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Social Media Is A Cocktail Party: Why You Already Know The Rules Of Social Media Marketing Paperback – November 5, 2008
That's why "Social Media is a Cocktail Party" is such a useful paradigm for understanding how best to understand the strategy and tactics for marketing on the social web.
Jim Tobin and Lisa Braziel have crafted a clever and insightful guide with practical examples that give meaning and direction for smart social media programs. It's a must read for marketers and PR professionals of all sizes." --Lee Odden, CEO of TopRankMarketing.com (from the back cover)
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Top Customer Reviews
It's clear that Jim's background is marketing. That was key for me to realize because I quickly learned that the book was not just about social media, but social media marketing. I have little marketing background so this book really helped me realize the solid and proven potential that these tools have for marketing purposes. This was great for me and my company. Even more he breaks down how to do these things, how NOT to do these things, whose been "successful" and who's failed. Great examples of those that have gone before us!
The embedded blog posts from the Ignite website are relevant and provide a nice change of pace in the first part of the book. Much of the advice is pragmatic. For example, just start using social media in one part of organization. Start small; perfect. And the practical advice towards the end on measuring you social media marketing plan left me excited about creating a plan for my company.
I saw Jim speak at an NCState Computer Science event back in March. I was impressed with the presentation and the useful analogy that it made to help folks understand social media. I became aware of how much I've used social media in the past year (yes to all 10 questions, for those that have seen his presentation), how much I enjoy social media and I need to use it more for my startup: MemberHub.com.
While this party can be a bit daunting for those of us with extensive experience in traditional marketing, advertising and PR, Jim Tobin and Lisa Braziel make it easy and fun to "work the room."
Withing the first 30 pages, you will be at ease with the major concepts, buzzwords, myths, and "rules" for success. Jim and Lisa also make it clear that social media does not replace traditional methods but rather enhance them through deeper communication, transparency and ongoing contribution.
The Cocktail Party analogy is perfect for understanding how to successfully participate in social media. Two of the main points explored in detail are:
Listen before you talk. Nobody wants to hear generic, insincere pitches of the hyper-extroverted, flesh-pressing salespeople who are fully confident they can solve problems that they have never bothered to understand. Taking a moment to hear what people are already saying about your industry, you company and maybe even you personally is a good first step to having something to say that is worth hearing.
Participate instead of trying to control. Whether you like it or not (you will learn to like it when you loosen up and let go of having to have control), in the world of social media, "the party goes on with or without you." While billboards / print ads / radio and television commercials / etc. used to be the bullhorns of brand awareness, most people have learned to fast forward past "messaging" and balance the opinions of people who speak like people rather than just the pundits, gurus, "thought leaders" and influentials.
I highly recommend Social Media is a Cocktail Party to anyone who believes there is more to marketing than messaging, more to business than competiting, and more to life than working. Why not join the party?
Brian Halligan mentioned in "Inbound Marketing" that Social Media Marketing vastly concerns about creating remarkable content, which I agree with; it seems like authors of "Social Media is a Cocktail Party" totally failed that task.
Again we see numbers of questions that marketers should ask themselves and... no answers, no solutions, no innovative ideas. Paying for the book, we expect to get new information, knowledge based on practice, wise advices. What we get is a commonplace text about well known stuff.
One thing, done properly, is a self promotion. Nothing surprising, advertisers are competent to build brand awareness.
I am starting a new building/contracting company on a low budget. I found a ton of information here that I think will be a major contributer to it's success.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
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While the book "Social Media Is a Cocktail Party" by Jim Tobin with Lisa Braziel is copyrighted 2008 -- and things change very quickly in the social media world -- this is an... Read morePublished on April 9, 2010 by Phyllis Zimbler Miller
Quite simply, this book is a MUST READ for any marketers out there. Especially anyone that has struggled with how to integrate Social Media into their program of work.Published on September 15, 2009 by Melody Foote
Excerpt from Blog Review: Honestly... the flat out best book I had read in quite some time. Jim and Lisa have really spilled the beans on Social Media Marketing with this book. Read morePublished on January 9, 2009 by Matthew S. Diehl
If you're a marketer or a CEO and you think social media is dumb, or a waste of time, or a bunch of amateurs, please know this: Sometimes you're right. Often you're wrong. Read morePublished on December 30, 2008 by Paul A. Baker
This book is a must read for anyone who wants to gain valuable, targeted insight into their business. Read morePublished on December 1, 2008 by Amazon Customer