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The Power of Social Networking: Using the Whuffie Factor to Build Your Business Paperback – May 4, 2010
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—Seth Godin, author of Meatball Sundae
“Marketing–or doing business at all–in the age of whuffie and the world of social media means authenticity, listening, engaging, and trusting. That’s what Tara Hunt says, and it’s also exactly what she does. If you are in marketing now or starting a company that has customers, you need to read this book to understand exactly, and I mean precisely and with detailed examples, how the conversation between vendor and client, business and customer, has changed radically. Tara Hunt knows her stuff, and she knows how to put a great deal of knowledge into compelling stories that are a pleasure to read because her voice is not just the voice of extensive experience: Tara Hunt’s voice works well in this book because it’s who she is.”
—Howard Rheingold, author of The Virtual Community and Smart Mobs
“Social capital may be the most powerful currency of the twenty-first century, and this book is a guide to its care and feeding. Bursting with energy and enthusiasm, Tara Hunt shows us how to win friends and influence people in a Web 2.0 world.”
—Tom Kelley, cofounder of IDEO and author of The Ten Faces of Innovation
"The market power of social networking continues to grow exponentially. It may well overwhelm all other communication vehicles--and in short order. The Whuffie Factor is exceptionally readable, and both instructive and fun. You'd be foolish to pass it by, or fail to heed its advice."
—Tom Peters, author of In Search of Excellence
From the Hardcover edition.
More About the Author
Tara understands how the participatory web is changing all of our relationships: B2C, B2B and C2C. She doesn't believe in pushing messages or creating strong brands, only in the power of building relationships. She co-founded Citizen Agency in 2006 with the mission of teaching her clients how to work more effectively with the communities they serve and how to embrace and adjust to all of the changes in culture businesses are facing and has more recently moved to Montreal to write her next book.
Tara blogs at HorsePigCow, is on Twitter under her superhero name MissRogue, posts a great deal of self-portraits on Flickr, can be located like Carmen Sandiego on Dopplr, is trying to shake her addiction to Facebook, publishes her resume with microformats and is pretty much as open as one can be anywhere online.
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1. How to be a social capitalist
2. The power of community marketing
3. Turn the bullhorn around & create continuous conversations with customers
4. Building whuffie by listening to & integrating feedback
5. Become part of the community you serve
6. Depositing into & withdrawing from your whuffie account
7. Be notable: 11 ways to create amazing customer experiences
8. Embrace chaos
9. Find your higher purpose
10. Whuffie "in real life"
You might not be familiar with the term "Whuffie" before reading this book. I know I wasn't. It supposedly stands for "the store of social capital that is the currency in the digital world." Marketing today in the New Media is about building relationships. It's about give and take. It's not about "in your face" or just throwing money into advertising campaigns. By reading this book you should better understand what online marketing has migrated to be about and why it is important to go with the flow.
This book is not going to tell you how to plan an online marketing campaign. The best book on that subject that I know of is Social Media Marketing: An Hour a Day.Read more ›
"The Whuffie Factor" is something else entirely -- a sentence or a paragraph expanded into a book.
Here it is: Your social reputation is important, so cultivate it well.
Save your money. This book is insulting.
There are still some good takeaways from this book, but a lot of information is so outdated it made me laugh. Not the author's fault -- she's covering a fast-moving topic -- but I would save your money for something more up to date.
Of the many social media books I've read in the last few months (I'm researching the topic for a university course), the most useful have been from Dave Kerpen (Likeable Social Media) and Gary Vaynerchuk (The Thank You Economy). I don't know either author and I have no ties to either -- but their books were immensely helpful to me in researching social media marketing for businesses.
No argument there; certainly if we could all check our egos at the door and put out honest appraisals of products (including our own, including admitting when we screw up) then it will engender more positive feelings on those that wander around the WWW to shop, etc.
I didn't rate the book higher only because I get the sense that Ms. Hunt thinks that the Web is the be-all-and-end-all of the world of commerce. Certainly, many people (myself included) log on multiple times a day, but nevertheless I don't think of my online presence as the essence of me. Too, there are still many people who either never get to the online world at all or else only sparingly, preferring "real reality" to "virtual reality" and so not so absorbed in what happens online.
So as a general instruction guide of how to do good online, this book is fine. As an attempt to prove that it is (or will be in the foreseeable future) critical to enjoy high Whuffie levels, it falls way short.
I highly recommend it as a must read! Thanks Tara for all your work on this wonderful book!
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If you want to learn a little more about public relations in the business world, here is one of the books to read.Published 15 days ago by Ashley
I've just finished reading this book and it has definately changed the way I used to understand communities and buniness. Read morePublished on February 24, 2013 by Cliente Amazon
This is a half-decent book for those who already enjoy a large number of followers, friends or fans. Read morePublished on December 19, 2012 by Al L. Stone
Enthusiastically enjoyed reading Tara Hunt's book! It is a requirement for a college course I'm taking and it has totally made this one exciting!Published on March 8, 2012 by jojomarie26
This is a most read for anyone interested in social media and networking. Tare writes in an easy follow and enjoyable to read style. Read morePublished on November 2, 2011 by dfshanks
Whatever happened to Tara Hunt?
This book was written at the beginning of the social media revolution and it shows. Read more
How I got the book:
It was a Christmas present, on my list. I'm serious. You'll be seeing me repeat this phrase for awhile. Read more
Really enjoyed this book - thought it was well-written and easy to read. Highly recommend it for people who know a few things about social networks and want ideas on how to... Read morePublished on August 25, 2010 by Jim
If, like me, you're feeling a little overwhelmed by all the Web 2.0 marketing hype, The Whuffie Factor is a godsend. Read morePublished on July 3, 2010 by Dennis Grace