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Crush It!: Why NOW Is the Time to Cash In on Your Passion Hardcover – October 13, 2009
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Everything has changed. The social media revolution has irreversibly changed the way we live our lives and conduct our business. There are billions of dollars in advertising moving online, waiting to be claimed by whoever can build the best content and communities. Despite this change, most people keep working at jobs that don’t make them happy and businesses continue to ignore the major marketing and public relations benefits that can be found online.
Myth #1: I’m not passionate about something sexy or popular like wine so these lessons don’t apply to me.
The internet has drastically decreased the costs of building communities around niche subjects, allowing for even the most obscure subjects to draw enough eyeballs to command advertising attention. Starting a video blog about tortilla chips may seem farfetched until Doritos gives you a call and offers 40,000 a year to sponsor and advertise on your blog.
Myth #2: My business already has a Twitter account and a Facebook page, we’re set in the social media department.
This is the equivalent of claiming twenty years ago that just because your business bought a TV spot and a few ads in the newspaper, you didn’t need to pay attention to your advertising department. Social media isn’t about joining in, it’s about being involved.
Myth #3: I’m happy at my job so this book is irrelevant to me.
First of all, congratulations on finding work that makes you happy! However, the lessons in this book are valuable to anyone, regardless of their employment status. Crush It will show you how to utilize high level and platform specific social media and marketing strategies that will improve your work. It will also show you how to build a personal brand so that even if you’re forced to leave your job, a situation that’s especially relevant today, you’ll be able to easily find employment elsewhere in a field you’re passionate about.
Myth #4: I need to quit my job to take advantage of this book’s entrepreneurial lessons.
While the entrepreneurial strategies in this book do take time, it’s completely reasonable to start the effort as an after-work project to build up until you’re able to replace your current income with the income from your online presence. While you may have to fall behind on the current season of Lost or let your Madden 2010 game suffer, because you’ll be doing something you love you won’t mind putting in the extra effort.
In Crush It, Gary Vaynerchuk shows how anyone can build a career around what they’re passionate about. He also delivers both high-level and platform specific strategy and analysis, allowing you to take advantage of the current business environment while preparing you to succeed as it changes and evolves.
This book isn’t interested in making unrealistic promises while glossing over the work involved. Making a living by building content around your passion isn’t simple and it doesn’t happen overnight. What it is, however, is fulfilling and in most cases just as profitable, if not more so, than your previous job.
Furthermore, a business can’t just pay lip service to social media and expect it to return results. The transparency and accountability inherent in its structure necessitates a comprehensive and dedicated strategy in order to reap its tremendous benefits.
By combining practical analysis and strategy with the same passion and humor that’s made Gary one of the most in demand keynote speakers in the U.S. as well as network television’s go to wine expert, Crush It is essential reading for anyone who wants to understand and harness the future of business and work.
Learn: Why social media has evened the playing field, destroying the “gate-keepers” who had previously dictated the distribution of content.
Learn: How to beat unemployment and create wealth-building opportunities by building and maintaining a personal brand.
Learn: Why storytelling is the most important business concept in the current marketplace.
Learn: How you can build an online business around your passion without quitting your day job.
Learn: Why Twitter and Facebook are just tools and not a social media strategy.
Learn: How to take advantage of the half-billion dollars in advertising that are moving to the internet.
Learn: Why transparency and being true to yourself are now winning marketing formulas.
Learn: How to build and maintain an online community around your passion and brand.
Learn: Strategies for turning attention into money.
Learn: Why the legacy element of the internet era is so underrated.
From Publishers Weekly
Yet another rallying cry to the banner of turning your passion into a career, from braggadocio-ridden entrepreneur Vaynerchuk. After taking over his father's local liquor store, Shopper's Discount Liquors, and building it from a $4 million business to a $50 million one, he created the wine-tasting blog Wine Library TV and discovered the power of the Internet for driving sales. This book shares his experience and step-by-step advice for using Twitter, Facebook, etc., and suggestions for monetizing an online persona, reiterating that the Internet makes it possible for anyone to make serious cash by turning what they love most into their personal brand. His enthusiasm is admirable and his advice solid, but there's nothing new here, and his unappealing swagger—repeated stories of how he crushed it and dominated grate particularly—gives his story more the tone of adolescent peacocking than of worthwhile and sober business advice. (Oct.)
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Kind of want to create a blog - and buy some wine, too! Love watching Gary on YouTube now.
*If you are looking for an excuse to build your brand or just building an empire for your life, you have to get this book.
Don't get me wrong, I love Gary, he has created remarkable success for himself starting with a nice niche market (which many will say is the right way to do it) that he could truly apply the CRUSH IT title too (considering you have to crush grapes to get your wine and all).
He has a very cool personality and Jab Jab Right Hook is a hit. So Gary is WORTH following - even if for no other reason but to learn his methods to doing things, but this book wasn't as mind blowing to me as the title implied. :( Maybe I got it far too late into my already existing career as a marketer and I was biased about which channels worked and which ones did not. But I wanted more. I wanted Gary to knock me off my feet with mind blowing strategies that had yet to be done by everyone else.
Sure, some things - like his Tumblr blog strategies are worth reading about. But there is still more to learn beyond this book - alot more and we all yearn for it...someone like Gary should have been able to give us that with a title like this.
This book presents a bunch of interesting ideas and provides motivation to get to work on your dreams right now.
The book employs plenty of successful writing aspects such as asking questions instead of informing and storytelling. Garry is very caring when it comes to his audience, therefore in every chapter you will find his e-mail asking you to write him to share a story, ask for more details or if you have any questions.
Gary places family first!, family comes before everything and tell the story of his family and how they started from the scratch. As a matter of fact, when he said that he is Jewish, he reminded me of a book I read for Malcolm Gladwell by the title (Outliers) which included a chapter under the title (The Importance of Being a Jew), this chapter talks about how economic circumstances and other social elements at a certain period of time forced Jewish immigrants into specific types of industries which actually helped them on the long term to become rich which might be somehow related to Gary's Family.
If I would summarize this book in one sentence I would say: "How to Monetize Your Passion Through the Internet". It is worth mentioning that Gary does not see it as (all about money), whereas he gives the readers some important facts about the moral and psychological aspects of business development which really addresses some of the capitalist society problems. You don't get this? read the chapter (Legacy) or refer to the explanation of Dale Callahan of core values on ([...])
What this book isn't, at least to me, is a step by step guide to getting paid quick. The first few chapters will indicate that you need to sit down, really think about what moves you plan to make, and persevere. Being 2015 and his more detailed approach in Jab Jab Jab Right Hook, those who aren't "hip" to social media further than the tradition status update might be turned off with his early instructions on how to properly use a social media network.
I've already given my copy to my sister and I hope to get it back one day. If not I'll gladly buy a second copy.