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  • Paperback: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Yorkshire Publishing (November 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0881441597
  • ISBN-13: 978-0881441598
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.6 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #839,995 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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What an incredible resource for serious social media practitioners!
Mike Brown
I love the wide variety of case studies presented in this book - and think Bob has done a terrific job compiling some much-needed information.
Shelly Kramer
Just as the book's cover totes, this read promises to get the creative idea juices following.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Rose de Fremery on November 21, 2010
Format: Paperback
I'm thoroughly enjoying this great compilation of essays and case studies demonstrating the many and varied ways in which social media is being used to impact our lives for the better across so many different sectors of our society. I was so moved by Regina Holliday's story of how she used social media to hold the health care industry accountable for its indefensible treatment of her husband. The piece on Mad Men was charming and rather fascinating, too, in that the Mad Men characters were instantly perceived as being brilliant PR for Showtime when in fact they were just avid and gifted fans. The Olympus segment was a great case study in how smart businesses can build witty, integrated campaigns that put control of the narrative in the hands of the customers themselves. Taken as a whole, this book provides an inside look at how powerfully social media is transforming our world and I highly recommend it to anyone with an interest in the subject.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mediaman on October 21, 2011
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This isn't a book as much as a collection of writings from people bragging about how they used social media to successfully market their companies. The problem is that there is no objective proof that any of them are as successful as they claim to be. And who sets the threshold for success? Is 10,000 Twitter followers considered good or bad?

There are a few interesting stories (which they call "case studies" even though there is never enough detail to make it a true case study) but most of them are just things that an author could have summarized in a couple paragraphs. It was nice to see a variety of businesses covered, including a conservative think tank. The main messages seem to be: think bigger than you normally do and anyone can use social media to market.

So the lack of objectivity and the constant attempt by each writer to praise himself gets annoying. But worst is how poorly the book is edited. There are large chunks of white space, odd spacing between some paragraphs, chapter titles in 10-point font and inconsistent style between writers. It seems thrown-together and is not as helpful as it could be. Don't believe the five-star reviews--there's not enough substance here to make it worth any more than three stars.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Dan M. Martin on February 18, 2011
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For many of us who (like me) observe the tremendous growth and new energy of social media networking but don't really understand these astonishing developments, Bob Fine has provided a comprehensive set of insights in his Big Book of Social Media. This collection of lively articles and stories about uses of media platforms in business, law enforcement, health care, job placement, political and non-profit work forms a mosaic that is both informative and entertaining.

The Big Book is bright, engaging and personal. It was a pleasant surprise for me, much more than I expected. I recommend it highly for anyone who is not reflexively comfortable with the tidal wave of social media options now available to us.
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"The Big Book of Social Media" is divided into topic-based sections, with each section containing a few case studies, stories, or essays. A theme that was weaved throughout "The Big Book of Social Media" was the emphasis on companies developing a plan before jumping into social media. While some case studies were better than others, the overall book would be a good addition for anyone looking for real-world stories about people using social media for businesses as different as government to publishing. It was nice to be able to read about social media usage in different fields of work. However, at times, some of the chapters could seem as if they were a little bit of a sales promotion. Sometimes the authors seemed to be touting their business capabilities instead of showcasing how they are using social media and explaining why those methods were successful.

The sections in "The Big Book of Social Media" were organized in a way that was very easy to understand. The writing was not too technical, so any audience should be able to appreciate it. This book would be especially beneficial for people who are novices with social media and have had a hard time understanding other guides. Throughout the book, URLs are provided so the reader can easily reference the things that are being talked about online. Even non-novices should be able to appreciate "The Big Book of Social Media," especially when the book delves into the analytics. Reading this book should allow companies and individuals to really think about what they want to do with social media.

Readers of "The Big Book of Social Media" are asked to visit [...] to continue the conversation about the book and share their own social stories. On the website, readers can ask the authors questions, interact in live webinars, and find resources for learning. Social media links are also provided after each chapter so the reader knows how to get in contact with each individual author, which was a nice touch.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Adriel Hampton on December 31, 2010
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I did my first advance praise copy for a mass market book in 2010 (Mark Amtower's "Selling to the Government"). What that means is getting a review chapter and a table of context and coming up with something pithy about the author and why their book matters. I've also received a couple of books from authors appearing as guests on my Gov 2.0 Radio podcast.

I do my best to familiarize myself with these books, speed reading a couple chapters and skimming for key themes. I got a copy of Bob Fine's new book when I keynoted a recent "social media for government" day at a conference he co-organized with Beverly Macy. When I first set out to read The Big Book of Social Media: Case Studies, Stories, Perspectives, a collection of 42 authors edited by Bob, I figured I'd take a similar approach. I even joking asked on Facebook, "How much of a book do you read before reviewing it on Amazon?" However, as I got reading and realized the incredible accomplishment that Bob achieved in putting together this incredible encapsulation of social media in 2009-2010, I knew I had to read it cover to cover. And I'm glad I did.

The book, which Bob markets under the title "The Best of Social," (TBOS) is the product of connections that Bob forged while producing 20 social media conferences around the U.S. and the world over seven months in 2009. And for a practiced social media fanatic like myself, the perspectives of the authors helped renew my vision for what social media means for the world.

Lessons for a Wide Range of Verticals
The book collects the best thoughts of an amazing cast, from marketers to true-crime novelists to activists and small business owners, many who were quite familiar to me and more who were not.
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