Other Sellers on Amazon
+ Free Shipping
+ Free Shipping
+ Free Shipping
Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World Hardcover – May 21, 2012
|New from||Used from|
Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Frequently bought together
Customers who viewed this item also viewed
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
1. Prior to the launch of Platform, he mentioned much of the content was reworked material from old blog posts (which I assumed I had read previously).
2. Since I teach others how to start their own blog, I am already up to my eyeballs in information of this sort.
Therefore, I thought I would hold off and wait until I could get a copy at the library.
Incidentally, I bought the book the day it launched, swayed by all the 5-star reviews, enticed by the freebies he offered during launch week and intrigued by his launch process, which I wanted to watch first-hand (you just never know when that information will come in handy).
I have read the book in full.
Here are some of my thoughts, in no particular order:
-- Overall, his tone is very encouraging and inspiring. I've read other how-to books in which the author seems arrogant and condescending, leaving me feeling discouraged and inept by the end. That was not the case here. By the end, I was rearin' to go!
-- He makes a strong case for learning the ins and outs of social media as a way to grow your business, even if you don't have a lot of computer background, or if you feel technically challenged. I am also self taught so I wholeheartedly agree. As he says, the best way to learn, is to dive in and go for it.
-- He talks about the importance of having a blog (or website) which acts as your home base online. I wholeheartedly agree with this point as well. However, like so many others, he doesn't go into great detail about exactly *how* to start a blog other than to offer tips such as "I recommend a WordPress.org blog." On the other hand, he goes into great detail about starting a Twitter account and he devotes several chapters to using Twitter effectively (see below).
-- When looking at his numbers, it's worthwhile to note, even though Hyatt started his blogging and social media journey like many of us (with little background knowledge), he has had significant advantages which I think have helped his online presence grow so well. He is graced with connections to well-known and very influential people (great for interviews, endorsements, etc). It also doesn't hurt to be the Chairman (formerly the CEO) of one of the largest publishing companies in the U.S. To be sure, this is well deserved, and his experience is vast. Clearly, he has worked very hard for many years to build a huge network of excellent contacts. He definitely makes no guarantees if you use his tips, you will reproduce his results, but I do think it is helpful to look at those results with his background in mind. I appreciated seeing his hard numbers (great transparency), but even though my numbers don't come close to his (and I've been at this for years too), I need to look for upward trends, not specific numerical benchmarks, which would indicate growth.
-- It is true, much of the book content is reworked posts you can find for free on his blog. I found myself thinking many times, "Oh yeah, I remember reading this..." If you're not already familiar with his blog and don't feel like poking around there to see what he has written in the past, it's probably worth having all the info packaged nicely.
-- He offers a lot of tips for Twitter but doesn't talk about Facebook, Google+ or any other social media platform (except to mention he's not a huge fan of Facebook). Clearly this is because he has had the most success on Twitter, which is understandable. But to those reading, it's important to know who your audience is before assuming Twitter is the place to be. His target audience might be on Twitter, but if your target audience hangs out on Facebook or Pinterest more than Twitter, you should be on Facebook and Pinterest, not Twitter.
-- True to Michael Hyatt style, the book is packed with helpful, actionable tips that will help anyone who wants to become active and effective in social media.
Beginners may get overwhelmed. There is certainly a lot of excellent information, but if you try to take it all in at once, you'll want to run for the hills! Tackle it in small chunks and implement his tips as you have the time. Think of it as a marathon, not a sprint. It really does take a long time to get established and start seeing results.
I can't remember if he said it explicitly in the book, but I would also add, ideally you will dive into social media *before* you have something specific to say or sell, not *when* you have something to say or sell. Hyatt's right, it's all about relationships these days, so the sooner you can get those relationships started, the better. Then, when you do have something to say or sell, you can tap into what you've already established.
Overall, it's a great reference that I'm sure I'll be returning to again and again.
