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The Social Media Bible: Tactics, Tools, and Strategies for Business Success Paperback – May 8, 2012
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Praise for The Social Media Bible
"The social media phenomenon is still ramping up, and this book provides useful and timely business advice."
—Vint Cerf, Father Of The Internet
"Social media and customer care are rapidly coming together. The Social Media Bible is a must-read for any professional who wants to stay on top of this rapidly changing topic. From the basics to long-term social media strategy, this is the only resource book to have on your desk."
—Scott Ross, Senior Vice President, Sales and Marketing, NCO Group, INC.
"Lon Safko and The Social Media Bible address the key questions—Why should I take part in social media? How should I take part? How do I reap the greatest benefits?—while also providing the push to take the next step."
—Jeff Hagen, Director, Consumer Services, General Mills
"Lon Safko is a serial technologist who really understands social media and is also blessed with the gift of being a great communicator. His book deftly takes you from 'Social Media 101' all the way to PhD status in a format that is easy to browse, informative, and powerful."
—Tom Asher, Director, Consumer Relations, North America, Levi Strauss & Co.
"Effectively harnessing the power of social media is a top priority in corporate America. The Social Media Bible, with its informative and tactical approach, provides an easy-to-follow road map for how to do social media right."
—Todd Simon, Senior Vice President, Omaha Steaks
The Social Media Bible, Third Edition delivers the most comprehensive single resource available for marketing in the social media universe. This newly revised Third Edition offers technology updates to the iPad, apps, Foursquare, and other geotargeted networks. New case studies demonstrate how businesses have successfully implemented these strategies, using the newest social media tools. This new edition delivers:
Updates and changes to Google's search engine algorithms
More information on plug-ins, widgets, apps, and integration
Updates on Twitter and Yammer and new information on Google+
The latest in mobile marketing
Top Customer Reviews
I only gave it three stars for the following reasons:
- Too much coverage of the history of the internet, email, and web pages. If I was interested in that, I'd get a book on the history of the internet, email, and web pages.
- Misinformation on some tools, and missing information about other tools. For instance, the author mentions Joomla, a content management system that can be used to create websites and blogs. He mentions it in a way that may mislead people as to its uses when he states that it can pair with any number of applications. It might work with other applications, but that may require coding skills or money to pay someone to make them work together. He also ignores the multitude of other open source content management systems that are out there.
- A serious amount of repetition in sections one and two. A lot of what is stated in the second section is already in the first, so it added a few hundred pages without saying a whole lot.
This is a good book. It's less complete than the title suggests.
First, I think it's in order to discuss what this tome covers. Part I, Background Basics and Tactics, comprises the first 23 chapters. This section of the book defines social media, explains the different types of social media, and helps you understand why it's important. You get coverage here of everything from social networks to microblogging to virtual worlds. If you've read other books about social media, you may already be familiar with some of this content. If you're brand new to social media, you'll find it especially helpful.
Part II, Tools, comprises chapters 24-38 and revisits the different categories of social media, focusing on current popular tools. The authors discuss each tool, focusing on who should use them and why; you'll even find some more technical information in these chapters. Although I appreciated the broad look at all the different types of the social media, I felt that the sections could have gone into more detail. However, you could easily write an entire book on each type of social media presented, so the authors clearly had to limit coverage of each type of social media resource.
Part III, Strategy, includes the final chapters of 39-43 and offers some excellent advice on how to apply everything learned in the book.Read more ›
The book is comprehensive. I haven't seen a book that covers so much and in such depth on the topic of social media marketing (or Internet Marketing). There were a ton of "Expert Insights" sprinkled throughout the text that really made the book shine. And each chapter ended with three summaries: (1) Commandments, (2) Conclusion, & (3) Readings & Resources. Each were well done. In particular the Readings & Resources for each chapter were better than most books have at the end of an entire book. 6 stars!
PS. To see the chapter titles and how the book is specifically organized I encourage you to peek at the Search Inside feature Amazon offers for this book. With 43 chapters there are a lot of chapter titles to read.
The text has a fair amount of "churn" where content is covered, and then covered, and then covered yet again OR where readers are directed to a companion site to review content that can't be accessed.
For example, chapter 9 covers podcasts, and then chapter 10 again hashes out podcasts with the chapter heading "Got Audio?" The same thing was done for Vlogs and "Got Video?".
The in-chapter international vignettes often had no relationship to the chapter they were in. Rather than including an international vignette in each chapter, I think it would have been far more useful to consolidate the vignettes into chapters where the content had some relevance.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
For anyone that has any interest learning more about social media, this book is for you! The authors write in a very informative but humorous way.Published 2 months ago by E.Robyn
The Social Media Bible uses layman terms to help the reader understand social media terms. It offers tools and tactics for using the different social media sites.Published 3 months ago by LB
If you know absolutely nothing at all about the internet, this book might be a helpful reference tool for you. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
Some good advice and learning in the book, but it is now dated (reading third edition in July 2015). Read morePublished 10 months ago by Let'sBeHonest
Required text for a junior level college course. Riddled with QR codes (who uses those anymore?), and needs some tech updates (hard to chase for book publishing, I know). Read morePublished 11 months ago by LZ