Burg on August 3, 2010
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DISCLOSURE: I don't currently work with Greg but think he's a swell fellow.

Great premise, great book. This isn't just another business book. It's not about the framework that will solve all your challenges or the latest and greatest business process. It's about building your business through the very real and very human actions that make great businesses tick. It's about the humanity that drives the world that is social business.

Greg is a prolific blogger and a fantastic presenter and it shows. Easy to read, featuring refreshingly new and human case studies, this is a must read for anyone sick of the same old talking points and ready for inspiration.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Rick Lavoie on August 26, 2010
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Greg takes command of the social media space while letting many others and their amazing case studies become the hero to illustrate his point that successful results in mass marketing is quickly coming to an end. This book is for everyone including the Mom and Pop marketer who Greg helps to realize that control is in their hands to disseminate very powerful micro messages through social channels. It's also for the corner office marketer who needs to realize that the world has already changed. Read it and absorb. I found myself modifying my current social campaigns in real time to adapt these sound approaches to social media that will get you results for you and/or your client. It's incredibly well written, easy and fun to read, and in a pleasant conversational tone. Enjoy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rolf Dobelli HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on July 13, 2011
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Not too long ago, those with the biggest advertising budget wielded the most influence and won the market. Today, the Internet, social media and mobile platforms have usurped the power of mainstream media. Those who use these vehicles most effectively have the clout. Greg Verdino lays out the best way to market in the evolving social, mobile landscape via a combination of small, targeted and interactive activities that garner notice and nurture relationships. Verdino outlines seven micromarketing principles and supports them with rich, topical case studies. His final chapter includes a questionnaire to help you apply his tactics to your business. getAbstract recommends starting your new advertising resource library with this relevant, applicable text.
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Greg Verdino is a highly regarded authority on digital strategy, business transformation and marketing innovation. As Managing Director / North America for The Digital Consultancy, he helps global organizations make digital a key driver of brand value and business growth.

Greg's approach to digital transformation has been shaped by almost 25 years working at the forefront of marketing, media and technology change. Prior to launching TDC in America, Greg was Executive Vice President at social business firm Dachis Group, where he helped BIC, Citibank, Fidelity, GE, Michaels Stores, Nestle and others formulate and execute best-in-class digital strategies. He joined Dachis Group (now Sprinklr) through its acquisition of crayon, the social media consultancy at which he served as Chief Strategy Officer and in which he was the second largest shareholder. Previously he was head of emerging channels for Digitas, and served in media, marketing, sales and general management roles at ROO Group (now Piksel), Akamai Technologies, Arbitron, Wunderman, and Saatchi & Saatchi.

In addition to working directly with clients, Greg serves the business community at-large as a thought leader and public speaker. He is the author of microMARKETING: Get Big Results by Thinking and Acting Small (McGraw-Hill, 2010), and a contributing author to Reinventing Interactive and Direct Marketing (ed. Stan Rapp, McGraw-Hill, 2009). Throughout his career, he has served as a go-to expert for a wide range of media outlets including Advertising Age, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, CNN, Cablevision News12, Fox News Channel, Investor's Business Daily, the New York Times, Newsday, and the Wall Street Journal. He has given speeches, led panel discussions and facilitated workshops at more than 100 corporate and association events throughout North America, in Latin America, Europe, Asia and Africa, and online.

He lives on Long Island with his wife, daughter and badly behaved cat.
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