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Learn from an innovator and an implementor
on March 4, 2011
Pete Shankman's brand is all about helping people and this book follows that tradition first started by Help A Reporter Out. I'm a big HARO fan, so I was eager to read this book right when it came out (though I've been quite disappointed with HARO lately because of customer service).
This isn't written by someone who talks about social media and leads expensive motivational seminars, but by someone who does Social Media and is immanently successful at it. Through use of personal and industry anecdotes, Shankman lays the ground work for decision makers to see the value of Social Media and more importantly, the risks of not getting involved in it. The fact is that Social Media impacts every brand and industry, the only question becomes the degree and your impact.
The book assumes a basic understanding of social media tools such as Facebook and Twitter and specifically applies them to serving your customers and potential customers. If you are already doing customer service via Social Media, you'll find this book more of a review of what you already while providing a few specific insights and jumping points for ideas. The audience of this book is a decision maker who needs a business case and budgeting for a social media team.
As a board member of my local Social Media Club, this is a book I often recommend to curious business leaders wanting to do "that Facebook and Twitter thing". I might even use a few of his tips and tricks to solve some of my Help A Reporter Out problems!