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Social Media for Business: The Small Business Guide to Online Marketing Paperback – July 6, 2011
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About the Author
MARTIN BROSSMAN is a leading authority on social media and online marketing. He is a business coach, consultant, and a dynamic trainer and speaker known for his insight and humor. An advocate for professional transparency, Martin is a catalyst for achieving powerful business results with integrity. ANORA MCGAHA is a creative social media manager, Internet researcher, and creative writer who is also recognized for her skill in mapping complex ideas into project plans. Anora is interested in the ongoing process of fully integrating social media programs with a company’s online marketing and business strategies and operations.
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The book covers the basics of most of the social media platforms out there (see listing in a previous review)and includes a link to get new information as it emerges. What I like about the book is that one comes away with an understanding of the concepts critical to do "new marketing," that is marketing on the web and a way to devise a plan to get started. This book is a collaboration of numerous people who contributed their expertise in a number of areas so the reader gets an array of information presented in a unified but diverse style.
Social Media for Business is written for the solopreneur and micro-business market, where you (mostly) are doing most of everything yourself. I teach classes on social media in the local Chambers and Community College system, as does Martin Brossman. If you're likely to take those classes but can't get to one, this is a good book for you.
Social Media for Business steps you through the theory of what's happening in this space--primarily LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter--and then provides you with specific activities you can do, in a reasonable amount of time, to promote your business. The book touches on Mobile (phone apps for smart phones); GooglePlus did not make it into the printed copy but we anticipate online updates at the website, accessible to people who buy the book through QR codes and a password.
I've read some other books about social media marketing that open with, "Start with a small test budget of no more than $200,000.00." Brossman & McGaha will not take you down that path. If you're overwhelmed by all the online marketing you are being told you should be doing (especially by people who want you to pay them to do it for you) and need to get an understanding of the whole field before you start spending marketing money, Social Media for Business is a good place to start.