Hyatt's depth of knowledge, his practical tips, and examples that resulted in his own success make his message compelling. Yet, he never talks down to the reader. I had never heard of Michael Hyatt until I got his book. I was just looking for a way to believe that social media was worth my while, and a way to get some "science" for how to use it. Hyatt's book provides all of that, and more.
For those critics who note that Hyatt lifted some of his blogs to create the book, I'd say: Right! As experience authors, we ALL snitch stuff from our stash! But the original blog is amplified, updated, polished, and organized into context for the book. I might add that I've read some parts of the book more than once; not because the content is hard to understand, but because it takes much practice to fully implement what he's suggesting.
I can't remember how long ago I bought this book, but I keep going back to it. Honestly, I went from thinking that social media was just a bunch of dribble to believing that social media is the key to getting your message out there if you have anything--anything at all--to say or sell.
I handle all of my books very, very gently. But I've just plain over-used this book. And, I am beginning to want one copy at home, and one at the office!
Caveat: I think a portion of the information is or will be dated soon, simply because technology and social media changes so rapidly. Mr. Hyatt does especially focus on Twitter as that is his favorite social media platform. That advice wouldn't necessarily apply to everyone, though there is no one cookie cutter approach that will be ideal for every audience. If someone says that there is, I would be wary of that advice.
Overall, Michael Hyatt is a wealth of information and I trust his integrity, so I think it's definitely a worthwhile read.
Top international reviews
In all the instructional books I have read over the years, this one really breaks the mould. Normally these books follows this sort of pattern:
1 - Introduce the topic to the reader (about the first 10% of the book)
2 - Really hammer home how by reading the following chapters the reader's life will change or goals will be achieved (30-40%)
3 - Actually giving you the information they've been building up to for so long which by now can not live up to the hype (10%)
4 - Justifying that information and once again trying to stress how important it is that you use it (final 40%)
In most cases I end up feeling frustrated thinking that the authors could have saved a lot of time and me a few quid by condensing their 'wisdom' into a blog post and sticking it online.
This is not the case in this book.
This author is a successful blogger who has written every chapter of this novel like one of his posts. His repeated mantra of get to the point quickly, keep the information relevant and keep the content short is evident in his writing and it was a welcome change of pace.
Because of this you'll be glad if you decided to take notes when you read it because every chapter is filled with about 3-4 points that you just need to turn into actions or put aside for further exploration at a later date.
I won't say too much more else this review start to get a bit sycophantic so I'll just finish by stating that I can't recommend this book highly enough.
As an experienced blogger myself, there were three pieces of this book I found really valuable:
1. The section on what to blog about (basically a list of ideas that will help in overcoming bloggers block). I wrote them all down because I hadn't seen such a great list in one spot before.
2. What to include on your online media kit with some great examples to refer to.
3. The commentary on your About Me page. I liked his perspective and how he breaks down what people are looking at when they go to the page.
It's worth noting that the Blog Theme he raves about, Standard Theme, is no longer available. Woo Themes bought them out and hasn't continued selling it.
Overall this book is a good resource, easy to read and well laid out to skim if you're starting out or looking for a few ideas to spark your existing web presence.
Também não é barato, requer um pouco de investimento, não só em tempo, mas em dinheiro mesmo.
Recomendo a leitura para quem deseja entrar de cabeça no ramo dos negócios digitais. Este livro é uma excelente porta de entrada.
It's vital to reach out and engage with your audience in an authentic way ' ghost-written posts won't cut it.
This is a timely book for me and I would guess for many others, since I am launching my own new business, right now.
To sit at Michael Hyatt's feet and hear his stories ' some funny, some cautionary tales ' of how he and others have worked their way to an online presence to die for is a gentle experience. Hyatt doesn't shout at me through the pages. But this is no ramble down memory lane. His insightful anecdotes are peppered with sharp, bullet-point how-tos. He shares right down to software options and supplier names, so I don't have to re-invent the wheel.
Platform has become my business bible.