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Product Details

  • Paperback: 236 pages
  • Publisher: Spaulding House Publishing; 1ST edition (October 20, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0984234802
  • ISBN-13: 978-0984234806
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 8.5 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,437,937 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Monica O'Brien is a marketing consultant specializing in results-driven marketing strategy at the juncture of new media and traditional marketing. She spent years doing marketing and PR for startups and small businesses before launching Juncture Marketing consultancy. Now, she teaches solopreneurs, startups, and small businesses how to establish an online presence using new media.

Monica is a Chicago Business Fellow at the University of Chicago. In 2009, she graduated from the Chicago Booth School of Business MBA program with concentrations in marketing, strategy, and entrepreneurship. Monica also holds a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science, with a minor in Physics, from Truman State University.

Monica lives in Chicago, Illinois with her husband and her Westie dog.

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This book does much, much more that teach the reader how to sell more widgets using social media.
Amazon Customer
I highly recommend Social Pollination - and Monica - to anyone who's looking for a little extra guidance in navigating this confusing and exciting terrain.
Alexandra Levit
Throughout the book, her writing is clear and leaves the reader with a understanding without feeling overwhelmed.
Angela Marino

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Patrick C. Ambron on December 31, 2009
Format: Paperback
If you own a small business (or large one, for that matter) you've heard the buzz about social media. You've been told and told again you NEED to get on it, but you have no idea where to start. Monica Obrien's social pollination is where every business should start. It should be on the desk of every business owner looking to dive into social media, or thinking about hiring someone to do it for them. The book comes armed with relevant case studies, insight from leading experts, and most importantly, step by step guides for beginners (and experts). After reading the book, the reader will answer four important questions:

1) What is social media and how can it be leveraged as a business tool?
2) Is social media right for me? What business objectives can it help MY business achieve?
3) What are the specifics tactics and steps I need to take to accomplish those objectives in a cost-effective, timely manner?
4) How can I track and measure my progress and ROI.

There are many social media books that do a phenomenal job explaining how social media is changing the business world. However most of them stop there, and the reader is left thinking "ok, well, now what?" Monica picks up where those books leave off, by providing actionable tactics and tips business owners can implement immediately after reading.

The book does not tout social media as a cure all solution, like many experts and books seem to do. Instead she encourages readers to think of social media as a business TOOL. The author helps the reader understand the types of goals and objectives they might hope to accomplish, before deciding if social media is worth it for them.

From there, she provides a thorough overview of best practices and specific strategies.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M. Cilona on January 6, 2010
Format: Paperback
This book uses basic language to break down a fairly complex idea: effectively scaling your business communications using social media.

The book outlines not just what it means to `scale' business relationships and brand trust, but talks specifically about the forms this takes - a link, a comment or a casual online conversation. As straightforward as this methodology may sound, `scale' is increasingly one of those words that everyone thinks they understand, but few can actually action. Social Pollination successfully bares a set of guidelines that teach a business or brand to apply scale in the world of social media.

I was once told that a social network is like a dinner table. As a brand you can't just go and sit at someone else's table and begin selling. You have to establish relevance. Engage. Find your friends. Find the people who want to talk to you and talk about you to others. Author Monica O'Brien seems to grasp this concept with her emphasis on learning the ettiquette for each medium and taking the time to listen to conversations that are happening within communities.

Social Pollination clearly breaks down different social media channels and the benefits of each, the principles of social media and the best way to design your approach based on this list.

O'Brien sets out a standard set of business goals but concedes that the priority of each will change from company to company. She then tailors a social media strategy to suit these ends. Note that the book assumes that if your business goals do not match those mapped out in its pages, then social media is not for you. It will be interesting to watch and see whether this rings true or if gaps emerge in which case I smell a follow up book!

All in all an important read for brands laboring under the misapprehension that social media and its users are easily understood, docile or even unnecessary.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Alexandra Levit on January 7, 2010
Format: Paperback
Everyone is trying to jump on the social media marketing bandwagon, but there are very few people who have shown - time and again - that they know how to do it right. Monica O'Brien is one of those people. She has always intuitively understood how to create buzz and enthusiasm for a message by strategically leveraging online communities, and in Social Pollination she generously shares her secrets of success. Most importantly, Social Pollination encourages social media-happy organizations to put a method to the madness, for engagement must map to business goals and results must be measurable in order to gain long-term traction. I highly recommend Social Pollination - and Monica - to anyone who's looking for a little extra guidance in navigating this confusing and exciting terrain.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 15, 2010
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Social Pollination is a resource guide. It's purpose is to help organization and individuals who are struggling to figure out how social media fits the goals of their organizations. I want buy 15 copies and send it to local governments and non-profits that I know aren't using social media and should be. This book is a great primer for those who aren't currently blogging, tweeting, and facebooking. Even they will be able to read this book and understand the importance of social media (and how to get started).

Each chapter opens and closes like a lesson plan, establishing clear learning goals for the reader. Social Pollination is chock full of concrete tips and resources to help small organizations, entrepreneurs and bloggers navigate social media. This book does much, much more that teach the reader how to sell more widgets using social media. O'Brien shares in-depth tips and strategies to meet a variety of social media goals.

Social Pollination includes short clips called Buzz Tips- actionable items that the reader can immediately put into effect. O'Brien calls on other social media heavy-weights like Tim Feriss and Seth Godin to contribute short sections, and each gives short vingettes that drive home O'Brien's points. The book is littered (in a good way) with quotes from other familiar social media voices, as well as resources where the reader can research for more information.

O'Brien takes the reader through the entire social media strategy process, starting with explaining why social media is important and how it can be a powerful tool in growing a business or career and taking the reader through goal-setting, choosing appropriate social media tools, platform building, content generation, SEO, public relations, and social media ROI measurement.
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